This “tres sensible,” furry doe appeared in our backyard one morning, showing no fear of us as we went about our activities.  It pains me that Vassar College has hired hunters to feed deer, luring them to their death for mercenary gain in some non-sensical culling.  As if hunting season weren’t bad enough.  My heart sank for this fearless doe, unafraid of us.  She must learn to be afraid of humans because humans are cold-hearted killers, hiding under the guise of sportsmanship and pest control.  What kind of sport is this to entice deer to an area using food as bait and then, when trust is established, shooting them?  It makes me ashamed of the human race.   Issac Bashevis Singer, who fled the Nazis himself, and whose mother and brother were killed in the Camps, writes most eloquently on the subject in his ode to a mouse:

What do they know—all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world—about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”


8 responses

  1. I remember in the Bible, after Adam and Eve sinned and God had to send them out of the Garden of Eden so they wouldn’t eat of the Tree of Life and thereby be eternally separated from Him in their sinful state, He said something like, “From now on the fear of men will be upon all animals.” Up until that point, Adam and Eve’s jobs were to tend to the Garden and the animals. Up to that point all animals were herbivores. I guess when everything else changed, the animals did, too. I guess from that point on some animals became carnivores.

    This also makes me think of “Bambi” when he was little and told about “Man” and that he was the only animal to be feared.

    When I was little my dad and I went camping overnight near a lake. In the morning he was frying breakfast and a little deer came out of the woods. I have always loved animals, so I asked Daddy if I could take a piece of the food to the deer. To my great surprise and pleasure he said I could. I walked very slowly over to the little deer, talking softly, walking softly and holding out the food. It came very slowly toward me, it’s neck outstretched as it was smelling the food — and probably me, too. If it stopped or started to back away, I’d immediately stop and stay still until it started walking again. It wound up eating out of my hand!! What a wonderful moment!! I wanted so badly to pet it, but knew that it’d probably run away at the slightest movement of my other hand. What a wonderful memory you have brought up in my mind!!

    Thank you, Ellen!!


    January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    • Thank you, what a beautiful story and wonderful memory!! A thrill!! Thanks for commenting. Hope things are better. Love, Ellen


      January 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

  2. Such a beautiful photograph. What a privilege to be so close to such awe-inspiring beauty. If only those hunters could see things as you do. Thank you for sharing this 🙂


    February 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    • Oh, the hunters are horrid. And each shot I hear wounds me. I think your blog is great– gets the right message across very artistically and effectively!


      February 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      • I know exactly what you mean. I used to live in the country and I got so depressed. I did what I could in terms of sabotage and opening cages etc, but there was just so much of it that I could only help a tiny fraction of the persecuted innocents. I empathise with what you’re feeling.


        February 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      • Great that you were able to do that. I have not seen any cages but make noise to make the deer flee the hunting area. Have seen some utter cruelty and called the police but they side with the hunters. Will call someone else if it happens again.


        February 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      • I hope to God it doesn’t happen again, but it might be worth keeping your camera with you just in case. Look after yourself though, stay hidden.


        February 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      • Good idea– the camera.


        February 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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