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    Does Poverty Excuse Animal Cruelty?

    I met an old woman who showed me some pigs, they were sleeping so she picked up a long handled dustpan and whacked them so they would wake up and snuffle about and shit. Perhaps she figured this would impress me, I asked if it made her feel superior treating animals with such indifference - if it compensated for the fact she lived in a shitty shack in an even shittier, shambolic mess of a country and that she was fugly and toothless. She wasn't sure what I was saying so she gave me a toothless inane smile which told me two things, A: That she was thicker than the pig shit she reeked of and B: That she couldn't afford a dentist.

    Also in the back yard near the pond, which was full of cess and slag and decay and junk, there were small animals she described as ‘ducks’.
    “We have ducks in the UK” I added, “Only they have feathers and you can’t see their ribs,” I added with a sarcastic smile, which was so far over hear head even the pigs picked up on it. She then proudly lead me to the family transport which I expected to be an SUV or at the very least some kind of pick up. "Are you taking the fucking piss?" I exclaimed as she proudly showed me what I can only describe as a second hand BMX with a side car attached.

    In her 5ft high kitchen was a tapestry of the last supper, this was no surprise as everywhere there is imagery of Christ and messages telling us how great he is and that we should all praise Jesus.

    Strange I thought how Philippinies have zero respect or care for the creatures which provide them with food, a livelihood, transport and if they ever opened their eyes to it – companionship, yet they praise and worship the God that gave their country nothing but volcanoes, mudslides, landslides and hurricanes as if were singled out for punishment.

    Later on I went to the market where I saw a pet stall with cats and dogs being kept in cages so small that it would be impossible for them to lick their own arsehole. This I found equally disappointing, I say disappointing because I’m not some 14 year old girl from Milton Keynes who is seeing how cruel the world is for the first time, neither am I a vegetarian – not that I have anything against veggies, anyone who listens to Morrissey is all right by me, but I found it disappointing that a country so poor was, out of choice, missing out on something that is completely free – a little love and respect. I can't help wondering if they deserve to be as piss poor as they are.

    Now you could argue that the reason for their cruelty is emotional detachment but this is no excuse, I am not saying they should name the animals and have them share their pillows at night.

    Finally, after a trip to the supermarket, I found myself in a street lined up with small horses with blinkers on, leather straps and all the bondage, attached to a cart with a leather poo-pouch for their droppings and standing up in the blazing sunshine all day. Nearly all the horses were standing on three legs, one of the hind resting against the other to swap the weight around in much the same way we do, and were frothing at the mouth like they’d been supping cuppachinos.

    I felt thirsty just looking at them; I went up to the owner of a particularly shabby looking horse with a terribly matted coat that looked ready to drop, and I said...
    “Why don’t you take care of your horse you c*nt? It works for free – the least you could do is give it some water during the day” to which I got an inane smile through his tobacco stained teeth and he gestured toward the seat behind him.

    I took a deep breath.

    “Come here my friend” I said as I beckoned him forward, he did so and I reached into my supermarket bag and pulled out a jar of Kraft Miracle Whip and I said “This is for you” and before he had even read the label I swung it away from him and then with all the force I could muster I swung it into the side of his head, smashing it between his skull and my hand.
    He cried out and was shouting stuff in Tagalog as he held the side of his head, which was pink with Miracle Whip and blood. The palm of my right hand also sustained two nasty deep cuts, which were full of cheap, mass-produced mayonnaise, and blood running down my arm and dripping off my elbow.

    Before long, a group of men was gathered so I looked around in a panic and spotted punk legend John Lydon with a bunch of balloons, bought the lot from him for 500 pesos and like Mary Poppins I rose into the air and drifted away over the fucking rooftops and went home to masturbate myself silly.

    (after bandaging my hand up).
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    I suggest you never visit a wet market in the south of China Scampy.
    The experience left me weak at the knees and genocidal.
    Don't even want to describe it.

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    It's just an Asian thing, mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    wet market in the south of China
    That would make me sick.

    Animal cruelty is the lowest of the low. One step away from child abuse.

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    yes. cruelty towards poverty stricken animals is allowed.

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    Somebody once said you can judge a countries people by the condition of its animals and beaches, or something like that.

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    Animals are like children, they look to us for protection, and we abuse them more than we abuse anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    Somebody once said you can judge a countries people by the condition of its animals and beaches, or something like that.
    Ghandi.

    Don't think he mentioned beaches, though. Unless he'd been to Pattaya.

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    He was alright was Ghandi.

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    They cannot know they are needlessly abusing their animals without learning and absorbing that concept, within their capacity not yours, much like a carpenter cannot make a chair without the concept of one.

    Tell them they would be arrested in the West for even better treatment of their animals, and they would find it difficult to believe that where you come from people play with and buy special foods and toys for their 'pets', and that animals actually have rights.


    Don't forget it is you entering their world not them barging into yours, so if you wish to impress them with superior concepts, you can do so by showing them how to load more adult male pigs onto the back of a motorcycle than the thickest local could on a real bad day.

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    Most of them need educating in many areas.

    What's their leader Gloria Aroyyo busy doing? Is she jet setting around New York and Singapore shopping and dining out on government funds?

    Probably.

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