This war is noise.

An update on my complaint.

So I wanted to update with the response I received, really quickly might I add, after I made the complaint to Channel 4 regarding the documentary that will be airing tomorrow night about dog fighting.

“Dear [full name removed],

Thank you for your email around the upcoming Cutting Edge documentary, Going to the Dogs.

Whilst we appreciate your point of view, we believe that this observational documentary is a subject which is very much in the public interest. The RSPCA reported (in 2009) that the instances of dog-fighting had increased 400% over the preceding 3 years and that the growth in the ownership of specific breeds of what some classify as ?status dogs? had, in part, been associated with a rise in attacks on people. However, the premise of the documentary is not to demonise specific breeds, rather to bring into the public consciousness that the practise of dog-fighting is going on and it is something that we should all be aware of, particularly in respect of the health and welfare of the dogs involved. We were in touch with leading animal welfare organisations in advance of the broadcast.

Nevertheless, please be assured your complaint has been logged and noted for the information of those responsible for our programming.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.


[full name removed]
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries”

I realise in my complaint I did not address my opinion on the breeds that are obviously associated with dog fighting, and the thought never crossed my mind to do so, as it is not a breed problem. My complaint wasn’t about demonising a breed by airing this programme, because anyone with real sense knows the breed is nothing to do with it, other than they like the qualities of the particular breed they use due to the damage they can cause when trained in the way they do, which is a really sick reason to prefer a breed may I add. Its the people carrying out this activity and training these dogs, who happen to generally be certain breeds, that are leading to the breeds having a bad name.

If anything, I wanted to see some demonising of the people. From the clips on the advert I have seen, they show how animals are trained as far as with fitness etc, and I’m sure the even darker side is well explained in the narration during the actual documentary. How is showing people exactly what to do to participate in this activity going to stop it?

This is what concerns me, that airing all this information without the fact that this should not be happening stamped all over it and laced in all the opinions, seems more harmful than good to me.

Trying to say that it is in the public interest, I doubt people are actually unaware that this goes on. Animal attacks do happen due to dogs being trained inappropriately. News stories of cliques of people being arrested for participating in this kind of activity happen here and there, as well as being mentioned in newspapers or when a documentary about animal shelters is on and the topic inevitably comes up, because of course shelters rescue these poor dogs that are in often horrific condition, and through no fault of their own, at times need to be euthanised as they can never be rehabilitated to live with humans normally again.

Dog fighting is not a dog problem, its a people problem.

We do not stick people in an arena and give them weapons to fight to the death any more.

We do not put people in an arena and feed them to the lions just to watch any more.

Why is it still acceptable to this small but very harmful amount of the population of the world to do this to animals?

I really hope that the tone of the documentary is condemning of the people and that it just doesn’t come across that way in the advert they created, otherwise I really can’t fathom how they could release it into the world tomorrow evening in good conscience.

Totally disgusted.

I’d like to start this post off with the complaint I’ve just made to Channel 4 regarding the topic of this post.

“As someone that has watched Channel 4 documentaries for a large portion of my life, I am outraged that you would make one about dog fighting and create a platform for people conducting this horrific activity. Projecting the opinions they give out, giving them some kind of validity in my view is 100% unacceptable. I will not be watching this particular documentary as animal cruelty is severely distressing to me personally, but I wanted to formally express my view that I find the fact that it was even made unacceptable. I find that you concealing people doing a really cruel and illegal activity is unacceptable. I understand that to make this programme you had to guarantee this concealment, when really, if there was any humane conscience coming into play, you’d be doing everything to comply with authorities to have these people arrested and their behaviour stopped. Even from the advert I seen tonight, in a small set of clips, I am fairly shocked that this is a level Channel 4 would go to, to disregard the absolute cruelty to animals, to make a programme that will attract attention, either positively or negatively. If people were doing this with children, I wonder would you still be willing to hide these people from conviction? Animals feel just as we do, and I am deeply saddened that this will be airing on Thursday, and even worse, in a tone that did not come across at all as condemning in the aforementioned advert. I know that this feedback will probably go on largely disregarded, someone working for the website will read it, maybe agree with me and simply move on, but I really hope someone in charge would take a minute and really think about what they are doing. I understand fully that someone is likely to justify it purely on the fact that its a story of what’s happening in small pockets of the country, or the world, freedom of the press, or whatever. But it’s still wrong letting these human beings, if you’re still likely to consider them as such, reach a wider audience spouting their disgusting opinions about their disgusting activities. Thank you to whoever reads this and I hope this documentary never airs. If it does, I hope there is enough complaints made that it never does again, and I also hope one is never made about dog fighting or any other cruel activity involving animal abuse perpetrated by humans again.”

