I posted this rant elsewhere and am adding it here because of recent media reports:
The continued depredations on these hapless animals drive me mad. I can almost understand — no, actually, I do — the need of poachers to make a living, but the final recipients of those bloody spoils should have their teeth and bile extracted as well as their hands chopped off for trophies. My mother’s people the Chinese have exceeded their hellish materialistic graspings of the fruits of their new wealth to new depths.
When the commies marched into Shanghai, where I lived as a young teen, “capitalists” and landlords began jumping off high buildings. It was that, or arrest and torture. But no one mentions the irony of the billionaires who are as noxious as the old-time ones were not.
Yet world economics demand that we trade; we are linked, knotted together in mutual need and mistrust until the air we breathe has finally poisoned every single human being, rich or poor.