Tuesday, April 10, 2007

39,000 Pets Poisoned in Recall Crisis

AP is reporting that 39,000 cats and dogs have been sickened and/or killed over the food recall situation.

WASHINGTON — Cases of kidney failure among cats rose by 30 percent during the three months that pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical was sold, one of the nation's largest chains of veterinary hospitals reported Monday.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital, said an analysis of its database, compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals, suggests that three out of every 10,000 cats and dogs seen in its clinics developed kidney failure during the time the melamine-contaminated pet food was on the market.

There are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

For the record, my westies, who never eat the kind of crap food and treats that have been recalled, are fine. (I had my buddy Evan, our vet, check their kidneys.)


Blogger Lee said...

These odious studies have many problems with them because they assume there is an easy division between straight and gay (which of course the women's results make clear doesn't work). This assumption negates the existence of bisexual men and women, situational homosexuality, and other forms of same sex desire (notably the homoerotic) that evades this comfortable assumption.

Moreover, this work still *doesn't* tell us a thing about sexual desire: why do individuals like leather, snowsuits or sex toys or for that matter dicks or breasts? We don't know. But these studies continue to pretend that showing "gay" men (many of whom will have had straight sex) pictures of "desirable men" and watching them get hard "proves" something. Even if we can be sure that the "gay" guys are "really gay" and the straight women really straight, the question of desire still is open. And by the way, how come no one ever asks about heterosexuality? It ain't the only way of doing things in nature and not even the most efficient. (I'm thinking about that Komodo Dragon that just decided to reproduce herself without a male.)

What really pisses me off is that no one even notices the male researcher blithely confirming the big hetero male fantasy of two chicks getting it on because they're flexible (but of course straight men AREN'T, gals! So don't you go thinking yer man will reciprocate your lesbian romp with some hot man-on-man action later!) Nor do these studies deal with the question of men who have sex with men who don't identify as gay OR bisexual (horrors!). No. Just the "gay" guys are getting hard at looking at desirable men.

As for the trans discussion, NO one wants to deal with the complications that arise when trans folk find their orientation is gay or lesbian post-op. No. That's too icky for scientists. Those outcomes don't fit the question-they are unusual or abnormal. Of course, these same male scientistfor decades did medical research on male subjects and extrapolated the results to include women. Women's bodies didn't count because (oh, this sounds familiar!) their bodies were too unpredictable. Just like their libidos, apparently.

And, just when you think the Lamarckian heresy is dead, these bozos resurrect it. No gene has ever been found responsible for a behaviour (To guote the title of a great book "Love of Shopping is NOT a Gene!")nor have hormones been proven to cause a behaviour. Correlations perhaps but cause, no.

Finally, the vole studies mentioned in one of the articles make me wonder. Putting aside the question of generalizing from voles to humans, we might note that one of the interesting findings of the Humane Genome Project was to find that there are considerable overlaps with our DNA and that of several worms. Now, why aren't we asking why we abandoned the split--in-two (cloning) approach for reproductive sex. Oh wait, i know. because heterosexuality is the ONLY way. Well, that's what the oppressors always say, isn't it? Of course, we all know that's not true.

4/14/07, 1:17 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I had no idea you felt so passionately about the pet food recall crisis! (comment whooshed to correct post)

4/15/07, 8:37 PM  

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