younggunz, multiple news articles said the child was clearly deceased after a minute or two, and certainly after they finally managed to call the all-but-one dogs away. Even if that's not accurate, it would take only moments for a cop to ask one of the zookeepers to shoot a tranquilizer dart at the dog rather than shoot it with bullets.
As for my not shooting the dogs, that comment in context was about shooting from the observation deck at the dogs 15+ feet away who were actively attacking the child, considering they would have been moving around not presenting clear shots and they would have been very close to the child.
I think it's perfectly ethical to harm a dog to save the 2-year-old's life. I would kill all eleven without hesitation if that's what it took, and if I could do so with reasonable safety and if there was a reasonable chance the child was still alive.
“The egg hatched...” “...the egg hatched... and a hundred baby spiders came out...”
“Who are you?” “A friend. I'm here to prevent you from making a mistake.” “You have no idea what I'm doing here, friend.” “In specific terms, no, but I swore an oath to protect the world...”
“It's a goal you won't understand until later. Your job is to make sure he doesn't achieve the goal.”
Last edited by tyme; November 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM.