I’m an avid outdoorsman. That’s why writing is sometimes a chore. The outdoors call to me. I hunt, fish, and trap just as much as I can. However, there is a growing shriek from animal rights groups to abolish all forms of game taking, and they will pull all the heartstrings necessary to achieve their goal.
There is no higher calling as a man and nothing more pleasing in the sight of God than bringing home an animal I caught and killed myself that will provide sustenance for my family.
The look on my wife’s face when I drag something dead out of the truck is one of pure pride. She knows she has a man who can always make sure the family has something to eat, is willing to kill and butcher for her sake, and will brave the discomforts and dangers of a hunt to do it.
If you don’t believe hunting can be dangerous, come hog hunt with me sometime, and we will chase one down on foot with nothing more than a few dogs and a knife. Then we can discuss how I have an unfair advantage.
Devils who won’t eat meat
These grass eaters began a photo campaign this week, offering to film a trapper caught in a trap for 72 hours. The visual allusions to the movie Avatar are obvious. A young ginger girl in a blue pseudo-camouflage bodysuit and blue face paint is the personification of the beautiful, innocent creatures of the forest randomly cut down in the prime of non-aggressive, free-range life.
In the interest of giving these folks a fair shake to make their case, I visited their Facebook page. Visit it yourself, if you’re so inclined. The images they post are fairly pedestrian compared to other anti-fur pages I’ve visited. However, I will warn you the level of venom spewed by these ostensibly peace-loving people who will not harm animals is shocking.
I question their moral compass for advocating exactly the same and worse violence they claim is inflicted on animals be perpetrated on other human beings with whom they disagree.
Just a bunch of stupid animals
What astounded me was the absolute lack of knowledge on display. Just complete and utter ignorance of the subject on which they spoke. I sincerely doubt any of them have seen (aka; not a video) any of the cruelties they describe. And if they have, why didn’t they call the police? The acts they describe are literally criminal. As in, you will go to jail for doing them. I think their cause is more than penal in nature. It is emotional.
I blame Walt Disney and his Bambi movie. That asshole did more to turn several generations into complete wimps than had they been given estrogen suppositories their entire lives. I mean big ‘ol bovine-sized butt bullets shoved in elbow deep by some grizzled old cowboy chain-smoking unfiltered cigarettes and never once touching the coffin nail with his hands because he knows very well where they have been.
Am I really the only kid who cheered for the hunter when he shot Bambi’s mom?
The anti-trapping folk’s big complaint is the use of The Evil Steel Trap. As shown several times in The Fox and the Hound (Thanks again, Disney. You ninnies), The Evil Steel Trap will jump up off the ground at the merest of breezes and snap a leg off the targeted creature. Please think for a moment as to how counter-productive it would be to amputate the leg of a creature you want to actually have held in place. It would get away.
Back to their sheer ignorance
Foothold traps (That’s the real name for The Evil Steel Trap) no longer have teeth in the jaws. That is illegal. As a matter of fact, many jurisdictions require padded jaws, offset jaws (which lessen pressure, and thereby holding force, on the caught leg and result in more escapes with injury), or some combination of both.
“Oh, Carlos, but the poor little animal suffers so much in a trap,” I can hear the hippies whine. Allow me to let you in on a secret. There really is no such thing as a good death. I’ve seen plenty; both four and two-legged. That is especially true in the animal world.
Mother Nature is mean, cruel bitch, and when animals kill other animals, the deaths are horrific.
Animals are vicious killers of each other, and just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t occur. I have yet to come across a hunter or trapper who doesn’t go to extremes to limit the suffering of the animals he kills, if for no better reason than he understands the preciousness of life.
This brings me full-circle to the title of this post. In answer to the claim of extreme pain inflicted on animals by foothold traps, several trappers on Facebook have posted demonstrations where they insert their own hand into one of the traps they use on their quarry.
Here are the links:
And for the ladies, lest you think it’s only big, burly men that can withstand the power of a steel trap
To the surprise of no one who has actually used traps, they survive completely unscathed. If you do not believe, please view for yourself. Perhaps you will learn something. Come to think of it, view them anyway. I’m sure they would appreciate the traffic.
So, here was the thought I had. I would love to see (However, I do not encourage) the Steel Trap Challenge. Just like the whole Ice Bucket Challenge, but with foothold traps. I don’t see a #SteelTrapChallenge on Twitter, yet. Maybe we can start a whole “thing,” and smarten up these anti-trapping and hunting lunatics?
Oh, who am I kidding? They are immune from facts, but we can have a hell of a good time trying.