White tigers are not albino, nor are they a unique species of tiger - rather, they’re a color morph due to a rare double recessive gene. Since only 1 in 10,000 Bengal tigers will be born white in the wild, and even then they often will not survive, the white tigers we see in places like zoos, or the above advertisement, are the product of years of inbreeding.
Due to this white tigers often have a menagerie of health issues such as crossed eyes, cleft palates, scoliosis, hip dyslplasia, immune system deficiencies, and neurological disorders. Thes animals serve no conservation purpose and often live shortened, miserable lives.
Kenny is an extreme example of this, but he is certainly not alone. The white tigers we see have underlying health issues, and the ones that wear their genes on their sleeves like Kenny are hidden away.
The media has a great impact on the desireability of animals. After 101 Dalmations there was a huge boom in demand for Dalmations, which were shortly after deposited in shelters and discarded on the streets once owners realized it was more than they could handle.
The same occurs with white tigers. White tigers are showcased and glorified, promoted as some mystical, mysterious being, a rare gem! Thusly unwitting people fall in love with these animals and want to see more of them, and so long as there is money to be made from the exploitation of white tigers greedy subhumans will continue to breed with no regard for the individual animals or the species.
Tell Subway, a restaurant priding itself on it’s alleged environmental awareness, how you feel about them using a white tiger in their advertisment and commercial for “bold new flavors" and contributing to the demand of these inbred felines?
- Contact Customer Service
- Subway (Facebook)
- @SUBWAY (Twitter)
- SUBWAY Restaurants (YouTube)
- Subway Corporate Office & Headquarters
325 Bic Drive Milford CT 06460
Subway, if you want to use a white tiger to promote your food then be honest use one like Kenny.
Hellbender salamander, also known as the Snot Otter. Both are fantastic names.
Yeesh, rough handling in the first photo. :(
The top two pictures are of a dog skull. The bottom two pictures are of a bear skull. Note the difference between the molars of the dog (a carnivore) and those of the bear (an omnivore).
So I’m going to preface that I love a lot of the things this blog posts, but I am going to (respectfully!) nitpick.
Dogs are carnivores but not obligate carnivores like cats are. Having plant-based items in their diet is not detrimental to the animal IF supplemented with meat products/proteins. Now, I will say having a shitty corn-based diet with low-grade meat supplementation is definitely not good and I will agree with you wholeheartedly.
As far as skulls go, however, what you have shown is not the end-all-be-all. Just take a look at more skulls of other omnivores:
They resemble the dog skull’s teeth as well, however they are considered omnivores. It is not entirely in the teeth, because not all omnivores are created equal. Dogs produce amylase(though not in the saliva) and therefore can digest starch. By no means does this make them absolute omnivores where you will observe them eating equal parts plant matter and meat like bears, but their ability and at times even choice to eat something other than meat is what leads many people to classify them as omnivores. Dogs are not wolves, we have spent many a thousand years domesticating them. So using the carnivore status of wolves as a comparison to domesticated dogs isn’t all that accurate.
Now if you choose to feed your dog an all meat diet this obviously isn’t going to hurt them either. All meat is fine, meat and some starch is also fine, all starch definitely not fine.
This is a good read from the other end of this argument that also discusses why dogs produce amylase despite being carnivores:
…the search also revealed lots of genes involved in starch digestion and metabolism, and in the use of fats. Dogs, the team found, have more copies than wolves do of the AMY2Bgene, which produces an enzyme that breaks starch into easily digestible sugars.
So I don’t really know what this post turned into, I think I was just irked by the teeth approach in the above photoset. And the potential misinterpretation that this post may be saying dogs can’t/shouldn’t eat any plant matter.
So, yeah. That’s my input.
It’s not so much that dogs shouldn’t be eating any plant matter as they don’t need to. I like to call dogs and wolves opportunistic carnivores. They aren’t obligate carnivores, certainly not. But they are definitely carnivores.
The wolf’s ability to derive some nutrients from plant matter is simply a survival mechanism. It’s something that’s enabled them to survive for a while in times where getting meat is difficult. This doesn’t change the fact that meat is their ideal diet.
Yes, we’ve domesticated dogs, yes dogs have changed a lot from wolves in many ways. One of the ways they’ve changed least, actually, is their digestive tract and dietary needs. Because it’s only been quite recently that dog food was invented. Before that, family dogs were fed butcher scraps and the like. Certainly no one was feeding plant matter to their dogs before the invention of dog food.
Yes, dogs were fed scraps! This includes vegetable scraps. I think you sort of misunderstand what an omnivore is.
Omnivores exist in a spectrum. Some eat mostly meat- but also eat small amounts of plants. Others are the opposite. Other still are anywhere in between! This doesn’t stop them from being omnivores. They are still eating both animals and plants.
So dogs are indeed omnivores.
Except no, they aren’t. I think you’re the one misunderstanding what an omnivore is.
An omnivore thrives on a mixed diet of plant matter and meat protein. Yes, the amount of plant matter vs meat protein varies from omnivore to omnivore but that fact remains.
In fact, having both meat protein and plant matter in the diet is essential for an omnivore.
A carnivore does not require plant matter. There are carnivores who have developed the ability to process some plant matter. This is, once again, a survival mechanism. It doesn’t make them an omnivore. The fact remains that they thrive on an all meat protein diet and do not require plant matter at all.
And of course, there’s obligate carnivores who cannot process plant matter or survive off of it (even temporarily) at all.
As soon as an animal not only survives but thrives with plant matter in it’s diet it is no longer a carnivore. It is an omnivore. Correct? Maybe a biologist would be more helpful to chime in about this.
