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Disconnect - McDonald's Employees "Shocked" at Duckling Deaths

Can someone please explain to me how a 19 year old from Michigan is facing felony charges with up to 4 years in prison for running over 4 ducklings in a McDonald's parking lot, but the business who serves up dead animals every day and those who consume them aren't accountable for their actions? 

 

This video could not be any more ironic if I scripted it myself.  The reporter talks about the unthinkable crime that was done to these ducklings right in front of a McDonald's restaurant!

Video man charged with killing / torturing animals

 

I took note of a few things from the video. 

1. The McDonald's employees and other bystanders were very sympathetic towards the live ducklings being murdered.  They KNEW it was wrong and took action immediately to see that the killer faced consequences for his crime.  Do they feel the same way about the animals they are serving up in the kitchen?

2. The news reporters show sympathy towards this unthinkable crime, asking how can someone run over cute little yellow fluffy ducklings.  It's a shame they don't bring up the fact that millions of cute little yellow fluffy male baby chicks are ground up each year in the egg industry.

3. Bystanders proclaim that it is wrong, unthinkable, and murder.  Are these the same bystanders that just walked out of that McDonald's with a belly full of burgers and chicken sandwiches???

 

When will people wake up and take their blinders off? 

 

Here is the full news article:

Police: Man Purposely Ran Over Ducklings In Ann Arbor

19-Year-Old Man Faces Felony Charge

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
UPDATED: 8:09 pm EDT April 26, 2011
A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday after police said he purposely ran over ducklings with a Hummer at a McDonald's restaurant parking lot in Ann Arbor.Police said Dillon Pearce was waiting to pick up his food from the restaurant's drive-through window when a passenger in his Hummer got out and tried to pick up one of the ducklings that were walking in the parking lot with their mother.  
Watch: Police: 19-Year-Old Kills Ducklings With Hummer
Police said McDonald's employees told the man to stop. Pearce then drove around the parking lot and ran over the ducklings on purpose, killing four infant birds, police said.
Employees at the McDonald's said the birds nest at the restaurant each year, and that they are welcomed visitors. They said the ducks are attracted to a pond across the street.The employees called police who arrested Pearce at a nearby gas station.Many people from around the community had negative reactions to what police said Pearce did.
"I think it sounds like a typical Hummer owner to me," said Catherine Wagner, a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Carolyn Monroe, who works at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County, said she would have called police."If I had seen the guy, I probably would have called the police right away and chased him out of his car," Monroe said.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent Local 4 the following statement:"Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who victimize the defenseless," PETA said. "The FBI flags these crimes because they know that abusers often graduate to harming children and the elderly.
Understanding this, legislators have passed laws to help ensure that animal abusers face incarceration and stiff fines. If convicted of this despicable act, we expect that Pearce will be duly punished for it."Pearce faces a felony charge and up to four years in prison if convicted. He is being held on a $5,000 bond."
It's murder," said Shelby Alexa, a University of Michigan student. "It's really wrong."

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Can someone please explain to me how a 19 year old from Michigan is facing felony charges with up to 4 years in prison for running over 4 ducklings in a McDonald's parking lot, but the business who serves up dead animals every day and those who consume them aren't accountable for their actions?

 

greetings jamil!

the explanation was provided rather accurately by author ruth harrison as follows:

In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.

 

at least, they are going after this guy. a couple of decades ago no one would have bothered.

 

in friendship,

prad

I know this is on mcdonald's but the term disconnect used here can be used for the following article.

http://www.lillysfriends.com/2010/08/a-letter-from-a-shelter-manager/

Take Care,

 

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