Last week I met this cutie about a block from my home. She looks so much like my baby girls Speckles and Lily 😍
She had a collar on and always hung out at the same block of apartments 🏡 It was likely she had a home, but, she was so skinny! I could feel her spine when I patted her. I have been feeding her all last week. I decided to go on an adventure on Friday by catnapping her for a vet visit.
It turned out her name is Boo and she is 15 years old! She is microchipped and desexed. She had fleas, bad teeth and possibly hyperthyroidism (which would explain why she is thin). The vet gave her flea treatment and reviewed her general health. The vet didn’t want to do any invasive procedures without owner consent.
Boo and I went back to where she had been hanging out. After a few door knocks I found the owner. The owner was an older lady who has TWO tortie girls (a reflection of my future self?!). The owner was nice and said she takes care of the cat, which I believe is true. She admitted that she sometimes skips the monthly flea treatment – obviously not a good idea.
I told her that I took Boo to the vet, and the Boo needs some dental work. I told her about the fleas and the importance of monthly flea treatment. She was appreciative of the information. We spoke for a while about both of our cats.
I suggested she take Boo and her other cat to the vet again. She said that she will. I left my phone number and said she can contact me about the cats in future.
I have no doubt I will see the cats again during my evening walks. I am glad to know that Boo has a human and a place to call home. I will still give treats and cuddles on my way. I hope Boo gets the treatments she is desperately in need.
Please take care of your pets. They depend on us to do right by them.
If you haven’t already seen, you must watch Blackfish. It’s a documentary about orcas in captivity – in particular follows the story of one orca, Tilikum – and exposes the adverse impacts of killer whales (i.e orcas) in captivity.
The documentary adds an emotional anchor to keep the audience engaged as it tells how Tilikum was captured, torn away from his family at the tender age of 2 years (orcas have a similar life span to us), and ended up in Sea World. It is a heartbreaking story of his life as an unwilling performer at Sea World for over 25 years. Before Sea World, Tilikum spent some years during the 80s & early 90s at ‘Sealand’ which has since been shut down.
It highlights that the orca entertainment industry is destructive, not only to orcas but also to humans, by presenting 3 deaths of trainers, a near death experience and multiple unpublished incidents.
Following the OH&S legal trial in 2012, Sea World is no longer allowed to undertake interactive shows with orcas. This is good for the safety of the humans, but what about the orcas?
Orcas are mammals who have great intellectual capabilities. They have the biological capacity to have a sense of self. They are very close knit to their families. What must Tilikum’s life been like? In a concrete tank, completely isolated from his family, no (or minimal) enrichment, and ‘forced’ to turn tricks to survive. Just imagine…
Without any graphic footage, the movie Blackfish still pulls at your heartstrings.
On Friday 6th January 2017, at the age of 36 years and after spending 33 years of his life in captivity, Tilikum has died.
Rest in Peace at last.
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I wonder how my life would be if we had stayed together.
Is it better now that you are gone or am I worse off?
Without even realising, you made me who I am today.
You brought compassion into my life, we call her Winkle 🐱
I am grateful for what I learned from you, but boy do I wonder.
Would I have made the connection if you had stuck around?
I wish you hadn’t left, I wish you’d speak to me now.
Baby then you’d see my heart aches for you and maybe you would love me again.
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I am taking an Edx course called “UQx: Think101x The Science of Everyday Thinking”. Lesson 7 of this course discusses why it is hard to change people’s minds about various things, particularly when it comes to long held beliefs. I thought this is particularly relevant to veganism as we know how frustrating it is to hear the same motivational excuses repeated over and over again as the basis for carnism.
Why it is hard to change people’s minds? The Edx course says that it’s because of the following two things:
1) Source amnesia. We have difficulty remembering why it is we believe in something. Think about this. What makes you think you have access, that you can instantly recall the exact basis for why you believe something?
2) It is hard to reconcile what it is you believed previously with this new data. It’s cognitive difficulty. You can’t replace your former belief in the heat of the moment. It takes some work and time to put new wealth of evidence.
Evidence alone is not enough to get people to change their minds. We need evidence and a good story to show people what they can change their minds to. The course suggests the following 6 leads for prompting opinion change.
6 Leads of Opinion Change
1) Ask yourself “what do you really believe anyway?”
2) How well based is the opinion that you already hold?
3) How good is the evidence for changing your opinion? Is it based on experiments or appropriate research?
4) Does the evidence really contradict what you already believe?
5) If the answer to question 4) is “no”, then what would be enough evidence to contradict what you already believe?
6) Is it worth finding out about? Why or why not? What is the cost of changing your belief?
Rabbit farming is often a topic that is overlooked by everybody, including the vegans. They are often regarded as promiscuous animals and a pest. But the truth is they aren’t. They often pair up for life. Rabbits are very affectionate and social creatures.
In early 2016 Animal Liberation NSW printed an investigative expose on the rabbit meat industry in Australia.
Rabbits are extremely disadvantaged. They suffer not only in the food industry, but also in vivisections, and in the fur industry. They suffer in mass numbers.
They are kept isolated in tiny battery cages, similarly to the hens. Like with hens, many battery cages are stacked on top of each other so all the waste from the top just falls through the other cages. The cages are of course wire cages which cause significant foot injuries to the rabbits.
Please watch this video and bear witness to the suffering of these innocent creatures (graphic WARNING)
Birds. Aren’t they fascinating?
This morning I woke up and notice multiple lorikeets on a tree outside my bedroom. There would have been about 6 or 7 lorikeets. They were eating from the flowers on the tree. They were very talkative too.
I want to be a bird. Well, maybe be “like” a bird. I want to feel free. At the moment I don’t feel free.
I am grateful to the lorikeets this morning. They brought happiness to my day.
Have we, humans, created life to be more complicated than it needs to be?
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