A collection of Monty Gelstein’s haiku can be found here.
A collection of Monty Gelstein’s haiku can be found here.
The Daily Maul is looking for a few fully evolved psychological ninjas to join a Hunter Suicide Encouragement Task Force, a group that will be dedicated to convincing bloodlust-full members of the drooling class to take their own worthless lives.
Monty Gelstein, a wealthy philanthropist and tireless animal-rights advocate who will chair the HSETF, promised that “getting the savages among us to turn their lead-filled phalluses on themselves will be as rewarding as it is relatively easy.”
Center for Fewer Humans research director Marcus Aurelius Armitage, who’ll advise HSETF members on matters of science, has advocated the complete and total eradication of those afflicted with savage cretinism. In an “extra scientific” study published in November 2013, Armitage wrote: “While not every human afflicted with cretinism is a hunter, we can say with near-absolute certainty that every hunter is afflicted with cretinism.”
Upon its publication, The Daily Maul reported that “Armitage’s study suggests that a hitherto unidentified form of cretinism — whose nonviolent symptoms include uncontrollable drooling, excessive mouth-breathing, and graceless knuckle-dragging — generates a demonic and insatiable bloodthirst in those afflicted.”
Armitage was quoted in The Daily Maul report as saying, “It’s really in everybody’s interests to wash our hands of the problem — to absolutely vanquish the drooling class.”
Another symptom of savage cretinism, Armitage said more recently, is a pronounced “victim complex.”
The establishment of the HSETF comes in response to news that the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has formed a “Hunter Advancement Task Force.”
According to a July 23 news release posted on the USSA’s website, “sportsmen, conservation organizations and outdoor personalities met at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance … headquarters yesterday to develop strategies to counter the recent increase in cyber-attacks on hunters.”
In a video produced by the USSA, that organization’s communications specialist — a barely intelligible hack named Kali Parmley — says, “With the growing world of social media at an all-time high, hunters have found themselves in the spotlight being labeled as animal serial killers, psychopaths, and a host of other false allegations from animal-rights activists from around the world who find it easy to attack hunters from behind their computer screens.”
The video also features an appearance by a repulsive lunatic named Jana Waller, who hosts a Sportsman Channel program called Skull Bound TV.
“To me,” Waller says, “the whole issue of harassment is so important because I’m afraid it’s going to deter people — women, kids — from standing tall and proud as hunters. And it’s so misdirected. It comes from such a point of people being uneducated about what hunting is all about. They think it’s all about killing, when, in my opinion, hunting is all about living.”
And Nick Pinizzotto, the USSA’s pitiful, shit-brained president and CEO, adds his voice to the video, saying, “We have to do a better job of framing who we are as a hunting community” and “we have to continue to portray ourselves as the logical people who want to manage wildlife through hunting.”
“The level of cognitive dissonance being put on display by Pinizzotto and his fellow barbarians is absolutely extraordinary,” Armitage said.
Gelstein was less diplomatic.
“The kind of demented narcissist who would actually say ‘hunting is all about living’ really needs to be convinced to shoot the monster she or he sees in the mirror,” Gelstein said, “because unfortunately, we’re living in a society that accepts and protects the kind of subhuman that believes she or he can legitimately deny being an ‘animal serial killer’ or a ‘psychopath.’”
Speaking on behalf of animal-rights activists everywhere, Gelstein said, “The reason we ‘find it easy to attack hunters from behind (our) computer screens’ is because we’re not violent people. We express ourselves in such a way that no one actually gets hurt. If these scum-sucking Neanderthals want to insist that they’re the victims — as pathetic a suggestion as that is – they ought to go ahead and be the goddamned victims.”
Hunters are so dim-witted, he said, that even an intermediate-level psychological ninja should be able to convince a hunter to put the victim in the mirror out of his or her misery.
“Every hunter simply needs to be convinced to put on his or her ridiculous orange and camouflage costume, look at the reflection in the mirror — or at the reflection in the moonshine bottle — see the victim he or she professes to be, and blow that poor victim’s underdeveloped brain all over the walls of his or her cave.”
