Animal cruelty

Fly Plane

This is pretty funny. Unfortunately it didn’t work. I hate flies to an almost obsessive compulsive level. 

This guy documented his attempts to get the little blighters doing something useful. Flying this:

Then he tried with bees. This could be the first time I remember sanctioning animal cruelty on this blog. I hate flies.

Slow news day

You know journalists are scraping the bottom of the barrel when this is news.

“…The Onkaparinga Hills man had been taking photos of local birds just before dark last Thursday, January 15, when he made the “horrible find” at a car park near Piggott Range Rd.

I saw it tied to the door handle and it was bound up quite severely with its legs crushed up against its body so it couldn’t move – I thought it was dead,” Mr Cook, 54, said.”

It sounds dramatic. It would be if it was person. Or a dog. Or even a cat. But no. This was the offensive item…

What a lucky coincidence that the victim (not the lizard, the car’s owner) was a photographer… We can all now share the pain he felt by witnessing the troubled lizard second hand.

The poor victim is obviously a master of overstatement, read the rest of his dramatic reaction below…

“I couldn’t get the tape off so I had to take it home and use scissors to free it.’’

He said the “tedious task’’ of freeing the lizard was made harder by its delicate feet and toes but he managed to release it back into the bush the next day, missing only a few scales from its back.

“It’s just disgusting, I worked for the RSPCA for 10 years as a rescue officer and I’ve been volunteering for the last six years at a farm that takes in local fauna so I’ve got a soft spot for all living animals,’’ he said.

“What a terrible way for the creature to die if I had not tended to it as soon as possible.’’

Mr Cook said the car parks around Onkaparinga Gorge were often the target of vandals and thieves, who dumped rubbish or stolen cars and did burnouts and wheelies.

“I’m not game to go up there anymore, it’s hard to go on bushwalks without the fear of something happening to your car,’’ Mr Cook said.”

Chewin’ the fat

It’s pretty much widely acknowledged that Heather Mills is one crazy lady. Possibly had Sir Paul met Ms Mills around the same time John met Yoko Ono the Japanese born American singer would have been held in high regard by the British public (who for the unwashed is pretty much regarded as the catalyst for the Beatles break up – which means she’s not very popular…still). I meant to post on this a week ago when I read it, but forgot until it popped up today. I’ve got to say if there’s one thing I hate more than a credit card wielding neo-socialist it’s an animal rights activist. So PETA aren’t at the top of the organisations I’m most likely to respond positively to… Their idea of “controversial” is to have models who would generally pose naked for money posing naked for their cause… alright they also throw animal blood on models at catwalks etc… but their approach can pretty much be described along the lines of the advertising mantra that “sex sells”. Unfortunately this methodology has been picked up by animal rights/vegan protest group Viva. hich brings us to Mills, who is their latest “celebrity” activist throwing her unbalanced weight (geddit, geddit, oh I give up) behind the cause. To show that it’s not more than a ploy to boost her ailing image following a messy public divorce (and outrageously bad interview a little while ago where she pretty much blamed the plight of the planet on the media) she agreed to be interviewed on the topic. If you haven’t clicked the link already here are the highlights…

“There are 25 alternative milks available in health shops and supermarkets,” she added, saying she turned vegan when an African woman at Live 8 asked her: “Why don’t people stop drinking cows’ milk lattes?”

“Why do we not drink rats’ milk, cats’ milk or dogs’ milk?”

Mills, and Viva, somewhat tenuously link meat eating to global warming. This position strikes me as contradictory for two reasons – one, sure cows may produce massive amounts of greenhouse gasses – but doesn’t this mean that population control in the form of Maccas burger patties is doing its bit for the environment? Shouldn’t we all be eating a cow to save the planet? And two… shouldn’t a pro-life (the natural corollary of an anti-slaughter animal rights position) be advocating for cows to live out their days in peace – thus creating no real mechanism of population control and allowing the unabated flow of harmful methane leaden greenhouse flatulence into the atmosphere?

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