Twist and Shout
Today my weekly print column is about tail docking and ear cropping. If you want to read it, click on the "columnists" link on the main page. I'm listed with Community columnists.
Shannon gave me photos to use of Rocky and Gracie's tails and ears, and she also sent me the photo shown here by mistake. But I am glad, because I LOVE IT. It would be great if the game Twister's mat was underneath them, because that's what it looks like they are doing. Hey, maybe we can play Twister at our next Pet People party! Or are we too old for that? I think if we imbibe enough we won't feel any pain!
As to tail docking and ear cropping. NO REASON ever to get it done unless you are taking a dog into the show ring. It's simply done today out of habit and breed standard, but why put a pet through unnecessary surgery and pain? Check out the column and tell me what you think about the practices.
On a good note, read the story today under local news about a girl who started lobbying for a state law to require a bitterant in antifreeze. Three other states require it to prevent poisoning of pets and children.
After Brett's story about poor Little Bit, it's a timely article. If there were such a law, she wouldn't have died, at least not from that.
And the beef recall and those poor cattle, treated so badly. NOT an isolated incident as the cattle industry tries to pretend. Animal groups have been filming such abuses at slaughterhouses for decades. Why we all should consider vegetarianism or getting meat from a local source where you know the animal lived a normal life.
posted by Sandy at 2/19/2008 11:57:00 PM