Born Free USA Blog
When we received a call from one of our members letting us know that about 200 feral cats were going to be trapped with leghold traps and hunted with dogs, I was shocked. I actually thought that the caller had misunderstood the situation. I was even more surprised when I was told that the cats were here in California. After all, we banned leghold traps in California 10 years ago.
We’re pretty lucky here at Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute. Our headquarters are located in sun-drenched California — a state that offers near perfect weather and is home to some of the most beautiful places in the world. But living in California is not without its drawbacks — we have more than our share of natural disasters — earthquakes, floods, and fires.
On May 29 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally took the long overdue steps to protect children, wildlife, and companion animals from inhumane and dangerous poisions by imposesing new restrictions on commonly used rat poisons.
Last week, we experienced extremely low tides around the Puget Sound and I was lucky enough to get to spend the day at Salt Creek state park on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a gorgeous day and we spent hours wandering from tidepool to tidepool, admiring huge purple sea anemones, giant orange sea stars, delicate blood stars, colorful sea urchins, and more.
While some people feel that consumerism plays too large a role in American culture, the tradition of “shopping till you drop” isn’t likely to fade anytime soon. Perhaps the best response, then, is to consume conscientiously. After all, Webster’s Dictionary defines “consumerism” as “the promotion of the consumer’s interests.” Put a little differently, the way we spend our money communicates our beliefs, values, and interests.
How the things we throw away can have horrific unintended consequences
Sarah’s mom, Maureen, emailed from her office to ask who to call about a hanging bird her daughter had found. I know them both through a mutual friend who works in the same office as Maureen. They live close to me. I immediately called Maureen at her office. “Is Sarah home now?”
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted that many people suffer from “biobigorty,” described as “the persistent and often irrational desire to be surrounded only by those species of which one approves, and to exclude any animals, plants and other life forms that one finds offensive.”
Have you wondered what it would be like to live in a world free of violence, exploitation, fear — a world where humans and animals could live together, consciously aware of the importance of each being’s role in this delicate web of life?