I wasn't following this post until I got a letter from a member upset at the tone and/or content of the replies.
I am a typical animal rights believers who finds all the "food chain" issues loopholes in the treatment of animals. I love my cats and have loved all pets in my 50 years on Earth. I could never hunt or kill anything, but I enjoy a steak or chicken eventhough I know the animal was NOT treated as kindly as humanly possible.
I don't think animals are slaves to humans, but they serve purposes which I think they were DESIGNED for. Letting anything suffer is wrong, purposely making it suffer is sickening. Those are a few opinions as I ready for work.
Here is the reply to the person who PMed me. I doubt it was the answer he/she expected and can't help it if they disagree.
The non beekeeping forums (Coffee House, Darkside, Laughter, etc.) allow expression of opinions, none of which anyone has to agree with. I suppose it is true that 90% or more animals are humanely killed by PITA, at least it is humanely.
If you disagree with a point on animal rights, then speak up, don't complain to me about it. Free and open exchange is part of the forum, fighting and degrading other members is not - I don't get involved in topics that allow opinions and have total access for opposite opinions to be made.
If you disagree on the right to do what you wish with an animal (as I do - I could never kill an animal, I have always had pets and wish I had a life as comfortable and loving as them) then speak up against opinions that differ. NOT in a fighting or combative way, but an expression that voices your opinion.
Saying you may not belong here because of a single post out of hundreds of thousands over 6 years is a bit slanted though, I have worked hard at keeping this forum family friendly and commercial free - although toopics in the coffee house often are not a Disneyland Experience, they reflect real life.
So rather than express a hint of moving on if I tolerate this, I think you should read the many opinions in this single post - more people are voice opinions that reflect yours than you. I'm sure you have things to say, so say them - or JUST DON'T FOLLOW THIS POST.
I'm not a dictator, and if you eat chicken, beef, pork, fish or anything that was living, you obviously know that HUMANE KILLING is often the LAST THING on the minds of the farmers.
Either participate, ignore or move on, they are they three choices of any topic - I can't paint a technicolor world and turn Beemaster.com into a theme park, it is a real world out there.
I wish you a great new year, but if this offends you, say what is on your mind, don't complain to me and suggest you ay move on if something isn't done about it - you had the gumshun to write me, write them, but DON'T point fingers or pick fights, express and debate your views, that is how it is done here.
I am copying this reply of mine to the post without mentioning you or your letter's details. Not for your benefit, but to those who are new and may also see this as distrubing - we often agree to disagree here, that is what adults do.
Any comments to my post, please pm them to me as you did here, PMing me is the fastest way to receive a reply. It may not be the answer you wanted, but it IS the answer. Happy New Year.
In closing. I don't doubt PITA has to kill 90% of its animal population it tries to save. That is part of being humane and still dealing with governmental redtape and funding. Just remember, the only reason we are at the top of the food chain is because we have weapons: toss the smartest person alive naked in a lion cage and see who is for dinner EACH and every time.
To the writer of the letter, I hope you find closure in this post, if not then there are the three options mentioned, and personally I think it foolish to stand on a topic and move on, it serves neither you or us any purpose in your leaving. More later if needed, right now, off to work!!!