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In follow up to those defending tiger owner Michael Jamison in my last post…

HERE is why people should not keep tigers as pets.  HERE is what doing that supports:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/federal-agents-peered-into-a-duffel-bag-on-the-mexico-border-they-found-a-tiger-cub/ar-AAwCGBl?li=AAggFp5&ocid=mailsignout

FYI, it’s a link to an article about a tiger cub found stuffed in a duffel bag.  Someone was trying to smuggle him over the Mexican border, and now he’s living in captivity in a zoo, which is not a much better fate.

People who keep tigers as pets FUEL DEMAND for tiger cubs.  This results in either A) facilities where tigers are kept and forcibly bred, which is awful, or B) people taking tiger cubs away from their mothers in their natural habitats, which is awful.

Why do any of you who defended the guy in my last post think this shit is okay?  Why?  Give me ONE SINGLE GOOD REASON why the guy in my last post is okay being part of this system in which tigers become mere possessions of humans and victims of trafficking?

Do you clowns understand now?  Is this what you think this cub deserved?  To be stuffed into a bag and smuggled across the border to be some asshole human’s PET?

If that is what you think, you are awful.  Just awful.

If you actually CARE about animals and think this sort of thing is wrong, there is one option.  GO VEGAN.

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Berkeley, the “domesticated” grizzly bear

Wow, I’ve been able to mine a lot of information off the internet about stupid people and how they are harming animals. First, I was horrified to see two stupid people in South Africa keeping a tiger (named Enzo) as a “pet”, and now I am equally horrified to see that some stupid people much closer to home are keeping a grizzly bear (named Berkeley) as a “pet”.

Jesus. I don’t even know where to start with how utterly inane this is. I guess I’ll start by giving the link to the story so you can see what I am talking about: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/province-investigates-after-grizzly-bear-fed-ice-cream-at-innisfail-fast-food-restaurant-1.3766618.

They are feeding the bear ice cream at a Dairy Queen. I mean, wow. Just…wow. The bear’s “keeper” insists that the video of the bear being fed ice cream is “a little bit of out-of-the-box, uniqueness” to “get people’s attention”. She goes on to say that Berkeley is “domesticated”.

Ho. Lee. Shit.

No. NO. A bear is NOT “domesticated”. No, words mean things. Domestication is a process that involves years of breeding generations of animals. Berkeley is a first-generation slave, so the word “domestication” does not apply.

Don’t get me wrong: domestication is a form of slavery and is NOT okay. But in this case, this animal is being called “domesticated” to make people feel okay about a non-domesticated animal being forced to live this way.

So Berkeley is most certainly not domesticated, as the article states she is “a year old and was taken in as a rescue by the wildlife facility in Innisfail”.

Look, I get that it may be difficult to rehab bear cubs to be reintegrated into their natural habitats, but if that is the case, at least let them live as naturally as possible in a sanctuary habitat. This does not include driving them around in cars and feeding them ice cream. There is also video footage of Berkeley eating cake for his birthday. Cake. Jesus, these people!

Bears don’t eat ice cream and cake!

Berkeley lives at Discovery Wildlife Park, which claims to provide permanent homes for “unfortunate” wildlife such as orphaned animals who can’t be released, exotic pets kept illegally, and unwanted pets.

But it’s a fucking zoo. It even calls itself a zoo. They say they don’t breed animals, but it’s still a place where animals are exploited to entertain visitors. And Berkeley the bear is being exploited too. They say they educate about “conservation”, but they are charging people money to come pet tigers and bears and other animals, so it’s basically a petting zoo. And I guarantee you there is no mention of veganism! If you want to talk about conservation, the FIRST thing you should talk to people about is how their consumer choices are destroying habitat for animals all over the globe. But nope, nothing. Yeah, conservation my ass.

And get this. They “train” these captive, enslaved animals so they can star in movies and TV shows. They claim the “training” is enrichment for the animals, which is a load of shit. You can enrich life for these animals without exploiting them for personal gain, as SANCTUARIES do.

Fuck these people. Fuck Discovery Wildlife Park. And fuck anyone who takes a bear cub in their car to go get fucking ice cream.

Disgusting.

 

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Horrible People Keeping Tiger as Pet

I came across this gem this morning:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2159103/Meet-couple-share-South-African-home-27-stone-Bengal-tiger.html

These horrible people, Michael Jamison and Jackie Smit, are keeping a Bengal tiger as a pet. The tiger’s name is Enzo.

The headline for the article reads, “He’s just a big pussycat”.

No, he’s a fucking tiger, and how is anyone even allowed to have a tiger as a pet? This is just…repulsive, on so many levels.

The article doesn’t say how they got the tiger, other than to say “they bought him as a nine-week-old cub”. Jesus, can tiger cubs even be away from their mothers at that age? And where the hell does one just buy a tiger?

Enzo’s “owners” also have 14 dogs and god only knows how many cats, and they posted a video on YouTube of Michael introducing kittens to Enzo! Like, who the hell puts baby kittens anywhere near a fucking tiger!?

Don’t get me wrong–I adore tigers and think they are enchanting. I also think they should not be forced to share a home with humans, particularly two humans as ridiculous as these two seem to be, because I just cannot see this ending well for anyone involved.

It seems to me that this tiger is a status symbol. And I am wondering how the hell they are going to live with him and not get injured. Did they have his claws removed?  Because no claws are visible in any of the pictures.

