One of my duties as a bitter old crone is to tell you people how fucking stupid you are.
For instance, let me introduce you to Bruiser Bear, an inmate at the animal prison known affectionately as Single Vision, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit endangered species educational wildlife facility located in Melrose, Florida. This video of Bruiser, the ambassador who is making profit for the facility by selling tons of t-shirts, has had over 3 million hits in the month since it’s been posted.
Ironically, during the same time Bruiser the inmate bear was becoming a hit online, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to approve a week-long hunting season for black bears in the state of Florida. In other words, while Bruiser is serving life without the possibility of parole, other bears will suffer the death penalty.
But enough about bears. Let’s talk about cats.
This is Mowgli, a clouded leopard born in captivity last March at Tampa’s Lowry Zoo. Clouded leopards are an endangered species, and the zoo is certainly playing up this cute little endangered fella to get attention and donations. The zoo’s indoctrination into prison life included separation of the cub from his parents. This video of Mowgli at age 3 months was posted in June. As you can see, he’s already adapting well to prison life.
At the same time the internet was oohing and aahing over Mowgli, other cats in Florida weren’t faring so well. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, whose members include a rancher from south Florida, was deciding whether to reverse 30 years of conservation efforts for the Florida panther and push to remove the animal from endangered species status. It seems that the rancher in particular is upset because the panthers have dared to kill calves from her ranch, so she and her ilk started this campaign to change public sentiment by voicing concern for the welfare of pets and children. But all the ranchers want is for the panthers to be gone, so they can raise other animals in prison conditions, then execute them, to make money.
So let me get this straight: you are all for animals living in cages and being captured on video for your amusement, but when it comes to allowing them to live a life of freedom as nature intended, you feel that goes too far. At that point, it’s OK to kill them.
I take it back, you’re worse than fucking stupid. You’re downright cruel.