One ‘Trade’ which should be scrutinised.

Whilst the very idea of crusading on anything excepting politics, and how we are actually governed, is the last thing on my mind, I came across a blog post which did stir some mild resentment; If I might expand a little.

Normally, I am no great ‘animal rights expert’, my feelings and opinions amount to the hope that there should be no actual cruelty in the rearing, transportation or death of animals which have been reared to provide mankind with food, and similar hope as regards animals which are kept or looked upon as family pets. I am of the firm belief that animals are not sentient beings, despite many people tending to anthropomorphise animals, birds etc, based upon their dark eyes or on their alleged ability to detect or understand human voice commands or terms of endearment. If other people view pets or other animals as ‘almost human’; it is my belief that they delude themselves. I would just point to the large number of attacks by dogs upon either their owners, upon small children visitors, or upon other animals. These attacks happen because all dogs, large and small, are descendants of the wolf; and you cannot find a more unpredictable or dangerous animal in the wild than a wolf, bred through countless centuries to do one thing, and one thing only, which is to kill for the sake of the pack, for food; and to demonstrate that the alpha-male wolf is the leader.

But I digress, and would return to my original theme, which is that we should ensure that all transported animals, whether it be UK horses sent for use as carcasses in France, or beef cattle sent from Australia towards the Middle East; are transported decently, and with due regard for the regulations which should rule all live animal transport. As this sea-going vet states, with due regard for written English:—  Live Export is in Deep Shit. She writes of having to attain a bows-light state so all the hundreds of tons of livestock urine and shit, along with innumerable gallons of water, run down towards the ship’s stern, and also to set a starboard list to encourage the shit to flow over the starboard side of the ship at the stern; whilst on a never-ending cycle of washing, cleansing, saw-dust spreading and health checking for the whole voyage. I would end this small polemic by giving just one photograph of the conditions for the animals whilst on board, and wondering what dreadful diseases are carried off the ships and into the abbattoirs, as they discharge their hapless cargo?

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and the violins all played sad music together!

I have often admired  a blogger colleague’s persistence in scrutinising and commenting upon the truly bizarre court cases which attract her attention: and it is in this spirit that I ask that you focus your mind upon the strange case of the ‘Threatening CD’.

Seems as though this woman’s husband had died, and as he had looked after the payment of the family’s  bills, and as there was a total of £292.00 owing after he had died, this woman thought that, as a gesture of ‘Goodwill’ on EDF’s side of things, they should kindly forgive the debt.

Mrs Rowland alleges EDF Energy tried to get her to pay the money back by sending her a CD featuring a recording of her dead husband’s voice as evidence she was also responsible for the bills.

The recording, EDF Energy confirmed, was from the telephone conversation Mr Rowland had to add his wife to the account. Mrs Rowland said: ‘Last month EDF sent me a CD with a recorded message of my husband’s voice from July last year. ‘The only reason why he phoned them was to put my name in our account because it only used to be in his name.

‘These people care more about making money rather than people’s emotions.’

Mrs Rowland hasn’t even listened to the recording all the way through yet because it is too upsetting.

She said: ‘Instead of mourning my husband’s death, I’m constantly thinking of EDF.

‘It’s like cutting my wound which is already open. I can’t carry on like this.’

So, despite accepting that the debt is valid, and the money is owed to EDF, as was confirmed by the Ombudsman after having reviewed the case and agreed Mrs Rowland was liable for the outstanding balance; she still reckoned that, because of the stress, the debt should be forgiven, which, after the Daily Mail intervened, it was indeed written off.

My goldfish died forty-five years ago, and I had to give a dog away to a friend before leaving South Africa; I wish that British Gas would cancel my bill, because of the long lasting stress.