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BOTD 3/4/16 "Blast from the Past – 1959 – The Animal Activists" A Kat Production

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David M. Katz

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Blast from the Past – 1959 – The Animal Activists
A Kat Production


You are the headmaster of a Grammar School. Three 18-year-old boys, two of whom are prefects, stand before you for freeing three baby rabbits from the biology lab. The rabbits were destined for dissection. The boys admit responsibility and offer as their excuse that they felt sorry for the rabbits.

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Will they now have good reason to feel sorry for themselves?


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David M. Katz

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I hope I am in shape. 3 times 6 of the best is going to tire me out.


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Y Lee Coyote

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Yes, they will.

They will also have do a report on the probability that the babies had the skills to survive in the wild as they were immature farm bred critters.

The will find that they have been put on a vegetarian diet to protect other animals.

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P.S. Six of the best for misappropriation of property. Each!

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In that day and age I very much think it would be six of the best - sadly. Fortunately dissection in schools here is now a thing of the past.

As for whether they would survive in the wild:

Firstly, the scenario doesn't specify if they were released to the wild or handed over to someone who would keep them.

Secondly, unless they were very young babies they would have a fair chance of survival in the wild.

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"Gentlemen, I applaud you for acting in harmony with your consciences. Now I'll help you remember that all actions have consequences, and I hope you carry these marks proudly."

Actually, at this point, when animals were considered strictly property, this would be bald-faced theft, and I'd treat it thus, even if I also felt bad for the baby rabbits.


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I'll go along with the resrt on this but point out that the rabbits would not have been used for dissection until they were older and bigger - one would not be dissecting baby ones. They therefore would still have had the expectation of several months of life within the school being, no doubt, pampered during that time - pampering that they have now been deprived of.

6 strokes for the non-prefect but probably a choice of nine and keep their status or six and lose it for the prefects.

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Pi Beta wrote:6 strokes for the non-prefect but probably a choice of nine and keep their status or six and lose it for the prefects.

This seems fairly close to the time you were in school, Pi. Would this likely have been on school uniform, gym kit, or something else? Or would it just depend?


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If it had been my (sadistic) headmaster at the time, almost certainly in gymkit - probably similar punishment if dealt with by their housemasters, though with a less fearsome cane.

The ferule tipped cane I referred to in the Surprise Promotion series being used by Mr. Walters before he was replaced by Dr. Ambrose was based on that headmaster who, fortunately, I never crossed - or at least, he never found out about my use of a crib sheet in his Divinity lessons. Prep from him was almost always to learn a collect or a psalm which I considered pointless - and usually he'd forgotten by the next lesson what he'd set anyway and rarely tested us on them. I think most of us chose to take the risk though knowing that, if caught, vengeance would be exceptionally painful.

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six of the best is what they would have got. The animals would not have been seen as pets and the would have been 3 senior boys sabotaging a Science lesson. Tough but there it is. Nowadays such a dilemma is not forced upon kids

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I based this scenario on an article from Corpun. The actual headmaster was kinder than you all. He gave the two prefects a choice of turning in their badges or taking three strokes of the cane, while the third boy got the caning without a choice. One prefect took the caning, while the other opted not to. In a postscript to the article, the HM indicated he would reinstate the prefect if the boy stayed out of trouble.

Schoolboys punished for freeing rabbits

I think he got it pretty close to right, though it seems a bit unfair to reinstate the prefect who resigned after the other two took canings.

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I agree with most of you. I respect the boys following their conscience, but when they do something like that they have to be ready to accept the consequences too. I'm also not sure about the possibilities of survival of the little rabbits.



Kat wrote:The actual headmaster was kinder than you all. He gave the two prefects a choice of turning in their badges or taking three strokes of the cane, while the third boy got the caning without a choice. 

Better to have a choice, but not much better. I'd say the alternative was not better than the three strokes.

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Emlyn Morgan

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Ah, yes, 1959! I remember it well. My dog Timmy, used to chase rabbits and kill them.

Down here, when you see meat tajin on a menu the species of meat is not specified. It could be cow, sheep, camel or goat - but not pig. I don't know about rabbit.

Anyway, as for the boys in boaters, I'm going to whack them!

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