Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
Cruelty knows no bounds and there are times when my inferior canine brain(compared to the great humans) fails to comprehend the gravity of the lurking conundrum. As readers of this space know that I’m a dog, an animal- primitive, wild and uneducated. Yet, like most of my animal friends, I may hunt for food but never for fun, fur or fashion. If religion wasn’t enough of an opium to kill the mute(Nepal), Canadian govt. hosts an annual seal hunt festival that sees hundreds of thousands of seal killed for fur. They do defend their gruesome sport via claims like it supports the economy, but facts have framed an altogether different picture revealing a stark reality which is quite unlike the govt. claims.
Thousands of seals like the one in the picture (below) are killed mercilessly by blows against the head.
Just in time for Canada Day, PETA will be running its new “Explore Elsewhere” ad featuring a rendition of Canada’s national anthem “O Canada” playing over footage of baby seals as they are clubbed to death. The ad will run on Google and several travel blogs this week to let potential tourists researching Canadian summer vacations know that the Canadian government still sponsors the annual seal slaughter, which just concluded in Newfoundland. World leaders as diverse as Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama have spoken out against the controversial massacre and have pleaded to Stop Canada Seal Hunt.
I wonder if it’s that necessary to wear fur? Drawing analogies with African blood diamonds, seal hunts also show that the consumers care only about the beauty of the finished product while overlooking the gruesome process which ‘polished’ the ‘product’.
If you thought African safari would be all about terrain raiders, the big cats and the elephants…think twice, for no other animal friend of mine has attracted more eyeballs in this World cup than the sea voyager, eight-limbed oracle- Octopus!
Octopus who predicted FIFA world cup results
Two year- old Paul, the octopus who was born in Britain and later moved to the German aquarium in Oberhausen has been quite a sensation in FIFA world cup 2010 with a cent percent record when it came to predicting German team’s results at the 4 year event.
Paul became an internet phenomenon after correctly predicting Germany would beat Australia in their opening match, then lose to Serbia, then beat Ghana. He also correctly forecast German wins against England and Argentina and the heart wrenching loss of Germans against Spaniards in semifinals.
However, as with humans, rather than celebrating the Oracle octopus, the angry German fans are calling to kill Paul, the psychic octopus, who had predicted that Spain would win the do-or-die clash. During the semifinal many German fans were singing anti-octopus songs. According to a local newspaper, there have been “a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter … suggesting Paul should be fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella”.
I wonder if frying an octopus would lead to a final berth! As always, I hope sanity prevails.
Meanwhile in Britain, Alfie – a two-year-old dog is making heads turn with his incredible football skills. Nicknamed as Ronaldog for his awesome dribbles, Alfie just might be the midfielder the team England needs 🙂