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"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher


Sarah Palin: What is it about killing that you enjoy?

posted by: Angel Flinn
Care2.com

When last year's presidential election campaign ended, I would have been happy if I had never heard the name 'Sarah Palin' again. What scares me the most about her is the attitude she holds toward animals. Unfortunately, despite her defeat in the presidential election, as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin still has the power to kill wild animals on a massive scale. Now, she and her friends are gearing up for an escalation in their slaughter of wolves.

According to the Care2 campaign team,

"…defenseless wolf pups and their families will soon face death from deadly snares and poison gas in and around their dens in Alaska. It is part of an escalating attempt by the Palin Administration to slaughter wolves at record numbers via helicopter, spotter planes, aerial gunners... and the unprecedented and extreme method of gassing wolf pups to death in their dens in the weeks ahead."

The e-mail circulated by Care2 announced that during Alaska's recent spring Board of Game meeting, the board approved a proposal to allow the use of gas bombs to kill wolves and wolf pups in their dens.

"The Board has consistently voted for unprecedented and increasingly extreme methods of killing wolves, and many in Alaska now question the make up of the board and the magnitude of their vendetta against wolves."

At the end of March, 66 wolves were slaughtered in one week, shot down from helicopters, spotter planes and aerial gunners. Even wolf packs that live near a National Park Service preserve were targeted, despite the risk to wolves in the preserve that have been studied for nearly two decades of research.

”Governor Sarah Palin and her allies have worked to expand the aerial killing program by removing the few remaining scientific requirements from the program."

There is something terrifying to me about someone who is so completely heartless when it comes to animals. I think it is a sign of something deeply disturbing, not just on a personal level, but on a societal level as well. To me, the hatred of animals that Sarah Palin demonstrates is not a simple matter of an individual being unwilling to feel compassion for members of another species. I believe it represents something much bigger. She is a public symbol of the part of us that has shut off the essential human qualities of kindness, empathy and compassion.

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Indifference toward the suffering of other creatures is an accepted societal norm that is alarming to contemplate, but I'm starting to recognize something that is even more troubling. I'm beginning to believe that there is a part of the collective human consciousness that actually hates animals. If this sounds hard to believe, readers should make an investment in the small amount of time it takes to watch some of the more controversial footage of animal exploitation, where people have been filmed treating animals with abhorrent callousness, and seem to actually take sadistic pleasure in it. If that seems extreme, consider the famous picture of Sarah Palin smiling proudly beside the blood-soaked body of a moose that she had slain and was preparing to disembowel.

Why would this be, when so many of us feel such a strong bond and love for animals? Animals remind us of our own connection with (and separation from) the natural world, a world we once shared with them, where we constantly struggled to survive. Out of our intense desire to leave behind a way of life where daily survival had to be fought for, we managed to climb out of the world of nature, and thereby transcend the food chain, leaving behind the animal world and the terror of being preyed upon.

Rather than using our position of advantage to help our fellow animals, we have used it to further oppress them, and to push them into lives of even more fear, more pain, and more suffering, this time at the hands of those who claim to be creatures of moral conscience. It is for this reason that we feel guilty when we look at animals, because something inside us knows that we have betrayed them, and we continue to betray them, on a grand scale. What do we do in response to the guilt that nags at our conscience? We keep killing them, keep hurting them, keep terrorizing them, and keep oppressing them, perhaps in the hope that we will convince ourselves that it is simply what they deserve, what they were made for.

As long as we keep treating animals as insentient objects that were put on this planet to serve our desires, we will continue to oppress them, continue to hurt them, and continue to torture them. This causes us to be plagued by the guilt that lies like a blanket of anguish over the collective conscience of humanity. All over the world, animals are imprisoned, enslaved, tortured and killed violently, and all over the world, people go on as if this is just fine with them. Everyone is complicit in this crime, except for those who reject the products of the animal holocaust, embrace the vegan ideal, and choose a life where harming others is not an option.


