recreation sports

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Medieval garden characteristics:

  • Gardens enclosed with wattle fences or quickthorn hedges
  • Trellis walkways and arbours providing shade and privacy
  • Raised beds to prevent plants becoming waterlogged
  • Grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low growing wild flowers
  • Turf seats usually built against a wall with flowers planted in the grass
  • Physic gardens with regimented beds of medicinal herbs
  • Orchards providing apples for the kitchen and for making cider
  • Fish ponds and stew ponds (where fish were purged of muddy water before cooking) to ensure a regular supply of protein during the many fast days of the Christian calendar
  • Dovecotes to provide pigeons for the kitchen, feathers for cushions and dung for fertilizing the garden
  • Pleasances, or ornamental parks for recreation, relaxation and sport

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Queens Park Savannah. Port of Spain. Trinidad and Tobago.

The Queen’s Park Savannah is Port of Spain’s largest open recreational space. Covered with low grass, the 3. 5 km (2 miles) perimeter of the Savannah, as it is called by locals, is lined with large beautiful samaan and poui trees. Originally part of the St. Ann’s Sugar Estate, the Savannah, now owned by the state, is Port of Spain’s main outdoor recreational park. On weekends and week day afternoons, the Savannah comes to life and is the destination for sports enthusiasts, health fanatics, joggers, family picnics, strolling couples and persons seeking to indulge in the sumptuous local street food served by vendors.

“The Rugby pitch of Police Sports and Recreation Club.”
Sketch again after the Chinese New Year, and first time using watercolored pencil.
農曆新年後第一次寫生─警察會欖球場,也是第一次用水彩鉛筆。

flower-lizard  asked:

Hey Micha! I was wondering about how you deal with the stress and worry that comes with being aware of the terrible ways nature is being treated and the whole climate crisis thing? I find myself feeling terribly stressed and helpless sometimes and I really feel like whatever I do it will never help make a change.


I’m so sorry it took me a while to answer this!! I’m both very sad you feel that way, but also relieved that you care/understand how important nature is. Thank you for being thoughtful and empathetic


In spite of it seeming small, the little things we do on an individual basis do matter a great deal. The way you can help totally depends on your comfort level and how able you are, but any and every step we take to better the Earth matters. Using slightly less water in the shower, composting, recycling as much as possible (I learned how to make my own paper using water and recycled paper, it’s so cool!!!), not using complex chemical sprays on weeds in favor of hand-weeding or using simple soaps/vinegar, using baking soda to get rid of roof moss instead of nasty sprays, attempting to buy from local food sources with good business practices if you can afford it, try to use more reusable items and reduce plastic waste items (plastic bags can be recycled at Fred Meyer in Oregon, I’m sure other grocery stores do the same?), try to grow some of your own food if you have time and space, purchase from second-hand stores and local stores, for food farmer’s markets are ideal, and walking/biking/using public transit/carpooling/grouping your errands together while driving – all of these things help a lot in terms of lifestyle choices. but if you’re poor, chances are your carbon footprint is pretty low already, (mine is ~8 metric tons of co2/year lol), unless you have children/a family to support (the larger the family, the bigger the footprint of course)/more than one car. Even so, upper middle-class/wealthier families always have HUGE carbon footprints relative to poor families especially. When it comes to wealthy families, many are incredibly wasteful to the nth degree, in spite of the fact they have ample means to buy locally, and reduce their carbon/water/waste footprint with technology and the various comfortable lifestyle choices money brings. They have greater responsibility due to their greater hoard of resources, yet they waste like gluttons, not even realizing the consequences of their actions because they do not feel the repurcussions, and rarely even see them. In Portland – a city that prides itself on being green and eco friendly – looking up the biggest water wasters pissed me off so much and I realized just how much wealthy people do not care how much they waste. 

 
In terms of more earth-related things… keeping yourself, your dogs, and children on the trail is VERY important, I cannot stress this enough. I know it seems fun, it is often glorified in the media,and it seems harmless to go off trail, but it isn’t harmless. Human disturbance and human affected climate change are the main reasons invasive species take over native plant habitat/niches in droves. I studied this for my job in the lab for three years. Going off trail in a disturbed, shitty forest near a suburb or city with no hope of recovery is fine, I guess… if the people living there have no motivation or hope to restore it, which is sad. One of the recovery forests I worked in was a city forest, covered in ivy – we were able to get native populations growing with simple hard work – the weed n pull n native planting method! 

