Dinosaurs blew up the earth

It was long my theory that Dinosaurs created so much methane through their huge farts that it all became so concentrated one day that it ignited and literally blew up the earth and all Dinosaurs with it. I don’t belief that it was a huge comet, just the methane would do.

A story from Germany proves that cow methane in a shed of 90 cows blew up the shed when the methane became concentrated and was set off by static electricity. Just imagine if cows can create that much gas how much gas the much bigger Dinosaurs created around the globe.

The Sudanese Wave

Ever since the political changes started in Sudan we hear of other related incidents and measures around the world. Sudan of course was subject to enormous human suffering and related problems.

If I remember right, Egypt played an important part in the farming strategy of Sudan. The original nomadic tribes were displaced and forced to change their lifestyle of make space for the farming of cattle to produce beef.

Incidentally today an English paper warms people to eat less steaks because of cancer risks. Thinking one and one makes two, I wonder whether there is a direct connection in the political and of course then economic changes to do with the cattle farming regions of Sudan and our ability to eat beef.  Health warnings over certain food items, can be a convenient way to encourage less demand. Of course I heard warnings about processed meat like ham before, in that we are not to give children lots of ham, as it is also a processed meat. Yet ham is made from pork and steaks are made from beef.

Beef itself is not a processed meat but a red meat. I read previously that eating too much red meat could cause cancer of the stomach related organs. Yet find the current trend to put people off from eating steak a little surprising.

Research shows that at some stage of the human development, humans divided into two groups, the meat eaters and the vegetarians and that the meat eaters prevailed as they developed greater intellect. It was put to us that eating meat stimulates brain activity.

I am concerned that contradicting reports about the benefits of eating meat might be caused by current affairs and a need to curb meat eating because of political and economic problems in farming the beef.

Of course Sudan was a major beef farming region and those changes there might have been he start of the social and political unrest taking place in the east right now. Incidentally Egypt was the first post of call, when Egypt was the most economically dependant on Sudan.

Well, hat is just a thought, and it takes a lot of research of not widely publicised facts and figures to establish the facts of the matter.

Rise in violence

Interestingly the increase of violence in dogs is highlighted in this BBC report and results in a deed not to breed request. I had to have my own dog destroyed a couple of weeks ago because it was largely a breed that simply cannot cope with meeting other dogs without attacking them. I walked the dog heavily strapped up and muzzled but it gotten more and more unhappy and developed illnesses. Some dogs are mainly bred to protect their territory from other dogs and animals and particularly Sharpei typed dogs are in that league. The Vet acknowledged this and I would not advice people to keep a Sharpei type dog in an inner city environment if they do not have a large garden or own green area for the dog to use.  There are of course many other breeds or mixes that get aggressive for similar reasons.

But often dogs get passed on from friend to friend and get sold in pet shops, were sourced from so-called puppy farms and look very cute indeed when they are puppies.

It is a natural consequence of a rising population density that the dogs of people freak out first and lose the ability to tolerate too many others for their liking. Cities and nature just do not mix and every respect.

Do animals deserve fairness?

Breeds of domestic dogs

 

Just reading an article about Battersea Dogs Home and that increasing numbers of stray dogs have to be destroyed despite being healthy but for reasons of uncontrollable aggression.  

I have grown up in a classical farmers environment where animals were looked upon for human value and not for sentimental motions like they are pets that deserve our sympathy. Animals were kept with a minimum of comfort to the effect that they could be of use for human consumption or protection in the case of guard dogs.  

Now I live in this big inner city environment for the main part of my life and see the completely different relationship people have to pets and even wild animals in that animal cruelty plays a big part and some people are considering whether some animals deserve their own legal entity because they are found to  have high IQs.  

Yet do domesticated pets fair worst than those semi wild animals that live uncontrolled in our cities like foxes. Without doubt foxes, rats, other wild animals pose a threat to humans but they have never been domesticated and are mostly smaller than some dogs, that pose a direct threat simply because they are large and don’t hide away. Stray dogs would roam around freely and feel confident amongst humans whilst foxes and rats don’t. But the latter ones can gome out from the hiding places to attack humans on occasions.  

The fact is that large cities, which have strictly controlled social rules and contexts are often becoming more and more unable to cater for the old-fashion family dog in the city, that was left to roam free in the part, because decades ago there weren’t that many people and/or dogs.  

Today that is quite difficult, especially in inner London dogs have to be kept on leads, and there are quite a lot about. It must be difficult for an animals that cannot satisfy the animal instincts that are its main communication method and therefore it seems cruel to lock animals away in flats by themselves. They are bound to become very unhappy and aggressiveness is often the only way to communicate that unhappiness. Should we restrict the number of dogs allowed into human society by re-introducing dog licences after careful scrutiny of the prospective owners because the irresponsible keeping of dogs that then end up in the streets, posing a threat to humans has to be weeded out.  

Similarly should we have to take greater strides to also cull the voluminous amount of cats, foxes and rats, though it is impossible to control the movements of wild animals that travel freely around the country and can enter a town at their will.  

