Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oh the Humanitarity!

I think we're stretching the definition of animal cruelty a little bit here:

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - An animal protection group on Friday rescued more than 200 animals, including 26 hissing cockroaches and two bearded dragons, from an eastern Texas home.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the animals were still being counted Friday night.

The group was acting under the authority of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and had gone to the property on a warrant regarding medical neglect.

Besides the cockroaches and bearded dragons, the animals included 68 dogs, 16 rabbits, 15 guinea pigs, 13 gerbils, seven doves, two dwarf hamsters, two hedgehogs, an opossum and a pink toe tarantula.

I can understand the concern for the dogs, the rodents, and even the opossum. But should we really be saying it is cruel to allow cockroaches to wallow in filth? Isn't that what they live on? Shouldn't it be considered cruel to remove them from this home?


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