Most of you have heard about the Texas Tech cheerleader who started a controversy over posting her hunting photos from Africa on Facebook. It has been quite an ordeal for the 19 year old, Kendall Jones, who has recently received piles of death threats as the commotion began to pick up steam when Buzzfeed.com ran the story last week.
The irony of someone threatening to kill a 19 year old girl in the name of “preserving life” is just the tip of the contradictory iceberg. This Social media frenzy should show us a lot about who we are and where we are going as a country.
Two things you need to know before you jump on the firestorm fueling bandwagon:
#1) People rarely get their facts straight
Buzzfeed.com misrepresented information in their original article about Jones. Captioning a picture of Jones in front of what appears to be a dead Rhino they posted a quote, “’The vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements… I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation,’” she wrote.” The problem? The Rhino was not dead. It had been mauled by a lion and Jones shot it with a tranquilizer dart so the vet could do medical procedures on it to save its life. The Rhino has been micro chipped and is alive right now. Buzzfeed.com conveniently left that out.
The Huffington post celebrated Facebook earlier this week for taking Jones’ photos down, saying that it violated their photo standards by promoting the hunting of endangered animals. The problem is that these animals aren’t “endangered” they way you think they are endangered. Professional hunter Criag Boddington explained to Fox News that the wildlife conservationists encourage people to pay money to hunt these animals legally. There are many levels of endangered animals and none of the ones she hunted were on the critically endangered list except one—the cheetah (which actually wasn’t a cheetah). It was a leopard, and leopards are not endangered the same way and are allowed to be legally hunted. Again the media gave out wrong info, and many people ran with it hook, line, and sinker.
I’ve already explained in length that it’s both LEGAL and IMPORTANT to hunt these animals. Conservationists know how to control populations of the animals over particular areas of land so that the animals do not suffer AND so that the land doesn’t suffer. Take hunting away and you won’t have any conservationist groups left. Why? This is the primary way conservationist groups get money to operate their organizations. Then you will see true eradication of species by poaching or over population.
#2 What are you passionate about, and what are you doing about it?
In an article titled, Just Pretend This Dead Lion is a Human Baby and Then You Wont be so Upset, blogger Matt Walsh says, “It’s funny that, of all the filth and depravity online, it takes an image of a dead zebra to really rile people up.”
I agree with Matt. It’s also pretty amazing to me to see so many people getting outraged about the legal killing of animals in Africa but be so nonchalant about the killing of babies through abortion. Then people are so impassioned to preserve animal life that they threaten human life? Hello? Does that make any sense? I’ve recently seen people celebrating on Facebook that we’ve successfully petitioned against the freedom of a human, for the freedom of animals. What’s this world coming to? I think many people would rather hug a tree than hug their neighbor.
If we had as much passion for upholding our constitutional freedoms as we did for animals in Africa, our country would be a very different and BETTER place indeed.
While I wrote this blog I just learned about Costco co-founder and director Jim Senegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated President Obama, creating a pull order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book America: Imagine the World Without Her from the shelves of its stores nationwide. Read more HERE. Also it has been reported that the The New York Times will finally put the book on it’s best selling list after “forgetting” to put the book on the list since June 20th.
I love animals–very much indeed. But I love my freedom more. I hope more people stand up for our rights and freedoms the way we stand up for banning photos on Facebook, declaring war on Hobby Lobby, and censoring opinions of conservatives.
UPDATE: The Blaze reports about the Costco censorship
UPDATE 2: Costco reverses decision to pull conservative book.
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