docked tail

anonymous asked:

Used the search function and couldn't find a single thing/post about the Tenterfield Terrier. I know they're Australian, but not sure how common they are or if you ever see them at your practice - but would be curious if you could do a breed rundown if/when you have the time (or if it's even possible? They're quite rare here in WA as it is, even being Australian in origin). Love your blog and the time and thought you put into things, no obligation to respond! Thanks for your time! <3

Tenterfield Terriers are Aussie, but they’re pretty uncommon. I think the breed has only been established for around 15 years and lots of people wouldn’t recognize them as anything different to a mini fox terrier. Some people would say that they are not different, that they are two versions of the same breed.

Please note the disclaimer. These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your animal is going to encounter in their life. 

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The difficulty in gathering health information for a breed that’s only really been established for around 15 years, when the dogs in question typically live 12-14 years, is that you don’t have huge amounts of data for ‘cause of death’ because hopefully most of the dogs from the early days of the breed are still alive. 

They are relatively rare here too, though I quite like the ones I’ve met. Certainly the mini foxie is more common.

That said, Patella Luxation is a concern in this breed, like most dogs of the small persuasion. They’re reasonably straight legged though, so it’s by no means ubiquitous in the breed.

There are reports of the breed being more prone to hypothyroidism or Addisons, but I can’t correlate that myself. There’s simply not enough data yet on these little dogs.

It is worth noting the breed does contain a genetic bob tail, and considering that docking dog’s tails without good medical reason is illegal in Australia, if you’re not familiar with the breed you could be tricked into thinking something illegal has been done. Individuals can and will vary in how ‘short’ their bob is.

So I haven’t got huge amounts of data for a relatively rare breed ,but I do hope they catch on.

anonymous asked:

Re: tail docking- I didn't know until recently that sheep are born with tails? Why do people dock sheep tails?

In Australia we dock Merino sheep tails, and perform mulesing at a few weeks old because we have Lucilia cuprina, a pretty coloured fly with maggots that make a not-so-pretty mess of sheep.

These flies are ubiquitous, they are everywhere in Australia and they cause huge problems. The flies lay their eggs on damp sheep wool, but the maggots will eat both diseased and healthy flesh. The maggots will eat sheep alive.

Short of widespread insecticide use, which doesn’t really control the problem well and has environmental concerns, the most effective method for reducing flystrike in sheep (the maggot infestation) is reducing the amount of moisture that accumulates on the wool. However, even in the driest regions of Australia, sheep will still urinate and develop diarrhea, which moistens regions of their wool.

Crutching sheep, where a small amount of wool is short regularly around their anus/vulva to keep it short and clean, certainly can help, but this is most effective in breeds that are relatively smooth skinned, and in smaller enterprises were it’s easier to round up those sheep on a regular basis. 

Particularly in the case of Merinos in Australia, with the wrinkly skin around their bottoms, Mulesing is performed to cut this skin off, letting it heal with scar tissue. That’s as rough as it sounds, but it’s necessary to prevent fly strike and death-by-maggots in the sheep’s life.

There have been increasing access and push for pain relief to be used for this procedure, and there are some smooth-skinned lines, or lines of merino with no wool on the perineum. Genetic Mulesing would be ideal, because then no painful procedure would need to be done to the sheep, but there were only 7 Merino originally identified with this trait, and spreading their genetics through the approximately 70 million of Australia…well, it will take time.

So the short answer is that for now these sheep have their tails docked and are Mulesed to prevent being eaten alive by maggots, though the procedure and current husbandry is not ideal and I would prefer to eventually see a genetic solution.

anonymous asked:

Psst! Friendly anon here! How would Prince Sidon react to finding his s/o's Sheikah slate and seeing a ton of pictures of himself on it? I'm curious how he would react to his female s/o being on their period but I don't wanna be seen as a weirdo by asking. ;w; But seriously..what would dinner be like with him? Would he try to feed his s/o raw fish?? XD

AW HELL YEE First request(s) and they’re all for my favorite shark boy! If you don’t mind, Imma answer most of these as headcanons, but the first as a scenario since there’s a lot. Enjoy!

