Madville Times blogger Cory Heidelberger and I agree on something. The act of displaying a dead coyote on a billboard in the name of a prank is grotesque.
I’ve gotten several emails from people about the dead coyote hanging from a USD billboard (none of whom think it is funny). Those who brush off the act say it is just a part of the school rivalry. That is more than a sad statement. Animals should be treated with respect regardless of what kind they are. I wouldn’t mind seeing whoever did this face a serious penalty. What sick individual kills an animal for a prank and then hangs it by it’s neck? It’s one thing to be a true sportsman and hunt and another thing entirely to kill for a senseless prank.
I saw this story again on KSFY’s evening news the other night and found it disheartening. One of the students interviewed said almost everyone he spoke with thought it was funny. What kind of a society thinks this is funny? You can check out this story on KSFY’s facebook page and also read or ad your own comments.
I have no respect for the perpetrators of this disturbing act and am upset at those who would jokingly brush it aside as meaningless. This should be condemned as callous and wasteful. The conservative philosophy of respect for life should be consistent, not capricious. Our society should not be tolerant towards this type of behavior.