How dog breeders have “improved” breeds over the past 100 years.
- The basset hound never used to sit so low. The dog has suffered changes to his rear leg structure, has excessive skin, vertebrae problems, droopy eyes that are prone to ectropion and entropion, and excessively large ears.
- The bull terrier used to be an athletic dog, but over the years his snout was mutated to be oversized and bending downwards, leading to respiratory issues. Many bull terriers have supernumerary teeth and are compulsive tail chasers and air biters owing to brain deformities.
- The boxer now has a much shorter face with an extremely short snout. The hindquarters are also lower. Like all brachycephalic dogs, the boxer has difficulty controlling his temperature in hot weather, meaning they are prone to overheating and collapsing in the summer. The boxer also has one of the highest cancer rates among dog breeds and many modern day boxers suffer from seizures.
- The english bulldog has evolved into a creature that suffers from almost every known disease. A kennel club survey conducted in 2004 found that they die on average at only 6 years and 4 months old. They cannot mate without human intervention, and cannot give birth naturally due to their giant heads. There is no such thing as a truly healthy bulldog.
- The dachshund, at one time, used to have functional legs and necks for their size. Their backs and legs have gotten longer, chest jutted forward, and legs have shrunk to such proportions that there is barely any clearance between their chest and the floor. Obese dachshunds usually have to actually drag their bellies across the ground. Their risk for intervertebral disc disease - which can result in paralysis - is extremely high. They are also prone to achrondoplastic related pathologies, progressive retinal apathy, and problems with their legs and joints.
- Pugs are the most inbred breed of dog in existence - an investigation carried out found that amongst the 10,000 pugs found in the UK are so inbred, the gene pool consists of the equivalent of only 50 individuals. They are extremely brachycephalic, and suffer severely from all the associated problems - the folds in their face frequently get infected, they struggle to breathe (making snoring/snorting/huffing noises even without moving), they have high blood pressure, low oxygenation, often collapse and die in the summer or if allowed to overheat, dentition problems due to their skulls being so curled in, and perhaps most shocking - their double curled tail is actually a genetic defect, and in its most serious forms leads to paralysis and many dogs needed a wheelchair or being euthanised if this progresses. These dogs are usually culled if they fail to produce this ‘attractive’ trait.
Healthy puppies that do not succumb to these ridiculous modern day breed standards are usually culled. One very heartbreaking example is the rhodesian ridgeback. The ridge is actually a genetic deformity - a mild form of spinal bifida - and puppies born without this ridge are healthy - but since the ridge is their namesake, healthy puppies are normally culled at birth and only those with noticeable ridges are bred from, thus passing the disability down to future dogs. Below is a ridgeback alongside a healthy, ridgeless dog.
3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full…. people are choosing to buy from breeders or shops instead of offering them a home.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people by 5:1.
Only 1 in 10 dogs will ever find a permanent home.
25 PER CENT OF DOGS THAT ENTER SHELTERS ARE PUREBREEDS.
Please consider adopting a homeless dog. Please don’t encourage breeding these animals when there are so many being killed every year. Breeding is a profit, not “just” a hobby, and even if you think your breeder is reputable, they are still churning out puppies into a world where pets are seen as disposable.
Fuck breeders. All about money. Meanwhile, the dogs that are constantly bred suffer extreme health problems, while all the dogs that are left at the shelters are killed because no one adopted them.
Yet another reason why humans trying to dictate and maintain dog breeds is repulsive and absolutely not for animals’ well being. Even “good” breeders who produce healthy dogs without deformities are still contributing to animal deaths in shelters, thus not actually giving a shit about dogs at all. If you breed or buy animals, you’re a dick.
I don’t usually expose how much of a dog world snob I am but seriously this post is 100% accurate. Adopt don’t shop and stop picking dogs/dog breeds based on what is popular or what you think is *cute.* Aka don’t buy an Australian Shepard if you don’t have at least an acre of land or a French Bulldog if you can’t deal with a stubborn temperament or can’t afford thousands of dollars in vet bills.
Pro-life is pro-life <3
In the Pokémon universe there’s no such thing as PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but everyone seems to be vegetarian anyway. After all, how could you possibly eat a Pokémon? It would be like eating your hamster, or your best buddy from high school. People and Pokémon are best friends, and it even says so in the theme song. If you’re looking for blood and killing, go play some other game.
Read more. [Image: PETA]
In light of the recent investigation into Angora where fur was ripped from rabbits bodies by hand, there has been some debate as to whether the method of shearing or cutting fur in industrial Angora farms is painless. Some people suggest it is like getting a haircut.
This is not true!
Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: During the cutting process, their front and back legs aretightly tethered―a terrifying experience for any prey animal―and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.