-Mod Pinks

Pictures of him on Sheikah Slate (Sidon)

If anyone saw him now, they’d be confused as to why the Crown Prince of Zora was hunched over some stone near the dock, tail a-wagging and grinning. 

He knew that he really shouldn’t be peeking at another’s possessions, truly. His beloved had left her bag with him when she remembered she had left something in her home, rushing off to fetch it while he waited. Was it really all that awful that when Sidon happened to glance at it, the Slate was slightly sticking out? And was it really all that awful that it was still on? And that he couldn’t help his overwhelming curiosity?

…Probably. But really, he couldn’t help it! And how could he possibly regret it, now that he was seeing the contents.

Nature images, images of a strange 4-eyed horse (he’d have to ask), of flowers, of monsters, of far off lands- all minuscule compared to the sheer volume of the images of him, a good portion starting from before they were even together. Images of their battles together, of grinning is joy, of him assisting another- 

How adorable to know that she was just as smitten with him as he was with her~.

“-Sorry about that Sidon, I-OOP!” Sidon’s arms were around them in a flash, a radiant grin spreading and infecting her with a smile. “Why thank you, but what’s all this about?”

“Ah, nothing in particular, just realizing how incredibly adorable you can be. Though I have to say there is a small problem.” His beloved shifted in his arms to look up to him with concern.

“What’s wrong?”

“There’s not a single image of me with you.”

Reacting to his s/o’s period (Sidon)

  •  Let’s be extra sadistic and say that it hits when they’re in the middle of swimming.
  • Being rather shark-like, it wouldn’t be a surprise what Sidon’s reaction is to smelling blood on his love.
  • Almost immediately he has his arms on her, lifting her to see if she has any wounds, asking her if she hit something, where the wound was.
  • Once the s/o put two and two together, and somehow managed to calm down the giant shark-puppy, she’d have to explain it to him.
  • He has a new found respect for non-Zora women.
  • “So for several days you’re in agony, and I can’t do anything to help?”
  • “Well….”
  • Will do his best to help you in any way possible (as princely duties allow)
  • Cuddles? Hell yea, there and done.
  • Later on, while he is now used to the idea of it, that doesn’t stop him from being protective of you, cuddling up to you and doing everything to help.

Dinner with the bae (Sidon)

  • Given the fact that he and his sister were close, and its likely she told him all sorts of things about Hylians, there’s a good chance Sidon knows not to give Hylians raw fish. 
  • Dinner of in of itself would be absolutely delightful.
  • After pulling a few strings, he’d get an evening off to share with his beloved, and try to spend some private time together.
  • A private dinner, perhaps in a quieter part of his home, overlooking the city.
  • Lots of Zora dishes, though Sidon being Sidon, it wouldn’t be surprising if he went out of his way to try to include some sort of Hylian dish.
  • Absolutely charming company, good food, and a good view. 10/10

Sorry if they’re not as good as usual, it’s been a while since I got any requests, but I hope you liked them! -Mod Pinks

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about people getting their dogs docked in cases like a lot of happy tail? I have a friend whose great dane kept busting open his tail that way (or bursting the stitches from before) and they ultimately decided on docking. I'm still not sure how I feel about it.

Medical docking is a completely different situation from cosmetic docking.

In cosmetic docking, we lop off a healthy tail because some human decided that a particular dog breed should have a shorter tail, and while we have the knowledge to breed in short or bob tails, they would rather subject the dog to surgery because it’s ‘traditional’.

If we are docking for a medical reason, it’s because the tail is abnormal in some way or causing persistent, ongoing pain. Tumors on the tail are a common reason for (partial) amputation, but repeated self trauma is another possible reason, especially if it’s proving impossible to manage with bandages and home care.

We basically weigh up the likely long term risk and pain from repeated self trauma, though we leave as much of the tail as we physically can. Greyhounds often have this done for ‘happy tail’, where they wag their tail so hard and often against hard objects that they continually bust it open and bleed everywhere.

