Sunday, October 22, 2017

Right or Wrong, You Can’t Rewrite History

                               
Six flags amusement parks took down their Confederate flags. The city of Baltimore removed their Confederate statues during the night. New Orleans removed their final Confederate statue in May 2017. In a small Ohio town, a tiny monument to Robert E Lee, overnight without a parking space was removed overnight. In Los Angeles, a Confederate monument which stood for 125 years and memorialized more than 30 Confederate veterans and their families buried in the Hollywood cemetery was removed. This sudden need in recent years to remove Confederate monuments and flags from public places as symbols of national division and black oppression accelerate as if history can be rewritten. Statues that sat untouched for over 100 years as memorials to our fallen dead are suddenly pariahs of society and all those associated with them. Is that right? Is that how Americans suddenly honor their fallen? What happened to the American tradition of honoring our dead? Is this the road we’re headed on now? It appears so. Now, people are eying Stone Mountain in Georgia to remove next. Huh? What gives?    
                                           
    On the evening of June 17, 2015, during a prayer service, a young white man walked into the Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Caroline, United States. He sat down with the local prayer group and for forty five minutes remained. Suddenly, he pulled out a gun and began firing. Nine black people including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney were killed. The gunman was Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist. at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States.  The country hasn’t been the same since that night. Two years later and America remains unhealed. As things stand now, the country may never heal at all. Dylan Roof wanted to start a race war and by looking at things around us, he is succeeding.
                               
Murderer Dylann Roof.
     Because he was in photos holding a Confederate flag, this flag has become taboo. On June 23, 2015 a number of well-known retailers quickly stopped selling them. People began fighting about removing them or keeping them up. After much protest on both sides, Charleston, South Carolina took down the flag. Other cities soon followed. Some cities did not remove their statues. In some places, people decided to take things in their own hands and vandalize Confederate statues. This is just so sad and a very touchy subject for many. For some the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride. Their ancestors fought and died in the Civil War. For them the flag doesn’t stand for hatred. Others don’t see it that way. Face it, the flag is just a flag and nothing more. Dylan Roof was also shown in photos wearing Gold’s gym shirts but we haven’t boycotted or destroyed Gold’s gyms, have we? A flag is nothing but a piece of material that has different meaning to different people. What it means to one person means totally something to someone else, but that doesn’t mean it’s a “bad” thing. People see what they want to see.
                                             
Ways in which the Swastika was used. Not for evil either.
    How many of you know that the Swastika symbol has been around a great deal longer then Hitler and the Nazi regime? They chose it as their symbol and all of a sudden it symbolizes hatred. But the real meaning is just the opposite of what you think it means. “The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means "good fortune" or "well-being.". The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism.” The World actually loved the swastika until Hitler and his cronies stole it. The same can be said of the Confederate Flag. For over one hundred years this flag bothered no one. Not one soul. It flew proudly all over the South or wherever a Southerner resided. No one cared about the Confederate Statues either. They just stood there in honor of the fallen. That all changed because of one person. Of course, Dylan Roof wasn’t the only one at fault with misusing this simple flag. For Jewish people, the swastika will always be a symbol of pure evil. For some black people anything that reminds them of the Civil War represents hatred.
                                             
                                  New Orleans statues being removed in cover of night.
     Sadly, racists on both sides are taking advantage of our ignorance and stupidity. Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists use the Confederate flag as their symbol just as they use the swastika. Others are referring to the flag as a symbol of hate. People are at a crossroads and taking sides. The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrated it best. White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed violently and a car plowed into a group described as "anti-racist" demonstrators, killing one person and injuring 19 others. The Governor had to declare a state of emergency. Both sides were to blame for the violence because as anyone knows, it takes two sides to start any fight. It take two parties to cause an argument. One side can’t do it without someone else to instigate it with. Online petitions abounded in demanding the expulsion of several students that attended the rally. Fact: had the rally gone on without anyone countering it; no one saying anything, we probably wouldn’t have heard about it. Because violence abounded and people were hurt and even killed, its front page news. Does anyone seriously believe that if two opposite factions are in the same place that all will be peaceful? Really? Get real. History shows different.
                                           