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  • hillbilly 2009/04/17 18:38:20
    hillbilly
    Yes it's true. People who abuse animals might grow up and escalate into the killing of humans, much like Barry and other abortionist. It is really sad what mankind does to animals, much of what is out of sight out of mind. But obviously, this was a shot on Sarah Palin (Woman) done by a vegan who has no problem in the killing of lower life forms such as plants or the incests that depend on them.The pot calling the skillet black...............
  • GLaDOS 2009/04/17 09:45:13
    GLaDOS
    Just out of curiosity, what's your opinion of Theodore Roosevelt?
  • TommyB 2009/04/17 04:49:36
    TommyB
    +1
    Your phrase "Everyone is complicit in this crime, except for those who...embrace the vegan ideal..." sort of says all that is needed to be known about this screed. The Alaskan wolf population has been thinned,from the air and the ground, for decades. The Alaskan Dept of Fish and Game feels it necessary to thin the wolf population to improve the survival rates of the caribou and moose herds. Granted it's a hotly debated subject and definitely not an open and shut case for either side. caribou moose herds granted hotly debated subject open shut case
  • Mollydolly TommyB 2009/04/17 04:52:08
    Mollydolly
    That is not a quote from me but part of the article written that I posted.
  • emily 2009/04/17 02:04:50
    emily
    +1
    If Sarah Palin had been a man what would the public reaction of him been? I won't lie I eat meat. If I had to kill a deer to feed my family, I would. I hope it never comes to that.
    I think that Sarah Palin was trying to prove that she was nasty enough to be president. Quite a few people thought that it was just wonderful that Dick Cheney killed many caged birds in PA.
    I never realized that the wolves were in danger. Thank you for letting me know.
  • De'~ 2009/04/17 01:52:11
    De'~
    +1
    Yeah take a gander at her treatment of people also. People the contemptible and devious animals who run this joint. It's deplorable how we treat the other creatures that we share this planet with. They beg us to cease our cruelty because they want to live just like us, yet we torment and slaughter the INNOCENTS. They've done nothing wrong or offensive towards us to deserve mal treatment, nothing but to be born on this earth along with us.They feel pain just as we do when assaulted and wounded. They want to survive just as we do and they have that same right.

    Thank you M-Dolly for posting this information. We've recently gone vegan in this house.
  • Mollydolly De'~ 2009/04/17 04:20:51
    Mollydolly
    +1
    I have to admit that I am partially vegitarian. I eat my friend's chicken's eggs. When I feel the need for meat I go to the Natural Health Food store and buy meat that was raised like it should be, fed what it should be and put down humanely. I always thank the animal before I eat it for giving up it's life so that I can keep mine. I think that's the way it should be. I am no longer a practicing Catholic but I have felt for a long time that when Jesus said at the last supper about eating the bread and drinking the wine that we should think of him as if we were consuming him. I think that he meant that "God, the everything" is in everything. If I am going to consume the flesh of an animal I want it to have the good energy of a good life and and peaceful death. I actually feel that way about lettuce and carrots. All are living things that die to give us life.
  • De'~ Mollydolly 2009/04/17 09:26:58
    De'~
    +1
    I never planned to become a vegan. My daughter had to watch films for her ethics class and it traumatized her. So she became one first then, lol, she's harping, did I say harping, ahem I meant 'sharing', more like nagging actually. Well I think it worked on my brain and I just lost my taste for animals. (She thinks she's telling me things I never knew....) Yeah I think it's called the 'life force' in everything. (God in everything) Like I told her, veggies probably protest when they're harvested, we just can't hear them...haha... I think eggs and stuff are kind of different because they were never an animal walking around breathing. Eggs and milk/yogurt/cheese are all natural by products that the animals will produce anyway, so no guilt. I haven't been a big meat eater in years, so it wasn't a big stretch for me anyway. It's just healthier for all our human health problems to consume less of certain foods and more of others. Fruit veggies & nuts are optimal. Hey how are you Dolly?
  • GLaDOS De'~ 2009/04/17 09:57:16
    GLaDOS
    Not for Inuit.
  • De'~ GLaDOS 2009/04/17 10:51:47 (edited)
    De'~
    Ok I didn't follow you at first but I think I understand now.

