Animals

Earth Day: She still needs better loving

Earth Day was founded in 1970 and Mamma Earth, our vivid, blue ball in space, still needs better loving.  Last year recorded 7.6 billion people on earth, which can only sustain 9-10 billion based on available resources calculated by Edward O. Wilson, the father of sociobiology. Global habitation will choke before 2050, when the predicted […]

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, […]