Repulsed by moose photos
There is nothing more repulsive to me than a photo of an emaciated animal shown in print, online or on television.
Most human beings react strongly to the inhumane treatment of warmblooded creatures. Just ask the S.P.C.A. or the professionals who work in Veterinary clinics how cruelty to animals repulse nine out of 10 people.
Trooper the cat
Some time ago, Trooper the cat got hit by a vehicle and several hours later ended up frozen to a driveway in Stephenville Crossing. A good Samaritan found the poor thing and managed to unthaw it and subsequently was able to find support ( financial) in order to save its life.
The story of Trooper reached worldwide on social media and donations came in from as far away as Australia, Scotland and the U.S.
Donations were made from home and abroad to pay the bill after Trooper was sent to a veterinary hospital in Prince Edward Island.
Despite amputation, Trooper was saved. The worldwide interest in his recovery is nothing else but astounding.
No photos are released
It is interesting to note that at no time were photos of Trooper frozen to the pavement or in horrific pain shown. If they were, people would be repulsed, I am certain.
It is worth noting, too, that no photos of horrific scenes of carnage (human or otherwise) evident as a result of moose/vehicular collisions are released to the public. And, rightly so.
I wish outdoor columnist Paul Smith, author of “Woods and Waters” in the weekend edition of The Telegram, would show similar discretion. Do it for the majority of readers who, like those mentioned above, are repulsed by scenes of animal brutality like you show now and then.
Smith’s recent weekend story about a moose hunting trip, headlined “Of moose and men” ( featured in the Saturday, Oct. 5 print edition of The Telegram) ran a rather large color photo of a beautiful big bull moose lying dead on the ground while its throat is being slashed as another hunter looks on.
To add a little more drama to the horrific scene, Smith overlaid a small photo of the carcass, the rack, and the hind quarter sawed up and the dead animal’s legs dangling from a cart behind his all-terrain vehicle.
Not against hunting
I am not against hunting and I know the moose have to be culled. And, I know the dangers they bring to motorists, including myself.
What I do know as well is that photos like the one featured Oct.5 are gross and I like many other animal lovers, am repulsed by them.
So Mr. Smith, how about a bit of sensitivity from you and your partners? These photos are far from “in good taste,” in my opinion. Send them to your favourite Sportsman magazine or better still, burn or dump them. They don’t belong in “the people’s paper.”