The Midnight Club

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freeoceanus:

themidnightclub:

hate-handles:

themidnightclub You could argue that cows and pigs and chickens are companion animals because they’re all very intelligent and some people keep them as pets. The animals we eat and don’t eat are just a reflection of the culture we are raised in.
Also one of the main reasons why we don’t eat certain animals is because Christians don’t eat them because pagans ate them and it is therefore considered “barbaric” I.e. Horses
Other cultures eat animals we don’t eat because it’s normal for them.

Source your post girlfriend, no one takes ‘your word for it’ on the internet. So, I’ll just ignore that Christian comment until you source it.
(Also, we don’t eat horses because they were more valuable as work animals and transportation. You don”t ride cows into battle, or have sheep pull plows.)
Companion animals, dogs, are animals that have been domesticated for thousands of years, not for food or livestock, but for companionship. If your making the claim that a dog is the same as farm animals, because some guy somewhere has a pet pig, then you need to read up.
(Historically, we value the lives of livestock less than that of companion animals. And it’s a total ethical argument, and though I do dislike self-righteous vegans, I do ethically agree with them that intensive farming is cruel and wrong)
You should really be more educated about what you eat.
If you were in Guam for instance, they eat bats. Should you eat bats when you’re there? No, you should fucking not because they’re fucking endangered, don’t be an asshole. How about shark fin in China? Or beluga caviar in Russia? Elephant meat in Africa? No, somethings you don’t eat because you’re educated enough to know better, unless you’re not, and you choose to be ignorant and or an asshole. Which you might be, as you seem to relish the thought of eating Lassie.
Just because other people are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right and you should do it as well.

Actually the reason we don’t eat horses (in the west) comes from a few different places. The religion thing is right (to some extent) but it’s primarily the cited reason in Northern Europe. Two separate Popes instructed Saint Boniface to instruct new converts to Catholicism to stop eating horse meat because of its obvious links to the Germanic Pagan tribes (horse meat was the main source of food), and as many Pagan tribes refused to give up eating horse meat it became a more important change for new Catholics. x (Note: I can get on to this through my University but I’m not sure if it’s free or not - I’ll look for another link just in case).
Right up until the late 1800’s there was a Papal Ban on Horse meat. Also, horse meat is forbidden by Jewish law and discourage by Islamic - so religion could come into why we don’t eat horse meat there, but perhaps not so much in the west.
Horses were also seen as a status symbol in Scandinavia and were only ever killed as sacrifices to the Gods (Norse) so when Scandinavia was Christianised eating horse meat was seen again as a symbol of Paganism and was strongly discouraged, the reluctance to eat horse meat in Scandinavia today stems from this (8th Century) clash of religions.
As to why the majority of the west doesn’t eat horse meat - that comes from Britain. Before the Roman invasion of Britain we were a nation of ‘horse worshippers’ and consumption of horse meat was simply not done. Followed then, in Britain, with the widespread use of horses as working animals meant that horses use was not as a food source. Also, tied in closely, is Britain’s military past, which, for a long time, was tied closely to British cavalry regiments. Horses use, and at times perceived valour, on the battlefield could not be rewarded with a butchers knife and the British people became attached to horses the same way we became attached to dogs and cats. Through the British Empire that closeness to horses spread to virtually all English speaking colonies and those attitudes remain today.
Another reason the English speaking world doesn’t eat horse meat has more recently been speculated to be due to the old rivalry between English and French. Anything and everything was a point of contention between the two (and often still is) and as horse meat was, in France, not at all taboo it became in the eyes of the British media (and people) a symbol of ‘French barbarianism’ (going back to the days of barbarian/pagan = eats horses) and as such was countered in England with the ‘civilised’ consumption of cows. The taboo simply spread to the rest of the English speaking world.
( Interesting article on it. )
Humans (and other animals that consume meat) tend to stay away from carnivore meat where ever possible due to the higher levels on contaminates and toxins within the actual meat. It’s more a primal thing than an emotional thing, rarely are carnivores consumed by their killers in the wild (e.g. lions/hyena, wolf/bear, etc will kill but not eat each other). Also, historically cats and dogs had a purpose to humans (dogs=protections, cats=environment free of disease carrying vermin), much like horses and, like horses keeping them alive was more important than a single meal.
However, unless OP meant non-endangered animals, ‘eating what the locals eat’ is not the best option, especially considering the damage it could cause on the local ecosystem. 

Belated reply on this, but thanks for the info!

