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I set my peanut butter jar next to my cup of tea and promptly dipped my celery into my mug. I don't rec'd it.


Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Love the awesome new Celeste icon. Mina's icon is beautiful, which goes without saying, of course.

I have a random question to ask that you can feel free not to answer and that I hope you won't take offense at. I check your blogspot blog most days, to see if there are any exciting goings-on re: Mina and Celeste, and also to check the other blogs you follow, because I like 'em and I kinda use yours as the linkage clearinghouse.

Anyway, I was reading the "caveat" and the "YesBiscuit!" blogs today, and I have to say, I was a bit disturbed by some of the content, especially on caveat. As someone who volunteers at a humane society in the rural Midwest, I tend to staunchly support closer regulation of dog breeding, as well as stricter laws about spaying and neutering. However, I know that you're much more experienced with animal rescue issues than I am. So I was wondering if my thinking is backwards here or what. The post about state pet laws in YesBiscuit! seems to suggest that such proposed legislation is a threat to pet ownership, but I guess - reading over the excerpts posted - I would tend to support all that legislation. It seems as if it might be a venue to reduce backyard breeding, which we see quite a lot of here in the midwest. It seems to be quite distinct from BSL. And then reading over caveat's posts and comments, I was troubled, because my gut reaction is to disagree with the majority of their content and the overall message being promoted therein.

However, again, I trust you as a source of Animal Rescue Smartness and Knowledge, and I was wondering if you had any thoughts, because I'm all confused now, and I'm wondering if you follow those blogs because there's good stuff in there that maybe I haven't thought through enough. Like I said, feel free not to answer me, and I hope I haven't caused any offense.

Also wanted to say: Yay for Rocky the Boxer! re: your previous post. As much as I love pibbles, I think I might always have the softest spot for boxers in my heart, 'cause that's what my baby is and he's the bestest.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not offended at all. :)

I read those blogs for a couple reasons. I think both have well-thought out posts on BSL and pit-bull related issues that I agree on. I tend to agree with them on castration issues for different reasons. I think most dogs and cat should be castrated, but mandatory spay/neuter laws do not help animals and so I am an avid opponent of legislation requiring the castration of animals. (I'll explain if you want to know the reasons, heh).

I don't agree with a lot of what they post re non-BSL legislation, HSUS and many of their "animal rights" entries. Those I tend to automatically skip, because they get my blood boiling, heh.

I added them to my blog list, because of the pit bull issues and because they get me thinking. I like being challenged and reading cogent, opposing arguments on certain issues is something I enjoy. It can give me insight on how to better respond to people with those concerns, and it might also force me to re-evaluate my own positions on issues. Some of the entries, however, piss me off and I just move on.

Hope that explains it better. I should probably title that list "Blogs I read but don't necessarily endorse" :)
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I meant to thank you on Monday for your response. I really appreciated it. I do know what you mean about the value of reading well-constructed arguments from a viewpoint opposed to one's own. (Sometimes I read the Wall Street Journal editorial page just for this.) And I would definitely be interested in hearing more of your thoughts about spaying/neutering.

I don't think I support mandatory spay/neuter laws, because it would be too easy to decide to apply them to only one breed and have it become BSL, because it seems like eugenics, and because I think people should be free to make that decision on an individual basis.

But I also see so many dogs come into our shelter from backyard breeders, and I get so frustrated... Like I said, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue. I guess I haven't thought about it that much.

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