Deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was passionate about shooting innocent animals that had no chance to defend themselves.
In fact, when he died recently on a West Texas ranch during a gift vacation given him by wealthy ranch owner John Poindexter (who had had cases in front of the Supreme Court), he was there communing with members of the “International Order of St. Hubertus,” an elite, clandestine group that worships recreational hunting.
The International Order of St. Hubertus is a male-only organization organized around a supposed “patron saint” of hunting and fishing named Hubert.
Not only that, but the group’s logo contains a Latin saying that translates as “honoring God by honoring His creatures.”
I’d guess these hunters don’t get the irony of describing killing innocent animals as “honoring” them.
Their form of honor includes shooting pheasants, quails, and partridges that are kept in boxes and then released right in front of the hunters.
And on the last day of his life, Antonin Scalia was out killing little birds.
Scalia was accompanied on his free vacation by Washington, DC attorney C. Allen Foster, who is publicly known as an avid international hunter.
Media reports describe Foster celebrating his 65th birthday by flying his family and nearly 50 of his friends to Moravia, where they shot pigs and sheep in “canned hunts” while celebrating at night with masked costume balls, sumptuous eating and drinking, and wild dancing.
Scalia is known for his right-wing viewpoints, his disdain for the poor and minorities, his opposition to women’s reproductive rights, and his favoritism for the wealthy elites with whom he parties and kills.
Scalia’s judicial pronouncements reveal a cold-hearted man, which makes his fondness for killing innocent animals totally in character.
But you may be surprised to know that so-called “liberal” Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan went on hunting trips with Scalia.
“I shoot birds with him, fairly — you know, two or three times a year now,” Justice Kagan said. “We had been bird shooting four or five times. He said to me, ‘It’s time for big game hunting.’ And we actually went out to Wyoming this past fall to shoot deer and antelope.”
Vegans and animal rights people realize that hunting is just another example of the speciesism that also fosters carnism, animal experimentation, circuses, fur farms, and other animal exploitation.
Many progressives openly celebrated Scalia’s death because they view him as a regressive jurist whose presence on the Supreme Court swung the court even further to the political right than it would have been.
One thing is for sure–Scalia’s death means there’s one less person in the world who loves to kill for fun.
The quail, deer, pheasants and other animals Scalia loved to kill are safer today now that he’s gone.