I want to address our human indifference to all the animals that are killed every year by automobiles. Every time that I drive by any animal that has been hit and killed by a car or truck – I always say a prayer for that animal. Today I drove by a deer lying on the side of the road on Route 522 in Culpeper, VA. She was probably hit today. I looked at her glazed eyes and crumpled legs and thought that is time for people to recognize that these animals have very important lives! They are not just in our way as we hurry down the road. If people would slow down and honor life as much as they do speeding – far less wildife and people would be hit and killed on our roads. I really hope that people will learn to see these animals that die on our roads as something much more important than “road kill”. So please share this message to spread the word that animals lives are sacred.
Tonight I am writing about the issue that I have worked on for years – the severe violence and mistreatment of deer. Why are the deer blamed for being over populated? Isn’t it humans that are over running the planet and causing most of the environmental crisis that we face? Why is it ok that people take over the meadows and forests, and then push out wildlif?. And then when deer show up in their yard – they want them killed! I am afraid that we are becoming .a very materialistic – techno enthusiastic species that is tragically losing our ability to truly understand nature. Nature is not something to kill in order to control to human’s satisfaction. Every time I see a wild animal killed on the road I take a moment to remember that that animal’s life held meaning. So the next time someone complains about the deer – stop and ask them about all the things humans do to make deer and other wild animals miserable. Maybe it is time to do something to honor the deer.
Tonight I want to discuss the importance of slowing down for wildlife, and of course people, when driving. It seems we live in a time when people are super aggressive and oblivious when driving. Animals hit and killed on the road are not just a normal casualty of our driving. The carnage we leave on the roads is ignorant and unacceptable. So often people tell me that there is nothing they can do to avoid wildlife. That is definitely NOT true. The first thing you have to do is make a top priority of staying alert, especially at night driving through wooded areas. Make it a priority to drive with the attitude of saving a life. Often I see families of raccoons that have all been hit when traveling together. And far too often I have seen injured deer dragging themselves off the road. We have to change our attitudes and hearts about wildife road fatalities and make a much stronger effort to make the road a safe place for people as well as animals. I don’t know how or why it became an acceptable part of driving that we ignore the needs and rights of other species that need to cross the road. We also could do a lot better by building more under passes that provide safe passage for animals. What suggestions do you have for creating a more humane world?