Maybe rhamphotheca can help?
Whoops, didn’t see this message! Yup. I’ve been looking around and- big surprise- the danger seems to be minimal.
…but rats are not considered a particular risk, IF the vet knows what they’re doing. Hypothermia is a risk so the rat must be kept warm during and after. They shouldn’t be fasted or sedated. And younger rats, without respiratory issues, do best. Adverse reactions are possible but rare. Complications arise more from the surgery itself, so bigger procedure = more risk. Neutering is therefore not too dangerous. But just in case, I don’t advocate it unless necessary.(end)
Yeah… I didn’t want to drag you into it so I didn’t really mention you.
She’s obviously upset with me, but I hope that with time she’ll cool off and at least be ok with me. I don’t like making enemys.
Obviously, a vegan should show preference about what job they get.
But the reality is that the vast majority of people, let alone vegans, cannot be picky about their job.
I live in a city that is literally falling apart, just this past year FIVE businesses (including my other job…) left our plaza and the one next to it. They’ve not been replaced, either. The plazas are half empty.
Yesssssss aaaaaaaaah Hristo Hristov is amazing! I’m super sad he doesn’t have an online profile anywhere other than dead forum accounts.
There are newts and salamanders that are fully aquatic and others that are fully terrestrial! There’s a lot of variety to choose from. You could do a terrestrial Red Backed Salamander (very easy to care for, it’s just the feeding you might not be able to do.) or an arguably simpler Tiger Salamander.
If you want a mix of land and water you can do a Rough-Skinned Newt.
Just be sure to familiarize yourself with newt/salamander care before getting anything! :)
What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)
This is a companion piece to this post, which focuses on small mammals.
Once again we have companies telling people that their cages are large enough, that the animals only need a little space, or that their cages are “large”. The boxes boast about the products being spacious and large enough to house “happy” animals. This is a flat out lie. The majority of commercial cages are completely inappropriate for what they are made for. And it’s so hard to convince people otherwise because it says right on the box that it’s big enough. And you see it in the media, too. Mice in tiny cages, rats in tiny cages, etc. It’s all fed to us since we were little. And so people grow up with these preconceived notions that animals can live in cages that size. They keep them in the small cage, their friends keep them in the small cage, the animal lives and dies in the small cage. And then you congratulate yourself on a job well done and repeat the process.
All animals need a certain amount of space to be happy. This is especially true for mammals, who are generally social and high energy. A mouse will run between 1-6 miles a day on their wheel. Now tell me that tiny cage is big enough to satisfy their urge to roam.
If we are to keep these animals in captivity their well-being should be our first concern. If you cannot afford a cage that big, you cannot afford the animal. If you do not have space for a cage that big, you do not have space for the animal. If you cannot devote the time to letting them out every day, you do not have the time for the animal. Do NOT get the animal unless you can actually care for it. Not just give it the care the BOX tells you to give it but ACTUALLY care for them.
Mammals kept in cages that are too small tend to give off signs of their cruel confinement. These unnatural behaviors are indicative of (though not soley caused by) an unsatisfactory environment.
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined ferrets:
- Aggression to you (lunging and biting)
- Constant and intense escape attempts
- "Laziness" (really depression or lethargy)
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rats:
- Biting the bars of the cage
- Cage aggression
- Aggression to other rats
- Walking in circles
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined chinchillas:
- Chewing the cage bars
- "Laziness" (especially at night when they should be active)
- Pacing/repetitive behavior
- "Barbering" another chinchillas fur. (pulling the hair out)
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined mice:
- "Chasing" their tail (walking in a tight circle)
- Chewing the cage bars
- Aggression to other mice
- Backflips in place
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hedgehogs:
- Obesity (the biggest sign)
- Repetitive behavior
And to repeat the other article I wrote about this:
And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a mouse in a cage that size and it was fine.”
You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen mice in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen ferrets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a rat who is happy.
Not only that but you are not qualified to make decisions about an animals mental health unless you yourself have researched their body language and spent time (not years, but at least enough time to be well-learned) studying it to understand it competently and be able to accurately interpret it.
Because I can tell you literally every single person who has come into work and seen a mouse or hamster doing backflips starts LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY because they think the mouse/hamster is playing.
That means adults, young adults, teenagers, kids, EVERYONE thought it was a happy little animal jumping for joy when in actuality it was an animal so confined that it was literally going insane.
Mice need to burrow, climb, forage, run, and play. Chinchillas need to jump, run, forage, and play. Rats need a LOT of play. Ferrets need EVEN MORE. These animals are more complex than you think, and that “starter kit” you just bought at the pet store is not going to cut it. So please, if you find yourself in a situation where you already have one of these animals or plan on getting one, give these sites a good read. (note: even some of these sites do not give out proper cage size information! It just goes to show how common of a problem it is)
:( Well, I’m sorry that’s the case! Can’t help you there. (and you’re welcome, I figured a warning would be needed considering the people I’m talking to!)
Aw, I’m sorry. But like I’ve told others, arachnophobia is not impossible to overcome. There are many therapists who are able to help.
There may be some things you can get over, but I don’t think phobias are one of them. I’m even medicated for anxiety, and I’m still petrified of spiders. I have to get someone else to come get them for me while I’m usually up on a chair with my feet tucked as tightly against me as possible while screaming.(end)
I have faith that you can overcome it! A lot of people do! :) Even extreme cases.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are the only over the counter kind of help you can give him, since the vets giving him steroids.
If memory serves, we took our cats home right away after spaying them.
You can most likely keep the cat at the vets office overnight, though. This article explains it a bit more and why it’s probably a good idea to do so.