Never noticed that livestock were mainly herbivorous animals vs omnivorous or carnivorous. Very enlightening!

freeoceanus:

themidnightclub:

hate-handles:

themidnightclub You could argue that cows and pigs and chickens are companion animals because they’re all very intelligent and some people keep them as pets. The animals we eat and don’t eat are just a reflection of the culture we are raised in.

Also one of the main reasons why we don’t eat certain animals is because Christians don’t eat them because pagans ate them and it is therefore considered “barbaric” I.e. Horses

Other cultures eat animals we don’t eat because it’s normal for them.

Source your post girlfriend, no one takes ‘your word for it’ on the internet. So, I’ll just ignore that Christian comment until you source it.

(Also, we don’t eat horses because they were more valuable as work animals and transportation. You don”t ride cows into battle, or have sheep pull plows.)

Companion animals, dogs, are animals that have been domesticated for thousands of years, not for food or livestock, but for companionship. If your making the claim that a dog is the same as farm animals, because some guy somewhere has a pet pig, then you need to read up.

(Historically, we value the lives of livestock less than that of companion animals. And it’s a total ethical argument, and though I do dislike self-righteous vegans, I do ethically agree with them that intensive farming is cruel and wrong)

You should really be more educated about what you eat.

If you were in Guam for instance, they eat bats. Should you eat bats when you’re there? No, you should fucking not because they’re fucking endangered, don’t be an asshole. How about shark fin in China? Or beluga caviar in Russia? Elephant meat in Africa? No, somethings you don’t eat because you’re educated enough to know better, unless you’re not, and you choose to be ignorant and or an asshole. Which you might be, as you seem to relish the thought of eating Lassie.

Just because other people are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right and you should do it as well.

Actually the reason we don’t eat horses (in the west) comes from a few different places. The religion thing is right (to some extent) but it’s primarily the cited reason in Northern Europe. Two separate Popes instructed Saint Boniface to instruct new converts to Catholicism to stop eating horse meat because of its obvious links to the Germanic Pagan tribes (horse meat was the main source of food), and as many Pagan tribes refused to give up eating horse meat it became a more important change for new Catholics. x (Note: I can get on to this through my University but I’m not sure if it’s free or not - I’ll look for another link just in case).

Right up until the late 1800’s there was a Papal Ban on Horse meat. Also, horse meat is forbidden by Jewish law and discourage by Islamic - so religion could come into why we don’t eat horse meat there, but perhaps not so much in the west.

Horses were also seen as a status symbol in Scandinavia and were only ever killed as sacrifices to the Gods (Norse) so when Scandinavia was Christianised eating horse meat was seen again as a symbol of Paganism and was strongly discouraged, the reluctance to eat horse meat in Scandinavia today stems from this (8th Century) clash of religions.

As to why the majority of the west doesn’t eat horse meat - that comes from Britain. Before the Roman invasion of Britain we were a nation of ‘horse worshippers’ and consumption of horse meat was simply not done. Followed then, in Britain, with the widespread use of horses as working animals meant that horses use was not as a food source. Also, tied in closely, is Britain’s military past, which, for a long time, was tied closely to British cavalry regiments. Horses use, and at times perceived valour, on the battlefield could not be rewarded with a butchers knife and the British people became attached to horses the same way we became attached to dogs and cats. Through the British Empire that closeness to horses spread to virtually all English speaking colonies and those attitudes remain today.

Another reason the English speaking world doesn’t eat horse meat has more recently been speculated to be due to the old rivalry between English and French. Anything and everything was a point of contention between the two (and often still is) and as horse meat was, in France, not at all taboo it became in the eyes of the British media (and people) a symbol of ‘French barbarianism’ (going back to the days of barbarian/pagan = eats horses) and as such was countered in England with the ‘civilised’ consumption of cows. The taboo simply spread to the rest of the English speaking world.

( Interesting article on it. )

Humans (and other animals that consume meat) tend to stay away from carnivore meat where ever possible due to the higher levels on contaminates and toxins within the actual meat. It’s more a primal thing than an emotional thing, rarely are carnivores consumed by their killers in the wild (e.g. lions/hyena, wolf/bear, etc will kill but not eat each other). Also, historically cats and dogs had a purpose to humans (dogs=protections, cats=environment free of disease carrying vermin), much like horses and, like horses keeping them alive was more important than a single meal.

However, unless OP meant non-endangered animals, ‘eating what the locals eat’ is not the best option, especially considering the damage it could cause on the local ecosystem. 

Belated reply on this, but thanks for the info!

Never noticed that livestock were mainly herbivorous animals vs omnivorous or carnivorous. Very enlightening!

micdotcom:


Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage. It didn’t go well.

