Words of Wisdom #6

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,                                         There is a rapture on the lonely shore,                                                 There is society, where none intrudes,                                                 By the deep sea, and music in its roar:                                                  I love not man the less, but Nature more,                                         From these our interviews, in which I steal                                       From all I may be, or have been before,                                             To mingle with the Universe, and feel                                                   What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.                          Lord Byron

Lord Byron



Words of Wisdom #4

Killing “for sport” is the perfect type of that pure evil for which metaphysicians have sometimes sought. Most wicked deeds are done because the doer proposes some good to himself … [but] the killer for sport has no such comprehensible motive. He prefers death to life, darkness to light. He gets nothing except the satisfaction of saying, “Something that wanted to live is dead. There is that much less vitality, consciousness, and, perhaps, joy in the universe. I am the Spirit that Denies. Joseph Wood Krutch

Words of Wisdom #3

Animals such as deer, we are told, have no predators in many areas, and therefore need systematic culling. Yet when attempts are made to reintroduce natural predators such as wolves and coyotes into these very areas, sport hunters themselves are the first to resist it. Weaker animals in the wild, we hear, will only die miserable deaths by starvation and exposure without sport hunters to control their population. Yet it’s the bigger, stronger animals they’re killing and wounding–the very opposite of natural selection–often with bows and pistols that only compound and prolong the victim’s suffering. Matthew Scully


Words of Wisdom #2

Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destory; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification. – Farley Mowat