Yes, I too find this repugnant-there is NO need to kill ANY animal to live a healthy, thriving life! Having a Shaman bless this event was also a bit hypocritical, although somewhat humbling they thought of that at least!
Not to get too "preachy"-BUT GOD gives us a Plant-based diet in Genesis 1:29-31 for ALL living beings! Adam named all the animals-you don't eat who you name! They wore fig leaves-NOT fur. They were in PARADISE-SO NOTHING felt fear, pain, died- was murdered! It is only AFTER sin that man had to toil for his food and began eating flesh, bone & blood-which GOD considers an abomination! There are many religions that forbid eating animals, many countries that still adhere to a plant-based diet. These people in general live longer, look better, are more fit and do not suffer from the 16 common diseases Americans suffer from that are absolutely linked to eating ANY animal flesh or product! The movement is growing toward a more sustainable, more humane way of eating and that means-keeping animals OFF your plates!!! Going vegan also helps the environment, wildlife and saves land. We could combat world hunger as well!!! GO VEGAN! NO ONE needs to die and animals DON'T want to die! They do NOT "sacrifice" themselves for us-REALLY???? My heart goes out to that very intelligent, sweet pig-she was NOT "food"-she was an individual that only wanted to LIVE!! This was a shameful event!
With all the controversy over captivity and the growing opposition to confining animals to cages, concrete pools, in circuses and other forms of "entertainment"; Horse & carriage rides must be addressed as well. We had numerous incidents downtown last year and these carriage companies work these horses in temperatures above 90 degrees on a daily basis. It is a liability, it is abuse, it is a thing of the past. These carriages also add to the congestion and traffic problems downtown Charleston faces.
There is NO "appeal" or "charm" in seeing tired, extremely sad horses and burros pulling 8-12 people through the streets of downtown, gasping for a chance to breath fresh air and get AWAY from tailpipes, noise and unaware people! It is also a health issue with the urine and manure stench filling the air and spilling onto the pavement!
Time to END this and enter the 21st century! Retire these horses to GREEN, QUIET pastures!
It seems to me that Ashley Smith doesn't know her elephants very well. Elephants are extremely tactile animals and have an amazing sense of touch. They are constantly touching each other in the wild, they can pick up a tiny flower with their trunks. They feel mosquitoes. They mourn their dead by touching every area of the carcass and bones! WOW! AND does she really believe these elephants have made the "decision" to "perform"? "The ones that express no interest in performing"-REALLY?! I doubt they are jumping up & down to be beaten by bullhooks, and yes, that is what a bullhook is for! OR chained, tied and forced to perform "tricks" that are painful & unnatural! Let's also expose the fact that 20 elephants died untimely, unnatural deaths in 11 years!! These include babies, 3 years of age and younger! Also Tuberculosis is a SERIOUS health issue!
BUT, I am VERY THANKFUL this was written! Thanks Paul, it was great talking to you and a surprise this posted so soon!!! Thank-you, at least the discussion has begun here in Charleston!
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