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| POC E-zine, Issue #007|
September 29, 2010
|Hello subscribers, I hope you are keeping well,|
When I write this e-zine (infrequently!) I let my mind wander and see what comes into it….The intention is to find out what is most important to me at this time in the cat world and in relation to the website.
Three things emerged.
The first is the gradual evolution of Pictures of Cats org, which I now call PoC as it covers ground far in excess of the best cat pictures. The website has evolved into a place where true cat lovers can congregate and share. In fact they are more than pure cat lovers. They are lovers of animals in general. The true cat lover has a deep respect for the cat, which shines through in their words and actions. This respect is at the heart of good cat caretaking. Most people who keep a cat or cats say that they treat them as a family member. Many probably don’t in truth. But we all should. If we do, it never fails to produce the right decisions in relation to our cat companions.
Here are some examples of posts that transmit a love for the cat and more. In the first example Ruth explains how a cat companion improves our lives, while also immeasurably improving the life of a rescue cat: Monty’s Paradise. And an earlier story about Monty. Ruth writes beautifully which adds to the quality, of course. But PoC likes to hear from all people who wish to share a good story well written or not.
Then just today, 29th September 2010, Darlene visited and shared again; her second article. And what an article it is; for me anyway. It is written simply and innocently, which is perfectly in tune with the content. It is sad and shocking. It shows the deep connection people can have with a cat companion and the deep shock and sadness of loss especially when it happens entirely unexpectedly: Hugs, the cat I loved dearly, died at a cat groomers. Here is an earlier very short post by Darlene – it shouts love for the cat: My Cat Milo.
I had a dream…to do something on the ground and not in the ether of the internet. So, I thought; demonstration. I feel strongly that if we are to stop cat declawing we need to tackle it on the ground as well as on the internet. The internet, although useful, is almost too easy. People who surf the internet are viewing the world and participating in it at a distance, safely; too safely.
We need to take some risks and kick up some dust. These are the ways to begin to bring about change. There is an underlying desire, in America to stop declawing, I feel, but the vets have a stranglehold on the practice.
So, we have a peaceful demonstration firmly scheduled for 17th July 2011 at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a Sunday. The roads might be less busy. We might well need some road as we have about 180 people who say that they intend to go. See Susan’s Facebook page on this vital subject. I had asked for 100 people to join me! How about that. It is definitely happening and it will be a national first.
If you are a supporter I would be pleased if you would spread the word. Also if anyone has ideas on what to call our group of protesters please leave a message on either one of the above linked pages. My current group name is: Coalition Against Declawing (CAD).
I can’t stop without mentioning the glorious tiger. A research team has discovered the tiger over 4,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayan foothills in Bhutan sharing habitat with the snow leopard. There are other animals that can support the tiger as prey. I call them The Tigers of Bhutan.
The tiger gradually retreats to safe places in response to the inexorable rise in human population and activity. The discovery is good news as it supports the vision of a massive tiger corridor spanning the vast areas to the east and west of Bhutan which is north of India. It is hoped that the corridor, that joins up existing tiger reserves, will provide sufficient space for the tiger to allow it to thrive and restock depleted small reserves mainly in India. If it fails the unthinkable becomes possible; the extinction of the tiger in the wild in about 20-30 years.
The leader of this research team says, “We will save the tiger…” We must save the tiger.
Til next time…
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