As we approach the Year of the Rat in 2008 (officially Feb 7, 2008 in western calendars) it still surprises me that there are people adopting mixed pair rats and claiming ignorance when they end up with an accidental litter.
It really is rather simple. Most pet keepers will at least ask the question: what sex is the animal? Most pet stores, should know … and with rats, it is so very obvious in unaltered adoption age rats that there should be virtually no thought required to tell a potential adopter what the sex of their new pet is.
Betrand Russell once said:
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Let this be our guiding light for the upcoming Year of the Rat!
… and still we have no laws that do more than pay lip service to animal welfare …
I thought this quote put it in perspective:
Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.
~~ Paul Harvey
Perhaps the Swiss have it right …
Every year I often wonder how our furry friends will fare … as much as the Christmas season is one of giving, sometimes the giving is not a good thing.
It is with good intentions that people gift a “pet” to another person, but it is also an unfortunate fact that this pet could then be given to a shelter, or a humane society, or God forbid … Mother nature, or the fates … which brings me to today’s quote:
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
~~ Mahatma Gandhi
This is not just about pets, but it has always served as a reminder to me to treat them as well as possible … and be well aware of a new pet’s future enviroment.
May all those who have taken a new pet into their lives and homes this holiday season enjoy the love and joy they will bring … and may those unable to tend to these defenseless animals make every effort to see to their well being in a home that will care for them as they so innocently deserve.
A Happy Holiday Season to all creatures great and small.
A new direction … or a different tact?
Although I have not been active recently in posting to this blog, I have been looking for ideas to make this an outlet of thoughts and concerns. With this in mind I will try a new approach.
A collection of quotes in regards to things rat … some may seem obscure, others may be quite obvious and perhaps even some will be misconstrued entirely, we will see.
I will start with this quote, as it seemed to fit with recent readings in regard to animal welfare in Canada:
I think there is a dangerous rise in defeatist sentiment in this country. I have said that repeatedly, and I mean it and I believe it.
~~ Stephen Harper