This was inspired by Sandra's fox post. My father could be quite cruel to animals. His absolutely most favourite and loyal cattle dog, Cindy, was once hung in a hessian bag on the clothes line for a number of hours as punishment for a misdeed I cannot remember, but was probably just dog like behaviour. Cindy lived to be quite old and one day Father had to do the deed and it was the only time I saw tears in my father's eyes.
Cruel to animals he could be, but not different to other farmer in the 1960s. Any death meted out to animals was quick and clean. There was one thing Father always insisted upon, that the tops of tin cans be squeezed together before disposal. Disposal of rubbish back then was probably dumping in the bush. Most of what was dumped was biodegradable, except for oil based products, which would last a long time.
I don't like rats, I don't like snakes, I don't like seagulls, I am not keen on pigeons (sorry Merle), doves or horses but I don't want to see them suffer. I takes about one second and why not do it just in case. Squeeze together the top of your empty cans before disposal. You don't know where they will end up but by squeezing the top, you may well prevent a creature dying a most awful death with its head stuck in a can. Dogs are especially prone but I imagine foxes and some of our native animals are also prone.