I don’t like talking about politics because it is going to upset some people regardless of one’s viewpoint. I’m not into forcing my beliefs on others because I don’t want others to force their beliefs on me, so it’s generally a topic I don’t talk much about. But I have to speak out on Cecil’s behalf as both a cat lover and a decent human being.
For those of you that haven’t heard, an American dentist, Walter Palmer, shot a sanctuary protected lion from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. As more details emerge, the story gets even darker. Cecil was lured out of his sanctuary, wounded with a bow and arrow, and then killed 40 hours later with a gun. Conservationists predict that the new lion that takes control of the Cecil’s pride is likely to kill most or all of Cecil’s 24 cubs.
This matters because Lions are a Vulnerable species (see chart below), which is one step about an Endangered species like tigers. If we aren’t careful, wild lions will be nothing more than archived pictures on the internet. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, there has been a 42% decline in the world’s lion population in the last 20 years. This isn’t like hunting deer where the hunter eats the meat. After Cecil was killed he was skinned and his corpse was left to rot. Lions are at the top of the food chain, so they are much more prone to disease and parasites than herbivores, so it’s not advised to eat them. This man not only tortured a lion for fun, but effectively killed 25 of them because something is lacking in his own life that he has to kill a lion to feel powerful and important.
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I found this great article that talks about the issue from a Christian perspective. God gave us dominion over all of his creatures, but they are his property, and he expects us to treat them with respect. Torturing a majestic beast from a Vulnerable species does not fit into God’s plan. This man needs to answer to God for what he did. America is looking into prosecution. RIP Dear Cecil 😦 There is even a memorial to him outside of Dr. Palmer’s office.
I don’t like to talk about political things because it tends to cause conflict, which I dislike. I learned in high school that everyone is just as entitled to their viewpoints as I am to mine. A friend shared this with me and it was too cute not to share: http://confusedcatsagainstfeminism.tumblr.com/ It’s a play on the whole “I Don’t Need Feminism” Movement. So if you are strongly anti-feminist or hate cats I wouldn’t recommend reading this. But it’s really funny and cute, especially if you are a feminist and love cats :3
My husband and I have been really busy and we forgot to buy wet cat food. They usually get kibble in the morning and wet food for dinner. I had to feed them kibble for dinner since we ran out, and Pumpkin didn’t want to eat it because he’s a diva 😄 If you own a cat, you know this is true.
I am leaving for my sister’s wedding tomorrow, and it is on the other side of the country. My mom said she would be interested in reading my stories, but they’re kind of depressing 😄 I should probably warn her before she reads it, if she does. I actually don’t really care if my family reads my stories. I don’t want to force anyone to read my stuff, so I’ll just give it to her, and she can read it or not. I neglected to tell her about the abuse story I am writing next for obvious reasons :$ I don’t want to hurt my mom. . .
In the beginning when I first started writing fanfiction, she read through it for me. She told me something that stayed with me. I merged my personality and characteristics with Cloud, and I hurt him in my story, so I was punishing myself in a way. My mom told me it was sad that I felt the need to hate myself, which is kind of ironic given some of the things she has said. To be honest, I didn’t even realize I was doing that, self-punishment by proxy I suppose I guess the weirder thing is that I see myself as being very similar to Cloud, a tortured soul, while my friends think of me as a friendly, optimistic, and upbeat person. I guess I’m a bit of both. I might write a post on that someday. The fact that our perceptions of ourselves are often different than what other people see.
Photo from PawProject.org
A friend of mine from England came to visit me over the weekend. She is a huge cat lover, and has three cats herself. She also has two beautiful boys who have been taught to respect felines. We were talking, and apparently declawing is illegal in England. It is still legal in the United States, and about 25% of household cats have been declawed. It’s basically an amputation of the distal phalange, which is the first joint on your fingers and toes. This procedure is illustrated in the bumper sticker above. What happens in many cases is that it starts to grow back under the skin. So it’s like walking on sharp rocks. Sometimes the procedure really cripples the cat and their paws become useless flippers. It also changes their weight distribution so they are more prone to arthritis from an unnatural gait.
Jackson Galaxy from the show, “My Cat From Hell,” is adamantly opposed to declawing. There is a vet who took it upon herself to spread awareness and help create laws to prevent this barbaric procedure. She created this documentary called, “The Paw Project,” to educate people about the problems with declawing your cat. I thought I would spread the word in the name of awareness.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Pumpkin because it’s so much like him. He’s just a happy goofball :3
I caught my cat Pumpkin mid-chomp 😄
He was trying to eat our Palm plant. I shooed him away right after I took the pictures because I wasn’t sure if it was toxic or not. Pumpkin loves to bite things. A friend and I joked he was probably a dog in another life, lol. We plant cat grass for them, but Pumpkin still likes to eat things he’s not supposed to >_> This is part of the reason he isn’t allowed outside unsupervised.
A picture of my other cat. He’s just a huge goofball :3