Jan 10, 2019 by Lee Hart

Making headlines today – Jan 10, 2019

SMAll BUT POWERFUL

I love practical research results that really speak to me. I was reading this morning that researchers in the United Kingdom have determined that people with a few extra pounds around their waist — these even used the word obese— have smaller brains — 12 per cent smaller than people who aren’t over weight.

So does that mean that fat people are now fat and stupid? The spin I’m taking in my situation it is sort of like advances in computer technology. Most smart phones today have more computing capacity than the room-sized computers that launched Apollo 11 spaceship to the moon in 1969. So yes, my brain is smaller but has a great deal more capacity than most people.

And with a brain that is 12 per cent smaller that leaves more room in my head for daydreaming, while I eat chips.

BAD JUDGEMENT CALL

Bad headlines and an ugly little video online about this cop in Lethbridge, AB who came across a deer that had been struck and injured by a vehicle, so the cop decided to use his police truck to run over the deer and put it out of its misery.

His motive was right, he just happened to use the wrong tool — especially with someone nearby capturing the whole episode on video. The video shows the cop driving over the deer four or five times before the deed was done. Yikes.

So far there is no explanation of why the officer didn’t use his service revolver to dispatch the deer — perhaps he didn’t have one and there may be some other good explanation.

I feel badly for the deer and the cop. Neither wanted their days to end this way.

IN SEARCH OF THE HAYLESS HORSE

And another of those head-shaker stories about this woman and man near Evansburg, AB (west of Edmonton) who are facing 60 (five dozen) charges of animal cruelty after the Alberta SPCA seized 65 horses and six dogs from their property.

There were no dead animals, and the live ones were in various states of health — generally they were starving. First of all why does anyone need 60 horses and secondly I don’t think you need to a great deal of knowledge about livestock nutrition to realize that animals need to be fed.

To top it off, this wasn’t the first time the woman has been down this road. She had 16 horses, dogs and rabbits seized from another property in 2010 and was convicted in 2012. Along with a fine she was banned from owning animals until early 2017.

So obviously it didn’t take her long to get back into the mistreatment of animals business.

I know it would be difficult and humbling, but the fact is that if you can’t look after your animals there are many resources available with contact information online, or visit a local veterinarian office, or stop in at your local police office and help will be found.

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Hart

Lee Hart


Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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