I'm in one of my philosophical phases; di·lem·ma n. 1. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive. 2. Usage Problem A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution. 3. Logic An argument that presents two alternatives, each of which has the same consequence. [From late Latin, from Greek dilmma, ambiguous proposition : di-, two; see di-1 + lmma, proposition; see lemma1.] Had a visit from a neighbor this morning. He asked (in heavily accented English) if it was true that I shot dogs with a pellet gun. I admitted that such was the case. He than told me that he had removed a pellet from his dog and informed me that I had "better never shoot his dog again." I responded (in a very calm, calculated manner à la Dirty Harry) as follows, a. Your dog was on my property approaching my chicken run. b. There is a leash law in all of Travis County. c. Texas law gives me the right to protect my livestock. d. Consider this the only warning that you or your dog will ever get. Next time you will be picking shotgun pellets out of your dog's dead carcass. While I know that taking the life of any living thing scars one's soul forever (A fact I learned at a very early age in SE Asia. I'm still paying the price for that life lesson.) I also understand that my flock looks to me for protection. That is one of the obligations that I assumed when I decided to keep chickens. My neighbor went away muttering in Spanish. I haven't seen the dog since. Did he pen the dog? I don't know or care. That's not my problem. I have seen others post that they do not want to kill a predatory dog, they just want to hurt it. Would you feel the same way if the dog was attacking your children? I'll bet not. The same obligation attaches. I go into a multi-day depression every time I have to do it, but I do it all the same. It's my duty and obligation. Yes, I know it's not the dogs fault, but society frowns on shooting the owner. Do I believe in capital punishment? Yes, not because I think it is an effective crime deterrent, but it most assuredly reduces the number of repeat offenders.