anonymous asked:

Hi there, just a question on your last post you made. You said how dogs were being seriously neglected, saying this is abuse, and the dogs had serious injury. I'm just wondering that if any of this is in regards to raisingopal, how is any of that true in her case? An accidental pregnancy isn't ideal, of course, but if her dog and the pups are healthy and cared for, and the pups find good homes how is this abuse, neglect, or harm to the dog at all? Just looking for clarification is all.

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anonymous asked:

I've noticed that in Spain where there are many street dogs/homeless dogs, the majority of them seem to be similar in breed, even though they're all mixed. Could this be some sort of "average" dog? Instinctually, my guess is that those dogs that survive into adulthood in homelessness are also kind of a healthy breed, is there anything to that? Question tax: came for similar to wadtt, stayed for fascinating in depth discussion of fantasy anatomy

With a feral dog population, the phenotypes probably do trend toward an ‘average’ dog with some regional variation. The genepool will be most heavily influenced not only by those dogs that are best at surviving, but those that are best at evading spay/neuter programs.

Depending on their location and food source, while you would expect multi-generation street dogs to be reasonably well adapted to their local environment, they may not necessarily be the ‘healthiest’ example structurally or genetically. Putting aside all the diseases and conditions that can afflict a dog living with no veterinary attention, think about where they get their food from.

Feral dogs are not really hunters. They’re more scavengers. They often congregate around tips and human settlements.

Now, if you see street dogs begging for food, which ones are you most likely to feed? My guess would be:

  • The cutest ones,
  • or the ugliest, hardest done by, most pitiful ones.

These types of dogs may have a survival advantage because they receive more food based on their appearance. Which strategy is more successful will depend on the human population.

It’s also possible for a single male who has evaded the local spay/neuter program to happily inseminate a large portion of the unspayed female population in a given year, resulting in many of these dogs being half-siblings.

So there are a few extra factors at play with street or feral dogs, because even though they’re unowned humans are still heavily influencing them.

Rant time

So my stupid country decided to approve the most stupid law. My country didn’t have a responsible ownership law (just an Animal Protection one, that applied mostly to production animals), and after a serious abuse case on February, the law that had been sitting in Congress for over 8 years, suddenly got the momentum to be approved.

A bit of context: My country has a big stray dog population issue, on top of a mis-informed human population that believes dogs should be allowed to roam. 99% of these dogs are unspayed mixed breeds. Free roaming dogs, strays and feral dogs are the main issues, but somehow the law focuses on purebreed dogs and breeders.

The law has some good things, I know. But it has some seriously wrong aspects.

  1. “Dangerous Breeds”. Seriously? I thought human beings were beyond this. I won’t even discuss this.
  2. Feral Dogs are not mentioned and thus far, the law prohibits euthanasia/killing them. They are a serious issue. In my country there are no “big” predators, just pumas or mountain lions which can weight up to 45 kgs at most. Which makes feral dogs the largest, most vicious predator in a country with low biodeversity and high endemism (in other words - vulnerable wildlife). Not to mention the effect they have in cattle, sheep, poultry, etc or their effect on public health.
  3. Early Spay/Neutering. Dogs can’t be sold or adopted before they are spayed, which forces breeders and shelters to do pre-puberal spays. People are talking about spaying and neutering as early as 3-4 months old and then sending the puppies to their new homes. Which means:
    1. Sociabilization issues - Dogs will be kept by breeders/shelters for too long, which will spark a myriad of behavioural issues. I wonder, what’s the main cause of abandonment?
    2. Hormonal issues - Ovaries and testicles are not some sort of decorative lumps. They are necessary for development! Specially in large breeds, hormones are necessay for the correct growth of bones and the adequate closure of growth plates.
    3. Cancer and skeletal issues - The good thing is no dogs will develop pyometra or mammary gland tumors. The bad? All the other possible cancers which show a higher incidence in spayed dogs.
    4. Anesthesic risk - Imagine spaying thousands of tiny, 3 month old Chihuahua puppies…it’s pretty hard to find their tiny ovaries and the lose temperature fast.
  4. Protection sports are banned. Yes. Good bye Schutzhund, French Ring, and everything that remotely includes a bite. Only the armed forces and the like can train for protection. Also this part is written like shit: “Companion or pet animal owners are prohibited from training directed to reinforce and increase aggression”. What about breeds that require working tests? Or people that compete at a professional level?

