Backyard activism: do your part tonight! »
The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission will hear public comments on the proposed ban on the sale of animals tonight, and we need your support! All you have to do is show up to the meeting place, line up at the microphone, and when it’s your turn to speak, state your name and your support for the ban. That’s it! No need for a speech or a song or ANYTHING CRAZY—it’s so simple, your five-year-old niece could do it. Actually, bring her too, people love articulate children.
Be in room 408 at City Hall by 5:30 p.m. BAARN is taking charge of this informal call to arms, and they report that at the last meeting on the ban proposal, opponents far outnumbered proponents, so we had better get over there and be polite for animal rights!
Make yourself useful, San Francisco! »
What do we love? Animals! What do we want? To keep them from being sold in pet stores in San Francisco! How can we do this? By attending today’s Animal Welfare Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 408 at City Hall!
The city already prevents selling cats and dogs in stores, but animals like birds have it hard. Last year, Mickaboo took in over 400 birds, “most of which originally came from pet stores,” according to Director Tammy Azzaro. And a lot of them are now exotic parrots like Macaws, African Greys, and some species of Amazon, which are going extinct because people are so crazy about owning pretty birdies.
Go on tonight and support this issue. Thanks to Tammy and Mickaboo for alerting us to it (hence our focus on birds). It doesn’t take much to show up and say, I do not want animals sold in stores in my city, and it means a lot.
Tonight—and you might even be able to do both!—is also the first meeting of the SF Orchards project, supported by TransitionSF. The idea is to plant perennial fruit trees around the city, which sounds so, so great. Fruit trees! Fruit for the citizenry! This first meeting will “create a working group that will assess the available spaces, organizations that need to be onboard, design a plan for planting, caring, and harvesting trees.”
So what are you going to do, activists? Sit at home in front of all three-and-a-half hours of today’s Tour de France stage? You DVRed that shit, watch it after you’ve been a good citizen! Besides, you already know what all those jerks are going to say, anyway, and would it kill fucking Versus—or professional cycling—to feature women outside of the podium girls? Never mind all that, San Francisco, tonight you’re going to speak against selling animals, and you’re going to help plan urban fruit trees, and we love you for it.