Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Crossing the Line: Obesity to Cruelty

Two brothers in the UK were found guilty of "causing unecessary suffering to an animal," by allowing their 10 year old chocolate lab to gain a gross amount of weight, to the extent that he could not even walk more than five or six steps wihtout collapsing.

Some feel this crosses a line, causing pet owners to worry about a pet gaining a few pounds and others wonder if parents will be prosecuted for having "fat" children.

The story, plain and simple, is that the brothers failed to give the dog an appropriate diet and rejected any advice from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Could you even look at this image and watch this video of this poor, helpless creature and argue against this ruling? I'm glad to see that someone is looking out for at least one of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of neglected animals out there.

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