     How about the news where businesses are asking themselves when they should cut ties with white supremacist groups? Are they also going to sever ties with black supremacist groups for they exist, too? While the KKK and Neo-Nazi’s are anti-black, there is the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers that are anti-white. Many companies have already severed ties with and denounced white-supremacist groups, citing a need to uphold the values and policies of their brands, but how does that stand in a country that values Freedom of Speech? “in a nation whose guiding document enshrines free speech, one person’s hate group could be another’s political organization.” Does this new kind of “discrimination” hurt or help the American economy? What about gangs that run free throughout America? Are companies also going to sever ties with them? They haven’t yet. What’s the difference? Aren’t gangs all about hate, stealing and killing, too?
                                                   
     Southerners, long proud of their southern heritage are losing a part of their history because others, mostly black want all signs of the Confederacy gone. The former states that the Confederate flag is heritage not hate. The latter states the flag and the statues are a reminder of hatred. People are toppling and removing statues on their own and not being accountable. Others are being held accountable and that angers others in support of removing the statues. Here are the undisputable facts in history: More Americans died in the Civil War than in any other wars. The soldiers who died were on both sides and of both colors, black and white. The Civil War was never about slavery. It was all about economics. The South was getting richer than the North.  The North was running the country and the South left felt out. These men that served were fighting for what they believed in was right and for that time, it was right. When you take down statues and remove flags, you dishonor the memory of those who died fighting for what they believed in was right.  Don’t we owe them our respect? Black and white?
                                         
Black & white fought for the 
                                                                       Confederacy.
                                 
     I’m a Yankee born and bred up North in NYC. I’m not from the south but I live there now. I don’t know or understand the deep attachment that Southerners feel for their heritage, but I accept it. That’s just what people do. Just because you hate something doesn’t mean you have the right to tell others that they must hate it, too. Or vice versa. Like it or not, good or bad, the Civil War is a part of American history.
                                       
The fallen of the Civil War. Are they to be forgotten?
Taking down the statues and removing flags will not make me or anyone else forget about it. Instead, all it does is build resentment because one part of the population tries to tell the other part what to do. Get over it. If you don’t like to look at something, turn away. If you don’t like what someone said, turn away. Being part of the majority doesn’t make it right. Telling someone what to do or say is a violation of our First Amendment. Like it or not, our country was built on the principle that people have a right to say whatever they want, even if it’s “hateful”. It’s called Freedom of Speech. Even the Bible says, to turn the other cheek. Since when does being offended become a right? For me, the Confederate flag is just that and nothing more. I respect those that served and died because it’s the right thing to do.
               
                                Alabama  created a Law to protect Confederate Statues. 
   
     In closing, here’s something to think about. The Maine Governor said it best, “Tearing down Confederate statues equivalent to taking down 9/11 memorials.” And at that, I must ask, if Muslims start becoming offended at the Memorials for the victims of September 11, 2001, because it reminds them of hatred, are we going to begin removing those memorials as well? And what of our Memorials for WWI and WWII? And what of our founding fathers, all of whom were slave owners? Since when does those with the loudest voices overrule the silent majority? In a country that values Freedoms including Freedom of Speech, how does it allow those trying very hard to silence the past? It’s a very sad day when one demented racist, Dylann Roof in the end is succeeding in what he set out to do because we out of ignorance and stupidity are letting him do it. He’s dividing America. Racism will always exist no matter what you do. Dylann Roof didn’t begin racism. It was already there. He just brought it to light in a violent way. 
                                             
     Fact is, no one can make someone do something they don’t want to do. You can’t make someone like a person they don’t like. Ever hear the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So is hatred. Take down all the statues you want, and get rid of all the flags you can find and racism will always remain. It’s a fact of life. Racism is nothing new. Neither is hatred. Most importantly, no one owns the patent to either racism or hatred. They’re not particular to any race or ethnic group. A new hatred has arisen and that is the call to erase history. The Civil War happened. Americans on both sides of both races died. Interesting fact: Only six percent of white Southerners owned slaves prior to the Civil War. Being property like a house or car, most whites couldn’t afford slaves.  That being the case, why do you think the other ninety four percent were fighting for?  What about the blacks that fought in the Confederate army? Were they fighting to keep slavery, too? How many know that not all slave owners were white. Blacks, too owned slaves including those that were rich enough to buy their freedom. They did so only to enslave their own people.
                                     
