Saturday, August 2, 2008
ANIMAL RIGHTS (and our wrongs)
I DO NOT condemn meat eaters because that is their choice. Almost all my friends, except for my yoga teachers, are meat eaters. Like smokers, sun worshippers and alcoholics, I do not take their choice against them.
I have personally not eaten meat for about 25 years. Poultry and fish, SOMETIMES but I wish I didn't. Everyday I TRY not to eat poultry or fish and I can go for weeks without them such as now in France (surpise surprise in the land of tete d'veau and fois gras). I took a four-day workshop with JIvamukti founders David Life and Sharon Gannon and they really changed my life. Although I primarily practice ashtanga yoga, I make it a point to take classes with Jiva when I am in New York or London.
From them I have learned that being human is being humane enough not to take advantage of defenseless beings such as animals. We are only sharing the planet with them. In fact, we are just RENTING the space! Most of us subscribe to specicism where we humans think that everything else exists for our existence.
(Well, there ARE SOME who this everyone else EXISTS for THEM!)
Look at us now---food and oil shortages, disease because we are encroaching on animal life and putting them in enclosed spaces, pollution and other environmental damages....
I have no children but I know many of you do. What will they be left with?
Today I read a great column by Nicholas Kristof in the International Herald Tribune. I occasionally love to hate this guy especially on his patronizing attitude to issues of child labor and prostitution but this, I really enjoyed. (Apparently geese, like foxes but unlike humans, mate for life) Some key statements.
'The 150 geese knew that something dreadful was happening and would cower in a far corner of the barn, and run away in terror as I approached. Then I would grab one and carry it away as it screeched and struggled in my arms.
Very often, one goose would bravely step away from the panicked flock and walk tremulously toward me. It would be the mate of the one I had caught, male or female, and it would step right up to me, protesting pitifully. It would be frightened out of its wits, but still determined to stand with and comfort its lover........
So, yes, I eat meat (even, hesitantly, goose). But I draw the line at animals being raised in cruel conditions. The law punishes teenage boys who tie up and abuse a stray cat. So why allow industrialists to run factory farms that keep pigs almost all their lives in tiny pens that are barely bigger than they are?'
MEANWHILE---the Pinoy UN ambassador \Baja seems to be following Emily Lopez's footsteps in diplomacy
It was unclear whether, among the 42 cases, accountability office researchers included a lawsuit filed last month by a Filipino woman who accused her employer of luring her from the Philippines to the United States with false promises of help in finding work as a nurse.
In that case, the woman, Marichu Suarez Baoanan, 39, said her employer, Lauro Baja Jr., then an ambassador to the United Nations, and his wife had forced her instead to work more than 120 hours a week as a domestic servant in their townhouse, prevented her from leaving the house alone and paid her only $100 a month. A lawyer for the Bajas has denied the charges and said Baoanan was trying to use the case to secure a visa that would allow her to remain in the country.
Yan lang pow, ma'am at sir.....Anong drinks niyo?