It is general knowledge that I don’t understand men. My relationship CV can be considered living proof of that. I in particularly do not understand men habe the urge to kill animals for fun in order to feel manly. Because that is what hunting comes down to.
Unless you manage to kill an elephant / leopard / buffalo / rhino with your bare hands; unless you deprive it of its life out of self-protection and hunger; and unless you intend to eat our ‘prey’ yourself there is nothing-nada-niks manly or human about hunting what so ever.
In my world, killing animals for fun – just to have a skin on the floor or a head on the wall – is a past-time for utter cowards. Yes, for insecure sissies without a personality nor a pair of solid balls. Think of it for just one second: what chance does an animal have when it is being chased hour after hour by a bunch of gun-toting guys on a testosterone high, ploughing the veld in a machine-powered vehicle, using all sorts of other gadgets? Gentlemen, if you want to kill wild animal for fun – then please be fair and ditch the fancy gadgets.
And when you decide to have your picture taken while holding your trophy: don’t smirk. You did not prevail and win from the animal because of your strength. You prevailed because of your fancy gadgets.
This brings me to the sons of Donald Trump. Both boys went one a bit of a shooting spree in Zimbabwe recently. Smirking from ear to ear, both were photographed posing with the body of a dead leopard, a mutilated elephant’s tail, and a dead crocodile – among other animals. If these boys would have played it fairly, the croc and the leopard would have been snapped posing with their bodies.
Various individuals and organisations have reacted in disbelief over the past few days, including Stephen Lamb from Touching The Earth Lightly. Stephen is a good friend of mine, and someone who is doing his fair bit for a greener, better planet.
Last week he sent a letter to Freddie Oosterhuis from Hunting Legends International – the company that hosted the Trump brothers. This was Freddie’s response:
XXX jou man. Wie dink jy is jy jou armsalige XXX.
XXX jou, XXX jou ma jou pa jou vrou jou kinders en jou lewe.
Jy is XXX en sal altyd XXX wees.
XXgesig. Gaan XXX jou hand.
Freddie Oosterhuis / Hunting Legends International
“Please excuse the profanity in their response,” Stephen wrote in an email to me. “I do not want to sensationalize the issue unnecessarily, but I felt I had to share the ridiculous nature of their response given the fact that they have a mandate to kill wild animals.”
I do want to follow up with Freddie. Maybe he had a bad day when replying to Stephen. Then again: I have had a pretty horrid day today, so the last thing I need right now is being abused by a total stranger. I shall send him an email next week.
What is your opinion about the above? Is hunting a good thing? A bad thing? What do you think of the Trump boys? What about Freddie’s response? While I value ALL opinions, please bear in mind that I have no interest in empty arguments / slander / cussing / swearing / and other bullshit. Assuming we are all adults, I ask ou to keep the argument civilized and proper.