Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AA Gill shot baboon 'to see what it would be like to kill someone'.

It really is hard to imagine anything more moronic than this:

Animal welfare groups voiced outrage today after the restaurant critic AA Gill said he shot a baboon on safari "to get a sense of what it might be like to kill someone".

In a Sunday Times column, Gill recounted in detail how he shot the creature from 250 yards while hunting in "a truck full of guns and other blokes" in Tanzania. He said he felt the urge to be "a recreational primate killer" before shooting the animal through the lung.

What kind of moron wanders through life wondering "what it might be like to kill someone"? I mean, seriously, who has those kind of thoughts?
"I know perfectly well there is absolutely no excuse for this," he wrote. "There is no mitigation. Baboon isn't good to eat, unless you're a leopard. The feeble argument of culling and control is much the same as for foxes: a veil for naughty fun. I wanted to get a sense of what it might be like to kill someone, a stranger. You see it in all those films: guns and bodies, barely a close-up of reflection or doubt. What does it really feel like to shoot someone, or someone's close relative?"
See? It's "naughty fun" to end the life of another creature, so that you can, at last, fulfil your curiosity about what engaging in such an act might feel like.

Heaven forbid that Gill would have to live without knowing what it felt like to kill for killings sake. One would have to be a tree hugging Liberal to object to such an action.

After all, what Gill did was not easy:

"I took him just below the armpit. He slumped and slid sideways. I'm told they can be tricky to shoot: they run up trees, hang on for grim life. They die hard, baboons. But not this one. A soft-nosed .357 blew his lungs out."

This is why I could never be a right winger; indeed, it's why I despise most of them. He actually thinks what he did was difficult. He's congratulating himself for taking part in an act of barbarity.

He thinks that other creatures deserve to die for no better reason than to satisfy his own morbid curiosity about what it might be like to kill. This isn't about survival, it isn't about ensuring a food source, it's about - literally - killing for killings sake.

So he can know what that feels like.

Words fail me.

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