Turtle, trying to find place to lay eggs, beaten to death at golf course

Kudos to the state of Wisconsin for helping to get this out there via its Facebook page, but what a horrible story.  Someone in the state took a golf club and beat to death, apparently for fun, a snapping turtle.

To make matters worse, they didn’t really beat the poor animal to death. It lingered for two days, with gaping, open, bleeding wounds. Then died.


“The female turtle, looking for a place to lay her eggs, was found lying in the sand in a bunker with holes in its shell. It was also struck in the right eye, a wound which appeared to have been from a golf club.” She died before they could perform surgery.


RELATED STORY: Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, an Ohio police officer shot five kittens dead, with children listening nearby, in order to “euthanize them.”  The police department is now defending the cop’s actions, claiming that this is what all human societies do.  The local SPCA calls bull on that one.


The turtle was reportedly bludgeoned with a golf club at the Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan, Wisconsin on June 10, between 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning.  There were 35 golfers there at the time.

The female turtle was apparently looking for a place to lay her eggs when some golfer decided to beat her:

The female turtle, looking for a place to lay her eggs, was found lying in the sand in a bunker with holes in its shell. It was also struck in the right eye, a wound which appeared to have been from a golf club. The turtle will have surgery today and has about a 40-60% chance of survival.

The poor thing had its skull fractured, and its shell severely damaged.

The state announced this morning that the turtle died:

For all of those following the case of the turtle which was found beaten on a golf course on Monday, we are sad to report the turtle has died. She passed away late last night or very early this morning. We will update you on the status of the investigation as we can, but wanted to let you know the turtle did not survive the night and surgery was not performed.

She was so ill, they never got a chance to perform the surgery.

What possesses people to do something like this?

The Global Conservative Group is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who did this.  UPDATE: The reward is now up to $6,000, thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from PETA. You can contribute to the reward fund via this link (I’ve verified the link, it’s via their Facebook page that is linked to from the State of WI page), or send a check to:

Global Conservation Group, Inc.
808 Fieldcrest Court – Suite 3C
Watertown WI 53094

This comment on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Facebook page summed up the sentiments of many:

It’s not just a turtle. Anyone that can do that to a helpless animal is sick and would probably harm a human too.

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140 Responses to “Turtle, trying to find place to lay eggs, beaten to death at golf course”

  1. drew says:

    faggot and republican are the complete opposite… Democrats are the faggots and Republics are the rednecks. Poor turtle.

  2. shmuck turtle says:

    who wouldnt want to kill that thing. it disrupted the calm relaxing game of golf for everyone

  3. Turtles says:

    Not when they are pregnant or going to lay eggs.

  4. SomeYankInRio says:

    and look at their clubs. Can’t believe that whomever did this thought enough to do a really good job of cleaning his clubs

  5. RichQ says:

    Some people are disgusting. They think that only people have the right to use space, they probably considered the turtle an intruder who disrupted their all important golf game. Whenever I see a wild animal, I consider it a precious gift, not something to be eliminated. What assholes! I’d like to beat them with a golf club.

  6. Vickie Hilbert says:

    My thoughts exactly Mowampa!

  7. Anne says:

    You know they say serial killers start with animals and well, it’s not unheard of for our state to turn out a few….

  8. BillFromDover says:

    I would suggest looking for a pickup in the parking lot with a tailgate painted red, white and blue.

    It takes a fine, fine patriot to pull something off this cruel.

  9. BillFromDover says:

    Or your average Stand Your Ground asshole!

  10. FrK says:

    This person has shown signs of extreme anger and aggression. I would not be a bit surprised if the family of whoever has done this crime knows first hand what this turtle went through when she was brutally beaten to death. They most likely have experienced some form of abuse from this sick individual and if he is not caught and held accountable, the abuse could easily escalate to the death of someone close to him. I am so sad that she went looking for a safe place for her babies and instead found the devil himself.

  11. sane37 says:

    or just release the offender’s name on the internet.

  12. golfer says:

    I’m afraid of snapping turtles, they bite.

  13. steve says:

    you know it was some faggot redneck republican

  14. Michael Wright says:

    No he is wrong.. the turtle has more right to live on this planet then any damn human,white, black or purple. See animals actually work within the cycle of life and have meaningful purpose in the scheme of things.. Humans do not, we only destroy…ourselves even.

  15. Tzipporah says:

    Oh pullease.