Support “good farms” you say, not realising that good farms:

- Cut horns off cows

- Castrate surgically or with elastic bands

- Tail dock and ear notch

- Perform mulesing on lambs

- Burn symbols into animals with a red-hot iron

- Cut the teeth of piglets

All without anesthetic or pain relief.

They also transport their animals for hours without water or food and sell them off to be rendered unconscious with a bolt to the head or electric shock and have their throat slashed.

A farm isn’t good just on the basis that they limit their abuse to what is necessary to keep the practice continuing and profitable. A less abusive practice is still an abusive practice, stop confusing it with a “good” practice.

anonymous asked:

There's a service dogblr who says that spaying and neutering are more invasive and worse for a dog than cropping and docking. But you said they're not comparable. Can you elaborate?

If you mean the post by a 18 year old kid who has falsely been told that speying and neutering removed the genitals of dogs then I can certainly elaborate. I am a practicing veterinarian who decided long ago she wasn’t going to perform procedures that were ethically questionable, so I think I have a decent background knowledge with these things.

First, let me talk about desexing dogs, only briefly from a pain perspective.

Speying - for female dogs, a small incision is made through the flesh of the abdomen, ideally through a band of fibrous tissue called the linea alba. The ovaries (gonads) and uterus are removed. The dog retains her vagina and all external genitals. This is the equivalent of an ovariohysterectomy in humans and only soft tissue need to heal.

Neutering/castration- for male dogs, a small incision (sometimes only keyhole) is made between the penis and the scrotum to remove both testicles only. The dog retains its penis, prepuce, scrotum and all the internal bits. Only soft tissue needs to heal.

Soft tissue damage is considered to be lower on the pain scale than bone or other tissues.

Tail docking - amputation of the tail involves soft tissue damage, plus disarticulating bone, severing tendons and cutting the end of the spinal cord. This often results is abnormal sensation, increases sensitivity at the amputation site and painful neuromas. The frequency at which neuromas develop would be reason alone to ban cosmetic tail docking of dogs. 

Ear cropping - Surgically amputating up to 2/3 of a dog’s ear flaps, consisting of skin and cartilage. Ears are then generally bandages up to ‘train’ the ears into the desired shape, which the puppy may have to endure for several weeks.
The pain is at least as much as desexing. It is not like poking a tiny hole in an ear for an earring stud.

So from that information you might conclude that tail docking is the most painful, both short and long term. Desexing and ear cropping may induce similar levels of surgical pain, though ear cropping requires more discomfort while training the ear.

So why do we do any of this in the first place?

Well Anonymous, certain breed enthusiasts spend their time fear mongering about trauma, specifically ripped off tails and ears. Let me tell you that in all my years in practice, including with farm dogs, bush dogs, two police dogs and a suburban emergency clinic the ONLY times I have ever seen a ear or tail “ripped off” or damaged badly enough for amputation was either the result of a dog fight or a car accident. I practice in Australia where ear cropping and tail docking are not legal, so you would think if this was a real problem my colleagues and I would be seeing it.

Numerous reviews of these practices have resulted in many countries banning them for cosmetic purposes, and many more veterinary bodies urging for them to be banned in their country.

The only reason the practice continues at all is that breed enthusiasts in those countries like the ‘look’ that results from these procedures. There are zero medical benefits and some surgical/post-op pain. In a cost-benefit analysis, there is no reason for the dog to have this done. This is why veterinary organizations condemn these procedures. This is why I don’t do them.

The only reason cosmetic ear cropping and tail docking are done is because the human that owns the dog believes their desire to have an aesthetically pleasing dog is more important than the dog’s pain at and after surgery.

Moving on to speying and neutering (desexing), there’s no denying they cause some surgical/post-surgical pain, but we perform these procedures to benefit the animal and that is why I almost always recommend desexing at some point in a dog or cat’s life.

Pets that are desexed, on average, liver longer. They are less likely to roam and face those associated dangers. Females have almost zero risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, and speying is the best method to prevent pyometra (which is basically lethal without an emergency spey, and that is not the relatively minor procedure a routine spey is by any stretch of the imagination). Females are also at less risk of mammary cancer, and the sooner they are speyed the lower their risk. Males that are castrated eliminate the risk of testicular cancer and lower the risk of perianal adenocarcinoma.

