“Thank you so much for posting this. Next up: Should be a story on "60 Minutes" where United Airlines, and any other airline killing pets will be shamed publicly, and barred from ever shipping live animals on a single flight of theirs EVER AGAIN. They have proven, over and over again, that they are incompetent at best; abusive/neglectful/deadly to your pet at worst. They are NOT EVER to be trusted with your beloved pet.”
“That person who was kicking the dog's crate, and depriving him of water, should also be charged with felony animal abuse/neglect, and listed on the National Registry as an Animal Abuser. These poor excuses for human beings need to be called out, and shamed for their sociopathic behavior.”
“The inexpensive dog food brands (Nestle/Purina, etc) source ingredients from China, and this is why so many dogs are dying from big name (such as Purina Beneful, Dogwise, Beggin' strips, etc, etc, etc) dog food and treats. And yet, the FDA leaves these products on shelves. Despicable. We all have to be very intelligent consumers and do our own research.
Safest to buy U.S made; organic, if possible.”
“If I could 'fan' you twice, I would. :) I totally agree with you, and my experience in observing humans to be cruel, callous, repulsive, and stupid- regarding the treatment of their dogs- is similar to yours. I would say just 1x demonstrating abuse/neglect of an animal in their care- then fined significantly, tossed in jail, forbidden to ever own a pet again, and posted on a National Registry of Animal Abusers (something that Animal Legal Defense Fund is trying to make happen) so that we know exactly who are the 'sub-humans' in our neighborhood.
Thank you for reporting the abuse that you saw...”
“Good for you for speaking up! You are a good person; thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Maybe make another call- this time to the Humane Society in your area. Or, the organization, Dogs Deserve Better? DDB specifically works to help get dogs off chains. Wish the owners would relinquish this poor pup to you! :/”
“Agree. Where were the neighbors? This guy is definitely limited in his evolution- should not excuse him from receiving full punishment for his gross inhumanity, narcissistic selfishness, and lack of character. Maybe his punishment will help him evolve some consciousness more quickly.”
“I hope the hype continues until humans stop destroying yet another dog's/animal's life.
Humans are the species most in need of 'selective breeding'. So tired of the violent and selfish getting away with their disgusting behavior.
How about we keep the compassionate/humane/decent amongst us, and leave the rest in locked 'shelters' somewhere.”
“I agree with your basic point about voting for true Progressives, instead of hypocrites. (If given the choice, I'd have voted for D.Kucinich!) We definitely need to choose our next Pres based on substance of character and less on appearance. And yes- Elizabeth Warren seems to be an honorable and capable person, through and through. I'm also wondering who will be running for the Green Party in a few yrs..”
“Let me guess...you also voted for B.O. in the 2008 election.? That's who the MSM said was the 'progressive' candidate then.
Did you listen to the Primary debates? Just have to say- He has been completely consistent with the totally inadequate- and NON progressive candidate- that he was in those debates. In a head to head, HRC shone- was clearly more intelligent, capable, had better/more progressive ideas, and was more prepared to be President. And yet, people like believing stories over reality.
Look deeper than the labels.”
J Paul Sartre Diogenes on Sep 3, 2013 at 19:15:16
“You are correct. I voted for Obama because I was terrified of a woman named Hillary who was fooled into voting to go to war in iraq by someone as wise as GWB. And I voted against McCain with his "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" idiocy. By 2012 I was working for a 3rd Party. it's time for Progressives to stand up and call out these Closet Republicans.”
“Thank you for your years of wonderful work for prairie dogs. :) Thank you.
And, I would (radically?) add that it is my view that hamsters, gerbils, bunnies, and all other animals should not spend their life in a cage. They have all originated from the wild- FREE- not in a cage- and that's where animals belong.”
“Prairie dogs should NOT be in pet stores, or in any human's home. :( They live in tight knit family communities underground. Taking them out of their natural environment, and putting them in a small plastic cage is disgusting.
Oh my god- what is WRONG with OUR species? Our collective I.Q. seems to have plummeted to all time low.”
Aug 28, 2013 at 18:22:29
“From working with trauma survivors, I have found that those with an extreme LACK of personal boundaries are usually those who don't understand what proper/healthy boundaries are AT ALL because they have had theirs invaded in an extreme fashion as children, and/or were never taught or modeled what boundaries/respect for others is about. This would not corroborate with the above study, linking distance with anxiety. Seems more complicated than that.
At the same time, those in an ACTIVE state or trauma or distress, in general, seem to require extra personal space.
It is also true that those who are simply energetically sensitive/highly attuned to others, often need extra personal space from others, so that they can maintain a sense of personal integrity.”
“ I hear what you're saying, Brian. You sound like a very compassionate/caring, thoughtful person, yourself.I am in no way equating poverty/lack of money with lacking compassion. Quite the opposite- my point is that they are different issues. However, on a practical level ( even if one adopts a pet while swimming in cash- and then finds themselves destitute, based on our horrible economic realities here in the US)- my point is that, that does not excuse 'throwing away' your pet, or letting them 'just die' or whatever other horrible option that the article mentioned. My point is that caring people will find an alternate, caring home for their dog- or bring them to rescue organization (if they know that these places exist). But, I also understand that we are all quick to judge others whose experiences and choices do not understand. I, personally, however, have an impossible time understanding or forgiving any kind of animal abuse/neglect. Dogs are completely innocent beings totally dependent on humans for their care- and so, humans who choose to bring a dog into their life need to honor their responsibility to that innocent being. ”
“How about the money spent on hiring animal welfare workers to come and rescue dogs that are being abused/neglected? Or the money spent on cops to arrest those who run dog fighting rings? Or the money spent on keeping animal shelters open for all of the disgarded pups and dogs and cats? Think that costs the city some money?Education is key. Background checks on the competency of potential dog owners is also key. ”
Okiemama on Aug 27, 2013 at 23:27:45
“You did not seem to get that the money is NOT there now for cops or for animal shelters in Detroit. And it is volunteers who come and rescue the dogs NOT paid employees. Where is the money going to come from to do background checks?? And how do you judge their competency. I know poor people who are great dog owners and rich ones who are terrible. And most rescue organization do screening themselves (but not to the extent you demand). And I think getting the word out about spaying and neutering is the very first step in solving the problem.”
