In some Muslim countries, citizens are subject to Sharia law and are frequently punished severely for crimes. Amputation, whipping, and death by stoning are options even for relatively minor crimes.
The privilege of carrying out the punishments also carries the burden of the effort. Throwing softball-size rocks and wielding a whip are exhausting activities especially while you're trying to impress a crowd.
No Muslim is safe from punishment. Even women and children are subject.
Muslims already have public relations problems with the Western world over these primitive methods. And Iran is showcasing its developing technology by adding a modern touch to the process.
By fabricating a few additions, these ordinary machine-shop items can be turned into a multiple finger amputation machine, no axe or machete necessary.
The candidate-for-rehabilitation is led to the machine by hooded figures where his hand is held down by a toggle clamp attached to a metal plate.
Several people assist in the project. Two hold down the blindfolded prisoner while another turns the crank that lowers the saw blade, severing four fingers.
The man was found guilty of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz.
With modern innovations like this, accidents like the one above can be avoided.
The success of the invasive species often comes at the expense of the natives.
People used to scare their kids with stories of alligators in the sewers, growing up from baby 'gators brought up from Florida as souvenirs and then dumped as they grew big. But you really don't hear about a lot of alligator attacks on sewer workers.
In the Florida Everglades, sightings of some medium-size mammals are down as much as 99 percent and it's thought that pythons and other non-native constrictors are responsible.The National Park Service says 1,825 Burmese pythons have been caught in and around Everglades National Park since 2000. They believe that tens of thousands of them are living there. A recently captured Burmese python was 16' 5" long and weighed 156 pounds. How can there be so many? It becomes clearer when you look inside. This one contained 59 python embryos. With no natural predators scientists fear the pythons are disrupting the food chain and upset the Everglades' delicate environmental balance in ways difficult to predict. Presently they are causing mayhem in the Everglades where they are decimating native species, numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals.
So please keep your pets on a leash.