Eating live baby rat 'wasn't cruelty'
A man who is no longer facing charges for eating a live baby rat says the act was grotesque, but shouldn't be considered as animal cruelty.
Prosecutors in Utah charged Andy Ray Harris with animal cruelty in April, after authorities viewed a posted Facebook video of him eating what appeared to be the baby rat. The man, 31, says he ate the rat for a dare.
Prosecutors argued the baby rat deserved protection because it wasn't wild and it was killed in a way that is not an accepted fashion.
Harris says it was not animal cruelty because the rat was going to be eaten by a snake. He also says rats don't have legal protections because they are pests.