Born Free USA Blog
The election is just one month away and the animals need your vote more than ever this time around. Not only are we faced with the possibility of getting an avid hunter as a Vice President who seems not to care at all about animals, but also in several states your compassionate vote is needed on ballot initiatives that affect animals.
I was so sad to learn that PAWS’ beloved African elephant, 71, passed away recently. I’ll never forget my visit to PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) in July ’06. Mara and 71 had such an impact on me. The image I have of Pat Derby gently patting 71’s massive derriere and listening to her soft rumbling in contentment is one I’ll keep forever. Those magnificent elephants could have chosen to be any place in that vast pasture of theirs but they chose to be with us that day. It is an honor I will fondly remember.
I’ve always been one of those annoying “morning people,” but I recently began resenting my alarm’s insistent beeping telling me to get up at 5:00am every day. While I usually enjoy exercising in the morning ... lately, it’s felt more like a chore. You see, my husband Chuck and I — along with Born Free USA CEO Will Travers, and Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson — are training for the December 7 California International Marathon as Team Elsa.
My family and friends are obsessed with chain emails. You know the kind. “Read this poem and send to 7 friends or you will get bad luck.” Or “Funny story; you’ve got to read this.” I have to say, I only actually open about 1% of those emails — the rest are deleted promptly. I see them as more of a nuisance than fun. The ones that particularly drive me crazy, though, are the emails that spread the word about something as though it were fact. And worse is when that email continues to be passed around.
I became a vegetarian quite by chance more than 20 years ago. A buddy and I rented some horror films one night, and one of them included slaughterhouse footage. Before that evening I was blissfully unaware of what went into meat production. After that evening I never consumed another piece of animal flesh.
Hats off to Buckingham Palace for agreeing to trade in the bear fur hats worn by the famously somber guardsmen for a humane faux fur alternative.
If I hear the words “hunters” and “conservationists” used in the same sentence one more time I’m going to scream.
Some of us pay to help birds, all of us pay to hurt them.
What is the value of an animal’s life?
The question is ubiquitous in animal protection, but so is it to governments spending your hard-earned tax money.