Running Ethics and Garmin Shock Collars
We all have Ethics and we’re all hypocrites to some degree. I try an live my daily life in what I see as the most ethical I can achieve. I’m not perfect and I can always improve. I hope that most people try to do this I may not agree with some one else’s ethics but I hope that everyone like myself is always trying to make the best choices on their personal ethics be it consciously of subconsciously.
I make these same choices in my running. There are certain companies I wont buy from or support sometimes though it’s a balancing act. Lets take running shoes for example I buy running shoes made from non animal materials and glues but they may not be from a Vegan company. So there is always the chance that in this time of Huge multinational companies that company or a subsidiary there off does something I morally disagree with. Other companies I avoid due to their Labour (especially Child labour) policies and actions in poorer less well off countries. Most Vegans get used to researching ingredients/materials and companies and we have to constantly make the best choices within our ethical sphere. The thing is unless we live in the middle of nowhere grow our own food, grow cotton and make our own clothes as well there will always be a balancing act.
In reality we have to make a lot of these choices on an individual basis. It recently came to my attention (and surprise) that a Vegan You tuber whose content I found interesting was a Racist and a White Supremacist he even made a video defending this point of view. I therefore made the only choice I could and stopped watching supporting his content. That was a pretty easy choice to make some choices aren’t that straightforward.
Under Armour is one of the biggest sports brands around over the past years they have had a huge growth. For a company that started basically making compression tops they have expanded into multiple areas. Under Armour like a lot of sports brands also make a lot of things for the Hunting Market. However they also sponsor and organise the Under Armour Hunt. Due to this I refuse to give them my custom where possible. The reason I say where possible is I am on Endomondo as well as Strava I was a member before UA bought the brand. It is a way for me to interact with some runners who that is the only place that they share their runs. Does that make me a Hypocrite possibly but it’s a choice I have made at present. In the same way I avoid products and foods linked to Unilever due to their continued animal testing policies I avoid UA knowing in fact there may be a few areas where I may fail or it’s difficult to avoid.
Garmin are probably the biggest Sports GPs watch manufacturer in the world. I do not use their products and what I have just found out makes it highly likely I never will. Garmin also make shock Collars for dogs.
Shock collars are a training method I totally disagree with. There have been numerous amounts of good quality research showing how damaging they can be to dogs. Many Countries have banned their use Including large Parts of Europe including Wales. Here is an interesting story that was just before the Ban in Wales. Also both England and my Home Country of Scotland are seriously considering banning them. I cannot support a company that manufactures or promotes them. What’s interesting about their page is the total absence of the word ‘Shock’. Vibration seems to be used a lot but be in no doubt it’s a shock. In the same way the Meat industries use words to dehumanise what they do the shock collar industry love to use words such as ‘E Collars’. Here is the Kennel Clubs view on them
There was also this horrific case of a Woman using a shock collar on a child as part of a pattern of abuse. yes the collar wasn’t the only thing used but it was one of the methods. So if it’s not ok to use one on a child why is it acceptable to use one on a Dog?
It’s a shame Garmin are an innovative Tech company and the use of GPS technology would be very interesting for many dog owners. So it’s sad that they have decided to go down this cruel and needless route
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
The Vegan Society
Sometimes the ‘Far as Possible and Practicable’ bit is a fine line but sometimes like avoiding Garmin Products it’s a no brainer. My personal Ethics will stand for nothing less.
If you’re interested I know that most petitions are ignored but at least it’s a way for Garmin to know that Customers and Potential Customers are not happy. The Petition is HERE.
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