The Universe Frowns on Houston

December 3, 2008 at 3:51 am 6 comments


…because something this horrific demands an astronomical sense of outrage.

The sad news comes from BadRap via our friends over at YesBiscuit.

I am deeply saddened and disappointed to learn that all 187 dogs saved from the Houston dogfighting ring have been killed by their “rescuers”. BAD RAP tells it like it is:

They did it. They went for the easy out: The most convenient, economical way to deal with an unwanted excess of abuse victims.

Thank goodness they don’t “help” battered women, I guess.

‘Biscuit’s analogy to battered women brings up a disturbing and interesting point. Something is really wrong with a society where pathetic bastards men convicted of beating their wives get treated with more loving kindness fairness than dogs whose only crime is belonging to the wrong person — and the wrong breed.

What am I talking about? Restraining orders. Those esoteric bits of paper armor intended to protect women from their abusers – that have now fallen victim to a labyrinthine system where procedures differ from stationhouse to courthouse and where, sadly, violators often benefit more than the violated.

I’m not going to argue that dogs should be granted personhood, however… when a man who brutally beats his wife isn’t just given a free legal aid attorney and habeas corpus protection from arbitrary imprisonment but is also – all too often– given little more than a wink and a nudge when he violates a TRO; and a dog who belongs to a law-breaking, abusive bastard (or worse yet, to an innocent person) is seized and killed with less thought than we give a Thanksgiving turkey (and this, in the name of “rescue”) — we really need to re-examine our cultural mores.

[apologies for the rambling, disjointed structure of that last paragraph… The Cold From Hell has my brain stuck somwhere between park and neutral and I fear that I didn’t coast smoothly to the conclusions I was trying to make]

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sandysays1  |  December 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Rescued to death doesn’t make much sense, does it. Visit me at:

  • 2. YesBiscuit!  |  December 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I was stunned to hear on the news last night that the suspect in the Anne Pressley sex assault/murder had been connected to a rape in April but it took 7 MONTHS to get the DNA results back on that case so he was out wandering around, free to murder Anne Pressley at his convenience.
    Hello? Any women out there who want to be taken seriously?
    *raises hand, waves vigorously*

  • 3. Audie's Gramma  |  December 3, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    A loud, noisy campaign boycotting the Animal Planet series that promote the Houston, Detroit, and Miami-Dade “kill ’em all, let doG sort ’em out” guys, the “animal heroes?”

    The boycott, of course, directed at the sponsors of these shows.

    And specifically exempting the NYC SPCA show, which depicts them rehabbing and adopting out great numbers of “pit bulls.”


  • 4. SmartDogs  |  December 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    [raises hand]

    I’ll volunteer – a quick check shows that Pampers and Nintendo are two prominently featured sponsors.

    Pampers: 1-800-PAMPERS (726-7377).
    email form:

    Nintendo contact form:

  • 5. Caveat  |  December 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Animal Planet is lurid and sensationalist and the HSUS is one of their consultants so….

    I’m way out of the Pampers/Nintendo phase but I like this idea.

    Count me in, I’ll do a post so my reader will know that he (or she?) must not buy those products.

  • 6. SmartDogs  |  December 3, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I’ll see if I can control my gag reflex long enough to ff through an episode to get a longer list.

    Thank dog for the DVR. I really don’t think I could survive an *entire* episode…

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