Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm going hog wild . . .

No posts for 6 months, now you can't shut me up.

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 Does ‘Jurassic World’ remind you of ‘Blackfish’? How a dinosaur movie tackled animal rights. By Emily Yahr

This article compares the treatment of these dinosaurs to the treatment of captive Orcas. 
Think about it!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

This isn't my Public Shtick, but...

  I grew up in central Florida in the 50s and 60s, and God love 'em, my parents were racists. They hated JFK, MLK, and LBJ. They adored Lucinda, our black housekeeper for nearly two decades. Daddy called crying when she died. 

The article that motivated me to write this out-of-purview post is below. It coupled with the outlandish, offensive, bigoted statement about Mexicans by "The Donald" --a national embarrassment and Republican presidential candidate, makes it impossible for me to stay quiet. Besides, I've been there, done that.

It didn't take a college education or a graduate degree for me to recognize how wrong my parents were. It took a 1963 bus ride. My moment of insight is on my website: 
A Vote for Lucinda --if you're interested.


Some of you may be thinking I should just stick to my little animal stories, but the belief that we have the God-given right to lord our superiority over even the smallest, most defenseless of other species is what I write about. It stems from exactly the same mind(less) set as racism. It's called speciesism--the belief that the human race is superior to other species, and that exploitation of animals for the advantage of humans is justified.  Encarta ® World English Dictionary ©

I think following article is important to consider. I hope you feel the same. And to my readers in Europe, Asia, South America, and especially in Mexico, we won't actually elect The Donald, or Ted Cruz. I'm almost positive.

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 Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America | Psychology Today

"In considering the senseless loss of nine lives in Charleston, of course racism jumps out as the main issue. But isn’t ignorance at the root of racism? And it’s true that the bloodshed is a reflection of America's violent, gun-crazed culture, but it is only our aversion to reason as a society that has allowed violence to define the culture. Rational public policy, including policies that allow reasonable restraints on gun access, simply isn't possible without an informed, engaged, and rationally thinking public." 
For the entire article...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If Corporations are People . . .

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 A judge in New York has issued a writ of habeas corpus in a case brought by animal rights activists on behalf of two chimpanzees.

Personhood could end this.


I haven't done a post in six months. It's certainly not because I had nothing to say or there weren't animal abuses going on, or good news to report. I've been working on a couple of projects. One, of course, is How to Speak Dolphin, my new novel about an non-verbal autistic child and a captive dolphin. It's out now and available in bookstores--especially your local independent bookstore. 

 I guess this post is part ad for HTSD, so I might as well add that the e-book version of Dolphin Sky, which I rewrote a year or so ago, is on sale through Kobo, Nook, Kindle, and iBook.

My other excuse: I've been researching my first attempt at writing historical fiction. When I returned from a research trip to Texas, Cory, my 16 year old cat, was blind. She coped far better than I did, but every moment of the rest of her life became precious. She spent the next seven months on a pillow in a desk drawer at my elbow as I wrote. She died May 21st. I suppose her decline and loss has made it hard for me to feel strongly about anything else.  

I have a new favorite quote. From MC Davis
 "I can't change people your age," he says, "but give me a fourth-grader."

 Chimpanzee before his wedding at a zoo in Hefei in China 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Animal Club update

I received the news yesterday that Ken, founder of the Happy Animals Club (see last week's post), has been awarded a $1000 grant from The Pollination Project. This is the first time, in the three and a half years I've been blogging, that I've been made aware of a domino falling. My tail's wagging.



Giving Seed Grants to Social Change Projects

We provide $1,000 startup grants to individual change makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.

Watch the CBS This Morning segment on the Pollination Project

Seed money sprouts change for tiny non-profits - CBS News

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Mar 23, 2014 - Seed money sprouts change for tiny non-profits ... He gave away his 447th grant this morning -- that's $447,000 and counting. In the past ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Animals Club

Happy Animals Club is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter project in the southern Philippines, started by a 9-year-old boy with help from international donors. Imagine, if one child can accomplish this in the Philippines...





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bring a Sandwich. Maybe not Tuna



America’s first permanent cat cafe is now open at 2869 Broadway in Oakland, CA! 
The Cat Town Cafe is split into two rooms, the Cafe and the Cat Zone.
The Cat Zone is where:
We have between 6 - 20 free roaming cats who are available for adoption. Meaning, they are coming out of tiny cages of the shelter, and waiting to find a permanent home while here in our Cat Zone. 
We allow 14 people to enter every hour on the hour, this is to help limit the stress and over stimulation of our four legged friends.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we highly recommend that you make a Cat Zone Reservation for a $10 donation to Cat Town, especially on weekends! This will ensure your visiting time is available and support a great cause. 
You are welcome to bring cafe food and beverage into the Cat Zone, but please don’t bring your own cat!
Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have about cats, adoptions, and cat related things.
Please note: 

Cats sleep a lot. They also hide a lot. This is natural and healthy. Our cats meet up to 140 people a day, 5 days a week. If you’re itching for play time, we recommend coming early for the 10AM and 11AM hours, when the cats are most active.
We are a non-profit rescue dedicated to the safety and well-being of our cats. Their comfort and safety is our first priority.
Our cafe is minimal, but awesome. We serve extremely good pour over coffee, locally made bagels and pastries, and have the friendliest employees you’ll ever meet. We have limited indoor and outdoor seating, plus viewing windows into the Cat Zone should we reach capacity.
We are closed Monday & Tuesday to acclimate new cats into the space and give our current residents some much deserved rest.


Cat Town is a non-profit cat rescue, that started in 2011 as a foster based rescue program. Since founding, we’ve helped get over 600 at-risk shelter cats out of the cages of Oakland Animal Services and into loving foster and permanent homes. The Cat Town Cafe is an expansion of our current rescue efforts, and will help us get many more cats out of the shelter and adopted!
The cafe cats are being adopted at a rate we never imagined and we are joyously overwhelmed by the interest, kind words, encouragement, press, and good cheer of our customers, volunteers, employees, and adopters. Thank you so much!
Cafe hours: 8 AM - 7 PM Wednesday through Sunday
Cat Zone hours: 10 AM - 7 PM (14 people are let in on the hour every hour)
Come see us at 2869 Broadway, Oakland, CA!
America's First Cat Cafe


The Cat Town Cafe is split into two rooms. ". . .the Cafe is minimal, but awesome." 

They serve coffee, locally made bagels and pastries, with limited indoor and outdoor seating, plus viewing windows into the Cat Zone should they reach capacity.

The Cat Zone is where you are welcome to bring food and a beverage.
  • We have between 6 - 20 free roaming cats who are available for adoption. Since founding, we’ve helped get over 600 at-risk shelter cats out of the cages of Oakland Animal Services and into loving foster and permanent homes.
  • We allow 14 people to enter every hour on the hour, this is to help limit the stress and over stimulation of our four legged friends.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but we highly recommend that you make a Cat Zone Reservation for a $10 donation to Cat Town, especially on weekends! This will ensure your visiting time is available and support a great cause.