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.
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