We all need to be much more conscious about where we walk, and we all need much more restraint. When it comes to the phrase, “take only pictures, leave only footprints”, I’ll only agree if those footprints are on. the. trail. ;D


Hand-weeding invasive plants in your region/area and/or planting new native seedlings is a great way to help reverse some of the damage humans have done to various ecosystems. If you are lucky enough to live on a private piece of property, turning your yard into a native habitat (you can get certified by your city/state in certain areas, which is really cool!) is one of the most effective ways to locally start helping. Also, it’s gross and please be careful, but cleaning litter in your local area is a highly effective way to reduce animal death and soil/water pollution. Trying to use less miraclegrow/weird chemical fertilizer in place of compost/simpler, more natural fertilizers is an excellent way to make sure no excess nutrients enter water bodies. 


Volunteering for a clean-up party (the Oregon coast has clean up parties all the time hosted by SOLVE), planting party, or invasive removal party in your local area is an excellent way to contribute too!! I know that Portland, Oregon has a lot of groups that volunteer to kill invasive ivy and blackberry in the summer; I’m sure that googling would yeild some results in that city and others with similar organizations and planting parties? Maybe? I hope ;-;  Friends of Trees is a great organization in Portland dedicated to studying the quality of life of trees and planting new native trees in the metro area. (A lab friend of mine helps run it, and he is a brilliant PhD graduate in botany who works with arguably the best plant physiology professor in the country, and they are all so nice! ). Oh, and watching nature documentaries, reading local news, and staying up to date on the science articles that make sense to you is the best way to keep yourself informed and sharp!! Knowledge is critical, understanding how earth’s natural systems interact is critical too. In order to help, we must better understand. I wasn’t some bleeding heart tree hugger before I went to school for biology and earth sciences…. what I learned motivated me. None of my teachers shoved their beliefs down my throat and they all played devil’s advocate for all information presented, as a good teacher should. I synthesized everything I learned and then looked among all the details, and realized how important all of nature is. How everything is connected. It was neutral knowledge, the truths of this world that led me to care, and I hope it does that for others too.

Oh, and I’d like to add that, (other than donating to habitat preserving organizations like the Nature Conservancy or animal protecting foundations like The Snow Leopard Trust,) staying aware of and calling your representative about alarming political measures involving land use is one of the most important ways you can stop further ecological degradation, especially with this current administration. This is also difficult, as most news groups don’t report on environmental issues with accuracy or emotion if at all, and both sides of the American political coin like to compromise harshly regarding the environment. Apparently in our society, it’s very easy to get away with, and justify, killing a forest and the animals in it. Hell, hunting is a recreational -sport-, right? ? /vomits/


I’m so sorry I don’t have time to write more (and I am SO sorry this is written poorly!), I have a ridiculous number of messages to respond to and I need to take a food break, but I wish I could have written you an even longer essay. Please take care, and you are amazing!! I believe in you bb. You got this.
Oh, and as a final note: I try to think about the resilience of nature/the wondrous life left in this world to inspire me in a positive way as well. It’s an excellent motivator!! We can learn so much from Earth’s diverse organisms. Thank you again for the question, and I hope it’s okay that I publish this.

The Houses and Points in a Natal Chart

The Ascendent/Rising/ACE

  • The way you express your inner self (sun/moon/other personal planets)
  • Prominent characteristics at face value
  • Your automatic response to individuals in your environment
  • Self awareness
  • Physical individuality
  • Appearance
  • How you adapt to your outer environment
  • Physical meeting

1st House

  • The physical self
  • Physical incarnation
  • Self-image, how you see yourself, how you choose to project yourself
  • How you see the world around you
  • How the world sees you
  • How you direct yourself

2nd House

  • Values (personal and material)
  • Material possessions (from your clothes, food, your bed ect)
  • Money
  • Personal resources
  • Things you have ownership of
  • Talents and skills
  • Self-worth
  • How we accumulate resources
  • What we base our self esteem off

3rd House

  • Communication
  • Learning
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Topics you are interested in learning/talking/writing about
  • How you learn
  • Siblings
  • Short distant travels (under and hour from the home)
  • The ‘neighbourhood’/local area/town
  • Manner of speech

Imum Coeli

  • What’s hidden from the outside world
  • The inner self
  • Our roots/core foundations
  • Introversion
  • Privacy
  • Ancestors
  • What we want/need to feel secure

