Monday, April 09, 2007
(3:33 PM) | Claire:
Threatened Marine MammalsI realize that, except for my Tuesday Hatreds, I have been largely absent from the Weblog. With your permission and support, I would like to post more frequently. Two major problems are presently plaguing me: one is truly serious case of widespread, government-approved animal cruelty; the other is a more personal struggle.
On April 2nd, Canada began its annual, government-sanctioned seal hunt. Each year the seal industry clubs over 350,000 seals to death. Many of these seals are only a few weeks old. The seals are not "humanely" killed, if there is such a thing. Some are clubbed and then left half-conscious to hobble away and eventually die. The hunt is very competitive and goal is to kills as many seals as possible in a short amount of time. If you'd like to take action to help stop this act of mass-cruelty, please visit the site of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. I'd also like to justify this post by mentioning that my friend Marta, who sometimes posts here, is writing her master's thesis on Christianity and animal welfare.
If some of you are angry that I have displaced Adam's dissertation topic post, let me say two things: first, as Adam explained to me, you can simply scroll below this piece and find what you're looking for. Also, I have already suggested a topic for Adam's dissertation, which I believe, given the perpetual imbalance of power in our relationship, he is obligated to accept.
Finally, there has been speculation that Life and Times of Big Calabaza is dead. Actually, I just took five days to emotionally distance myself from my readers and avoid any sort of productive activity that might improve my life. I'd like to announce that I have returned, again fueled by a familiar sense of self-loathing and shame about my laziness.