an essay in attitudes
I once saw a Rolls Royce that had been outfitted for tiger hunting in India. Elevated seats for the shooter, fitted gun cases, the works. One maharaja noted that he had personally dispatched over a thousand of the beasts.
Lovely photograph. By the way Admiral, are you watching the BBC's adaptation of Parade's End? I think it would be to your taste and that of other readers of your blog. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m7rn8/episodes/guide
I collect ephemera from the former princely states of the Raj. I'd never heard of someone taking a thousand tigers but I have a letter from the 30's where a brother of a ruler had shot over 300 of them. It's sad to think of all those magnificent animals being killed simply because they could be.
If you were a villager living in a flimsy hut at the edge of the forest you would be happy whenever someone shot a tiger for whatever reason. The balance may be different nowadays, but this is no cause to lament the hunting practices of the Raj, appalling as their trophies may appear to our gentle, modern eyes. While Disney's Bambi did much mischief, when he did the Jungle Book, he got Sher Khan just right.I realize, of course, that some people see nothing wrong with tigers eating little brown people, and far be it from me to judge.
Even though I'm against the killing of things for sport (I hunt but actually eat and/or use most of the animal), it doesn't make me want a tiger rug any less.
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