Crating and caging – and some gratuitous hotties

My post today was going to be a fun one about hot guys (it must be spring!), but I just learned something about crating that I think deserves some visibility:

According the Finnish humane society Suomen Eläinsuojeluyhdistys (SEY), it is in illegal in Finland to crate a dog except temporarily during illness or travel, or for some other TEMPORARY reason. The SEY specifically emphasizes that crating a dog overnight on a regular basis or during the absence of its guardians (e.g. while they are at work) is strictly forbidden. Dogs kept outdoors in dog runs must also have sufficient time outside of their run. See their Älä Häkitä campaign at

For those of you not familiar with the term, crating is another term for caging – it’s just a nicer word that sounds more professional. (The same is true of your typical 3.5 x 3.5 (12’ x 12’) horse stall with its high walls and metal bars – it is simply a cage of convenience… with a pretty name.)

Crating is popular with people who have too many dogs. I can’t see any other reason for crating on a regular basis. Housebreaking can easily be done without a cage – unless you have too many dogs. Doggie staying alone at home and not ripping up the house, likewise – unless you have too many dogs.

Sadly, crating is increasingly popular among your average one-dog owners, mainly because their dogs haven’t been taught to “be cool” when left alone at home. Crate proponents argue that dogs enjoy being crated because it is like the safety of a den. One of our dogs loved his travel crate and wanted to sleep in it, so we unhinged the door – and voila, it’s a covered dog bed rather than a cage! I’d like to see crate proponents remove those doors, too!

I had no idea that Finnish law protects dogs this firmly against crating. It’s great to know that Finland’s dogs (and presumably cats?) can’t be imprisoned by law, but my heart goes out to Finland’s millions of foxes, minks, and raccoons suffering every day and every night in their perfectly ‘legal’ crates. Considering how much these animals resemble Man’s Best Friend, it’s staggering to see how easily the double standard has been accepted. Let’s keep working with Animalia to end the fur industry (

Now… I did promise you some hotter-than-hawt, animal-friendly guys (which I suspect is why you are still reading this rant!):

Check out surfing star Brian Conley:

Brian Conley's a vegan

… or MMA fighter Jake Shields:

Jake Shields for PETA

Or NFL (yes, NFL!) cuties Rickey Williams and Tony Gonzalez:

For those of you interested in women, how about NBA scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin’s new ad for PETA?

Bonnie Jill Laflin

(Disclaimer: A lot of animal rights peeps disagree with Peta’s nudie cutie ads because they argue that the objectification and subjugation of animals cannot be ended while we objectify and subjugate other humans, especially women. I know and I agree. But that’s not the point today: I just wanted to send a bit of sexy cheer your way to get you over the hump of midweek!)

– Ida


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tina on May 19, 2011 at 07:15

    Awesome post, Ida! I will share this on my facebook wall. It is incomprehensible to me how so many people have no problem accepting this double standard. At Animalia’s 50th anniversary event I listened to the discussion about fur between Finland’s fashion celebrities, and there was this women (pro-fur), who kept explaining how there is nothing wrong about fur. Then she was asked whether she’d also wear her dogs’ fur and she was absolutely shocked at the question and said: “Of course not, they are my pets! I love them and I protect them!” She could not understand that millions of creatures very similar to her pet doggies also have a soul, a spirit, feelings and the right to be protected. It was so sad. The only way I can explain these double standards to myself is that humans ignore the truth and invent justifications for their cruelty when it comes to making money of the suffering of others.

  2. Posted by mynameismalena on May 19, 2011 at 12:25

    Love your post. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, since I know a guy who takes his dog to work IN A CAGE.I told him I don’t like it and I always let the dog out. He loves his dog but I don’t know why hge does this. The dog is maybe 9 months and really wild. But I think he needs training not a cage.

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