What poison is best to kill a stray dog? (Someone asked that?!)
Yes, They really did ask that. The original question WAS posted on Hubpages, but is no longer available. It was removed by a moderator before I finished this article.
My Answer to This Question
The following is my unedited answer to this question:
I have a solution, please read to the end.
I can surmise one of three things:
1.You are not in an area that cherishes the animals we have dubbed "man's best friend." This could explain you not understanding this act is, at least, not something to "tell the neighbors," so to speak.
2. You may be trying to get a reaction. Kudos, for you have.
3. Perhaps you just do not understand the reaction this would receive.
I can tell you, having done research, exactly the kinds of things that would work for such a situation. (Edit: Just to clarify, this is research on anatomy and biology, NOT poison.)There are many very awful things that should not be introduced into ANY living being's body. I however have no desire to be party to killing a self aware creature. And even if I did, I have the good sense not to do so on a public forum such as this.
As I prefer to give the benefit of the doubt, I have suggestions. Please understand that there are other ways to take care of a stray dog. If Ahmedabad, India does not have an animal shelter to take care of it, you could find another, much less cruel way to drive it off. Consider a fence, dog repellent, or even just spraying the dog with a spray bottle or hose (the last is not really humane, but it's better than poison). If you want to send me a message with more details, I will happily help you figure out another way. I can also recommend specific products for you to look for based on your needs.
The response most people had to this question was one of shock and derision. Is this fair to the person posting the question? I know, my first response is "yes" as well. But what IF this man just does not see it the same way? To understand what is going on here, we have questions we must ask:
How evil is this jerk? Is NOT a productive question. We really don't know the social aspects of his situation.
Not to defend killing dogs, but rather to take this opportunity to challenge our own social perspectives, I would like to talk about this issue. Some questions we may ask are:
1. Clearly he considers dogs to be a pest. Why is this?
2. Is there a dangerously high population of stray dogs in his area? If so, how could this be? What do these dogs do?
3. Does this only count for dogs? What about other animals?
Maybe there are so many stray dogs near him they are causing property damage. Maybe this problem is on such a large scale, it is even putting his family's safety at risk. Maybe it is endangering his lively hood. They could be tearing up his farm, hunting his chickens, digging up crops. We need to find a way to put this into perspective to really understand.
Take the rat for example. We in the USA consider rats a huge pest. They get into everything and cause damage on incredible scales. However, we still have rats as pets. In fact, rats are a very popular pet because they are quite intelligent and have diverse, loyal personalities. Rat owners are often as fond of their rats as dog owners are of their dogs. In fact, you could argue that rat owners are more loyal to their pets than dog owners are. I have never known a rat owner to mistreat and drop off a rat like some dog owners I have known. If we had an infestation of stray dogs in the USA the likes of which this man may be suffering, would we treat dogs the same way? Perhaps we would. Strange to think of it in this light.
I'm NOT saying it's okay to kill stray dogs. I AM saying, we should be more thoughtful and look at another's perspective before condemning him.
We value dogs. He clearly does not. We do not value rats, unless they are pets. It is hard to think of life in terms of value, but we often put value markers on life without realizing it. If you think about it, you will see the ways in which we do this.
Do YOU have any thoughts to add to this? Comments always appreciated, even if it's just to call me a nutter.