Many times I think gratefully of Steve Wozniak - the co-founder of Apple.
I believe that the personal computer was his brain child. It was his inspiration to downsize those huge computers of the early years so that anyone could bring its magic into their own home.
I have learned so very much from using the internet as I'm sure most of us
have. And then by clicking Care2, Animal Rescue, and Welcome Good Search
I can even help support the animal and/or human charities I like. On
Welcome Good Search- each click adds a penny towards the animal charity I
picked which is Romanian Animal Rescue (RAR). There are so many animal
charities I would love to support, but I picked this one because it was founded not by an American of Romanian descent, but by a Californian visiting Romania and finding the streets filled with hungry stray dogs. She made it her mission to try to help them by starting a charity for them in the US. I applaud her and though you may think my penny clicks aren't worth much - if she had many more people doing them, they might make a sizable contribution at the end of the year and, of course, help to get the strays off the streets of Romania and have them altered. So, my penny searches help my causes and certainly oftentimes provide me with so much valuable new information.
Today Mercy for Animals sent us an update on the reactions to their New York
dairy farm investigation of Willet Farms. One of the repercussions was New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal proposing a ban on tail docking - similar to the one that was enacted in California last year. It may seem a small effort, but ask any cow who has had her tail painfully docked to see if she views this as nothing. If some one should fault me for anthropomorphizing, I answer that if we had done this from day one -there would be no such thing as tail docking, there would be no such thing as factory farms (CAFOs). These are living beings like ourselves and they have the same basic needs as we. Some people respond and ask me - what about the plants? My answer - well, I have never looked into the eyes of a plant - have you?
I hope that all states would ban this painful procedure and that goes for ear
cropping and tail docking of dogs. Sadly it seems we could use a federal initiative in this regard. If we were people of compassion, the government wouldn't have to enact laws such as this. I think we would think twice if those similar procedures were done on us, but sadly too many of us aren't usually thoughtful when it comes to the animal condition.
Yesterday on Care2 I viewed a picture and account of a terribly sad and cruel rite of passage for young men in Sweden. Standing in water, a group of them were stabbing and killing innocent dolphins. The water was red with their blood. Instead the young men's faces and the faces of those who approve of this cruel and utterly useless practice should have been red with shame. How does this make a young boy a man? In my opinion, there is nothing courageous or manly about it.
Re the Willet Farm exposure, thanks are due to the media exposing the shocking images of the inhumane dairy industry practices which were aired on ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, and other TV stations coast to coast. The account was also written up in hundreds of newspapers- including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Forbes. All this has made an impact on Willet Farm where it will probably hurt them the most-their pocketbook. Leprino Foods, a Denver-based cheese producer, has dropped Willet as a milk supplier. Leprino distributes cheese to Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Papa Johns, the three largest pizza companies in the US.
I am usually very hard on Americans for their seemingly cold indifference to animal suffering, but I hope this reaction to the Willet Farm animal suffering is genuine and widespread. I don't think anyone could ever be sorry they are compassionate. I'm sure they will be, if they are not, unless they have hearts of cold steel.