Magruda: Don't they know the best way to kill a snake is to chop off its tail?
HotWingConspiracy: In an odd way, ruthlessly killing an invasive species is ethical treatment of animals.
Lionel Mandrake: Would it be more humane to kill them by shoving them up Ingrid Newkirk's ass?
dahmers love zombie: 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 that...um...the 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.
SnarfVader: 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.
SnarfVader: captive bolt
Glancing Blow: assault machete
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