He said: "These puppy dealers have given up drug dealing and cigarette importing because there's as much money to be made and considerably less risk. "The big dealers are making between £25,000 and £30,000 a week. I've seen evidence that some gangs are selling 800 puppies over a six-month period, for between £500 and £1,000 a dog." There are also fears animals smuggled into Britain could bring diseases, such as rabies - which has been absent in the UK for many years due to strict quarantine rules. Paula Boyden, of the Dogs Trust charity, said: "The implications are huge — for consumers who are being duped and the puppies that suffer horribly, plus the risk of disease that is kicking at our shores."Just as with slavery, the "rights" activists are forgetting the consequences of commerce and ownership. Smugglers want to sell the dogs for a high price, so they can't injure or sicken the dogs. Nobody will buy a starved or rabid dog for $1000. Better question: How will the War On Drugs types handle this? Some drugs are unquestionably harmful, especially the uppers. Meth and coke will kill you FAST. Other drugs like heroin and pot are a mixed bag. They help some people get through life, and when properly controlled aren't instantly deadly. Because the harmful drugs are so dramatically bad, it was possible for Anslinger and his successors to generalize. Can't use the same logic about dogs. Having a dog is nearly always helpful. Dogs often save lives directly, and make your life longer and better indirectly. Movies and shows like "Terrier Madness" or "Spaniels: Pit of Despair" or "The Corgi Fiends" or "Breaking Basset" aren't likely to stir up the requisite horror.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.