11.14.2012

it's open season on wyoming wolves: please help end the slaughter

Please watch this 45-second video, then sign a letter a to Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior.


Your click may or may not save the lives of wolves. But not clicking will surely allow the killing to continue. Sign here.

11 comments:

Amy said...

I can't bear to watch this video, but I did sign the petition. You know how I feel about this. Seeing the wolves at Yellowstone makes this even more heart-breaking for me. Thanks for alerting me to the petition.

laura k said...

Amy, the video doesn't show anything violent. Just beautiful images of wolves frolicking, and a superimposed image of a gun sight, not real.

Amy said...

OK, then I will take a look. I just did not want to see any injured animals or hear the assholes who argue in favor of killing them. Thanks!

laura k said...

I would never post either of those things.

Amy said...

Good to know. I know you are more able than I am to read or watch works that include violence (to people and to animals) than I am, so I wasn't sure what this video might show.

laura k said...

Uh no, actually. Cruelty to animals is the one thing I cannot tolerate in reading, and one of the two things I cannot tolerate in movies, the other being torture. Absolutely cannot see violence towards animals.

Amy said...

I guess I must have made that assumption because I know you can watch violent movies and read books that you have described as having very disturbing images and stories. I didn't realize that you drew the line at animals, although I completely understand that. After all, I am the daughter of someone who ran out of The Wizard of Oz when she was about nine years old when she saw Mrs Gulch grab Toto and take him away!

I can't watch/read either type of violence, but I do find anything that involves even a sad ending about animals much, much harder to take.

laura k said...

It's a stretch to say I watch violent movies. If a movie is easily described as violent, and there's not much to it, chances are it's not my kind of movie. But if a movie is excellent on many other counts, and there is violence in it, appropriate to the situation (not gratuitous), I won't not watch it because of that.

Disturbing stories is something else. It's very very rare that I will not watch a movie because of a disturbing story line. I like movies too much, and some of the best are very disturbing.

As far as childhood fears from TV and movies, mine were VERY intense. The scariest part of Wizard of Oz, for me, was when the witch's feet curled up under the house. My sister and I were both terrified of that.

But that's not all. I was completely traumatized by a 1950s B movie, something I saw when I was too young. Long story, worth a blog post - and most likely connected to real-life childhood fears as well. I just talked about this in my children's culture class recently.

Amy said...

The movie that gave me nightmares as a child was a Laurel and Hardy movie! At the end of it Laurel and Hardy are "skinned alive" and the last shot is of them as skeletons (obviously costumes, but to me, very realistic). There was also an Elvis Presley movie with a "cowboys and Indians" theme that caused me to crawl under the seats.

Then there was a long list of movies from 1969-70 that forever scared me away from movies with violence, including Easy Rider and Little Murders and Last Summer.

None of these involved animals. I was more careful about picking those. Incredible Journey made me weep, and that had a happy ending and no violence!

laura k said...

The category of animal stories that made me weep is roughly the equivalent of animal stories I have seen.

Amy said...

For sure. Though some out of happiness, some out of relief, some out of grief and horror.