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Anti Seal Hunt Demonstration

  • March 21, 2011 7:35 pm

It’s been some time since I’ve sat down to write here. I feel compelled to communicate my disappointment in Torontonians today. A select few of us participated in a peaceful anti seal hunt demonstration this afternoon at the corner of University and College in Toronto. A very busy corner swarming with U of T students, business people, medical staff for the nearby hospitals…For the most part we were met with indifference, avoidance, lowered heads, comments of ‘no, not interested’, ‘no, don’t want any information’…Groups of young people would walk by, speeding up to pass us to avoid any interaction. I am amazed at the apathy, the desire to plead ignorance, to not want to learn about what our country promotes using our tax dollars. To not even show a tiny bit of interest in such an act of cruelty and violence is appalling to me. This head-in- the-sand attitude that affects so many gets me down on occasions like these.
What are you so afraid of people? ‘Ignorance is bliss’ so they say…Everyone is so caught up in their own little ego bubbles, their blackberry conversations, their lattes and fur trimmed coats…Look around you, engage in your city and its diversity…wake up!!
I was also disillusioned by the no show of animal rights activists today. According to the facebook page that had organized this event ( thank you Susan ) , over 80 people had said they’d attend…I think maybe 10 showed up? Was it inconvenient? Too cold? Do you feel that by saying you’ll attend that’s doing enough? I don’t get it….
Well, at the end of the day, I felt we made an impact in our own small way. We were visible, politely vocal and we did manage to get some signatures for our anti seal hunt campaign and we did manage to hand out a good number of flyers. Thank you for those activists who showed up and thank you for those Torontonians who were open to learning….

photo courtesy of Susan Morris

Happy US Thanksgiving!!

  • November 17, 2010 4:51 pm

Below is a video that is not easy to watch. I came across it today in one of the Care2 newsletters that I receive each day. I witnessed a very similar situation many years ago when a boyfriend at the time was picking out his “free range, organic” turkey from a local farmer just north of Barrie, ON. There was a big windowless building and the farmer opened the doors to let light in revealing hundreds of turkeys on the floor of this barn…they stared back at us wild eyed, scared and squawking hysterically. That experience has been seared into my brain. I can recall it as if it were yesterday. What an eye-opener to learn that these creatures were/are considered organic, and free range.

As well, below are two new images I created in honour of a recent visit to Farm Sanctuary NY.
I am donating a couple of limited edition giclĂ©es for their annual Turkey Day held this weekend on Nov. 20th: a big celebration FOR the turkeys, where they are fed and pampered rather than what happens in way too many households this time of year (ending up in people’s ovens and stomachs).

Farm Sanctuary, NY Rescued Turkeys


Kevin- a beautiful Farm Sanctuary rescue

Revealed: No Country For Animals

  • July 30, 2010 11:38 am

A very powerful and hard to watch documentary was aired in Canada this past Wednesday July 28th on Global TV: Revealed: No Country For Animals
I’m not terribly proud to be a Canadian knowing how far behind we fall in the welfare of animals. Dedicated investigators such as Twyla Francois have documented, video- taped proof of the abuse and cruelty that takes place in public and behind institutional doors. Some of the most outrageous cruelty happens at farm auctions in plain sight! And don’t even get me started about what goes on in agri-farming…the conditions these sentient beings are forced to live and die in, the unbelievable pain and suffering that goes on in transporting these animals to slaughterhouses…driving to their destination sometimes as long as 52 hours – 52 HOURS!! - without a break, food or water…crammed into trucks in all kinds of weather conditions…prodded, poked, beaten and thrown into trucks!
Where is the disconnect here? How does this happen? How can we on the one hand kiss and cuddle our pets, buy them expensive gourmet food and toys and clothing (!!) and yet buy meat and dairy at the supermarket that has been the result of suffering animals? Animals that feel pain, loneliness, fear…animals that have just as much a right to a peaceful, well adjusted, HUMANE life as any other living creature. There is also a whole other focus of this documentary surrounding puppy mills…I will say no more, seeing is believing.
We have a long way to go as a species, but thanks to a growing number of caring, conscientious, awake- to- the- plight- of- animals humans there is a shift taking place. For many, myself included, this shift isn’t happening fast enough. Another day that any creature has to suffer at the hands of humans for food, entertainment and money is a day too many. How can we turn our minds and hearts away from the truth? And if we are able to…for how long?
I urge you to watch this documentary. If you have ever loved, felt compassion for another, known kindness…you cannot help but be affected by stories like these. It’s through these awakenings that change can happen.
CLICK HERE to watch and learn what you can do.
Thank you.