Thursday, March 4, 2010

Religious Nutbags Want Whale Stoned To Death

Every now and then a religious group pops up with something so ridiculous the general public -- read: the people that don't have their heads up their asses -- can't help but take notice. Case in point:

The American Family Association -- otherwise known as those creepy Jesus freaks -- want Tillikum stoned to death right along side the person who didn't stone it to death the first time it killed a human being. Yeah, I rolled my eyes as well. This ridiculous shit was taken from their blog:

"You are aware by now that a 12,000 pound killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau yesterday by pulling her into a pool and dragging her around until she drowned, in front of a crowd of stunned guests.

Chalk another death up to animal rights insanity and to the ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, "SeaWorld Orlando has always know that Tillikum...could be a particularly dangerous killer whale...because of his ominous history."

The Sentinel then recounts that Tilly, as he was affectionately known, had killed a trainer back in 1991 in front of spectators at a now defunct aquarium in Victoria, British Columbia.

Then in 1999 he killed a man who sneaked into SeaWorld to swim with the whales and was found the next morning draped dead across Tilly's back. His body had been bit and the killer whale had torn off his swimming trunks after he had died.

What about the term "killer whale" do SeaWorld officials not understand?

If the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition had been followed, Tillikum would have been put out of everyone's misery back in 1991 and would not have had the opportunity to claim two more human lives.

Says the ancient civil code of Israel, "When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable." (Exodus 21:28)

So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn't know the animal was going to go postal on somebody.

But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn't kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, "the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death." (Exodus 21:29)

If I were the family of Dawn Brancheau, I'd sue the pants off SeaWorld for allowing this killer whale to kill again after they were well aware of its violent history.

SeaWorld is apparently, however, unrepentant. Chuck Thompson, its curator in charge of animal behavior, says Tilly continues to be "a valuable asset not only from a breeding standpoint but from a behavior standpoint, too." Chuck might want to ask Dawn's Mom what she thinks about that.

Thompson did add, helpfully, "I think we need to evaluate his behavior and everything that's happened up to this point." You're about 19 years too late, Chuck, and the blood of Dawn Brancheau is on your hands."
What the above nonsense fails to mention is that the dumb ass that wanted to "swim with the whales" actually broke into the enclosure in the middle of the night to swim with an animal he had absolutely no professional training with. The article also doesn't mention that whales are playful animals, and 12,000 pound behemoths just happen to play rough.

If that whale was able to talk I'm positive it would tell everyone that he wasn't being "malicious" or "evil" or any other superfluous adjective people have labeled him with, but was only trying to have some fun with his friends.

Then again maybe -- just maybe -- he didn't like being taken out of his natural habitat and made to do tricks for obnoxious throngs of people in the first place. Hell, if someone came and snatched me away from my home and forced me to do shit I was never intended for in the first place I'd have a bit of an attitude as well.

It was an accident. Accidents happen every day. We don't call for the death of someone when they're not paying attention and run a red light, accidentally killing a family of three. So why kill this animal? Because it's called a killer whale, so it must be a danger to all mankind?

The depths of human stupidity amazes me.

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