|Barked: Tue Oct 22, '13 10:53am PST |
|That is definitely not normal, and there is a lot that can go wrong.
Prey not defenseless. Your dog could be injured in the hunt. If you make the prey defenseless before releasing it... Frankly, you are sick.
Your dog may not be a very good hunter. This would mean a slow, painful death for the prey. Sure, that's often how it happens in nature, but if we have the ability to move beyond that shouldn't we do it?
Predators fail more often than they succeed. This means the prey ends up loose in your house (keep an exterminator on speed dial), or loose outdoors (hope it's not an alien, invasive species). And then what - is there a back up meal in the fridge? Keep releasing prey until they finally get one? ...Or you could basically build an arena from which there is no hope of escape (see the first point).
On top of all that, depending on what the prey is, you are teaching your dog to hunt and kill animals many people keep as pets, or livestock. This could go horribly wrong, should your dog ever accidentally get loose, or you go visiting a friend who has rabbits.
I'm not against hunting with dogs, or killing for food. I know people who raise their own "dog food." They dispatch it as humanely as possible before it gets to their dog. I also know people who hunt small game with sighthounds, which, when successful, does result in the death of the small game at the dog's - erm, mouth. Both are dramatically different than effectively staging an execution.
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