This page expands on the usenet posting "Are we cruel" and adds comments to further explain exactly what it is we are doing to our dogs.
Here is how I introduced the usenet post:
Some of us recently discussed the things we do with and to our dogs and how some of them might appear to be cruel. So I put together this list. What do you think? Would you do this to your dog? Are you sure?
This discussion arose out of another post How Can You Tell When It's Cruel? I hope it gives you something to think about.
We deliberately expose our dogs to a form of radiation well known to
cause cancer in humans.
We amputate our dog's body tissue.
We deprive our dogs of their natural camouflage.
(by bathing them)
We destroy their self-preservation skills.
(by feeding them)
We sometimes take strips of dead animals and fasten it around our dog's
Some of us prefer to use long dead plants and animals that have been
further heat and chemical refined to form filaments resistant to tearing.
If we want something more colorful we might use the protective coating
for reproductive organs that has been stripped, twisted, woven then painted
(cotton print collar)
We deny them their closest companions.
We destroy long-standing relationships.
(killing fleas and ticks)
We frequently touch our dogs with a bit of bio-mechanics directed by
(muscles in hand/arm directed by brain)
One of the most effective ways of teaching some dogs not to wander off
is to cause them great distress.
(hide from them)
One of the most effective ways of getting a dog to come is to cause it
(run away from it)
We can gain great control over a dog by looping something around one
of the most sensitive areas of a dogs body.
We imprison them.
(by confining them in our homes)
Sometimes we apply a vacuum-powered bio-mechanical apparatus to our dog's
Some of us put bits of toxic waste filters into our dog's food.
We force them to become polite members of human society.
(we train them)
We restrict their natural movements.
(we leash them)
We tease them, withholding vital substances they want almost to desperation.
(make them sit & wait for their food dish)
We incarcerate them and subject them to motion sickness tests
(crate the in the car)
We give them solvent to drink. If they refuse the solvent, we may force
them to drink it.
Sometimes we dissolve some animal bodies in the solvent.
We occasionally cover our dogs with the dihydrogen monoxide
causing their ears and tails to droop in distress.
(give them a bath)
Most of us require our dogs to sustain themselves primarily on desiccated
When we feel generous we may add bits of rotted cow secretions to their
We take our dogs to have sharpened bits of steel shoved under their skin.
We deny their reproductive freedom of choice.
We subject them to unwanted medical care.
We rake their skin with multiple metal spikes.
(grooming) We limit their choices of bathroom facilities AND - We don't let them drive or vote!
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