In a recent interview with Who magazine — an Australian version of People, and not, unfortunately, a periodical dedicated to the legendary British rock band — Bindi Irwin bitched about details of her father’s brutal death being made public. In March, on a Network Ten (Australia) TV show called Studio 10, a cameraman named Justin Lyons, who witnessed Steve Irwin being dispatched by a stingray, vividly described the so-called “Crocodile Hunter’s” final moments.
Lyons recounted telling Irwin, whom he was filming in waters near the Great Barrier Reef in September 2006, “You swim up from behind the animal and I’ll try to get a shot of it swimming away.”
Right off the bat, Lyons’ Studio 10 interview tells us two things: 1) Irwin had about as much sense as that moron from Jackass, and 2) there’s footage of Irwin being killed.
Note to Mr. Lyons: Send me that footage ASAP.
Lyons told Studio 10, “All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds,” and, “I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away … It wasn’t until I panned the camera back and Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something was wrong.”
Well apparently, the public presentation of those tantalizing details pissed Bindi off.
Of Lyons’ Studio 10 interview, Bindi told Who, “It’s really hurtful, and for as long as I live I’ll never listen to it … It’s wrong as a family for us to hear about it.”
Right. Bindi and her family don’t want to hear about pain and suffering. They choose not to look at horrible scenes — which, not surprisingly, is exactly how they’re able to cozy up to the world’s most scrutinized marine prison.
Until Bindi stops being “an apologist for the wildlife-slave industry,” to borrow my own words, she ought to pipe down. She doesn’t have to read or listen to what Lyons has to say, nor does she have to watch footage of a stingray killing her father.
But just because she doesn’t want to watch the footage doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to.
Imagine my delight upon reading the headline “Two Hunters Attacked and Killed by Giant Anteaters in Brazil.” Anteaters? Who knew? But hell, I’ll take it. And I hope the hunters suffered.
In two equally satisfying incidents — one in 2012, the other two years earlier — anteaters used their claws to fatally stab Brazilian savages. Each useless human bled to death (slowly, I hope) as a result of his deserved injuries.
An article by Fiona Keating in the International Business Times indicates that “the case studies of two fatal maulings by giant anteaters were released in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.”
Unfortunately, that journal’s website is only granting me access to an abstract of “Human Death Caused by a Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga trydactila) in Brazil,” which at least provides a few gory details. (Now imagine my excitement upon noticing an “Images” tab on that same Web page. Alas, there are no photos of the anteater maulings, so I’ll have to use my imagination.)
In her International Business Times report, Keating explains that “wildlife researchers are concerned that the attacks happened because of the loss of the animals’ habitat, which may cause them to defend themselves.”
Note to “wildlife researchers”: Is this really just dawning on you?
Clearly, these people are studying the wrong species’ behavior. I, on the other hand, have long had all the evidence and reason I need to root for the anteaters.
We’d been saying goodbye to Hunter for eight months, since we learned that she had kidney disease. What had begun in August 2012 with the treatment of what appeared to be a urinary-tract infection had turned quickly into the urgent management of and an intensive crash course in glomerulonephritis, the merciless cause of Hunter’s diminished kidney functions. Most dogs don’t last two months after such a diagnosis, we were told by our dedicated veterinarian and a consulting veterinary internist. In the end, she’d lived for eight more months.
Hunter died on March 29, 2013 – Good Friday, somewhat ironically – at the end of a horrible week that we all-but knew would be her last. My wife, Jessica, and I had done all we could do to manage the disease over the “long term,” whose duration had elapsed. And Hunter, an 8-year-old black Lab mix we’d adopted in 2005, was telling us she’d had enough. Dr. B, as compassionate and extraordinary a caretaker as we and Hunter could have hoped to rely on, had said several times that Hunter would “let us know” when she was ready to stop fighting. And in those last few weeks of her life, it had become clear that she was fighting for us, and no longer for herself. No matter how far removed I am from her death, I am destroyed anew by that critical bit of communication, which carried a crushing reminder that Hunter hadn’t been able to tells us much during her illness about how she was feeling and what she wanted or needed. And yet, she’d remained the stoic one, brave and trusting to the end, even as I helped her die.
