I was raised in a time and in an area of the country where many men considered it manly to kill animals just for the sake of killing them. They called doing that "sport." And they taught the young boys, as they grew up, to do the same thing. They explained that killing animals was merely we humans "exercising our dominion", as they put it. ` The results was a lot of unnecessary killing of animals (and birds) just for the sake of killing them. "Road kills" counted too. Many back then would speed up in order to "score a point" on all critters crossing the road and even score points on stray dogs and cats too. ` I now see all that as wrongdoing and outright sin. ` Its a blessings how the Lord changes the heart and makes us wiser and better as we read His word and get to know Him better. I found myself braking the other day so I would not hit a young squirrel that had just dashed in front of my truck. I am glad I did that. ` I will never again cause any animal death or pain just for the sake of killing the animal. ` I read in the newspaper, long ago, where they closed that disgraceful Ringling Brothers Elephant Show. Good. It was very painful for the elephants. I have read how they "trained" the elephants to do all their tricks and performances and the "training" involved intense pain for the elephants while they were forced to go through their routines. ` No, I am not against hunting animals for food. I am against killing them only "for sport" and against killing them "just for the sake of killing them." ` No, I am not a pacifist. I believe some wars are justified, for example WW II. But I believe killing and mangling up human bodies in wars ought to be the very last resort after all other solutions have been totally exhausted. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God", said the Lord Jesus. That means exactly what it says. ` Consider this Bible verse: ` "A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal." Proverbs 12:10 __________ On the light side: My wife and I love T-bone steak but we have never ate one that was still alive. This means that somebody killed the cow so we could enjoy eating T-bone steaks. We eat a lot of chickens too, but never ate a live chicken, they were all dead, so again somebody killed them so we could enjoy eating them. /Big Grin PS I generally kill all the snakes I come across, but that's because I fear all snakes, even the so-called "good ones." If I did not fear them, I would not kill them. So whither I am right or wrong on that (about killing the so-called "good snakes") I still have, in my mind, a good reason for killing them. I don't kill them "just for the enjoyment of killing." In fact I hope I never see another snake on my property. I have only killed 2 or 3 in my life and that's plenty for me.