Animal welfare

Frostie the snow goat

This video shows the efforts made by Edgar’s Mission to help a Frostie the snow goat overcome a condition that has affected his ability to walk. Edgar’s Mission is a farm sanctuary in Australia that looks after over 250 rescued animals. Some people argue that it’s cruel to keep animals with disabilities alive, but I disagree; Frostie clearly looks  happy in his harness, and I think animals have a much more pragmatic approach than humans when it comes to accepting what life throws at them.



H.R. Giger’s film legacy

Swiss artist H. R. Giger died yesterday at the age of 74.  In the film world, Giger is most famous for being the inspiration for, and the designer of the creature in the Alien franchise. Giger made designs for various other films, including Dune, Species, and Prometheus, but it is for the Alien creature for which he was most known.  Giger’s work is disturbing at many levels, as is shown in two images below; his creations really were the stuff of which nightmares are made, which why Alien and Aliens are such an effective blend of horror and science fiction



Restored Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

One of my favourite silent films, the 1920 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, has been restored, to bring out colour and details that have not been seen since its original release.  A video that discusses the process can be seen here. I own this film and have seen it several times.  I hope the restored version will be available for sale.images

Animal welfare

Why adoption is always best

The Humane Society of the United States has just published a very troubling report titled 101 puppy mills: A sampling of problem puppy mills in the United States.  According to the introduction, the goal of the report is to inform consumers about widespread problems with puppy mills before they make an uninformed purchase that could potentially support animal cruelty. The report includes puppy mills from 22 states, but because most of the dealers sell online or to pet stores, their puppies could be available to unwary consumers in all 50 states and beyond.

I am always very concerned on the rare occasion I enter pet stores that sell animals, as I can’t help but wonder how many of the animals come from these types of commercial breeders. I have reported one of the local pet stores a number of times because of the sub-standard conditions in which the animals for sale were kept (I know that fines were levied), so I don’t have much hope for their concern about the quality and integrity of the breeders from whom they buy the animals. As stated in the report, regulation alone cannot put an end to puppy mills; they will end for good only when consumers stop buying their puppies and insist on dealing only with animal shelters, breed rescues or small responsible breeders they have met in person.  There are so many animals in shelters who need homes and who will make loving and faithful companions.