She hadn’t eaten in days and was staying hydrated only because we’d been giving her fluids subcutaneously. She’d stopped climbing the stairs and going outside on her own and had spent the last week in a peaceless stillness, nausea-induced tremors interrupting any chance of relaxation. While Hunter’s eyes had lost their brightness and struggled to focus in her imprisoning weakness, they didn’t fail to convey her trust. The last few times she’d been outside, after I’d carried her into the yard and set her down to face into the wind, she’d stood still, confused by the dizziness but unafraid of what it meant. She’d always spent a few minutes facing into the wind, closing her eyes and letting the current wash over her forehead. In the past, though, her stillness was meditative until broken in a burst of energy as she bolted across the yard with unusually spectacular speed in pursuit of an interloping bird or squirrel. Now, it was all she could do to just stand there, unsteady, leaving me to remember those purposeful sprints and the smile she’d wear as she came trotting back to the deck, the back door, and the indoors, where she now lay, frail and courageous.
That morning, I’d carried her downstairs from our bedroom, just as I’d carried her upstairs and placed her on our bed the night before. I called our veterinarian, who’d last seen Hunter at the beginning of that terrible week. We’d run out of time, and there was nothing else we could do for Hunter. More important, there was nothing more she wanted us to do. In fact, doing anything more would have been unfair to her. And what was best for her had always been our priority.
Dr. B had told us she’d be off from work that day, but that she’d be available, whatever we needed. What we needed was her help to let Hunter stop fighting. Dr. B and I had talked about this eventuality. Neither of us was surprised that the time had come. Hunter had let us know. She’d answered a question that I wrote down after she was gone: “Do I give her that day, or do I give her the opportunity to not have to endure it?”
Calmly, Dr. B said she’d make arrangements for someone to watch her children and head to her office to pick up the necessary drugs and equipment, after which she’d come to our house, to Hunter. Gently, she asked if we wanted her to take Hunter’s body when it was all over, or if we had plans to bury her, which we did, though that wasn’t a conversation Jess and I’d had. No sooner had I told Jess the details of my conversation with our veterinarian than Dr. B called back to say she’d be at our house within the hour. Immediately, I felt sick to my stomach, a symptom, no doubt, of pain and guilt. It was the right decision, I knew, and yet it hurt in a way that I can still feel.
Not wanting the moments after Hunter died to be taken up with the unwelcome task of digging her grave, I grabbed a pair of gardening gloves and headed for the neighbors’ shed to get a shovel. Jess asked if I wanted her help, which I did not. I let her know as much in a breathless tone that betrayed the anger and grief I felt, and which was captured in another notebook entry, made in the hours and days after Hunter died: “The muscles in my legs ached from digging Hunter’s grave, a ghoulish exercise I performed in the moments before our veterinarian arrived.”
I picked a secluded spot next to the gravesite of an animal companion we’d lost in June 2011: Alex, a more than 15-year-old cat I’d adopted almost that many years earlier in New York City. Alex had died peacefully of old age. She’d made it easy on us, Jess and I have said countless times since. As I started digging this time, I felt no such peace. Adding to that anguish was my concern that our neighbors, with whom we’re friendly, would see what I was doing and come over. They’d known Hunter since we’d brought her home and knew how sick she’d been. They’d noted her increasing absence in our yard and that her final days were upon us. Given that it was a holiday, our neighbors – J and K – were home from work. And it would not have been surprising for J, the handyman neighbor every homeowner should hope to have, to lend a hand. As a do-it-yourself hobbyist with his own backhoe and dump truck, J could’ve dug Hunter’s grave in a few effortless minutes, although, to include anyone else in the performance of this necessary and dreadfully symbolic task was unthinkable.
Thankfully, I was left alone to dig Hunter’s grave – to fight with the stubborn roots that resisted my efforts to split them with the shovel’s edge, to remove pieces of tableware that had likely been buried as trash by our home’s original, 19th century owners, and to set aside the large stones that tumbled into the rectangular excavation. It was a beautiful day in terms of the weather, by most people’s standards, and I worked up a sweat trying to complete the ghoulish exercise before Dr. B arrived.
