One thing you may not know about me is that I share a lot of morally charged articles on my personal FB page. It gets me in trouble with friends sometimes, but it often leads to good discussion too. I don’t post those things on the blog page because its not what you all are there for, but in my personal life, I guess I like to passively stir things up a bit. Surprised? But I’m all about being real around here and my beliefs are part of me, so sometimes I feel the need to mix things up a bit over here too.
I’ve been thinking a little about leopards this week because of all of the talk on FB about a certain female hunter. There are plenty of opinions out there and I can see all sides of the issue. I definitely love animals and value animal life. For example, we have two cats and I dream of someday owning a miniature pig. Also, yesterday Soren saw a snake in our yard and brought it to the house for the kids to see. Unfortunately he had hit it with a stick first because he couldn’t tell what it was doing or where it began and ended when he found it. The hit mortally wounded the snake and I couldn’t bear to watch it writhe on the deck. I had Soren put it out of its misery. A snake pulled my heart strings y’all! A snake! So yes – I really despise cruelty or pain towards animals.
That being said – we eat meat. We drink milk. We own a leather business, although all of our leather is a food industry byproduct (meaning the animals would have been killed anyway). I do believe animals were created for man to use – wisely and respectfully.
Anyway back to leopards. This article is really what hit home with me. Would I hunt African animals? Nope. I wouldn’t hunt anything. I’m sad to see any animals die, even if it helps the local economy and environment. But the issue at hand is not about someone hunting big game in Africa – what I’m interested in is why our country can get so outraged about this. While this type of hunting seems unusual to us, first world folks who grew up in awe of the exotic African animals, I doubt it is. This gal is certainly not the only one doing this and just like all other social media posts, I’m sure we don’t and can’t understand the entire situation based on a few FB photos. When do FB photos EVER tell the whole story of ANYTHING? What the article points out that I really agreed with is the moral inconsistency that surrounds this outrage. Matt says it all so much better than I can, but I can say that as a mom and a Christian I will never be anything but pro-life: pro everyone’s life. Life is a gift. I wish that people who fight so hard for these animal’s lives would put the same effort and zeal into fighting for everyone’s life. I hope to do more myself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – provided they are kindly spoken – as they always are. Have a great Sunday!