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Why would I want to hear that!? - neb i wrando
Why would I want to hear that!?

When people hear that I have a bunch of scorpions as pets, why the hell do they feel the need to consistently tell me and everyone around me about the horrible ways they have abused and killed scorpions and other animals, and then come back later and regale me with tales of their subsequent exploits in wanton destruction?

One guy who works with my neighbor just told me for at least the third time about how he and his friends had caught scorpions and made them fight each other, kill lizards, try to kill (and get killed by) mice, etc. Why the fuck would I enjoy hearing about that kind of sadistic bullshit? Or about how they had just killed more after talking to me and hearing me say that I would take any scorpions they found so they wouldn't feel the need to kill them? Or how about the other guy who told me (and anyone who would listen) several times in one night about how his piece of shit friend is one of the assholes who pillages the desert grabbing every scorpion he can find just to kill them and encase them in acrylic domes for people to buy on a whim and in most cases probably quickly get rid of?

So far I haven't really gone off on these idiots, mostly because I try not to get into most fights where the other side is unwilling to listen to reason, which is usually the case when it comes to "dangerous animals", "lower forms of life" and things like that, but I don't know if I can stop myself from really going off on these stupid fuckers anymore.

There are no such things as "lower forms of life". A scorpion or even an ant has as much right to live as you or me, and if there were such a thing as a "lower form of life", then I think it would be something that causes pain, suffering and death simply for its own amusement. On top of that, we are *by far* the most "dangerous animals", and everything else should be much more afraid of us than we are of them. We have to remember that we are part of this world, not its divine masters who should never be harmed. Danger is a simple fact of life on this planet. It always has been, and will be for the foreseeable future. Although it is reasonable to take some precautions against being injured or killed by the more dangerous things in nature, we will be doing the world and ourselves a terrible disservice if we ever do manage to wipe out everything we consider dangerous.

We have to learn to live with the rest of the plants and animals in the world, and I think that the best place to start is at home. If you find something that you think is dangerous, if it's not in a place that it will threaten people, please just leave it alone. If it is in a place that it shouldn't be, either try to move it yourself (if you can do so safely) or contact someone who can. There are many people who will, for example, come and move poisonous snakes and other animals to places where they won't run into people anymore.

Things like scorpions are much easier though, you can just drop a jar, cup or something similar over it (preferably clear so you can see it), slide a thick piece of paper (maybe the thicker junk mail for example) underneath, flip it back over and carry it to a more desirable location. They can't climb glass or smooth plastic, so you don't have to worry about them climbing out.

Alternatively, you can just leave them where they are. You may not want them running around inside, but most of them aren't too difficult to identify, and the vast majority of scorpions in the US are pretty harmless. Even the most dangerous type in the US (centruroides exilicauda AKA the Arizona Bark Scorpion) can't do serious harm to a healthy adult (unless they have a bad reaction which seems to be rare with scorpions and can happen with a bee or an ant at least as easily), and will probably only cause the area around the sting to tingle and feel like it has fallen asleep and it may leave the site of the sting a little numb for a few days. Most are much less bad though, being more along the lines of a bee sting or even less, and with a few exceptions most species of scorpions are reluctant to sting, in many cases even when provoked, and will run away and hide rather than trying to chase you down and attack you. If anyone has some in their area and needs help identifying them, let me know.

By the way, if any of you have some similarly stupid story about cruel things you've done, unless there is something else that makes it worth hearing, don't post it here, and please don't do those kinds of things in the future.

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eemfibble From: eemfibble Date: July 11th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most people are just ignorant... other people, like the guy you just mentioned, are probably just horribly stupid on many levels and there's no way to talk to them about these kinds of things.

I would probably just try to avoid him and others like him (like I do with most people). But you could aslo find out what kind of things he likes and find a way to irritate him. Maybe if he is a god-fearing Christian, you could talk about your website. Or, like I have suggested in the past, light something (the Bible, religious literature, etc.) on fire and pee on it...
spooke From: spooke Date: July 11th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Abusing animals and bragging about it... and after you've told them you care about those animals.

People make me angry.
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morganite From: morganite Date: July 12th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I think there are some forms of life that *don't* particularly deserve respect, but still, what's with these guys? Stacking stupidity on top of twistedness doesn't really accomplish anything.
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