October 20, 2006, - 9:05 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Hard to decide for whom to root in the battle between extremist Muslims and wild elephants.
Yesterday, wild elephants rampaged through the Bangladeshi village of Bashkhali, trampling to death five members of a family, while they were asleep in their hut.
As you’ll recall, Bangladesh is the extremist Muslim nation which imprisoned and beat newspaper editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, for daring to try to travel to Israel, and is now seeking the death penalty against him. Given that, it’s hard to shed a tear for something that just might be an act of natural selection where human barbarians are eliminated by wildlife barbarians.
Still, since we always hear from so-called animal rights groups whenever a human sneezes in an animal’s direction, one wonders where their condemnations are when animals clearly and deliberately murdered humans.
Well, predictably, they’re blaming the humans. Ainun Nishat, of IUCN–The World Conservation Union (a PETA-style animal-apologist group), told AP that the victims deserved it:
Elephants sometimes wander into residential areas looking for food but usually do not attack “without a valid reason.”
“Maybe once the area was a source of food, or somebody from the localities had caused injuries to one of the elephants,” Nishat said. He said elephants often become angry when they find homes or other establishments where they once used to roam.
So absurd, it’s hilarious.
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