Kangaroo numbers drop to 50,890,745 after slaying
You may have seen this photo this morning taken by a photographer from local Melbourne newspaper the Preston Leader.
The common Grey Kangaroo (let’s call him Joey McCutie to personalise the plight of the species) had just been hit by and was laying seriously injured on the tram tracks in Bundoora. Here are the Leader and Herald-Sun stories.
The police officer’s decision to shoot Joey McCutie twice in the head was apparently a pretty sensible decision in light of its injuries, but it has prompted some pretty odd criticism from the RSPCA.
According the RSPCA’s Dr Hugh Wirth the shooting would have been alright if it had killed the Joey McCutie with one shot, but the fact that it required a second shot made the killing inhumane:
“Two shots can’t be humane,” Dr Wirth said.
“One shot yes. One shot has to be put into the base of the brain so that it knocks out all the vital centres in one go.
“If you don’t know where the vital centres are in the base of the brain of the kangaroo, you don’t shoot it.”
Right so if the first shot fails do we then decide Joey McCutie deserves a chance?
Or is Dr Wirth suggesting that we get better at shooting Kangaroos with more practice?
Debates around cruelty to animals have increasingly lurched to the realm of the bizarre.
The internet’s love of widdle animal pictures and whacky animal rights groups like PETA, who protested about Barack Obama swatting a fly, seem to have turned animals into cute aesthetic concepts rather than creatures who live and unfortunately have to die, sometimes at our hands.
The RSPCA is thankfully not in the same unhinged solar system that PETA exists in, it being a respected organisation that does a lot of important work to protect animals from genuine cruelty and neglect. It would be shame if it decided to become a rent a crazy quote on all things animal.
Still I don’t know how PETA are going to better the RSPCA on this one, perhaps they should start asking whether there was a second shooter?
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