    All I can say is, if there's a will there's a way.
  • GLaDOS De'~ 2009/04/17 11:01:40
    GLaDOS
    My edit didn't go through, I had quoted your second to last sentence. Yes, they can eat those things, but since outside foods have been introduced to them, they have more cancers and heart disease.
  • Mollydolly GLaDOS 2009/04/17 18:56:19
    Mollydolly
    I agree with that. It's happened to all the indigenous peoples. Our systems adjust over the millennia to local food sources and bacteria's. Like how many of the natives died from the new strains brought from Europe. I always found it facinating that although the Inuit eat so my blubber that they have low cholesterol levels. I actually believe that the earth provided animals to be consumed. My problem is in the torture of mass produced, abused and fear ridden animals. Like the Inuit and other native peoples I honor those that give up their lives so that I might live.
  • GLaDOS Mollydolly 2009/04/18 07:15:44
    GLaDOS
    +1
    Ditto. It is very interesting how their bodies adapted to pretty much a pure meat/fat diet.
  • De'~ GLaDOS 2009/04/17 19:40:24
    De'~
    +1
    Oh I was referring to the cruelty to animals in my reply. If a person or persons wish to not change the methods of cruelty and
    non-compassion towards anything or anyone, then that is how it shall remain because they don't will it to change...

    That may be true for the Inuit, but for the Japanese and other cultures that have had some decades now consuming the typical American diet loaded with beef etc, they've had a sharp increase of heart disease, cancers, stroke and elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, all associated witht h high trans fat diet. I suspect that it works for the Inuit because they evolved eating whale, fish etc. yet please keep in mind we are discussing totaly different types of meat between the American diet and the Inuit diet.

    Oh and to respond to your question about Teddy Roosevelt, I can say that I was appalled with the mountain of slaughtered bison he and his crew made in just a short time. Have you ever seen that photograph? It's literaly a mountain of hunted bison. they almost cuased them to become extinct. I was never fond of T.R. as a president from what I know of him nor as an avid hunter. He killed off far more than he needed to consume to eat, it was mainly about the sport and trophys for the wall. So that's where I stand with all of this. FDR was my favorite president, & Lincoln.
  • De'~ De'~ 2009/04/18 05:40:12
    De'~
    +1
    Oh and I'd like to add that this posting is about killing wolves for the most part, and it's not like anyone is ever killing wolves to eat. I don't know anyone who eats wolf meat, so it all seem rather senseless...
  • GLaDOS De'~ 2009/04/18 07:46:19 (edited)
    GLaDOS
    Agreed that no one will eat wolves, but what do you do when predators grow in population so much that their numbers threaten the numbers of animals that are hunted by both people and the predators?
    If you leave them be, you run risk of endangering other animals, including people, should wolves take after coyotes.
  • De'~ GLaDOS 2009/04/19 06:38:48
    De'~
    I've never heard one hunter say they eat wolf meat. I've never met one person who eats wolf meat in all the years and people I've met. Humans kill farmore animals then they ever consume. I can't see where the decency is in that. I've heard the propaganda of blaming the wolf for everything that goes wrong. I suppose all will be content when they've oblitrated many of the wildlife species all over the globe.
  • GLaDOS De'~ 2009/04/18 07:42:30 (edited)
    GLaDOS
    I thought it was Teddy who ceased the ability to hunt them, and wrote, "it would be a real misfortune to permit the [bison] to become extinct." He was a sports hunter, much like cats, but respected animals, and didn't want any to go extinct.

    When was the picture with the bison taken? During his years with the Rough Riders?

    I found him impressive on a few levels, only the tip of which was his stance on nature. Others include his stance on women and minorities.

    "Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man - including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man."..."Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly."An Autobiography, 1913
    "There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."Letter, Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903
    "A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty i..."""""

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    I thought it was Teddy who ceased the ability to hunt them, and wrote, "it would be a real misfortune to permit the [bison] to become extinct." He was a sports hunter, much like cats, but respected animals, and didn't want any to go extinct.

    When was the picture with the bison taken? During his years with the Rough Riders?

    I found him impressive on a few levels, only the tip of which was his stance on nature. Others include his stance on women and minorities.

    "Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man - including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man."..."Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly."An Autobiography, 1913
    "There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."Letter, Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903
    "A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals."..."What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.""The American Boy," St. Nicholas Magazine, May 1900

    Being a sports hunter doesn't keep you from loving animals, it's just a different type of love.
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  • Mollydolly GLaDOS 2009/04/18 18:01:56
    Mollydolly
    That is really interesting. I had no idea he was so progressive. So much for my American History education. Yeah for him. and yeah for you for sharing this info
  • GLaDOS Mollydolly 2009/04/19 01:32:18
    GLaDOS
    +1
    Yeah, they miss a lot in school. Real pity that, but with maybe 45 min., you can't get too in depth.

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