Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
In the strictest sense, roundups are not legal. They violate hunting laws by over collecting and and often using illegal methods of taking animals, such as the use of chemicals (often gasoline is used to drive snakes out of their hiding places) - which not only is an illegal method of hunting, but is also considered illegally dumping of harmful waste. Then there's the manhandling, teasing and torture of animals before slaughter... cramping them in unsanitary conditions with absolutely no food or water... not to mention, the public slaughter, sale and consumption of non-USDA approved meat. All to be turned into key chains, hat bands, and other silly trinkets and souvenirs.
This is one of the reason why I think the US should zip it when it comes to the seal hunt. At least seals aren't corralled up for the amusement of the public, and then slaughtered in front of everyone. In the end, the roundups are permitted because the people who should be enforcing the laws actually participate, and it makes the Good Ol' Boys in the small towns money. The issue is completely ignored by animal rights groups because rattlesnakes are not fuzzy and cute like other animals they always want to save. The roundups serve only one purpose, to entertain people who enjoy seeing the misery of other creatures.
She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.