4th House

  • Home
  • Family
  • The mother (or least dominant parent)
  • Parents in general
  • Childhood
  • Inherited patterns and mannerisms
  • Family environment
  • Your upbringing
  • Security
  • The family you create as an adult
  • Land (property)

5th House

  • Casual romance
  • Casual sex
  • Flirting
  • Parties
  • Games
  • Games of speculation
  • Creativity and creative expression
  • Things you do for fun
  • Children (others and your own)
  • Recreational activities
  • Sports
  • Relaxation and entertainment

6th House

  • Health, health problems, how you care for your health
  • Casual work, service and work ethic
  • The nature of the work environment
  • Employees
  • Co-workers
  • Daily routine
  • Pets and small animals

Descendent/DES

  • Self projection (the qualities of yourself you project onto others)
  • Who you attract
  • Interaction with others
  • Awareness of others
  • The partner
  • The desire for relationship
  • Commitment

7th House

  • The marriage, romantic and/or business partner
  • Best friends
  • How you relate to others
  • Open/public enemies
  • Who you attract
  • One-to-one relationships
  • Who you feel attracted to

8th House

  • Union
  • Other people’s money and material possessions
  • Other people’s values
  • Shared resources
  • Birth-death-regeneration
  • Sexual union
  • Inheritance
  • Deep research
  • The spirit realm
  • Death and the dead
  • Metaphysics
  • Occult and powers
  • Psychology
  • The hidden/secrets
  • Vulnerability and powerlessness
  • Astral projection
  • Paranormal experiences
  • Healing

9th House

  • Spirituality
  • Set religions
  • Higher learning
  • University/College
  • Philosophy
  • Travel
  • Higher perspective
  • Beliefs
  • In-laws
  • Foreign affairs
  • Other cultures
  • Specialisation in an area of study

Midheaven

  • Public image
  • Projected characteristics to the public
  • Outer self
  • Ambition
  • Nature of career

10th House

  • The father (dominant parent)
  • Outer environment
  • Public life, how you are seen by the public (those who don’t know you at all)
  • Social status
  • Career/vocation
  • Career position
  • Public recognition
  • Authority figures
  • Your internet persona

11th House

  • Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Group activities
  • Clubs and societies
  • Hopes and wishes
  • Society
  • Shared interest/cause
  • Sense of belonging
  • Community

12th House

  • The self undoing
  • The unconscious
  • Karma
  • The collective unconscious
  • Solitude
  • The deep spiritual realm
  • Hidden enemies
  • Dreams  
  • Confinement
  • Subconscious fears
  • Surrender
  • Zen Meditation
  • Astral projection #2
  • Psychological problems
  • Transcendence of consciousness
  • Vices that we use/do for pleasure
  • Self destructive patterns
  • Addictions
  • Paranormal experiences #2
  • Psychic phenomena
  • Healing #2

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thievinghippo  asked:

Let's go with sitting on someone’s lap for Zoe and Liam, please!

An anon requested this one also, hope you both enjoy!

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In the week since that whole business with Verand’s rescue mission, Liam’s been weirdly subdued, and Zoe Ryder’s been frantically thinking things over.

Okay, him being subdued isn’t that weird at all, given the circumstances. He accepted the obligatory ribbing from everyone with good enough grace, he’s been keeping in touch with Bradley and Verand and some other contacts, he must have done something or other to make it up to Vetra for getting dragged along on that little adventure. It’s not like he’s become a hermit or anything, but he’s… dialed back a little bit. Spending more time on his own. It stands out, since Liam is usually the voice of cheer and optimism, the one who’s always ready with a dumb joke or a vid recommendation, who makes up games where they try to recreate food or sports from home. It’s definitely been quieter around the ship in the last week. When Zoe’d talked to him, he’d said he was thinking things over.

Which is probably a good thing, all around. Zoe’s been doing some thinking herself.

She’s been thinking stuff like: Liam was the first person who acted like she could do this job, who believed in her when Cora was visibly swallowing her reservations. (Gil’s right, Cora has a terrible poker face.) Even when Zoe was busy hightailing the Nomad out of high-radiation zones on Eos, Liam had just laughed and slugged in her in the shoulder and gone on being totally cheerful and supportive, like he was sure she was going to make things work.

She’s been thinking how, given all that, it’s easy to forget that Liam might be freaking out, too.

In between all the yelling at each other as one thing after another went wrong, he’d let a couple of things slip.

