Monday, February 25, 2008

Club Sandwhich not Seals?

Nothing offends me more then animal rights advocates. That’s right, you heard me.

I was at work minding my own business when I got an email from a coworker today. At the bottom of her email she had the typical signature along with this little graphic:
Is this lady for real? Yes, because at the very bottom of the email is this poem:

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
-George Carlin

I won’t get into environmental issues right now; they are only second to animal issues.

Back to the little fur balls. Do people really club seals that much? Nothing pisses me off more then people who are passionate about causes such as this... it’s like when I kept seeing stupid op-eds about the abandoned cats during Katrina... what about the abandoned PEOPLE? Or for that matter what about the people on the streets before Katrina? What about the kids being beaten or the parents who love their kids but can’t afford medical care for their ill child? What about grandma down the street living off food stamps and Medicare?

I don’t mind people having a cause. I, myself, have a lifetime commitment to four philanthropies (Prevent Child Abuse America, The Girl Scouts of America, the Children’s Hospital, and Orthopedic Research). Note: All humanitarian based.

So, she brands every outgoing message with a "don’t club the seals" seal... right, I was just about to trek out to Alaska and have a whack. But, you know something after seeing that moving graphic on her email I said "Not today, not on my watch". She must be reaching millions of potential clubbers and/or their influence over clubbers. (For the record, I’d rather have food on the table due to money that came in from killing a seal then have a cute seal overpopulate.)

I was getting all riled up after chatting with Wayne about this, so I ventured over to one of the leading volunteer sites on the World Wide Web; Idea List. I casually perused the site and here are some findings:

There are 2,924 “Human Rights & Civil Liberties” Nonprofit organizations listed within the United States compared with 2,004 “Wildlife & Animal Welfare” nonprofit organizations. And an inconvenient truth: there are 4,759 nonprofits in the US focused on “Environment & Ecology”. Did you get that? We (thanks Drock and Jay) crunched the numbers. That is 62.75% more tree hugging clubs then people hugging clubs! (excuse the "club" pun). Sickening.

They basically say they would rather spend all their time, mental and physical energy and money on some animal instead. I say, lets take all that and focus on domestic violence, drug addictions, homelessness, poverty, medical attention, mental illness, prison reform, terrorism, the global market.

I will leave you with a quote before I go to visit the elderly tonight:

“We do not support the killing of any animals but we consider the slaughter of the seals to be humane.” – Trevor Scott, Executive Director of International Society for the Protection of Animals



D-Rock said...

Pave the whales!

Mandy Lin said...

I too am baffled by this type of person. I am not saying that I think it is wrong to care about animals but it seems strange to put so much of ones energy into a a cause that has nothing to do with people. Then again there are reasons. For example, take that mormon commercial when the parents and siblings would not listen to the child. Who listened? His dog. Just saying.

Kaylyn said...

Mary, you make me laugh really hard. I am with you though, some people take it WAY too far... But really, when are you going to come and see us???

D.C. said...

What? Are you trying to be the next Ann Coulter? If people want to have their cause let them have their cause. Its no different than abortion wackos (both prolife and prochoice) or the pro gay marriage/no gay marriage people. They're all wasting their time, but at least they're fighting for something they believe in. Its better than the other 99% of the country that is completely apathetic.

D.C. said...

P.S. I'm sorry for comparing you to Ann Coulter. Nobody deserves to be compared to somebody so repulsive. Please forgive me.

Tagg said...

I'm all for people having their "causes" but for the love of all thats holy stop pushing it on me! Everytime I see that PETA add with the dog outside I want to scream "ITS AN ANIMAL, ITS SUPPOSED TO BE OUTSIDE!!!"
I agree Mary, totally!
Oh, but, save the whales.

Anonymous said...

Ta Kala Diokomen!! You know what that means....

Hayley's Comment said...

um you could be a stand up comedian. I'm sure you've heard that before, but reading your blog...YOU TOTALLY could be like the next ELLEN (that's a major compliment coming from me)! Miss ya!

Mycket said...

Seriously. One of the funniest "because it's true" bloggings I have EVER read!