Pets on other planets?Published November 17, 2008
Quieting the 'we are the world' believers, scientists released today glorious photos of a solar system that exists outside of our own. The photos reveal planets, stars, and a sun apparently three times bigger than our own. There is a rumor that at least one of the planets holds water, and...therefore...possibly more earthlings? The mind boggles, but, moreso, does this mean that there’s a new universe of pets out there? Some focus on the scientific possibilities, philosophers are weighing in on what we, here on earth, look like to aliens? What would they have to say about the pet breeds that have been watered down or cosmetically and genetically manipulated? What would they say about our treatment of our so-called 'pets?' Assuming they don't read the same newspapers, shame on us should they ever catch wind of the broken-up dogfighting ring in Texas, this weekend, that drew crowds of 100 people and bets as high as $1,000. This shameless group kept detailed journals of fights and used crates to ship dogs internationally. Nearly 200 dogs have been seized, eight people arrested, and 47 others indicted since officials near Houston announced Friday they busted what they called one of the country's largest dogfighting operations. According to reports, organizers sold pups for as much as $500, and champion-type bloodlines could go for $1,500 to $3,000. Animal welfare groups are taking care of most of the seized dogs, but a judge will decide their fate and most of the dogs could be euthanized. Authorities broke up the ring through a 17-month investigation by undercover officers, who attended some of the weekly or bimonthly fights held at eight secluded sites. So, what is our world coming to? I don't know, but maybe soon we can just move to another planet?
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