Cowart's Common Room

I was horrified to learn from the news this morning that there is a rapid rise in dumped pets.

The RSPCA have stated that they have rescued 23% more abandoned animals in 2007, than then previous year. A total of nearly 150,000 were saved last year, and mainly Farm animals too.

We are supposed to be an animal loving nation, man's best friend and all that, what has caused this upward trend of abandoned pets. I fear it will spiral out of control, and think there should be a tougher sentence for imposed negligence and cruelty to animals.

Why are the government not doing anything about this, yes we have RSPCA in place who are supposedly there to protect our darling creatures great and small, but the laws need to be changed that are not so lenient for offenders of a dispassionate and wicked crime.

Well that's me off my soap-box, now - if you're thinking Bacon, look away now..... are'nt they absolutely GORGEOUS.! yes I'm talking Spotted Piglets. They were born at Pennywell Farm in Devon
they are a miniature breed of Pig, and apparantly everyone is wanting one, me included....Rolling Eyes When you have the link up, click on Miniature Pig Fever.

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Posted at 28th Apr 2008 - 11:11AM   Posted by Camilla   ANIMALS Comments: 10

Blossomcottage's Avatar I bought my daughter two Pot Bellied pigs for her birthday once , they were sold with the house!! and as far as I know one is still alive 19 years later, so anyone who thinks of having a pig they can be quite long lived!

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 28th Apr 2008 at 11:19AM

Camilla's Avatar Blossom - I think Pigs are adorable. I nursed a patient years ago who was a talented Art Tutor in Norwich, he had a passion for Pigs and to this day refuses to eat Pork and has numerous paintings, chinaware, and craft toys of the Piggy variety.


Posted by: Camilla on 28th Apr 2008 at 11:34AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I think you have hit the nail on the head there Camilla - cute spotted pigs and every one wants one. But as Blossom says they live along time - they also root up everything in sight are not that easy to maintain. They need mud to keep their skin cool and protected from the sun, but they are also clean creatures and need loads of mucking out. Plus they are intelligent and so a small pen is not enough.

I love my sheep, but they need a lot of care . . . orphaned lambs are 50p in our farmers market . . . but bottle rearing lambs as people on here will tell you is hard work and the lambs often die . . .

I agree the law is not tough enough on people who are cruel to animals.

Whose next for the soap box . . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Apr 2008 at 11:36AM

Cait's Avatar Here I am WW..... next to hop up on the soapbox.

I am always banging on about the (weak) RSPCA also their royal patronage... pheasants and more, don't get me started.

I am not a pig lover luckily though I keep seeing my daughter's litter of puppies and the broodiness I sufferl is felt deep in my tummy. Painful!!

Posted by: Cait on 28th Apr 2008 at 11:44AM

Milla's Avatar People are very short term and find commitment onerous. When the puppy stops being fluffy and demands food, care, exercise, well, sheesh, too much already. After all there are scratch cards to buy, tattoos to finance. In a throwaway society, animals just join the list of disposibles. Shocking. I tease about dogs, but Lolly is pretty well looked after, honest.

Posted by: Milla on 28th Apr 2008 at 01:10PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I was listening to this on the radio as driving along - unbelievable the reasons people gave for abandoning pets. One woman apparently found her dog's tail 'hurt my legs' when it wagged. Another said her cat 'didn't match my new carpet'. Seriously. Then there was a woman from Great Dane rescue (apologies to Pondside) who said that lots of dogs came to them because the owners 'didn't realise it would grow so big'.
Milla is right - animals are seen as disposibles..... not helped by silly berludy celebrities with their 'it' dogs. grrrr.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 28th Apr 2008 at 02:26PM

Patsy's Avatar Well, you knew I had to throw in my tuppence worth WW! Climbing on to my soap box rather gingerly but here goes..

The RSPCA (with whom I certainly don't agree about everything) is only a charity depending on public goodwill for its funds and they do much good work. But they can’t and shouldn’t be the only arbiters of what is right and wrong as they are not voted for under any democratic process.
Recently the Government did tighten up the rules with the passing of the new Animal Welfare Act 2006 which for the first time introduces a "duty of care" element to animal ownership. It creates an offence of failing to provide for the needs of an animal.
These include the need:
1. For a suitable environment (place to live)
2. For a suitable diet
3. To exhibit normal behaviour patterns
4. To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
5. To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease

But I think most of the problem stems from people not giving the responsibilities of animal ownership enough thought. Instant gratification on a credit card is the expectation of many and sadly it’s applied to animals too. Yes, everyone has the “right” to an animal but with that comes heavy responsibilities. If you don’t have the time, experience, space or money to look after an animal properly then perhaps you just shouldn’t have one. And the law now makes it clear that you must supply those needs.
On this site, we all know the pleasure that having animals in our lives brings. But we are all too sadly aware of the heartache that comes with it too and others, not as perceptive and responsible as Purple Cooers, should think carefully before taking on animals.

Posted by: Patsy on 28th Apr 2008 at 02:27PM

Milla's Avatar spot on, Patsy.
I remember the phrase used by Theodore Dalrymple in one of his excellent, jaded, columns, "If Symptoms Persist" (the Spectator), "rights flourish and duties wither away." His would have been to do with the outrage perpetuated by a slippery con trying to wangle something else out of The System (he was a prison doctor, upped sticks and moved to France sensing something rotten in the state of Britain), but it has endless application.

Posted by: Milla on 28th Apr 2008 at 05:49PM

Camilla's Avatar Here here Patsy, I put up my post because I get so angry when animals are subjected to cruelty, this I feel very strongly about, and it makes my blood boil to know that serious cruelty is going on behind closed doors, I can be sobbing my heart out, it effects me so much.

I am hoping that whoever does decide to adopt a little wee piggie that it is not a fashionable fad just to have one for the sake of it, but to look after, if indeed piggie does not end up on the roast.


Posted by: Camilla on 28th Apr 2008 at 10:12PM

Patsy's Avatar And it's so hard to know where to draw the line too. I was quite upset this morning when I went for jog round the Common to see an obviously elderly, quite frail couple shuffling along with a 6 month old boisterous German Shepherd puppy. I stopped to make a fuss of the puppy which was dancing hysterically at the end of the lead. The owners had real difficulty dealing with the poor thing; he was just desperate to get some proper exercise. Such an inappropriate pet makes me despair, it's a tragedy waiting to happen. But what do we do? Ban everyone over the age of 70 from having a big puppy...hardly. It's so difficult..

Posted by: Patsy on 28th Apr 2008 at 10:42PM

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