Tuesday, September 02, 2008

'Universal energy of Earth'


I covered the protest against the circus this afternoon. I asked this woman if she was with any particular group. Her reply: "I'm part of the universal energy of Earth."

Right on!

I told her that's an excellent group to be a part of.


Blogger Rose said...

The Circus was GREAT! The acrobats were amazing.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Jerome said...

What the heck is that? Universal Energy of Earth.

You know what I hate. People who will protest for the sake of animals, but have no qualms about sucking the brain out of a human being with a surgical vacuum. Yeah, it's called abortion. Geeze we're such a great society now aren't we. Fluffy little animals.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Next time I print up some business cards, I'll add:

Member, universal energy of Earth

11:16 AM  
Blogger gb05 said...

Good eye, Jack! That's a very cute gal holding the banner. Who cares what the banner said? Most protestors are here are in the class of the old "Humboldt Honeys."

1:12 PM  
Blogger Jerome said...

For real, what does Universal Energy of Earth stand for? What's the philosophy? Google didn't give me much

2:30 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Sorry to send you on a wild goose chase. It doesn't actually stand for anything. She didn't belong to any group, so she just threw that out there as a groovy concept.


5:55 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

Jerome- I was one of the protestors. I am pro-life for both animals and humans. I have done volunteer work for a pro-life group helping pregnant women get to their doctor's appointments. Don't try to put people in a box and say that we're only for one issue. That's such a bs excuse for bagging on someone.

The Carson and Barnes Circus is incredibly abusive to it's animals. Go to: www.circuses.com and view the "training" footage for yourself. It's sick.

Hey, Rose. I'm glad you liked the acrobats. I'm sure the circus would have been just as enjoyable without the poor animals in it. Ever hear of Cirque De Solei? It's the best circus in the world and it is completely animal free!

gb05: Yes, she's a pretty woman. I'm hot myself. But did you see past her beauty and notice the issue at hand? It's time to use the upper brain now.

A lot of the protestors were cool 'hippie' types. There were also business people, ex-cops, etc. What do we all have in common? We are all members of the universal energy of Earth and we choose to use it to help other living beings that are being victimized.

Jerome: Many of the protestors are actively involved in human rights issues, as well.

Now, before any of you comment on my ramblings, watch the video, and then respond. It's right in the middle of the page @ www.circuses.com

7:41 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Thanks Krit.

It's nice to have a fellow member of "universal energy of Earth" commenting on my blog.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Krit - how many animals do you/have you owned, cared for, trained, etc.... just curious.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

Hi Rose,

I currently have 6 domestic animals residing at my residence. They live in the lap of luxury.

I have cared for and have lived with animals my entire life. Most of my animal companions were stray animals dumped by selfish, irresponsible people. This lack of compassion for domestic animals is why so many are put to death in U.S. animal shelters.

Compassion for animals and fellow humans beings needs to be taught by our elementary, middle and high schools. Character education is essential to develop youth into caring, socially-responsible adults. Our American (Me, Me, Me) society will not change for the better if we don't learn that all of us (human and animal) are connected to and need each other.

How many animals do you have?

4:13 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Right on, Krit! Compassion is a good thing.

My only beef with the protesters was with the wearing of bandanas. It made them look menacing and gave off a negative image, like they're terrorists or potential rioters.

I also think they should have tried to engage people more. There was one protester who seemed to be having a nice chat with someone who disagreed with him. Based on what I saw, there was real dialogue going on.

You need more of that.

As for animals, there are some that can be trained through a system of rewards, like dogs. There are others that are "broken" by beating them into submission.

I'm not much into having beautiful animals beaten so they can entertain me.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

I was taken aback a bit by the bandanas, as well. I only saw two girls wearing them though...

There does need to be a lot more dialogue about this issue and other animal welfare issues locally such as: pet overpopulation, dog and cock fighting, neglect and abuse, high school students being instructed to cut open and dissect fetal pigs in biology class, etc...

I found a website @ teachkind.org that has so much valuable material for teachers to use and incorporate humane education in their classrooms. I hope local teachers find it and take advantage of the free materials!!!!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

We need some sort of ordinance that requires people to fix their pets.

There could be exceptions, but people would need a special permit.

I think this would help a lot at the shelter.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

I totally agree. Didn't we have one proposed not too long ago that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's quickly shot down? There was also a state bill that was shot down, as well, with a lot of animal breeders lobbying against it. It seems it boils down to the ol' mighty dollar in people's pockets every time. That seems to override any sense of morality. It's easy money pimping animals.

In the nearby town that I work, I see animals running loose and PREGNANT all the time. It's so sad. I'd be more than willing to help with a catch/release program but the source of the problem (irresponsible pet owners) needs to be handled first. Apparently laws are the only way to ensure morality anymore.

9:59 AM  
Blogger allison436 said...

Hi, my name is Allison and i'm the "cute gal holding the banner" i'd just like to say that ya'll missed the point! And good luck living without caring for anyone or anything other than yourself, start caring and the universe will start caring for you. krit thank you and know that the bandanas are/were only for the safety and privacy of the people who care, its a wonderful and sometimes scary world we live in and you never know when the day will come that you'll be arrested for peaceful protest, but if you participate in them often your chances increase. A bandana against a gun, i'd choose a bandana any day!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

Hi Allison!

I'm so glad that you and other animal rights activists were out there with me! Our presence made it clear to the masses that circuses are not o.k. and that pimping animals for profit is immoral and disgusting.

Ya, I can understand the bandanas being worn for the protection of one's identity. I'm all for self-expression, as well.

People who like to label us as 'terrorists' might see that as justification to paint us in a "bad light". But, living for other people's perceptions is a GIANT waste of time, so: YOU GO GIRL!!!!

...and if the circus comes back, WE'LL BE THERE WITH OUR BANDANAS!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Krit said...

From USDA affidavit of Byran M., former Carson & Barnes employee:

"When she (the elephant Del Rita) refused to hand over her trunk Joe (Frisco) took his bullhook and, using it like a baseball bat, proceeded to hit her between the eyes four times. She still refused. At this point Joe and Ben started beating Del Rita with their bullhooks. Ben was on her left side hooking the top of her ear, jabbing her left rear leg and using baseball swings with his bullhook on her side and rear legs. Joe was hitting her across her forehead and hooking her trunk with his bullhook. When this failed ... Joe pulled the hand held black hotshot (an electric prod) ... out of his back pocket. He was shocking her left hind leg, her front leg, her face and her tongue. Joe then had Darren hand him the three foot long red hotshot. He shocked her at least fifty times. During the entire beating Del Rita was defecating and urinating. She was trying to get away ... but was chained up and could not go anywhere. She kept moving from side to side. The other elephants in the barn started trumpeting loudly and defecating, urinating excessively and moving from side to side during the beatings. Tim (Frisco) said, 'The only way to handle male elephants is to take them into the barn and beat the f--k out of them, shock till they drop.' "

6:17 PM  

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