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#16    pallidin

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Once, a while ago I was driving in my van from a rural area back into town.
The speed limit is, and I was going about 65mph.

Anyway, out of "nowhere" 2 things happened in a split second.

First, a spider crawled from the inside ceiling, hanging off it's thread right in front of my face, about no more than 7 inches.
Mind you, I'm going 65mph. I was getting ready to "swat" it away.

Then before I could do that, a wild jack-rabbit jumps across the street right in front of me.

I love animals, but I just held straight and I ran over the rabbit. The spider was still in front of my face.

The small "thump" scared the spider I guess, and it scurried back up to the van's ceiling.

With all that going on, and at that speed, I suppose I could have easily crashed if I made sudden moves.

I valued my human life over any non-human animal.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:49 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 28 December 2012 - 12:58 PM, said:

There was some sort of study ,where the conclusion was,people had horrible car accidents ,trying to avoid hitting a dog or cat .
Consensus was,hit the animal ,you will survive then .

I personally wouldn't be able to live with myself  ,if I hit an animal .

My mom accidently hit a cat while we were driving home one night. It was so quick and the cat just run out right in front of us. Hearing the body being crushed under the tires was horrific:( But my mom had to make a decision in less than a second, either run over the cat or into a ditch on one side of the road or into traffic on the other side (which probably would've killed us) sometimes you just don't have a choice.
I felt awful about the cat, but I blamed the owner for its death. It's stupid to let a cat roam freely near a busy road and so many people around here do it.
I know I'd blame and hate myself forever if one of my pets got run over. It's my responsibility to keep them safe and on my property.

But purposely swerving to hit an animal is pretty sick. I don't what the hell is wrong with some people.

Edited by RavenEyes19, 28 December 2012 - 10:50 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:53 PM

View PostHasina, on 28 December 2012 - 12:00 PM, said:

A dissapointing finding but not all that surprising to be honest.

Exactly.  Some people just have no respect for the 'lower life forms'

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:25 AM

View PostHasina, on 28 December 2012 - 12:00 PM, said:

A dissapointing finding but not all that surprising to be honest.

Two summers ago we had a HUGE snapping turtle from our pond get hit out in front of the house. He must have been 1 foot and a half across.. a rather old chum. He got hit as he straddled the yellow line.. someone deliberatly swerved to hit him. made me infuriated. Had i of known the turtle was in the road i would have moved him

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:47 AM

View Postpallidin, on 28 December 2012 - 06:18 PM, said:

Once, a while ago I was driving in my van from a rural area back into town.
The speed limit is, and I was going about 65mph.

Anyway, out of "nowhere" 2 things happened in a split second.

First, a spider crawled from the inside ceiling, hanging off it's thread right in front of my face, about no more than 7 inches.
Mind you, I'm going 65mph. I was getting ready to "swat" it away.

Then before I could do that, a wild jack-rabbit jumps across the street right in front of me.

I love animals, but I just held straight and I ran over the rabbit. The spider was still in front of my face.

The small "thump" scared the spider I guess, and it scurried back up to the van's ceiling.

With all that going on, and at that speed, I suppose I could have easily crashed if I made sudden moves.

I valued my human life over any non-human animal.
I understand,but I couldnt do it. Especially a bunny. I would die.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:50 AM

View PostRavenEyes19, on 28 December 2012 - 10:49 PM, said:



My mom accidently hit a cat while we were driving home one night. It was so quick and the cat just run out right in front of us. Hearing the body being crushed under the tires was horrific:( But my mom had to make a decision in less than a second, either run over the cat or into a ditch on one side of the road or into traffic on the other side (which probably would've killed us) sometimes you just don't have a choice.
I felt awful about the cat, but I blamed the owner for its death. It's stupid to let a cat roam freely near a busy road and so many people around here do it.
I know I'd blame and hate myself forever if one of my pets got run over. It's my responsibility to keep them safe and on my property.

But purposely swerving to hit an animal is pretty sick. I don't what the hell is wrong with some people.
Well you were in the car . That's an entirely different scenario .
If I had other people in the car with me ,their lives are in my hands . I cannot choose an animal ,over another human .
Me alone,I just couldn't do it .

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:21 AM

lord. I love reptiles and am always saddened to see the ones on the road that don't make it.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:47 AM

when I was a kid our cat didn't come home-we found tire tracks going into the ditch to hit her.  Nice neighbours.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

Wow, if I shared my true feelings on this I think I'd get banned from UM. :td:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:41 PM

Turtle, I think any dumbass aiming for an animal should just be automatically be posted as a serial killer. But maybe its just cause I'm a turtle breeder and a pot farmer


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

I've sadly seen people who are driving speed up when old age pensioners are trying to cross the road.

It's not quite the same, but still rather dark.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

In reference to the comment by 'glorybebe'. I would say people who deliberately run over and kill wild animals on the road are themselves 'lower life forms'!


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

Sad. No empathy. Animal abusers are more likely to commit crimes against people as well as property crimes. Wonder what would have happened if the turtle decoy had been spiked with nails? Perhaps some one trial learning leading to behavioral changes?


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

In reference to the comment by 'glorybebe'. I would say people who deliberately run over and kill wild animals on the road are themselves 'lower life forms'!


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

In reference to the comment by 'glorybebe': I would say people who deliberately run over and kill wild animals on the road are themselves 'lower life forms'!

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