If you’ve been following since the beginning, then you know that we’re a vegetarian family. We simply don’t eat anything with a face. That’s our personal choice and we don’t judge anybody for how and what they eat – to each their own. We made the choice based on the Hindu principle of Ahimsa, or non-harming (we are both trained Yoga instructors, and as such, were trained in the original 8 limbs of Yoga. One of those limbs is Ahimsa. How’s that for a quick explanation?)
Basically, what I’m telling you is that my choice to not eat meat stems from the idea that I can easily nourish my body without harming other sentient beings. It stems from the belief (or, rather knowing) that everything is energy and you are what you eat. Again, I do not judge those who eat meat. I do, however, have a problem with animals not being treated in a humane way. I have a problem with ignorant people who needlessly cause animals to suffer. I have a problem with anybody causing any suffering whatsoever, but I digress.
One issue at a time.
What’s fueling this rant today is a post that I saw on Raw For Beauty’s Facebook page – they have a blog that you can read here. The post was about a family who went on a safari in order to kill an elephant. Yes, you read that right. The elephant was not only harmless, it was EATING at the time of its murder and the photo, in which the family POSED with their “prize”, showed the mouthful of foliage that the poor pachyderm never had the chance to finish chewing. You can see it here if you feel you must. (If you’re squeamish, please don’t click the previous link – there are numerous dead animals with ignorant humans posing next to them and if you’re anything like me, it might ruin your day…)
The only thought going through my head as I saw the horrible image was WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?! (I don’t usually use such strong language, so forgive me, but it seems appropriate in this case)
Here’s the thing: I understand people hunting for food. I get it. You kill an animal and then eat the flesh and use the rest of it – fine. There was a purpose to ending the animal’s life. But sport hunting? To me, that is the lowest of the low. Killing an innocent animal for the sake of killing it is inexcusable to me. There’s no way that family ate the elephant that they killed. Not even possible. They killed for sport. And there’s no sport in hunting something that doesn’t stand a chance. It’s target practice. And it’s also horrible. I wish those people could feel the fright and sorrow and loss that these animals and their families feel when hunted. (yes, animals have families) Would they stop if they did?
To the family that killed the elephant and to those who take part in sport hunting, this is what I have to say:
I’m appalled. There is no justification. Please don’t try to justify it. I don’t care if you killed the most vicious predator in the jungle – if that animal was simply living its life with no threat to you, then you are heartless and cruel and should be locked away.
We can do better than that.
Thanks for reading.
Have a wonderful weekend!
PS – Feel free to share this one if you agree with me. I feel like it should get out there.