Thursday, April 24, 2008

Confronting Cruelty

This weekend's Confronting Cruelty Conference didn't make it into the print edition of our paper, so here's hoping a few animal-loving locals out there will read this and attend the three-day event. Scheduled speakers include Brian Barnard, a Salt Lake City lawyer who fights for equal human and animal rights, Faith Ching (of Ching Animal Rescue), and former political prisoner/convicted "terrorist" Peter Young. This is a great opportunity for the public to learn how individuals can stop animal cruelty, from small steps like buying cruelty-free shampoo to bigger changes like adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet and perhaps protesting animal testing, etc.

(Jamie Gadette)


  1. Cruelty-free shampoo?

    You can't get American to watch cruelty-free television; or give a rat's patoot about the Malaysian 12 year-olds making their Payless shoes.

    We're evil apologetic simians.

  2. I might be evil, and I might be a simian, but I ain't apologetic!

    I didn't ask to come here. I was born to this. I didn't ask Bukowski permission I stole that line. I didn't ask to land in America I fell here. It was a mistake. I use shampoo that costs three times what it could. Should. Because there's a promise on the bottle that it wasn't rubbed in bunny rabbit's eyes but I don't know for sure. Maybe it was a hampster instead. I buy shoes from the Germans. My granddad killed germans went crazy doing it but I still buy their shoes. They cost loads. They weren't sewn by the nimble scarred fingers of some kid in some smelly land some inches down the globe but I don't know for sure. Maybe they were? Maybe the kid that doesn't make shoes anymore because I don't buy them has to hook tourists for a living for his parents for money now? Maybe things are worse for that kid? I don't know I can't see him but I'm sorry. There's nothing I can do for you. I buy groceries that cost four times what I could pay elsewhere because they call them organic but I don't know for sure. They're grown in Peru or Mexico or some other foreign land and I don't know who's shitting in the fields and I don't know who's pissing what pesticides down on the tomatoes and I wonder what organic is and why can't I buy an apple grown in Utah anymore? I don't watch your TV. I watch mine! And it takes my mind off of the truth. For a moment just a moment. That truth, THE TRUTH. It's simple: It doesn't matter what you do. It doesn't matter what you buy. It doesn't matter where you shop what you wear what you eat where you shit. You still shit you eat you consume to live you have to you were born to this too. You're a vegan? That's nice but you're still a parasite. You eat meat? Fine parasite. You wear fair trade clothes made by fair trade women drinking fair trade lattes laced with fair trade soy milk? Yes yes you're green trendy green and yes you are still a parasite.

    Listen! If you don't want to kick a dog that's great. You're not cruel. I don't kick dogs either I'm not cruel. Pat yourself on the back and look down on others who use that honey wear that leather eat that burger buy that cheap Chinese sweater made by poor Chinese girl starving one bowl of rice a day five women to a two person room far from home no air no heat no water. But don't kid yourself sweetheart. Don't lie. You don't fool me. From birth to death crib to grave child to adult. You breath you eat you consume you live. You are a parasite. And you suck the blood of the Earth. We all do. We were born to this.


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