Example: Years ago a woman wrote to a state Fish & Game magazine complaining that the cover of a recent issue was grossly unsuitable for children and if the magazine didn’t stop printing such inappropriate pictures, she’d have to cancel her subscription. Assuming an overly eager young editor had run a photo of a nubile fisherwoman in a bikini, I searched out the offending issue only to be disappointed. And confused. It was a painting of a horned owl with a limp cottontail in its talons. Horrors! A painting of an owl doing what owls do every day. Hide the children. Call out the FCC censors.
The odd thing is that many of these same ARAs often indulge in public displays of nudity to protest the wearing of natural, free-range, perpetually renewable, biodegradable animal skins. They strip, they prance, they dress down to the lowest common denominator on city streets. And they don’t find this “unsuitable for children?” The PR value of such shenanigans slips my grasp. Prurient curiosity will certainly draw attention, but then, well, all that blue, goose-pimpled flesh should inspire most viewers to appreciate all the more the practical value of thick, silky, warm animal pelts. Someone do us all a favor and throw that fat, nude ARA a bear skin!
As for the naked female models and actresses in these displays, what’s the difference? On the street, in a movie, magazine layout or Internet site, a peep show is a peep show and we’ve already seen it. Recently one of those juvenile, bikinis-and-nighties men’s magazines (it was lying on a seat in an airport – I couldn’t help but notice) printed a reader’s letter complaining not about all the pseudo pornography in the publication, but about a picture of lions attacking prey in a previous issue. It read, in part, “The photo of the lions attacking the tearful hippo was one of the most disturbing and heart-wrenching pics I’ve ever seen … sometimes ignorance is bliss.”Just as we’ve suspected. These people prefer ignorance. Ignorance keeps them in tune with their loony tune world where hippos frolic with lions rather than get ripped apart by them.
Bloody Nature Rejects Animal Rights — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com