Something about needing to make the whole trip worth it.

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shortstackedkyman  asked:

hey, if you're still doing those 'I love you' prompts can I request #12 for Kyman, please? <3

Thank for you the request, @shortstackedkyman!

12. “Take my jacket, it’s cold outside.” (Send me a ‘I love you’ prompt here!)


There was a heaviness in Kyle’s chest that night. 

He stared out of the bus as cars passed beneath, midnight approaching. The game that lasted three hours had finally ended and they were on their way home, band and football team together because the school could only provide a single trip. Kyle brought his trombone closer to his chest as his eyes averted to the other side, where a husky athlete was sitting. 

Cartman’s hair was shuffled and his face was still pink from last-minute hustles on the field. He wasn’t the team’s best player but he certainly had the build for it. Cartman had been playing for their high school since freshman year, and it was hard to believe they’d be graduating soon. Just another semester and they’d be sailing, Kyle thought. 

Butters was sitting next to them, the first chair clarinet player, and he stretched out his arms.

“Talk about a game, huh Kyle? Maybe if we win next Friday we can go to nationals!”

“Nationals…” Kyle trailed, watching Cartman’s hands as they held his helmet. 

He wondered if they’d get that far, and what that meant for Cartman. Scholarship wise, it wasn’t bad to get a gig solely for recreational sports if it meant free tuition. Kyle knew that judging from Cartman’s GPA he was going to need a crutch if he wanted a good school.

“It’d be nice for us to go to nationals, too. Every other year that we tried, we never got straight ones!” Butters groaned. “It’d at least make us look like a band that cared.”

Kyle didn’t say anything back, because when Cartman shifted in his seat and when their gazes met, Kyle tore apart.

He could feel Cartman look at him even when he focused back on the window. Butters mentioned something about going to see Kenny up front, even if Kyle wanted to speak against it. If Butters left, than that gave Cartman plenty of room to just sweep in, and just as if it was on cue…

“Jew.” Cartman slid into the seat next to Kyle and a smell of muskiness followed. Kyle scrunched his face for a few seconds before he turned back.

“Fatass. What if I wanted to stretch out my legs?”

“Too late.” Cartman lounged where he was and Kyle rolled his eyes. 

The two of them sat in an awkward silence before Cartman set his helmet between his thighs. He stared down at Kyle’s trombone.

“The band must be getting ready for competition soon, right? Make sure you don’t trip and cost the school a win.” Cartman teased. 

Kyle wasn’t sure what gave Cartman the right to say something like that since he constantly got into accidents while playing football. He’d be benched so many times because he got smacked in the head by an opposite player. Kyle would have to fight the urge to cry from laughing in the stands.

“Right, make sure I don’t trip. Remind me which one of us messed up during auditions and didn’t even get into the band.” Kyle said. 

He remembered when Cartman auditioned during middle school, trying for percussion even though he couldn’t keep beat to save his life. He would mess around with the snares and when he finally got called up to try, he ruined it.

Even with cymbals he’d be such a klutz.

“That was six years ago, Kyle. If I really wanted to play in your stupid band, I’d get in easy with an actual instrument.” Cartman smirked towards Token who was in the front of the bus. “Like a tuba.”

“Tuba? Seriously?” Kyle bit his lip at the image of Cartman carrying out a tuba while they formed their school’s initials. It certainly fit him better than the other options. 

Cartman with a flute? He’d break it the first day.

“The bigger brass instruments are what kills, Kyle.” Cartman stretched out Kyle’s name with the tip of his tongue and Kyle hated how perfect it sounded. “Having a trombone doesn’t get you babes.”

“Did you seriously say the words trombone and babes in the same sentence? You do know who you’re talking to, right?” Kyle asked.

Kyle had been out as gay since a couple years ago, and for some reason, Cartman was one of the first people he told. Cartman ended up in the same boat, kind of. Kyle still wasn’t sure if Cartman was gay, but he figured that after short, failed relationships with the girls in their grade, there had to be something to the equation. 

Well, either that, or Cartman was just horrible in the romance department.

“I don’t see you playing a woodwind, Jew.”

“As if whatever you play determines your sexuality – you are so full of it!”

“Yeah, yeah.” Cartman flipped his hand and the topic was finished. Kyle was looking at his instrument now and wondered if that was a thing. Damn him.

“You guys did pretty good out there.” Kyle brought up the game and Cartman shrugged. He started playing with his hands in his lap.

