Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Farm Sanctuary. New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling. July 2008. Victory for Farm Sanctuary.

Our good friends in upstate New York, Farm Sanctuary, scored a great victory yesterday in the state of New Jersey. This victory is a major bust with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) in legal handcuffs after the NJ Supreme Court handed down its decision. We can thank God for our legal system through which we can disprove what has been accepted as good practice or fact. The NJDA arguments, as I understand it, rest on the premise that routine practices makes them humane, by default. Well, Farm Sanctuary argued to the contrary, and won. Farm Sanctuary expects this decision in New Jersey to affect farm practices across the country. Congratulations to Farm Sanctuary! Farm animals across our country stand to benefit from their legal effort, and their landmark victory will serve as reference to other legal actions against the inhumane treatment of farm animals. Here is a copy of their announcement which better describes their victory:

" Yesterday, Farm Sanctuary scored a precedent-setting victory in its decade-long battle against the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's (NJDA) inhumane standards of farm animal care. In a monumental legal decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously declared that factory farming practices cannot be considered "humane" simply because they are "routine husbandry practices." The Court also rejected the practice of tail-docking cattle, the manner in which the NJDA had provided for farm animals to be mutilated without anesthesia, and ordered the agency to readdress many of the state-mandated standards for the treatment of farm animals.

The NJDA had set its spurious standards of humane farm animal care after the state legislature ordered it to develop humane care standards in 1996. In a disingenuous and duplicitous move, the NJDA responded nearly eight years later by qualifying all factory farming practices as "humane," simply because they are routine in the industry.

In response, Farm Sanctuary launched a coalition and filed a lawsuit against the NJDA, stating that the NJDA's sanctioning of factory farming practices as humane failed to follow the legislature's directive. The lawsuit reached the state Supreme Court, which yesterday handed down its decision.

This decision does not stand without criticism. The Court failed to take the opportunity to strike down regulations that allow the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates, and calves in veal crates, as well as the transport of sick and downed cattle. Although the Court admitted that confinement practices were "controversial" and that downed animals "suffer greatly," it refused to intervene in the agency's decision to permit these systems, suggesting that these issues should be addressed to the legislature. In fact, there is growing momentum nationwide, and in other countries, to phase out these cruel systems, and we will push the agency vigorously to phase out these cruel and inhumane practices when the regulations are revised.

The Court's decision will have far-reaching repercussions for farm animals across the entire country. Historically, perhaps the greatest legal obstacles preventing the application of cruelty statues to farm animals are state exemptions based on "routine husbandry practices." Now that Farm Sanctuary has persuaded New Jersey's highest court to reject such a consideration as sufficient grounds for declaring any practice to be humane, we have created a new and deep crack in the industry's legal dam.

Read more about this landmark victory, and thank you for your ongoing support in our efforts to end factory farming. "

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Philippines. Animal Kingdom Foundation. Dog Meat Trade. July 2008.

This video is pretty much self-explanatory. The Animal Kingdom Foundation is based in England and it supports the campaign against the dog meat trade in the Philippines. The AKF and their local representatives struck as soon as they could based on a new law. Take a look:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Philippines. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Cats for Adoption. Rescued from the Highways.

Once again, like today, and many more times henceforth, we cross the seas to see what's happening with animal welfare in the Philippines. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the beleaguered guardian of our common ideals in Filipino society, reported on two cat rescues that have happy endings. I have often referred to PAWS as the proverbial candle in the wind, the lone glitter of light and hope that the darkness will not overcome. They are like the Earth, a blue marble of life hanging precariously amidst the dark expanse of space. I find it quite paradoxical that in a country of devout catholics animal cruelty is rampant. It looks like the gospels aren't getting through to most people.

Shaun was discovered cowering along a narrow sidewalk in a tunnel. You can see from the photo how miserable his existence was before the rescue. Vehicular traffic could have ended his life at any moment. According to the PAWS report, they don't think that he just wandered into this dangerous situation. Someone left him there. Surprised? Fortunately, hawk-eyed volunteers from PAWS spotted Shaun, and took him to Vets In Practice where he received proper care. Shaun is expected to make a full recovery in a week or two.

