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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

I am always cautious about vilifying hunters as I am good friends with several,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and many of the contributors to this blog also enjoy the "shooting arts",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,So read with caution the article below that focuses in on the segment of the hunting community that subscribes to a Facebook page glorifying the killing of Wolves....................Apparently, the word "orgasmic" is utilized on the unnamed Facebook page describing the feeling that these particular hunters get from killing lobos..............The author of my posted article then draws the following conclusion from the "orgasmic" phrase----"the truth has been revealed".... "The 'need' to hunt and trap wolves is not about 'wildlife management' or protection of life or property"............ "Instead, it's actually about the 'need' of psychologically-sick individuals to 'get off' sexually by torturing an animal they love to hate".........................Unfortunately, the kind of misdirected anger(it is the Federal Government they hate and they use the wolf as symbol of that hate) toward the Wolf that these hunters exhibit has many of us thinking that they in fact have lost their moral compass and are in need of serious counseling

Wolf-killers admit it's all about the sadistic sexual thrill); Cathy Tiabbi

The captions on the photos say it all.
These screen shots were captured from a typical anti-wolf, anti-predator, "All American" Bible-thumping pro-hunting, trapping and animal-torture Facebook page, the name of which I've decided to not reveal here, because they don't need more views..
The members of this Facebook page come right out and publicly admit (brag is more like it) to 'getting wood' when seeing wolves trapped, tortured and killed, whether in images or in real life. They feel 'orgasmic' hunting, trapping, killing, butchering, and even eating their victims.
It doesn't take a great leap of imagination to know what else they are doing when torturing wolves to death.
But at least now the truth has been revealed: The 'need' to hunt and trap wolves is not about 'wildlife management' or protection of life or property. Instead, it's actually about the 'need' of psychologically-sick individuals to 'get off' sexually by torturing an animal they love to hate.
It gives the notion of evil a whole new dimension.The disturbingly lascivious, uninhibited individuals in hate groups like the ones posting these photos obviously 'get off' on sadism and animal torture.
Maybe they're just trying to hurt wolf-advocates. Maybe it's a nose-thumbing, flaunting, taunting tactic designed to torment those who love animals.
You see, they're bullies, too.
Underlying all the unforgiving and ultimately lethal anti-wolf/anti-predator legislation being passed recently, of course, is greed, fueled by fear (and the active, purposeful fear-mongering and misinformation associated with group hysteria and mind control), and catalyzed by a nameless, formless hatred which malcontents and other paranoid people coalesce into form through their focus on one particularly convenient, integral, dynamic, ecologically crucial, intentionally misunderstood and emotionally charged iconic species; the grey wolf.
Sounds deep, confusing, complex.
However, in a nutshell, what they are saying plainly is that torturing animals is sexually arousing for them.
That's it.
What else does it say about them, when they don't mind coming out and bragging about that publicly?
Sounds kind of like the behavior of serial-killers, to me.
Yet, they sell themselves as heroes. Whatever it takes to justify their perversion.
Do we really want people like this freely expressing their fetishes on the Internet (where children can be traumatized - or worse, titillated - by them), or acting them out using our wildlife or pets?
What's happened to our society, when any show of ethics, decorum or empathy is treated as a liability to be ridiculed, threatened and treated derisively, while a site enabling perverted, sadistic sexual thrills from abusing animals is considered free speech?
These kinds of pages are no better than so-called 'crush videos' (movies of innocent, live animals being stomped, cut apart with scissors, burned, etc., and sold to perverts who like to masturbate while watching) except that, being based more in the 'traditional sports' of hunting and trapping, these (for now, at least) manage to sneak by legally.
Is anyone else reminded of the decadence, violence and mob mentality of the last days of the Roman Empire?
Hunting, trapping and other hate/fetish sites need to be dealt with in the same fashion as perpetrators of illegal crush videos. The penalties for gratuitous animal abuse need to be severe. The moral fiber and safety of our society is definitely at risk.
Would you want your child to stumble upon pages like these? Or meet one of these disturbingly slanted people on the street?
Naturally, if anyone with any conscience, empathy, sympathy or sensitivity (or clear moral sense of right and wrong) dares disagree with such misconduct, the members of this and other anti-wolf/pro-hunting and trapping sites are all too happy to go on the attack, considering any show of outrage or concern for the hapless creatures signs of weakness, against which they'll sling nasty insults, slurs and slander.
But it's more than just heated, probably (hopefully) harmless ugly words. Those speaking out against such acts, and such sites, are regularly stalked, harassed and heckled.
Even that's not so bad.
The bad is that some whistle-blowers have had their lives threatened. And their names, addresses and phone numbers have been made public to prove that the wolf-killers can get to them, if they want to.
Yup. These are scary individuals.
And our politicians are pandering to them.
It's a sad and disheartening statement about where America is at this point.
* I'm including some links to telling articles which put the spotlight on the sexual aspect of so-called 'sport' hunting, and the desire of certain people to lust after this thrill-killing 'hobby'. Very scary to see the multitude of search results, where the evidence is painfully clear that killing and torturing animals is sexually gratifying to psychologically unhealthy people. and absolutely leads to child porn, child abuse, serial-killing and murder/torture fetishes where the victims are human. What this says about the state of our society is downright horrifying.
Animals and Hunting (Psychology Today online edition)
The thrill of killing replaced sex
The psychiatrist who met mass murderer says he was a classic necrophiliac. Nigel Bunyan reports The Telegraph (Even if not targeting animals, the mechanism is the same)
The Crush. A public webpage of The Outdoor Channel (a hunting site) that comes right out and displays hunters' 'trophy' photos AS PORN for it's readers. This is the truth, and why sport hunting and trapping needs to be banned as perversions, exactly as other 'crush' videos and activities are being banned.
Finally, for the more evolved among us (or those striving to be), I include one more link: Hope for a real solution, a 'from the inside, out' path for healing humanity - and the new (ancient) paradigm that just might save our imperiled planet. The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov (author ofThe Tao of Equus) offers fascinating research, provocative insights and real solutions so we can live in a less damaging, less dominating, less controlling, less predatory way - Becoming happier, more dynamic and more empowered, without feeling the need to victimize anything or anyone else.
So important is her work that I hope to delve more deeply into her message in future columns.

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