Saturday, August 25, 2012

"In our time..."

"... which is a rather stupid time.." (Jose Ortega y Gasset): the latest on the California bill to ban hunting with hounds; and the possible loss of the historical and economically important Remington factory in Ilion New York.

On the hound bill, the concern of the antis is touching. ""It's typically a high-tech hunt that results in an animal being shot out of a tree, which is unsporting", says Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS-- because, of course, he would be cheering on the hunters if it were "sporting". Another backer worries about the hounds, who would be much better off neutered in urban dog parks: hunting with dogs "could also result in dogs being hurt or lost."

They did quote a sensible voice or two: ""We do not want the challenge to be in the shot," Brones added. "We want the challenge to be putting yourself in a position for the shot... We don't want the animal to suffer." I somehow doubt it will make any difference, though.

Money quote in the Remington article is priceless: "“Look, frankly, if we really want to keep jobs in New York, let’s invest more money in yogurt..." IF??

Two quotes from Dr John Burchard, in a recent letter: "Modern humans are in great danger of becoming totally disconnected from the natural world - with dire results for us as well as for "wildlife"."

And: "There is a tendency in the modern world to want to eliminate all risks, even to the most inattentive, uncaring and irresponsible individuals. A certain measure of risk management is indispensable for the maintenance of an orderly society - but the complete elimination of risk is first of all impossible, and secondly not even desirable. "


Darrell said...

It makes me sad that most people have never spent a night under the stars in nature, away from light pollution, seeing the sky the way it should be. Most just don't care. They don't know what they're missing.

Anonymous said...

Risk management: It has been demonstrated repeatedly that people have almost no clue about the proportion of risk.

The media is in the business of fear-mongering.

We are being taught to fear living. It's pathetic.

Jim Cornelius

Retrieverman said...

Animal shot out of a tree is unsporting?

I'd like to see the HSUS propose a similar law in this state.

I bet we'd have a state-wide strike by coon, fox, and bear hunters, and any politician who even suggested liking it would probably be forced to resign.

California was once the Golden West, a place of legend in so much of our national culture.

Now, it's a place full of third rate politicos and deluded fools.

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