     That’s my opinion. What’s yours? Do you think that the Confederate flag, statues, and all reminders of the civil War should be removed because it offends a majority of people? Do you feel it’s right that those offended should tell other Americans what to do or how to feel? Isn’t American the land of Free, Free Speech and not oppression? Isn’t the USA a country where all allowed to speak their mind; honor their religion and more? If in the end, we try to rewrite history, how will we ever learn from it? Right or wrong, you can’t rewrite history no matter hard you try to do so. Without history, we would never learn from our mistakes and are failed to repeat them over and over again. But that doesn’t mean people won’t try to erase the past to suit them. Voltaire said, “History is the lie commonly agreed upon.” I guess people are hoping that if they say the Civil War didn’t happen, then perhaps, it didn’t. George Orwell said it best, “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” Do you control your future or does someone else control it for you?
                                                  
For more information:
Court order blocks removal of Lee statue from Dallas park:

Stone Mountain poses another test for Confederate symbols:

Dylann Roof confesses to killing 9 people in Charleston church, wanting to start ‘race war’:
                                         
                                         Graves for the Civil War Dead.

Restaurant owner in South Carolina can’t take down Confederate flag flying over his business:

Six Flags pulls down Confederate flags:

Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments ‘so foolish’:

Teens rally for love and peace at Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia:

Maine governor: Tearing down Confederate statues equivalent to taking down 9/11 memorials:
                                               
Confederate re-enactors pepper sprayed during parade in NC:

Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville:
                                   
Robert E. Lee’s great-great grandson ‘fine’ with Confederate statues coming down:

A new Alabama law makes sure Confederate monuments are here to stay:

Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally Violence Prompts State of Emergency:

Man who inspired Dylann Roof’s hateful radicalization said blacks taken into slavery ‘hit the slave lottery,’ but condemns Charleston shooting:

WHAT IS HISTORY?

When should companies dump white-supremacist customers?

Here’s what Robert E. Lee thought about Confederate monuments:

The swastika (as a character 卐 or ) is an ancient religious icon used in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Southeast Asia:

How the world loved the swastika - until Hitler stole it:

The Swastika: A Sign of Good Luck Becomes a Symbol of Evil:

Flags of the Confederate States of America From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Little Ohio town swept into national battle over monuments:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Shark Diving: Should You or Shouldn’t You? I wouldn’t. Would You?


I’m a scuba diver. I’ve been diving for twenty years ever since I was certified. I loved suiting up and going underwater. For me, there’s a certain tranquility down below watching nature at its best. Unless you’ve ever dived, you haven’t a clue as to what I’m saying, but take my word for it, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. When I dive, I’m always careful about my balance and buoyancy. I’m always cognizant of where my hands and feet are. I never want to harm any life. No matter how small. I read about diving when I’m not doing it. This leads me into the purpose of this post.

Chumming for sharks alters their natural behavior.

I recently read an editorial in a diving magazine about what their stance was on shark feedings. People always ask whether or not they support it. Their reply was, “It’s complicated.” Of course, they must be politically correct or they lose the business of shark diving industry and they couldn't let that happen, could they. I don’t understand why. I get that shark tourism is a big business that rakes in millions of U.S. Dollars a year. Many people participate. Therein lies my problem with it. Shark feeding puts the sharks at risk. It changes their natural behavior. They lose their natural fear of humans. That isn’t a good thing. Some say that puts the humans at risk. I disagree. Why? Look at the plight of our companion animals as the best example why shark feeding shouldn’t be allowed and why shark tourism should be ended. Done. Over. Fini. 

Dogs and cats trust humans. Rabbits and horses do, too. Even some wildlife trust humans. But for ease of understanding, we’ll use dogs and cats. They go to us for food, for help. When a stray animal is hungry or injured, they seek us out. That is their downfall. How? Take a look at the animals in Asia. A dog or cat walking along the street is open to poisoning, beatings or worse. They are taken off the street and placed in the dog meat markets where they are tortured to death, then consumed by humans. How about the dogs and cats that are stolen from pet owners for the same end? If dogs and cats had a fear of humans, this would be less likely to happen because when they saw a human, they’d flee. Companion animals aren’t just tortured to death in Asia. Other countries are no more humane. Many countries such as Turkey, Egypt and more could care less about animal welfare. Even the U.S.A. enjoys torturing and murdering animals often under the guise of puppy mills or hunting. Other dogs and cats are poisoned, shot out, beaten or starved to death. Certainly, you heard about the female Veternarian murdered a feral cat with a bow and arrow and proudly posted the photo on Facebook. Worse, the cat turned out to be a family cat.
Shark Hunters. Don't they look so very proud? Just how many of them did it take to catch that one small shark?

