So a hyena doesn't willfully kill the lion cub. Willfull, as in not by accident.
Please show me the definition of cruelty that says it's limited to only humans.
willfull as in having choice and intent to inflict pain.
Cruelty is having reasoning and understanding of the suffering that will be caused and still choosing to do so.
Please show me the definition cruelty that says that.
You are still making up your own definitions.
Nope, show me the definition of cruelty where it says 'act of an animal' Show me the definition that includes specifically acts by animals.
You are atrributing human emotions/concepts to them, the human intent to be willfully cruel, this is your fantasy.
No, cruely is inflicting pain and suffering, no dictionairy says it's limited to humans that can grasp what they're doing, you're making it up.
no dictionary says its applicable to animals, semantics works both ways.
Show me a single example of an animal being willfully cruel and prove the animal is capable of human level rationale about it , is aware its behaviour is considered cruel by humans, and is choosing to do so explicitlyto be cruel, and ill conceed.
I did, and I don't have to prove an animal is capable of human level rational, because it's not needed to be cruel.
You didnt, and It is. You deliberately attribute malicious intent where there is none. The intent is to eat, nothing more.
According to the definition it's causing pain and suffering on purpose, wich is what animals do.
Its not what animals Do and you know it. You interperate it as 'on purpous' for your own purpous. You understand full well it implies 'for the sake of causing pain and suffering'
Yes, your play on definition IS semantics.
How would you call a hyena killing a defenseless lion cub?
Nice? Sweet? Loving?
Cruel is a perfectly good word to describe it.
To you. Its subjective. I call it nature. survival. Opportunistic. and instinctive behaviour without awareness of the suffering of the cub.
Again, 'cruelty' is a human concept, and by its very nature as such, not applicable to animals, no matter how much you argue.
Thankyou for a lively discussion.
[edit on 19-3-2010 by wayaboveitall]