THE shooting last week of an elk in Boulder, Colorado, caused outrage among local residents, who later held a candlelit vigil for the dead animal.
This, in turn, provoked further fury from a Christian organisation – Personhood USA – which seized on the vigil to trumpet anti-abortion propaganda,
According to this report, Jennifer Mason, Communications Director for Personhood USA in Arvada, Colorado, said she thought it absurd that residents would demonstrate an outpouring of grief for the elk while human life is ignored and devalued in the state.
She told the CNN:
The first thing that came to mind of course was, ‘Why would they hold a vigil for an animal and deem the animal’s life so much more valuable than these babies in the womb?’ Even currently, it’s legal to abort babies in the womb minutes from delivery, and human life is valued so little compared to this animal that they have memorialized in Boulder. It’s really a sad fact.
Mason said that she sees a culture of death all around her.
I believe we have the second or third largest Planned Parenthood in the United States here in Colorado.
Noting the Aurora and Columbine shootings, she added:
I think there’s an epidemic of violence here in Colorado, and it certainly extends to the abortion clinics. There’s definitely a devaluing of human life here, and that’s something that we have to face all the time.
The dotty “pro-lifer” added:
People … really need to learn that science definitely points to the personhood of the pre-born child. You cannot find any embryology textbook that does not say that life begins at conception.
Mason concluded by stating that the way to change society’s thinking — which now deems animals as being valuable, but ignores the plight of the pre-born — is through education.
That’s something we work hard at [here] at Personhood USA. We are trying to abolish abortion, and the way to do that is to change the culture. And how we change the culture is by educating them and trying to teach them about the humanity of the child in the womb.
A roadside service for the elk, held on Sunday, included stories and songs, and a memorial was erected in honour of the deceased elk. Its picture had been framed and placed in an evergreen tree for remembrance.
According to various reports, the elk had wandered into a residential neighborhood last week, and when police arrived, it appeared to be injured. The on-duty police officer then shot the animal dead, while an off-duty officer helped to load the elk onto a pickup truck, as it was then transported to be processed into meat.
Resident Nancy Platt told the Daily Camera:
He was a beautiful animal. He was hurting nobody. He didn’t deserve what he got.
Added Esther Parson:
People live here because we love the wildlife. To murder an animal who feels like he’s part of the neighborhood is despicable.
Boulder resident Jim Riemersma told reporters that he organisd the vigil because he wanted to give people an opportunity to grieve over the loss of the animal, to celebrate its life, and to obtain “a little bit of closure” in the matter.