Now, the other cat is named Joey. He was found marooned on one of those islands along a highway, tangled up among the bougainvillea branches. Rescuers had to cut they way through to him, and cut off the wire around his neck that someone thought would be a nice collar. As you can see from the photo, Joey is well now after three months and he is up for adoption like Shaun. If you are so inclined, please contact PAWS at and tell them you are interested in the " Highway Cats. "

Shaun in the tunnel before rescue

Shaun in a box after rescue

Shaun at the Vets In Practice Clinic


P.S. Reading up some more on these rescues, I learned that both rescues were done by PAWS Director Anna Cabrera. God bless you, Anna. Always.

Friday, July 25, 2008

New York. 20/20. Elephant Sanctuary. Elephants in Recovery.

It's a Friday night, but maybe you'd be home by the time 20/20 comes on. Tonight's feature are the elephants living in free range in Tennessee in a place called The Elephant Sanctuary. I think it will be on at 10 pm here on the East coast, but check your local listings anyway. Tonight's stars will be the elephants who previously lived in captivity, and are now in recovery. The show should warm many hearts out there.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New Jersey. Legislature. Bills Against Animal Cruelty. July 2008.

Attention New Jerseyites...Now hear this...there are three bills in the New Jersey legislature meant to make life better for both animals and children in the state. American Humane would like us to take action in support of these bills by sending an email to our respective state representatives.

The first bill is Senate Bill 1989/Assembly Bill 2981. This bill would establish animal hoarding as a criminal and civil animal cruelty offense. Think a yard full of animals, and the owner doesn't give a hoot about them.

The Second bill is Assembly Bill 2668. This bill would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and police officers to investigate possible domestic violence associated with animal cruelty reports. I think the spirit of this bill is good, but I wonder if this could deter some people from bringing in their animals for treatment. Maybe they were, indeed, cruel but they had a change of heart and now they'd be afraid to seek help from a vet. Or, maybe, you're a good samaritan and you'd like to bring in an abuse animal, but now you would have to consider being questioned by the police who may not be inclined to believe your true and compassionate story. Something to think about.

The third bill is Assembly Bill 2979/Senate Bill 1990. This bill would make it a felony to commit animal cruelty in the presence of a child. Acts of animal cruelty in front of a child could traumatize a child or they could encourage them towards animal cruelty. So, I think this one is unquestionably a good idea.

Please click on the links, and send in your formatted emails.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Europe. Proposal to Ban Seal Hunt Products. European Union. July 2008.

Some good news concerning the war on fur and seal hunting. Back in 2006, Swedish politician Carl Schlyter went along with the Humane Society International to observe the vicious seal hunt by the Canadians. I reckon that was enough to move him to sponsor a Written Declaration in the European Parliament, calling on all 27 EU member nations to ban the sale of seal fur pelts and other seal products. It passed. 425 Members of the European Parliament endorsed it, a record level of support. The latest good news is that the European Commission reacted by adopting a proposal to ban most trade in seal products within the European Union. If this ban goes into effect, the seal hunters of Canada will lose a big chunk of their market. We're talking death knell here, but we should be guardedly optimistic about this ban. It ain't over until its over. I remember when a seal-hunting boat capsized earlier this year, killing most of its crew, I screamed karma! Well, this bit of news from the EU brings on the same euphoric feeling and a big smile on my face.

The people of Europe and the European Parliament will accept nothing less than a total ban. We intend to close our borders to seal products completely to ensure the EU plays no role in perpetuating the cruelty of commercial seal hunts,” said Neil Parish, U.K. Conservative MEP and President of the European Parliament's animal welfare intergroup.

People across Europe have called for an end to EU trade in products from commercial seal hunts for decades,” said Danish Socialist MEP Dan Jorgensen. “This announcement is a giant step forward in realizing that goal. I'm sure that the Parliament will do everything in its power to shut our borders to these products of animal cruelty.”

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Jersey. BMW 735il. Mileage Watch.

A little diversion here folks...This is not related to animal welfare. Instead, this post concerns car welfare. Well, it isn't very off topic considering that animal welfare advocates usually own cars. Don't we drive to the shelters and demonstrations? Don't we transport animals in our cars?

