There is an excellent article written in today’s Guardian by Paul Theroux. He talks about hunting and the Republicans and how . . . “hunting seems to define a certain species of American politician.” He also writes about Sarah Palin’s love of the mighty moose (especially if said moose’s innards are being boiled in her stewing-pan and it’s fur is draped over her sofa).
In his article, the writer quotes Henry David Thoreau and says . . .
“In one of the great passages in the Chesuncook chapter, Thoreau writes how the moose and the pine tree are linked in his mind. “A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man.” And he anticipated the environmental movement when he spoke of the “petty and accidental uses” of whales and elephants, turned into “buttons and flageolets”. He continues: “Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve life than destroy it.”
Well worth reading.