I came across a very sad news story today on Yahoo, involving the killing of a ‘giant rat’ in north-east England. (For the story you can read it on yahoo here).
I don’t intend to go into detail here about what happened; partly because I find it so upsetting to discuss. Suffice it to say that a man caught and killed this defenceless creature and then decided to boast about his actions to reporters.
At any rate, the point of this post I suppose is this…is this what we have become? The wanton killing of animals, as if they don’t mean anything is simply not right. I do not advocate that everyone should become vegetarian, but respecting anything else that is alive surely isn’t beyond the realms of human decency, is it? As a pagan, I find animal cruelty distressing, whether the animal is a pet or wild, and killing something without a legitimate reason seems an empty, pointless act, with no redeeming merit.
The general consensus of others who have read this story is that it probably wasn’t even a rat, more likely a coypu, which is harmless. I at least found it heartening that so may comments on the story roundly condemned the killing of this poor creature. Let us hope that something good may come of this cruel act and that people will accord just a little more value to life…all life.