I drove home from work today, which is a 60km drive and I decided to count the dead animals (this was brought on by watching some guy flying through a school zone squash a small grey kitten. Along the way I passed:
5 cats (adults)
2 families of skunks (in both cases it was 1 adult skunk and two smaller ones, in one case one of the babies was not dead, rather it was sitting beside it’s dead littermate and parent. I hauled that one to the wildlife rehab lady I know)
And 1 dead pointer puppy, about 4 months old.
I also passed several smears, but I couldn’t id them, so I didn’t include them in my count.
Now I realise that in many cases it is not possible to avoid hitting animals, often they run in front of cars, and I certainly don’t think it is a good idea to risk yourself, or other cars on the road by swerving out of your lane.
But there are some dimwits who drive way too fast along these country roads, and this rant is directed at you. Slow the fuck down. What if a child ran in front of you? Could you live with yourself after that? Last year right down the road from here someone sped through a 40km/h zone doing 80, came over a hill, and killed a 7 year old riding home on his bike the last day of school. How do you think that driver feels now?
I was sitting outside with a friend’s kids two days ago. There is a groundhog living under their porch with 3 babies. It slowly goes about it’s business, and the kids really think it is neat. They know not to bother her, but every day they come in and give their mom updates about what it’s doing, and they were so thrilled the first time it wandered out with it’s babies. And two days ago those kids got to watch as some hotshot sped through a 40km/h zone doing at least 60, and creamed it. They got to watch it bounce off the car, and land in the gutter. What was so damn important that that person had to rip down that street? And if you hit something with your car, would it be that big of an inconvenience for you to haul your ass out and check to see if you killed it? But I am sure it is easier to leave it on the road, and not give a second thought to whether it is lying there suffering.
The lack of compassion of some people astounds me, how can you care so little about the other creatures inhabiting this planet that it is easier for you just to run them over than driving with a just a bit of care?