Lee You said this so well. Thank you. I always tell people that that particular life is important to the being that is living it. I don't know if it sinks in, but it's actually very simple! Crazy as it may sound, I was in the theatre 21 years ago watching city slickers. When billy crystal was trying to save Norman the calf I decided to quit eating meat. His life was worth being saved, just because it is a life, not because he is dollars in someone else's eyes. I know it was just a movie, but the insinuations in that movie had a huge impact on me. Life is life, no matter what form that life takes. Then when they herded all the cattle in and the rancher informed them that the cattle were headed for slaughter "because their life isn't a very good life anyway". That sealed the deal for me. How can ANYONE decide that? Even though we're still talking about a movie, this is the general mindset. So anyway, thank you so much for the beautiful way you wrote this.
Marcia Sent from my iPad that my most awesome kids surprised me with, Christmas 2010. On Jun 3, 2012, at 6:22 PM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: > It's so much easier to slap a label on someone then to ask them why they are > doing what they are doing. The problem is that they don't see that the life > force that is in humans is also in every other living being. To them, cats > are rocks. They can't see beyond their own bare hide to the spirit inside > the furry hide of a cat, wolf, dog, cow, sheep and other animals. Even non > furry beings have a right to live. They can't seem to get the message that > there's nothing crazy about caring about or for other individuals on this > planet. Lack of awareness is the basis for all racism, ageism and misogyny. > It's unfortunate that the brain is fast becoming a vestigial organ. More > soap from my soapbox. > > From: "dlg...@windstream.net" <dlg...@windstream.net> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Cc: Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> > Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 6:09 PM > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fwd: Cat shelters > > That sounds like Lincoln County, Mo. Everyone thinks I am crazy for having 7 > cats and actually taking them to the vet when they are ill. And I let them > come into the house! My nickname around here is Crazy Cat Lady. > > > ---- Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > The problem here is that I'm in Texas. Killing is the State Sport. > > Unfortunately, most of the Animal Control Officers don't even know the new > > rules, which include acceptance of TNR as a way to control outside cats. > > They are still terrorizing people who have a small batch of backyard cats > > who are spayed/neutered and have their rabies shots. They are counting > > these cats in the 8 cat limit when the new code states specifically that > > they are NOT included in the cat limit rule. They recently reduced the > > number of cats/dogs allowed to 8 from 10. This makes no sense except when > > you realize that they will now charge for an "excess animal permit". Then > > it makes sense to reduce the legal limit so that a number of people are now > > over the limit and have to purchase the permit. Nasty little tricks. > > People who have received a citation in the past for having over the > > permissible limit of cats/dogs are prohibited from purchasing the permit. > > More > > nonsense. > > > > > ________________________________ > From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com> > To: email@example.com > Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 5:28 PM > Subject: [Felvtalk] Fwd: Cat shelters > > > I trimmed this so maybe it will go through. . . > > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com> > Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cat shelters > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > One approach you can take with the bosses (usually the city councils) of the > pounds is to point out that the current staff is most likely permanently > mentally damaged by participating in the old methods---much the way soldiers > are by combat---and that they either need intensive (life-long?) counseling > to change their attitudes, or retirement. This I gleaned from HSUS' (not a > big proponent of No Kill) book on compassion fatigue in the animal care > community: > http://www.amazon.com/Compassion-Fatigue-Animal-Care-Community-Charles/dp/0974840076 > > > > > > > > > > > > > >________________________________ > > > > > -- > ---------------------------- > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org
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