Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dog of the Day

Avon seems to be "Dog of the Day" at Dogster.  A dog community that is soon to be permanently closed, sadly. 

His age is three years out of date because that is when he joined (it does not automatically update).  And besides, it is traditional to use an old photo and lie a bit on a social network.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Calling for the Cavalry

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New York carriage drivers are reported as hooking up with "anti-animal rights" concern the Cavalry Group.  I am sure it seemed like a logical thing to do when facing lobbying to put them out of business.  But the second you go to the site there is a large picture of archaic looking western spurs and you get some idea who they are getting in bed with.

I think the carriage drivers should think less about fighting their adversary, and more about their public image--because it is their general community that ultimate gives or withholds the freedoms they need to carry out their commercial activities.  And I would guess that the Cavalry Group may alienate the general urban public within a  matter of weeks, because while right wing and agrarian people don't like being told what to do by urban sophisticates, the reverse is equally true.

Do New York city residents want to be told what to do by a fee-charging PR concern out of Missouri funded by anonymous animal industry groups?  One that opposes regulation of puppy mills that sell online? One that downplays the seriousness of chronic wasting disease in deer? One that attacks Tyson for voluntarily working with animal advocates to improve animal care standards? One that supports ag gag bills?

Yeah, that is not going to go well for them.  In fact I suspect it has taken them one step closer to having horse carriages banned from the city. (An issue about which I, personally, have no strong views).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How Responsible Can We Realistically Expect People to Be?

I like the FixatFour campaign.  Well, not the name so much, but the idea.  And the posters are cute.

What the text say is is: "50% of all pets born are accidents".

And what this brings to mind the fact that half of all human pregnancies are also accidental, or in the parlance of human-related statistics, "unintended".

So we have got to the point where people, on average, are as careful with their pets as they are with themselves and their kids?  Is that good news?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Are Birds Critters?

bldesprit / Foter.com / CC BY-ND
I have a question for my American friends: are birds "critters"?  My apartment association has distributed a strict edict.  We may not feed "the squirrels and other critters".

I has always assumed critters were things with fur, not feathers, but I do not want to attract the wrath of they who must be obeyed....