Last month, a story circulated worldwide about a man in Argentina who had purchased what he thought was two toy poodles from a local market for a bargain price. The poodles turned out to be ferrets that had been loaded with steroids to plump them up and make them appear more like a poodle than a ferret.
I have two things that concern me:
1. While some people focused on debates about ‘how dumb could the guy be….?’, my thoughts were – ‘what a shocking case of abuse.’
These ferrets were loaded with damaging steroids to make money. There was no thought given to their welfare and the impacts on their health from the steroids.
2. There is no such thing as a free lunch. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is…
When dealing with animals, people really need to think about quality. Are they buying quality? Is it a cheap product that could damage animal health (how many cases have we seen with cheap, spot-on flea treatments and the damage that they cause?)
In this case, the buyer should have questioned the bargain price. At a minimum, he was probably purchasing a poodle with health problems resulting from poor breeding practice. What he got was even worse, a different species of animal that had been altered to deceive…
So, in summary, I think it is good that this story was circulated. However, I am disappointed the track that many media took about the story. We need to put animals first. Welfare of the animals is top priority.
What do you think?