April 29, 2008, - 9:13 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m of the opinion that you can’t be an animal rights loon and against construction and development (and attack hunters) AND be a conservative. You also can’t outright blame innocent human victims of animal attacks–who did nothing to provoke their attackers–and pretend you’re any different than the nutjobs at PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and human).
Yet, there is a certain pseudo-conservative who wrote an op-ed that sounded like it could have been written by the top terrorists from the Animal Liberation Front and the Environmental Liberation Front, and the most vocal PETA activists. Remove the byline, and you’d think PETA’s Ingrid Koch wrote the piece. The “conservative” blamed victims of shark attacks for the tragedies that resulted, excoriated the building of housing and malls, and said it is the fault of families that their babies were attacked by bears foraging for garbage.
The woman wrote this article in USA Today. And I wonder–with news of the latest multiple shark attacks on innocent swimmers in waters off the coasts of California and Florida–will this “conservative” again blame the victims and tell us this . . .?:
We assume we’re so advanced, so powerful, that most flora and fauna exist for our pleasure. Nature has its place, as long as it stays out of our way.
Hanker for a new outlet mall? Clear-cut the trees! (Why do you think they’re called strip malls?) Need a golf course? Bulldoze the pastures! The foxes will find somewhere else. Want to expand the ski slopes of Vail, Colo.? How endangered can those pesky bobcats be?
Of course, most animals don’t stand a chance against man. The stag may look noble against a winter landscape, but it can’t outrun a hunter on a snowmobile. A glorious marlin can rip through the strongest currents, yet has trouble evading million-dollar fishing boats rigged with deep-sea sonar.
But this summer we have been reminded – often horribly – that we can’t always control what is wild. Sometimes animals will try to reclaim what they can of their shrinking habitats. Animals will be animals.
It took grisly shark attacks in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and the Bahamas to remind us that other things swim in the water besides oiled-up humans.
Yup, us selfish humans–we deserve to be “the other white meat” and “what’s for dinner” for sharks and bears. We are the scariest. Uh-huh.
Who wrote this column? Who is the PETA/ELF/ALF-style chick parading as a conservative? Click below to find out.
The scariest animal doesn’t wear pants. But one of the phoniest conservatives does.