Sunday night, K and I were driving home after participating in a fund raiser for a show of some friends. I was the MC, meaning I drank a lot and tried to get people to laugh. Well also introduced the acts and K and I did some recreations of Allan Kaprow’s work.
Anyways, we were on Folsom and 6th or there abouts at the light in the right lane. 11 p.m. @ night A racoon sprints across the intersection. Shock, surprise…a taxi comes up the street and generously rounds the corner hitting the racoon with both right side tires. Somehow the racoon survived. Waddled, scrambled of the street to hide underneath a parked car.
What are you supposed to do in that situation? Is there someone to call to help the damaged animal? Animal control? Human Society?
Made me think of the frozen burgers in our ‘fridge? Made me think of the time my dog Blackie was run over and died. Made me hate cities and cars. Why are national parks enclosed and roped off? It should be the other way around. Cities, places of human habitat should be sequestered and scrunched together in “national parks” As the human population becomes more urban hopefully that will happen. Restricted zones where we can build, kinda like Portland.
I wonder how long the raccoon lived.
“University seeks restraining order against protesters who rally outside of homes of researchers”
Animal rights activists have gotten rather rowdy lately, harassing professors who use animals in their research. I can’t say that I am for using animals in research, not sure if it always that effective. But I am pretty sure that the protests are just further alienating the public from their cause.
The two most effective protesters to date – Gandhi and M.L.K. – were both non violent.
Look at Palestine and Israel – continual violence and no progress. Didn’t the change happen in Ireland once people stopped bombing each other.
And maybe some good comes from animal testing. I am sure some vaccines and medical procedures have been discovered/invented as a result of animal testing.
Where the animal rights activists should put their energy is in fast food. No good comes out of that and the animals are treated far worse in industrial food making than in labs. Attacking professors in labs in too removed from the everyman. If activists put smoke bombs in fast food “restaurants” driving people away from KFC etc, they would get more of a reaction. People would begin to fear going to buy fast food.
Animal testing, while is such for the animals does some good. Fast food does no one any good. It just creates trash and type 2 diabetes.