In this video interview with Big Think, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses Eating Animals, the recent egg recall, why he’s an animal-rights advocate but not an animal-lover, and how facory farming is a pressing global issue. It’s really good!
Catalonia bans bullfighting! Viva España! »
Bullfighting is so nasty and I fucking* hate it! So I was very glad when Meave reported that an amendment to the animal protection laws in Catalonia, Spain passed! Bullfighting is so over, jack!
I was totally happy about this animal victory but on Facebook today, one of my Spanish friends criticized the motives behind the ban, claiming it’s a matter of politics and not concern for animals. My friend Santi, who says he hates bullfighting, also had this to say:
They are doing it to say we are not Spanish. Make no mistake, Catalans also like bullfighting considering the number of people turning up to arenas. They have used this to say we are not like them to the world!
I do have to point out that the anti-bullfighting side used the fact that bullfighting has been declining in popularity as an indicator of public thought, so I question just how much Catalans like the “sport.” According to the Barcelona Reporter, “Barcelona’s last bullring is so unprofitable that the company managing it intends to give up the business next year.” The Guardian also reported the ban, focusing on the political implications of the issue. Pro-bullfighting peeps are saying Catalonia is using the ban as a big fuck-you to the rest of Spain.
Guess what has two thumbs and couldn’t give a shit about the motives that ban bullfighting?! THIS GUY! Bullfighting is disgusting and anyone who likes it is despicable. I said it! I don’t care why, I’m just glad it’s on its way out. Another thing I’m a fan of: matadors getting totally thrashed by bulls. I’m pro that. Fuck those douchebags.
Many of the bullfighting supporters also say the ban is an attack on Spain’s cultural heritage. An op-ed on cnn.com from last month addressed this cultural heritage argument. See, major news outlets aren’t always big ol’ jerkwads! The author, Jordi Casamitjana, is a consultant for PROU, a super-dope anti-bullfighting organization. Casamitjana says:
Many pro-bullfighting activists have argued that the “sport” is an important part of the Spanish culture and should not be banned. But cultural heritage is no excuse for inflicting pain on a frightened and confused animal. This campaign is not a matter of arbitrary prohibitions or of stomping on people’s individual freedoms. It is a matter of suffering.
Do you love this guy or what?
If you don’t think bullfighting is fucking repulsive, watch a few youtube videos like this one supplied by SHARKonline. I don’t want to post them on here because they make me cry and I don’t want to make you guys cry because then you’ll all be at work looking like a bunch of nancies.
Bonus! The story of Ferdinand the bull! Of course in real life, they’d totally stab him to death but still, Ferdinand is totally adorbs:
[can’t see the video? watch it on vegansaurus.com!]
*My parents are dedicated Vegansaurus readers and they get upset at the foul language because they are so very old and square. So to them, I must apologize for dropping the f-bomb but bullfighting makes me so mad!
[bull illustration from PROU website]
That’s the text of what may be the world’s first animal rights poem, written in 1773 by sympathetic lab assistant Anna Barbauld from the point of view of one of the mice in her lab.
"There’s this extraordinary moment," says historian Richard Holmes. "Priestley packs up for the day, and he leaves that next mouse in a cage on his desk for the next morning. He will put it [in a breathing tank] and remove the oxygen, and the mouse will almost certainly die. And Anna Barbauld, who’s cleaning up, she just looks at the mouse, and she thinks, wait a minute, wait a minute … and she sits down and writes a poem."
Dear New Zealand, »
So I was checking my e-mail, minding my own business, when I received an e-mail forward about this university in New Zealand doing some pretty groundbreaking shit. They have a fucking “New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies” (conveniently acronymed NZCHAS). Yeah, believe it.
I wonder if Bret and Jemaine studied there…
[photo credit http://tvmedia.ign.com]
ABC Nightline tonight: Got Milk? Got Ethics? Animal Rights v. U.S. Dairy Industry »
HBO presents Claire Danes with a mouthful of marbles as Temple Grandin: the lady who redesigned feedlots so as not to freak out the cows on their death march. Because she’s autistic and so she has a DEEP SPIRITUAL CONNECTION with animals that’s why she helped devise a better way to kill them, to quote a certain sarcastic Vegansaur.
This version of Ms. Grandin’s life story will air on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. on HBO. Anyone going to watch? Interested at all? I don’t know if I could stand two hours of Claire Danes stomping around doing that voice, plus cow-death. The trailer’s enough to make a person feel stabby.
Ecorazzi Lists Top 5 Animal Rights Victories of 2009 »
Though the list is a bit premature, no? You totally still have 20 days to save polar bears and stuff. GET ON THAT, SLACKERS!
Image: Flickr/JelleS, via Creative Commons
I know you’ve probably already seen this but if you haven’t, it’s such a powerful episode of Morgan Spurlock’s fantastic show, 30 Days. A hunter goes to live with some vegans and wackiness ensues! Actually, awesomeness ensues.
Anyway, it’s on Hulu and who knows for how long because you know how they do, but watch it and get someone else to watch it too. So great.