To Shout Or Not To Shout That Is The Question
I would just like to write a short note about the anti-declawing protest march in St. Louis on 17th July 2011. You can read about it on these pages: Anti-Declawing demonstration St. Louis, USA, 2011, timetable and methods and the Facebook page on this subject.
We are going to have educational handouts available to give to the public and specially prepared ones for any veterinarian who cares to take one.
We are going to have song as well. Ruth is going to sing. This adds a nice new dimension to proceedings.
I would expect each participating person to bring along their own banner and if they want to express themselves further a costume! I would love to see a few funky Felix costumes..!
The current meeting place is the day before under the St. Louis Arch in the evening. The exact time is to be agreed.
I would like anyone who has other ideas on any of the above matters to please leave a comment.
Lastly, I would like to discuss the slightly knotty matter of whether we chant or not.
In my original posting I suggested chanting as one aspect of the demonstration. Chanting is a classic British demo technique!
Note: I am not saying that we chant or shout. I am thinking aloud and putting out ideas and chanting is one possibility. If people hate the idea please say so. I have no intention of dictating what happens. This is a joint venture and all have an equal say.
By chanting I mean that, in unison, our brave band of protesters shout out a short phrase. This is triggered by someone. For example a person with a megaphone shouts:
PROMPT: “What do we want?”
RESPONSE BY GROUP: “To stop declawing”
PROMPT: “American Vets”
RESPONSE: “Shame on you!”
PROMPT: “Protect claws or couch?”
RESPONSE: “Claws, claws, claws”
PROMPT: “Who breaks their oath?”
RESPONSE: “Vets, vets, vets”
These are just a few examples that I have made up on the spur of the moment. These examples do have an “edge” to them but judging by the comments of people visiting the declaw pages this is appropriate as people are very upset indeed and rightly so about declawing.
The advantage of chanting is that it is designed to be noisy. This attracts people to us who can’t see us. It also generates a sense of unity in the group and energizes the group. But as Kathleen and Susan would rightly say, it has to be conducted in an orderly way. Update: I think Kathleen dislikes chanting – please comment!
That said, I am respectful of all views and would, therefore, appreciate comments on this as well. If it is agreed (& only if) that we do it, I would also welcome ideas for chanting. They have to be short and punchy to make them memorable and to give them force. Please remember that this is a demonstration. I don’t think that it can be too polite.
One last point. Participants should bring video and still cameras. I intend making a classy video of this (I have a YouTube partnership channel) and would ask that they forward their material to me by mail using a cheap USB Flash Drive. 4 GB flash drives cost less than $10. 4 GB should be large enough.
I am bringing my own equipment but I can’t be everywhere so other video material would be useful.