Note to self.
Note to self.
Reading about abusive men and the way they think. Very unsettling and an incredible book so far. Here are my very professional notes.
what book is this?
This is from “Why Does He DO That” by Lundy Bancroft.
i have a dream i am driving over the I-35 bridge, as a passenger, when i look out my window and notice way down on the banks of the mississippi a box of dead kittens someone drowned. i make whoever is driving stop so i can go and make sure there are no kittens left alive. i keep thinking of all the cars driving over head all day long, how long had these kittens been there, could they have been saved. the world is a horrible place of kittens being born and drowned and never rescued. sure enough there is one kitten, a pinkish white kitten mewing for help inside the box, half drowned. i pick up this kitten and love it instantly, so fiercely. i will do anything to help this kitten. i take it to a vet to get checked out, spayed and given shots. i don’t know how i can afford any of this. the vets office is staffed with people from my work. “we’ve decided we’ve fallen in love with this kitten,” a woman from my work tells me, “we will help you find a new home for it when you’re ready. some of the girls here already want to take her home!” i know the right thing to do would be to abandon the kitten to the helpful vet staff, but i’ve already given her a name, iggy, and i’ve already bonded with her and i am already so happy to have an animal in my life again. i am so happy even though i am allergic to cats. it doesn’t matter. i love iggy. they bring iggy out, but the situation has morphed, iggy is now a small bright green snake curled around the finger of my friend molly from high school. she comes out from the exam room looking very sad. i put a hand on her shoulder and say, “i know you love iggy, but the right thing to do is to take him back to the mississippi and set him free to be a snake in the wild.” she solemnly agrees and we release him back by where we found him, only now he has changed into a short, fat, scaled thing, with a shape and width almost like a shoe. he slithers away. molly cries and i tell her it will be ok. i tell her we should go to the mall. at the mall i lose her almost immediately. i am despondent, i have a weird memory of having a little cat, but i don’t know why or where the cat went. i keep thinking how weird molly’s snake looked when we released him, not like a snake at all. i look up and see a shop called “all about crocodiles” and i laugh because who would ever need a store like that? but then i realize, that wasn’t a snake we released down by the river, it was a crocodile.
SeaWorld just got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Welfare Act — and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good.
SeaWorld imprisons orca whales in tiny, cage-like tanks — and the USDA citation reveals conditions at the park are dangerous to the animals’ health. SeaWorld is still defending its barbaric practices, but huge pressure is building on the company.
In a surprise move, a Californian assemblyman has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this assemblyman’s brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won’t accept SeaWorld’s imprisonment of orcas any longer.
California: Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld’s imprisonment and torture of whales now.
More info here and here. And a trailer for the documentary on the cruelty of Seaworld, Blackfish, here. Similarly there’s a documentary called The Cove where a man works with dolphins and explains how captivity harms them, as well. TRIGGER WARNING FOR ANIMAL VIOLENCE AND DEATH IN BOTH DOCUMENTARIES.
You guys. You guys this is important. You don’t even need an account to sign the petition you just need to give your name an email address and a zipcode/areacode/whatever for whatever country you reside in. Go do it gogogogogo. Petition is HERE. They are so close to reaching their goal of 1,000,000 signatures.
Welp, found my new editing pencil.