Whenever there is a major disaster like the earthquake in Haiti, animals suffer as well as people. Both the people and the animals of Haiti had it rough before, so certainly it is a terrible time for them now.
If you want to help the animals of Haiti, I suggest donating to Best Friends, which will work on both short term and long term animals in Haiti and has a team of trained personnel. Here is a specific link to donate to assist with animal issues in Haiti.
While they are also looking for volunteers who meet certain criteria (including being able to be completely self sustained and responsible for your own personal security), volunteering may not be the best option. Here is an interesting piece on the problems that can come about when inexperienced people with good intentions volunteer on the ground.
I certainly feel for the very poor people in Haiti who have had to endure this disaster again, so I donated an equal amount to Doctors Without Borders, which I felt was in the best position to assist in ways I think appropriate in this particular circumstance.
If you choose to give to some relief efforts, I would recommend checking out the charities of your choice on Charity Navigator. There you can obtain information about how your money is likely to be used - what percentage on relief vs. fundraising or salaries or administration, etc. If you can't obtain this information, you can't guarantee the money will be used in the way you intend. Make sure the charity is legitimate and will make the most of your money BEFORE you give.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The dolphin trainer from the "Flipper" series realized, after working with dolphins in captivity, that they were very intelligent and began a crusade to set them free whenever possible. When he learned of the annual slaughter in Taiji he began to work to stop the killing, and to document it was happening. The lengths he and his team went to to get the footage of the slaughter are incredible, and there is no denying the result is a very hard to watch film that shows what really happens, vs. the claims of "instantaneous death." The film also does a good job of showing how Japan has campaigned to keep the killing of dolphins legal and to legalize whaling again, by buying off small nations which have a vote in the International Whaling Commission.
Certainly, I recommend the film, available from Netflix and otherwise. This is the official website for the movie. Also, here is a website related to taking action to stop the killing. I will not visit Japan while the killing continues, or support Japan by buying their products.
While the slaughter of all animals is disturbing, it is particularly so when man slaughters intelligent, self-aware animals in the wild, and in inhumane ways. I can't imagine anyone watching the footage of the slaughter in Taiji not being horrified.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So far, she shows no inclination to nip at or herd the goats, cows or horses. She even gets along with the chickens so far.....
She didn't know any games, so she learned fetch - and loves that! She also learned tug of war, and loves that too. And she has a toy box and an array of chewies. She's learning the house rules and several commands quickly, going to the office for exposure to elevators and more people, and generally living life in a whole new way for her.
Maisey brings a huge dose of happy, energy and levity to the house, which is much appreciated. I am looking forward to doing agility with her and going camping, and hiking, and all the other stuff in life that is just better with a great dog.