Animal Rights

Shorthand to the Loss of Knowledge and Power

March 25, 2014
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On my first day of school as a seven year old, I made a momentous decision to flunk out of the second grade.  I hadn’t been at my new desk five minutes before I warily surveyed the scary cursive alphabet chart above the chalkboard, knew I’d be expected to learn it, and never would. With […]

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The Elevator Speech Part II

January 11, 2014
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For a long time now, purebred dog owners have hungered for guidance on how to push back against opposition to own and ethically breed their dogs. It is for this reason, I suspect, that an e-mail I wrote and posted on the National Purebred Dog Day Facebook page was shared over 220 times within hours.  […]

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The Elevator Speech: Part I

December 30, 2013
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Last week, a curious thing happened on a Facebook page I started back in October. A casual post I’d written was shared over 222 times within a few hours, and this astounded me.  In the post, I included an e-mail I’d written to an artist who had declined my offer to highlight her artwork on […]

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If You Know Where To Look…

December 5, 2013
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The University of Colorado in Boulder is an astonishingly beautiful campus, in large part because it’s nestled against a 290 million year old sandstone formation called the “Flatirons.” These “iron” shaped rocks are numbered as they run north and south and have always been popular with climbing enthusiasts.In my opinion, they’re never more beautiful than […]

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I See Dead People (Where Others see Dogs)

October 22, 2013
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As the story goes, the air raid had come upon them suddenly. My mother, then pregnant with my brother, barely had enough time to duck into a shelter. Only after it had been quiet a long time did the occupants brave coming out to see what was left of their small town.  A horse had […]

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The Irony of Sex Selection and Anti-Breeder Legislation

October 11, 2013
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190 million women are missing in Asia. They’re also missing in Albania, Azerbaijan, Viet Nam, Georgia, Armenia and among certain groups in the United States. All in all, nearly 200 million women are missing off the face of the earth because they were never born. This distorted demographic isn’t the result of a natural phenomenon […]

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The Scorpion, The Frog, and Scarlett O’Hara

October 2, 2013
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In what I fear is a sure sign of advancing age, I’m beginning to think more than I used to. I know. Scary, right? Don’t call me “Spock” just yet.  These bouts of thought are often precipitated by a “feeling” that something I’ve just seen or heard means something, I just don’t know what. Thinking […]

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Do as I Feel, Not as You Think: The Impenetrable Wall Facing the Dog Fancy

September 19, 2013
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We’ve all done it. We “share” a Facebook post that resonates with us, retweet a “tweet” for the same reason, or forward an e-mail to friends whom we think will enjoy a picture or agree with its message.  Haven’t we all gotten e-mails that show the topic in the subject line preceded by Fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd? My […]

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Dog Breeder: The New Mental Disorder

September 16, 2013
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When I had a traditional 9-5 job, I found it tough to keep up with all but the most significant of current events.  I worked all day, battled traffic to get home at night, threw together something to eat, then fell into bed watching just enough TV to dull my brain so I could fall […]

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