PETA Prime: Celebrating Kind Choices: Oh, Canada
From the story: But Canada isn’t taking this lying down. In a misguided and dirty effort to make the slaughter seem more palatable, they’ve implemented new “standards,” including requiring that sealers wait 60 seconds before skinning the seals in order to “ensure” that they are dead. I’m sorry, but bludgeoning gentle animals, impaling them, dragging them across the ice, and ripping off their skin after a 60-second pulse check-if anyone is actually watching-does not fit any realistic definition of “humane.” And the new regulations don’t require a speck of oversight.
This is a story (click on the title) about laboratory torture of chimpanzees and monkeys. Do we have a right to make these creatures lives' years (sometimes as many as fifty years) of endless torment in order to help make our lives safer? Tests can often be performed on tissue samples instead of live animals. Many animals are tortured simply to make sure cosmetics and personal care products are safe for humans. I don't want to use a shampoo that has been rubbed into the eyes of restrained animals. Do you? There are companies that offer alternatives that have not be tested on animals. Do a little research and stop sponsoring torture. Please sign this petition to try to get a pain-free retirement for some elderly chimpanzees.
I've found that some of my best writing comes from the simplest beginnings. As an encouragement to all of us to give this approach a try, I've just put a gadget on this blog that will take you to "The One-Minute Writer," a blog that supplies readers with a prompt for one-minute writing every day. Once you get in the habit of doing this, you'll find you come up with hundreds of your own prompts. Get a Moleskine and carry it around with you! You'll soon find yourself writing every minute you can find. "I never have time to write" will no longer be an excuse when all that is asked of you is . . . a minute's worth of writing. You'll find you want to go back to these when you have five, fifteen, sixty minutes and expand them into longer pieces. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Leave them as one-minute pieces if you like, make them a journal of your thoughts and observations. If you do want to play with them a bit, try the "Expansion From Within" approach. After each sentence you have written, write a sentence expanding that idea. Do this over and over. If you want company, head over to the TOMW site and see what other people are doing.