Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Peta note. Unbearable

Dear Amber,
For most people, the sale of cats and dogs from animal shelters for use in laboratories seems like a barbaric practice from the distant past—as it should be. Shockingly, in some states homeless animals are still purchased from shelters and then used in cruel and painful experiments, even at seemingly reputable universities. PETA's newest investigation goes undercover inside the University of Utah to reveal the school's shocking experiments on homeless animals.

One of these animals was an affectionate orange tabby cat named Robert. University of Utah experimenters drilled a hole into his skull and implanted electrodes in his brain in order to run an electric current through it. The university also paid a shelter $20 for a skinny black-and-tan German shepherd mix named Lady. Lady's neck was cut open and a medical device was implanted as part of a cruel heart experiment. Kittens born to a cat purchased from a shelter had chemicals injected into their brains. All the kittens died during the course of the experiment.

In other experiments, mice were given enormous tumors and monkeys had holes drilled into their skulls. These monkeys were also kept constantly thirsty so that they would "cooperate" with experimenters in exchange for a few drops of water. These are just a few examples of the many instances of cruelty documented by PETA's undercover investigator at the University of Utah.

PETA is taking swift action by filing formal complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health alleging violations of federal law and noncompliance with federally mandated guidelines. We are also filing a criminal complaint with local law-enforcement officials. However, as long as any university or company continues to blind, poison, maim, torture, and kill animals, our job isn't done. PETA—and supporters like you—are often the only hope for these animals.

Please be a voice for the animals suffering in laboratories at the University of Utah. Urge the university to end the use of animals from shelters in its laboratories.

Thank you for speaking out for animals in laboratories. Your voice makes a difference to the countless helpless animals who have no voice.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Action and friendships.

A bitch is a bitch, that's all there is to it. But sometimes when others act out insanely I just scratch my head with my paw and wonder "what just happened?" It's been a rollercoaster in the last few weeks. Old friends are changing, and some of those changes aren't going in the same direction as Amber, so parting ways is the best way sometimes. It is funny and sad all at the same time when people you have known for so long change and you can't help them as they spiral down. All you can do is hang on for dear life, and stay afloat until they let go of your life raft. It's important to set a positive emotional climate for yourself. Just like a garden that flourishes best under certain conditions, your life operates more smoothly when the emotional climate is well thought out. So goodbye to 2 of my old mates, and on to smoother waters. I wont mention names because that is not the business of me to tell, but I will say Amber is at peace with it.

Amber has been working on a film project day and night with her partner Gary Kohn, Gary is mulit-talented and believes in Ambers abilities. I am proud of her for the hard work, but sometimes she goes into work mode and rarely notices that hours have gone by. I wine at the door, she stops, and we spend time outside in the yard before returning to the grind. It's an awesome project and it's coming together wonderfully. So lights, camera, and action are the words of the day! Friendships, and doing what we love is what it's about. Pick your passions carefully, don't let them pick you.

Wuff Wuff, Charlie the dog Blog.