What’s the difference between killing a pest, and inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on a defenseless animal?
In some countries, many people love taking care of animals—regardless of their species. Many animal-lovers take care of Possums as pets, treating them more like family and friends. But in Nicaragua, these animals are considered pests, especially with their numbers growing by the day.
But what’s the difference between killing a pest, and inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on a defenseless animal? Is killing the animal the problem? Or is it the killer’s state of mind that becomes the deciding factor?
These people inside a stadium during a football game in Nicaragua noticed a rather large Opossum and decided to gang up on it. The little guy tried to run away from the crowd, but was caught by a man and was thrown to the stadium’s bleacher filled with people.
Sadly, the defenseless animal was stomped on, thrown at, and was beaten with a bat in the end. How can humans be this cruel?
Why are Opossums considered as pests in some countries?
Opossums are scavengers, and they often visit human homes or settlements to raid garbage cans, dumpsters, and other containers. They are attracted to carrion and can often be spotted near roadkill. Opossums also eat grass, nuts, and fruit. They will hunt mice, birds, insects, worms, snakes, and even chickens.