• Genesis Mongers: The New York Times Invokes Dominion…‏

Ruth Eisenbud 
  “Cruelty to animals is one of the distinguishing

vices of  low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it
is a certain mark of ignorance  and meanness; a mark
which all the external advantages of  wealth, homer
splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is
consistent  neither with learning nor true civility.

-William Jones


“Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.” Wole Soyinka, Noble Laureate Literature

 
“But in a confined island space overrun with deer, a targeted, professional cull to get these animals finally under control — seems like a reasonable option  NYTIMES


The New York Times Invokes Dominion…

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The New York Times impressed with its status in the media hierarchy, has sided with the holy crusaders of the Great Deer Cull of 2014. Harkening back to roots in genesis, the New York Times has declared, with all the biblical overtones it can muster: LET THERE BE A CULL.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/opinion/cull-of-the-wild.html?_r=0

True to the code of dominion, the editorial in favor of a 3000-5000 deer cull in east Long Island, NY was dripping with scorn, as it mocked efforts to save the deer, with biblical myths of animal pestilence, none of which are accurate:

“Yes, Long Islanders should plant deer-resistant gardens and put up high fences and install lights to keep deer off the roads and keep checking their ankles and shins for deer ticks. But in a confined island space overrun with deer, a targeted, professional cull to get these animals finally under control —” NYTimes

Sarcasm is a popular tactic used by those without compassion to brush off the inherent cruelty of culls, which in this case will result in fear, pain and the destruction of completely harmless and defenseless animals.

Using the circular reasoning of dominion, the condescension continued, stating that since man has killed off all the natural predators of deer in the region, it is now imperative that he kill all the deer as well. This lack of accountability denies every notion of decency, justice and wisdom, but is typical of those steeped in the rhetoric of genesis:

‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.’  Genesis 

The editorial goes on to tap into fear mongering, with exaggerated and inaccurate data, a tactic often used by dominionist religions to rally the forces: 

‘Suburban deer in huge numbers have denuded farm fields and garden plots, caused thousands of car collisions and contributed to the spread of Lyme disease,‘ NYT

In a careful and intelligent rebuttal, in an article on The Greanville Post, weighing all the evidence of the impending cull, the ‘deer menace described by the NYTIMES’ is countered with realistic data and put into proper perspective. The cull mantra of dominion is quietly laid to rest :

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2013/12/09/time-magazine-weighs-in-on-the-hunting-issue-disgracefully/

The New York Times endorsement of the Great Deer Crusade of 2014 is nothing more than the knee jerk hysteria of those who believe that if they kill enough of the enemy: animal or human, there will be an ultimate conquest. 

It is no surprise that a journal rooted in a morally bankrupt religious tradition would advance the position to cull, without consideration of the plight of the victims. There is no point in attempting to reason with the masters of dominion. As is the case for all religious enthusiasts, information is irrelevant. The arguments against the cull were trivialized: the editorial instead engaged in an effort to belittle those who have successfully  avoided biblical indoctrination. Despite well formulated, moral and scientific information that culling is not a favorable action, the genesis mongers will take to their presses with religious fervor to side with the entitled.

Despite the haughty, narcissism, of a righteous slogan: ALL The News That’s Fit to Print, The New York Times has ignored the evidence and shown itself to be in line with all religious zealots throughout history. Despite all the pretense of erudition,The New York Times, has sided with the forces of ignorance:

“Cruelty to animals is one of the distinguishing
vices of  low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it
is a certain mark of ignorance  and meanness; a mark
which all the external advantages of  wealth, 
splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is
consistent  neither with learning nor true civility.
-William Jones


An Alternate View…

It is indeed fortunate that there is a more civil, compassionate and just religious perception of animals expressed by the Jain / Hindu tradition of India. With this tradition the wisdom of those who would so glibly cull defenseless deer is put into question, as it should be:

“All beings… all creation know individually pleasure and displeasure, pain, terror and sorrow. ALL are full of fears which come from all directions. And yet there exist people who would cause greater pain to them…Some kill animals for sacrifice, some for their skin, flesh, blood, feathers, teeth or tusks;…Some kill them intentionally and some unintentionally. Some kill because they have been previously injured by them…and some because they expect to be injured. He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin…He who understands the nature of sin against animals is called a Sage.” Jain Acharanga Sutra


Most noteworthy with this more enlightened view, are the resulting laws to protect wilderness animals, where according to the Wilderness Protection Act of India, it is against the law to target a species or a population of animals for culling. The following is a brief description of an animal rescue center in India, where all animals, even the dreaded deer menace of dominion, are rescued, rehabilitated and protected:

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/animal-rescue/wildlife-rescue-centers-india

 

 

“We run the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center in the outskirts of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, and the IFAW Bear Rescue Center in the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. These facilities are unique in India and aim to be the country’s centers of excellence in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

The goal of these rescue centers is to successfully return all treated individuals to their native habitat.

At the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center, we care for a wide range of species including orphan elephant and rhino calves, wild buffaloes, tigers, leopards, deer, birds and small carnivores.

