Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Yeah, We're A Real Nation Of Animal Lovers...

...but not our judges:
A Black Country couple who were jailed after admitting throwing a dog from the balcony of a block of flats have been freed on appeal.
No doubt that'll please some people ignorant cretins...
The couple told the hearing on 14 August that they believed the sentence was too harsh.

Their lifetime ban on keeping animals has also been reduced to 12 months.
Perhaps they'll do us a favour, and throw a judge off a tower block next time. It's ok, I don't think it's cruel. I don't think they can feel pain, like people do...

11 comments:

Longrider said...

No doubt that'll please some people ignorant cretins...

No doubt. And presumably dogs don't have consciousness, either.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

Perhaps they'll do us a favour, and throw a judge off a tower block next time. It's ok, I don't think it's cruel. I don't think they can feel pain, like people do...

I may well be nicking that at some point in the future. :o)

Rob Farrington said...

I've yet to decide whether PDF's site is real, or just satire.

I tried that once by pretending to be an islamic fundamentalist on my 'Reasonable Mahmoud' blog. Not many people 'got' it and I eventually got bored, anyway.

There's a reason why dogs are known as man's best friend (although Longrider might prefer cats!). They obviously display consciousness, intelligence and emotion, and anyone who could do that to a dog deserves to be banned from keeping animals for life.

Longrider said...

I've yet to decide whether PDF's site is real, or just satire.

I did wonder that at one point. However, it is so badly done, that it fails to achieve that objective, lacking as it does humour, subtlety and a razor sharp observation delivered with wit. The result is just crass.

JuliaM said...

"I may well be nicking that at some point in the future. :o)"

Be my guest!

"...anyone who could do that to a dog deserves to be banned from keeping animals for life."

Anyone who could do that to any living creature should be banned for life. They initially were, but the judge allowed the appeal to reduce it to a year, which seems a little optimistic as to their capacity for discovering some dregs of humanity.

Still, perhaps after their years ban has been served, the Caracas Zoo might like to look into their suitability for fostering... ;)

woman on a raft said...

I can understand having a punt on the jail sentence (don't ask, don't get) but why would they appeal a life ban when they obviously didn't want to look after a dog in the first place?

Regarding the zoo story; a 10 ft python is not a booby; it would go after a toddler but snakes are lazy lunks and not particularly enthusiastic hunters (says the Durrell zoo, which has to try to trigger the hunt reflex to get the blighters to bother to eat. They can starve themselves to death through indolence, apparently). A zoo keeper, even a student one, is relatively big. You've got to get round it and squeeze. The method of death would be suffocation rather than outright crushing, but unless the 10 footer manages to get round the neck, it is still going to have a job getting locked round an adult rib cage. A 30 footer, yes, I'd bet on the python (if it could be woken up) but a 10 footer is just at the limit of what an exotic dancer would use in an act before they get too heavy to heave around.

So what if it bit him at one point? They aren't venomous, are they? It might have been having an experimental nibble to make sure the carrion was absolutely not going to move and find the top part. Plus, even biology student zoo keepers are surely not so stupid as to let the python out for a wriggle.

What we have here is a body with python who has been framed for the killing and was supposed to dispose of the evidence. Perhaps the murderer hoped that the zoo would not notice a python containing a bump the exact size of a zoo keeper, like one of those 'guess the christmas present' puzzles in comics.

Quick! Send Columbo to ask exactly who donated the snake so fortuitiously to the zoo, and what connection they had with the snake-o-phile victim. My wife visits your zoo, she loves to see the wolves' feeding times.

JuliaM said...

"...why would they appeal a life ban when they obviously didn't want to look after a dog in the first place?"

Who can fathom the mind of the underclass...?

"So what if it bit him at one point? They aren't venomous, are they?"

No, but the BBC (in fact, most of the MSM) isn't known for it's zoological knowledge. A recent online 'Mail' article about smuggling of snow leopard skins was illustrated with images of traders holding up ordinary leopard skins. Funnily enough, my comment pointing this out never made it out of moderation.

"Plus, even biology student zoo keepers are surely not so stupid as to let the python out for a wriggle"

Must admit, I wondered what a blood alcohol test might show when I first read that story.

On the student, ofc... ;)

teacher.paris said...

koghhhttp://www.moonbattery.com/
Meddling Envirokooks Unleash Plague of Giant Man-Eating Lizards
Once people on the islands of eastern Indonesia lived in peace with Komodo dragons, gigantic lizards that can recognize individual humans. They left the dragons deer parts after hunts, and tied goats to posts as sacrifices. In turn the semidomesticated dragons mostly left them alone. But then, Virginia-based Nature Conservancy was called in by the government to tell the villagers how to conduct their affairs.

Deer hunting and goat sacrifices have been banned. Now that the villagers are no longer allowed to feed them, the ten-foot lizards have adapted by eating children instead.

Dogs used to keep the dragons away from homes. But these have been banned too, for being an "alien species."

A 9-year-old named Mansur was eaten alive in broad daylight in front of his family. But Marcus Matthews-Sawyer, who works for a local subsidiary of Nature Conservancy, sniffs that the kid had it coming, because he "shouldn't have crouched like a prey species in a place where dragons live."

Widodo Ramono, the subsidiary's policy director, makes the priorities clear:

We don't want the Komodo dragon to be domesticated. It's against natural balance. We have to keep this conservation area for the purpose of wildlife. It is not for human beings.
As Ingrid Newkirk might put it, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy is a giant lizard's lunch.

JuliaM said...

"...Virginia-based Nature Conservancy was called in by the government to tell the villagers how to conduct their affairs..."

Marvellous! I'm sure they had oodles of experience with Komodo dragons. Virginia being just packed with them....

And, isn't 'telling the villagers how to conduct their affairs' that nasty colonialism the left are always on the lookout for on the right?

*sigh*

woman on a raft said...

Americans have some funny ideas about ten-foot reptiles which chew the heads off live goats. This looked like a spoof at first, but apparently it's for real. Sharon Stone's husband, an ex-war journalist, was munched by one.

' ...he thinks it's the white rats that we feed him. You'd probably be better off without your shoes.'

JuliaM said...

Heh. Yeah, I remember that one!

"The tour was arranged as a Father's Day surprise for Bronstein, who had always wanted to see a Komodo dragon up close. "

Be careful what you wish for... ;)