Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Goldfish bowls in Rome, because fish have feelings and they might go blind. The blackmarket rejoices and so do the bureaucrats. Cameras will now need to be installed on every street and in every home, at the expense of residents but of course.

The classic spherical fish bowls are banned under a new by-law which also stops fish or other animals being given away as fairground prizes. It comes after a national law was passed to allow jail sentences for people who abandon cats or dogs.

[..] "The civilization of a city can also be measured by this," she told Rome daily Il Messaggero.

The newspaper reported that round bowls caused fish to go blind. No one at Rome council was available to confirm this was why they were banned. Many fish experts say round bowls provide insufficient oxygen for fish.

In July 2004, parliament passed a law setting big fines and jail terms for people who abandon pets and since then local governments have added their own animal welfare rules many of which will be difficult to police.

The northern city of Turin passed a law in April to fine pet owners up to 500 euros ($597.7) if they do not walk their dogs at least three times a day.

[..] It also provides legal recognition for cat lovers who provide food for the colonies of strays which live everywhere from the city's ancient Roman ruins to modern office car parks.

Bank issued piggy banks in Britain, because they might hurt the feelings of Muslims. Never mind that plastic pigs are not typically eaten:
British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

[..] Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.

Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move.

"This is a sensitive issue and I think the banks are simply being courteous to their customers," he said.

However, the move brought accusations of political correctness gone mad from critics.

"The next thing we will be banning Christmas trees and cribs and the logical result of that process is a bland uniformity," the Dean of Blackburn, Reverend Christopher Armstrong, said.

"We should learn to celebrate our difference, not be fearful of them."

Khalid Mahmoud, the Labour MP for a Birmingham seat and one of four Muslim MPs in Britain, also criticised the piggy-bank ban.

"We live in a multicultural society and the traditions and symbols of one community should not be obliterated just to accommodate another," Mr Mahmoud said.
HT: John the Mad

Also from Britain, books containing stories about fictional pigs:
A West Yorkshire head teacher has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children.

The literature has been removed from classes for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.

[..] Mrs Harris said in a statement: "Recently I have been aware of an occasion where young Muslim children in class were read stories about pigs.

"We try to be sensitive to the fact that for Muslims talk of pigs is offensive."

The head teacher sent a memo to staff saying fiction books containing stories about pigs should be removed from early years and key stage one classrooms.

Mrs Harris added: "The books remain in the school library and there is nothing to stop our younger children having stories such as 'The Three Little Pigs' in small groups."
HT: Damian Penny

Previous absurdities:

Does your whitey toilet face toward mecca and how dare you support Winnie the Pooh and his farm yard of friends!


Sky Captain said...

Reminds me of the eighties;I was lodging in a house in Tooting,London,UK at the time.On the top floor we had a 'Muslim' and a Scottish bum.
The Scottish bum's main social skill was to attempt to come up with abusive songs about me, which rarely got beyong the first line or had a tune.
One day I fancied a fry-up, so the bacon went in the pan.
The Muslim came screaming down the stairs after five minutes and threw open all the doors and windows and turned on all the fans.
God, what a hell-hole London is.

Anonymous said...

Ever watch the British TV series "This Life" about a bunch of yuppie lawyers sharing a house in London? Even for these priveleged and relatively wealthy youngsters, London came off as a really depressing place to live. Everything just seemed so claustrophobic and impoverished.

Later on this was confirmed to me in when I visited London - I enjoyed kicking around town riding the tube and taking pictures and whatnot, but my London acquaintances - also rich yuppies - were in complete agreement: "I hate London. It's horrible living here - I'd rather live almost anywhere else but here." Besides the extremely high cost of living, expensive housing, long commutes, low salaries (compared to N. America), they found that their professional achievements were worthless in society. Because they didn't come from the right sort of people, they told me, they would never be considered respectable by the toffs who run things.

I can't help noticing a strong correlation between the amount of government repression in countries, and the level of unrest in the Muslims who live there. Palestine is obviously one of the biggest zoos, and is one of the biggest incubators of terrorists. Same with Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc. Western European governments are more repressive compared with North America, therefore they have more whining about piggybanks, more petty crime from immigrants, and lots more domestic terrorists. In countries which are relatively free, most of the immigrants - even the hypersensitive Muslim ones - can basically concentrate on earning a living, raising their family, etc. and you won't here "boo" from them.

basil said...

Traditional racist thinking might suggest that Jews are responsible for handing out piggybanks in the first place - don't Jews share the Muslim scorn of pork?

Personally, I think pork is disgusting live or dead - but I'd be happy to drop a dollar in a pig if I had a dollar to drop!