  16. Tzipporah says:

    This makes me ill, but I believe they will find the jerk that did it. Our laws are too lax in cases like these. If the jerk goes to jail, which he most likely will, then I’m sure that the inmates would love to take turns beating and raping him “just for the fun of it.”

  17. LanceThruster says:

    “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.” ~ Prof. Farnsworth

  18. Modi 2014, Ron Paul 2016 says:

    Castrate all golfers

  19. LonesomeDove says:

    35 golfers is a pretty narrow list – tee times and location on the course should also narrow it down – But, if it is a private course, it may be harder for someone to come forward…I hope they catch and prosecute to the fullest extent for a senseless act like this

  20. Renee says:

    I am crying as I read this. I am so sick of the sick people in this society today.

  21. Sweetie says:

    The Senate is no prize either.

  22. Mowampa says:

    So EJ, explain why this turtle deserved to have his shell and skull bashed in. And why a non profit organization like PETA shouldn’t track this person down for animal cruelty. Do you have pets? What if someone was to do that to one of them? Quit being such a stupid troll.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Humans are also the only animals that perform surgery.
    When a turtle handles my kidney transplant I’ll reconsider the turtle trauma center bill

  24. sonoitabear says:

    Really, Paul? Not too swift on the uptake are you? The SAME mentality that would harm a defenseless innocent animal will also FORCE a woman, AGAINST HER WILL to have a NEEDLESS, INVASIVE medical procedure…

  25. HelenRainier says:

    Ej, you do realize humans are the wildest and most vicious animals that exist, don’t you? Never mind — seeing you asked the question tells meyou don’t realize that.

  26. evodevo says:

    It’s a snapper – the females are out at this time of year searching for nesting spots. Sounds like another entitled One-Percenter taking out his frustrations over a business deal, to me.

  27. your mother says:

    Obviously no amount of money thought you anything of value in school. Society failed with you, and we’re really sorry about that! Best case of actions for you; is to go buy Rope, Soap, then make a noose out of it and hang yourself quietly!

  28. soSAD says:

    I bet it was that Ignorant Black reject of Society that did that to the turtle and now trying to defend his actions!

  29. YOURMOTHER says:

    Hey BLACK ASS! Bring your stupid face to my neighborhood! I’ll have a go at you

  30. whoTheFuckCares says:

    Seriously? How f*cking fast are these turtles? No Senior would be able to out-ran it on a golf course or in a golf car?

    it makes no sense regarding self-defence plea on a golf course!

  31. Stephen Dini says:

    I have to disagree, the only way for ignorant people to grow and mature is to learn. How can they learn if no one is able to teach them. As I told him people values are different. We value the life of the turtle, whereas he does not. That does not mean he is ignorant, nor does it mean he is a bad guy. Though, I do believe he could have worded is distate a tad better.

  32. Stephen Dini says:

    Relate you to Mike Vick, I did no such thing. I apologize you thought I did. You asked why would someone spend so much money on something like this. I really do not understand how you were able to find a racist tone in my writing. Further note, if we are racist why would you stoop to our level. The term moraless white-society does not stop the racism.

    Should the money go to something else? Sure, there is a plethora of options that need funding. That being said, these options may not hold any value for this group donating 5,000 USD. At this moment only this matters.

    One more note to add, which is stated in the article, is the person who did the beating of the animal could be mentally unstable. People suffering from mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, often start by mutilating small animals. The reason may differ but the out come, if not caught early, could be disastrous.

    You, Ej, do not value this turtles life, these people do. You asked I answered.

    Further more turtle soup is quite the delicacy, yet I do find my self somewhat sad if I look at the fellows before eating them.

  33. eggroll says:

    A small percentage of people, almost exclusively male, suffer from antisocial personality disorder. One manifestation of this is injuring and torturing animals. It is more common in prison populations, but also found in the military and business. If such an individual is raised in a wealthy connected family, many issues like drug abuse and crime can be covered up to some extent. Maybe the person who did this suffers from this disorder.

  34. grondo says:

    Someone defending him- or herself from a crazed turtle would report it to the club, in case there were any others to be dealt with. This was the work of a piece-of-shit excuse for a human.

  35. grondo says:

    The correlation of animal cruelty and eventual violence toward people is well-known. Makes me ashamed to be from Wisconsin, but the world is full of disturbed people who do things like this.

