Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said.
All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.
For years, I have been entering farming facilities in the dead of night, rescuing a small handful of animals. The scale of the violence endured by these animals (like Yulin's dogs) is hard to believe. And, yet the slaughter of billions of these animals in US food production (unlike Yulin's dogs) barely registers as a public concern.
Our soldiers deserve the best training available -- and that's not hacking at moaning goats with gardening shears or blowing off pigs' jaws. Lifelike human-patient simulators, which are readily available, realistically represent human anatomy and traumatic injury.
You can help chickens everywhere by refusing to buy any eggs and instead using egg-free options for your baking and cooking.
The rats/mice/birds exclusion intentionally obfuscates the true numbers of animal used in research. And, it lends credence to the claims of animal rights groups that research institutions have something to hide.
Americans eat 288 percent more meat than the global average, and we drink 235 percent more milk. We simply cannot claim to care about the environment when we are consuming so many animal products.
Enough is enough already. We need to get our heads back on straight when it comes to loving our pets and defining our relationships with them. Considering ourselves "pet owners" and not "pet parents" is a good start.
How is it that we can believe we have the right to misuse these magnificent and wise wild creatures for the purposes of entertainment and profit, without any consideration or empathy for their wellbeing?
Preventing PETA from killing pets in its home state of Virginia will be a major triumph, but it is only the first step. The animals they kill personally -- tens of thousands -- are simply a fraction of those that they cause to be killed nationwide.
It seems PETA is going to be punished for taking and killing Maya, a little girl's pet chihuahua. The putative "animal rights" organization -- which hauled in $50,000,000 in donations last year -- will be forced to pay a $500 fine.
The bill to rein in PETA's killing at their headquarters in Virginia passed the House of Delegates in a landslide 95-2 vote. Shelters will now be required by definition to make efforts to adopt out animals, instead of summarily killing them.
What would you do if you were forced to bury secrets about your life and your very being deep inside your soul for years and years? How would you feel if the only job you had ever wanted and known turned out to have a very dark side?
PETA would like you to believe that tomorrow's crucial vote in Virginia isn't about them. It's about all those shelters that open their doors to dogs and cats, and then kill almost every single one. Never mind that PETA is the sole "shelter" that fits this description.
The Virginia Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would restrict PETA's mass killing of dogs and cats at its Norfolk headquarters; but PETA has hired a crack lobbyist in an effort to push for the vote to fail tomorrow in the Virginia House of Delegates.
I wish I could claim psychic powers. But predictable smear campaigns are, by their nature, predictable.