This question was actually inspired by a news story from a while back. This man, who was the true definition of an @sshole incarnate, killed a little mouse on Facebook with a mini taser. As I said, I have no sympathy for the creep. But I always assumed killing a mouse, whatever way, was legal. Isn’t it?
I know my family and I have killed our share of mice, with a mousetrap or two (‘quick, efficient and humane’, right?). My mother had an interesting discussion with her sister once. We had mice or rats. And we were going to leave out warfarin rat bait. But that is a horrible way for any creature to die (they were both animal lovers).
I don’t know a boy who didn’t fry at least one ant or two with a magnifying glass (admit it, you did it too ). I know in my neighborhood, our rule of thumb was didn’t kill anything bigger than a worm. Your neighborhood was similar I assume.
So what is the size criteria for animal cruelty? Why can you fry ants but not mice? And if you can’t electrocute mice, why can you kill much bigger rats with warfarin?