reply to post by Lucid Lunacy
I would never kill those cats or harm them. I carry spiders outside and trap mice and put them out.
My take is that we humans
have a very myopic view of morality in regard to the other animals
that inhabit this planet with us. We esteem the cute and cuddly mammal over the insect, but both
(after all) are alive. My problem is the ease with which we pass moral judgement on other species
from our protected vantage point at the top of the food chain.
I just took my daughter to school and told her about this OP and her take was that this was an instance of cruelty...and she was correct, this man
was cruel for no reason, I cede that point and realize that this post does not address that topic directly. That topic is one for the heart, where
emotion rules the day. My perspective is more about exposing the way we humans arbitrarily lord over our fellow companion species with our
"completely made up" morality.
My take is that we humans protect species that we enjoy--because the kitten is cute and cuddly, with
soft fluffy fur that is pleasing and sensual to the touch, because it exhibits an apparent endowment of
personality akin to our own, that we feel a kinship and become protective. But it is really just a self-serving
We treat farm chickens on large corporate chicken farms terribly...they are tortured their entire lives.
But not much is spoken about that. Our cattle are treated better in most cases but I drive truck
and can tell you that when led to slaughter, as they are led up the killing ramp, they have a real
and true fear in their eyes....and not much is said about that.
But be cruel to a kitten, and out come the claws....
I suppose I am just a hypocritical as the next person; I kill flies and stomp on ant beds etc...
But I think we should pause a bit, and have look at our own hypocrisy when we suddenly
get angry about something cute and cuddly being mistreated....that's my point