I had a thought that entered my mind as I was reading a yahoo news post just a few minutes ago about Delta Airlines. Delta Airlines states they will not allow hunting trophies (animals that are killed in other countries by humans) on their aircrafts. I think this is almost the best thing since sliced bread. Why?
Think of the mind of a murderer. Someone in the state that has the death penalty commits murder and is arrested for that murder. That person would likely give up certain information because he/she would not want to receive the death penalty. But why not? They had killed someone, thus according to that specific state they should die as well. Most of the deaths by jury are done by the electrical chair or by lethal injection. These two forms of the death penalty are supposed to be approved and more “humane.” However, the murderer’s victim(s) could had suffered a wound in the lung, a busted heart, shattering of the spinal cord, or other things that may cause extreme pain. Yet, the murderer will try to negotiate life in prison instead of the death penalty.
An animal who is hunted for their tusks and fur does not deserve to die either. They live on instinct where as we know the difference between right and wrong, yet us humans hurt down and destroy the life of an animal. Most animals don’t even have a chance, such as a deer, moose, and other defenseless animals for the purpose of having their heads on the walls of those that murdered them. I would be willing to bet that if such murderers would be caught and tried for these crimes, they would negotiate not to be put to death, which is a more humane way to die than to feel hot lead piercing through your organs as you struggle to breath or become scared of what may happen next.
Let me go on record to say I am not a believer of the death penalty. One of the ten commandments are “Thous shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). I know some may say that we kill cows and some other animals for food. Technically, all animals were forbidden to be eaten until after the flood. After the flood, the animals are revealed in Leviticus 11 what are considered clean and unclean. Again, this is considered as food, not as trophies.