Like most first-time visitors to our house, she missed the driveway, which is hard to see for those approaching from the north. I’d finished digging and was waiting in the driveway, expecting her to drive past. Had I not known that the decision we’d made earlier that morning was the right one – that Hunter had told us, in her way, that she was done fighting, and that any more fighting on our part would have been for ourselves and not for her – I might have hoped for Dr. B to get lost and fail to find our house. That thought never entered my mind. Hunter was near death and without intervention might have made it through the day, perhaps even through the next. She hadn’t eaten in a number of days, and the only fluids in her were those that we’d provided subcutaneously. She hadn’t stood on her own that day and hadn’t changed her position on her cranberry-colored mat since I’d relocated her there from our bed. Hunter’s once-enviable quality of life had disappeared with her muscle, appetite, and energy.
I greeted Dr. B with an honest smile, in part to put her at ease and let her know that I – that we – were OK, and in part, I’m sure, to acknowledge myself that we were doing something for Hunter, and not to her. Still, Dr. B’s presence once again provided comfort, the extraordinary care she’d provided Hunter marked by equal measures of expertise, professionalism, and compassion. I led her inside and past our nearly 2-year-old cat, Monty, who’d wandered into the kitchen, and then into the living room where Jess sat with Hunter who moved only her eyes as we entered the room. Dorrie, our 5-and-a-half-year-old beagle-hound mix – Hunter’s younger canine sister – stood quietly and attentively nearby. Hunter’s bravery seemed to have rubbed off on the rest of us, though it didn’t cure the physical sickness I’d felt since calling Dr. B’s office less than an hour earlier. More than once, I’d hung up the phone after talking with our veterinarian and cried uncontrollably, angered and devastated by the death sentence Hunter’s glomerulonephritis had come with. I’d been vigilant about channeling those emotions into limiting Hunter’s suffering as much as I possibly could.
Dr. B had Jess and I sign a document pertaining to the procedure, which we did as matter-of-factly as we could so as not to draw any more attention than was necessary to the clerical element, and sat with us on the floor around Hunter, acknowledging and saying a few words to Dorrie and to Monty, who’d joined us in the living room. As she always had, Dr. B spoke to Hunter and gently caressed her sweet, trusting face, which she hadn’t lifted from the mat. Dr. B had long admired Hunter’s stoicism in the face of relentless poking and prodding, and thoughtfully asked if we’d prepared any sort of memorial ceremony. I tried to say through the grip that held my throat that we hadn’t planned anything. Despite my inability to articulate it at the time, I wouldn’t have wanted the moment to unfold any other way.
Dr. B explained to Jess and I what would happen: She’d administer a sedative followed by a barbiturate overdose. It would be over in a matter of seconds, she said, and we shouldn’t be alarmed if Hunter took a deep breath when the lethal drug, which had a somewhat ironic milky-pink hue, entered her system. Still, I felt a stab of panic when Hunter lifted her head and gasped for one, final breath before going limp, her head falling back onto her mat with Dr. B cushioning the impact. I hadn’t removed my hands from Hunter’s body, and there they remained as Dr. B checked for a heartbeat and found none. At least once, Hunter seemed to cough in a single, isolated hack, but it wasn’t really her. It was her body’s final release. She was gone. Explaining that dogs’ eyelids don’t close when they die, as humans’ eyelids do, Dr. B ran her palm over Hunter’s face, closing her eyes once and for all. She told us that we could expect whatever urine and feces that were in Hunter’s system to drain from her body when we moved it, but none did.
Jess and I walked Dr. B to the door, where she told us for the umpteenth time that we’d gone “above and beyond” in taking care of Hunter, which had struck me as a terribly sad comment on whatever the norm is. Jess and I each hugged Dr. B the way we might’ve hugged each other had we not been moved to express our gratitude to her. Awkwardly, I asked if there was any charge for the procedure, which Dr. B said there was not.