  36. Daniel Glasson says:

    What a sick twisted fuck. There was no call to do that,then letting the poor thing suffer like that. Whoever he is should be trapped in a pond full of angry alligator snappers

  37. Max_1 says:

    The golf course tee off registry will have the names of ALL players on the field of play for the entire day… START LOOKING THERE! It’s one of THEM!

  38. Max_1 says:


    We know the outcome…

  39. Ej is a [email protected] idiot says:

    This is exactly why our society sucks. On top of you just not getting it, it’s also clear you’re a mindless Obama supporter. If they have 5k to spare why don’t we redistribute it to everyone else.

  40. Papa Bear says:

    but … but … but … Turtles know ninja tricks!

  41. kris says:

    This is so fucked. I loathe snapping turtles, as a kid they scared me, and as a 24 year old they still do. But I would donate money to help this thing go into surgery had she been able to be rescued. So sad.

  42. sheepdog says:

    “This is white people shit.”

    “this nigga is fuckin trippin.he can barely speak. talkin like he got down syndrome, droolin n shit.”

    “Why are these niggas driving to danger? That’s white people’s job, to go check shit out and investigate. ”

    You’re pretty cool. You should keep posting garbage.

  43. Paul Abruzzo says:

    Amazing…a turtle is killed in a horrible story and you’re playing stand up comedian. You’re really sick.

  44. Paul Abruzzo says:

    Is everyone in your family this ignorant or did your parents disown you out of embarrassment?

  45. Paul Abruzzo says:

    You’re not embarrassed to display such ignorance in front of the entire internet, karmanot? Really sad that people have no shame anymore. Go read a book.

  46. PA Gal says:

    This is a felony in the State of Wisconsin. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/951 Go down to the penalties section….violation of 951.02 is a Class I felony – “Any animal” includes reptiles. People that do this stuff have self-esteem and power issues and need professional help. It has been documented that all serial killers tortured animals at one point in their lives. Someone knows who did this if they haven’t been found by now and I hope they throw the book at them. Some people are an embarrassment to mankind. All this turtle wanted to do was find a place to lay her eggs – she didn’t come out of the water armed to attack golfers. It’s time laws were enforced and people learn that actions have consequences and all animals suffer and feel pain. Just think what you would feel if someone slammed a golf club down on you and cracked your bones and skull?

  47. Ej says:

    Wow. I’ve just read all of your reply’s, and all I can say is, the majority of you are raciest like non-other. Just because I don’t agree with your ridiculousness for trying to track down someone who maimed one single random fucking turtle just call me Mike Vick and Treyvon Martin? LMFAO. FUCK…

    Way to go society. Moreless white-society.

    Lets some irrelevant non profit organization throw 5 grand for one single turtle-beater.

    5 Gs should go to each and everyone’s child who reply’d here towards their education.

    These funds should be allocated to something more of a cause than this bullshit.

    Now excuse me, I have some turtle soup I need to go warm up…..

  48. Nikolai says:

    I was golfing a couple of years ago and a snapping turtle was trying to get from one pond to another. A big grackle was trying his best to pluck the turtle’s eyes out, so I grabbed the turtle by his tail and took him to the pond he was headed for. The grackle was pissed!

  49. Mowampa says:

    If you ignore his blatant ignorance hopefully he will go away. He probably doesn’t see a problem with dog fighting either but you know, can’t fix stupid, just gotta learn to ignore it.

  50. karmanot says:

    Wait until you run into a George Zimmerman.

  51. karmanot says:

    Oh for Christ’s sake—- beat to death a mother turtle because she gave you attitude.

  52. kitty1228 says:

    There’s a difference between self defense and bludgeoning an animal to the point of death. The number of strikes and the severity of the animals injuries strongly indicate an intent to injure, not an attempt to flee.

  53. Jack H says:

    As a fisherman i have caught plenty of snapping turtles and when ive got a turtle (especially snapping turtle) they arent happy when you pull them in or to the surface. I have had 2 out of maybe 30 snapping turtles become very aggravated and even try and come towards me and im not saying this person was self defense but you never know the whole story. This could have been just a heartless act of a person showing dominance to make themselves feel better. You never know and some need to realize that this animal can be vicious and can take a finger or toe clean off

  54. Dave says:

    People used to say the same thing about black people

  55. Dyan Salvia says:

    When one member of our society decides to break the rules and bludgeon an innocent animal to death then yes EVERYONE should have to pay for that poor animals rehab. Not to mention the studies which have linked cruelty to animals with cruelty towards humans and psychopathic behavior.

