The Deadliest Animals

June 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Here we are beginning the summer of 2015 and commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the movie Jaws by Steven Spielberg and the book by the same name, written by Peter Benchley (http://www.people.com/article/jaws-40th-anniversary-movie-secrets).  Then we read about two teens in North Carolina recently losing their left arms to a shark and another child, age 10, being attacked off the coast of Florida by a shark.  Frightening indeed!  One minute you are having fun splashing in the water, just being a kid on summer vacation and the next thing you know, you are attacked by a shark and never saw it coming.  Thanks to the quick thinking of people on the beach and EMS, the boys lived to tell the story but this incident will change their lives forever.  Initially there was word on the news that authorities would surround the area and shoot the sharks.  But wait a minute... are we not invading their territory?  After all, if we want to swim and splash in the water with less risk, we can go to a pool free of sea creatures.
 


 

Just the other day, in the Dallas Morning News, I see an article on "Killer Animals... (maybe we should focus less on sharks, more on... cows?)".  Say what?  What am I missing?  And this report comes from none other than the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  You know I had to read what they had to say!
 

The first paragraph reads: "Whenever there's a shark attack in the news, somebody inevitably tries to minimize fear with big numbers such as ... heart disease kills 611,000 people a year" and then goes on to tell us not to worry about the sharks and to worry more about our eating habits.  So I read on to learn more about these killers in our midst and this is what I find:
 

So when you see a bee... you had best panic and run away as fast as you can!  But wait a minute... the article in the paper goes on to say that there are 33,000 motor vehicle deaths each year, yet everyday we get in our cars and go about our business with little fear.
 

And then I think... what about the other animal out there... we human beings?  Where do we fit into this puzzle?  And yes... we are an animal.  In the words of Marc Bekoff (former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a past Guggenheim Fellow)...
 

"Although other animals may be different than us, it does not make them less than us." 
 

I do some of my own searching to find... 
 

More than 100,000 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, accidents, or by police intervention. 
31,537 people die from gun violence.
2,829 kids die from gun violence.

EVERY DAY ON AVERAGE IN AMERICA (all ages)
282 people are shot in murders, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, accidents, and police intervention.
86 people die from gun violence: 32 are murdered; 51 kill themselves; 2 die accidentally; 1, intent unknown.
196 are shot and survive: 140 shot in an assault; 10 survive a suicide attempt; 43 are shot accidentally, 2 are shot in a police intervention.

When will it ever end?  Or won't it?  We are our own worst enemy!  How can people not see this?  Of course I mourn for anyone attacked by a shark and killed or maimed while enjoying the ocean but what about the people gunned down on our streets every day?  I guess we are just numb to that as it happens so frequently in America, the beautiful.
 

And this is what is seen riding through small town Texas...
 

Come January 2016, open-carry of handguns will go into effect in Texas.  There is a serious need for mental health intervention as well as strict gun laws.  Sadly, there are a lot of hot-heads on the loose who want to create havoc and perhaps have their names go down in history for terroristic activity.  There is lots of hate and lots of anger.  What is the answer to this insanity?
 

It seems to me that human beings are most definitely the deadliest animals!
 

It's a dangerous world out there!
 

So... is this how I must go through life to feel just a bit more safe?
 

        
 


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