Over at the Guardian is a piece about the court case of two UK dog owners, charged with letting their dog get obese. From the article:
Two brothers who allowed their pet labrador to become "hugely and grossly" overweight were today found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. Derek Benton, 62, and his 53-year-old brother, David, received a three-year conditional discharge after magistrates in Ely, Cambridgeshire, ruled that they had given the dog, called Rusty, an inappropriate diet.
Personally I find it ridiculous that tax payers' money is being spent on pursuing people who overfeed their pets. By all means demand a license to own a dog in the first place, but human beings spend far too much money on feeding and looking after their non-human animals. Do we really need to spend more money protecting pets from obesity?
But more than that. Obesity is killing humans in the western world and yet we have humans dying of starvation and poverty everyday. Isn't it disgusting that this dog had enough food to get so fat that authorities charge the owners with abuse, whilst children in poor countries die because they don't even have dog to eat?
I know that everything is pointless, but still this kind of disparity is a cause of conflict and distress within the society that even pointless atheists have to live in. We're not really going to start putting parents in prison because they've been overfeeding their fat kids are we? Perhaps people should think more carefully before they even own a pet or have children. But wanting people to think more before they act is like King Canute asking the waves to abate. As pointless as anything else.Go Top