If you read the story you realize that the "creatures" being hunted are not animals or wildlife. They are, in fact, homeless residents of Calgary becoming targets of the cell phone cameras of some individuals who have chosen to make a "sport" of photographing homeless people and sharing the resulting photographs online. What this says about us as humans is shocking - and what it could lead to is even worse.
This behaviour is dehumanization at the very worst. It is horrifying to see people of any age treating homeless citizens as "less than human" and using them for entertainment purposes that can only be viewed as callous, cruel, abusive and borderline harassment. Homeless individuals have every right to expect respect and dignity just as we all do, and those who would target them for their own entertainment and "sport" are perhaps the ones who do not deserve to be treated with respect or dignity. What worries me is the tendency of these things to progress from photographs to far, far worse, leading to homeless citizens being the targets not only of abusive photographs but abusive words and physical treatment. Some of the "creature hunters" claim they do this to help the "creatures", offering food, money and gift cards to them, and are using this to "raise awareness" of homelessness in their community - but I think any person with a brain can see through that spin and straight into the heart of the matter, which is the exploitation of others for entertainment - and, regardless of the reasons given for engaging in it, it is not okay or acceptable.
Here's the deal, people. This is a free and open Facebook group, so you can see who belongs to it and who is contributing to the dehumanizing of our fellow citizens. I would suggest checking it out and seeing who exactly is doing this. Maybe you'll see a family member or an employee. Maybe you'll see someone you know, and maybe, just maybe, some of these people who think it is okay to dehumanize and abuse others using social media as a vehicle will learn that their actions have consequences when they lose their jobs, their friends and their families. One can only wonder if they will become the targets of the very cameras they now wield on others.
Drag this into the light, people. It is the only way to combat the darkness that lurks in the corners of our world.