Geoff ruined my perfectly good joke... "What does Kangaroo taste like?" the answer of course is "Koala!" in the Southern Hemesphere this may not seem funny, but if I read it, I'd laugh :)
I've seen shows on the Chinese Cat and Dog Market, the cages, the hooks and nooses used to transfer from cage to box or bag is sickening, I had a hard time watching and I couldn't say to myself THESE ARE JUST ANIMALS, not because we think of these as pets, but because they are living creatures who experience pain, fright, fear, hunger and all the things we do - just because they may not be smart enough to know they are screwed doesn't change the fact that they are tortured without the least bit of compassion.
It is compassion that allows us to reason "an animals death" and the amount of suffering needed to quickly end its life. I remember an episode of Survivor where a small fish was caught and layed on the beach. You could see it dying from being out of water, starving of air, gasping and only one of the 8 or so people standing there had the sense to say KILL IT FIRST and argue how we'll eat it later.
If I saw a neighbor beat his dog senseless, I'd call the police and follow through with a report and testimonial to the court. I wouldn't dismiss it, I simply couldn't. In a perfect world, the animal beater should someday experience the same thing by people who care about life less than he does - maybe then he would understand, whether a faithful dog (man's best companion) or a wild rabbit in a field, respect equal treatment because life is so unique, so special in a galaxy so large that each life deserves a quick and humane death.
Some humans are the only creatures who deserve less than humane treatment. I'm all for releasing rapist, molesters and others who commit crimes against the old, weak and helpless - release these people into general population where even prisoners have ethic codes that deal with such scum.
You might say WHAT is the DIFFERENCE? Well these monsters know the difference and still they follow through and commit horrible crimes or torture and death. These people lose their rights (in my opinion) to the same rights people with some sense of the value of life deserve.
I've said enough and didn't target this at anyone - I just finished the thoughts I started earlier. To those who hunt animals, eat them. Kill them fast and don't waste the feast you took the time to hunt. All life is special, the animals of the forrest constantly fight to survive, often go hungry during the coldest of times and if anything is challenged in this world it is the creatures of the woodlands. For those who hunt JUST for the sport of it, then may I suggest PAINT BALL rather than shot guns. Mark your "Kills" in a color of your choice, it beats just cutting off the racks and leaving the bodies to rot. Most hunters have ethics, they aim to kill and end the life of dying and wounded animals quickly. I have coworkers who will trek the woods hours if a deer gets away knowing it is in pain if not found - although I'm not a hunter, I appriciate his belief that no animal deserves to suffer just to fill his freezer.