Happy Tricky Day?

#TurkeyDay?

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for many of us in the United States.

We like the gratitude part, and the getting together with friends and family.

And the feasts.

The celebrated slaughter and gluttonous consumption of tens of millions of birds, though… For many of us, that doesn’t sit well at all.

What’s the adage… Tradition will accustom one to any atrocity?

We’re also uncomfortable with the holiday’s origin in this country. It paints an idyllic picture of harmony between colonists and indigenous people, a breaking of bread, a collaboration.

Native Americans have not fared well in this relationship in the intervening years. Thanksgiving also was founded at the same time the first ships were arriving on the eastern shores with kidnapped Africans.

At Animal Help Now, we value nonviolence. We value life. And we love and respect turkeys, whether wild or domestic.

And we love our friends. And we love food. We recognize just how important it is to be grateful for all we have.

So, yes. It’s a tricky holiday. Happy… #TrickyDay?

Putnam County, Missouri: A long way from justice

A report today from the Missouri Department of Conservation confirms: The Missouri boys who recorded videos of themselves enthusiastically cornering and beating to death with baseball bats several raccoons in what certainly qualifies for felony prosecution have been given… a good talking to.

Because the perpetrators of this vicious attack were juveniles, the Putnam County Court is unable to divulge the exact penalties levied, but Animal Help Now was able to confirm the boys were ordered to take a hunting education class, and that… appears… to be… about… it.

The boy who posted the video on social media just posted an image of himself with an animal he killed this month. So one presumes his hunting and social media privileges weren’t revoked.

smiling teen hunter posting in field with adult deer he killed
“I put the hammer down on this big ole buck could not be happier”.

This likely means he also didn’t lose his trapping privileges – a dreadful thought, considering many of these animals will be alive when he shows up, with no one around, to “dispatch” them.

The same is likely true for his buddies. A good talking to. If that.