"My female hamster killed her pups and ate them. I can only see body parts now. It's so terrible. Should we get rid of her?"
Many people write
to me with the above statement or something similar. It is common to
feel disgust at infanticide (killing the young) and cannibalism.
However, we must
consider that animals are different from humans and their values are
not the same as ours (and shouldn't be expected to be).