On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 16:23:06 -0000, "On-Liner"
Post by On-Liner
In the worst case scenario where the fan is well covered with manure and
foodstocks are almost non-existent, what will you do with your pets?
Most people who say they love their animals would never think of eating
them - although this may happen to a great many - but if there just wasn't
enough for both humans and animals, what would you do?
I suspect that many people would just turn the animals loose to fend for
themselves. Would you?
Some would kill them in as a humane manner as possible. Could you?
Some will starve themselves before their pets. Should you?
What about you?
First off. I'd be very reluctant to kill my pets. Things would have
to get danged bad.
It is an emotional thing, but it's also more than than. I live in a
rural area, so the cat and the ferrets are handy for pest control.
The dogs are handy for all the obvious reasons.
If it got right down to it, however, would I turn em lose or kill em?
In most cases turning em lose would be more cruel than killing em. An
almost certain death penalty ... probably a slow one. I'd kill em.
Granting that there wasn't someone else who might care for them.
Could I kill em? Oh certainly. Not even an issue. BTDT. Don't like
doing it, breaks my heart. But yah do what yah gotta do, and get on
Just do yourself and your pet a favor if it comes killing time. If
you're gonna do it, DO IT ! Some be a sniveling whimpering ass. I put
this in because I had a casual acquaintance who needed to do in a pet.
Pet dog was old and ill. Guy didn't have the cash to have a vet do
the task. Asked me about it. I suggested a well placed bullet. But
guy lived in town, so shooting was out unless he went into the
country. He asked about strangulation or hanging or breaking of neck.
I told him to stop being ridiculous. Isn't nearly as easy or fast to
strangle a critter as it might seem if all yah got to judge by is what
you've seen on TV. Nor to break a neck. (Why do people think what's
on TV bears any resemblance whatsoever to reality?) I suggested well
placed blow to back of head. Using suitably hard object. And do it
like yah mean it. Done right, even if first blow does not kill, it so
stuns the animal that it's not really gonna feel much by way of pain.
And yah follow up with the final blow. Or two if you're really a bad
Guy asked me to come over and give him some moral support and a little
guidance. I did. Geez, he gritted teeth and closed eyes and made a
mess of it. Poor dog got lacerated skin, stunned, but not that much.
Wasn't even knocked down and out. Guy tries again, same deal. He's
squinting, closing eyes, giving it a half effort, crying, etc. I tell
guy, "Oh for crying out loud man, Stopping torturing the damned dog.
Make it clean." I couldn't take it. The dog had been a good one. He
didn't deserve this. I grabbed club from the guy and gave dog a
merciful whack. He dropped like a rock. And I gave it one more, to
be sure he was permanently asleep. Gave guy a disgusted look. I was
more than a bit pissed at him at the moment. But then let up, and let
it pass. Told him that if there was ever a next time for such
necessity, just call. I'd do it. At least I'd be mercilessly ...
I know. Some reading this will think me cruel. I think otherwise.
If it's necessary to kill, I'll do my own killing. And I'll make it
quick. Doing in the critter slow, because you're a whimp about it, is
NOT being kind. Or good hearted. Or anything of the sort.
To be kind, if it's a pet and you're trying to be merciful. Yah must
be cold, ruthless, and efficient. Get it done quickly. Forget your
own feelings ... til later.
BTW, I get pretty disgusted with people who think they're being kind
by taking household pet they must get rid of, who just turn em lose
because they haven't the "heart" to do otherwise. Yeah, BS. For most
household pets, they're gonna die. Just slower. And maybe wondering
why yah don't want em any more and are doing this to them. Really
have a heart for em? Stop feeling sorry for your lousy self, and do
the right thing. If best available option is to kill. Then do it and
do it right. Your own feelings be damned. Object is to show kindness
and mercy to a faithful pet.
Anyway, I'll stop ranting. It's just when folks let their own
emotions to cause them to be idiots ... and cruel ... but comfort
selves with the thought that it's okay because they either don't have
to witness the death, and/or they got someone else to do the deed ...
or they try to do it themselves with half measures. I tend to have
nothing but utter disgust for such folks. It's false good
heartedness. Reality is, what matters to em most is their own
feelings. It's shear selfishness and self concern.
Now, in such scenario as you mention.
We have several pets. I'd have to be pragmatic and practical. If we
absolutely could no longer support all. I'd go down the list. Can't
feed the fish? They go. Can't feed the bird, it dies. She'd have no
chance whatsoever in the wild. Etc. Dogs would be last on the list.
And it'd break my heart. But if it were necessary, I'd certainly do
However, Spikey Haired Mutants, PETA members, gang bangers, etc
beware. At this point I'd be far more tempted to use such as a new
food source for my dogs. Well cooked, of course. As I'd not want my
dogs to get ill from such likely tainted meat.
Let myself starve before my pets? That's a difficult question.
If it were only me and them. I can't honestly answer the question
until such reality occurs. I am very fond of them.
But if it's a question of them; or my wife, kids or grandkids, or
closest friends? Dogs are gonna die. Simple as that.