When she’d left, I returned to the living room. Jess placed a soft blanket over Hunter and I carried her, still on her mat, outside. I remembered the challenge of carrying an animal-companion’s limp and lifeless body, and made sure Hunter rested in my arms just comfortably as if she were alive. We left Dorrie inside, not wanting her to watch her sister being put into a hole in the ground and covered with dirt. As gently as I could, I placed Hunter in the grave, her cranberry-colored mat providing a deserved cushion against the harsh unevenness of the earth. Slowly, I poured the earth I’d dug up over Hunter’s still and now-peaceful body, then, with Jess’ help, framed the gravesite with pieces of firewood and decorated and protected it with the large stones I’d set aside, as I had with Alex’s grave. Jess marked Hunter’s grave with a piece of earth from which a single, stubborn flower grew, unbothered by the shovel’s earlier violent attack. When we finally let Dorrie out, she ran knowingly to Hunter’s grave.
The above was written one year ago.
I plan to tell a traffic-court judge that I was a victim of “vegan profiling.” I’m not sure yet when I’ll have to appear in court, but when I do, I’ll argue that I was pulled over because of a bumper sticker that I have on my car.
The incident happened earlier this afternoon on a main thoroughfare along the Connecticut shoreline. I’d exited I-95 on my way to a work colleague’s house and noticed the cruiser in an adjacent lane as I merged into traffic. When he pulled behind me, I signaled and pulled into the other lane, only to watch him follow suit. Then, when I turned off the main road and onto a side street, he did the same, turning on his red and blue lights.
I eased into a parking lot, turned off my car’s engine, and ran through a mental checklist of things that could make the situation decidedly worse. I haven’t had a drink in years, so I didn’t need to worry about a DUI arrest, and there was no weed in the car, so I didn’t need to worry about that.
“Is there a problem officer?” I asked, my general lack of concern unintentionally making me sound like a smug TV character.
If I had a broken tail light, I thought, the officer will let me know, tell me to get it fixed, and send me on my way.
When he asked for my license, insurance card, and registration, I inexplicably handed him a credit card — perhaps because I’d just used it at a local FedEx storefront where I was charged $40 for one color copy of a 20-page 11-by-17-inch document.
“That’s not your license,” the officer pointed out.
“Sorry,” I said, taking my credit card and handing him my driver’s license, along with my insurance card and my registration.
“When I ran your plates, nothing came up,” he told me, before walking back to his cruiser.
And that’s when I started thinking about why he’d decided to run my plates. I’d been driving the speed limit and using my turn signals. He couldn’t have seen that my windshield is cracked, nor could my general appearance have raised his suspicion.
When he arrived back at my driver’s-side window, the officer told me that my registration had expired, which honestly came as no surprise. He asked if I’d received a renewal notice in the mail, which I hadn’t, and he suggested that I check the “I choose to plead not guilty” box on the ticket he handed me.
As long as I renew my registration before my court appearance, he said, the judge will probably reduce the fine. And that’s something I’ll definitely take care of.
“I could tow your car,” he told me, pointing out that he wasn’t going to do that.
“Thank you,” I said, sincerely, not daring to ask why he’d chosen to run my plates in the first place. I’ll ask the judge why I was signaled out.
“Could it be that I was pulled over for ‘driving while compassionate’?” I’ll ask pointedly.
And I’ll be armed with all sorts of evidence of institutionalized discrimination against animal-rights advocates.
“The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and state adaptations thereof, ag-gag laws, and now this!” I’ll exclaim dramatically, asking rhetorically, “Where does it end, Your Honor? Where does it end?”
If the police officer who pulled me over isn’t in the courtroom, I figure, he won’t be able to deny that he signaled me out for being, in his mind, some sort of bunny-hugging extremist.
“Why didn’t the officer pull over the asshole in front of me, whose pickup truck boasted numerous stickers drawing attention to his enthusiasm for hunting?” I’ll ask the judge. “Why didn’t the officer say to himself: ‘This looks like one violent son of a bitch. I’d better check him out’?”
I was working on my forthcoming Sonata No. 1 for Didgeridoo, Zither, and Theremin when the red phone rang. It was my good friend Monty Gelstein, calling from what sounded like a median strip somewhere on the New Jersey Turnpike. It turned out that he was outside a restaurant in a Dallas suburb, where he’d been eavesdropping on an ugly gathering of cattle ranchers — something he does often to keep his finger on the pulse of the drooling class.
