Friday, January 21, 2005

what's up, doc?
Pet store animals cooked in school Fri Jan 21 2005 08:35:35 ET
A Guinea pig and rabbit purchased from a Geauga County pet store ended up on plates at a Cleveland area high school.
A 16-year-old student skinned and cooked the animals during a living skills class on Wednesday, prompting student and parent complaints to the Thompson Township Police Department and Geauga Humane Society. Officials at both agencies said they are investigating.
Friday editions of the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER detail how the incident may warrant animal cruelty charges.
Geauga Humane Officer Sarah Westman said it's illegal to needlessly kill "companion animals" raised for domestic purposes.
"Something irrational and wrong happened," Westman explained.
Ledgemont Principal Beto Gage acknowledged that "misjudgments" took place but said the boy's actions are far from criminal.
The student - whose name was not released - described what he did in terms of harvesting meat to fix a dish for classmates, Gage said.
The principal described the boy as an active hunter. The Ledgemont district covers the rural communities of Montville and Thompson townships, where killing - and then eating - wild game is fairly common.
The hunt, however, usually doesn't take place at Pet Supplies Plus.
The boy went to the Chardon store and purchased the Guinea pig and rabbit after coming up empty in the great outdoors.
"My skin's crawling over this," said Linda Schempp, a spokeswoman for the pet store chain. "We sell our animals to be family pets - not food."

Oh, for heaven's sake! Get a grip, people. If you're a vegetarian, fine -- I respect your position. But if you're going to eat meat, it doesn't matter where it came from. Whether an animal is a "pet" or "food" is entirely -- ENTIRELY -- in your mind. If you've been humane in how you killed it, what possible difference could it make whether the animal came from the pet store or from the wild? It's dead, it doesn't know the difference. If the people who ate it don't care, why should you? Why should it be illegal to eat a pet-store bunny, but okay to kill Bambi if you're out in the woods?

Some Russians I know won't eat pumpkin pie, because to them pumpkins/squash are pig food, not fit for humans to eat. They look at it the way I might view the Eskimo eating fish eyes, or and Englishman eating blood pudding. Does that mean pumpkin is inherently wrong to eat?

I can understand if a person -- as an individual -- wishes to put a certain value on a certain animal (or group of animals), and to think of them in a certain way (eg, chickens and antelope are food, dogs and parakeets are not). But that is THEIR deal. It's a rule for THEM to live THEIR life by. It has nothing to do with how someone else should behave. I am under no obligation to order my life according to your arbitrary prejudice regarding the proper role of various life forms, or your squeamishness and embarrassment about being on the top of the food chain.

How about turtles, antelope, insects, pigs, buffalo, snakes, peacocks, kangaroos, etc etc etc? Or even beef. There's not exactly worldwide consensus on what's food and what's not. All those whiners in Ohio should just shut up already, and concentrate on raising money for tsunami victims. Or better yet, spend some time working in the soup kitchen and get some perspective on hunger.

OK, I feel much better now.


At Fri Jan 21, 09:21:00 AM PST, Blogger blogball said...

This is the part that cracked me up.

The boy went to the Chardon store and purchased the Guinea pig and rabbit after coming up empty in the great outdoors.

I guess time was running out on the due date for his project. I guess you can think of this as his version of Clift Notes.

At Fri Jan 21, 11:34:00 AM PST, Blogger anya ransuns aka Roxy said...

Ha! That's pretty funny. Anyway, I bet you five bucks that that pet store DOES SO sell animals for food - if it's like any other pet store, it sells crickets, mice, and rats for some of the other pets to eat. And the mice and rats can be sold as pets OR as snake food. So what's the difference if people eat the food instead? Is it that crickets and mice are ugly but rabbits are cute? So true that it's what you're used to. I ordered rabbit once in Switzerland - it was pretty good. My friend Ralph was eating horse - I had a bite of his food too. So there!

At Fri Jan 21, 02:13:00 PM PST, Blogger unca said...

This reminds me of that joke about the guy who goes to a farm house to ask directions and notices a pig walking around on three legs. He asks the owner why the pig only has three legs. -
--Well, once when our family was asleep, our house caught on fire. That pig broke out of his pen and made such a rukus outside the door that he woke us up and saved every member of the family.
--Yeah, but that doesn't explain why he only has three legs.
--Well, when a pig is that special, you don't want to eat him all at once.

At Fri Jan 21, 08:11:00 PM PST, Blogger No_Newz said...

I doubt eating parakeet will ever catch on. I mean, there's really not much to them. In fact the whole idea seems rather foul and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I really hate to pigeon hole you buddy but I doubt this idea will fly. I'm just sayin'.
Lois Lane

At Fri Jan 21, 11:07:00 PM PST, Blogger mamacita said...

This story really makes me sad, but not because of the animals who were murdered. It makes me sad because when our children were young we had two healthy guinea pigs (we thought). We went away for the weekend leaving them in their box with some water and two raw potatoes to chaw on. When we returned we found they had passed away. We didn't have much money then and I see now that we may have missed the opportunity to whip up a nice guinea pig stew, albeit recipes for this are hard to find (maybe I should email that boy in the story).
Some chances are lost forever. I do agree with Anya that some of the occupants of pet stores ARE purchased to be used as food. Night crawlers, for example, are just for bait but no one would ever make a fuss if you ate one!!(Have you ever? Like on a dare or something? Me, neither) Well, that's all I have to say for now. Bryan, you really worked up a lather on that one, but that's okay. The pig story was good.


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