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"Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'" (Genesis 1:26). Dominion:the power or right of governing and controlling. What part of this is hard to understand? God did not create us as servants or as equals to the animals of the earth. He did not say 'let the animals rule the earth' or even that man should live in harmony with the rest of His creatures. So why are there those among us who think they have a better plan then God's?
The cases where man's needs---and safety---have taken a (legal) backseat to man's decry commonsense. An Idaho man, who spotted three Grizzly Bears crossing his yard was faced with a fine of $50,000 and a year in jail because he dared to shoot a Grizzly Bear in his yard. It did not matter that there were 3 aggressive Grizzlies in the yard just around the corner from where he had just seen his children playing. The Grizzlies were not actually attacking anyone and, according to a government spokesman 'there are procedures outlined for dealing with a nuisance bear and he didn't follow those procedures.' Had he waited until he found his 'procedure manual' he could probably have saved $20,000 in legal fees and the $1000 he was eventually fined but he made the decision to risk his money, and freedom, to save his family.
A man in Louisiana mistook a feeding black bear for a wild hog. Shooting the hog would have been legal; mistaking one animal for another resulted in immediate confiscation of 'the tools used in committing a felony'---his gun, cash and truck and was followed by a felony charge, thousands of dollars in fines and the revocation of his hunting privileges---for life.
A construction site in Kansas City was shut down for several days when excavation at the site uncovered a large den of rattlesnakes. Thousands of dollars was lost by the idle construction company and its workers while the "endangered" snakes were relocated---at taxpayer's expense.
The Village of Wheeling, IL spent $25,000 for an environmental consultant---a required prelude to applying for a special permit to construct a bicycle path--because the area is home to the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, an endangered POISONOUS snake. IF they are allowed to construct the bike path, the construction company will be required to build a special fence to keep the snakes out of the construction area---a protection for the snakes, not for the workers. Several state agencies are involved in the more complicated issue of what to do once the path is opened to the public---the concern is that snakes going back and forth over the path might get run over or stepped on. The fact that people might get bitten by this aggressive, POISONOUS snake does not appear to be a concern.
Swallows nesting in a bridge in rural Missouri caused a delay in construction, forcing the bridge to remain closed until after the start of the school year. The bus had to be rerouted, resulting in students enduring an extra hour of travel each day while the already strapped school district scrambled to cover the extra fuel costs.
Annually, flooding along the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. The timing of flooding is not based on protecting crops in the fertile bottom land or in minimizing the impact on the people and property in the flood area but on the breeding needs of the Pallid Sturgeon and the nesting preferences of the Least Tern and Piping Plovers that utilize the sandbars.
And on and on it goes. Where do we draw the line? We have already reached the point where punishment is stiffer for accidentally shooting a bear than it is for shooting a fellow hunter. Cockroaches, rats and even bacteria are living creatures....will there soon be a group espousing their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Treating animals as equal to man is not commonsense; elevating animals' needs above man's needs is ignorance gone to seed.