I’m putting off doing homework right now. I really should be starting it, but I just really prefer writing to a full day of homework. (and yes, I wrote this yesterday)
This book just keeps getting better! Start Something That Matters is one that I’m really excited about. I haven’t been this excited about a book in quite a while. I would really advise getting it if you’ve ever dreamed of making a difference (and I’m sure most of us have).
I usually don’t weigh in on current events, but this one is making me crazy. An American dentist went on what he thought was a legal hunt in Africa (Zimbabwe I believe) and shot a famous lion. Turns out the hunt wasn’t legal and there has been severe backlash in the US. So much so that he has closed his business and may be facing charges. I think it’s terrible that anyone goes on big game hunts. That’s just me. However, PETA, the animal rights group, tweeted that he “should be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” Uh, no. I’m not sure who horrifies me more, the hunters or PETA. Who calls for someone to be killed – much less hanged, which is barbaric – because they killed a lion? Apparently not all life is sacred to those who tweet at PETA. I’m not saying that a human life matters more than the life of any other sentient being, I’m saying that all life should be sacred. The older I get the more peaceful I get. I am against the death penalty for the horrifyingly poor way it is applied (over 100 people have been cleared who had been on death row already), but also because it’s not any kind of civilized justice. An eye for an eye was repudiated a long time ago.
Anyway, the whole idea of PETA, an animal rights organization, to call for someone’s death over the killing of one animal and not the billions more that are killed annually just in the US (a couple thousand of which are killed by them through their euthanasia of animals brought to them for care or adoption), seems a bit much. I was starting to soften towards them (I have never been much of a fan), having read a couple of books by Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, and seen their recent ad campaigns that were to the point but not combative (“I’d rather wear nothing than wear fur”). This just undid all of that goodwill. It is shameful. Call for him to be prosecuted by all means if that’s what you believe should happen to him, but to call for his death? No. Just no.
UPDATE: I have written them an e-mail to this effect. They say on their website that they don’t have much for advertising and so have to rely on free media coverage, and the only way to get that is to be controversial. Controversial is fine, I have no problem with controversial. This was a step too far for me.