“Eh. We could have done better, had Clyde not been such a pussy and actually went for the kill.”

“Clyde’s pretty good though. He does better than a lot of the guys who barely do anything.” Kyle mentioned.

“He’s one of our better receivers, which is why he should have done better than tonight.” Cartman mumbled. “But whatever, I don’t care as long as get to play against the big boys.”

“You seem pretty confident you’ll get there.” Kyle said and Cartman scoffed.

“Dude, we’ve won all but one game this entire season. I’d be pissed if we didn’t.”

“Well, we’ll be there when you guys get plummeted into the dirt like last year.” Kyle said as he remembered their last attempt of surviving nationals. Cartman was getting his ass beaten, and it really was the greatest sight a person could as for.

The bus passed through a bumpy intersection and Kyle turned his head towards the window. They were approaching their school now, and Kyle couldn’t wait to be in his bed. Sleeping past noon was going to be such a reliever. 

Cartman grabbed the yellow backpack to his side and shoved his helmet in.

“Took us long enough to get home.” Cartman spoke under his breath and Kyle flinched as his phone buzzed in his pants.

Taking Kenny home. Sorry to ask this but would you mind finding another ride? Xoxo – Butters

“Fuck me.” Kyle groaned as his head hit the back of the seat. Cartman turned towards him and chuckled.

“We could arrange that Jew but first I need details.”

Kyle didn’t question the intent of those words but he was sure Cartman brought the shitty truck he was loaning from…someone. Kyle didn’t get much out of that besides Cartman not having a ride to just getting one the next day. He’d probably never know.

“Would you mind taking me home? Butters bailed.”

“Of course, he did.” Cartman said as his eyes trailed to where the two blondes were sitting. “Why fuck over one when there’s two?

“C’mon, just forget about it.” Kyle found his bag and slung it over his shoulder, trombone in hand. “Can you take me or not?”

“I don’t have a problem with it but you’re going to have to go through the Taco Bell drive-thru with me.”

Kyle checked his phone and saw it was past half midnight. “Dude, seriously?”

“I’m seriously, Kyle, and you’re either going to accept I need my nightly dosage of Baja Breeze or step the fuck off.”

“Fine, whatever, just as long as you get me home.” Kyle said as the bus pulled into the parking lot and as people got off. 

The two boys started walking over towards Cartman’s truck and Kyle started shivering. It was too cold outside for this. He tried crossing his arms over his chest, why wasn’t it this cold at the stadium?

“What’s the issue? You look like you’re freezing your balls off.” Cartman laughed as Kyle punched his arm.

“Shut the fuck up, Cartman. You have a uniform and a jacket on over it.”

“Oh, so the jacket’s what you’re whining about. Well, here, just take it, since you’re crying over it.” 

Cartman passed the jacket over to a frostbitten Kyle, who was surprised at Cartman’s act of kindness but said nothing. He took it and covered himself, even pulling the hood over his head.

“My truck has a heater, so you’ll only need it for like, a minute.” Cartman said and Kyle just groaned.

“Whatever. If we have to go through Taco Bell the least you could do is let me hold onto this.”

“You’re so greedy.” Cartman said. His eyes went up and down Kyle in a pleased fashion. “I didn’t realize just how big-boned I was until I see you being devoured by my jacket.”

“Big-boned? We’re still debating on that?” Kyle smiled and Cartman flipped him off.

“That’s it – I was thinking about getting those donut things for us to share but I changed my mind, go suck your own balls.”

Kyle zipped up the jacket and shrugged. “It wouldn’t be as fun if you made me do it by myself.”

Cartman stuttered and didn’t say anything to that as they got in the truck. Kyle ended up keeping the jacket for another week.

You know, just in case he needed it.

anonymous asked:

hey! i just saw your post tagged "animal welfare" "not animal rights"....i don't think i fully understand the difference between the two. why do you support animal welfare but not animal rights? thanks for any information!

What a wonderful question!! This is a very complicated issue, that can sound like picking hairs for people who aren’t intimately familiar with the animal care industry. 

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll use one example for each side of the argument. AZA will represent the side of animal welfare, and PETA will represent the side of animal rights, because both are very visible members of each ideology. I will also try to tag anything that is my personal interpretation, and keep most of this discussion balanced.

