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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Wot Animals Need.
Dogs are no different to all other animals (or even humans), in as much as they need very little in life. I would suggest these few basics....
1. A meal of good quality food, at least once a day.
2. A constant supply of clean water.
3. A warm, dry, place to sleep.
4. Medical attention, when required.
5. A loving, affectionate, home.
6. And plenty of exercise.
Why, therefore, do so many animal 'owners' (I almost wrote 'lovers') fail on most of the above?
I am constantly faced with the sight and sound of animals that are not so fortunate. A nearby dog breeder keeps his/her Alsatian bitches permanently inside secure cages (prisons), inside a closed barn; they have no human contact, and absolutely no light. And a nearby horse owner keeps his/her 3 horses in a small bramble-filled field (officially they are supposed to have a minimum of 2 hectares per horse); often with no water for days, and with a minimum of food.
Unfortunately, this is how things are in France. Try to complain to the S.P.A. (the French animal charity) and they would simply say 'That's normal'. The rot spreads from the top.
Of course there is no way that I could complain about their activities; my life wouldn't be worth living. But, believe me, I'd love to; even though I'd have to move.
Puppy farms make me sick (you only have to hear the dogs' constant cries), and people who ignore and mistreat horses (or any other animals) should have their effing arses kicked.
The S.P.A. can recommend animal husbandry guidelines till they spew from whence the sun doth not shine, but unless they enforce what they preach..... what's the effing point?
I would like to propose that all puppy farms should be licensed, and regularly inspected. And that all horses should also be registered, and similarly visited on a regular basis. The local registration/license fees would pay for the inspectors, and serious fines issued to any miscreants.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
3 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 44 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!