Necessities of Country Living

My husband shot and killed a groundhog today. We just moved to a house out in the country, and it’s a work in progress. Part of the work involves protecting the integrity of the house from elemental and critter damage. My husband knows I’m an animal lover, and it’s not that he isn’t, but we all know that sometimes doing unpleasant things is necessary. I didn’t understand why killing the groundhog was necessary at first. True, it had dug holes large enough for a small child to crawl down into near the foundation of our house. But so what? It’s not like it was burrowing into the house itself. But then you have to think about all the water that rushes down those holes in heavy rains. It’s a pipeline straight to our basement, and we don’t have money to fix cracked or damaged foundations, or even water damage to our possessions. Or what happens if the tractor gets stuck in the giant crater the groundhog leaves in the yard? Do we have the time and resources to dig it out?

These are the things leftists never consider. Most leftists live in big cities and have comfortable salaries, so they enjoy the luxury of not having to think about things like protecting their property against vermin. In all likelihood, someone else does that for them, and they never know about or see the dirty work first hand. That’s why I’ve always thought that (moral) vegetarians and vegans are basically the project of ignorant privilege. They are so far removed from the necessities of life outside the city that they don’t realize that, for most others, daily life is, among other things, a battle against the encroachment of nature. And battles always have casualties. Today it was a groundhog.

Federal Philosopher

Federal Philosopher is a philosophy graduate student in New Jersey. She was awakened from her political slumbers after reading biographies of Margaret Thatcher. She loves philosophy, but thinks the profession has been hijacked by a bunch of leftist bullies who are little more than partisan journalists that happen to know philosophical jargon. She carries a recurve bow and quiver full of arrows at all times, so as not to trigger leftists by saying she packs a .380 in her purse.

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  1. When folks wax apoplectic about this sort of thing I always like to take the opportunity to ask about their view of abortion. Let’s just say there’s been a “yuuuuge” disconnect 100% of the time in my experience.

    Yes it’s anecdotal I know, but there it is.

  2. “I was born country, and that’s what I’ll always be like the rivers and the woodlands, wild and free
    I got a hundred years of down home running through my blood, I was born country, and this country’s what I love.”

  3. I grant that city dwellers don’t understand country life all that well. I also grant that this critter might have caused you plenty of issues. But there’s a leap in logic here: If you’re looking to justify killing him, then you’ll need argue more than “he might have caused me a lot nuisance”. He certainly posed an issue, so you need to do *something*, but that doesn’t justify killing.

    Regarding your comment about moral vegetarians, nothing you said here conflicts with the argument I offered in previous blogposts.

  4. The fact that he exists and is on your property is reason enough to kill a groundhog. They’re vicious animals.

    I live in the *middle* of a city of 50K … and I am plagued by groundhogs and raccoons and skunks and fuzzy-tailed tree-rats (aka ‘squirrels’), and sometimes even by deer raising they fawns in the woods (Yes, even tough I live in the middle of the city, I have a small woodlot).

  5. “These are the things leftists never consider.”

    Enough of this Manichean BS. I’m a liberal and I’d shoot an animal that was a nuisance on my property. And, like Federal Philosopher, I’d do so without having a very good philosophical justification at hand.

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