On Culling

Cull them! Cull them! Cull them! The cry is raised                                                                    

Badger

Badger (Photo credit: Fred Dawson)

It’s the only solution! I hear the television say

A rational debate, then I shall watch listening impartially

After all a creature of reason looks at all sides and that is me…

Yet my jaw drops and I blink in absolute disbelief

Not one flicker of irony passes in their features nor through their lips

These creatures are invading urban areas, our territory

They are a menace and a danger to all of society

They breed and breed there’s too many of them

And the diseases they carry we really need to stem

They have no natural predators so we have to step in

If we don’t then they will destroy everything                                                                                                       

deer

deer (Photo credit: kkirugi)

The only solution is logical I think you’ll agree

 And that is to kill them – of course humanely.

 

Yes so different aren’t we, from these natural critters,

The human population that so uncaringly litters

Attracting these evolving adaptable beasts

Who have learnt to take advantage of our unwanted feasts

The foxes, deer and badgers are a wonder, I think

Learning to survive in our polluted stink

The problem as I see it is not them encroaching on us                                                                                    

fox

fox (Photo credit: digitalprimate)

                                                                         

Ask yourselves really, WHO was here first?

It’s immoral to cull humans – shudder at the very thought!

But animals, oh well, they’re ignorant and just sport!

Many people will have different opinions I am sure,

My goal here is not to inflame but rather to not ignore

The important issues to which we can be so willingly blind

A poet, in fact, has a duty to speak and express their heart and mind

And mine say to me: Killing is killing, the animal is just as dead

And all these excuse you give – can be applied to the human race instead.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for speaking out and for your strong and beautiful poem in raise of life. Warm Wishes, Tasha

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  2. In the past I would 100 percent agree with you and still would say culling should be a last resort but have to admit after dealing with Lyme Disease for the past two years I have very mixed feelings about deer. I don’t like seeing them anymore where I used to make snow shoe tracks for them in the woods when the snow got deep.

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  3. tjtherien

     /  September 4, 2013

    “These creatures are invading urban areas, our territory

    They are a menace and a danger to all of society

    They breed and breed there’s too many of them

    And the diseases they carry we really need to stem

    They have no natural predators so we have to step in

    If we don’t then they will destroy everything ”

    Sounds like an argument for culling humans if you turn their argument and use their own words against them… would be interesting how they would defend these charges if they were leveled against them…

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    • That was exactly what I was trying to get at, TJ 🙂 Literally, the irony bypassed them completely as these people sat in their chairs talking about the subject…. it’s what spurred me to write about it.

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