 I know the law wants to avoid dog fights and irresponsible people breeding their dogs. But it makes me so angry for the people that try to make things right, and even angrier because it clearly isn’t a solution to the main problem.

Also, I’d like to see how they finance all these measures. 

It pains me to know it was made by animal rights activists while veterinarians were ignored. 

anonymous asked:

I'm not sexist. It's a fact that females are more calm and not as aggressive at males (at least in humans). That's why the majority of serial killers are males and it's very surprising when there's a female killer. She-cats almost always WANT to take care of kits because of a maternal instinct (Lizardstripe not being one of them, among others) I don't see how I'm being sexist in this context. Can you explain?

ok please sit down so i can explain this to you 


1. Unspayed females in nature of ANY SPECIES are extremely aggressive, more so than males, ESPECIALLY if they have young. Female bears, HYENAS, lionesses, tigers, wolves, moose - they are all extremely aggressive creatures and will go OFF on anyone who comes near.

Cats are no different, living in colonies or not. Mom’s out hunting? Fuck off - she’s got babies to feed back home. You come too close to the den? Fuck off. Competition with other females for best resources, living spaces etc turn them into super territorial and competitive creatures, whereas the males (when NOT trying to mate) are usually just pretty chill and laid back bros. 

2. The REASON why none of the female characters in the books are “super aggressive” or fierce fighters is BECAUSE THE ERINS WRITE THEM THAT WAY.  If I can count on my hands the number of female leaders the entire series has had - we have a problem. At any time the leader ratio is almost ALWAYS 75-25, with only 1 female leader of the 4 clans. 

90% of Warriors fans are young girls. All of the writers of the series are WOMEN. There’s no strong female characters for them to look up to, no fierce fighters and warriors, no strong tacticians and strategists, no females who are extremely cunning and evil. In the ENTIRETY of the Warriors series there is only ONE FEMALE VILLAIN - THIS IS A PROBLEM.


ok vegans

I get you BUT

-using wool IS NOT “EXPLOITING ANIMALS” have you seen what happens if you don’t shear sheep?!

Originally posted by itzznati

That is. that poor thing is probably suffering not only from joint pain and horrible heat, but any and every wound underneath that massive coat will get nastily infected and possibly infested.

And then there is honey. BEES DON’T HAVE A LEGIT BRAIN. It’s literally a node of neurons. They have NO CONCEPT of being exploited (just like sheep tbh). Eating honey helps bees, it pays for their medicine, lets the stocks flourish. There is such a thing as having too much honey in bee stocks. 

Originally posted by discovery

So eat honey, support our bees!!

Look, a black and white view on the world (also called ideology) has never led to something good. Look at all those idiots trying to keep a vegan cat or dog. THAT IS CRUELTY. That is EXPLOITATION. Idk what is up with those people blaming someone for having a spoon of honey while having a lonely budgy rotting away in a cage next to a lonely unspayed bunny and a dying vegan cat. That is animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is domestic.

Sincerely, a (vegetarian) veterinarian who has treated farm animals and pets alike and found a hundred times more abused dogs than sheep.

Hey guys, I really need help out with my rabbit’s vet bills and it’d be super cool if you could spread the word about her.
“I adopted my rabbit Toast on December 1st from an online listings site called Kijiji.ca. I had gotten her to befriend my other rabbit since they live better and more happily in pairs. I was told she was fixed by her previous owner so I wasn’t worried about uterine cancer (something that happens in over 50% of unspayed female rabbits). I’ve gotten extremely attached to her and a few days ago while urinating she let out a bloody discharge and I knew right after that she wasn’t fixed and had uterine cancer. I brought her in the vet for some x-rays and tests, then finally the surgery and luckily the cancer hasn’t spread anywhere else than her uterus at that point so she was just spayed on the spot. In addition to that, she was never fed hay in her life before (which rabbits need unlimited amounts of) and developped a bad teeth problem. She needs to have her teeth surgery in a month or less because it starts causing really really bad sores in her mouth and becomes extremely painful. The problem is, I’m having trouble paying the 400$+ from her spay and all the tests and until I can pay that, she can’t have the teeth surgery which will be around 175$. So, I’m just asking for a little help. I always do my best to educate people on house rabbits and help them understand their pet more. If you can’t donate, spread the word. Toast is a perfect example of neglected rabbits all over the world. Only because she wasn’t spayed and fed hay she encountered all these problems.”
If you can’t donate, reblogging/sharing this would be amazing tysm!!

Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs need your help, people of Miami!

They were found by a friend and need to be adopted! I can only foster them for so long. I have a couple of people interested, but they’re not completely sure and I would like to find them homes ASAP.

I assume them all to be American Shorthair, although James has a much fluffier coat and a wiry undercoat so they could be mixed or something IDK I’m not very good at this??

In order:

Remus. Male. Black and white.

Peter. Male. Brown and black tabby.

Sirius. Female. Black.

James. Male. Brown and black tabby.

They’re about 3-4 weeks, I think? Still on formula. Should start weaning soon. House-training is in progress and they’ve caught onto using those diaper pads well enough, though litterbox training has just started. Unspayed and have no shots, unfortunately. But clean and flea/tick free, as well as very healthy. Remus had an issue with his eye but it’s healed. At most you have to clean away excess eye boogies.

Please contact me if you think you are seriously able to adopt one. I’ve had experiences before where there were too many maybes and people flaked out. 

If you live in Miami-Dade county or even Ft. Lauderdale (shit, even farther but we’d have to meet halfway) and you either think you can adopt and maintain a kitten or know someone who can then please reblog and signal boost this post!

Message me with your first and second choice of kitten. This is because I am waiting on answers from other people so I might not be able to confirm your choice until the weekend. And feel free to ask for more photos and more details!

EDIT: This post already has like 70 notes and I’m an idiot and wasn’t specific enough about the time constraints. I only have a week, maybe two, to foster these kittens. If no one can take them in a week, a friend of mine will take them to a trusted no-kill shelter near her. If someone is certain they can take them, I’m sure my parents will allow me to keep them for longer while I arrange to meet up with that person. Please, don’t see this as something alarmist. I would rather you take time to consider whether or not you can truly and without issue adopt and raise a kitten rather than rush to take one because you think they may be dead within a week. That won’t happen. Think carefully, but keep in mind that I’m running on limited time.

total-dork  asked:

What sounds do bunnies make

Peachie says:

“Bunnies are mostly silent animals!! Most of the noises they make aren’t from their mouth, but instead physical stuff like thumping their back feet, digging or chewing. :P

But rabbits do have some rare vocalisations:

Tooth Purring: The rabbit lightly grinds or chatters its teeth to show great pleasure and comfort; often happens when being petted or about to doze off to sleepyland. But loud, crunching tooth grinding can indicate they are in pain.

Growling: You have a seriously grumpy rabbit if they do this!! Most common with territorial unspayed female rabbits (my old bunny would growl at everyone except me who passed her hutch LOL). There may be lunging along with the growling.

Grunting / Honking: Normally done by unneutered horny male buns!! But some rabbits also do it from excitement or eagerness; for example, this bunny is very excited to see their owner return.

Groaning: More vocal rabbits do this to express disapproval- often followed immediately by a grumpy thump. For example this famous bunny groans then immediately thumps every time his owner has the audacity to stop petting him. Pudding does this same “groan-then-thump” when she is unhappy about something, eg after getting her claws trimmed.

Screaming: Very rare occurence. A rabbit will only emit this high-pitched scream when it is truly terrified for its life or in a sudden great amount of pain. :(

There are a few more covered on BunnyHugga here.”

lethal-cuddles  asked:

Christ, I wonder if somebody would call me an abuser because we got our dog neutered.

She obviously has not studied anything about neutering or spaying. Animals have been shown to be much more gentle and well behaved AFTER being fixed, and its not becaues “Well they couldn’t handle them!” Dum-Dum, you try handling a Great Dane who’s unneutered or unspayed and their ‘heat’ is pure hell to deal with.
Male dogs can get aggressive if they smell a bitch in heat, that’s why they get fixed. Even our gentle dog Jersey went to this before he was fixed.

anonymous asked:

Imagine if like it turns out that Alfred the cat isn't a neutered tom, but an unspayed female and comes home pregnant. At first, it's like, is the cat getting fat? Then the cat disappears and is found with six little furballs.

hahaha awwww Damian totally starts calling her Alfie instead, and then name the cats after people he likes. So. Anything but Tim. Steph and Cass get preference over Tim or Jason. Clark gets one. Diana and Dinah probably get one. He’s too embarrassed/flustered to name any after Dick or Bruce, though, so he might do middle names or something, to make it less obvious. Or names them after things his two dads like. Justice and…something Dick likes that isn’t cereal, haha.