Big Dollar Bob
EDMONTON — Former U.S. game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker has offered the City of Edmonton $100,000 to use as it sees fit if the city agrees to an outside assessment of the living conditions of Lucy, the only elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
It's nice to see someone put their money where their mouth is when it comes to animal welfare. However, it'd be even nicer if he (and the Vancouver Sun) were just a little more transparent about the two groups lined up to perform the assessment on Lucy.
In case you were wondering, here's PAWS's take on the situation:
By mid 1977, at an age when she should have been in the jungles of Sri Lanka, suckling from her mother, Lucy was living behind bars at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
Hmm... I wonder what kind of health assessment you'll end up getting from a group that already believes (and has raised funds on) the premise that Lucy is suffering behind bars?
HSUS Wants to "Educate" Your Children
Last weekend's North Platte Telegraph ran an interesting article on HSUS's attempts to reach out to children, how this is rather irksome to some parents (and groups who feel duped), and how Wayne Pacelle's words don't match up with his actions. According to Wayne:
"This publication is used throughout America, and it never has political content. It doesn't talk about legislation or ballot measures, and it certainly doesn't take a stand against hunting or farming in any way."
Really? Read on:
However, the April 2010 junior edition of "KIND NEWS" was pulled from the Lincoln Public Schools because of its content. The front page showed a child wearing a gas mask and posed this question to third and fourth graders: "What if you had to wear a gas mask to play in your yard?"
According to the article, factories have replaced the rolling hills and big red barns once considered typical of farms. The article described agricultural areas affected by swarms of flies, harmful gases and rivers tainted by animal waste.
Children were urged to write the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and lawmakers about their concerns.
Oops! As if that isn't enough, the online version of Kind News, which supposedly carries no political or legislative messages has entire sections devoted to "making your voice heard" (i.e. the epitome of political and legislative content). Double Oops!
Tomorrow is National Teach Ag Day (speaking of educating children)!
A reminder that National Teach Ag Day is tomorrow, courtesy of Feedstuffs Foodlinks. Why is this so important? (If you happened to read the preceding paragraphs, this might sound a wee bit familiar.)
I have heard from countless parents who are concerned when their child comes home with tales of "agriculture destroying the planet" that they learned from perhaps an overzealous science instructor at their public school. Maybe having an agricultural educator within the school could help agriculture's cause the most by first educating the educators, who may have gotten their own "knowledge" of agriculture from a biased professor's book or a documentary film.
A positive, educational, program that actively recognizes outstanding work in agriculture? In 2011? Who woulda thunk it? But there it is...
For supporters, or just the plain curious, here's some more information from the National Association of Agriculture Educators.