Take the plight of the black bear as another example. When they get to use to humans and an attack results. That bear is put down. Killed and it wasn’t the bear’s fault. The bear was operating on instinct. The bear doesn’t know right from wrong, but humans do. Humans know not to feed the bears; give them Oreos to eat, or worse give them a baby to hold, but that is what humans do. Humans are stupid, yet it is the animals that pay for our stupidity. Why should we subject sharks to that same cruelty? “It’s estimated that 38 to 100 million sharks are killed each year. Not in protection, but for hunting. There exists a demand for shark fins by various countries mainly in Asia. Many sharks are caught, their fins cut off and then, they are thrown back in the water to suffer a long, painful death. Is that what we want for sharks? Feed them? Let them swim up to you and then, they come to associate us with food and “good things”. No. That just makes it easier for the animal cruelty to begin. No. That isn’t for me. Be damn the shark feeding and the businesses that thrive on it.  They can find another avenue of income. 
                    Shark finning. Sharks without fins die a slow, horrible death.
For me, the answer as to whether shark feeding should be allowed is not complicated at all. Leave the sharks alone. Sharks have been around for millions of years. They exist for a purpose. That purpose isn’t to attack humans. In fact, according the Fisheries Blog, an American has a 1.625 in 1 million chance of being injured by a shark. There’s no reason to bring them any harm. Leave them alone. Let them live. If not, one day, the only shark you’ll see is a toy stuffed one, or the remains of one on some idiot’s wall. For me, I shall continue to scuba dive, but I will never willingly put any animal in danger to have fun. It just isn’t right. It just isn’t humane. Here’s an idea though, I can get behind. How about we feed the stupid to the sharks? I’m one for the animals. Are you? http://onefortheanimals.blogspot.com    is the blog I created just for the animals. But this issue isn’t just about animals. This post is about tourism and this consumer had to speak up. That is my opinion. What’s yours? Are you a scuba diver? Snorkeler? Have you ever seen a shark feeding? What do you think? Let’s talk….


Want to help protect Sharks? Contact your local government representatives and tell them to say no to Shark tourism.

Sign petitions when you can. Here's one you can add your name to. I did: Tell Congress To Ban The Trade Of Shark Fins In The U.S.
Inhumane shark finning is driving some species to the very brink of extinction.


For more information:
See the editorial that inspired this post in the March/April 2017 issue of Scuba Diving magazine pages 8 to 9.

The question of whether to participate in a shark dive is explored further in an article in the same magazine above, beginning on page 42.
                                           

The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives:

Does Human Interaction Affect Shark Behavior?



Whale shark ecotourism: the good, the bad and the ugly

Eco-Tourism May Be Good News for Sharks

Save the Sharks By Swimming With Them
Ecotourism is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies.

SHARK FEEDING: GOOD OR BAD?

Divers swim freely with great white sharks -- good or bad?

That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

GMO Foods are everywhere But Did You Know That? I didn’t….

By now, you are aware that most of the food we are eating, in the USA anyway, is GMO, or genetically modified. Yummy. Doesn’t that sound appetizing? Genetically altered food? Not to me either , especially when I know what it is all about. The thought of altering any food genetically doesn’t make my taste buds salivate at all. Oh, I know. The government assures us it is safe. They also assured soldiers in Vietnam that Agent Orange was nothing to worry about, after they had been sprayed and came back home to America ill and dying. I, for one don’t trust anything the government says anywhere because they are always lying. How do you know when a politician is lying? When his/her mouth is open. Seriously, to me, genetically modified food isn’t a good thing. I don't like the idea of eating things that were sprayed with herbicides. Why would I want to eat something that was modified to include the chemicals in its makeup? Seriously, until just a couple of years ago, I had no idea that most of our foods are GMOs. Not a clue. Once I heard about it, I did some research. A great deal of research. I wasn't overjoyed with what I found. The result is this post.


To get a better idea of why I don’t like GMO you need to know more about it. First, what exactly is a GMO food? A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification or transgenic technology. “This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.” Are they safe? First, define safe. Second, most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe and have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. The U.S. and Canadian governments, though, “have approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.” Bingo. This is my point. 
                                   
Are they labelled in order for the consumer to make an informed choice when purchasing? Not in the USA they’re not despite strong support to do so. “Sixty-four countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, require genetically modified foods to be labelled 1. While a 2015 ABC News survey found that 93% of Americans believe genetically modified foods should be labelled, GMOs are not required to be labelled in the U.S. and Canada. In fact, Congress shot down the chance to mandatory label all GMO foods last year. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. “ Did I mention that GMO foods are mixed with herbicides during the genetic process to create disease/pest resistant crops? Yummy again don’t you think?


