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7 November 2004 ... A Political Entry

Politics from the ignorant Static Girl? Not really... just ramblings from the simplistic chaos in my mind.

I am disappointed that Bush has been reelected. The guy started a War. And the guy is working pretty damn hard to destroy our environment.

The war thing is really over my head. I'm against war, and I think our current war in particular is stupid. But I don't watch or read news and I actively avoid discussions. So I'm not going to type my opinions beyond "War is Wrong."

The environment and animal issues is also an overwhelming topic for me. I feel very strongly about these things but don't talk about these things in depth because ... of many reasons, especially the "overwhelm" one.

I get frustrated very quickly because I have so much to say. And I've also got helplessness, hopelessness and despair staring me in the face.

I think, bearing the election results in mind, that getting more involved in environmental and animal issues is important. So I'm going to try to get my brain a little more organized and do some typing on the topics. I'm going to try to keep things simple, for my own well being, but I am going to speak up.

So. Today's issue is: Thanksgiving Turkeys.

The Humane Society US is looking for signatures to ask congress to change the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act to _include_ poultry.

The law requires food animals to be unconscious before they are killed, to reduce pain and suffering. But food birds are currently excluded in this law. And this is just plain wrong.

What you can do:

  • Sign the Humane Society's Petition For Poultry.
    The fine print: you'll give your name, address and your email, and you will get a confirmation email and be added to the HS's "Alerts" e-Newsletter list.

  • Boycott the turkey dinner!
    Have a vegetarian Thanksgiving and the animals will be thankful as well. There's plenty of time to plan and experiment with some of the meat substitues... yep, Tofurkey!

  • Go Vege! Vegetarian Starter Kit
    Keep in mind, you don't have to go "cold turkey". Reducing your meat meals and buying Certified Humane meats also helps.

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