Written by PETA
Not content with bludgeoning fish to death, Sarah Palin has now gone out and shot herself a caribou on her reality TV show Sarah Palin's Alaska. PETA V.P. Dan Mathews blasted the trigger-happy Alaskan: "Sarah seems to think that resorting to violence and blood and guts may lure people into watching her boring show," he said, "But the ratings remain as dead as the poor animals she shoots."
After successfully "taking" a caribou (it took her almost as many tries as it did for her to graduate from college), Palin proudly proclaimed that taking the life of another sentient being gave her "a great feeling of accomplishment."
We rather think that the accomplishment of these Alaskans, who reportedly saved four deer who were in danger of drowning, is a bit more impressive.
Written by Alisa Mullins
The animals you eat today are tortured all their lives. They are stuck in stalls, unable to move, pumped with growth hormones and other "supplements" until they need antibiotics just to stay alive.(Because of this, we have a crisis in the USA resulting from our immunity to antibiotics). The stalls they spend their "lives" in are made so that the animals cannot fall down. This is because the animals grow so fat, that if they fell they could not stand up without a crane to hoist them up.
These herbivores are fed with refuse from slaughterhouses, such as ground bone meal. Yet you eat your hamburgers.
You would like this caribou to live until it slows down enough for a predator to catch it, tear out its stomach, and feed on it while it's still alive. Ah, the gentleness of nature.
Or perhaps you would like to overprotect it until its population grows to the point where the environment can no longer support such large herds, and have it die from from starvation and disease.
Conservation in this country is a science that aims to maintain large, healthy stocks of animals and thereby maintain our ecosystem. City people have no clue about wildlife, and they equate animals with humans, sometimes because they believe the expressions on their dogs' faces are so human.
We eat meat. There are ethical and non-ethical hunters, just as there are ethical vegetarians and non ethical vegetarians. To allow a caribou to live freely in the wild and then end its life (what hunters accurately call harvesting) with one shot is perhaps the most humane way possible to harvest meat. Outdoors-people and meat farmers understand this as a matter of obvious fact.
No, what is going on here is simple psychology. In our society, we don't kill one another because of a social contract that allows us to specialize and be more efficient without worrying that we will be killed by another human. When we hear of a killer among us we become afraid, because it threatens to tear our social fabric. One who believes he or she would be emotionally unable to harvest an animal (mainly an upbringing issue; nurture not nature) feels threatened by those who are capable of doing so. They then lash out in anger, the flip side of fear.
Meanwhile, those who eat wild meat that has very little fat, no chemicals, and that feed on what it has evolved to eat, live longer, healthier lives than those who eat factory grown poisonous meat.
Go fishing in an unpolluted stream (not easy to find) in a nice quiet area. If you get over your terror of the silence and fear of snakes, bears, and the like, you will find yourself more human than when you had started.
I can't stand Palin. But hats off to her for her fearless portrayal of an ethical hunter.
Sarah palin is a good woman and deserves respect. The show is about her and her family's lives. Hunting elk is what they do and it is their right to do so.
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