Born Free USA Blog
As President George W. Bush’s term winds down, he still has a rapidly approaching, and quite absurd, ritual to perform, as he has each year during his eight-year term. He will, if all goes according to a 61-year tradition: pardon a turkey. The bird, chosen earlier this month from the farm of the chairman of the National Turkey Federation, will not be slaughtered, unlike the birds used in the first decades of this practice.
But who should pardon whom?
Thanks Sarah. Really. Thanks.
Okay, two things potentially wrong with the title of this blog.
One is that I wasn’t actually on vacation. I was in Cancun, Mexico for a meeting related to international wildlife trade. Lots of work and an occasional margarita to ease the pain of being that close to the beach and never setting foot on the sand. BUT ... plenty of other people in Cancun were without a doubt there just for leisure.
The other is the word “stupidity.” I’m never quite sure whether referring to someone as stupid implies maliciousness – that is, are they mean-spirited and callous or just uninformed?
Born Free USA united with the Animal Protection Institute is a sponsor of the 2008 Design Against Fur poster competition. This competition invites design and marketing students from around the world to create creative and compelling posters that convey that fur fashion is cruel and unnecessary.
Barack means “blessed” in Swahili. I know this because I was blessed to be in Kenya for two weeks, just before Barack Obama won the election. It’s hard to say who had the bigger parties after he won, the US or Kenya. (Obama’s father is from Kenya.) Everywhere we went, the one word we all knew was “Obama!” And we shouted it back and forth as if a greeting. (“Jambo” is actually “hello” in Swahili).
So many of the old western films constantly depicted Indians — the true native Americans, as “savages.” Webster’s Dictionary gives several definitions of the word “savage”, but for the purpose of this dialog, this one works best: lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings.
Mistreatment of Elephants to Continue into New Season
As many of you know, we are embroiled in a lawsuit against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in federal district court in Washington, DC for the circus’s mistreatment of Asian elephants. The lawsuit was set to start on October 27, 2008 but was yet again delayed due to Ringling Bros. not playing according to the rules. Did we expect anything less?
Here at Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute we believe in compassionate conservation. What this means is that while we strive to protect wildlife at the species level we also believe that the well-being of individual animals also matters.
It’s too bad the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) doesn’t share our vision.