Science of Cats
The show was interesting but I do not understand the segment on the “designer” animals. The particular individual in the segment explained that she was not a gifted artist so playing with genetic mutations on helpless animals filled the void.
"Playing" with genetic mutations to develop any animal or human really for aesthetic reasons (fluffier, prettier, taller, shorter, more hair or no hair) is unbelievably narcissistic, self-centered and shallow.
One wonders how many of these lay individuals are equally unqualified to breed helpless animals for the fun of playing with genetic mutations.
Surely there are alternatives to re-designing God’s work for aesthetics. What about photography? Can these folks take a photograph of feral and homeless animals (once domesticated but since dumped?) Maybe practice and when really good sell then and donate the profits to shelters?
Cleaning cages and litter box at a kill shelter?
Making and maintaining a website devoted to the death row inmates at the local kill animal shelter hoping to find forever homes for those whose demise is imminent?
Volunteering to play with shelter pets and/or spend time with disabled shelter pets-they are so often overlooked and can be remarkably intelligent and loving.
Spending time a shelters of all kinds, but especially taxpayer funded muni shelters where they often dip into their own pockets because budgets are so tight, quickly teaches one that what the world needs now is not designer animals to be purchased by the designer people who believe appearance trumps all other virtues but regular people who know that loving animals as well as people come in all types.