Each morning after I wake up, I have a pre-day routine (1) stretch, (2) brush my teeth, (3) make my coffee and (4) plop down in front of my laptop. I was glancing at my Facebook feed when this image was thrown in my face: ...more
The Internet hasn't replaced all those traditional grassroots means for getting word out about a cause and rallying people together to react, but it has certainly enhanced people's ability to mobilize. The message is taken in during a time that works with the receiver's schedule. You can reach an enormous amount of people at once. And, most importantly, people become more invested because they aren't just signing their name and moving on; they can take an active role, forwarding the message to others.
Late last month, the Vienna-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals....more
My sixteen year old daughter, who is the Head Vegetarian of our tribe, recently received a packet of propaganda information from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). It was a sharp, well-put together production, complete with sweet, cartoon stickers of baby chicks proclaiming "I am not a nugget," and photos of bloody, maimed animals suffering on factory farms. I gathered from the overall tone, style, and shininess, that this information packet was specifically targeted at teens and tweens....more
My Weekly Weight Watcher Weight Loss Update in a minute but first a word from our sponsor. Me.
Before I say anything about this week's weight loss update I want to say something about the comments I made yesterday about Peta's new Go Vegetarian Campaign.
Hey, if you live in Jacksonville, Florida, you may have already seen PETA's latest billboard, which depicts an overweight woman spilling out of her bikini and underneath "Save the Whales" declares, "Lose the blubber: Go vegetarian."
Today's mail brought a bright colorful advertisement for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, "Zing Zang Zoom", coming to my friendly neighborhood coliseum. Unfortunately, I have also been reading the wires, articles, blogs and tweets about an undercover PETA video that shows Ringling's employees mistreating elephants. Not great timing for the circus.
Time again for the 'encierro', where brave-dumb men run with the bulls in the streets of Pamplona, Spain - a exercise in bravado made famous by Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" and "Death in the Afternoon." Just two days prior, the town also hosts an alternative: PETA's Running of the Nudes protest parade to end bullfighting. The combo makes for an interesting kick-off to the nine-day festival of San Fermin.
'Kids these days,' as the lament goes, 'don't even know milk comes from a cow.' Well, the jig is up and thanks to our friend, the Internet, kids not only know where milk comes from, but they are discovering where cheeseburgers come from - LOLcats not included. The result? A rise in the number of young vegetarians and vegans.
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