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Old 03-21-2012, 02:47 PM
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There was recently an anti-tethering law passed somewhere in VA, but the language is so obtuse and confusing that pet owners are speaking out about it.

I hate that people want to blame tools and not people. Why can't we blame people?????? Dogs Deserve Better used to have pictures of perfectly healthy dogs on tethers on their website, as if they just drove around and took pictures of random people's dogs. Now they only have horrible pictures of dogs who have hanged themselves over chain link fences on their tethers and such (a lot of pit bulls, unfortunately). Yes that is an awful fate to befall a dog, but surely education on proper chain spots would go further than a law banning tethers?
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:25 PM
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I can actually largely explain the vegetarian chicken feed. Because of mad cow disease, people were told they wanted beef and lamb fed a vegetarian diet, because the disease was being spread though ground up cow and sheep parts in what cattle are being fed. A lot of people wanted all their meat to be like that, because they were told it was safer. Others are diary and egg vegetarians and don't want to eat meat indirectly (although, folks, you know what happens to the MALE chickens?)

Honestly, although I am well aware that chickens are not vegetarian, the possibility that they are feeding chickens ground up chicken, and the possibility for disease transmission by that route . . . well, it doesn't seem unreasonable to feed chickens on industrial farms vegetarian feed.

Me, I'm going stick to pastured eggs from chickens that got to eat all the bugs, worms, other chickens, etc. they liked.
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I don't quite get why, but we seem to have entered into an age where people think their opinions are facts and that Every. Little. Thing. is worthy of legislation more and more and more. I don't know if it's because with modern communication it's so easy to find like-minded individuals to validate yourself these days or what. And the stuff that seems more important - like, what kind of life do people have with their dogs when they are not crated - seems to get overlooked in favor of OMG CRATE BAD TIE OUT BAD.

It's not like there aren't enough real problems in the world - or maybe for some people there aren't enough real problems in their world. Idle hands go looking for trouble, I suppose.
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There was recently an anti-tethering law passed somewhere in VA, but the language is so obtuse and confusing that pet owners are speaking out about it.

I hate that people want to blame tools and not people. Why can't we blame people?????? Dogs Deserve Better used to have pictures of perfectly healthy dogs on tethers on their website, as if they just drove around and took pictures of random people's dogs. Now they only have horrible pictures of dogs who have hanged themselves over chain link fences on their tethers and such (a lot of pit bulls, unfortunately). Yes that is an awful fate to befall a dog, but surely education on proper chain spots would go further than a law banning tethers?
I think education would go MUCH farther. I'll print out pamphlets, Ryan works at a print shop. I can do it at no charge, if that's the issue. And if cost isn't the issue, then what on Earth could possibly be stopping us from wanting pet owners to be better educated? We not only make laws to protect stupid people, but we effectively end up creating more of them!

People are way too law-happy. Too quick to jump the gun.

When my VA friends presented me that petition, I showed them the wording of the bills elsewhere, and why I didn't like it. They just said "well it can be written differently". Who is going to make sure it's written differently, or at all properly? You? Me? I'm certainly not able to do it, I don't even live there anymore. I doubt they'll do it, because a petition is much easier. So what, wait until it's passed, then fight to get the wording changed? That's such a giant waste of time and resources. Waste waste waste.
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