There was a study to suggest that some cancers were more common in desexed golden retrievers. Though the study was good, the results weren’t replicated in Labradors, so you can’t extrapolate 100% to other breeds. Also, the tumors ‘prevented’ by keeping those dogs entire were already relatively uncommon, compared to something like mammary cancer which will affect 1 in 20 of female entire dogs.

There may be something to be said for delaying desexing in large breed dogs, but that also needs to be weighed against the potential benefits of PennHip radiographs and hip dysplasia risks. The time of desexing should be planned on an individual basis to manage all the potential risks and benefits.

Some owners don’t wish to desex their pets. That’s fine, so long as they’re aware of the risks and capable of managing them.

Speaking of evaluating things individually, ear cropping, tail docking and desexing should also be assessed individually. Just because a procedure like declawing or tail docking is worse than ear cropping, it doesn’t make it okay when it still provides zero benefit to the dog.


By Roo @validdan and Milo @demiboydaniel / @sexgodphil

Description: Growing up is hard; growing up as an angsty gay wizard is harder.

Genre: Angst, fluff, smut, so much plot, friends to enemies to friends to lovers

Content Warnings: Bullying, f slur, speech impediments, belittling of speech impediments, accidental omo, underage sexual content, anxiety, love potions, cursing

Chapter One: 3.6k

Phil’s tiny form was weighed down by his trunk and a cage holding a tiny, fuzzy black kitten with amber eyes. He was small, even for an eleven year old, and he had messy black hair that stuck up all over his head and large, inquisitive eyes behind chunky, thick-framed square glasses that made his pale face look even more wan.

He hugged his mum Katherine tightly as the train whistle sounded, indicating that it would be pulling out in five minutes. He wet his chapped lips as she ushered him onto the train, murmuring a constant stream of reassurance interspersed with reminders to write. He nodded mutely, too anxious to talk, and gave her a little wave before setting off down the train looking for a compartment.

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anonymous asked:

What does taping a dogs ears really do besides make them more "pleasing to the eye"? does it help them at all? Is it a common practice? I don't know much about the process, is it cruel?

Lots of things are done to dogs’ ears in the name of aesthetics; Cropping, taping, posting, and even gluing. However, these things used to serve a purpose - just like a docked tail would prevent a herding breed from getting stepped on, a cropped ear would prevent hunting & fighting breeds from having something to latch onto. Ears are also less likely to get infected and develop hematomas when cropped. But is that a good enough reason? I personally wouldn’t think so. I will include more info + pictures under the cut.

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tr1ple-sp1ral replied to your postIf I see one more “docked ears” or “cropped tail”…

out of curiosity, what ARE the proper names?

I’m glad you asked!

Tails are “docked”. Ears are “cropped”. Dewclaws are simply “removed”.

When someone says “I hate when people dock ears” or “I hate when people crop tails” it makes them sound like they don’t actually know what goes into the procedures or why they are done, which bothers me immensely because when I take such a firm stance on something, I try to be as educated as possible on the subject.

In the controversy of cropping and docking you have a plethora of people who frankly do not know how to select a vet that does it correctly for the breed in question, you have people who use scissors (*shudder*) and butcher knives (*shudder more*) and rubber bands (*twitch*), you have people who don’t realize that all of these surgeries MUST occur very young in order to remain “correct” and still be considered humane by veterinary medicine. I know of folks who have rescued traditionally-done breeds natural at a couple years old and have taken them in to have them cropped and/or docked. NO NO NO NO NO!!! With doberman, the tail and dewclaws are done at 2-3 days old, and the ears are done at 6-8 weeks old- 12 weeks being the absolute oldest and most highly recommend against it, harder on the pup and harder to get the ears to stand correctly. That means that reputable breeders will be cropping and docking and removing the dewclaws before the puppy even goes home, as they don’t let their puppies go prior to 8 weeks (and some wait until 14-16!).

