My only problem with alligator straps is that I don't have one.
This reminds me of a certain story... I had an acquainted taxi driver- a loquacious bloke, he'd just never stop talking. The bloke was from the countryside; his father had a farm, they kept pigs and cattle for - you guessed it - meat. And he did devote a part of the otherwise uninteresting story to the issue of slaughtering the livestock. "You know", he said, "I never had a problem killing a pig or a cow. But if father would have seen me or my brother screwing that up and letting the animal suffer, boy, would we be in fucking trouble." The more distant part of my family owns a farm as well- and they share pretty much the same views in that respect.
That said, killing for meat or leather/fur is one thing, cruelty is another. The practices in that alligator farm are simply wrong- but if they managed to kill them properly, I wouldn't mind.
Regarding PETA, I consider them fanatics, made even more vicious by their diet of shrubberies. "Selfish desire to possess animals..." Guilt-tripping pillocks. And they really do sound off the fucking trolley with the part, that dogs' strongest desire is to be free. Dogs' strongest desire is to be a part of a pack, as they're pack animals. Guess me dear pooch Angus, a Bernese, agrees. Cats? Cats walk their own paths anyway. It's a good question, if it is the human who owns the cat, or does the cat own the human.
Returning to some of the "animal rights defenders", it reminds me of another story, when something like a year ago, some of these self-appointed crusaders stormed into a restaurant to "save" a 100-year-old lobster (yes, lobsters have a considerable life expectancy), a "mascot" of the restaurant. Needless to say, that as a result of the chevauchee of the animal justice warriors, poor Larry (that's how the Spongebob-watching, shrubbery-eating crusaders named it) kicked the bucket.
"Animals are not ours to eat..." Oh, fuck off. Yes, they are. If a lion eats a zebra, it's nature, but if I eat a steak, it's murder? You know what? I'm going to put on my favourite leather jacket (pigskin), wearing my Eterna on a calfskin strap, go to the grocery store to get some soy sauce and ginger, and marinate that Chinese/Asian-style pork for tomorrow. Cooked it once, and it was delicious. Could use more lemon, though, it missed that sour note the last time. PETA might go on about pigs being intelligent, and all that stuff. I may not be well-versed in the subtleties of the nature of pigs, but what I know, is that they taste good. So do wild boars, cows (especially with a glass of Lagrein or Cabernet Sauvignon), goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, pheasants...
I always hope for the best. Experience, unfortunately, has taught me to expect the worst.
Elim Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
No good deed ever goes unpunished.
Rule of Acquisition no.285