First, it is shameful that our laws allow our fellow beings in the wild to be captured and treated as chattels by members of our own species, to be traded and sold into the hands of people who quite obviously have no understanding of their needs and care.
Next, it is shameful that a man just released from jail on a firearms conviction, on whose property were found, I read, more than 100 other weapons, and who had received repeated visits from police in consequence of complaints about his mistreatment of the animals--it is shameful that our laws would not prevent such a man from being responsible for fifty or more wild animals; and that our law enforcement should be powerless to intervene until it was already too late.
And finally it is shameful that, as a consequence, we find ourselves reduced to our familiar solution of last resort: the use of firearms to inflict lethal punishment on the innocent. I am hard put to fault the law enforcement official who saw no other option when human lives were at stake. But there is even then a certain arrogance in our assumption of superiority over other species and the assertion of our right to dispose of them as we will.
At the very least, were we able to bring a little of the restraint of sanity and compassion to the exercise of our rightly cherished freedoms, we would manage to do a great deal less damage to the planet and our fellow-travelers through life.