To start off, try to imagine all human interaction with animals on a scale from 0 to 10. At the 10 end, we have no regard for animal health or care, hurting and killing animals with complete disregard. At the 0 end, we have no interaction with animals, not killing them or even using byproducts. If the 0 end sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the ideal of most vegans. I’ll try to use this as a reference when describing where each group lies. 

Another thing I want to point out is that both groups have a common interest, which is treating animals fairly and humanely, and trying to achieve the most optimum standard of living for each.

Animal rights groups like PETA look to aim for that “0” end of the scale. The ultimate goal of animal rights groups is a complete dissolution of any industry that interacts with animals, from rodeos, and circuses, to zoos, farms, and even pets. From the Animal Welfare Council’s website:

Animal Rights is a philosophical view that animals have rights similar or the same as humans. True animal rights proponents believe that humans do not have the right to use animals at all. Animal rights proponents wish to ban all use of animals by humans.

Animal rights proponents support laws and regulations that would prohibit rodeos, horse racing, circuses, hunting, life-saving medical research using animals, raising of livestock for food, petting zoos, marine parks , breeding of purebred pets and any use of animals for industry, entertainment, sport or recreation.

Now, again, I totally understand why people support animal rights groups. It is true that animals can and do get abused for the profit of humans, and some of the treatment they get would never be allowed on another human. This is the linchpin of the Animal Rights argument. Animals should have the same rights as humans and treated accordingly. Now, let’s look at Animal Welfare.

Groups that focus on Animal Welfare, such as AZA, define welfare thusly:

Animal Welfare refers to an animal’s collective physical, mental, and emotional states over a period of time, and is measured on a continuum from good to poor. 

Explanation: An animal typically experiences good welfare when healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to develop and express species-typical relationships, behaviors, and cognitive abilities, and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, or distress. Because physical, mental, and emotional states may be dependent on one another and can vary from day to day, it is important to consider these states in combination with one another over time to provide an assessment of an animal’s overall welfare status. 

To use my straight line measurement from above, Animal Welfare falls closer to the “5” area of the spectrum. Animal Welfare groups do not make a blanket statement that all human interaction with animals is bad, but they do maintain standards to ensure that animals are not being abused or taken advantage of for the profit of a human. Welfare groups like AZA support zoos and animal research, among other things, but only in that they are held to high standards created to ensure optimal animal welfare

They also use measurements that are as scientific as possible to assess the status of an animal. This can be done by measuring hormones like cortisol, testosterone, and dopamine through blood tests, by observing and comparing animal behavior, monitoring eating amounts and patterns, or even the presence of breeding activity and successful childrearing behavior. More unscientific methods depend on the regular keepers of the animals, and when they notice that something feels ‘off’ in an animal’s routine. 

I hope that comes off as non-biased as I meant it to. I do understand the heart of most people behind the Animal Rights groups. And it really is hard to say no when you’re asked if you’re against the mistreatment of animals.

(Here begins my opinion) That being said, I truly believe that Animal Rights does more harm than good. Very regularly, groups like PETA and the Animal Liberation Front use violence, threats, and other terroristic tactics to achieve their ends (thejunglenook can back me up on this.). If you do research on PETA, you will find that many of the animals they “rescue” from shelters are killed. They prefer animals to be dead than be in human care. 

I support animal welfare for two main reasons. One, we cannot be naive and think that we can unentwine our human lives with those of the animals we share the world with. Two, I believe that keeping animals in captivity is helpful both for the science we can learn from keeping them (normal ranges of size, food, hormone ranges, gestations, etc), and for their educational use. I and others have written extensively about the impact of seeing animals in person to help the general public gain a connection to an animal they would otherwise care little about.

I have also found that many times, decisions made by animal rights groups are selfish, human decisions. These are decisions that feel good for us to make, like “let the animal be free in the wild!” or “don’t let these poor animals get poked and prodded, look how sad they are”. A focus on animal welfare means that we look past that. Animals may not be released because there is no wild for them to return to, because the animal has been raised by humans and is unequipped to handle the wild, or because it is part of an essential breeding program. Seeing an animal be handled by vets, or even euthanized, is truly for the benefit of the animal. Just like you don’t like going to the doctor, animals don’t, either, but it is for their own good. Short term pain for long term benefit. And euthanasia is used when an animal’s quality of life has dropped below welfare standards, and there is no other option except to let the animal die a drawn-out death.

So when I post #animal welfare #not animal rights, that’s what I mean. I support the scientific support of the good health of the animal, not what my gut tells me “feels good”.