posted on Jul, 30 2018 @ 06:34 AM
a reply to: Annee
my ex-hubby's grandma says: "Animals were put here by God to serve man". Is that what you think?
Yes, Annee, it is what I believe.
There's more to it than that, though. If one believes that the other species are here to serve man, as a gift from God, does it not follow that it
would be wrong to destroy that gift? There is a difference between using other animals and abusing other animals. It is just as wrong to destroy a
species as it is to let that species harm us.
I'm going back to the deer example. Do you realize how easy it would be to wipe the white-tail deer from existence? We could do it. The result would
be, in my opinion, a catastrophe. On the other hand, as you insinuate, we have changed the ecology by decreasing the number of wolves, coyotes, and
cougars. That was necessary for our survival, but now we have an obligation to balance that by becoming deer predators ourselves. If a hunter shoots a
deer and then eats it, the hunter is filling the role of the species we decreased the number of, and is maintaining balance. As long as we take some
care to maintain balance, hunting deer is beneficial to the deer as a species. It prevents them from becoming so populous they destroy their own
Ever seen deer when that happens? They grow weak and even malformed in extreme cases, and die of starvation and disease in agony. The few that survive
are damaged and their offspring can be physically damaged... if they become sterile, the deer in that area die off. That is not a good solution, and
is itself an abomination toward nature, but many people would happily force it to happen through their willful ignorance of nature.
Nature is not Bambi and Thumper frolicking around in a pretty glade... nature is a circle of life and death, growth and rot, with each death being
life to something else. It's all in balance. I see myself as being responsible for maintaining that balance when something happens to throw it off,
and that can mean killing some animals for the benefit of the species. The real disgrace is when laws become so strict that we no longer have the
ability to maintain that balance. And that is what the ESA has become.
I repeat, good for Trump. We needed some more common sense and the ability to act when action is needed.