2017-05-14 12:54:30 UTC
I think the discussion about "hit and runs" on cats was a bit harsh.
OK, the Lodge isn't exactly in the middle of nowhere and Ben was
allegedly overweight so probably not moving that fast, so Brian could
probably have avoided him if he had been paying attention.
However, as we all know, cats do run out into the road and unless
you're driving on an otherwise empty road, slamming the brakes on or
swerving to avoid it is not always going to be possible. Yes, if
Brian had been paying attention, he may have stopped and done
something about it.
But what do you do when you're not in a highly inhabited area and you
hit something? Are you supposed to stop, scoop up the remains and try
and track down the owner?
I hit a cat a couple of years ago on the way to work in the morning.
Rural road, nearest buildings were the local shooting club and a
tractor factory. I was doing 50+ mph and had no chance of not hitting
it as it ran in front of me. When I looked in the mirror, there was
no sign of it on the road. Was I supposed to stop, go back and search
The roads around here are quite busy with wildlife - rabbits, foxes,
badgers, assorted game birds and, in certain places, deer. Apart from
the damage they might do to the car if you hit them, nobody is going
to stop and pick them up.