A recent study suggests what most vegans/vegetarians already knew - people who consume meat tend to diminish the consumed animal's ability to suffer.From the article, "Our research shows that one way people are able to keep eating meat is by dampening their moral consideration of animals when sitting at the dinner table."
That is to say, people will discard their moral considerations and thought in lieu of modifying their behaviors. Instead of simply refraining from consuming the flesh and by-products of suffering beings, people cope by denying cow, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits and others can suffer...or that their suffering is somehow less so than that of a traditional "companion animal" (in the United States, primarily dogs and cats).
A Galena Park animal control officer was sentenced to five days in jail and 120 hours of community service after he picked up a loose puppy, shot the dog and dumped his body in a dumpster. Nothing says punishment for killing a puppy like five days in jail!
Yet another example of our schizophrenic relationship with Pit Bulls. This Pit Bull mix was doused with gasoline and set on fire. Hundreds of people are wishing her well and donating money for her care. Comments are in support of the dog. No one seems to be clamoring for they dog's death based on her breed.
An Akita and German Shepherd will be euthanized after killing several lambs and sheep.
A Border Collie Lab Mix and a Labrador Retriever were tracked down after biting a boy. The dogs were running loose when they bit the child (or one of them did).
The Value of Ear Skritches to Dogs
The city of St. Louis health department suggests animal shelters should be a pet guardian's 10th choice for relinquishment. In reality, it should be the 1st, because we should be an enlightened society where unwanted dogs and cats can fine permanent homes through area shelters. And we should continue to work toward that goal. (I can't help but cringe to see craigslist as an option higher than the shelter with an apparent 80% adoption rate...)
An Australian Shepherd lunged for a ball and instead tore into the face of a 1-yr-old child in what authorities are calling an accidental "play" bite. The child suffered serious facial wounds and is currently at the hospital.