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Distressing News -- Just in March This Year

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Sadly, both you and I daily read distressing news.  It's on the national TV as well as in TV documentaries and the newspapers.  You would think in this 21st century we would have learned a lot more about being fair, just, and humane and that the world generally would be a better place to live in.  Sadly, that's just a pipe dream. Of course, we can never give up trying to do our part in making needed and worthwhile changes when we can. Here are some events that need them.  They distress me.  They may distress you too. 


There are some states I would not want to live in. Idaho is such a state. From Defenders of Wildlife came this news:

"Despite heroic efforts by people like you, yesterday, Idaho's governor signed a virtual death warrant for hundreds of the state's wolves.  The new law, HB470, establishes a $400,000 special fund, the sole purpose of which is killing as many wolves as possible.  It is part of a broader effort by wolf-haters to reduce Idaho's wolf population down to 150 animals--which means killing more than 450 wolves."

Personally, vegetarian animals are my favorites, but yet I have to acknowledge that God made predators as well and that He must love them too.  If the people of Idaho are experiencing hardship because of their "large" number of wolves, why haven't they been using contraceptives to keep wolf numbers down?  $400,000 to kill them instead?  Doesn't sound caring to me- re this member of God's creation.  What about you?


This week I read that for 117 million Americans a legal loophole has undermined the Clean Water Act safeguards that are supposed to prevent big polluters from dumping unsafe amounts of dangerous pollutants in our water.  How can this be?  Who is sleeping at the helm?  To tell you the truth, I believe most of our government entities are caving into the demands of big corporations whose only interests are in making money. 


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What a terrible influence America has been on the eating habits of the Chinese --though they have some of their own bad practices as well. I was shocked and dismayed when I read about the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco where they have a market. Their treatment of live fish, frogs, and chickens left much to be desired as they treated them in a cavalier and unfeeling way.  Many times these poor victims suffered a great deal at their hands.  A description of this San Francisco Chinese market is on the internet if you wish to read about it.

It's bad enough that we indulge our love for pork where we keep our poor hogs incarcerated in the horrible hog CAFOs in the US, but now China, per Mother Jones, is emulating our love of pork. Their consumption of it has nearly doubled since 1993.  As a result, their hog farms have grown and multiplied.

And to make sure they have enough pork, they are even looking to Iowa and North Carolina to keep them supplied.  Of course, these two states are only too happy to sell them pork, and this most surely means more suffering for more hogs. 

When I think of our hog CAFOs I know that these poor hogs suffer greatly as do the other farm animals in the CAFOs.  I can never understand how any nation or country could allow its farm animals to be caged, crated, or confined in stifling factory barns.  Goes to show you how little I understand human nature, though I am glad that there are people who despise these places of torture as much as I do.


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This week I saw a repeat of the documentary on genital mutilation.  Nicholas Kristof and Diane Lane visited Somalia, where they reported graphically what was happening to its 8- or 9-year-old girls. I wish that anyone who could change the mindset of these ignorant people could be persuaded to stop this cruel practice. Somehow they believe it is a Muslim teaching from God. In my view--no God would require this horrible mutilating practice.  

It is compared to male circumcision except for two big differences. The male circumcision is done on babies and is not seriously intrusive. What is done to these 8- or 9-year-old girls is horrible and very, very painful.  Parts of their vagina are cut away as women hold these poor screaming children down. 

Can you imagine any part of your body being cut away without anesthesia? 

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I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)

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