Brigitte Bardot Defends Killer Dog Who Mauled Child

Sixties sex symbol and animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot is on the wrong end of criticism again as she defends a bull terrier that attacked a four-year-old child, leaving her severely disfigured.

Bardot has appealed to the local mayor in Boulogne to lobby for Prince, a six-year-old dog considered highly dangerous, to be allowed the same rights as a human being who under similar circumstances would receive a prison sentence and not a death sentence.

[adsense]Brigitte Bardot is considered an eccentric due to her commitment to animal welfare and involvement with various other controversial causes which have led to her being labelled both a racist and a homophobe.

She previously courted controversy after her accusation that Muslims were to blame for the declivity of France’s character and whilst it’s fairly easy to understand why she thinks this way, having lived for seventy-six years and watched as humans became more and more depraved, family values disappeared, crime rates soared and the world in general became a far less safe and beautiful place, thanks to the apparent ‘evolution’ of the human race, her case isn’t helped by the fact that her current husband used to be an adviser to the far right-wing national front party.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot: sex symbol, model, actress and a staunch advocate of animal rights.

But despite what some consider her eccentricities, her reputation for embodying French style during the 1950s and 1960s and as one of the original sex symbols of the era continues to endure, and when it comes to the welfare of animals, Bardot has been a fierce proponent for many years.

Prince’s owners and the parents of the mauled child have demanded that the dog be put down but Bardot insists that the dog’s life should be spared and given the same treatment that human beings are given, ie life imprisonment.

Prince, who attacked the child in her sleep, is currently being held in doggy death row, whilst he awaits lethal injection.

Prince’s owners bought him from a pet stop three weeks prior to the attack, and upon returning to the pet shop, found his previous owner had died of old age and that Prince had started eating his dead body.

Brigitte Bardot - 76 years of age.

Brigitte Bardot - asks for the same rights for animals that humans have.

Bardot is certainly not condoning the attack on the poor child, but it sounds like the pet shop are to blame for selling a dog with such a history to a family with a small child. Prince is an animal, if his owner dies and he has nothing to eat, meat is meat and meat is dinner. Human beings in dire situations have been known to do the same. It’s called survival. Prince didn’t kill his owner.

“We have abolished the death penalty for humans, so why should it continue for animals?” Bardot argues, “The dog should be held in prison for life rather than be put down.”

Bardot called the attack on the young girl “dreadful” but is demanding that Prince be ‘pardoned’ for his ‘crime’ and has launched a petition to try and save the dog’s life. She is of course being accused of showing more compassion to animals than to people.

An editorial that appeared recently in French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur accused Brigitte Bardot’s defence of the animal as “outrageous, shocking and sad”. Continuing “Our western world is so dehumanized that people prefer animals, especially dogs.”

Perhaps that is because dogs generally don’t wage war on each other, they don’t kill each other needlessly, they don’t torture and they aren’t paedophiles, and because human beings are destroying the very world in which they live. People are raped and murdered; children kidnapped and sold as slaves, teenagers are knifed and shot, wars rage and riots destabilise communities. Animals aren’t to blame for any of this, humans are. They are crimes perpetrated by humans. So what if people like Bardot want to protect them?

Brigitte Bardot - sixties sex symbol

Brigitte Bardot: the 1960's French sex symbol stands accused of caring more about animals than humans. Someone has to.

I also prefer animals to human beings. That doesn’t mean I hate human beings or that I condone Prince eating the poor girl’s face off. It’s truly horrific and deeply tragic and I genuinely pity the child. But like Bardot says, why shouldn’t animals have the same rights as human beings? It wasn’t so long ago that racial segregation was considered ok and it was only through ceaseless campaigning that women were eventually considered equal and allowed to vote.

As an animal lover, I pray for the day when human beings finally realise that they share this planet with many other species, they don’t own it,  and they don’t have the right to retain power over animals just because they don’t cover their bodies in clothing, sit in front of computers all day, drive around in tin cans expelling toxic waste into the atmosphere, spend their lives watching grown men kicking a ball backwards and forwards between two nets,  or television programmes where they watch other people living fake lives instead of living their own, even destroying their own planet for themselves, their beloved children and everyone and everything else on it. They aren’t inferior to us, they are just like us, before we began thinking that we owned the place and assumed power over everything else on the planet because we can think creatively and were clever enough to build weapons that we can use to kill each other.  To see how great humans are, you only have to look at political regimes, football, soap operas, our obsession with appearance, war, and reality TV programmes. Just look at Warren Jeffs to see how great human beings can be.

