There have been SO many things I’ve wanted to write about lately, but I’ve let summer get the best of me and been a bad little blogger. In an effort to “catch up”, here are just a few of the things I’ve been thinking about the last couple months:
- If you haven’t seen the documentary THE COVE yet, you need to. It is a haunting, disturbing, thrilling, and often heartbreaking film about the dolphin trade and consequent slaughter in Japan. While it will probably make you cry if you are anything like me, it will also inspire you to see how passionate the dolphin advocates are about this issue. They will stop at nothing to end this injustice, and that depth of passion just isn’t prevalent enough. The LA Times wrote up a good review of it if you want to read more.
- Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user. Not that what Vick did can be in any way condoned, mind you, but that we all need to look at what we do day-to-day to contribute to animal suffering, and ask ourselves if it’s really worth it? Are dogs any more special than pigs, cows, turkeys? Should we condemn Michael Vick while letting ourselves off the hook just because we aren’t the ones directly torturing these animals?
- This NYTimes.com article about the treatment of aging horses that have been used for racing is a great read. It talks about the need for retirement homes, essentially, for these majestic animals. About 3000 race horses are retired each year, and right now only about 1/3 of those animals find such homes. Most are abandoned or euthanized, or sometimes sold into slaughter. Quite the “thank you” for years of making their owners money, huh?
- As for our human animal counterparts, one of the stories that really got my attention this summer was about the pervasiveness and brutality of rape in Congo. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Congo this summer is what first brought my attention to this matter, and I haven’t been able to stop reading about it. It is devastating. While women are the main victims of these crimes, Congolese men are increasingly being targeted. One organization that is trying to help victims (primarily women) there is called VDay, a non profit established by Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues (a show I highly recommend). Check out her site and see how you can help.
With that, I promise to post more regularly – enjoy the reading! Oh, and check out my new food blog: Veg Out With Us!