I really can't be bothered with the threads that poke fingers at small minorities of animal ownership, so thought I'd start one of my own, not that I needed any prompting from any members I look at the situation in animal rescue, with dogs being put to sleep hourly, being bred by those with no knowledge, and then I see ridiculous threads about the grand national, or controlling wolf populations in the US, and those threads attract hundreds of posts. It makes me feel sad for those animals who die by the thousands for the pet and meat industry, thoughtlessly and without any respect. Yet if we were to call for a ban on pet ownership, to stop the cruelty to pets, we'd be called extremists, or to stop people from eating meat (which I do btw) we'd be forcing our view on others. So why is it acceptable to ban one form of cruelty over another? Surely the emphasis should be on the cruelty issue, a bit like the deed not breed issue??