Monday, February 13, 2006

Pen-raised animals

I haven't made a serious deal out of Cheney's shooting the guy - I've commented on it because it's fun to comment on, not because I think it's a big deal. Accidents happen.

But I just changed my mind. This stinks.

He was hunting pen-raised animals? Like the buffalo in Bless the Beasts and Children?

That's sick. It's sadistic and sick. Really, really reprehensible.

UPDATE: The article about Cheney doing canned hunting is from 2003. Apparently, he stopped when he found what a stink it raised. Good.


Anonymous said...

Might be Cheney's hunting practice is wrong. Is it sadistic and sick the way the killing of the buffalo in Bless The Beasts and The Children was?
Sorry, but no. What one reads there is a story of children treated as cast-offs, with little more value than an extra buffalo or two. It (the novel) is a brilliant horror story of childhood, and as such to be respected. It scared the hell out of me when I read it, far more than any Freddy the Monster movie made since.
But it does not have anything to do with current hunting practices, and the bad or good of same. Let's be at least a bit serious here.


Iggy said...

Well, perhaps I'm wrong, as I'm not a hunter. But the practice of a "canned hunt" seems to be exactly what Cannon and crew saw that horrified them so. Of course the current practice doesn't have the point of the novel - which is about "imperfect" human beings being treated the same way as "imperfect" animals.

Nice to know that you read a largely forgotten but excellent book.