Animals

Hawk crash and other winter wildlife: spiritual messages

(Photo by Suzette Standring.  Hawk with a concussion right after its crash) Watching wildlife is a year-round Christmas gift as they scamper, trot, glide, and even slither freely nearby.  Our fenced-in back yard abuts an open field where coyotes, turkeys and deer are common.  Occasionally, the wild jolts the urban, as when a magnificent hawk […]

Ban elephant circus acts: training always employs torture

Growing up, I delighted in circus elephants.  Giant, gentle animals that stood on all fours atop a ball.  A dancer riding the ring on an elephant’s head was both thrilling and fairy-like.  That was long before I learned about the torture used to train elephants: chaining, using sharp hooks on their sensitive parts, isolation, starvation, […]