On that note, “cut ears/tail” and “clipped ears/tail” also get me going.

anonymous asked:

Hi Dr. Ferox. I have a question in regard to the ethics of the procedures declawing/ear cropping. A veterinarian I worked with explained to me that she will declaw a cat because she fears that if she does not do it herself, the owner will find a way to have it done, and that way may not be through a licensed veterinarian. Do you think denying people such a "service" may lead to the animal being harmed by unlicensed people attempting to do it themselves? What can be done about this? Thank you.

I seriously hope there isn’t some layperson going around chopping off the last bone of a cat’s toes because a veterinarian declined to do it. If that is happening, both the owner seeking the procedure and the non-veterinarian should be heavily prosecuted for animal cruelty and performing acts of veterinary medicine without a license.

Originally posted by softly-satanic

Some vets will reluctantly agree to perform declawing of cats as a last resort because they feel that they understand just how much pain the cat will be in and use a higher quality analgesia protocol than another vet might. They feel that if it’s going to be done somewhere, it might as well be done by them with practiced surgical technique and the best quality pain relief available.

They may also believe that the cat will be rehomed, abandoned or euthanised due to not being declawed, and that therefore performing the procedure effectively saves the cat’s life. I think this belief is false, as the procedure is illegal here in Australia with no difference in the oversupply of cats. If someone is going to surrender their cat, they will do so. If they don’t have the surgical declawing option, which they perceive as an ‘easy’ solution, they are more likely to pursue a better compromise like soft paws or regular nail trimming.

Ear cropping is a little different in that it is a 100% cosmetic procedure with zero medical benefit for the dog. It’s only done for human aesthetics because somewhere along the line dog breeders decided that surgically altering a dog’s ears to the desired shape was easier than breeding them that way. It should be banned and universally condemned. If you want a breed with straight ears, then breed them to have straight ears. No breed should require surgery to ‘look right’.

Cat declawing, dog ear cropping and dog tail cropping are banned in Australia without a specific medical intervention, as it should be. Dog breeds that were traditionally docked and cropped have had no downturn in popularity, no increase in injury, and more and more breed clubs have banned surgically altered dogs from being shown. These are steps in the right direction.

If somebody attempts to dock tails or crop ears at home, they can be prosecuted for animal cruelty and I have had no hesitation in reporting them in the past. When I graduated the ban had only just come into effect, and many old school ‘breed enthusiasts’ were moaning about it. They complained that ‘young vets these days didn’t really understand dogs’ and similar such nonsense. They’ve had to get over it, and dogs get to keep their natural ears and tails as a result. Interestingly, Rottweilers in general seem much more confident with tails.

As veterinarians we are supposed to promote good animal welfare. That’s what started us on this path, right? Most (all?) professional veterinary associations condemn declawing, ear cropping and tail docking.

If we don’t decline to do unnecessary cosmetic surgery, then public opinion will never change, and the demand will never lessen. We owe it to the countless future dogs and cats yet to be born to speak out against these practices. This it why even if they were legal down here, I would personally refuse to do them.

(As a side note, desexing is entirely different. Desexing has a proven medical and social benefit, and is only soft tissue surgery compared to a partial amputation or cutting away cartilage. Far less pain, far more benefits.)

I can’t stop thinking about @nomorelonelydays‘s Mer!Sid AU.  So: 

Sid’s nothing but an intermittent flicker of silver at the moment, the water’s surface only rippling slightly as his powerful form surges by the dock. Zhenya smiles and leans back on his hands. He keeps his feet out of the water; he’s already been yanked into the lake twice today. He’s ready to stay dry at this point. It’s a perfect summer night, and twilight is only just starting to edge out the sunset. A few early stars are winking into visibility over the trees. And Zhenya has never felt this peaceful in all his life.

There’s a sudden rush of water, and there’s Sid, heaving himself out of the lake and into a sitting position on the edge of the dock. His tail trails off into the water, and Zhenya allows himself a moment to just look. Sid’s so beautiful. His scales are various shades of silvery grey, and they wink in the light. His skin’s starting to lose its winter paleness, and with his hair slicked back by the water like this, his perfect bone structure looks even more unearthly than usual. Zhenya lets his gaze wander over Sid’s powerful shoulders, the corded muscle of his forearms, the rivulets of water making their way down his chest.

