Up until recently, I’d never heard the name ‘Melissa Bachman’. Considering the circumstances that I did come to hear her name, I’m betting she wishes I’d still not heard of her.
Melissa Bachman, who is – among other things – an avid huntress, came under much scrutiny for doing what she is known for doing – hunting. In some cases, many in fact, the criticism comes from fellow hunters. Apparently, hunting is only okay if hunting for food or survival. Sport hunting, trophy hunting, is a no-no.
For me personally, I could never hunt or shoot and kill anything. I suppose as a matter of life and death anything is possible But hunting isn’t something I could do. However-I have no problems with hunting. Hunting for food or sport. And I would happily defend my right -anyone’s right- to do so.
When it comes to people dying from Cancer, AIDS, etc. I’ve heard more than one Animal Rights activist say “Meh. 1 fight for animals because they can’t speak for or save themselves, people can.” Well, I don’t agree with that sentiment at all, especially on the subject of the killing of infants and children. A child cannot, as you say “save itself”.
But the situation with Melissa Bachman and her attackers is far, far different. What Melissa Bachman did was completely legal. She traveled to South Africa – legally. Obtained the necessary licenses – legally. Went hunting – legally. Killed a lion – legally. You may not like what she did and you’re entitled to that opinion, but she did nothing wrong. Morally, ethically or otherwise, she did nothing wrong. If lions were endangered, the South African government would not have allowed her to hunt them. She’s being crucified for something she did – legally. The disgusting – and very disturbing – thing about all this is what those who think hunting is wrong have to say about her.
A Facebook page called “Stop Melissa Bachman” created on November 15 – six days ago-has over 238,000 likes and is filled with comments by those who don’t agree with hunting. Especially sport and trophy hunting.
There were those who wished something horrible would befall her. Some wished her to be disfigured or maimed. Disfigured in such away as to prevent her from ever hunting – or functioning in the same manner – again.
Many more called for her head on a plate-or mounted on a wall.
Most just want to see her dead. The reason? For causing the death of a living being. For some reason, they fail to see the irony in that statement.
I have a huge problem with placing animals higher, or of more importance than humans. I don’t think it’s right to even put animals equal to human beings. We have dominion over the animals. They were put here for us.
I can hear some of you saying “But hunting for sport is not the same as hunting to feed your family.” This is true, and while we should never hunt to extinction, hunting for sport is no different than any other sport and many times helps a species flourish. Where as, no hunting can often endanger the species. It’s much better for the animal that is killed by the hunter than the one that isn’t. The population grows large and the animals begin venturing closer and closer to the city. Into the city in some cases. When the animals do that, they end up being hit by cars, trapped in places to endure pain or other things- causing them to suffer.
Hunting is far far more humane. It helps control the population. (And those saying lions are endangered- if they were endangered, Bachman wouldn’t have been given permission to hunt them.) In fact, South African Wildlife workers and experts will tell you there are more animals in South Africa now than there were 100 years ago BECAUSE of hunters.
The other thing is, Melissa Bachman broke no laws. She had all the licenses and requirements needed. She jumped through all the legal hoops and paid out the Wazoo to boot. People, clearly, don’t realize how much the hunters do for that country. It’s easy to condemn something you know nothing about. Putting an end to hunting would greatly upset the ecosystem and cause the deaths of many more animals. (Plus the meat from the lion was given to local villages as was the hide)
It’s rumored that it was a canned hunt. It wasn’t. She did nothing legally, morally or ethically wrong. Before you crucify her, read up on how much what she does helps wildlife.
And while you’re sitting there eating your hypocrite burger, wearing hypocrite leather boots, consider for a moment how you’d feel if your family or children were being hunted or attacked by big game. I’m thinking you’d change your mind about killing a big cat. Sure, this one wasn’t attacking anyone at the moment she killed it, but how many would it have had it not been killed?
God gave us dominion over the animals, He did not give us permission to abort, kill, or rape one another. Nor did he give us permission to wish those things on others. Before flipping out because she killed something you see as cute and cuddly (which it isn’t) consider the facts. You may learn something.
All you animal lovers out there should thank her and those hunters like her. They help maintain and sustain the species. Those of you who want to stop hunters are the dangerous ones. You’d allow your emotions to tortuously kill animals and other human beings.
So, thank you Melissa. Stay strong, fight the good fight and get back to hunting ASAP!