Anyway, I have two cars at the moment, one 1996 Dodge Intrepid and a 1990 BMW 735il. Both these cars are high mileage. The Dodge has 177,000 miles on it, and the beemer most recently passed a milestone. In fact, I was oblivious of it until today. It must have passed the 150,000 mile mark yesterday considering that today the odometer reads 150,051 miles. If we do the math, this means that I averaged 8336 miles a year which is below the accepted average of 12,000 miles a year, or 1,000 a month. Those who lease their vehicles will be quite familiar with these numbers. Obviously, I don't lease my vehicles considering that one is twelve years old and the other eighteen years old. I am not sure whether it is true or not, but a car enthusiast once told me that the engine on my BMW is rated to go to at least 300,000 miles, with proper care. Wow, I can't even fathom that kind of mileage. Heck, I might be in a wheelchair by then.

Anyway, I am attaching three photos of my dear old friend. I don't even have a name for her, all these years. I turned on the ignition key to show the digital odometer. As you can see, it is due for an inspection and I need to replace a fog light. The other photo is the label on the door post. It states that this vehicle was " Made in Germany." You will not encounter many BMWs in America that was made in Germany. The label further states that the car was manufactured in June, 1990 by Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). It weighs almost 5,000 pounds. On to 200,000 miles...

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New York. JFK Airport. Feral Cat Roundup. Demonstration. July 24. 2008.

A heads-up from In Defense of Animals came in via email. It seems that the people at the airport are still at it. But, now, they have to answer more pointed questions. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners ( Yes, their very own ) has demanded that Port Authority and JFK Airport staff explain on Thursday why the agency is continuing to round up feral cats at JFK Airport. Furthermore, the board would also like to know why they continue to refuse offers of assistance from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative to implement a humane Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Sounds like a bunch of out of control people out there at the airport who won't listen even to their own higher-ups.

What: Rally for feral cats at JFK Airport
When: Thursday, July 24th - 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Port Authority Headquarters in Union Square,

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Jersey. Bear Hunt. Ali Kazemian. New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. Protest. July 19, 2008.

Once again, we hear about the dedicated spirit and heroic sacrifices of animal lovers in our state of New Jersey. Ali Kazemian has gone to prison for his principles, a rare occurance nowadays i must say. It's not easy to find a stand-up-and-be-counted guy like Ali Kazemian. In my opinion, he has earned our respect and support. I have not met him personally although we belong to the same group, NJARA. I do hope that one day I will have the pleasure and honor of meeting this man. I think in the short run those who oppose him will have a say in this world, several moments of importance, but in the long run it will be Ali Kazemian who will be remembered and cherished. A true friend of New Jersey bears. Here is a recent report from NJARA:

HISTORY: In July of 2007, bear activist, Ali Kazemian was arrested on public property for pouring urine in the street to stop bears from coming into a neighborhood where a bear trap was set on a homeowner's property. This trap was laced with all sorts of attractants and the entire property was sprayed with anise (a powerful bear attractant) for over a month to attract bears to this particular residence, which is across the street from Ali's house. No bears were caught on this property despite these intense efforts. The homeowners are working with the Division of Fish and Wildlife to get a bear hunt.

UPDATE: After pleading guilty to resisting arrest in a plea agreement with the Vernon court and fully cooperating with the court, Ali was given a 30-day jail sentence, probation and fines. He appealed this harsh sentence to Superior Court and on Friday, July 11, he lost the appeal after Judge Comforti upheld the Vernon sentence without the probation. He was taken to Sussex County jail immediately to begin his sentence. He will be released on August 3.We are asking everyone to take time out of their schedule to protest this outrageous sentence and show support for Ali.

PROTEST: Saturday, July 19, 200810:30am - 12:30 pm43-47 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE PARKING DECK ATTACHED TO THE COURT HOUSE! You must find legal access to parking in Newton. Newton provides parking info here: Bring signs that express your concern about the harsh sentence, Judge Comforti's ruling, jail solidarity, freeing Ali, etc.

SEND LETTERS: Write to Ali to let him know that we support him, recognize the insanity of the judicial system, and acknowledge his deeds as heroic efforts to attempt to save bears' lives. Please keep your letters polite as they will be read by the authorities. Inmate Albert Kazemian CN 10034 KDCF41 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860

MAKE CALLS TO PROTEST JUDGE COMFORTI'S DECISION: (Please be polite, but firm.)Ali is a kind and gentle man, whose boundless compassion for bears made him act on their behalf. Call: Judge Bozonelis (Comforti's assignment Judge)973-656-4020

MORE YOU CAN DO FOR ALI: If you'd like to send Commissary funds: Money Orders only made out to Albert Kazemian, CN10034 and mailed to:KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860Books and magazines can only be sent by the publisher. They can be sent to:

Inmate Albert Kazemian, CN10034KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860

Please note that many publishers NO LONGER send books or magazines to jails. Check before ordering.For more information, please write to me at
Angi MetlerNew Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) PO Box 174 Englishtown NJ 07726 732/446-6808 Fax: 732/446-0227

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation.