After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.
'But they just SHEAR them it doesn't HURT them!!!'
Ugh suck my dick
As someone with three wonderful rabbits this is like watching my child go through this.
Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day we set aside to honor those who have suffered as a result of anti-trans* hate crimes and prejudice. Today, we remind ourselves to recognize the unique challenges faced by the trans* members of our communities, and pledge to do more to help all year round. For information about TDOR or events that may be happening near you, check out the official website. This is a really important day, and a chance to educate lots of people about some really crucial issues. Let’s take the opportunity.
I can’t believe I almost forgot! Thank you for reminding me!
To any trans readers, you are so loved. Feel free (along with anyone else who’d like) to talk to me about anything, anytime. :)
Let me explain you a thing -
If you want to see a fetus be born, even if it’ll die in agonizing pain shortly after birth - YOU ARE NOT putting a person first. You are putting your agenda first. Because you are not thinking of the pain that infant will feel. You aren’t thinking of the agony those parent(s) will feel watching their child in pain before death. The pain of watching it die like that.
Those are people. Their feelings are important. Their pain and suffering is important. The fetus doesn’t feel or think. But those parents do. That infant does. And your lack of concern for those 2-3 people, is why you are profetus. Not prolife. Not prowoman. Not prolifeforall.
I’m far from an activist or, you know, coherent but my fiancee and I are 100% certain that we would not abort if we knew the baby had a fatal condition and I just wanted to outline our reasons, in case it helps anyone see the other side.
Firstly, there is the inevitable fact that prenatal testing can’t tell you everything. There is always (I don’t have sources for this, but I’m just going to assume that because humans are fallible it’s definitely always) a chance that your child comes out perfectly healthy or at least with a fighting chance. Even if the diagnosis had zero chance of survival we still wouldn’t feel comfortable aborting just in case.
(Again, if it helps, this is very much comparable to my personal views on the death penalty: even if there was a totally valid argument for why certain people are genuinely too dangerous to be alive and cannot be rehabilitated, the justice system is fallible, new evidence can always turn up, and the chance of killing an innocent or someone who could be rehabilitated is morally not even remotely worth it, because I believe life is sacred et cetera.)
Secondly, saying that children with certain diagnoses will die “in agonizing pain” is actually misleading. Newborn palliative care does exist. It’s possible to allow nature to take its course without forcing the child to undergo severe pain, and I do think many families would find the closure of a natural death, able to see and interact with the child at least for a short time before they go, much more comforting than an abortion.
Now you could argue that makes it a matter of personal preference but actually, I think there’s a huge inherent problem with this whole “bringing a doomed child into the world is terrible” argument because it actually harms women’s ability to choose. There was a study - and I’m kicking myself for losing the newsletter it was in because they had actual numbers, which I can’t seem to find without buying the article outright - that showed that when parents of terminally ill fetuses were presented with the option of newborn palliative care, a significant (again, there were numbers, I just don’t have them anymore) number changed their minds about having an abortion, something they had previously believed was their only “acceptable” option.
I don’t believe the power to choose is inviolable - obviously since I’m pro-lifeI don’t think it’s right to choose to kill a fetus - but I do find it ironic and really frustrating when pro-choice advocates use lines of reasoning that actually distort the reality of people’s options in order to argue for the necessity of abortion. I was highly pro-choice once and I know all the arguments, but honestly, if we had halfway decent support systems, medical care, and parental services, there would be vanishingly few situations where you could ever actually argue abortion is ‘necessary’. I think this really is one of them - you don’t have to doom a child to unfathomable pain in order to be pro-life, there are other options! Similarly, if we had better access to medical care, better workplace supports for parents, support systems for people who became estranged from their families over a pregnancy, more knowledge about the great adoption services that are out there, halfway decent counseling for trauma survivors, pretty much all the arguments for abortion would get a heck of a lot weaker.
That’s just how I feel but I think it’s similar to a lot of compassionately pro-life positions out there. The answer to unwanted pregnancies isn’t abortion, it’s compassion, support, and resources. The last thing I want is to turn people into incubators! But life is sacred and sometimes that forces us to make (or at least strongly advocate for) difficult choices. And those choices don’t have to be as difficult as we think they are. I hope all that made sense. :)
P.S. I’m pretty sure this is the actual scholarly article for the study, or at least one covering similar ground. I’ll try to scrounge the newsletter and get the actual numbers if it’s still around.
My fiance PERFECTLY articulating my views on this topic. :)
And the award for douchebag parent of the day goes to…
I love her response. I basically said the same thing to my parents when they said I couldn’t “make that choice while I was under their roof.”
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