I think inner cities are not the place to take risks and stricter animal controls should be in place to both curb irresponsible dog ownership and the number of potentially dangerous wild animals that occupy our cities. Would foxes be driven into the cities to escape fox hunts in nature or does the absence of fox hunts provide a breeding ground for unreasonable numbers of foxes that will pose a threat because they cannot find enough food in the wild and will turn onto humans for food, especially in the cities.  

The larger picture of course is how much rights should animals have to survive on this planet, how important are they for the natural balance of this planet’s environment. Because in the end we humans need a well-balanced environment to be able to live in it and I do not think that we could survive in an environment that is not fit for animals to live in as animals make an important part of the bio-sphere around us. I do not think that we can synthesize nature to completely adjust the functionality of it to our sole will and cut out uncontrollable animals behaviour.  

Most of the time wild animal behaviour is predictable, in the case of bees we can predict their useful activity in pollinating plants, that grow food for us to eat but those bees are part of a bigger biosphere and we have to be very careful not to mess with this with fatal consequences.

Gone to the dogs

I think society has reached a low point in human terms, in that it is today cheaper to buy a tin of human food than it is to buy a tin of dog food. Does that mean that the value of a human is less than that of a dog? Or does it mean that humans should be discouraged from keeping animals.

On the global front we see that we endeavour to allow animals as much freedom as possible to follow their natural instincts and roam around freely but in our society we curb free movement by placing poor persons on a strict diet of monetary shortage so that they cannot afford to travel.

Do nowadays Animal Rights Activists get more say than Human Rights Activists?

There is a relevance to such thoughts in that in times of human nihilism like Ethnic cleansing is like a threat that runs through all types of fascist up-risings, whereby humans are forcibly displaced to make way for the “better race”. See Kosovo, Darfur, Germany in Hitler times, Cambodia. In all those cases, rulers see fit to curb the movements of indigenous or groups of people to fit in with some disciplinary regime.

Yet this human degradation never touches the issue of animal rights, in fact Hitler was a great defender of Animal Rights and Vegetarian, though he easily killed millions of people.

Whilst we condemn Travellers for doing what our natural instincts tell us to do, not far from the animal herding instincts that force animals to travel for food, we condemn humans for doing similar things.  Of course we have a well established network of food and water supply.  (Not far from the Roman viaduct system), We displace humans from their natural environments to fit in with the given world-wide discipline, whilst we feel animals have to enjoy the freedom to roam. Are we trying to transcend our own sub-conscious desires into the animal word, the deep embedded instinct of feeling free.

Whilst we usually think that whatever is the most expensive is the best, should we now start to eat dog food and leave our cheap human foods to the animals instead?

I think whoever are the people who are in charge of governmental decisions worldwide should take into consideration that our culture is a fragile thing that can break one day, just like the Roman culture broke one day, unable to continue because its leaders were crazed by drinking water from lead pipes. Today’s general poison is drugs, though we make sure all food and water supplies are strictly up to standards. We see a social interactions of drug takers with people in the highest positions and that is something that is of concern today. That might imply that some decisions that are made might be detrimental in the long run and do damage to our culture, but we won’t be able to stop ourselves now and will never be able to reflect on our decisions until we allow ourselves to step back and become fair again.

Another child bitten by a fox

I take up this story because it concerns me that so many people under-estimate the role of wild animals, namely that wild animals and even tamed animals can turn predators on humans and the latest fox bite on a child that innocently stroked a tail that stuck out from under a building found himself attacked by a fox.

It is often and especially in cities that people perceive cute looking animals as something to be protected and animal wardens have to go out of their way to cull pests without attracting protests of animal rights activists.

Surely from the view of the animal, the animal acts according to his instinct and attacks the human intruder but we have to ascertain beyond reasonable doubt that our allegiance is with the humans and not with the animals. We need to take sides in such a conflict and protect human life, especially small children from fox attacks.

On my own estate I frequently see quite a lot of foxes and wonder why they are allowed to grow to such numbers. Maybe they are happy and leave humans alone as long as they find food easy enough but without a doubt they will turn on humans when their feral nature commands them to.

Quite recently we heard of an attack by pet dogs who killed their owner in the USA because the dogs developed the pack mentality, also an elderly woman was killed in France in 2000, a man was mauled to death by his dog here in London a short while ago too. Only a couple of weeks ago, twins were attacked in their cots by a fox too.

Here are other similar stories from around the world. South Africa, Adelaide Australia.
The fact is that all animals have no morals other than their own survival instinct and basically see us for food, unless we pamper them so much that they do not need to worry about it. There are exceptions where animals are reported to have saved their owners and stayed with them after they died, but those are occasions where the animals were well disciplined and not allowed to develop that dangerous pack mentality or foster wild instincts.
Unfortunately those animals that attack humans are either dangerous breeds or wild animals that are allowed to roam free amongst humans without any type of discipline enforced onto them.

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