Death Threats, Bad Arguments, and Political Correctness

Ok, so you know what I think about death threats already if you read my blog, I only mention it here, here, and here. But for those of you who missed my stance on it, death threats are wrong and sending them only harms the cause you claim to be for, no matter how passionate you are about the cause, or no matter how oppressed you claim to be.

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Aryanna Gourdin, a 12 year old hunter, posted pictures of a giraffe she killed on social media, and then donated the meat fro the giraffe to feed a local village. Note that Giraffe is often eaten as meat and sold by commercial hunters native to Africa, so giraffe meat is not rare there. I will not condone the hunting of Giraffe though unless it is by the villagers and they don’t have any other source of food. I also would NEVER condone taking a picture and being prideful of such a thing. But Gourdin received multiple death threats as a result.

Among the death of the giraffe came many bad arguments from Gourdin’s hunting guide, including the all known “Man has done this since the beginning of time.” argument. Hunting is unnecessary in 2016 in the first world but is perfectly OK to uselessly take the life of another living being because it’s “tradition”. Ugh. We have done many things since the “beginning of time” that we probably shouldn’t do, such as genocide, and warring of land, and idk, slavery?

The argument that they donated the meat, therefore it was OK also doesn’t make sense. The ends almost never justify the means in cases of hunting. Although I will state that hunting is far more ethical

When asked why they posted the pictures online when they obviously cause outrage, the answer was “I’m tired of this political correctness. I’m not about to cower down from doing something we’ve always done.”

I will agree that Political Correctness has indeed gone too far, but there is a stark difference between political correctness and what is going on here. It would be considered “Politically Incorrect” to criticize the rioters in Milwuakee, Furguson, and Baltimore, who burned down their own neighborhoods and destroyed their own livelihoods for “justice.” It would be considered “Politically Incorrect” to state that America is one of the best places to live in, in terms of equality, ability, opportunity, safety, and kindness, which it is.

However. It is not “politically incorrect” to post a picture of yourself next to the body of a dead animal in pride, it’s Morally Incorrect, it’s flat out sadistic and narcissistic. And I have noticed this a lot in the political realm when it comes to labeling anything PC:

I once had a guy come up to me at work and while we were talking he said that Native Americans were savages. I told them they were not, they were a fairly civil people, if anyone was uncivil it was the Europeans who killed them off and stole their land. The next thing out of his mouth was “Why do you have to be so Politically Correct?”

The facts of history are not “Politically Correct,” they are “Literally Correct,” regardless of whether or not they might be “Liberal” or “Conservative” in nature. Animals feel pain and they suffer, they want to live, this is another thing that is seen as “Politically Correct” but is actually correct. The Federalist had this to say:

It seems an animal—a non-rational, soulless creature—is more important than a girl who is living out her dreams, refusing to be bound by her sex or age, and spending quality time with her father.

A non-rational, soulless creature? First of all, let’s get into rationality. Animals can mathematically judge distances, determine is something is a threat or a friend, and they can determine whether it would be smart to do something before they do it. They can even have belief systems so complex that ritualistic behavior can occur. This idea that animals simply run on instinct is flawed and pseudoscientific, as science has concluded that animal rationality is indeed a thing, even if it is not as complex as our own.

I am not even going to get into whether or not animals have souls. It’s not my job to prove the existence or non-existence of souls, I can simply state that no evidence exists as of this date that they are present in any living being, including humans.

Hunting is OK when you are in poverty and it is a significant source of food in your diet. Hunting is not OK when you are simply doing it for fun, or to look edgy, or when you don’t need to do it. And saying such is not “Politically Correct” it should simply be the reality of it all.

Vegan? But What If Grocery Stores Shut Down? The Survivalist Argument.

I often don’t talk about dumb arguments that I hear, but I have started to recently. And this has been one that I heard on a few occasions. This is a fallacy that I have seen that I dub The Survivalist Argument. It often goes like this:

“If all the grocery stores shut down, would you hunt for meat to survive?”

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Or as otherwise worded like:

“If the Zombie Apocalypse occurred…”

“If a nuclear warhead hit and you were left with little to no plant life…”

“If you were stranded on a deserted island….”

You know, THAT argument. The one that has almost no chance of actually coming into fruition.

In reality, I think most vegans would try to remain vegan for awhile, stop when they realize they can’t without severe nutrient deficiencies, and then sadly start hunting and trapping. But many might go back vegan once they find a way to safely commit to agriculture and grow their beans and leafy greens.

The thing is, veganism is only able to be done “as far as possible and practicable.” If you cannot be vegan because you live in a situation where hunting is the only way to get food, which is extremely rare in the first world mind you, than it is understandable to most vegans that you eat meat.

However, you don’t live in those conditions, and won’t for a long time. Most people can’t trap or shoot an animal anyways due to lack of skill and experience, but hey, it’s great for many people to think they have so much experience about wilderness survival from The Zombie Survival Guide and from playing Tomb Raider and Minecraft and rarely ever going outside.

The conditions we live in right now, and for all of the foreseeable future so far, is that we have grocery stores and gas stations, and fast food places because we failed to learn how to even properly cook anymore, so we have instant noodles and 5 minute rice. So as of right now, in 2016, we have the ability to be vegan because animal products are not necessary for survival and we have a wide array of food choices.

So unless you are planning on living in a forest and shooting, skinning, cutting, preserving, and cooking your own squirrels and raccoons, I see no point of this argument instead of trying to bait vegans into being in a situation where they would eat animals. It serves no purpose. It is a complete non-argument. You don’t even have to answer it if it pops up. It’s that useless.