The news that an entire family of elephants was slaughtered by poachers in Kenya is depressing. I’m a big squish when it comes to charismatic megafauna, the technical term for really awesome big animals: tigers, whales, dolphins, elephants, lions etc. But I’m also a conservative in the purest sense of the word. The conservation of these creatures is its own reward. They speak to our place in the universe, the majesty of God’s creation, the imagination of children, and countless other intangible factors that resonate from the Bible to literature to our own childhoods.
To that end, while I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense for the U.S. government to get officially involved militarily, I would love to see some foundation hire some ex-special forces to lend a hand in the worthwhile effort of shooting poachers.There's literally no problem that shooting foreigners won't cure!
Pantload would shootl the poachers himself, but he's 43 years old, his family can't afford the lost income, and his ass is sorry. However, he's on the fence as to whether American
fodder soldiers should give their lives to save his pachyderm pals. He can be convinced, but he's just not there yet.
Note also that Pantload's reverence is reserved for those awesome beasts he doesn't eat and/or which can't dine upon him for logistical reasons. God's majesty and our place in the universe aren't reflected in future bacon cheeseburgers or human residents of Third World.