God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
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Inhumane?

Let me just spout off a moment. I know, I know, so odd.

Know what I hate (today)? I hate every time I hear about an animal being "put down" after a human is attacked. Most of the time, the animal isn't doing anything it wouldn't already do, i.e. it's being an animal. You can NOT blame the animal for being an animal.

For instance, a person goes into, say, an alligator's territory (this was a news story not too awful long ago). A mother alligator attacks the intruder, defending her young. The person survives the attack, and the gator is hunted down and "destroyed." Why? The PERSON was the intruder to the gator's home. This kind of thing happens time and time again. Sure, there are examples of animals being rabid, or "going bad' for some reason, and sometimes, you have to do something for the good of the community. One attack, though...especially not a directed, malicious attack...does not mean an animal has to be put down. Least, not to me.

Today, I heard about a friend's dog who, while in a food aggression situation with another dog, bit a child who got in the middle of them. Now, don't think for a second I don't feel bad about the child; it sounds like a nasty bite. However, I don't think this means the dog should have paid that price. The animals were engaged in natural behaviour, and the child got in the middle of it. For that matter, where was the parent who was responsible for the child? Destroying the dog was wrong, in my opinion. 100% wrong. If it had some kind of aggressive history, then maybe I'd have been less annoyed about it...though finding it a different home would have been preferable. Killing it? Wrong.

American culture is a violent culture. It chooses ignorance and destruction as a first response, not last. It's no wonder we're sneered at by so much of the world, and why we find ourselves in the situations we do: mired in conflict, high (and glorified) crime rate, educational standards well below what they should be (and falling), rising divorce rate (while denying some marriages), heavily factioned government.

Hate. Some days, it's all I've got.
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