The music of the beast?

With recent press time regarding animals in zoos and their interaction with humans, thought it may be a good idea to offer a few observations.

So a lion is put to death because he killed a worker. Sad to say of course that 2 lives were taken away, but I suppose the zoo worker’s death could have been prevented, and the lion could have been kept alive as well.

Without knowing all the circumstances, was the lion killed to possibly save the girl’s life, or was he killed because he killed the girl? Zoos have been historically known as places where we think wild animals are more tame because they are behind bars, and their ferocity is kept at arm’s length, that is until, we let our guard down and become careless, and the wild beasts tear off our heads then go for an afternoon nap feeling content that he has done absolutely nothing wrong.

And there is the rub. It’s the conscience thing. The animal can do no wrong, yet it is you and I who attach worth, purpose, and culpability as to the lives of animals and humans, but we do so wrongly, unless of course, there be a God in heaven.

Which is worse, a lion killing a zoo worker, or that same lion killing a whitetail deer? Why? If survival of the fittest and evolution are the king of beasts, why put animals in cages at all, unless we in our ignorance do not believe what we say, and put artificial barriers between progress and our feelings.

Ha! But we do know that the false god evolution is the joke of the ages, and that a lion will always be a lion, that he will never build the pyramids, and that humans will not wake up from our ignorant sleep, thinking we can be best friends with the big fluffy polar bears and maned lions, because after all, they are sooooooo cute.

Maybe we need to be reminded of that roar that can be heard for miles, that the Creator saw fit to give bodies to animals so unlike our own, and to give us hands, so unlike their own, that we can express, create, imagine, construct, direct, plan, control, organize, and build lives of vice or virtue, so much so that we leave epitaphs, words to remind others that we have lived and left memories, and that we have eulogized humanity, so unlike the dead raccoon by the wayside who has yet to receive a proper burial.

I’m not lyin I tell ya when I say God hath given a certain kind of flesh to animals; the armor of the rhino, the leather of the elk, the glory of lion’s pride, the neck of the giraffe, the trunk of the elephant, the viced mouth of the shark, the laziness of the apes, the smile of the dolphin, the majesty of the eagle in flight, and of course the combined ability of man to do what the animals cannot: to swim, to fly, to walk, to create unlike any other on earth.

Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation, the magnum opus of all symphonies as it were, but far too often we substitute the music of God with the noise of pretended intellect and call that ‘progress.’  But maybe if we consider if a beast can or cannot be a man……we just may be on the road to progress, that is, if we allow God the courtesy of His sovereignty over all that is.

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5 Responses to The music of the beast?

  1. Salvageable says:

    It is standard zoo policy, I believe, for an animal to be killed if it has killed a human being. The reasoning is related less to guilt and conscience than to habit: once an animal has killed a human, it is likely to do so again. Even the Law of Moses has stipulations about killing a bull that has gored a man–and punishing the bull’s owner if the bull had repeatedly threatened human life. J.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tks S, but are we supposed to punish the animal as long as he doesn’t act according to his nature?

      Seems to contradict the whole idea of ‘caution, wild animal.’ I hate hearing of these killings at zoos, especially when a human dies.

      I just don’t get the killing in return. Of course they will kill again and again, hence, wild.

      Your scripture reference is not speaking of zoos I’m pretty sure. 😉

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  2. Interesting post, Colorstorm. Here were I live we kill cougars who pose a threat and it doesn’t always sit so well with me. I tend to believe an animal is just being an animal and doing what it does. We are the ones who falsely assign morality to the beasts, as if they are being murderers or something. I think somewhere inside we all realize animals can’t really sin, they actually lack a conscience, a sense of shame, and advanced reasoning skills. They are simply not people.

    Regardless,I saw a cute meme that said “jellyfish have no brains and they’ve survived for millions of years. There’s hope for humans too.” Made me chuckle, but in truth our brains, our conscience, our freewill, is actually a handicap in terms of evolution or survival of the fittest. Jellyfish and cockroaches do so much better. To me these things all speak strongly to the fact that we have souls and a Creator who designed us and who looks out for us.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      It’s not really much of a tease, as you know I value life, especially humanity, but it seems animals get a raw deal.

      They act according to their nature, then we punish them as if they misbehave. I don’t know if this lion was killed after he did his work, if so, not right.

      Of course condolences for the girl and family. Tragic to be sure.


  3. Citizen Tom says:


    I don’t think we “execute” an animal that has killed a human being because we hold that animal responsible. We kill it for a couple of emotional and one very practical reason.

    What are the emotional reasons? We kill an animal that has killed a human being because we are both angry at it and afraid of it. So we take vengeance. That’s not exactly ethical, but it is human nature.

    What is the practical reason? An animal that killed once is more likely to kill again. We don’t want any critters around who think of us as food. Because the number of animals that could hunt us or even our livestock is small, we just reflexively kill anything that kills one of us.

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