Overweight pets take part in slimming contest

A six month competition is underway to determine which of thirteen overweight pets is “the biggest loser” so to speak. The animals are taking part in the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals’ (PDSA) ‘Pet Fit Club’.

“The gargantuan group – that collectively weighs around 30 stone – includes hefty hound Mizzy, the Bullmastiff, and flabby feline, Ulric – the two biggest-ever finalists in the competition which has been running for almost 10 years. Their combined weight is 13 stone 4lbs.

Tom cat Ulric, from Dorset, weighs in at two stone – 111 percent over his ideal weight, and Mizzy, from Derby, tips the scales at 11 stone 4lbs, making her around 60 percent overweight.”

Whilst it is admirable that the owners are finally taking the collective responsibilities to make their pets lose weight, animals should not be that large in the first place. It is cruel to allow your pet to gain that much weight because their weight and their diet, much like their lives, are in the hands of their owner(s). If you cannot afford to give your pet a good and balanced diet then you should not own a pet, it is as simple as that.
The owner of any pet that is overweight should be charged with animal cruelty, because that is what is (failing a legitimate medical reason that explains the weight gain.)
It is bad enough that animal cruelty is still too widespread and that the punishments in some cases are not sufficient, physical abuse is not the only form of cruelty. The overfeeding of a pet should be treated as such.

Sources:

http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/19/11st-bullmastiff-hoping-to-be-named-pdsa-slimmer-of-the-year-3848462/

http://www.itv.com/news/2013-06-06/overweight-pets-weigh-in-for-slimming-contest

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Racism on TV in Great Britain: Documentary Film

I stumbled across this very interesting short film/documentary on youtube about racism in Britain, particularly in the media. It focuses on the biased racism and the biased support of racism in television.    It’s about 20 years old but still worth while watching.

Quite rightly it focuses on the prejudice that was all but openly encouraged by the media and how such attitudes were deemed acceptable. It’s well worth a watch. I’d love to know what program this was from and whether the two people in this video did any more feature reports of this nature.

The Greatest Speech Ever

“I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way………..”

Teach them how to think not what to think

This is a picture I came across and rather like

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It gives an important message, that we should teach our future generations how to think and how to address life not what line precisely to follow whether it be according to religion or politics.
One of the problems that exists is that those who are of a certain persuasion in terms of religious and/or political beliefs are inclined to raise their child or children to follow suite. The child or children of a fundamentalist Christian or Muslim is likely to become fundamentalist themselves. As a result of this progression in many social fields is difficult, in fact you could say it’s futile.
For as long as children are raised to a strict religious or political belief, whatever it is, wherever it may be, the same problems will arise over and over again. It is a vicious and destructive chain and it needs to be broken, otherwise progression is simply a pipe dream. Getting on the same page with issues socially, nationally and internationally will never happen and relations between countries and cultures will be more difficult.

This whole process begins at home but also happens at our schools, however there are still a lot of communities in many countries where there is outcry if certain traditions are not kept or if different views and opinions are taught. We also live in a world where many still refuse to teach about evolution because of their religious beliefs.
This is exactly how we need to break the chain. Teaching children at schools that it’s OK to open their minds and to accept any belief, religion, social structure, or political leaning and that what is just as important is the middle ground. The governments of the world should ensure they do not bow down or fold to religious or political pressure in what is and is not taught they should instead focus on what needs to be taught. Sometimes people do not know what is good for them, sometimes people don’t know what’s best for them and they need to be shown, or they simply need help. They will dislike the change immensely, but that is the price that must be paid for prosperity for future generations.
It’s time to break the cycle and to encourage people to open their minds, or at least be more willing to open their minds.