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Posted by Rich Crowley on May 04, 2003 at 20:06:48:
In Reply to: Just doesn't seem right... posted by Rob Carmichael on May 03, 2003 at 07:46:12:
My thoughts on feeding prey are that some animals are food, others are pets. The difference is simply in a name. Once I name them, they are guaranteed safety and security. Up until that time, they could be food. Of course, I prefer to have the prey animals euthanized humanely and in the least amount of pain possible. Have I fed live, yep. What's the difference? I had to feed live in some situations, but when I don't have to, I refrain from it. Everything is food for something else. If we weren't locked in tombs when buried, I would say that even we are food to worms! Rob, I agree with you on the point of showing the prey in a light that appears cruel and inhumane. I joke with the rat rescue gals at the Arlington Pet show each year, but I admit I would not feed a pet rat named Merlin who does tricks. I know cattle ranchers who traded cattle off to other ranchers all because their kids gave it a pet name. Right or wrong? No real answer only each individual's perceptions.