There are many barbaric practices still employed in today's society, especially when it comes to animals, and I'm not just talking about wild animals. Whenever you see a Doberman Pinscher walking around with perfectly straight ears, that's because a doctor cut off the Doberman's ears to achieve that look.
Although the way we think and care about animals has evolved over the decades, practices like chopping off Doberman's ears are still widely employed. These practices do nothing more than appease the owner. They certainly don't help the animal, that's for sure. So why should we continue doing these things?
One extremely common practice involves house cats. I'm talking about declawing cats. Sure, it is awful to come home to find your couch ripped apart by your cat's claws, or to get a scratch from them, but what's the cost of taking away this vital and natural part of the cat anatomy?
There are many cat enthusiasts who absolutely abhor the practice of declawing cats. That's because a cat's claws are a natural and vital part of their anatomy. Just because it bothers us humans does not mean that it's something we can simply remove on a whim. Recently, cat lovers have won a great legal battle. A ban on cat declawing was passed by New York Lawmakers on Tuesday. That would make New York the first state to outlaw the inhumane practice.
The bill isn't exactly new. Over the last couple of years it has circulated through capitol hill, gaining traction over time. Oddly enough, the bill passed on Animal Advocacy Day of all days. That's a day where the Legislative Office invites animal advocates to join them to "further strengthen Buster's felony animal cruelty law."
A bill has to go through several levels before becoming a law (haven't you listened to SchoolHouse Rock?). It must go through both houses of the legislature, and then there is one more step. Governor Andrew Cuomo must sign off on the bill. This would make New York the first and only state to ban cat declawing.
Linda B. Rosenthal is the woman responsible for helping push the bill along. She thinks the practice is "brutal." On her Facebook page she says, "Declaw leads to a lifetime of pain and discomfort for a cat, all in the name of protecting a cat owner's furniture. Today, though, every cat and kitten in New York State lands on its feet as we prepare to make New York the most human, paw-some state for cats in the United States."
The Human Society also agreed with Linda B. Rosenthal. They state that it is an "unnecessary surgery that provides no medical benefit to the cat." There is, however, a good argument to keep the practice as an option. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society says that it should be an option "when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia." If you are a pet owner who is considering euthanizing or abandoning their cat because it has claws, maybe you're the problem.
The Veterinary Medical Society continues in their statement by saying, "The decision to declaw a cat is a medical decision that should be made by the owners in consultation with a trained, licensed and state-supervised veterinarian operating within the appropriate standards of practice. Declawing of domestic cats should be considered when its clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s) or after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively."
Celebrities are no strangers to changing their looks for a role. And in some instances, they have to get pretty extreme. From 500-calorie-a-day diets to drinking pints of ice cream, Actors and actresses know what it takes to change their bodies in preparation for a new film.
Charlize Theron is no stranger to gaining and losing weight for movie roles, as we remember her transformation in Monster. Charlize Theron gained close to 50 pounds for her role as Marlo in Tully. Theron said that “for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods and I drank way too much sugar. … I remember having to set my alarm in the middle of the night in order to just maintain the weight.”
You’re used Chris Hemsworth's hulk-like figure in Thor, but In the Heart of the Sea required a totally different diet. The movie required the cast members lose a ton of weight to make their stuck-at-sea plight more believable. Chris Hemsworth said there were days when all he ate was one boiled egg, a couple of crackers, and a celery stick.
Anne Hathaway wanted to get serious for her role in Les Misérables, as she was playing Fantine, a starving prostitute with tuberculosis. So Anne Hathaway went on a diet of “rabbit food” to drop 25 pounds. Hathaway explained her diet was essentially just starving herself, but she didn’t want to give details, as she doesn’t want to encourage anyone to copy her emaciated look. She did note that she “just had to stop eating for a total of 13 days shooting,” however. And at one point, her bones became so frail that she reportedly broke her arm.
Matthew McConaughey's portrayal of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, a man with HIV/AIDS, was spot-on, earning him the title of best actor at the Oscars. But it also required a serious physical transformation. Matthew McConaughey said he lost 38 pounds for the role. During filming, he said he lost a lot of energy from eating so little — and he hit plenty of plateaus along the way. Finally, with a strict diet, he got down to 143 pounds. And while he did cardio to help with the weight loss, he said it was 90% what he was eating and portion size.
Hilary Swank had to put on 23 pounds of pure muscle for her role as a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. The process doesn’t sound easy, however. “I started working out five hours a day — I had to eat 210 grams of protein a day,” Swank said. She also mentioned that she had to consume 60 egg whites per day, and when that proved too difficult, she had to drink them. And to keep the muscle on, she would get up and drink protein shakes in the middle of the night.