  56. Stephen Dini says:

    Here is the thing Ej, yes this turtle was wild but the wild did not do this to him, humans did this.

    Why should we waste money on something like this? Why should we do everything possible, such as surgery, to help this turtle? Well a bunch are endangered, not only that they are some of the few animals that can live longer then humans. This is one of the few reasons why. The biggest reason why has nothing to do with the turtle to be honest, but all to do in what we value. I for one would never have bought thoughs glasses and I would think they are stupid but they have no value to me. They would not look good on me, yet they fit you fine. The ones doing the surgery and who offered up the reward are ones who value this turtle.

    Next time you are going to say something think about what others might value.

  57. Ej says:

    If you’re not willing to pay for surgery out of your own pocket with no insurance for a fuck ass wild turtle, then shut the fuck up.

  58. Guest says:

    This isn’t Merion. This is a daily fee course frequented by locals. Trust me when I tell you that no one at Delbrook is taking a caddy. This brutality is unacceptable and sickening, but your point is irrelevant.

  59. John Kenny says:

    Hey, fuck you, douche.

  60. Ej says:

    who would waste money on this? Surgery? This is WILD animals.

  61. karmanot says:

    OMG, I didn’t realize the WI legislature passed an ulta sound bill. I feel positively oracle now.

  62. ersfr says:

    Heartless fucks

  63. mike31c says:

    Some people in this state needs to be spayed and neutered to prevent their breeding of dumbass DNA.

  64. karmanot says:

    You don’t know Oakland or LA do you? Sorry to get you in a twist, the story is sad enough.

  65. sophie says:

    Screw you. These kittens were murdered by “animal control,” in the fine state of Ohio, where I lived for ten f*****g years. Not surprising this would be their version of “euthanization.” Maybe you think you’re hilarious, but it’s not working.

  66. Danny Mac says:

    absolutely sickening.

  67. Duckman33 says:

    You’re fucking hilarious… /s

  68. hauksdottir says:

    Golfers play in foursomes. Sometimes with a caddy. The caddy might be tempted by the $1000, but none of the others in this sicko’s group. They probably encouraged the violence.

    However, golf is an expensive game. If the country club offered a free membership as a reward (figuring that someone like this would take his anger out on other lifeforms and any trees that didn’t get out of his way… so removing him would be a major benefit), then even this fiend’s buddies might think about turning him in.

  69. karmanot says:

    “Lead by example and make yourself extinct.” Oh, I get it, like the liberal, socialist Obama?

  70. karmanot says:


  71. karmanot says:

    Thanks for the scold. It’s always so helpful.

  72. karmanot says:

    If caught he would probably claim she refused a vaginal probe.

  73. karmanot says:

    Come clean caddy, there’s money in it, unless you did it.

  74. karmanot says:

    “i hope this person endures a fate much worse than a beating with a golf club.” Maybe she has a Republican Teabag husband…That would do it.

  75. karmanot says:

    Unpleasantness at the club is simply not allowed nor discussed.

  76. ugh says:

    you are a grade A schmuck for relating this…she wasn’t speaking literally.

  77. Well since there were only 35 golfers out there at the time, why not investigate them…

  78. Mikaela Rodriguez says:

    They’ve been doing it for years Nicho. In case you haven’t realized that. There’s nothing new about us being spyed on or having the government assassinate people. This article is about the turtle not about the government.

  79. Mikaela Rodriguez says:

    I’m adding on to my comment.. I mean’t to say it did nothing wrong and even if it did do something “wrong” (attack, etc), it didn’t deserve this. No animal deserves this. Whoever did this probably doesn’t even feel bad and it’s a shame that they’ll probably never be caught!

  80. phriendly says:

    this is just sickening. something is seriously wrong with an individual who is capable of this. this poor mama….humans are by far the most despicable species on this planet. i hope this person endures a fate much worse than a beating with a golf club.

  81. Mikaela Rodriguez says:

    Saw this on my news feed today on Facebook and I’m still shocked that someone would do this to an innocent animal. The turtle suffered and it did nothing wrong. They were unable to find the eggs and there are people who are even trying to add more money to the reward just so someone will come clean and give us more information about the culprit(s). This really hurts me..I’m so sad.

  82. cole3244 says:

    thanks for making my point.