Visit us at

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beijing, China. Olympics 2008. Dog Meat Trade.

We know that the Chinese authorities first rounded up thousands of cats in preparation for the summer Olympics, and then followed that up with a similar roundup of dogs in Beijing. They claimed that they sent the animals to a temporary holding area, like a shelter, outside
the city. But who believes that, really. It's not a shelter if you hold them there to wait out their execution. However, no country will boycott the Olympics because of animal cruelty. Sad, but true. Here's a report concerning the serving of dog meat in Beijing restaurants when the Olympics are on:

" Beijing takes dog off the menu
Published: Saturday, 12 July, 2008, 01:57 AM Doha Time

BEIJING: Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics. Dog is eaten not only by the large Korean community in China's capital but is also popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants. A directive from the Beijing Food Safety Office issued last month ordered Olympic contractor hotels not to provide any dishes made with dog meat and said any canine material used in traditional medicated diets must be clearly labelled. Concerned that canine dishes might offend animal rights groups and Western visitors, Beijing said restaurants expected to be popular among foreign visitors must stop serving dog meat "to respect the dining customs of different countries". (Reuters)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Northern New Jersey. Bloomingdale. Dogs for Adoption. Cloye and Pups.

Here's a family that needs to be adopted! Well, you can adopt the individual dogs but right now they are a family. Cloye is the mother, and a very good mother at that. She's nursed her puppies for the last six weeks, and the puppies should be adoptable by next week. The white pup, I found, is the most playful while one of them has one blue eye. But they are all loveable and happy little dogs. Cloye is friendly and understanding. She watched us clean up her pups without any aggression towards us, as if she understands that we are there to help. They have been at the shelter, at this point, about three weeks now. We think that Cloye is an Australian cattle dog, but her pups don't seem to have taken on much of her features. Cloye has no issues and she is easy to walk. Please come to the shelter and take a serious look at them.

UPDATE: Cloye adopted Aug. 24, 2008. All the puppies have also been adopted earlier.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Brooklyn, New York. In Our Hands Rescue. Help Needed. Help those who Help.

There's an animal rescue group in Brooklyn, New York who needs some help. They've purchased a vehicle to use in their rescue work, and now there is a call to help them with some bills like car insurance. Their logic is simple: they can't rescue the needy animals if they can't get to them. They rescue animals from euthanasia lists, and they take in all animals including the sick ones. I have already sent in my humble donation, and maybe you can help them too. They do good work for the animals, and animal lovers who can't themselves help the animals directly should help those who can. In Our Hands Rescue is based at 373 92nd Street, Brooklyn, NY with a phone number of 718.836.4023. Here is their Petfinder webpage:

And their donation page is here:

As you can see, they are nearing their goal of $2,000.

And here is their Myspace website:

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New York City. Horse-Drawn Carriages. Animal Cruelty. A False New York City Symbol.

Here's a good report by an NYU student on the problem of New York City's horse-drawn carriages. Yes, I said Problem. A good point was raised here, will New York City cease to be a great tourist destination if the horse-drawn carriages were eliminated? You know the answer to that. To which, I raise my own parallel point: does a ride on an NYC horse-drawn carriage figure prominently in the plans of tourists coming to New York? I don't think so. If anything else, I think it comes only as a second thought. So, why don't we get rid of this inhumane business? I mean, eliminating horse-drawn carriages isn't like closing down the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library or the Empire State Building, is it? I've lived five years of my life in the city, and I have worked on Fifth Avenue for nearly thirty years now. I have never ridden on a horse-drawn carriage, never had the desire even when I wasn't an animal rights activist, nor do I consider them representative of my city.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Passaic, New Jersey. Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC . PETA Demonstration. July 10, 2008.

