There are many news stories about this already, I just picked the first link that came up in a search:
Yeah, I'm a hunter -- I kill animals. I also eat them. I also sometimes eliminate animals that do damage around my property. I also have to eliminate house sparrows in order to protect native birds like purple martins, bluebirds, swallows, and house finches from their attacks. They are merciless and aggressive. But there is NO JOY in killing them. It is actually not fun and whenever a life must be taken in the animal world, I attempt to do it as quickly as possible to minimize suffering. That in itself is enough to set us apart from the animal world. People don't realize that animals are FAR crueler to each other than we are to them. But we should not be cruel to them because we are made in the image of God and cruelty to animals is sick. We should be, at worst, benevolent dictators when it comes to the animals around us. While animals are here for our use, we should never enjoy causing pain or suffering for poor 'dumb' (for lack of a less archaic term) animals.
In today's society there is more sympathy for animals than babies in the womb, but that is another subject.
About six months or so ago, I found a youtube video of some sick aussie kid (older than this) who caught a gouldian finch (threatened in Australia) and fed it to his cat... he would let the cat catch it, then rip it out of its mouth, and do it again, until the bird died. Yeah so it’s just a bird, but the kid was giggling with glee the whole time and thought it a good idea to post his twistedness on youtube, AND besides, the gouldian is a threatened species in its native Australia.
I belonged to the NFSS - I hadt just joined it and paid my dues and joined a private discussion group for it. (National Finch and Softbill Society http://www.nfss.org) So I reported this to the group and many other bird aficionado type lists, and asked any Aussies on the list to try and report this kid and get him some intervention.
I was called a sicko by Gwynne Willison, current Advertising Manager for the NFSS, for my trouble. And the mods would not stand up to her. So I am not renewing my membership. It’s a joke. I can't seem to please anyone, not even animal lovers when I try to stick up for animals. The reason she called me this was because to her, it was just as 'sick' to pass the video around as it was to have made it. Never mind that I was passing it around to try and alert people to this kid and to see if someone could help locate him and put a stop to his sick behavior, perhaps someone could take him under their wing and be instrumental in changing the direction of his life somehow.
If only someone would have intervened sooner in this zoo kid's case, maybe this would not have happened. I pray he will get the help he needs and his parents will WAKE UP.
New Obedience - The last two posts on this blog have done an excellent job describing the concept of New Obedience as outlined in article VI of the Augsburg Confession. Th...