When his eyes meet Sid’s again, Sid’s smirking a little. “Sh,” Zhenya says, even though Sid hasn’t said anything. “I’m allowed look. Put ring on it.” Sid’s smirk softens into a gentle smile at that.

“Yeah,” he says softly. “You did.” He lets himself fall backward, his head landing in Zhenya’s lap, and raises his left hand, spreading his fingers against the darkening sky, admiring the hammered silver ring Zhenya gave him just yesterday. “You sure did.” And there’s nothing for it but for Zhenya to catch Sid’s hand and kiss the palm of it, then the back, then the thin skin of Sid’s wrists. Sid inhales sharply. “G. You have to stop now.” Zhenya grumbles in reply, and makes a petulant face.

“Why?” he asks.

Sid’s eyes go half-lidded and there’s gravel in his voice when he answers. “Because. I want to dry off and get my legs back before this goes any further.” Zhenya nods frantically in response.

“Ok, best plan. I’m grab towels.” He slides his legs out from under Sid and gets to his feet. Sid’s ridiculous laugh follows him as he jogs over to the stack of towels sitting on one of the deck chairs. Smart, beautiful. Zhenya really is the luckiest man alive.

anonymous asked:

Have you ever heard of dubbing a rooster before? What are your thoughts on it?

(A page on dubbing, for anyone who doesn’t know what it is)

Same as my thoughts on tail docking and ear cropping in dogs. I’m not a fan. At all. It’s unnecessary and painful and performed in the name of matching *~breed standards~*.

If you Google it, literally the second link is a video of a fucking twelve year old cutting the comb off a young chicken with a pair of scissors before dumping flour on its head to stop the bleeding. There are many YT videos of people cutting off the combs, wattles, and earlobes of chickens with no anesthetic while the birds struggle. Just because a lot of them aren’t screaming doesn’t mean they’re not in immense pain. The number of approving comments, people who say it’s not abuse and that it doesn’t hurt the chicken absolutely sickens and angers me. Just another example of how so many people see chickens as mindless, unfeeling, disposable, and undeserving of basic decency. 

A popular argument is that removing those parts of a chicken is done to “keep them healthy so they don’t get frostbite or infected. It’s good for them.”

Horseshit. I’ve had chickens for over a decade, live in a region subject to winter, and have never once had a problem with frostbite. Not saying it can’t happen, but there are far more humane alternatives to preventing frostbite than just slicing off the vulnerable body part. Unless those parts are somehow posing a direct threat to a bird’s health, just don’t. Don’t try to justify this shit. 

Ending this post before it turns into a full-blown rant. Those are my thoughts on the matter.

Fusing New Leaf with Happy Homes Designer...

…or the idea for the next Animal Crossing game.

So I love both ACNL and ACHHD, but I’d rather they be combined than be separate games. I thought of how they could be combined.

You’re still the mayor, and you get the decision on where everything goes. You place things in the town with the same grid that HHD has, from houses to flowers. There’s PWPs and such, but it doesn’t necessarily come out of your pocket. You have a town budget. If you surpass the budget, you pay out of pocket. You unlock items as your town grows more beautiful and whatnot, and can even buy plots of land to expand your town further.

A way to earn money (besides selling things) is to work at the HHA. You can design your villager’s homes, which are also on a budget. Your goal is to make their house as close to their theme as possible without going over budget. You can’t go over budget at this stage. There aren’t required items like in HHD, though. After the initial decorating, you can expand their houses with any theme you want, but this time you have to pay out of pocket if you go over the budget.

The initial decoration has you work on commission of sorts. The more satisfied your villager is with the final product, the more bells you get as payment.

There are more building PWPs, which include the ones you have in NL and HHD as well as more. Perhaps there is no Main Street. You just expand your town’s land to add more area, and there’s even islands you can build to! You can choose where your Plaza, Town Hall, Re-Tail, and docks are, and can move them at any time. Moving any buildings on the grid requires you to go over to Town Hall, and at the beginning of the game, you’d have to get citizen’s approval for it, like in ACNL.