This is something I feel very passionate about.

It is bad enough that this is an activity that happens, but to make a documentary, which in the advert alone appears balanced, like anything they say is right or justified, is completely wrong.

They are completely wrong.

I would encourage anyone else appalled by the making of this documentary to please also complain.

Animals do not have a voice of their own, we have to be the ones taking the steps to protect them.

And I’m not some brainwashed PETA hugging idiot either, I just have compassion.

I just care about animals.

I also believe not enough is done to punish those that abuse them, and hope this changes.

Crunching numbers.
June 9, 2014, 10:43 pm
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Super long day, even though I kinda slept in.

Spent this evening trying to sort out collective house money trouble and debts.

Main issue being my mother’s ability to make money disappear into the wind somewhere.

Hopefully after tonight’s attempt, we can finally start gaining ground.

With the weather behaving we now have the annual return of the ants, and they seem to actually be getting in some place, so that will be another mystery to solve.

Did some nice things today though too :] went out on a nice walk with the dog, visited the dam and my Granda.

No word from the subject of my previous days rants, but that’s almost to be expected.

Why break the habit of a lifetime?

I read Vampire Knight 18 the other night, it’s getting so close to the end of it and if Zero’s memories are gone and stay gone, I’m going to be genuinely devastated lol.

June seems to be the month where my mood is lifting thankfully, long may it continue x]

Hope all is well.

Summer Wind.
June 8, 2014, 9:52 pm
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Double post today, who would’ve thought.

Wanted my main post today not to be about a specific incident.

Or event, or person.

Whatever will be will be with that situation.

I’m feeling a bit better in myself today.

3 months on, it’s still difficult though, still occupies my mind some nights.

This first death in my life that has meant something profound to me.

I’m focusing on my health and trying to get this sleep pattern of mine under control.

More Ataris listening is in order I think. 😀

Puts me in a good mood. New week, new view.

Have to start somewhere.

Hope all is well.

I’m taking ’em all back.
June 8, 2014, 5:38 pm
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Another disappointment.

Or it would’ve been if I hadn’t been expecting it.

Madness isn’t doing something different, it’s doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome.

I have checked out, and I’m not sorry.

I’m looking after myself now.

Maybe if you notice you’ll change your behaviour, maybe you won’t.

But I’m not making it my focus, a mission or a cause.

Hour and a half late, after not turning up for a week, and you managed 25 minutes before disappearing for whatever reason.

Its a farce.

And I’m not going to act like its okay to make you feel better.

If things don’t change and I have to stay checked out, then I will.

I can only hope I suppose that that won’t be the case.

In other news, I beat KH 1.5 Final mix 😀

So Long, Astoria.
June 7, 2014, 3:03 am
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I had my first MRI in a long time today.

For some reason it was a little scarier. I dunno whether I was less healthy or something maybe, but I felt like I really had to control my anxiety a little more, felt my breathing more.

I seemed to be a little high up in it too, like close to the roof of the tunnel.

I’m finally listening to this album.

That I’ve wanted since I was 14.

A gift to myself in this darker period of my life.

When I listen to the music I love, I realise there is still something there.

Despite how bad I feel about almost everything else.

There’s still this spark that is carried through me in sound.

That hasn’t given up, and isn’t giving up.

I so badly want things to be different, to change, to get fixed.

“The only thing that matters is just following your heart,

and eventually you’ll finally get it right.”