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post #1 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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News stories....

First the chimp thing......the lady was sleeping with a chimp and giving it drugs to calm its anxiety I dont know wether to laugh or cry.

Second local story...this kid was killed by a neighbor's electric fence. Tragic sad...and true the fence was jerry-rigged where it wasn't pulsating it was just a straight current. So the guy did it all wrong. BUT the kid trespassed touched an electric fence that was clearly marked to me (no sign but it was using those little yellow connectors that are only used for electric fences) and now the electric fence owner is in jail on murder charges. So my news person is going on and on about how if you have electric fences near neighbors with kids you need to have a fence around the fence. Again what? I don't think so. Im so tired of suburbanites encroaching on us country folk and then saying our animals and what not are the problem. For of my friends had to quarantine a horse recently because the idiot neighbor in the suburbanite neighborhood was feeding it carrots without permission and it bit her finger. And my friend was punished for it and the lady tried to sue!! Uggh... rant of the week...

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the story about the boy is sad... but where were the parents???? I think it is wrong how "city folk" move into the country and then try to push the animals out...they knew the animals would be there before they moved in. It really ticks me off- like in my home town there is a race car track that has been there for YEARS and wasnt in town when it was built... now over years people have built up around it and really strict rules are now enforced on the track because of noise- Well duh, race cars make NOISE... dont move near it!!!!!!.

Out by my dads farm there is a guy that used to have honey bees (had the box hive things to collect the honey and whatnot)... he had been there for years. A family came and bought a chunk of land and built a house. Their son was badly allergic to bee stings and since the hives where nearby they blamed bees on that and got the township to get him to move his hives... the bees werent that bad since they concentrated on the hives and bees are bugs... if you have flowers and whatnot in your yard they will be there, just really ticks me off

thanks for posting that... I got to rant to :)

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When I was a kid I remember getting nailed by an electric fence that one of our neighbor's had.... I went home crying and thinking that I'd get some sympathy... I told my dad what had happened and I not only didn't get any sympathy, but I got my butt paddled for being in the neighbor's pasture.

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That happened to me once. It was just after we moved into our current house and I was petting my neighbors horses while leaning under the electric fence and stood up before I was out from under the wire. I received a shock in the head and ran home screaming bloody murder. It wasn't the owner of the fence or the maker of the fence's fault, it was mine for failing to notice where I was standing.

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About 20 years ago we had a neighbor's kid playing with my youngest son. He was ~10 at the time and wanted to see what would happen if he peed on the electric fence. He (as well as me) was very lucky that the fence was grounding out due to weeds!!!! We were also lucky that his parents were horse people too.

We now have a 25 acre farm that backs up to a subdivision and my fear is always that some little kid will get through our fence and get hurt. I remember when developments were starting to encroach our place back in PA (where we lived before SC) and a Realtor friend was saying how everyone wanted to move to the country but kept trying to turn it into the suburbs. The country is livestock, fences that can hurt you, machinery on the roads, noise, smells, and quiet at night. It isn't traffic and bicycles and 711's.

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Ooh wow, that is really sad about the boy. Especially if he wasn't old enough to know better.
But this is a problem with the parents or whoever was in charge of the child at the time. I also feel for the friend who had to quarantine a horse because of neighbors feeding the horse without permission. As you have all mentioned, it irks me when people move to the country and try to push the animals out. I know that many people move to the country because they want to be out in nature and closer to woods and animals..what do they think will happen if they are near livestock and their children aren't supervised. Children are naturally curious and will try things out. That is where the parents come in to at least guide them so they don't end up killing themselves.
This also reminded me of a story from here back in September. A 2 year old was playing out in a yard in the dark ALONE for obviously quite some time, because he had time to wander down to the highway (which was quite a ways away) and get hit by a car. It was a really big deal because it was a hit and run. It ended up being an elderly man driving and he thought he had hit an animal. He went back and checked but could find nothing (that's how dark it was at the time) so he went home. A few days later he heard about it on the news and turned himself in. Thank goodness he didn't get any punishment for it because I believe it's not his fault. Where are the parents? I realize it is hard to keep an eye on your child every single second...and in fact you don't need to every single second. But to take your eyes off of them long enough for them to wander to the neighbors electric fence or to a highway and not notice them going....I think that is unacceptable.

And I wasn't going to rant..I had no intention to..but I just did I guess! lol

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That happens. I don't live in a rural area but I'm still for those who lives & works there. Firts came, first served. I remeber how there once were a topic on another forum. Some people who had a cottage in a rural area ranted that they can't sleep there because farmers were doing their job during the night and it caused noise. As I said I don't live in a rural area but I've understood that if you're farmer you have to live and work according to the nature (weathers etc.) and there can be busy times when you have to work despite of the time of the day.

I'm still sad for that boy .

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 10:38 PM
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That is crazy. In Europe thats all they use for fencing, electric but not to the point it would kill a kid. I don't know what it is about you guys down in the states but man, I would be afraid to even look at someone and smile without taking the risk of getting sued. The mentally people have completely changes from one side of the boarder to the other and it's really a shame.

It's really unfortunate for the kid.

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