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Cruelty Free
πŸ“½ by @brenzcc

Giant petrel (Macronectes giganteus) eating a baby adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) alive.

Seeing stuff like this reinforces the notion that there is no limit to the amount of suffering these products of the wilderness can and will dispense.

And it’s not malicious, which makes it even more terrifying.

The giant petrel’s goal here isn’t to punish the little penguin, it’s just hungry. Same as the bear we posted earlier this week holding down the baby elk, they don’t revel in the torture their foraging inadvertently dishes out, they need to eat and this is how they accomplish the task at hand.

These are hard truths to come to terms with, but this is just how it works.

It is a terrible way to die, it’s brutal, it’s vicious, it’s barbaric, but one word I try not to use is cruel, and that’s because I believe cruelty implies intent. More specifically the intent to cause suffering and there is zero evidence to support this.

If you think I’m wrong, so be it.


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