  83. nicho says:

    I don’t know — a president who has a “kill list” and assassinates people, a lot of them innocent bystanders, on a regular basis is pretty bad too. So is a government that spies on all its people. Torture as official government policy is pretty nasty.

  84. Sweetie says:

    You don’t see the hypocrisy in your comment at all, do you?

  85. Bao says:

    The worst thing I have read in a long time.

  86. ericxdc says:

    this makes me want to cry.

    so very cruel. so very sad.

  87. Spoofus says:

    Oh here we go with the anti-humanism. Lead by example and make yourself extinct.

  88. Heisenberg says:

    I bet the NSA knows who did it.

  89. nicho says:


  90. BillFromDover says:

    Hey… why not?

    Have ya not heard of the Central Park Five?

  91. BillFromDover says:

    Get real, dude.

    It was probably just a fine, fine Christian of no particular political affiliation.

  92. karmanot says:


  93. karmanot says:

    I’m sure you are THE expert on losers.

  94. Blizzard702 says:

    A turtle beaten to death and all you guys can do is argue if it was a republican or democrat? Yep, this country is screwed. No wonder gov will get away with the NSA scandal because half of you will support them to death because why? They affiliate with the party you support. What a bunch of fucking losers you all are.

  95. karmanot says:

    Did that happen in Oakland or LA?

  96. willardcottrell says:

    Double post sorry

  97. nicho says:

    Related: officer shoots litter of kittens as kids look on horrified.


  98. Adam says:

    I was gonna say ‘in before partisan hacks’ but… lol

  99. willardcottrell says:

    I wish there was proof for that assertion besides wishing it were true.

  100. willardcottrell says:

    I stand by my comment concerning the formerly “progressive” state of WI

  101. willardcottrell says:

    Without a doubt, it was a heartless republican – given the state the affairs in a formerly progressive state. Just another reason to hate golf – besides the absolutely stupid high pay they get for hitting a little ball

  102. Britta says:

    Yeah, arresting 35 people when probably at least 30 of them are innocent is a bad, bad plan. Should all of them be called up and questioned? Probably.

  103. Naja pallida says:

    Looking at the current House of Representatives, I sometimes find it hard to believe.

  104. AnitaMann says:

    This ruined my morning. John, please, more playful puppy vids.

  105. kingstonbears says:

    Problem is that those playing with this asshole were probably cheering him on. Seeing they know the time, within a one hour timeframe, management of the course should be able to figure out who was in the vicinity.

  106. Fifi says:

    Actually, it has a lot to do with politics.

    Gratuitous cruelty to animals is a top marker of psychopathy and you can trace most ills in our societies to our tolerance or ignorance of psychopaths, particularly at the top of the social scale, in politics and corporations.


  107. sonoitabear says:

    Mandated ultrasounds for pregnant women…Just passed by Wisconsin legislature…

  108. sonoitabear says:

    And RepubLIEclown-dominated Wisconsin Legislature just voted to bludgeon pregnant women considering abortion with an medically unnecessary ultrasound…

  109. dawn says:

    What is Delbrook Golf Course doing about this? The article said there were 35 golfers there; arrest them all until one turns on the asshole that did it. Can’t be that hard to figure it out in a group of 35 people.

  110. LanceThruster says:

    I almost didn’t open the link because it’s so painful to imagine. I don’t care much for golf or golfers. This only reinforces that perception.

  111. Sweetie says:

    People need to be reminded about human depravity. It’s all around us and it’s often too easy to pretend otherwise.

  112. PIFA123 says:

    Sick person or people. They will continue to do this and worse if not stopped. I feel so sad.

  113. Sorry, I almost didn’t post it, wasn’t sure if folks would say “what’s that got to do with politics,” but I think helping catch bad guys is part of the reason we’re here, if not a large part, so here goes.

  114. cole3244 says:

    to me it would be a small sacrifice to make for the benefit of all the other species and saving the earth, why delay the inevitable.

  115. Just_AC says:

    I sometimes say I wouldn’t mind going to hell, if I could just be in charge of a little part of it. And I would LOVE to be in charge of this asshole’s eternity

  116. Shlomo Abrin says:

    Imagine, for a second, what these type of people would do to YOU, given the chance.

  117. Naja pallida says:

    While the shell looks horrible, the skull fracture is most likely what killed her. I’ve rehabbed turtles hit by cars that had shells that looked worse than that, and they recover remarkably well. Sadly, spend a few weeks volunteering for an animal shelter or a wildlife rehabber. You’ll see stuff like this every day. The more humans I meet, the more I like my rattlesnakes.