“If you are in poverty, you should not adopt a dog in the first place. And- the article is not just about poverty, but about animal abuse/neglect. And, if you know anything about Detroit, you are aware that this part of the country has some of the most out of control dog-fighting rings in the country.Sorry- can't feel much compassion for this.I have been broke before- being in poverty does not mean that you lose your heart, your mind, or your soul.”
Brian Stocks on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:53:22
“Pt2 you also. I sincerely hope it was not too long for you, but I don't know a single person who has not been broke at some stage of life to varying degrees, most have been in their early twenties. Poverty can happen even when working and earning money just not earning enough to get by, usually created by inflation, though there are many other causes.
This is why there are moves around the west to bring in something called the 'living wage' to replace the minimum wage. The living wage is based on the coast of living in the local environment in which you live. The minimum wage is based on... well politics, which is no exact science lol. We in Aotearoa also have a top up for working families called working for families, which is a benefit payment received if working but no earning enough to get by which helps but is increasingly still not enough. Minimum wage here is $13.60, living wage is $18.50.
Let me put it like this should anybody be allowed a pet as we could anyone of us suddenly fall into poverty?
Most importantly it HAS happened to much loved family pets..... there are awesome people doing something to help, support them now you are no longer broke yourself. So easy to brush it all off by lacking 'compassion'.”
Brian Stocks on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:49:49
“First I must deal with you putting words in my mouth. At no point did I say nor imply that people in poverty are heartless, mindless or soulless. Not once at all!!
The article is indeed about poverty take the opening one sentence paragraph in which one defines the point of an article. "Among Detroit's many problems, this one tugs at the heart strings: thousands of wild dogs roaming the streets, many abandoned because their owners could no longer afford to keep them."
No longer- is the key here. So at one time they could afford them, today they cannot. I admit I do not know everything about Detroit, but I did learn about the city your country and many other peoples cities and countries around the world from school. Can you say the same about my country Aotearoa? I am aware of the dog fighting circles that exist in Detroit and it's environs from reading. This is not an article that is focused on dogs involved with dog fighting. I hate dog fighting but guess what - its happening here some where down my road and it's happening at your place somewhere down the road. Get up and do something about it, I do and managed to help along with others to shut one such clandestine 'club' down.
There is a massive difference between being broke and being in poverty. Being broke, by definition, is running out of money. It sucks and Im sorry to hear it happened to”
“People who can't afford dogs, or who are incapable of proper dog care, or who abandon their dogs without a second thought, or who are abusive/neglectful, or use these dogs for fighting/$- have no rights for 'ownership' of a dog EVER, and should never be allowed the PRIVILEGE of dog guardianship.
So sick of hearing about this kind of situation- and these people are almost ALWAYS given slaps on the wrist, or 'excused' for one reason or another.
There needs to be an application process involved in adopting or purchasing an animal- background checks; criminal checks; credit check. They can do it to apply for a credit card, but not to apply to own a living, breathing animal???
Maybe Detroit should have a moratorium put on dog adoptions/sales, until they get their s--- together.”
Okiemama on Aug 26, 2013 at 23:02:42
“You don't have to adopt or buy a dog IF your current dog has puppies which you give away to the neighbors or sell yourself. Gee. Why do you think Detrioit is pushing neutering or spaying one's dog? And who will pay for these background checks, criminal checks and credit checks? They aer not free you know. The shelters need every penny to spend on animal care.”
Brian Stocks on Aug 26, 2013 at 20:34:38
“Hmm Im thinking the excuse of abject poverty is a pretty good one. That is a very assumptive way to view the situation of a family cutting out heat, cutting down on food, selling the car... oh yeah you actually have to pay to go to hospital and for medicine in America as well don't you ( I cannot imagine that, it just seems so cruel). If you have to decide between feeding your baby and feeding your pet.... well it's just heart breaking to think people have to go through that as there is guaranteed sadness in the decision made. Yes there are bad owners everywhere in the world but this is more than that. I think the point is that poverty has created an explosion of unable to be cared for dogs and cats and all other pets (notice how Im not using the word unwanted) Instead of criticizing people what can you do to help? Lots of links in this article to help those helping the animals with a donation to start with. Then think how can all my country people be as well off as I, to be able to still care for myself, my family and my pets. This growing poverty in the west thing is real and it is starting to happen in my country of New Zealand as well, we have a large welfare system that is still intact (just) and that helps a lot.”
Aug 23, 2013 at 20:22:02
“Bully. That we 'need' drugs is just a myth propagated by the Pharmaceutical/Medical/Chemical Industries. Nature has a cure for any/all human disease.”
Patient Zero on Aug 23, 2013 at 22:16:52
“I really am not interested in discussing your religion and beliefs that are not based on science. If the benefit this research has found requires doses that are so large that you cannot get through by eating normal amounts of food, then to get the benefit you have to go to artificially created sources, or go without the benefit.”
Aug 23, 2013 at 20:19:01
“Yes, not a substance of celery, but a synthetic poison created by humans to kill a few bugs. So, instead of a bug, conventional produce offers us Parkinson's, MS, leukemia, autism, and cancer- as a result of the pesticides/herbicides saturating a typical bunch of conventional celery. Insane.
Buy organic and USA! :)”