|A photo from 2015 that I added to this ancient post just for fun.|
Anyway, the dead cat harks back to the old days when being responsible for the death of another's livestock meant paying it's owner dearly for the loss. I think it still goes that if you kill a sheep while driving you have to fess up the reimbursment dough, but I'm sure it's a lot harder to pin down the murderer in this day and age. It's supposed to be an honor-system thing, but who knows how many drivers still respect the system enough to track down a sheep's owner and compensate them.
I'm actually surprised that more sheep aren't victims of modern autos, given how fast people drive hereout in the country and how the sheep tend to hang out on the road for warmth. I was told that whole families of sheep are Road Sheep: they are taught by their mothers and grandmothers to hang out on the warm tarmac and never learn any better. Beware of Road Sheep when Driving in Iceland!
So, shame on the irresponsible human who crushed the poor beast and drove away, shame on evil collectors with bad weapons and shame on the government for choosing to look the other way on a very important issue affecting the entire nation!