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Support Your Local Zoo!

May 1, 2011 Leave a comment

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I know at times the debate on zoos is a hot topic of debate between animal rights and animal welfare activists.  The animal rights activists feeling strongly against zoos and the animal welfare activists feelings falling on the opposite side of the spectrum.   With this being said I find myself supporting the plight of zoos.  Without being said the animals that are in captivity must be well cared for, provided more than adequate shelter and medical treatment.  I realize that there are some zoos that don’t fit the bill and basically are in the business to make money first and foremost.  These operations should be shut down and the animals transferred to better facilities where the animals can live out lives with better care.

The zoos I support are institutions like the Nashville Zoo or the Lehigh Valley Zoo where care and living quality appear to be the institutions first priority.  I have been to both and speaking from my personal observations both zoos provide excellent care to both its animal inhabitants and its human visitors.  Both of these facilities provide natural habitat enclosures for their animal

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inhabitants while giving the animals the animals private areas as well.  Both facilities provide educational programs such as opportunities for close encounters with the animals.  In my mind no other type of institution can promote or can connect the child / animal bond like a zoo.  These facilities however depend on not only state and government funding but public funding as well.  The public arena is where we have to assume responsibility.

I encourage people to purchase memberships, donate and just as important visit your local zoo often.  Without our support we may lose some of these educational treasures before we know it.

The Ugliness of Fur

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday (12/23) I had to finish some last minute shopping and while doing so I came across a stunningly beautiful women.  Unfortunately for her and I, the fur coat she was wearing made her just as stunningly ugly.  Now let it be said that the coat could have been faux fur but since everything about her seemed to scream “hey look at me” I don’t think it was.

As I passed her my initial thoughts were not only about her beauty but also about the activists you hear and read about on TV and in newspapers that in a piccasoesque moments throw paint on people for wearing fur coats.  Now of course I do not advocate nor would participate in such an act because I know its just not in me to do so nor could it bring about any positive outcome.  Anyhow, I also thought about the young womens rational for wearing a fur coat.  I wondered if she ever thought about the pain, suffering and loss of life that went into the making of her coat.  Any reasonably intelligent person knows what goes into the production of a fur coat and since I assume the young women was reasonably intelligent I realized she placed her vanity above everything else.  Is vanity worth it?  Its obvious that to some it does.  On a positive note it seems as though the wearing of a fur coats is in a decline because it is not as socially acceptable as it once was.  If for some reason you need to experience the  “look” then try a faux one.  Not only will it save you a ton of money, it will also save lives!