Nice to see the snow effect back on the page. I had forgotten about it.
I finished We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and survived. I was so worried about Fern; I had horrible images of her with electrodes attached to her brain; ghastly experiments in the name of progress that I don’t want to even think about; experiments that will benefit mankind at the expense of other members of the animal kingdom.
Small wonder then, that taking refuge from the cold wind at the bus stop last night when Celia and I went into the adjacent shop and we looked at the largish range of shampoos on sale, I was checking for those with the leaping bunny symbol.
Not a single bottle of shampoo we looked at had the symbol. How many rabbits have had their eyes rendered sore and stinging, and in some cases blinded, in the cause of shiny human hair?
I am a sporadic supporter of PETA and as a result I receive the magazine. this time I can’t even take off the plastic cover; the stories promised inside sound so horrific.
How did we reach this point where we as a species deem it acceptable to inflict such pain and suffering on other sentient creatures in the name of beauty or science?
Octavia shocked me to silence the other day by suggesting she found the fur trade acceptable. Fur is beautiful; very beautiful when worn by the animal it belongs to, but I find it physically repulsive to the point of nausea when worn by a human being, just as I do the thought of those lampshades made from human skin by serial killer Ed Gein.
The season of goodwill often means gifts of bubble bath, shower gels and other lovely smellies. If you are planning to buy any as presents, could you just check that the leaping bunny is on the packaging and that your gift does not represent the blood, pain, fears and screams of another animal.
And please, please, please, don’t support the fur trade.