I’ll make more posts about this idea with my ideas for new PWPs and all that! <3 I’ll tag it as “nlhhd” if you’re interested in following this idea on my blog.

Also please note that I’ve only played New Leaf and Happy Homes Designer. I haven’t played any other Animal Crossing game. ;n; I should try to find a ROM for them…

anonymous asked:

How does not wearing wool help animals? (legit question, not trolling)

Prepare for this post to get a lot of backlash because people are all for the human treatment of animals unless they’re livestock! Then asking for that is extreme and unreasonable.

The wool industry relies on making money off of animals. And when you have an industry like that, animals suffer. Because at the end of the day, money is more important than the animals. It doesn’t matter if they live happy lives, as long as they are producing wool they are profitable.

They are also, of course, slaughtered when they are no longer useful. (again, the natural result of an industry that uses animals for profit) Do we NEED wool? For some purposes that I don’t know about, maybe. And if those are really necessary then who can argue against using it? But most people (at least in the USA) don’t need wool, and since there are other materials out there vegans choose those instead. Remember, this is not a black and white issue. I’m not boycotting wool in every shape and form forever. But the way it is right now is, inherently, cruel. And we should change our frame of mind from “How can we make this less cruel?” to “How can we wean ourselves from needing this at all?”

And of course, the actual treatment of the sheep you probably didn’t know about.

  • Tail docking- The act of severing the tail of young lambs. Often done, but not always. This is done without anesthesia and includes methods like using a tight rubber ring around the tail until the circulation stops and it dies- then falls off. Alternatively it is just cut off. Again without painkillers. (Imagine someone doing this to dogs and the outrage that would follow) This is done because the animals are so overcrowded and conditions are not always clean so feces can build up on the rear. So instead of keeping the animals clean they cut their tails off instead. (not something you would do if the animal truly was your first concern) Also of note- there is no law in the US that requires pain relief be used. So farms, usually, don’t use any.
  • Mulesing- This is animal “fix” for a problem given to the animals by humans. Sheep breeds used for wool have been bred to have more skin. More skin= more wool and more wool= more money. However, sheep are not meant to have this much skin and can develop flystrike (maggots) and skin infections. Instead we should breed sheep to produce less wool and instead used more humane methods (like crutching). Also another thing that is not required to have painkillers, though they are used.
  • Castration- To prevent unwanted breeding. Reasonable, except the typical method is to (again) use a hard rubber band around the testicles until they fall off. Farmers will tell you this doesn’t hurt. Common sense and animal medicine will tell you it does.

Anyway, vegan rant over and I am preparing my body for the inevitable reactions!

anonymous asked:

I wanted to let you know that the banning of Docked/cropped ears and tails hasn't only left an impact in real life but in the digital world as well (It's positive don't worry)! I draw dog on DeviantART for a community called dog-art-rpg or DARPG. We do things with dogs as what you would do in real life, we show, breed, and train these dogs. And in our shows we host, we have been banning the cropping and docking aspect! sorry if this sounds silly, you don't have to answer :p

It’s important and good to know that these changes have carried on to the digital world as well, because digital information changes how we perceive these breeds. Over time, the more used to normal ears and tails society becomes, the more accepted they will become and eventually we will stop cosmetic cropping and docking.

Beach (Mermaid!Jungkook)

Plot: Spending a special day with mermaid!Jungkook (part of the One Day series)

Word Count: 1327

A/N: so this series is basically about when BTS get really really busy and don’t have much free time and what would happen once they got a day off, where they would go, what they would do, stuff like that, the link for this is mermaid!Jungkook (here)

His head rested against your knee, his eyes shut as he let his breathing slow. You two were alone, sat on the same dock you two had met at, two years ago. A song he didn’t know played from your phone, a soft smile forming on his face as he listened to the lyrics. Your fingers ran through his hair at a slow pace, feeling it begin to slowly but surely dry in the gentle breeze. His fingers lay limp against your thigh, one of his hands above yours, his thumb rubbing soothing circles into your wrist.

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