It’s an uncomfortable day out there today, in the sense that there’s no comfort to be had outside at all: rainy, chilly, muddy, overcast, without being dramatic enough to make it feel good to be inside. Just a sad, grouchy weather day.
I hit Kip last night. I felt so terrible about doing it, but he made me SO ANGRY. He’s the most obstinant, pigheaded horse, and he makes me lose my temper. I finally lost it and gave him a huge CRACK with the whip, causing him to grunt and leap sky-high (well, at least he was moving); I got straight off and turned him out, dripping wet and no doubt hating me. I can’t blame him. I hate me too, sometimes.
The story of the Hall’s guinea pig farm closure is very sad. Not that I’m in favour of testing on animals (I think that it’s a shame we can’t make murderers and child molesters repay their debt to society by filling this need), but I am definitely against any extremist group using terrorist tactics to impose their view on others. I don’t know how much coverage this got in the States, but this family was subjected to many, many incidents of vandalism, sleep deprivation, crank calls, death threats, their suppliers couldn’t do business with them because of threats against their businesses, and finally the bones of an elderly family member were stolen from her grave. It was obscene. And now the farm is closing, and the animal extremists are shouting victory – no doubt planning the next attacks since this one worked so well.
As was pointed out by Barry Beelzebub, its’ now illegal to use animals for cosmetic testing. It is the law that all medicines must be tested on animals. These are the laws. What is right, what is wrong? Do we do without potentially life-saving medicine? Of course not.
When people do evil things for an arguably good purpose, they are automatically evil. I lump these animal extremists in with the father’s rights idiots (the fellow in the saggy Batman suit that made the news a while back). They are like the anti-hunt activists that seeded fields with nails and tacks to lame hunting horses, or tried to hamstring them. They are evil people.
Bah. I’m in a bad mood today. I’m lonely and tired and disgusted with everything. :(