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July 14, 2004

I don't get it...

I'm not going to throw a hissy fit over a slain tiger, but I do have a question...

Why would anyone go on a tiger hunt - with the goal being live capture - without enough tranquilizer guns to go around?

It appears, in fact, that the one man attempting to net the creature was not outfitted with a tranquilizer gun.

Hmm...My gut says they wanted the beast dead or alive, but preferably dead.

posted by Key on 07:21 PM | Comments (2)

I'm inclined to give the local law enforcement folks a break on this one.

How many tranquilizer guns do you think were available? They aren't NEARLY as common as regular guns. Also, the job of the police department is to protect the public safety, not to protect the life of an animal that may or may not be tame.

It's all a matter of balance. How would you be reacting if that tiger had mauled a child? Would you be asking why they hadn't killed it before it found a child to munch on?

Posted by: Jack at July 14, 2004 07:52 PM

Oh, I'm okay with the fact that the beast is dead.

The act they were putting on is what annoyed me.

I saw the long face of the officer sadly telling the press that they just had no other option... knowing fool well that when they were briefed that morning they were told "just kill the damn thing and make it look like it was an accident, so I won't have PETA crawling up my ass."

(It's also possible that I'm still pissed at my TV.)

Posted by: Key at July 14, 2004 08:56 PM
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