Born Free USA Blog
Imagine this ... Timber, your big, lovable huskie dog is clamoring for your attention but you have a bank errand to run. You decide to let him come along because it will be quick. You park your car in a shadeless lot and wind down the windows two inches.
A cowbird worth saving?
Look, it was not a big deal. I got a phone call from an office worker who had a bird in her hands and it could not fly. My questions elicited the fact that it was an adult bird, but not what species or what was wrong with it. The lady wanted the bird to live.
I love elephants
and it pains me to see them
treated like garbage
What kids and others should know about zoos
There is a new book about zoos and zoo animals that I highly recommend for all younger readers. The reason I do so is simple: it gives the best answer I have seen to the simple question I’m frequently asked. People want to know what I, as both a naturalist and animal protectionist, think of zoos. Rob Laidlaw has provided an easily understood reply in his brand new book, Wild Animals in Captivity, just published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (ISBN 978-1-55455-925-8), and available for $19.95.
Recently I was dismayed to discover that a “special guest” was invited to my daughter’s daycare.
This “special guest” brought in exotic wild animals, mostly reptiles (pythons, hog-nosed snakes, iguanas) who were transported into the classroom in an ice chest and then carried around and restrained while the children were encouraged to pet them.
I thought it would be interesting to end my series of blogs about fur on a different note ... coming to the defense of a wearer. Partially.
“Paper or plastic?”
It’s a question asked millions of times a day and a decision that many of us make on a weekly basis. ... It’s a loaded question.
I discovered during a recent phone call with my sister that, sometimes, genetics overrides social norms. Despite living on opposite coasts — my sister lives in Maryland and I live in California — my sister and I have each developed an unusual habit: We pick up trash. We are not the folks who are paid, professional waste collectors. Instead, we are a bit more targeted in our refuse pick-up.