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Thursday, February 05, 2004

What Is Wrong With America, or
Are We Really This Out Of Touch?

In another example of the disconnect between the liberal left, their clueless friends occupying the judiciary, and their comrades in the media, and your average red blooded American, I present exhibit “A”. Some fraternity guys in Georgia killed a raccoon, skinned it, and ate it. This, in places so far removed from any sense of sanity like New York City, California, and apparently the Magic Kingdom of Orlando, Florida is treated as “News of the Weird.”

Here’s the whole story:
Student Accused Of Killing Raccoon That Was Skinned, Eaten By Fraternity

POSTED: 3:18 PM EST February 5, 2004
UPDATED: 3:27 PM EST February 5, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. -- A judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a University of Georgia student accused of killing a raccoon that was then skinned, burned and eaten by members of his fraternity. Judge Patricia Barron said she was disturbed by the allegations and ordered Erik Robert Zimmerman's arrest on charges of animal cruelty.
Zimmerman told police he saw the raccoon near a trash container the night of Dec. 12 and hit it with a traffic cone to scare it away. When it did not run off, Zimmerman shot the animal with a pellet gun. A fraternity brother skinned it, and another ate some of it after the meat was burned.
Animal control officer Kim Winter said Zimmerman should have contacted authorities when he saw the raccoon.

Now, here is what I don’t get? What did they do wrong? What is cruel? A raccoon is a pest, a rodent, a nuisance animal. In lots of areas its also considered a game worthy food. In fact, in Georgia, there is even a hunting season for ‘coon. According to the regulations for the 2003-2004 season (that would be now) you can hunt ‘coon from October 15 through February 29. In Northern, G.A. you can take 1 a day, in Southern G.A. you can take up to 3 a day.

Hmm, I don’t know if Athens is in the Northern Zone or Southern Zone (its sort of Central Georgia), but either way, they are only accused of harvesting 1 raccoon (that’s too bad). And last time I checked, its not February 29th yet.

So, what pre tell did they do wrong? Was it skinning the animal? Well, I don’t know about you but I don’t recall the last time I ate a piece of meat with the fur still on it? Perhaps they didn’t have a hunting license? Maybe, but that’s not what the new story states.

First they illegally took away Georgia’s flag. Now their prosecuting Georgian’s, and arresting them, for actions that are perfectly legal and have been a part of the states culture for hundreds of years. What’s next, telling us that tree rats (oops, squirrels) can’t be hunted?

I’d love to get to the bottom of this . . . .


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