By Don Boys, PhD:
This week another victim, a 45-year-old woman in South Carolina, was dragged into the water by an alligator and killed. In June, another woman was attacked and killed by an alligator in Florida.
Enough is enough! Officials must make it less likely that humans will be killed by wild beasts.
Mankind’s main concern is to live each day without being destroyed by deadly bacteria, virus, and flying insects. Mosquitoes kill 725,000 people annually followed by other creatures such as tsetse flies, snakes, sharks, bears, alligators, bobcats, and fellow humans. About 475,000 humans are killed each year by fellow humans, almost all intentional.
Annually, snakes kill about 50,000 worldwide and probably far more since many fatal bites are not reported in remote parts of the earth while dogs kill about 25,000 people worldwide. Most of those are stray, feral dogs often with rabies.
Thinking people know that one human life is worth more than all the bears, bobcats, alligators, and sharks in the world. It’s time for state and federal governments to recognize that fact and put a bounty on all predator beasts near occupied areas. Or, at least make it legal for such beasts to be killed if found on a person’s property. Of course, we should fill the zoos and natural preserves with tigers, bears, alligators, snakes and other man-killers so we will always be able to enjoy them without them enjoying us!
In the world’s largest mangrove forest between India and Bangladesh is the only place inhabited with a large concentration of Bengal tigers–and widows in India. The tigers are the reason there are 3,000 widows in the region! Over a thousand men have been killed in the past few years by tigers. The tigers are man-killers. The Times of Indiareported that entire villages are devoid of all men because of tiger attacks upon men working in the forest resulting in an abundance of “tiger widows.”
The National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India reports that the nation’s endangered Bengal tiger population is currently about 2,500. Admittedly, the Bengal tiger is a beautiful, magnificent animal, but the grieving widows don’t share such enthusiasm. Tigers, lions, cheetahs, etc., should be put in protected areas surrounded by their natural habitat; then kill those remaining near occupied areas. To those who just gasped in anger and shock, I remind you that most of the world lives without Bengal tigers and similar predators running loose so they are not essential for a thriving life.
The Bible indicates that one should hunt for food since Pro. 12:27 says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” So if one does not eat the meat (or give it to others) then he is slothful–deceitful, and fraudulent. Vicious beasts could satisfy the hunger of millions of people.
I would break the “kill only for food” rule for dangerous beasts such as sharks, bears, lions, alligators, wolves, poisonous snakes, etc. For those creatures I say thin them out with more generous hunting rules; after all, we have plenty of wild animals in preserves and zoos. Kill a wolf and save a hundred deer and elk. Kill a grizzly and save thousands of fish. All the grizzlies in Alaska and all the sharks in the ocean are not worth one person’s life. In fact, put a bounty on such dangerous creatures! That won’t kill them all, but it will sure thin them out.
African villagers don’t care who kills the lions, when they are killed, or how they are killed as long as they are killed. There is rejoicing in African villages when a lion or similar predator is killed. Stupid, sheep-like, non-thinking Americans whine on cue as radical animal worshippers play their tune. African natives who live in constant fear of deadly animals, especially lions, do not care if a lion was lured off a reserve, or baited, or if the shooter had a license. They just want lions dead so they can live a normal life in their village. In a choice between wild animals and people, I choose people every time.
Animal zealots tell us that animals, even the vicious ones, are equivalent to any human and should therefore have the same rights as humans. Alex Pacheco, co-founder of PETA (does that stand for People Eating Tasty Animals?) and chairman of its board for 20 years, said, “We feel that animals have the same rights as a retarded human child.” Speaking of retardation! Alex is not only common sense deficient but scripturally deficient because Luke 12:7 tells us, “Ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Animals were placed here for our benefit. They are to be sheared, used as beast of burden, milked, skins to be used as leather, eaten, etc. They are here for us, not us for them.
People like Alex preach that predators sometimes get disorderly when they are close to humans. Besides, sharks have poor eyesight and don’t mean to rip a human in two. Often bear attacks are only bears doing the natural thing to protect their young. Alligators are simply defending their territory. Sure, as when an alligator stalked and dismembered a female jogger. Her arms were found in the stomach of the captured alligator. There are almost two million gators in Florida alone and increasing daily and getting more dangerous because they are being crowded by our expanding population. Additionally, alligators have no natural enemies that threaten them.
Sharks, we are told, are noble creatures and are “gentle” and can be “trusted.” Yes, tell that to children who have had their arms or legs severed by one of those “gentle” creatures. Tell that to the eight humans who are killed each year by those “trusted” sharks.
On July 30, 1945, the Japanese Imperial Navy torpedoed the USS Indianapolis splitting the ship in two. The crew was tossed or jumped into the Philippine Sea. Nine hundred men bobbed up and down on the waves and were soon surrounded by a swarm of sharks. When a rescue ship arrived four days later the rescuers found 579 men dead, many chewed to pieces. The naval survivors were picked off one by one over the four days by Oceanic White Tip sharks. Of the 900 sailors in the water, all but 317 were killed.
Sure, you can trust a shark—to be a shark, just as you can trust a loony leftist to be a loony leftist.
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