Floyd | Monday, 28th of January 2013 at 09:28:06 AM
I know a ton of cops… most of them, overwhelmingly, support the law abiding citizen’s right to carry guns. The Sheriff of Milwaukee County faces reality… budget cuts + reality + Second Amendment = liberty
A SWISS newspaper investigation has turned up an ugly side of the beautiful Alpine land: many people like to include dogs and cats in their diet.
The Tages Anzeiger said farmers in the Appenzell and St Gallen areas in particular slaughter the creatures to eat themselves or to pass on to friends. The favoured breed is a dog that is related to the beefy Rottweiller.
“There’s nothing odd about it,” a farmer told the paper. “Meat is meat. Construction workers in particular like eating it.”
Another farmer told how he raised animals and then called in a butcher friend to kill them when they were ripe for slaughter. And another described how he either shot the creatures – usually adored as pets – or bludgeoned them to death.
According to the report, people ate the meat as “mostbröckli” – more usually a form of beef or ham that is marinated. One farmer said: “No-one knows what it is when you prepare it in this fashion.”
While not on a commercial scale, the practice horrifies animal rights activists in Switzerland – but the eating of such creatures is not forbidden by law. In Switzerland, a person who wants to kill a cat or dog will only be prosecuted if the killing is itself cruel.
The newspaper added: “The surveyed farmers spoke about their special preference only through the assurance of anonymity. All feared a hostile reaction from animal welfare activists and animal lovers.”
There are no official figures about how many of these animals end up on plates, but the paper said it was “particularly popular in the Rhine Valley”.
There’s no link, but there are some older stories after a quick Google. What’s for dinner? German shepherd’s pie.
Eric | Monday, 28th of January 2013 at 07:26:44 AM
As seen earlier this morning on Major League Baseball Network, minor leaguer Vance Albitz (St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple AAA Memphis team — go, Cards!) established Gloves 4 Troops after hearing a serviceman’s desire to have equipment available for playing catch during their downtime. If interested in donating gloves, baseballs and/or money, check out the website here. Donations also accepted at PayPal at the site.
South Africa has called out the police to join the hunt for as many as 10,000 crocodiles on the loose after escaping from a farm during floods and being washed into one of southern Africa’s biggest rivers, officials said on Friday.
Crocodile farmers, locals and police have trapped thousands of the reptiles, using plastic bands to tie their legs behind their backs and then piling them into pick-up trucks.
The flood gates at the Rakwena Crocodile Farm close to the Botswana and Zimbabwe borders were opened on Sunday because it was feared that rising flood waters would crush the reptiles, releasing some 15,000 crocodiles into the Limpopo River.
“At night time we have more success. It is much easier to see them,” Zane Langman, whose in-laws own the farm, told news channel ENCA.
Most of the crocodiles are less then two meters (78 inches) long. The area is home to several farms that supply crocodile skins to the fashion industry.