Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Westchester, NY
@Arianwen - I was thinking the same thing in response to HooKoo. I think Possums are disgusting and creepy looking and the epitome of "vermin", yet I wouldn't trap it in a cage and let it starve to death. I have a certain respect for living creatures, and that includes vermin. I wouldn't like a cockaroach live, but I would step on it to get rid of it, not light a match and throw it at it.
@HooKoo - You make some overall good points. I don't think his actions are comparable to my pigeon story though, because after I shot the pigeon I felt terrible about it. I didn't laugh and gloat to my friends about it like it was nothing. Also, while I understand what you meant about how our desire differentiates our perspective, like I mentioned @Arian, I wouldn't allow vermin to suffer either. It's a certain callousness and heartlessness that allows someone to not think twice before killing a living creature. It's like the people who would take a kitten and drown it just because it's "unwanted". Who does that? Who cares so little about life, vermin or not, to do that? It's just vile.
I hope, like you mentioned, that my reactions had the effect of preventing further cats from being hurt. I can't do anything to bring back the cat he killed, but I think the reason it hurts is because to me it wasn't just any cat that he killed. As soon as he told the story I imagined what if that was MY baby in that cage! Imagining our own cats meowing in a cage, crying for help and food - until they die, is just too horrifying. Every time I think of what he did, that's the emotion that comes back up. But, I will try to hold on to the fact that hopefully he regrets what he did and he will never hurt another animal again.
@Hairball and Anie - my BIL is the manager at a large medical facility. The value of the cage is of no importance to him. He felt that the ferals roaming around his grounds made his facility look bad and therefore wanted to get rid of them. When he caught the feral he stuffed the cage in his trunk and drove off. He said when he pulled over to get rid of the cat it was hissing at him and probably scared him, so he just flicked the cage away, got back into his car, and drove away. He's not even sure where he was. He didn't give me details as to where he had thrown away the cage. I think he wanted to get a distance away from his facility and then get rid of the cat. I'm not sure he even wanted to kill it necessarily, just get rid of it. I just didn't understand why he wouldn't think about the cat dying if it wasn't released from it's cage. My sister had to spell it out to him.
Keep in mind that I only knew about this incident because his brother was saying something to him about animals getting into their garbage at home or something like that. That's when my BIL conveyed his story. My BIL and his family never had any pets growing up and they couldn't care less about them. They're the kind of people who'd see a stray kitten and kick it away. Or put it in a bag and drown it. After I left the room I came back a few minutes later and overheard his family laughing at all "those people" who love their animals so much that they feed them real food and love them like kids. That's the kind of family he was raised by.