Regardless of how people are going about these lion hunts in Africa (be it with a high-powered rifle, or with an atlatl), the fact of the matter is that it’s still perfectly legal, and that it still does more good than harm, regardless of how “cowardly” it may seem to animal rights activists. Being “brave” or “cowardly” is not the point of these hunts: The point of these hunts is that they keep wildlife reserves operational so that all animals within the park are safe from poachers.
Ms. Bachman likely paid more money to kill that lion than I did to buy my own house. All that money goes to help conservation efforts in the reserve where the lion was killed. In many cases, parks like that are privately run and cannot be sustained on eco-tourism alone. They would go out of business, thus leaving the park unprotected and the animals at the mercy of poachers, if not for carefully-regulated legal hunts like the one Ms. Bachman paid for.
In most cases, the target animals of these hunts are pre-picked by park guides before the hunt even begins because they are sick, old, or beyond breeding age, and are going to die anyway without further contributing to the survival of the species. The option is to either let said animal wither away on its own, allow it to fall prey to poachers, or to charge a hunter hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill it so that the money can go back to conservation.
Even the World Wildlife Funds recognizes the benefits of regulated hunting in Africa. It keeps poachers out of parks, brings in huge sums of profit to keep the establishments running, and the meat from the animals killed is donated to the indigenous people.
But so long as there’s a picture of a pretty woman posing next to a dead animal, everyone is going to ignore the facts and focus on how “horrible” and “cruel” the death of that one single animal was because logic < emotional bias.
I was just about to comment on that post going around, thank you for typing all this up so I didn’t have to lol. You nailed it.
FINALLY i am so sick of seeing that post.
Hmm. Hadn’t considered it in those terms.
if she’s so concerned bout the safety of the animals in the reserve, why not just, you know, give the reserve money, rather than buying the life of one of the animals she allegedly is concerned about?
Probably because the lion she killed was already determined by park officials to be a problem cat. It’s up to them to pick the target animal, and they know the lions in their park well enough to determine which are contributing to the ecosystem and which are not. For what ever reason, they decided it was time for that particular lion to go.
You’d have to take it up with them to know for certain, but in most cases, the target animals are chosen because they are sick, injured, feeding on livestock, or are encroaching on local settlements, etc. In other words, an animal whose termination was either inevitable or beneficial to the park as a whole.
In any event, the park officials know what’s best for the animals and the habitat in their charge. And they don’t expect people to just fork over money for no reason; the act of killing a lion and returning home with a trophy may not sit right with you, but it obviously sits right with Ms. Bachman, and it’s her right to determine what is and is not “okay” for herself.
Her beliefs regarding animal life are different from yours, and probably mine, too, but so long as it’s legal and provides much-needed income to protect the rest of the animals on the reserve, she’s still doing a hell of a lot more for the continued survival of the species than anyone complaining about it on the internet.
whenever you are sad or lonely remember that sanrio once made a movie about a sheep in a weird stockholm syndrome sorta relationship with the wolf what ate his mom and it teaches you a lot of great life lessons and is entirely on youtube
im gonna do that thing where u message someone randomly asking for ur sandals back ill keep u guys updated
oh my god
people are so nICE ABOUT THIS
things have taken a dramatic turn
dammit my cover is blown
PEOPLE ARE WAY TO NICE ABOUT MY NON EXISTENT SANDALS
IM HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE
Last year the Federal Government of Canada has cut healthcare support for refugees and asylum seekers in Canada. They claim it’s being done to prevent abuse of the refugee system, but healthcare professionals and human rights activists are calling it inhumane. Fortunately, some of the provinces (including my own) have been pushing back against the cuts and have reinstated refugee health care at the provincial level. I am thrilled, and so are Ontario’s healthcare providers.
Enter the Toronto Sun.
The Toronto Sun is a “populist” conservative paper with a strong right-wing slant known for its incendiary anti-left-wing headlines (a memorable one hails from the provincial election: “We’ve got a Liberal minority: welcome to Hell”). Its daily circulation is over 140,000 and it’s part of the Sun Media Corporation, which runs newspapers across Canada, including in Ottawa, my home city, which often picks up articles from the Toronto edition. As I’m sure you can guess, this is going nowhere good.
