Tuesday, 4 November 2008

By their stupidity shall ye know them

I have just read something that makes me think we are at the beginning of April (1st to be exact) rather than the beginning of November.
Cat and dog owners are to be told to provide "entertainment" and "mental stimulation" for their pets under new government advice. The code of practice also includes advice on diet and providing "somewhere suitable to go to the toilet". It says owners should watch for signs of stress and advises on introducing cats to dogs without the fur flying.
Owners will not be fined for breaking the rules but failure to comply may be used in animal cruelty prosecutions. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it wanted to remind pet owners of their responsibilities under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act. The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."
Certainly, I have seen the reports of ditzy old women who have 95 cats in a two bedroom house or 30 beagles in a house where the carpet was 6" thick in dog sh*t but they are well outside the terms of DEFRA's latest stupidity. This animal welfare -focussed DEFRA is the same department that slaughtered thousands of cattle rather than use vaccination at he time of the F & M outbreak.
I feel insulted by this but console myself that it was doubtless written by supporters of Brown writing for an intended audience of Brown supporters. Truly Brown Stuff. Do we not need a Code of Practice for aged relatives, family of cancer sufferers, soldiers whose confidence is destroyed by serving their country?

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