There are some people about for whom I’m afraid to say in my opinion should be prevented from breeding. I’m not talking about our feral underclass, nor indeed am I talking about politicians, though perhaps there is a case to be made there. No, I’m talking about animal rights activists. No, not the RSPCA no matter how much they’ve driven their once good name into disrepute recently, but the fringe elements to whom any sort of animal husbandry is a dreadful crime.
A farmer who killed a mysterious “giant rat” has been receiving death threats from activists, he disclosed yesterday.
Brian Watson, 67, hit the creature, which measured 4ft from nose to tail, with a lump of wood. It was so heavy that it broke the paddle he used to pick it up.
Experts believe the rodent may have been a South American coypu, also known as a river rat or swamp beaver, which is bred for its fur, or may have been imported from Africa.
The grandfather subsequently gave an interview during which a photograph of him holding up the dead animal was shown.
However, he has since been targeted by animal rights activists who have branded him a murderer.
“We’ve had quite a few phone calls and letters off cranks saying I’m a murderer, that it should be me that’s clubbed to death because they’re saying it’s a coypu,” he told Sky News.
That’s right, there are some people out there making death threats to a guy who clubbed to death a giant rodent, possibly a coypu, something which isn’t native to this country and which hasn’t been seen in this country since the fur trade dried up in 1989, the last few in the wild having been eradicated in East Anglia by MAFF the predecessor to DEFRA. You certainly didn’t find them in County Durham.
Nor is killing an animal murder, despite the ludicrous claims of the activists, murder being the unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice. Giant rodents are not humans, nor does their appear to have been any premeditation or indeed malice neither of which apply to vermin.
Yet in our weird and wonderful country there are those out there who will make threats if their sacred shibboleths are trodden upon, in this case the more extreme elements of the meat is murder brigade.
These people apparently can’t be reasoned with, in the past they’ve been known to dig up the graves of those whom they believe have offended them.
No, I don’t believe we should be inhumane to animals, far from it, but they aren’t people and we should not believe for one second our laws which apply between people should be given to them. Those who cannot differentiate between murder and slaughter of an animal, perhaps should not be allowed to breed, to my mind there’s simply no helping them.