From last year, of course.
Reader Wendy Browne posted this photo of this wolf in my Facebook Group.
I did a reverse image search through Google, and it is a real image.
This wolf was killed in Russia, and it’s actually a good thing that the wolf hunters did kill it.
It was suffering from a severe spinal deformity– an unusually short spine. This same condition does occasionally pop up in dogs.
This wolf was most likely able to survive because it could eat what its pack-mates killed, but at some point, there could easily be prey shortage.
And this poor wolf would be the first to go.
And my guess it would be as humane a death as a bullet.
Steve Rinella explains why:
Nara U. sent me this photo today. I hope you are not eating when you look at this photo:
This dog was bred by a Peruvian dog breeder (or more likely, a Peruvian dog dealer) named “Sharpei Juliuss,” who apparently has decided to push the defective and feverish sha-rpei phenotype as far as it will go.
This dog cannot open its eyes all the way, and while it certainly wouldn’t be wining prizes at any dog shows, there are very idiotic people who think breeding such extreme dogs is a wonderful thing.
This dog is not the only one that this breeder is producing.
Here is just a sample:
The shar-pei breed has a lot of problems.
It is derived from a very small gene pool. When I was a kid, this was “the world’s rarest dog,” and within a decade, I saw them in pretty decent numbers in West Virginia, which is nowhere near where they originated.
So someone had to be cranking out these rarities at a pretty strong clip to get them on the pet market in here in America.
And that’s only its genetic structure.
The dog itself is often bred to such extreme with its wrinkles that many puppies have to have their eyelids tucked up so they can both see and not have their eyelids raking against their eyes.
This is what happens when the only thing you care about is what a dog looks like.
Dog breeders can produce all sort of different morphological traits in their dogs, but at some point, it becomes cruelty– cruelty that in the amount of suffering actually exceeds that of dog fighting.
This is dog production without empathy.
It’s nothing more than perverse vanity masquerading as something noble.
It’s really pretty sickening.