In response to the news that Ontario’s government is reinstating basic health care for refugee claimants, the Toronto Sun has run an inflammatory article entitled “Ontario government wants to help refugees but not young girl.” It reframes the issue of refugee health care around a citizen with a rare form of cystic fibrosis whose medication is unfortunately not covered by the province. The thinking, of course, seems to be that if this cute young (white) Canadian whose family has “paid taxes for generations” can’t get her health care covered by 100%, then those (non-white) asylum claimants definitely shouldn’t have access to any healthcare services at all, even the basic ones.
They have a poll up at the end of the article. It currently looks like this.
Please understand, the “free health care” they’re talking about here isn’t some rare medication or an obscure and specialized surgery that can only be performed by three people in the country. This is basic, fundamental healthcare services that every person in Canada is meant to have the right to access. Things like prenatal care for pregnant women, or basic hospital treatment for severely sick children, or chemotherapy for cancer patients. Things that the Ontario government describes as “essential and urgent care.”
Note that though it’s true Madi’s medication is very expensive (certainly well into the realms of unreasonably expensive, and I do feel sorry for her family in that regard), her family does get it covered by 80% thanks to a combination of her father’s health insurance and the drug manufacturer picking up costs. 80% coverage on drug costs is a pretty standard level in Canada (in fact, it’s on the high end of standard). I have my monthly testosterone covered by 80%. Some of my roommates, who have less common medications or are on medication for mental health, get less coverage than that.
What this article seems to be asking for is not just for the government to refuse basic health care to people who desperately need it. It’s also to give this one family something that even the rest of our taxpayers don’t get. And while I’d certainly be in favour of 100% healthcare coverage for every single person across the country, somehow I doubt this right-wing paper would be throwing its support behind the tax hikes that would require.
As it is, providing refugees with basic coverage is not going to bankrupt us. These are essential services that everyone taking shelter in our country should have access to, even if they aren’t citizens.
things i told the internet, but didn’t tell my mom
35mm film scans
some pictures about my backwards concept of privacy.
i. it’s getting bad again
ii. this week i am struggling with self doubt and the transition from iced coffee to hot coffee
iii. i want to puke and sleep for six days
iv. i still can’t sit on your couch without shaking
v. i need other people to validate that i am important because i can’t do it for myself
vi. no one else has ever told me that i am desirable with the lights on
Wonder Woman DC house ad
BEST. WONDER. WOMAN. EVER. THIS IS WONDER WOMAN. THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD WRITE HER. THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD REPRESENT THE AMAZON CULTURE. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS RUN IS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND OMFG GEORGE PEREZ, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
Yes. Don’t give me that “Oh but Wonder Woman is so haa-“
No. Perez laid the foundation of what a modern Wonder Woman comic looks like. People who think she’s hard too understand or too hard to write haven’t read her comics. And I say that as someone who used to think all those things.
A CROW TRIED TO GO IN OUR CLASSROOM AND HE HAD A PEN
yes hello i am here to learn geometries
I don’t care what kind of blog I have I will blog this no matter what.
"Craving sensation: feeling unreal" was such a huge part of the beginning of my relapse. I was convinced that people in front of me didn’t even exist and I kept touching things and trying to feel sensation. I’m reblogging because I know that that was so horrifying for me and I never want anyone else to go through it.
I like the idea of rubbing lotion on. I’ve never self-harmed, though, so I can’t speak from experience.
Sometimes when I felt upset in high school, I’d go into my room and paint my nails. Everyone in my family dislikes the fumes, so nobody who came in to talk to me would stay for long, and I had an excuse to shut the door. It’s a tedious little task that takes up some of your concentration, and it leaves something you can look at for awhile. I also get satisfaction from chipping off the paint with a fingernail as much as I can before using nail polish remover.
I’d also sort out the jar of loose change that would accumulate in the kitchen, counting how many pennies, nickels, dimes, etc. Sometimes I’d arrange them on my bed. I’m not great at patterns, but I’d sort them by date, which was sometimes pretty cool. I have a wheat penny from before WWII!
i like how when people say “i love couples with size difference” they mean tiny girls with waists so thin the large men they are dating can put their entire hand around them and by love i mean where the FUCK are my tiny vain princes and their huge muscular knight women who don’t put up with any of their shit and hoist them over their shoulders and walk off when they’re having a princely temper tantrum your all WEAK
Okay, you’re right, I don’t have any of those.
I have something better.
*pushes forward Big Barda and Scott Free*
*dusts off hands*