Okay, I know this story is out of the United Kingdom but it was really just too funny to pass up. In fact, had it been Friday this would have made for some great satire. Right, here is the deal. Animal aid is some softy civil rights group for animals over in Britain. How you can have civil rights for animals I still don’t get since they aren’t people. That aside, these people believe that children are being inundated with the violent images contained in hunting magazines; they believe this “casual cruelty” being shown to children merits the same kind treatment as pornography gets, you know the top shelf treatment. They also aim to ban the opportunities for this sport to be banned from promoting their activities in school or through youth organizations. Wow.
Hunting compared to porn. Um, wow. I am really at a loss for words here. I can’t tell you the last time a dead deer or a duck laying shot on the grass, even a picture of one, invoked feelings of blood lust and the wanton desire to kill for the sake of killing; much less feeling the same kind of excitement as looking at a naked woman. The two just don’t jive, unless you have some really serious problems and in that case I don’t think putting the magazines out of reach is going to help.
Animal Aid says that such ”lurid, pro-violence content could have a corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds.” Really, they don’t get enough violence on the television, the computer, and their video games? The picture of a child holding his first kill, a rabbit or squirrel, or small game bird is going to send these children over the edge contributing to a culture of violence. Uh huh. Right, because every kid goes out and buys the newest hunting game and no one buys Body Count 4: the Revenge or some such thing like that where all you do is go around cleaving skulls and slitting throats. Yup, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts must be the top seller of all time then, and worse than a Hustler magazine.
It gets worse, it is not like they are even all kooks, which honestly is what I expected. Their mouthpiece is a professor of criminology and public policy at the University of Brighton. You have got to be kidding me, you’d think someone this smart, or at least with the credentials of an intelligent person would be able to look at this and say, aren’t there more violent things we could be campaigning against right now. Is this really our number one priority, child hunters?
Hunting is a valid sport. People, quite a few people, eat the things they kill. Learning to shoot is not a bad thing, learning to shoot things that aren’t people shouldn’t be considered evil or pornographic for that matter as well. This isn’t a matter of the thought process or a child or protecting a child from harm, this is about control. This is about the total and complete banning of guns in England. They have to start small, take away access to literature so that later they can act bigger and take away access to guns.
This would be more laughable if it weren’t so sad, go ahead look at the source data, do any of the people killing rabbits and squirrels looks like dangerous criminals to you, ready to go on a shooting rampage, whipped into a frenzy of blood lust after reading hunting porn. I didn’t think so.