- ***To me a deer is just another highly evolved
mammal like ourselves out there making a living. A deer
is someone who lives a primative wild lifestyle.
<br>They deserve the same rights to life we
do.****<br><br>A mountain lion is also a highly evolved
mammal.<br>It lives a primitive lifestyle.<br>Whose right to
life takes precedence, the lion's or the
deer's?<br>Human hunters, in part, are living closer to the primal
life style.<br>Human hunters support their lives with
the lives of the deer.<br>Is a mountain lion "more
equel" than a human?<br><br>Humans evolved as predators.
Omnivore hunter-gatherers. Argue against that and you put
yourself against a mountain of biological,
anthropological, and archeological evidence. The historic
transition from hunter-gather to staple-grain agriculture is
so recent as to be practicaly nil.<br><br>Human
culture evolves much faster though. We have a large
percentage of people so divorced from the natural world they
really believe their existence can be seperate from
death. They also hold humans to some artificial standard
of behavior that is absent through the rest of
nature.<br><br>If we are "just animals" then we should not be held
to some artificial standard. If we are more "than
animals" then there exists the possibility we have both
responsibilities and privelages. But as living beings we exist
only through death.<br><br>Hunters recognize this.
- Here's a new debate topic - animal rights v.
animal welfare. Excuse me if it's already been taken.
I'm just bored and need something to do. Personally,
I support animal welfare. I think groups like PETA
and HSUS definately need to sort out some problems -
don't think I that I think adopting animals and
everything is wrong, because I adopted a dog from our local
shelter last Feb., but look at the statistics (found from
<a href=http://littlegems.hypermart.net/1/ARA.html target=new>http://littlegems.hypermart.net/1/ARA.html</a>) - PETA sent Rodney Coronado's "support
committee", the guy who bombed the animal research place,
$45,200, which is 15 times as much as they donate to
animal shelters every year. Less than .03% ($5,000)of
PETA's $13.4 million dollar budget was given to shelter
spay/neuter programs in the US. 90% of PETA's donation money
was spent on it's new satellite offices in Germany.
HSUS does not operate a single shelter, even though
they have a 40 million dollar budget.That's enough to
operate at least one good shelter in every state, plus
they'd have enough money left over to feed, spay,
neuter, and save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats
every year. But they did manage to pay it's president
and vice president a combined amount of $446,882.
Something seems a little fishy, maybe they're really not
devoted to animal rights, just lots of $?<br>Whitewolf