I dont see why its shocking? i'd be shocked if the law was changed here to allow the feeding of live vertebrates, feeding live mammals to predatory animals in a confined space is immoral in my opinion.i am shocked to learn that you cannot feed live mice to animals in the U.K.
that is utterely rediculous.
I agree, a predator should be allowed to eat naturally, as well as pre-frozen mice, I feed my centipedes live insects, I dont want to go into why its ok to feed them, and not warm blooded mammals, but its clearly different, I see no reason not to feed centipedes crickets, large locusts, cockroaches etc...denying a predator a chance to improve it's ability to kill is immoral imho
So is putting your pet in a situation where it couldbe hurt/killed and you are torturing another living animal for your own amusement. Trust me, the majority of predators on the planet don't want to have to run like maniacs after a meal that they may not catch or may hurt them in the process. If its pre-killed and handed to them, they will enjoy it just as much. They get nothing from the chase or the thrill of the kill. Thats anthropomorphosizing an invertebrate. Seriously dude, that was one of the dumbest things I have heard in a while.denying a predator a chance to improve it's ability to kill is immoral imho
Nope, its simple. Put a live gazelle in front of a lion and an already recently kille done, and guess which one it will eat. And yes, i put enjoy but you are also the one inferring that they feel a need to hone their bloodlust. You're really digging here for something to make your statement seem more intelligent.and i am the one anthropomorphosizing?
I know this. But its more of a rareity than a norm. Most of the species that do that are in groups, so the violence seems to be more societal than individual. A solitary predator rarely does this sort of activity because it wouldn't waste the energy. Since a pede is a solitary predator and has no real higher brain power I doubt its gonna kill out of excitement. I was thinking of your points after I posted. Basically I think the OP is just looking for the thrill of feeding a mouse to something. He regarded the UK law as "utterly ridiculous", when I can imagine it was inacted to prevent people like him from needlessly and maliciously feeding out mice to every little thing that may or may not be able to kill it efficiently or need it as a dietary requirement.Hedorah, I don't mean to play the devil's advocate, because your points are oh so valid.
But there are numerous instances where an animal kills for the thrills.
Chimps and Baboons hunting their own kind or other simians.
Lion pride and hyena pack rivalries that become quite anthropomorphic in intensity.
Killer whales killing smaller animals etc just to toss them around and play with them.