Which foods you eat contain GMO foods? Good question and here’s the answer. More than you think. More than I like. Most packaged foods contain ingredients derived from corn, soy, canola, and sugar beet — and the vast majority of those crops grown in North America are genetically modified. In fact, I was surprised to find that two of my favorite junk food, Lays Potato Chips and Ghiradelli chocolates both contain GMO products. Fortunately, these two companies are honest enough to let you know right on their product labels. Do these foods harm farmers and their farms? “Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States and Canada. Nice, huh? So much for safety.” I wrote to my government representatives a few months ago about my concern about GMO foods and mandatory labeling. Of course, I received the standard answer about all the mandatory testing it went through and that is is "considered" safe. I'm willing to bet my government representative doesn't eat the stuff.


How about my health? Your Health? Are GMOs safe for our health? Those that support GMO foods say they are. As I already said, define safe. “The contention that GMOs pose no risks to human health can’t be supported by studies that have measured a time frame that is too short to determine the effects of exposure over a lifetime,” says Robert Gould, M.D., president of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility. I concur. Not to mention that they may worsen or cause allergies. “have the potential to introduce toxins and new allergens (or increase levels of existing ones), or cause nutritional changes in foods and other unexpected effects.”  Further, “Animal studies—commonly used to help assess human health risks—have suggested that GMOs might cause damage to the immune system, liver, and kidneys. More studies are needed to determine long-term effects. And the ability of researchers to track potential health effects of GMOs in the human population is hampered by the absence of labeling.” So again, exactly how safe are they? Not safe enough for me. Take into account that when a medication is introduced to the public, it’s already undergone years for drug trials and studies. Yet, even after all that, sometimes, quite often, in fact,  the FDA has to remove them from the market because, as it turns out, those drugs weren’t really safe at all. How can we then assume that GMO foods are safe? We can’t. And if they’re so safe, why is the government and supporters so afraid to label them GMOs?


As if all of this enough, what about the effects of GMO foods on our fragile environment? What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment? “More than 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance 5. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 16 times since GMOs were introduced 6. GM crops are also responsible for the emergence of herbicide resistant “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which can only be killed with more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange) 7,8. GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment, these novel organisms cannot be recalled.”
                                            
Genetically modified or engineered foods. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Doesn’t the term just make you want to go out and go get some right now? Me neither, which is why I always buy organic when given the chance, and, of course, I hope that food is organic. I do know that GMO foods taste differently, to me anyway. Organic does too. Organic foods taste better. GMO foods taste worse. GMO foods are a relatively new concept. I’m not that old, yet, but when I grew up, GMO foods weren’t in existence. They certainly weren’t on our menu. That's because they've been around for a total of about fifteen years.  As if herbicide sprayed crops, antibiotic and hormone filled animals aren’t enough to make us ill, literally, along comes GMO foods. Not for me and mine. That’s my opinion anyway, for what it’s worth. I hope this post raises your awareness about GMO foods in order that you, the consumer can make an informed choice for you and your family. What’s your view? Do you eat GMO foods? Why or why not? Do you even care that your food is genetically modified? Why or why not? Let’s talk about it.


For more information:
Here are two articles that gave me a great deal, but not all of the information I wanted to know about GMO foods:

                                    
Activists Weigh Path Forward After Congress Thwarts GMO Food Labels 


What You Need to Know about GMO Crops:

GMO foods: What you need to know
 

1.            “Center for Food Safety | Issues | GE Food Labeling | International Labeling Laws.” Center for Food Safety. N.p., n.d. Web.
2.            Langer, Gary. “Poll: Skepticism of Genetically Modified Foods.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 19 June 2015. Web.
                                  
3.            Fernandez-Cornejo, Jorge, and Seth James Wechsler. “USDA ERS – Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.: Recent Trends in GE Adoption.” USDA ERS – Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.: Recent Trends in GE Adoption. United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 09 July 2015. Web.
4.            Leader, Jessica. “Monsanto Wins Lawsuit Filed By U.S. Organic Farmers Worried About Seed Contamination.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 June 2013. Web.

                                  
5.            Duke, S.O., & Powles, S.B. (2009). “Glyphosate-resistant crops and weeds: Now and in the future.” AgBioForum, 12(3&4), 346-357.
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 That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 
 
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