I'm sure most of the food we feed out snakes are killed in a humane way.
Also i've seen chickens i was going to eat the day after killed, skinned and bled. And also have woken up to a rabbit hanging just outside the door (Not the thing i wanted to wake up to after a night of proper drinking!)
Well as I have said before I am quite happy to kill if it means my own survival, that of my family or indeed a pet. I just don't think there is a need for unesasary suffering like that of the mouse that was being shown in this clip. The snake didn't exactly make a quick job! and then to see the guy had cut the mouse in half as well....hhmmm... not sure that was essential, just some sicko having fun I reckon.. Anyway, I am saying no more as these debates always end up getting locked at some point, I've had my turn and will now leave other people to voice thier own opinions..
I think the main area of this debate is the killing for necessity vs killing for sick pleasure.
Clearly the owner of that clip had 'issues', thats where I have the problem.
The death of the mouse was necessary, the snake needed food, but the manner in which the clip owner videoed it, then cut it in half anyway was pretty sick.
If the snake was happy to eat the dead halves of the mouse, surely it would have happily eaten stunned or pre-killed.. the suffering therefore not necessary?
Yes, I'm proud when Nyoka takes a mouse (frozen!), but that is because I see it as a reflection of her current happiness, that she is willing to feed... Do I video this and share it with the grand audience that is the users of the interweb? no!
Killing for food is nature... its the way of the world. In the 'real world' animals probably do suffer when they are caught by a snake, but they also have more of a chance of escape. Its natures way of pick the weaker genes out of the genepool! The stronger, faster animals are more unlikely to be prey.
Some good points raised here I think... I know I said I wouldn't post again but can't help it! lol As long as the debate stays friendly like this then I can't see it being locked which would be good as its quite an interesting debate. I will be watching this thread with interest to see what other peoples opinions are. 8)