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“Wildlife Management,” As Sickening a Euphemism as There Is

Photo by Stephen Jones

Photo by Stephen Jones

A loathsome knuckle-dragger named Ian Clark took to the pages of the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday to whine about “animal rights extremists,” and, not surprisingly, to betray his own monstrousness.

“The animal rights extremists are beginning their annual spring rant about shooting — full of the tired old cliches about how cruel it is to kill things and equally full of stupid mistakes which only show how little they know about running the countryside,” Clark complains in a poorly written and unreasoned letter to the editor.

Clark, who serves as the director of the Scottish Association for Country Sportstells us that predatory species and those on which they prey suffer terribly in natural death, as if gunning them down is doing them a favor. Then he explains that since human behavior has upset the balance of nature, he and his like-minded ilk have taken it upon themselves — “at no expense to the public” — to make sure their fingers remain on the scale.

Finally, Clark boasts that serial killers like him “do not inflict unnecessary suffering on anything — if something has to be killed, we do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Clark’s arrogance is breathtaking.

He claims in his ridiculous op-ed to “love” wildlife, while in the same letter he refers to animals as things that sometimes have to be destroyed.

This is nothing new. It’s what government agencies in the United States describe as “wildlife management,” as sickening a euphemism as there is.

Callous bureaucrats and the violent thugs (like Clark) for whom they bend over insist with straight faces that killing animals is an act of altruism — that their murderous interests are in line with what’s best for all species. In fact, the only beneficiaries of sanctioned slaughters are those humans who derive spiritual or financial reward from the suffering and brutal deaths of animals.

As The Dodo reported on Tuesday, citing government documents, USDA killing squads slaughtered more than 2.7 million animals in 2014. Those animals were just living their lives when they found themselves in the crosshairs of the humans who’re “running the countryside,” to borrow Clark’s obnoxious words.

Killing is cruel, and there’s no way for Clark and his like-minded ilk overseas or here in the United States to get around that, no matter how many lame euphemisms or what self-interested rationale they use to excuse their violent and bloodlust-full behavior.

It is the height of arrogance to believe that man is entitled to make the all rules. If there is a population that should be “managed,” it is ours.


  1. David Scott wrote:

    Well that’s 45 seconds I won’t get back. Apart from the fact that the content is absolute uneducated drivel there is however one very interesting thing of note. The writer Mr Brensilver has mastered the art of twisting a statement to meet his own rather strange ends. It is not hard to do this and thankfully SACS and it’s staff will not sink to the same depth as Mr Brensilver. It would be remiss of me to say anything which may be deemed unsavoury against Mr Brensilver who by his naive approach it would be fair to assume that he is most likely to be a minor who is trying to make his way in the world. (He has a long way to go).

    However I note with some mirth the last sentence posted on his article. “If there is a population that should be “managed,” it is ours.”

    If the writer sticks to the values he has shown in his article his next one must surely carry the headline. “Brensilver threatens human race with mass culling”

    It is not hard to twist someones words to suit your own ends. Mr Brensilver just isn’t very good at it.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Phoebe wrote:

    The Center for Biological Diversity reported this as well. Sickening.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Larry Blake wrote:

    Killers who wish to convince others that they are doing their animal victims a favor first need to hide their ghoulish glee and that bulge in their pants.

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

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