  118. karmanot says:

    It’s too late for WI.

  119. karmanot says:

    Some of them become presidents—-just ask George Dubya Bush.

  120. karmanot says:

    Bet he’s got a Romney sticker on his golf cart.

  121. Bcre8ve says:

    If I weren’t part of it, I would be inclined to agree.

  122. Bcre8ve says:

    If I weren’t part of it, I would be inclined to agree.

  123. karmanot says:

    Feel absolutely sickened. America is going to hell in a hand basket.

  124. karmanot says:

    Feel absolutely sickened. America is going to hell in a hand basket.

  125. Bcre8ve says:

    That’s disgusting.

    I have saved two snapping turtles, out on the roads, in the past two weeks. even keep a box in my trunk for that purpose – scoop them up and carry them where they’re trying to get to. That’s not so hard now, is it?

    There are two things I hope for in this life – that people such as these are held responsible by the powers of the universe, and that those same powers are more “humane” than humanity is proving to be.

    At least when that Argentinian soccer player threw that dog, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBKVyf8piB0 , they tossed him from the game, but these more “civilized” American golfers just sat back and watched.


  126. Bcre8ve says:

    That’s disgusting.

    I have saved two snapping turtles, out on the roads, in the past two weeks. even keep a box in my trunk for that purpose – scoop them up and carry them where they’re trying to get to. That’s not so hard now, is it?

    There are two things I hope for in this life – that people such as these are held responsible by the powers of the universe, and that those same powers are more “humane” than humanity is proving to be.

    At least when that Argentinian soccer player threw that dog, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBKVyf8piB0 , they tossed him from the game, but these more “civilized” American golfers just sat back and watched.


  127. Glaisne says:

    What the heck is happening to Wisconsin?

    People who do things like this make me sick. Unfortunately there are too many people like that in the world.

  128. Glaisne says:

    What the heck is happening to Wisconsin?

    People who do things like this make me sick. Unfortunately there are too many people like that in the world.

  129. BeccaM says:

    I do hope they catch the sick S.O.B. who did this.

  130. dcinsider says:

    This makes my stomach turn.

  131. BeccaM says:


    One thing I try to keep in mind: The nice people vastly outnumber the assholes, bastards, and sociopaths.

  132. cole3244 says:

    another reason i look forward to the day the human species is extinct, the sooner the better.

  133. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Oh that’s just sick. Totally agree with that comment that someone who can do this would also be prone to hurting people.

    Golf courses are both boring and predictable; you spend a lot of time looking around, and if something unusual is happening, you notice it. Someone must have seen this happen — in particular, the other members of the psycho’s group.

  134. keirmeister says:

    Of all the disturbing crap going on in our country, this story is the one that really upset me today. Thanks John. ;)

    What kind of person could do such a thing? Someone who lacks empathy, respect, and kindness. Someone who sees himself (or herself) as “special.”

    The person who could do this to a pregnant turtle is the same person who would own slaves if he could.

  135. keirmeister says:

    Humans can be cruel creatures, but they can also do wonderful things. Witness the person who found a turtle on the highway and led it to safety. :)

  136. Monoceros Forth says:

    I honestly don’t understand behavior like this. What sort of pleasure is to be had here? It’s like Homer Simpson going after a weather station for no reason (“I’ll smash it good!”) But then I don’t understand why people immediately scream “KILL IT” when they see a spider.

  137. UncleBucky says:

    Why do these 12 year old “capitalists” and their “minions” do this? Who didn’t teach them? Why didn’t they learn?

    Beats me how and why these guys (and perhaps gals, but I doubt it) get away with this…

  138. UncleBucky says:

    Wisconsin. Do your stuff or pass into the history of once-great states.

  139. Shlomo Abrin says:

    A close friend of mine lived near a golf course and her cat would sometimes wander onto the fairway. The poor creature dragged herself home one morning with a broken jaw and fractured skull, obviously inflicted by a club. She died within hours.

    Another reason I don’t golf.

  140. Sweetie says:


    A few years back, I pulled over on a highway and dumped out my tennis balls from a bucket to scoop up a big snapping turtle with my tennis racquet. I then freed it on the other side of the road it was trying to get to. It makes me sick to think about how much nature is being destroyed each year unnecessarily, and behavior like this just reinforces my disgust with humanity.

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