Friday, 29 August 2008

the poor, the abused, and the confused

The World Health Organization discovers the obvious: poverty and exclusionary policies are deadly.

More for the obvious file: mac & cheese is not a nutritionally balanced meal.

And, as David Suzuki points out, environmentalists and non-environmentalists may not be hard-wired differently, and they may even have some of the same concerns, but we're not going to be able to save the planet for future generations if we don't find a way to overcome our differences of priority and perspective.

I've been continuing my regular shifts at the Burlington Humane Society and while flipping through one of our information books I saw an interesting ad. Apparently the Ontario Veterinary Association has started up a program to offer short-term protection for the at-risk pets of women and children who are victims of abuse. The program is meant to save animals from danger and harm but also to help women and children get out of an abusive household sooner.

And one more heartwarming Humane Society-related note - a couple of times while I've been working at the shelter young kids have shown up with donations they've collected at their birthday parties instead of presents. Makes one feel a bit better about the young 'uns...

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