And My Favorite…….. A smile from God!
I love God’s sense of humor
One in a million shot!!
h/t to Claudia Johnson
Friends, take a bow. Open the window and give out a whoop. Don’t hold back. Let fly the corks.
In big, bold, indelible letters, you just wrote history. Proposition 2 passed with an overwhelming majority (now more than 62 percent, with 40 percent of the vote in), despite a massive, multi-million dollar campaign by the opponents.
Life is going to get better for millions of farm animals.
And that’s thanks to so very many of you—those of you who voted for California’s Prop 2, those of you who donated time and money and support in the campaign, as well as the countless others of you who cheered from other states. This is the most ambitious ballot measure for animals ever undertaken. The energy that propelled us to victory was incredible—and that’s not overstatement. From the thousands of people who helped gather the petition signatures to put Prop 2 on the ballot to those who staffed the phone banks and knocked on doors to get out the vote, this was a show of grassroots might.
As a result, you’ve brought forth a new, more compassionate age.
Giving farm animals a little extra room to stretch their limbs, to move like animals should, is a small matter for us humans. But it’s a very big thing for a hen who would otherwise be confined with a half-dozen other birds in a cage about as big as a filing cabinet for her whole life. It’s a really big thing for a sow who would otherwise be stuck in a crate so small she couldn’t turn around. It’s a way big thing for a calf who would spend life chained inside a miserably tiny crate.
With hundreds of Prop 2 supporters gathered in Los Angeles.
Prop 2 will phase out those inexcusable confinement systems and usher in a new era. No state in the U.S. and no Agribusiness titan anywhere in the nation can overlook this mandate: people do not want their farm animals treated with wanton cruelty. photos © Tony Chang
This proposition follows less sweeping but still significant ballot measures passed in Florida and Arizona in recent years. The trend is unmistakable, and it’s time for agriculture and those other businesses in the food chain to drop the last of their opposition and implement the future, starting now. That’s what animals deserve; that’s what voters insist upon. At The Humane Society of the United States, we’ll be ready to go to work tomorrow to make it happen.
Let me say plainly: We’ll engage constructively with farmers and businesses that take responsible steps to improve the welfare of animals. The others, unfortunately, will learn their lessons the hard way—beginning with the wrath of consumers. There is no valor in defending the abuse of animals.
For now, though, grab someone close by and give them a hug. In disturbing economic times against a deceitful, fear-mongering $9 million campaign directed by the regressive egg industry, millions of California voters chose stewardship, responsibility, mercy, care and selflessness.
Sharing a comment left on one of the pet sites I/we belong to…
Putting a shock collar on a dog is THE MOST OFFENSIVE, NASTY, HORRIBLE thing you can do to your ‘best friend’, or, as I think of my dogs, your child. I am ashamed to say, that in trying to make my second marriage work, I let my ex put shock collars on my dogs to keep them off the sofa and loveseat. It will haunt me for the rest of my life.
My older dog, Joey, is very intellegent. The first shock from the collar and he knew……..stay away from the living room furniture. My younger Lab mix is not exceptionally smart…….has a HUGE heart and is loving and loyal, happy and exuberant, and is the most compassionate dog I have ever had. She did not understand the shock collar. She freeked out. Cut her head on the glass coffee table and learned only after SEVERAL shocks that the furniture was off limits.
Today, the sofa is THEIRS. I get the recliner……because the sofa is always ‘full’ of my ‘sofa loafers’. The ex went the way of the garbage… OUT ON THE STREET, where he belongs. Shortly after I kicked the ‘dog hater’ to the curb, my son tested the shock collar on his arm………………….needless to say, he was suprised to find out that it’s not just a ‘little zap’……..IT HURTS………ALOT!!! If you EVER think that this device is not a painful, torturing, frightening training device you are wrong…………don’t ever do it. Your conscious wil come back to haunt you.
And I don’t feel much different about locking your dog in a cage either. These creatures are your best friends. Is this how you would want to be treated?? Perhaps it is time to watch the origianl Planet of the Apes, again?!?
So what if your house or yard isn’t perfect? So what if your dog barks a bit. So what if you have to clean up some messes and do a few repairs. That is what parenting is all about. And in general, they will actually be better if you don’t cofine them and shock them, but instead smother them with love!!
These ideas and methods like shock collars, crate training, etc etc were created by people, who probably shouldn’t have pets, for their own convenience or ease or because they live in areas not friendly to pets and animals. How would you like to be shocked when you tried to speak out of turn or express yourself or have to sit in a tiny cage all without being able to relieve yourself… so someone who supposedly loves you has it easier or doesn’t need to clean up a mess?? Think about it, isn’t being home all day alone, especially in an apartment or condo punishment enough?? And, a little mess is good for the soul!!
Just because it is done… or someone calling themselves an expert says it is okay… doesn’t make it so!!!