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(WFSU Tallahassee)   PETA wants decapitation ban in Florida snake-hunting contest, because it's so much safer for Floridians to be using firearms   ( divider line
    More: Followup, PETA, snakes, firearms  
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2452 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Jan 2013 at 1:55 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-10 11:54:15 AM  
3 votes:
Let's see what the organizers say about using the decapitation method:

Decapitating the python. Although not the recommended method of euthanizing pythons, cranial concussion (stunning) followed by decapitation is considered an acceptable method of euthanizing large snakes by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Use a machete or other appropriately sharp tool. The tool selected should be capable of decapitating the snake as efficiently as possible. If you choose this method, you must quickly follow up by destroying the brain with the use of a firearm, captive bolt or other effective method.  (emphasis mine)

In other words, if you follow the rules, PETA's arguments are invalid.
2013-01-10 03:29:49 PM  
1 vote:
Unless they're convincing naive young women to take their clothes off there's no reason to pay attention to PETA.
2013-01-10 02:55:54 PM  
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2013-01-10 01:57:54 PM  
1 vote:
In an odd way, ruthlessly killing an invasive species is ethical treatment of animals.
2013-01-10 01:57:49 PM  
1 vote:
Don't they know the best way to kill a snake is to chop off its tail?
2013-01-10 12:30:57 PM  
1 vote:
Kettler said, reptile biologists say, snakes can feel pain for up to an hour after decapitation because of their slow metabolism.

This may be the stupidest thing I will read today.  Apparently someone noticed that the bodies continue moving after decapitation (due to nerve action) and decided head across the room must be feeling pain because of that.

Besides, as SnarfVader noted, if you follow the rules, PETA's complaining is meaningless.
2013-01-10 12:23:42 PM  
1 vote:
"We're quite concerned that any concern for the snakes' pain and suffering is likely to go without notice or consequence."

Right, because they're snakes.
2013-01-10 11:31:03 AM  
1 vote:
I'm not real fond of PETA, but I do think decapitating them is a bit much
2013-01-10 11:29:38 AM  
1 vote:
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