Former Democratic governor of Ohio Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage for a week and, in his own words, he “didn’t make it.”
In an op-ed for POLITICO, Strickland explains how he failed in his attempt to live for just seven days on $77, the amount the “Live the Wage” campaign estimates is left in a 40-hour minimum wage employee’s weekly pay of $290 after accounting for taxes and housing. Strickland, a Harvard fellow and well-off political operative, was clearly unprepared for just how quickly expenses added up. He had spent his $77 by Thursday after realizing his meager budget left him without the money necessary even to pay for public transportation.
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micdotcom:

Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage. It didn’t go well.

Former Democratic governor of Ohio Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage for a week and, in his own words, he “didn’t make it.”

In an op-ed for POLITICO, Strickland explains how he failed in his attempt to live for just seven days on $77, the amount the “Live the Wage” campaign estimates is left in a 40-hour minimum wage employee’s weekly pay of $290 after accounting for taxes and housing. Strickland, a Harvard fellow and well-off political operative, was clearly unprepared for just how quickly expenses added up. He had spent his $77 by Thursday after realizing his meager budget left him without the money necessary even to pay for public transportation.

Common misperception about minimum wage workers | Follow micdotcom 

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betheirvoiceseathechange:

theincredibleorca:

cute-whales:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

cute-whales:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

cute-whales:

theincredibleorca:

cute-whales:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

cute-whales:

the elephant leg of the zoo trip was lovely.

watched an elephant continually throw itself into a tub while a keeper washed it off. It was having the time of it’s literal life.

Ellie’s in captivity always make me upset :(

These guys are in pretty great care, it seemed! Lots of open spaces for them to roam! However I also am not aware too much of Ellie’s in captivity. Other than the usual Thai things, circus things, shitty folks that lend em out for training, etc.

Personally I’m not a big fan of elephants in captivity, but when it’s a good facility (like Houston) I’m less inclined to complain for a number of reasons. One, it’s easier to give elephants lots of space than orcas. Two, there have been a LOT of improvements to elephant exhibits just in the past five years alone. So much work going into creating environments that encourage them to move and forage and explore, something you don’t see many places with captive cetaceans doing. Three, elephants are endangered and having a captive population as backup doesn’t hurt.

Agree with everything stated here, basically. :/

I don’t know everything about it and I’ve never been to that zoo, I just know that when I was at the Miami zoo they have a very large exhibit and they still displayed stereotypies. Is the Houston zoo for profit? I think elephants deserve to live in sanctuary type places, but that’s just me! And tbh with all the negative stuff I’ve seen just with captive marine mammals alone, it makes me less inclined to just say “oh, okay that sounds good!” Because it seems like with animals you just never know what they’re telling the truth about. But I think zoos in general are much more worthy than a marine park and by far more educational. They actually speak to you about endangered populations and want to teach you about the natural history of the animals.

No, it is non-profit. It relies on guests, etc. for their profit.

I only see one elephant at this zoo exhibiting the stereotypic ‘swaying’. And I think I literally saw this same one exhibiting it the last time I came as well. All of the other elephants, however, are relatively chill and natural looking. Roaming around as they pleased, and generally looking content when I came and saw them. They were out and about enjoying the rain, and being fed fruit by the keepers. The baby elephant especially was going ape playing with the water, and with his mom who was calmly in the next stall over. In brute honesty? It is far better than most situations I have seen for elephants, and far, FAR better than cruelty situations. This pretty much is a sanctuary type place. honestly (in the previous reblog of this post, I mentioned that some of the elephants came from Have Trunks for Travel, a very unreputable place known for it’s abuse of elephants through cruel training).

It generally did not ring a very unpleasant vibe, to me, as places like Seaworld, and even VanAqua do when I had visited them. I think the only unpleasant “thats not right” vibe I get out of this zoo is with the Sea lion they have, who has a crazy small enclosure close to the entrance of the zoo, and swims round and round continuously. I think he/she probably had the most inadequate inclosure amongst all of the rather adequate ones.

Don’t be mad but…here I go:

First, I read this article on natgeo and check out this animal sanctuary in California! It’s 2,300 acres, includes other animals but I mean, seriously…better than any zoo. (I know the ellies in your photos are Asian, the ones here are African. Still elephants)

Awesome, right? I mean, it’s still captivity but…nothing like what you saw at the Houston Zoo.

{x} a website dedicated to the issues with captive elephants.