The center also coordinates disaster and other emergency response teams in the region. Wildlife in northeastern India is constantly threatened by natural disasters, particularly floods, as well as human activities such as poaching.”
http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/animal-rescue/wildlife-rescue-centers-india

 

 

Even the dreaded deer menace of dominion is worthy of rescue, when ahimsa informs human interaction with animals:

 

Assam Forest Officials rescue flood affected animals in Assam India

 

Perhaps it is for this reason that there are no Newtown Connecticut’s, Aurora Colorado’s, or Columbines in India. The next time the NYTimes writes an editorial insisting that gun control is the solution to ending gratuitous violence, they would do well to remember that they too are defenders of arbitrary and whimsical killing. 

The NYTimes may endorse all the culls it chooses: the next one and the next one… without understanding that culls invariably destroy the natural balance, and with each subsequent cull the situation becomes more chaotic. With the primitive reasoning of dominion, the solution to the destruction of natural balance is increased destruction. 

A Cull is a Cull…

Dominionite journalists will go on with the charade that man is above the animals, that man has the moral imperative to destroy any animal, any time, with the flimsiest of excuses. The editorial insists that this time man will finally control the ‘deer problem’ The next time there is a report of the endless retaliation and internecine violence between the semtic religions, NYTimes editorials to protest the violence will be in vain, for whether one culls deer or a human, a cull is a cull.

As the editors of dominion gloat over their contemptuous humor, I will think of the time during one of the numerous skirmishes between Israel and Lebanon, when an Israeli general was interviewed and asked about the terrible loss of 100+ of his soldiers. His spontaneous reply: but we killed (culled) more of them. To paraphrase the fallacy of dominion:

If only we could kill (cull) enough deer, enough of the enemy: animal or human, then we will finally have control… 

Even the lofty NY Times has failed to grasp that control is an illusion:

“Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.” Wole Soyinka, Noble Laureate Literature

 
The cull lobby of the judeo.christian tradition is incapable of considering the complex consequences of an assault on innocent animals, instead they insist that this time they will control, the deer problem

“…in a confined island space overrun with deer, a targeted, professional cull to get these animals finally under control’ NYTIMES

This time they will kill enough scapegoats.

On Ending Culls…

There are many who will have none of the cruel wit marginalizing compassion. Caring, empathetic individuals will have none of the disrespectful innuendo of the sanctified effort to trivialize violence to animals.  There is an alternate view to biblical wrath. It is ahimsa [universal compassion] of the jain.hindu tradition, which honors reverence for life. Then, as they abandon religions that demean their deepest  understanding of compassion, the high and shameless bullies of dominion, will lose their sting.


http://www.four-paws.org.uk/projects/stray-animals/rest-of-the-world/stray-animal-care-in-india/
Shortly after arriving in Chennai, the FOUR PAWS vets had a very special case: a baby deer that was attacked by stray dogs.The scared and malnourished animal was so weak that it couldn’t stand up. The deer got the best treatment and recovered very quickly. It will be released soon after weaning.

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Cull of the Wild

By 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/opinion/cull-of-the-wild.html?_r=0

In eastern Long Island, especially in and around the town of East Hampton, the privet hedges, gentle dunes and white-seashell paths present a vision of a natural world tamed and tailored to the high aesthetic standards of the finest fashion and home-décor magazines. It’s a bit of English countryside, but with bigger cars. 

Yet even here, wild nature is not fully subdued. For evidence, one can visit the area’s auto body shops and doctor’s offices to see what happens when too many whitetail deer occupy too small a human-dominated habitat. Suburban deer in huge numbers have denuded farm fields and garden plots, caused thousands of car collisions and contributed to the spread of Lyme disease, a debilitating illness borne by ticks that live on deer. Years of mounting agricultural losses and the threat to human health and safety have finally led East Enders to drastic measures — to cull the deer with hired marksmen
With help from East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village and other communities, the Long Island Farm Bureau is enlisting wildlife-control officials at the Department of Agriculture to kill about 2,000 to 3,000 deer this winter. The slaughter is to begin in February, after hunting season ends, and last a few weeks. Marksmen in elevated stands plan to lure deer to baited stations, firing downward to minimize danger. They may also use traps. 
Deer fanciers have sued to block the hunt, calling it barbaric, but they should acknowledge that other things are deplorable, too, like emaciated deer from overabundant herds, and humans sickened by Lyme disease. The predators that would control this situation are gone, and unless Long Islanders want to live with wolves, coyotes, bears and mountain lions, they will have to assume responsibility for their place atop the food chain. Nonlethal solutions, like deer contraception, are expensive, slow and unreliable. “When a population is this far out of balance,” says Allen Gosser of the Agriculture Department, referring to deer, “you need a cull before you can implement other measures,” like birth control. 
For deer, suburbia is a 24-hour salad bar. Shooting them is naturally unnerving to people who hate that the American way of solving problems so often involves guns. But other, more palatable solutions have failed. 
Yes, Long Islanders should plant deer-resistant gardens and put up high fences and install lights to keep deer off the roads and keep checking their ankles and shins for deer ticks. But in a confined island space overrun with deer, a targeted, professional cull to get these animals finally under control — and to supply large amounts of venison for the poor — seems like a reasonable option to help resolve a great unnatural imbalance. 

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