Want to stick up for the billions of chickens slaughtered for KFC each year? Join local activists this Thursday in a peaceful demonstration to show KFC that abusing chickens doesn't fly. We hope you’ll attend the demonstration and encourage your community to boycott KFC, which supports cruel practices like breaking birds' wings and legs, cutting their throats while the animals are still conscious, and scalding them to death in defeathering tanks:

What: Demonstration outside KFC
Where: KFC, 780 Main St., Passaic
When: Thursday, July 10, 2-5 p.m.

If you have any questions or to RSVP for the demonstration, please contact Ronald at

Visit for more information and to check out our undercover investigations of KFC supplier slaughterhouses.

For all animals,

Brooke Jones
Activist Liaison
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Marina Picciotto, Ph.D. Yale University. Animal Experimenter. Animal Cruelty. Animal Torture..

PETA has once again been able to root out those who practice animal cruelty in the name of science, those who hide behind their white lab coats, rubber gloves and plastic goggles, their high education, proclaiming that they are at the cutting edge of science, those who say it's all for our own good and we should just turn a blind eye to the suffering of lab animals. How nice of them to think of us.

As for me, if my own good comes at the expense of innocent animals undergoing cruel and painful experiments, maybe it's time they don't think of my welfare. Leave my own good to myself and let those hapless, imprisoned and miserable animals go. Heck, I am not even a smoker, and so Marina Picciotto's work on nicotine addiction is as relevant to me as another person's toe fungus. The scientific community has done enough study and experimentation in the past to come to the basic conclusion that nicotine is addictive, bad for you, but can be overcome. That's all you need to know. Past generations of lab animals have given their lives for us to come to this point. But, Marina Picciotto wants to tweak it a little bit more.

There are people like Marina Picciotto, Ph.D. who find some obscure, marginal, little niche in a well-trodden scientific field and make that the cornerstone of their career, that they know so much about so little, the very definition of a specialist. Impressive, isn't it? But Dr. Picciotto, if she desired to contribute significantly to the societal good, could simply object to cruel animal experimentation than by pursuing a narrow line of medical research that is stale and desiccated. To stay employed and well-funded, experimenters like Dr. Piccitto would concoct new theories that, of course, would ultimately lead to needless experimentation on innocent and captive animals like mice, chimps, and other animals. Surely, the doctor will get the applause she craves for at the next convention or accept another merit award from some institution, but lab animals bear the brunt of the pain and misery of her experiments. They don't get any consideration. Lab animals never have a good day. Dr. Picciotto knows that profoundly. How does she sleep at night? Let's see what was said about her work, this one is from the Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska website:

" ...she developed a line of mice lacking one of the primary subunits of the brain receptor for nicotine using molecular genetic techniques. She and her colleagues used these mice to demonstrate the pathway leading from a single molecule to behaviors associated with nicotine addiction. In her own laboratory at Yale she continues to work on models of nicotine addiction using laboratory mice, as well as investigating the role of nicotine in other behavioral paradigms using mutant and wild type mice. "

Very useful to everybody, indeed. I feel much better now that someone is working on this, using our tax money on cruel animal experimentation without our consent. And the animals that are abused to further this specialty will just have to live with the pain and misery, purposely hidden from public view and awareness, intentionally killed for examination after experimentation, because the good doctor interested in it. These animals, doctor, are God's creatures too. There are no ifs or buts about it. They have a God-given right to freedom and a natural life in their natural environment. Like all vivisectors, Dr. Picciotto has chosen to ignore it. The doctor may deny it or be vague about it, but overdosing these animals with nicotine just to satisfy her scientific curiousity is more about inhumanity than science.

Let's see what PETA has to say :

" Marina Picciotto of Yale University forcibly exposes mice and rats to nicotine by injecting it into their abdomens, placing it directly into holes cut in their skulls, or forcing them to choose between drinking water laced with the drug and dying from dehydration. In some of her studies, Picciotto hangs mice by their tails from paper clips, supposedly to see if exposure to nicotine affects anxiety and depressive behaviors. In another study, Picciotto and her colleagues gave monkeys as much nicotine every day as is contained in up to 17 packs of cigarettes. Since 1996, Picciotto has spent $15 million—Americans' tax dollars—on these cruel experiments. "

Here is how In Defense of Animals (IDA) described Marina Piccitto's work:

" ...deliberately gets mice and rats addicted to drugs and kills them to analyze their brains. In federally-funded experiments, Picciotto has hung mice by their tails attached to paper clips to observe the effects of nicotine on their physical activity. She has also given cocaine to pregnant rats to induce brain damage in their babies, and placed the pups in cages with electrified floors in order to shock them repeatedly. "

Can you believe that a human being is behind these experiments? Was " human being " giving too much credit? This is pretty hideous stuff. Is it scientific pursuit or sanitized barbarism? May God judge Dr. Picciotto appropriately, and may Karma always be with her. God is not interested in science, and so one day the good doctor will have some explaining to do.