As for the Houston Zoo it’s obvious that they have and still are making improvements but I came across this website for elephants in captivity that put them in the list for top 10 worst zoos for elephants three times over the past decade. In the most recent one from 2009 (I know, 5 years ago I know!) It states: “At a time when Asian elephants are struggling to survive in the wild, the Houston Zoo should be sending the public a serious message that instills respect for this highly endangered species. Instead, in December the Houston Zoo chose cheap exploitation, putting a holiday wreath atop the elephant Methai’s head and offering $40 photo sittings with her. Rather than foster respect, the zoo showed that it’s okay to use an elephant as a prop for holiday greeting cards in a shameless photo op more appropriate for a roadside attraction than a major urban zoo. The public wouldn’t be quite so amused if they knew that Methai is subjected to cruel, circus-style training and controlled with a sharp steel bullhook to ensure she “behaves.” This frivolous photo op is even more inappropriate when you consider that the Houston Zoo is a deadly serious place for elephants, being a hot spot for a lethal elephant virus that claimed the lives of six elephants. None of the 14 elephants born at Houston are alive today. This is the Houston Zoo’s third appearance on IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list.”

Here’s an article from 2013 with the elephants doing tricks at that zoo:

The elephant painting? I mean, we’ve all (hopefully here in the anti-cap community) have heard about how abusive tactics are used to get them to learn, and if they’re selling these paintings then I mean…Look, you can’t just assume that everything they tell you is the truth. It started in Thailand and they’re extremely cruel and abusive to elephants, they get the animal to do this by using bullhooks, and basically threatening them with violence. People loved it and thought it was so interesting, so they brought that over here. This person claimed to have volunteered in thailand at an elephant “sanctuary” where they practice pajaan and also abused the elephants to get them to learn to paint. Check out this video on youtube of an elephant painting for locals and tourists in Thailand - note the hook behind his back.

If they are having elephants paint at the Houston zoo, and do tricks, then they are not any better than the abusive sanctuaries in Thailand, I’m sorry. You fight to end captivity for orcas, but Elephants are just as intelligent, have extremely strong social and family bonds, and also do not belong in captivity. Here is a list of zoos that have recognized this fact and phased out their elephant exhibits.

Sorry if you think I’m rude for doing this, but it was important.Orcas and elephants are really, really similar and you should treat your views on captive elephants the same way you do killer whales.

Woah.. Holy shit. No, not at all. :/ This is really fucking disgusting.

The tricks. Ugh. I’m so upset. It was just in 2013, too? I can’t even express my state of upset right now.

It’s pretty common for animals to be given training as a form of enrichment, but I didn’t know they used bull hooks… How did they find that out?

The Houston zoo elephant management style is free contact, which means the keeper gets in with the animal with no fences or anything in between them and sadly they need some sort of stick or bullhook to control the animal if they’re going to be in there with them. It’s still considered free contact even if they have chains or harnesses attached to the elephant. Free contact is obviously pretty inhumane and unsafe. Here’s a video (wipes eyes) showing free contact with an elephant at the Milwaukee zoo. It’s old but here you go http://youtu.be/plyxH7KsKY8

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tempest1944:

standwithpalestine:

Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in Jabaliya Girls Elementary School in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.

Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabaliya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

There were blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.

"Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable." said UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl on Twitter, adding"This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int’l response are being killed. This is a breaking point."

(Photos: Finbarr O’Reilly / Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

…..I have no words.

She wants more Tuna!

She wants more Tuna!

Put your hands in the aaaaair!

Or

Scratch my belly. Here, I’ll lift my arms to make it easier.

Put your hands in the aaaaair!

Or

Scratch my belly. Here, I’ll lift my arms to make it easier.

You have to pay the troll under the toilet to go to the bathroom. It’s a treat or No Number 2 for you!

You have to pay the troll under the toilet to go to the bathroom. It’s a treat or No Number 2 for you!

oakleaves-and-willowtrees asked: Not every African American is a nigger. Shit, there's fucking white niggers. "Nigger" means ignorant and that is you my friend (:

kittenfossils:

whitepeoplestealingculture:

Why does every racist who forgets to hit anon look like this? -Donya

oakleaves-and-willowtrees, do you know what “nigger” means? your unkempt and dirty dreads are RACIST. you’ve managed to make a hair that that thousands of poc use that look absolutely gorgeous, look nasty as fuck.

you’re white. you’re not a white nigger, you’re an ignorant racist that’s benefitting from white privilege. 

mojavedolphins:

With temps well into the 100s, trainers will often stand in the shade. They even have their own umbrellas around the pool. 
Photo by Martyn Stewart

mojavedolphins:

With temps well into the 100s, trainers will often stand in the shade. They even have their own umbrellas around the pool. 

Photo by Martyn Stewart