The best part is when they talk about how Enzo no longer fits into their yellow Lamborghini.

Jesus.

These people seem really full of self-importance and are obviously really, really wealthy. I would have been more impressed if these lunatics had donated their money generously to a big cat rescue/sanctuary if they care so much about tigers.

Obviously, they don’t care about tigers. Or anything but themselves.

Gross. And really disturbing, because this kind of crap just fuels the “exotic pet” trade, which is disgusting and reprehensible.

Thanks for ruining my day, Michael and Jackie. You are awful.

Also, if you are concerned about Enzo’s plight, living with these two dummies, please consider going vegan. All animals matter, including those you eat, wear, and use for entertainment. www.abolitionistapproach.com, www.howdoigovegan.com

ETA:  Michael Jamison purchased Enzo because he had always dreamed of owning a tiger and after his home was broken into twice, he wanted a tiger to deter burglars. If you are going to leave a comment defending this guy, please do not bother.  Nothing can defend someone buying a tiger to keep in their home as a burglar deterrent.  Nothing.

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Clever Horses!

I am posting this video of horses not loving cold weather because A) I sympathize with them completely, and B) because if I don’t post something positive and happy, I run the risk of being called “joyless”. So enjoy these clever horses!

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Cougar Hunt Debate in Alberta

(Edited to add that I am a vegan and against killing any animals. My purpose in writing this was to ridicule it and the people interviewed because not a damn one of them cares about animals.)

Reading this article was an exercise in frustration:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/cougar-hunt-alberta-1.4476780

Apparently, in Alberta (that’s in Canada), up to 155 cougars can be killed each year. Some people think the cougar population must be managed because cougars will kill people and livestock.

You know what else kills people and livestock? People. In much larger numbers than all carnivores combined, but I digress.

Then we have Wayne Lowry, who is nobody of any particular importance, babbling about how he enjoyed killing a cougar: “You see the dogs get excited and you get excited as well”.

Thanks, Poster Boy for Sociopathy! It’s great to know you get excited at the prospect of killing. Awesome <sarcasm>.

Chris Darimont, “who hunts one elk or deer a year for food”, says that people kill carnivores “not to feed their families but to feed their egos”.

I hate to break it to you, Chris, but no one needs to kill animals for food. When people kill animals, it is ALWAYS about ego, and human privilege, and the belief we have the right to kill other sentient beings. AKA, speciesism.

All in all, I’d say this article was pretty underwhelming, given the fairly significant public outrage over Steve Ecklund’s recent murder of a cougar. Then again, what can I expect when people get upset over someone killing a cougar but then have a hamburger for lunch? Or  hunt deer and elk for food but then say killing carnivores is an ego thing because they aren’t tasty.

I just can’t even.

 

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Plant-based foods to become more popular in 2018

Heh. Good news, I guess. According to an article on Huffpost, plant-based eating is a trend that will get stronger this year. Here’s the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/01/09/food-trends-2018_a_23327293/?utm_campaign=canada_newsletter

I wish VEGANISM was getting more popular. According to the Huffpost article, “Veganism and plant-based eating continue to become more popular, for example, even for people who don’t avoid animal products 100% of the time” and “chefs known for their meat dishes are looking for a new challenge”.

It’s not a challenge, it’s not a trend, and how the eff can veganism be getting more popular if people are not avoiding animal products 100% of the time?! Then that’s not veganism, is it? I find this kind of thing disheartening, honestly. Nothing about animal rights or people finally realizing that veganism is the only ethical stance if one thinks animals matter morally, or anything. Just…trends and challenges. And people using the word vegan to describe mostly cutting out animal products but not 100%.

I saw “Veganuary” popping up a lot around the holidays in social media, and that shit just frustrates me. I GET IT, we want to gently get people to start thinking that maybe they could possibly manage a month of plant-based dieting…..but that’s not what veganism is.

It’s not, oh I’ll go vegan for January and then if it’s too hard then I’ll quit. It’s, we go vegan now because animals matter, and yes we screw up but we remain committed to veganism and animal rights. But few people seem able to do that.

And I’ll state the obvious here, that veganism is not just about what we eat.

The problem with trends is that inevitably they end. Veganism should not be a trend. It’s the only way we can live ethically if we think animals matter, and it’s the only way this planet is going to survive.

I don’t know, call me negative if you want, and I am sure all the Veganuary-loving vegans will shit all over me, but I honestly don’t care. I think Veganuary is stupid and just furthers the notion of veganism as some cute and trendy thing that’s all the rage right now but will be dropped later this year.

Ugh.  But many vegans will be celebrating and cheering this headline.  😦

 

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Quebec judge says girl who was sexually assaulted was “probably a bit flattered” by her assault

A judge in the Canadian province of Quebec has proven that one does not have to be particularly intelligent to become a judge.

Judge Jean-Paul Braun made some horrid comments earlier this year during the trial of a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl by licking her face and grabbing her.

Judge Braun said, “We can say she is a little overweight, but she has a pretty face, huh?” He indicated that the girl was “flattered” at the attention she received, and that trying to kiss someone is an acceptable gesture.

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Fortunately, the provincial Justice Minister, Stephanie Vallee, is not going to tolerate that shit and is going to file a complaint about Braun.

Here is a link to the full article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/10/25/quebec-judge-jean-paul-braun-said-sex-assault-victim-probably-a-little-flattered-by-attention_a_23255840/?utm_campaign=canada_newsletter.