The policy regarding hitting animals and chargeable accidents in my building has always been the correct one...that hitting an animal on a public road is deemed to be unavoidable. The logic behind this is simple and sound; our #1 responsibility on a public road is to maintain our lane and mantain control of the car, even if it means hitting an animal. We were just told in a meeting that Corporate, in its infinite wisdom, has changed that policy. The determining factor in avoidability vs unavoidability will now be whether or not the animal is domestic or wild. Thats right...its OK to hit a deer or a chipmunk, but not a dog or a goat. The actual, real world circumstances (road conditions, traffic, speed, visibility, proximity to pedestrians) now mean nothing and the sole criterion for whether or not the accident is deemed "avoidable" will be the species of the animal and whether or not somebody has made it into a pet or was raising it to be eaten. The frightening part to me is that, somewhere in the bowels of our corporate offices in Atlanta, there sits a human being who came up with this policy....and that human being is allowed to breed offspring, vote in elections, and operate dangerous items like staplers without any sort of oversight. God help us all.