I loudly refuse to eat at chain restaurants where I know the meat comes from inhumane circumstances. When one of the ladies mentioned a favorite junkfood I replied that it's filled with palm oil and listed all the animals she's helping destroy by eating this product.
One evening two of us were walking along the beach and we saw a fisherman. My friend asked what he was fishing for. I didn't know so we went and asked him. I was fully prepared to attack, yes attack, him with my sustainable fishing speech. He listed off a long list of fish, including sharks. I took a deep breath, ready to pounce and asked "what do you do with the sharks?" he replied that he throws everything back. I had prejudged him and assumed the worst. I learned a great lesson that evening.
This week in California I am happy to announce that Foi Gras has been outlawed. For those of you who don't know why this is bad let me descibe it. Foi Gras is fatty duck or goose liver. It is considered a delicacy and a rich mans dish. To get this fatty liver, the birds are caged in tight boxes so they can not move around and don't lose weight. They are force fed great amounts through a feeding tube at regular intervals until they reach the desired size. At that time the liver is harvested and the rest of the bird is usually thrown out. What a waste. Hopefully other states and countries will follow our lead.
I got up early this morning to listen to my favorite Australian radio station 612 ABC Brisbane, you can listen at http://www.abc.net.au/brisbane/programs/?ref=nav . They were discussing the latest meeting of the International Whaling Commision and the flaws it has. It was a very interesting interview. One of the men said "humans are a plague to this planet". I agree but the good news is that there are cures to plagues. I don't want to go over the entire interview but I thought there were a few important things about whaling to point out for those of you who don't know. I am inspired to expand my whaling information on the learn page and will be researching for that soon. So for now here is the minimum that everyone should know about Whales and Whaling:
Whales are the largest animals on our planet.
Most species are endangered.
Whales are mammals, with family groups, highly intelligent, and important to the health of our oceans.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) is an international group designed to protect whales.
Whale Hunting is Illegal, but there are loopholes:
Loophole: There is nothing that prevents Japan and other countries from "Paying" for votes in their favor from other countries. This is frequently done.
Loophole: If it is necessary for a whale to be killed for "research" the meat is not allowed to be "wasted". This is how countries like Japan and many other keep a full whaling fleet alive. They say it is research but these boats are equipped with canneries and they kill thousands of whales every year. No research data is ever used to do anything, however, millions of pounds of meat is sold for a profit.
Loophole: If you are a native culture who used to whale you can hunt a limited number of whales using traditional methods. The problem with this is that many of these cultures had stopped whaling for decades but when given permission they restarted whaling again. Most have lost traditional knowledge causing slow torturous deaths for these cetaceans. They are hunting because it's their "right" not because they need the food for survival.
Whales Do Not Die Quickly! It is slow and painful. They cry as they die. Their families are forced to watch.
Are you really that hungry?
Did you know that whale hunting in the name of "research" brings in around 60 million dollars a year from their ill gotten whale meat?
It may sound like a lot but.....
Did you know whale watching brings in over a billion dollars a year?
Which do you think is the better industry?
A little FOOD for thought today. Knowledge is power. I encourage everyone to gain some knowledge.
I am going to work on educating instead of judging. We can all evolve to be better. We can cure the human plague.
For more information on the IWC http://iwcoffice.org/