Read this post on Daily Kos today about the uptick in canned hunts of white buffalo. Here's my rant - 

The point of "vanity hunting" is easy enough - to gain a sense of power over the helpless while projecting them as dangerous - or, in other words - faking it. It is fantasy with very real consequences. That you are removing from the world what is considered either rare or sacred is an added satisfaction to a corrupt and greedy soul. The point of vanity or canned hunting of white buffalo? Injun killing. Time it stops.

Most white people don't know that as late as the 70's and early 80's, truck loads of drunk white men would drive onto reservations, even here in Oregon, and gun down "Indians" for sport. A man or woman here or there. Never more than one so as not to draw too much attention. There were never investigations, never arrests.

These kinds of practices don't ever completely go away. And, at times like ours now, where the resurgence of these sentiments are being re-encoded in our politics in less egregious but still blatant ways - the removal of protections for the Earth, for the poor, for minorities, for women, for children, for the aged, for the differently abled, for the disabled, for the refugee, for the immigrant, for the queer - and the increased protection of the very wealthy (and white who benefit from the decrease in political and social protections for equality) - such practices as these become more commonplace as outlier reminders of who is now in power just as burning mosques and synagogues remind the nation whose religion now reigns.

We are seeing this now in those pockets where violence is already a daily occurrence so as to hide one's ill deeds amid the already existent chaos or where pockets of racism and misogyny managed to persist against the tide of social democracy and equal justice where one's misdeeds are lauded.

I must guess here now, given that i don't vanity hunt - what IS their need? I might stupidly and unkindly yell at my dog in an effort to regain power over him for some often inconsequential thing, but i don't go looking for puppies to kick. I pay someone to kill for my dogs meat tho i will never meet that soul or the soul of the animal who died, but i won't knowingly feed him an animal whose life was taken with glee. I will choose flesh for him whenever possible that came from an animal that had a better life over a poor creature who languished in a cage all its short existence. I will avoid cruelty where i can when promoting my life and my dog's life (unless i'm being an ass).

So, are these gleeful hunters simply asses? Are they cruel? Insatiable? Power-hungry? Needing to bring about unnecessary suffering? Unable to see the suffering they cause? It couldn't be this last, since choosing a white buffalo is precisely so as to deliver suffering and insult on both the animal and those than revere it. It's times like these, reading stories such as this one, that i find that i will spend days, if not weeks wondering...until the taint of evil i feel at the very actions of these people seems far enough away from me that i might forget them for a time.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 1, 2017 at 3:48pm

you have it right w  'evil'

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 1, 2017 at 3:52pm

Anyone who pays for a "canned hunt" of anything or a safari with anything but a camera is no hunter or anything approaching a human being.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 1, 2017 at 4:56pm

Not caring about the suffering they cause and not acknowledging what a "manhood" joke it is. It would be like mounting the head of a domesticated bull on the wall except worse because domesticated bulls aren't sacred. It would be closer to breeding wolves for slaughter like this. 

I look at the picture of guys posing after killing domesticated lions and they look like they think they accomplished something like, I don't know, throwing a touchdown pass while the other team was in a cage. 

Comment by MV Neland on April 1, 2017 at 5:19pm

Many can argue that factory farming is no better, and i'd agree.  But, it makes no pretense.  It is barbaric efficiency with little truck to anything but food and profit to produce more meat than humans and pets could ever require to eat.  Some can argue that killing white buffalo males is a better way to cull young unwanted males compared to veal production. They get to wander to some degree in a pen rather than in a stall.  How can one argue with that?  But, these are husbandry practices of "raising" meat, and not the killing of it, and they are little better and sometimes worse imho, but they are NOT gleeful acts.  The glee comes with the barbecue, not the slaughter.  

Sports fishing for some is gleeful while gill netting is as mundane and soul destroying as factory farming is to the humans who do that labor.  Those who fish do not genetically raise certain fish to become stand-ins for African Americans and then lure them in.  English sports hunters don't anthropomorphize a stag in order to get some sense of gunning down Irish Celts, nor dig up and deny them every potato as they once did to deliberately create famine, much like white settlers and the US government deliberately created famine for Native Americans by the wholesale slaughter of buffalo.  And, in terms of the white buffalo, which is the point of this rant, it is an industry borne out of American racism and the genocide of Native Americans coupled with the urban CEO privileged class and, for some of them, a taste for blood. It is THAT phenomenon that i am seeing crawling it's way back into "custom."

Comment by koshersalaami on April 1, 2017 at 6:17pm

Yes, it's all about the privilege to violate what is sacred to others. 

Comment by MV Neland on April 2, 2017 at 10:32am

Koshersalaami, excellent metaphor!  Exactly!


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