Tube strike off and last night's sickening BBC documentary
Seems the tube strike is off at the n'th hour. A planned 72-hour Tube strike has dramatically been called off following talks between rail unions and management. Don't really know if London's Mayor, Boris Johnson had anything to do with it but the Metro rag is quoting him as saying that he urged both sides to settle over what he considered a "relatively trivial dispute". As the Northern Line was one of the routes affected its a big relief all round. Any time the tube is not operating you can see people piling into the street struggling to get on the buses.
The rain has also eased off a little. Love rain to help the plants grow but this torrential rain we have been experiencing lately is so depressing. Nothing serious happening where I live but one can't help feeling sympathy for those who have been hit by floods and tidal waves. It's the damage to peoples' homes and property that's heart-wrenching. My only gripe is the rain has saturated the garden lights so they no longer work properly and the two year old cat deterrent sonic widget suddenly went berserk for all to hear. Supposed to work silently with only the test mode audible to the human ear. Have dried it out and changed the batteries but I may have to buy another one. They are not cheap so it's another expense I could do without at the moment. However it's a must have gadget otherwise the cats will invade the garden when all the greenery falls in the Autumn.
Last night watched the BBC documentary about Pedigree dogs. It stated that Pedigree dogs are suffering from genetic diseases, horrible deformities and other acute problems following years of inbreeding for dog shows. The ultimate aim being to breed a dog eligible for showing at Crufts, the creme de la creme show of the dog world.
Felt nauseated watching some of the distressed animals. It's sentimentality to the extreme. Any responsible owner no matter how much they might love an animal should have a dog like that put down - it's inhumane and as far as I'm concerned just plain wickedness to let them continue suffering in that way. Responsible breeders also screen out 'sick' dogs before allowing them to mate.
A pre-documentary interview with the Kennel Club's Bill Lambert and RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans highlighted some of the concerns. The actual programme seemed very one sided in their approach to the whole issue. They implied that the Kennel club is complacent in their approach to the situation which is far from the truth. My ears picked up when they mentioned boxers. Those who read this blog will know my foster mother is a champion Boxer champion breeder, Harmaur lineage and show judge. Reference was made to the breeds susceptibility to epilepsy. It's a well known fact and a very horrible sight to witness. Can remember one of her dogs, Polly, was affected. The other dogs in the house put up with the situation for sometime then they started to turn on her - a pack in the wild would have killed her. It was so upsetting when she had to be put down.
A great deal of medical research is involved with dog breeding with strict guidelines set out for those who are entering the business. However it's presently all on a voluntary basis and people as they are, many out for a fast buck often choose to ignore the guidelines. Unsuspecting people buy these dogs and they become much loved family pets.
Overall the documentary exposed some real worrying concerns that may require legislation before there are any radical changes.
Today, reaction to the programme - Kennel Club Hits Back at BBC Dog Documentary, Dog Trust and from the Mail online, BBC could drop Crufts over unhealthy 'freak show' breeds.