Category Archives: Christians, animals and the environment - Page 2

Does Poison Discriminate?

I continue to be fascinated by the arbitrary ways people make decisions. For example, people that would decry the use of traps a cruel and indiscriminate will never take two seconds to consider the effects of their use of toxicants. True, ignorance may play a part but not all instances of ignorance are morally innocent. Sometimes people are ignorant because they are willfully so.

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Mrs. Obama Why You Should Wear “Wild-harvested” Fur

I was saddened when I learned that the First Lady said she won’t wear fur. I didn’t hear this directly, but from the animal rights protest industry group, PETA that used her image in an ad. I wasn’t surprised to learn the Ms. Obama avoids fur. Being anti-fur is almost a requirement to be a leftist and anti-environmentalist. Yes, I assert that being anti-wild fur harvesting, makes you an anti-environmentalist.

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Traps are Not Indiscriminate

One of the most pernicious and misleading claims of animal rights activists (ARA) is their assertion that traps are indiscriminate. Their claim suggests that traps can simply hurt anything and everything that happens upon them because traps cannot distinguish between pets, wild animals, or children. By emphasizing the randomness of capture, ARA exploit the public’s fear of unknown risks in the hopes that this fear can help motivate the public to ban traps.

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Dialogue with Animal Protectionists?

One of the hallmarks of contemporary culture is the naive notion that dialogue can conquor all disputes. You hear this sort of nonsense all time, i.e. If we could communicate better we would be able to resolve our differences. The fact is dialogue only works with people who share a sufficient number of values to allow compromise (unless of course, one side capitulates). A classic counter example to the belief that dialogue can resolve all disputes, is the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Does anyone really believe that both sides don’t understand each other?

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PETA’s Banned Turkey Prayer Ad

Whatever one thinks of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), you have to tip your hat at their ability to market themselves and their propaganda. Their use of sexuality, shock language, movie stars, and protests provide an effective campaign that regularly gets the attention of the media. One of their more recent attempts to raise the public’s consciousness about the plight of turkeys was through a television advertisement. The ad shows a family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner (with turkey of course) and the little girl is asked to give thanks. The child begins (I am paraphrasing) by thanking God for turkeys and the feces they contain and how their heads get stomped. You can view the 30 second video for yourself at http://www.peta.org/FeatureGrace.asp

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Baby Seals & Animal Rights Fund Raising

One of the most effective profit centers for the animal rights groups has been their save the seals campaign. Seals are the perfect poster-animal for fund raising. They have big eyes and cute fur combine to make people’s hearts melt and their wallets open when they hear of the “alleged” horrors of seal hunting. Christians should make sure that they are not spending the Lord’s money on these anti-sealing groups.

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