“I need you to draft a piece of legislation that I can disseminate to vegans who serve in various state legislatures,” he told me.
“Are we starting a vegan version of ALEC?” I asked him, sincerely interested in the possibility.
“I don’t know who the fuck that is or what you want me to do to him,” he said. “Right now, I’m smoking a joint in the parking lot, giving myself a time-out, as it were, to prevent myself from choking one of the scumbags inside.”
“One of them?” I asked, knowing that if he could get away with it, Monty would lock the monstrous holocaust perpetrators inside the restaurant and burn the place to the ground.
“So I’m sitting at the bar and I hear this scumbag say to the bartender, ‘Make it so rare that it can see my familiar face,’” Monty explained, telling me that he actually tried to kill the guy using the kind of hands-free choking technique that Darth Vader employed in the Star Wars movies. “When that didn’t work, I told the asshole that if he were to start choking on animal flesh, I’d passive-aggressively decline to perform the Heimlich maneuver. And that got me thinking about a piece of legislation that would be like a cross between a free-speech bill and the opposite of a duty-to-rescue law.”
“How much have you smoked, dude?” I asked, confused by Monty’s rather quick turn in a rational direction.
“Never mind that, David,” he spat. “I know you can imagine yourself telling some vile, meat-eating lowlife, ‘Sure, pal, I know the Heimlich maneuver. But I sure as hell ain’t going to waste it on your unevolved ass.’”
“I certainly can,” I acknowledged.
“Right,” he said. “And you’re — we’re — not alone, which is why we need laws that explicitly protect the rights of vegans to exercise our worldviews by consciously objecting to nonvegan behavior, even if doing so adversely affects the well-being of nonvegans.”
“I’ll start drafting something this week,” I said, hanging up the phone.
Intrigued by his idea, I rolled and lit a joint of my own and settled into my favorite armchair to imagine myself whispering into a choking meat-eater’s ear, “Moo, motherfucker. Moo.”
The votes are in and the animals had already lost, although that’s not how it’s being widely reported. On Tuesday, May 6, voters in Franklin County, Ohio, were asked to approve an increase in public funding for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and to make that increase permanent. Franklin County voters overwhelmingly rejected the ballot proposition.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, “the zoo’s request for a permanent, 1.25-mill property tax was rejected by 70 percent of Franklin County voters … It would have cost homeowners in Franklin County $44 a year per $100,000 of property value; the current levy costs $21 a year. … That 10-year, 0.75-mill property tax doesn’t expire until the end of 2015.”
The story garnered a lot of attention because the proposition was opposed by the Ohio chapter of the Koch brothers’ right-wing influence machine, Americans for Prosperity. Not surprisingly, wildlife prison cheerleader-in-chief and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Director Emeritus Jack Hanna supported the proposition. Both sides, unfortunately, are in the vile business of exploitation.
A post-election analysis piece in The Columbus Dispatch explains that the permanent increase in public funding “would have funded construction of a Downtown zoo and new and renovated exhibits at the main zoo in Delaware County, as well as ongoing operations.”
While such national news vehicles as MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes have focused on the political implications of AFP getting involved in a local ballot initiative, I’d like to point out that the losers on May 6 were not the zoo’s self-serving boosters but the creatures who’re serving life sentences in that wildlife prison – animals whose lives have effectively been stolen from them by men and women like Hanna who offer all sorts of lame rationalizations for keeping animals in captivity. Those rationalizations are nothing more than cheap, insulting excuses for mankind’s callous arrogance.
I heard this morning that numerous cast members from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus show Legends were hurt during a performance in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday.
According to the Providence Journal, “at least nine circus performers were seriously injured around noon Sunday when a metal frame holding eight women aloft broke free, sending them crashing to the floor of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, landing on the ninth woman.”
How disappointing, I thought, feeling let down that the accident hadn’t involved and killed the production’s “animal trainers.”
A press release issued by Feld Entertainment, which produces the show, promises that “Legends travels to Hartford, CT, on Tuesday, May 6, and performances there will proceed as scheduled from May 8-11.”
