good hunting

Up on top of Puerto del Pico, the pass that crosses the Gredo mountains on the road leading north from us to Ávila, there’s a sign:

Signpost: coto de cabra montés: prohibido espantar a los animales. Ley de Caza Art. 33, Apd. 17

It says that there are mountain goats in the area and that it’s prohibido espantar a los animalesDo not frighten the animals – which, at first sight, seems reasonable enough.

Indeed, it’s all very well and good until you read the small print quoting the article and section of the law being cited. La Ley de Caza is the ‘hunting law’.

So visitors are forbidden to frighten the wildlife, presumably so the creatures all remain calm and don’t startle easily when the hunters come to shoot them.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

2 thoughts on “good hunting”

  1. Bueno, todo esto tiene una lógica muy “española”.
    Aquí somos muy respetuosos con los animales. No sólo está prohibido espantarlos, asustarlos o perturbarlos. Lo tenemos incluso legislado.
    Aquí simplemente les matamos.

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