A break from the inanity


Ari and I went to see Hellboy II the other day (awesome.). To get to the movie theater we go right by a pet store that I used to love as a kid, because they actually have puppies for sale. When I was a kid that was the ultimate awesome; puppies all lined up and adoreable. I kind of flinch now though, when i walk past pet stores like that. The thing is, there’s a real problem with where those puppies come from. In the western world we love dogs, so much that China has banned official olympic restaurants for selling dog meat to avoid offending foreign olympic goers. So why is it we let this happen?



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6 Responses to “A break from the inanity”

  1. annoying Says:

    While I don’t like puppy mills, I have mixed feelings about eating dog meat. I’ve never had it and don’t have plans to ever have it, but I’m not a vegetarian either. So, I don’t think I can condemn it categorically. But, it’s probably a good idea for China to have some places for the Olympians to go to that they don’t have to worry about what they are eating.

  2. gretchenchapmancollins Says:

    Yeah, I mean, the thing is I don’t think that eating dog meat is particularly worse than eating cow meat or chicken meat. I’m more irritated by the hypocrisy of people who freak out over other cultures eating dog meat like it’s so barbaric or something and ignoring what we do to animals here.

  3. annoying Says:

    Good point. I’m with you there. There is a lot of hypocrisy in that. A lot of people have blinders on when it comes to things like that. It’s always, “look at what they’re doing!” not “what are we doing wrong and how can we fix it?”

    I’ve heard some people eat horse meat, too. Just about anything can be used as food, and I think I’d only be against a few of them. What’s really sad is that we tend to treat our food animals better than the animals that are in the mills are treated.

    I’ve always heard, “never make food a pet” and “don’t name them”. So, my guess is that the Chinese don’t think of dogs as pets but as food.

    All the pet I’ve ever had had been dumped (or were their progeny). When I was a kid we lived in the country and the abandoned animals made their way to our house. We took care of them as best we could. We probably had too many sometimes, but we fed them and took care of them when they got sick.

    From all the news I’ve heard about it, I’d suggest people go to animal shelters to get their pets. I’d also suggest looking for black pets or ones that will be put down. Apparently black animals don’t get adopted as much, either because they aren’t as easily seen in the low lights or because of negative associations with the color. And adopting ones that are at the end of their time in the shelter is good because they probably wouldn’t get a home otherwise.

  4. gretchenchapmancollins Says:

    It’s worth googling/wikipediaing “factory farms” to take a look at how we treat out food animals. I don’t know as much about that, but enough to be a vegetarian. I try not to be preachy about it, but I do believe that if animals are going to give their lives to feed us, we owe them an acceptable quality of life and a painless death, and currently that’s not happening.

    I’m all about adopting pets from shelters; my mom has fourteen (a little too many for my taste but she and they are all happy) and thirteen are from shelters. The other is from a responsible breeder. If you really must get a purebred dog (there are some good reasons for this, such as allergies) that’s the way to go. The dogs are treated well, much less likely to end up with genetic problems, and I’ve seen statistics that indicate that responsible breeding doesn’t account for enough puppies to contribute significantly to the pet overpopulation issue, compared to roaming unfixed pets and strays.

    In conclusion, hug a shelter dog today. Also, eat a veggie burger, which is kind of like hugging a cow.

  5. annoying Says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard of some of the problems with food animals. I’m not saying that the way they are treated is perfect. The desire for profit often overwhelms good sense. But, there are regulations that are supposed to take care of this kind of thing. I know there are ways around them, but the impression I’ve gotten is that the regulations for food animals are stricter than those for mill animals.

    I don’t know a lot about these factory farms, but I do know that where I live you can see cows in the fields. They aren’t all bunched together without choice. They are allowed to roam. I don’t know if they get a swift, painless death, but the quality of their lives seems to be good enough.

    If you’re worried about the humaneness of the slaughter, I believe the kosher laws for this are considered humane. Products that are kosher usually has a mark on them to denote that. This doesn’t mean I’m telling you that you have to eat meat, but that if your only objection to it is because of the treatment of the animals, then, as I understand it, kosher is the way to go.

    I know I should probably worry more about where my food comes from, but I don’t. I don’t mind vegetarians. Sure, some can go overboard, but they’re hardly the only ones who do that. I opened this can of worms, so to speak, so I don’t consider you preachy for responding to it.

    I don’t have a problem with reputable breeders; I just don’t naturally think of them. I agree that allergies are a good reason to get a purebred, and that they don’t add to the overpopulation problem. Responsible breeders aren’t going to make their animals breed every time they are in heat, and aren’t going to ween them until it’s the right time.

    I think there are a few breeds that have their own problems. I’ve heard there’s a breed that usually has to have the puppies delivered by C-section. If you have to perform a C-section to continue the breed, then I don’t think that breed is healthy. The good thing about getting a purebred it that if there is a common problem, then it is known and can be watched for.

    In conclusion, the world isn’t perfect and laws can only do so much. Kosher meat is generally considered humane. And, even purebreds can have their own problems. But there aren’t always easy answers, and I probably missed something that I wanted to say.

  6. annoying Says:

    I just thought you might like to know that August 26th is National Dog Day.

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