I’ll be among those outside the XL Center in Hartford on Thursday protesting against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s unconscionable use of animals in its stupid, lowbrow productions.
What goes on under the big top is nothing less than a heinous slave show. Willing performers don’t wear shackles when they’re offstage, nor do they travel in cages. And they certainly aren’t disciplined with bullhooks and other physical and emotional tools of aggression.
In a beautiful recurring dream called The Greatest Karma on Earth, I beat the slave drivers to death with their own weapons. I don’t have a so-called “bucket list,” but if I did, mercilessly torturing those sadistic degenerates would be at the very top of it.
What’s more depressing than the fact that Sunday’s accident in Providence didn’t involve or kill the production’s slave drivers is that the Most Appalling Show on Earth will leave Hartford after May 11 — its soulless operators all-but deaf to protesters’ impassioned expressions of horrified outrage — and move on to another town, where the exploitation and the suffering will continue.
The monstrous greed-heads at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus are fully aware that they’re running a brutal slave show, and, quite obviously, they don’t care what protesters think. And they certainly don’t care about the animals on whose tired, brutalized backs they make money. The only thing that will stop the slave show in its tracks is a giant middle finger and a sturdy cold shoulder from enough men and women and children of all ages that tickets to the circus are as worthless as the scumbags who sell them.
U.S. military officials are planning to send 30 animals to the Black Sea this summer to test various equipment and undergo training.
The Wire is reporting that “according to a report from the Russian newspaper Izvestia, the United States Navy’s marine mammal unit will be deployed to the Black Sea,” where “dolphins will be testing a new anti-radar system” and “sea lions will be trained to ‘look for mines and naval divers.’”
The Wire’s report indicates that “according to (Izvestia), they also allegedly plan to test out new dolphin armor developed at the University of Hawaii. This will be NATO’s first use of militarized sea creatures. This trip could also mark the first meeting of Russian and American sea creatures. Russia and the United States are the only countries known to have militarized dolphins at this time.”
The individuals who run the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program would like us to believe that the animals who “serve” in that unit are in good, caring hands. A “Health Care” page on the NMMP’s website tells us that “the primary focus of the health care program is to keep the marine mammals healthy and fit for duty.”
That distinction is shared by a host of marine prisons including facilities operated by SeaWorld.
According to language on its website, “the Alliance is the first and largest organization in the U.S. or abroad dedicated to the concerns and issues that affect the public display of marine mammals.”
Just as animals are considered attractions by those who operate zoos and aquariums, they are considered equipment by the men and women who conscript them into military service.
Back in February, I published a commentary about a military dog who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In that commentary, I cited a National Geographic article that quoted a gunnery sergeant named Kristopher Knight as saying, “Dog handlers do their best to abide by the military’s edict that a working dog is just another piece of equipment.”
(Let’s not forget that the U.S. military has been known to butcher animals alive during medical training.)
The NMMP’s website explains that “just as the dog’s keen sense of smell makes it ideal for detecting land mines, the U.S. Navy has found that the biological sonar of dolphins … makes them uniquely effective at locating sea mines so they can be avoided or removed. Other marine mammals like the California sea lion have demonstrated the ability to mark and retrieve objects for the Navy in the ocean. In fact, marine mammals are so important to the Navy that there is an entire program dedicated to studying, training, and deploying them.”
In my above-mentioned commentary about the military dog who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, I wrote: “Just because dogs are capable of things that humans aren’t doesn’t give us the right to exploit those abilities. It’s entirely fair to describe that kind of forced ‘service’ as slavery.”
The dolphins and sea lions who’ll be “deployed” to the Black Sea this summer are being used, just as animals at SeaWorld and other aquariums and zoos and expected to perform. We hear all the time, particularly from those who have an obsession with American exceptionalism, that the U.S. military is the greatest of its kind on the planet. And that sounds an awful lot like the disgusting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey tagline, “the greatest show on earth.”
Using animals does not make men innovative. It makes them assholes. In my opinion, the most advanced military in history, one that polices the world in the name of freedom, ought to make due with the men and women who serve by choice.