Thanksgiving may be a good day for people, but there’s no doubt it’s an awful one for animals. Maybe what’s needed is a pretty fable about a happy animal get-together, with sharing and festivating and every one enjoying the normal, natural life each was intended for . . . before Dominionism entered the world – ironically, via a so-called holy book (“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle . . .”).
Instead, what we have is a mad celebration of giving thanks for our bounty by eating animals (apparently not seen as part of that bounty). What’s wrong with this picture? tradition? lifestyle? How many turkeys will die and be eaten this week? Not only those purchased for Thanksgiving dinner, but also those given away by supermarkets and myriad organizations. And – lest we forget -- those brutalized in slaughterhouses while on their way to death!
Ugh: what a huge, sickening example of Dominionism, with people mindlessly eating turkey on this holiday just because that’s what they’ve always done. And if they were forced to think about it, they’d probably conclude that turkeys exist for the dining pleasure of humans.
Then there are those who serve both turkey and ham for the holiday for democracy in action: an equal opportunity for turkeys and pigs to die.
It’s all just too much, including any hope of making a significant dent in this practice. What would it take? I wish I knew.
Unable to stop the cave man-approach to Thanksgiving and too bummed to think more about it right now, I’ll change the subject to . . . butterflies! Last summer as I waxed rhapsodic about Monarchs and milkweed, one of the many things I didn’t witness and couldn’t imagine was, how do butterflies “hatch.” Well, here’s how, with thanks to the Dodo (www.thedodo.com). It’s amazing. https://www.thedodo.com/videos/how-a-caterpillar-becomes-a-butterfly
Sticking with good news, how about California’s new law requiring pet stores to stock only animals from shelters or rescues? Viva California, enlightened home state of Gov. Jerry Brown, “the California car,” the Paw Project (www.thepawproject.com) and innumerable other ahead-of-its- country positions. What better way to end puppy mills and kitten factories?
Since we’re on a positive roll, the city of Denver also earns plaudits for its unanimous vote to ban the needless, cruel and outlawed-elsewhere practice of declawing cats. Every Denver city council member deserves to feel a warm, virtuous glow after doing the right thing.
If only veterinarian associations and feline-only organizations were just as emphatically against declawing – as they ought to be – so other cities and states might join the BANwagon.
Finally, like it or not, here’s a column by a cat-hater, explaining why she’s adamantly against felines. It’s definitely a different, if not welcome, perspective. What do you think?
And on the subject of what you think, how about the last blog post here, which I thought would prompt an avalanche of comments – but didn’t. I hope you’ll re-read it and have a say.
Happy animal flesh-free Thanksgiving, everyone!
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