Congratulations and Thank You for your thorough coverage
(from the bottom of my STOMACH)!
Claws Out at
On March 23rd, Mike Gallagher, a syndicated New York
radio talk show host, executed a rating stunt that left one dead--a
4-year old cow named Old Blue. In what Gallagher called a response
to(retaliation against?) PETA's
controversially designed campaign to get people to stop drinking
Milk...Got Beer", which was pulled voluntarily by PETA when
concerns over underage drinking were expressed by MADD), Gallagher
slaughtered the calf for his radio audience.
Paying a cattle rancher and donating a significant
portion of the meat to charity, Gallagher calls PETA responsible
for the animals death--abdicating his own culpability--and is now
smuggling selling "Old Blue" t-shirts adding insult to injury.
Please don't listen to or support Mike Gallagher;
to Mike and his station with your opinion on this despicable
stunt. If his problem was genuinely with PETA's campaign, he should
have addressed it with them directly rather than taking it out on
yet another innocent animal.
Mike Gallagher and Old Blue--before and after his
Read an article based on Gallagher's press
release announcing the stunt. Read an
article about the stunt including Gallagher's final thoughts
as Old Blue was killed.
Claws Out at FTD.Com
Yesterday I received a copy of the FTD.com Valentine's Day sales
circular in the mail. Flipping through it, I found (pg 7) a fresh
(i.e. LIVE) lobster offered in junction with a company called
Nauseated by the prospect, I hopped on the net to
find (of course) LobsterGram.Com
with the obligatory "happy lobster" logo and an array of equally
barbaric "gifts" available. Then, another quick search at FTD.com,
yielded steaks and chops, etc. (I was not aware they sold those
I plan to write FTD telling them to remove my name
and e-mail address from their list and informing them that I'll
not be using them while they support the cruel trade of live lobsters
(and meats). I want a florist who deals in flowers, plants and
maybe a few balloons or teddy bears, not animals and corpses.
[NOTE: This is the first Claws Out
this website has declared...] When ABC first teased the sitcom Dharma
& Greg, I was skeptical that it would succeed, but I happened
to watch the season premiere and immediately changed my position.
Dharma & Greg was different and fresh, and
I loved it! ABC was managing to humorously present someone who had
an alternate belief system and perspective on the world without
making her appear the fool and she (Dharma/Jenna Elfman) and the
actor/character (Greg/Thomas Gibson) had a wonderful on-screen chemistry.
It was fun and funny without mocking either belief system or view
of the world. It actually seemed to be encouraging people to try
and enjoy life and other perspectives. It was for two seasons a
MUST SEE in our household and there are very few tv shows that we
care that much about to consider them MUST SEE TV.
But, the show's plots have lost all the things I
loved about them. And, the characters have compromised what I greatly
appreciated about them and thought what made them enjoyable, laughable
and non-stereotypical of today's sitcom characters. The primary
reason the show's writers/producers get a claws out involves
Dharma's radical disregard of what appeared to be long-held beliefs.
Dharma started the series as a strict vegetarian who didn't eat
meat out of a deep respect for all living creatures. Now, not only
does she eat meat with great relish (no pun intended; note the fervor
with which she tears into a chicken dinner in "Dharma's Inferno"),
but cooks up an atrocious (to veg'ans) meal in "Fairway to Heaven"
when she makes haggis (a Scottish dish which involves stuffing mutton
suet and lamb innards into its own stomach and boiling it) to try
and deter Greg from "finding his roots" in Scotland.
Dharma has lost her respect for life and given up
her beliefs for mere laughs. ABC's writers/producers have made her
into a clown who's alternate perspectives only come into play when
they serve to further the plot by ridiculing them. Likewise, Greg
has lost some dignity in the deal by making him appear a great fool
when he tries to pursue something other than money. With Dharma
and Greg's loss of regard for their principals, the sitcom has lost
my respect and laughter. Sure, it's only a tv show. "Big deal!"
you say. But, its one I'll never watch again.
Paws Up to Home
Home Depot is currently running a commercial in which
a compassionate passerby happens upon a mother duck who's babies
are trapped down a sewer. She can't find anyone to help and finally
enlists the help of Home Depot and its inventive and knowledgeable
staffers. They rescue the ducklings (pulling them one by one from
the sewer in a net), and the passerby guides/leads them to safety.
To send POSITIVE feedback (what a nice change) to Home Depot, you
can e-mail them at email@example.com.
Paws Up to Mary
Mary Kay has signed an agreement to never again test
their products on animals or purchase ingredients from companies
that test on animals. A spokesman for Mary Kay has indicated that
the company has had a moritorium on such practices since 1989, but
have made the decision to sign a commitment agreement to improve
public relations by putting that commitment in writing.
Website for more
details. This act will place Mary Kay in PETA's Guide for Compassion
Consumers as a company that DOES NOT test on animals.
What can I say--thanks Mary