(A note: I am completely bogged down with work at the moment (and happily so, since nothing makes me more gleeful than new websites to muck around with!), so I am going to be blogging lightly and answering email tardily for the next week or so)
Looks like 2008 was another great year for animal murdering over at Peta HQ! Peta, who managed to adopt out 17 animals in 2007, have pushed that number down to just 7 in 2008. Way to go, Peta! That’s an extra ten animals ‘saved’ from a life of servitude as a human companion!
This morning comes word that in 2008 PETA killed 95.8 percent of the dogs, cats and other pets put into its care last year.
In fact, during all of 2008, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets out of 2,216 animals taken in.
To be clear, the animals that were put down where not sick and injured animals: they were animals that PETA simply did not try to get adopted despite an annual operating budget of $32 million.
You will not find PETA’s shelter in Norfolk, Virginia on Pet Finder, nor are there any visiting hours. Posters are not placed on coffee shop bulletin boards, nor do they work with Pet Smart or anyone else to find homes for dogs and cats relenquished to them.
Instead, PETA injects killing solutions into almost all the animals handed over to the them, and then it contracts with a waste disposal company to have several tons of animals a month trucked away, out of sight and out of mind.
Why? Simple: they believe a dog in a shelter is better dead than kenneled for even a few days, and they oppose pet ownership entirely. They prefer the animals dead than in the hands of loving owners, and they cannot be bothered to take time away from media-whoring to do the grunt work involved of actually helping real animals in need.
Read the rest here.
While googling around last night looking for more useless French Bulldog related tchotckes I don’t actually need, I stumbled onto this animal stamps webpage – http://www.animalstamps.com/frenchie.htm . I already own most of the major stamps and trading cards with Frenchies on them, but I’m always on the look out for new ones I can stick in a drawer and forget about. Imagine my surprise, then, when I scrolled half way down and found this –
That, for those of you who don’t recognize her, is Tessa – my Tessa. My first thought was “What the hell?”, quickly followed by “Where the hell?”. Turns out Dagestan is –
is a federal subject — republic — of the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus region.
I tried going to the official government of Dagestan website, in hopes I could find an email contact for their website, but the site is in Russian.
Looks like I’m not the only one to have their Frenchie visit a foreign country, either. Colette Secher, of Le Fox Kennels fame, had her photograph of Ch Adam’s King of the Road lifted from the Anna Katherine Nichols book on French Bulldogs and put onto a stamp for the United Arab Emirates State of Sharjah.
The original of this photo had Cole’s son sitting behind Kenny, so I suppose she just has to be grateful they cropped him out.
If someone had contacted me and asked “Hey, can I put your dog on a stamp?”, chances are really good I would have said yes. I’d likely have even supplied them with a hi res copy of the photo to use. What annoys me is that not only did they not ask my permission, they didn’t even send me a sheet of them in thanks!