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Crocodile Kills 9-Year-Old in Australia’s Northern Territory

Photo by J.J. Harrison

Australia’s Top End does not have a problem with crocodiles. It has a problem with greedy and vengeful humans.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reported on Monday that “Northern Territory Police have suspended their search for a 9-year-old boy taken by a saltwater crocodile near the eastern tip of Arnhem Land. Police say the attack happened about midday on Saturday as the boy swam with a group of children … Police say the crocodile will be destroyed if it is found.”

Such was the fate of another crocodile, who last month killed a young girl in the same general vicinity.

What’s particularly infuriating here is the fact – as reported by ABC News – that “police believe the four-metre crocodile responsible for the latest attack was regularly given food by the community.”

A follow-up report published by ABC News on Tuesday tells us that “police expect a crocodile that killed a young Northern Territory boy will return because people from a nearby community used to feed it,” and that “community members have authorised police to kill the croc if it returns.”

Australia’s Northern Territory was home to saltwater crocodiles long before the region was inhabited by aboriginal peoples and later “settled” by Europeans. And while Monday’s ABC News report points out that “crocodiles have a special religious meaning for many in Arnhem Land,” the overdue protection afforded the species in the early 1970s has since been reimagined as a “conservation program,” which in this case is a euphemism for “regulated industry.”

The Northern Territory Government’s Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia, 2009-2014 callously promises that “the Northern Territory Government will continue to assist industry to maximize the investment, commercial activity and employment generated through crocodiles so that the industry maintains its role as a well recognised and supported part of the NT economy. The farming industry vision is for the Northern Territory to grow as a world leader in the reliable production of the highest quality Saltwater Crocodile skins.”

If there is a problem in Australia’s Northern Territory, it is human arrogance.

9 Comments

  1. Dan Flowers wrote:

    If there is a problem, David it is YOUR arrogance. You seem to have completely ignored and glossed over that someone’s 9 year old child was killed in an incredibly gruesome manner. Do you have any children Dave? Do you even KNOW any children? Probably not, since they are the spawn of evil humankind to be hated and reviled… The crocodile had very little thought at all in its reptilian brain when taking that little boy. It only had an instinct to eat. The little boy had the ability for rationality and a limbic system to provide emotion. He felt terror and knew what was happening to him, and knew he was dying as the jaws crushed him and the water rushed into his lungs… I have a little secret to share with you Dave. Even the most loyal readers you have can empathize with that little boy in his last moments. Unless they are complete sociopaths, they can imagine his parent’s grief and horror. Because of this, they can recognize the incredibly poor taste and sociopathic side of you for posting such an article and acting as if it is positive, or you trying to spin it in any way other than the tragedy it is. Your sickness is showing. Everyone can see it. Lack of empathy is the main symptom of sociopathic behavior. Tell everybody how gleeful you are at the death of that child… Go ahead.

    Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:

    Dan,

    Much of “humankind” is indeed “evil” and deserves to be “hated and reviled.”

    David

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
  3. vince Miller wrote:

    David, you seem to find some sort of justice in human suffering. You fail to realize that man IS a part of nature but has evolved a mind which functions on a much more complex level than any other animal. Somehow evolution seems to skip some people as they function like primitive animals, on a very basic (first tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) kind of way. You are proof of the validity of that statement. I think you and Timothy Treadwell, “Grizzly Man,” probably would have gotten along quite well. If there were going to be any real justice here, you would follow his lead and meet the same end as he, having your flesh ripped from your bones while you are alive to experience every excruciating, horrifying moment of it. Why not? You seem to find justice in an innocent 9 year child meeting that end. Understand that man has his spot in the food chain and has ascended to the top as a result of his mind, rather than brute strength. I strongly encourage you to go out into the nature that you love and really subject yourself to the rigors of it and find your spot in the food chain… especially considering that you are not endowed with the critical, aforementioned, element which keeps man at the top.

    Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  4. David Brensilver wrote:

    Vince,

    Those who believe that man is entitled to hold dominion over other species should consider hanging themselves with that food chain.

    David

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Don Parnell wrote:

    Dan, calm down. In your own response, you put your finger on the problem. We humans can think and reason, crocodiles can’t. Therefore when we act thoughtlessly and pay the price, it’s a knee-jerk vengeful response to go all blood thirsty. Writing a piece that analyzes an event and speculates on how to avoid a recurrence is hardly an article reveling in the death of a child. Did we read the same article?

    That being said, I hate kids.

    Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  6. David Brensilver wrote:

    Don,

    That you hate kids makes me appreciate your presence here even more!

    David

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  7. Dan Flowers wrote:

    Don, I certainly will not “calm down”. You seem to have missed every other article written by Mr. Brensilver, and in fact the purpose of this entire page. It is to revel in the instances when animals kill humans as if it were some type of karmic come-uppance which practically makes David pee himself with glee. If he was simply another animal-rights activist, I would not have a problem with his opinions, and give them the consideration they deserve. No, Mr. Brensilver is something altogether different. He truly ENJOYS the idea of human suffering and death. He would have been positively orgasmic at watching Jews go to the gas chambers or line up at the grave pits if they could have been gored by beasts instead of shot. His level of perverse anti-human mania has gone far beyond animal advocacy and crossed the line into the truly sociopathic. The animal angle is only an excuse, a rationalization for a deeper-seated pathology. I would not at all be surprised to find him on the evening news implicated in a subway nerve-gas attack or arrested for shutting children inside old refrigerators in a vacant lot somewhere. He is a truly sick man and the readers here are reinforcing his sickness. You all need to understand that he is not stepping over a line of reason or decency. He is leaping over a line of sanity.

    Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  8. David Brensilver wrote:

    Dan,

    Don’s right. You should “calm down.”

    David

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  9. Dan Flowers wrote:

    David, you are the believer in human population reduction. Do you use any less resources, create any less pollution, or do anything REAL for animals other than your word vomit here on this page? I live low-impact, practically off the grid, live a fairly agrarian lifestyle, and put both my money and time into conservation efforts. You live in urban CT, probably have never spent any significant time with animals and are just another do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do proselytizing sociopath. I think it is highly likely your environmental impact is much higher than mine. I REALLY think you would be the one who would create the most benefit for the world by your timely self-eradication. Perhaps you could convince a few of your followers here to join you. I have news. You won’t and neither will they. This is because you are shrill yet spineless people who will not commit or sacrifice anything for what you believe. No, your egos are quite satisfied by sitting around on an internet forum in a group masturbation session of anti-human rhetoric that serves absolutely no purpose and creates absolutely no benefit to either animals or any REAL animal rights effort. I still maintain David, that you are a true sociopath in need of professional help. You need to drop any pretense of being pro-animal and face up to the reality of your simple hatred of mankind. I only hope that when you finally melt down you only hurt yourself.

    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

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