Human power over other species is arrogant and very wrong. Just like burning women in the name of heresy and the Ku Klux Klan was wrong.

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Time does not heal wounds for the Jacksons

Michael Jackson is sorely missed by his family, especially mother Katherine, who told Oprah that the day her son died was the “worst day of my life“.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be healed,“ she told the host. “It will get better, but some days it’s like it just happened.“

Jackson’s mom as well as his children Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, all appeared on Oprah’s show on Monday, People reported, and shared their memories of a much more down-to-earth King of Pop.

“I’d say he was the best cook ever,“ said Paris. “He made the best French toast in the world,“ and insisted that he was “just a normal dad.“

Michael’s only daughter, who enjoys improv and would like to be an actress some day, also talked about one her favourite memories with her father: “One time we went on the roof in Las Vegas at our house, eating Snickers and drinking soda.“

During the show, Prince expressed an interest in following in Jackson’s footsteps in the world of showbiz, saying he would like to “produce movies and direct.“

Katherine rubbished claims that her husband and co-guardian of Jackson’s kids, Joe, was forcing his grandchildren to be the next Jackson 5.

The matriarch told TMZ that the kids had “expressed their own desires to be in the entertainment business“ on Oprah’s show.

Mrs. Jackson also said she hoped fans “don’t think anyone like Joe or the family is pushing the kids“, perhaps a reference to Joe infamously pushing his kids to do Jackson 5. Or maybe also a hint that Joe has changed his ways of disciplining since bringing up Michael.

On the show, he admitted to laying a hand on the star when he was young: “I don’t [regret the beatings],“ The Daily Mail cites. “It kept them out of jail and kept them right.“

Katherine stepped in saying: “You might as well admit it, that’s the way black people raised their children. [Joe] used a strap. Yes, he did use a strap.“

Slightly defensive, Joe explained: “I don’t think he was afraid of me. What he was afraid of, he may do something wrong and I’d chastise him but not beat him. I never beat him like the media tried to say.“

Read more about Michael Jackson – the king of deceased earners, the recent one year anniversary of his death.

Also, read about the findings of his autopsy report and Michael Jackson’s doctor pleading not guilty to homicide.

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Hugo Weaving suffers from epilepsy

Hugo Weaving is best known from his roles in blockbuster trilogies Lord of the Rings and The Matrix, but few know that the star suffers from a chronic neurological disorder – epilepsy.

The actor was diagnosed with the condition aged 13 and has been on medication since. Speaking to smh.com.au, Weaving revealed the effect epilepsy had on him, describing the moments before each seizure as possibly his “last few seconds on Earth”.

He also told the news provider: “I’m a strong believer that all your lows are also your highs … that the things that happen to you which are most awful are often the things you learn most from.“

It is thought that around 60 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy, which causes the patient to have repeated seizures. These fits can occur suddenly and vary from person to person in severity.

Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving

Some sufferers experience what is called an aura before having the seizure, whereas others suddenly start convulsing. This aura can come in the form of deja vu, nausea, blurred vision, tingling sensation, numbness or dizziness and make the patient aware of an impending fit. Those who do not experience auras, however, have no way of predicting when they will have a seizure. For this reason, many choose not to drive cars. Hugo Weaving is said to be one of those people.

Epilepsy is not in itself life-threatening. However, the sufferer can sustain serious and sometimes lethal injuries during a seizure, whereby all control over the body is lost.

Other celebrities who suffer from epilepsy include Danny Glover and Prince.

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Prince suffered childhood epilepsy

Most of us associate Prince with classic pop tunes and outlandish outfits, but this star has been keeping a secret from the media for years.

In April 2009, the 51-year-old spoke for the first time about the problems he faced as a child due to epilepsy. Talking on the Tavis Smiley show, Prince told the host that he was “born epileptic”, according to The Huffington Post:

“My mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had,” he said.

He went on to talk about how be believed divine intervention had helped him overcome the condition, which is known to sometimes disappear when the child reaches adulthood.

“My mother told me one day I walked into her and said, ‘Mom, I’m not gonna be sick anymore.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because an angel told me so.’ Now, I don’t remember saying it, that’s just what she told me, and from that point on I’ve been having to deal with a lot of things, getting teased in school.”

The Purple Rain singer has previously alluded to this condition in one of his songs, the BBC points out.

His 1992 album track The Sacrifice of Victor contains the lyric “Epileptic ’til the age of seven”. This is followed by the word “true” written in mirrored writing in the CD booklet.

50 million people are thought to suffer from epilepsy worldwide, NCBI reports, of whom 33 million are children.

Other celebrities who have suffered from epilepsy are Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover and singer Elton John.