Animal lovers can express their disapproval here: or at Telephone: (203) 737-2041 Fax: (203) 737-2043.

What really goes on in animal testing:

Yale University cancels Dr. Picciotto's lecture to kids of all ages:

Monday, July 07, 2008

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Jimbo. Mastiff.

Meet Jimbo. He's extra large, and so is his heart. Jimbo has no issues, and he is simply a good and sweet dog. Maybe his large size is a disadvantage, but there are people out there who prefer large dogs like Jimbo. As you can see, some bright individual fooled around with his ears and now poor Jimbo no longer has his ear flaps. The things people do to animals! Anyway, Jimbo is unfazed by it and his hearing has not been compromised. Jimbo walks nicely on a leash with no tug-of-war going on between him and the human. If you're looking for a gentle giant, Jimbo is the one. Please take a look at him at the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. He'll be a great companion.
UPDATE: Jimbo adopted August 3, 2008!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Lyles, Tennessee. Pine Bluff Kennels. Puppy Mill. June 2008. Humane Society of the United States.

Here's some good news from the Humane Society of the United States. They raided a puppy mill in Tennessee, shut it down, and liberated all 700 animals from their hellish existence. From the video, it looked like a pretty large operation with numerous volunteers and dog carriers. The rescue cost HSUS $105,000 altogether. There is no animal control in Hickman County so these animals will be kept at a temporary shelter. The property belongs to a certain Patricia Adkisson. Adkisson, in 1998, was charged with 195 counts of animal neglect and cruelty whenr police and animal officials found hundreds of malnourished dogs and puppies on her property. Three convictions resulting from these charges were overturned in 2001 after an appeals court found that police had searched her property improperly. Thus, violating her constitutional rights.

Don't buy animals at a pet store. You will only perpetuate the cruelty of puppy mills. Only 15% of the pet-seeking Americans go to shelters to find their pet. That's ironic since shelters provide more care and a loving environment than pet stores. Don't be part of the demand. Adopt. Take a look.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hawaii. Pearl Harbor. Mystery Bird.

Ignorant me. I can't even tell you what kind of bird this is. It's a beautiful one though. So, I took a picture. I love nature. Everything in it. I don't match one's beauty with another. I feel that every living being has its own unique beauty to it.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Hawaii. Pearl Harbor. USS Missouri. June 2008.

In anticipation of the Fourth of July celebrations, I am presenting some photos of the USS Missouri, now on permanent exhibit at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. I believed it ended its service to the country in 1992 when it sailed into the harbor and docked not too far from the USS Arizona Memorial. Its sister ship, by the way, is the USS New Jersey which is now docked somewhere in the City of Brotherly Love ( I expect you to know what city that is ). Anyway, this is one magnificent ship. On the starboard side, towards the second gun turret, you'll find a plaque marking the spot where the Japanese finally surrendered to the Americans, ending the war in the Pacific. You've seen that photo before somewhere, haven't you? That took place on this ship in Tokyo Bay. You'll take more than an hour to go through this ship, up and down steep ladders, through open hatches, making your way through a labyrinth of officers' mess halls and quarters. Towards the end of its service, this ship was equipped with Tomahawk missiles. Those would have been instant game-winning weapons during the Second World War, but we can't take the present back into the past. Time Tunnel, where are you? Would you believe that the USS Missouri was built in New York City? Yup, she was put together in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1941. Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Actress. Linda Blair. Animal Welfare. Acton, California.

Of course, for those of us who are in our middle ages, or a little past it, when we hear the name Linda Blair we think of the little girl with a twisting head in the movie... Well, you know it. It seems that Ms. Blair continues to twist her head, but now in search of animals to help. She practices compassionate living, and here is her website: