Read this morning on a plane to Paris in the regional newspaper La Depeche.
“An association for the defense of the herissons pressed charges against X after finding on a famous video sharing site one of a herisson being filmed after being lit on fire with some whisky and a match. The video follows the little firery animal in the dark with a torch, before stopping and showing the long final minutes of the herisson”
Far from me the idea that this action, specially since the somewhat cruelty of the scene (which I haven’t yet watched), should not be adressed, but a few points on that story really makes you wonder !
First there actually is such an association, which only purpose is to fight against people who “play” with these funny little herissons ! The president of this association is by the way surprised by this new way of promoting these games … I’m almost sure Internet and the vast amount of stupid videos it conveys was not known from her until really recently. Is that not a sign that maybe there are two many of these associations for the defense of this and that ?
The next thing that strikes me is how in today’s world every little action becomes a tragedy … Who as a child did not play with lizards, spiders and other funky little bugs and animals one can find out there ? Isn’t that the whole purpose of being a kid/teenager and experiment with your world ? And aren’t those kids just playing with the new tools they have handy (camera, internet, …) most of us whish they had when we were young ? If you add to that the fact that the ones who shot the video where in there 20’s, probably having a hell of a party with too much alcohol to relax from the somewhat tough tests they just took … Are they really to blame that much and risk prison plus thousand’s of euros of penalties ?
Clearly I’m not on that side of the law, although these people should be reminded of the fact that playing with animals (and maybe endangered ones) is not that fun of a game. This reminder should could be done via forums, other blog posts, copycat videos, … So to all defense associations out there, please stop using hundred years old methods and start using todays tools and technology to fight for your causes ! I’m sure some of your fans would be glad to do so !