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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Talk Back: First Ladies, Vick and Veterans

Today I’d like to share some of your comments to recent blog posts. I recently wrote about First Ladies Michelle Bruni-Sarkozy and Michelle Obama, and their fur-free fashion statements:

The media’s fixation with Michelle Obama’s clothing has always unsettled me, in light of her incredible achievements. I feel like it diminishes her to little more than a clothes hanger. Thank you for reminding me that the personal is political, and that clothing critique can serve a purpose. If Michelle Obama is anti-fur, than I will join others in lauding her as a style icon!—SB

For the first time in more than 15 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major animal protection case to decide whether to uphold a federal law that bans the commercial sale of videos depicting illegal acts of animal cruelty:

Great report—blogged on the topic...made me ill just reading the words describing the other extreme cruelties inflicted on puppies kittens and other small animals.—Mary H.

In legislative news, a bill has been introduced in Congress to help provide service dogs for wounded warriors and disabled veterans. Pets are good for our emotional and physical health, and studies show that having a pet can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels:

What a wonderful idea, all returning soldiers, etc. should be able to bring back their dogs or cats. These animals served their time over there helping our guys survive and they deserved to come home also, with the person they love most. The idea about shelter dogs is so wonderful. I think all pet stores should have to get the animals they sell from shelters. Man, there would be a run on shelters which would eliminate some of the animals killed ever year because they don’t have homes. It would also eliminate the puppy mills and cat dungeons.—Johnnie W.

I’ve also received a flood of comments in response to my post about Michael Vick reaching out to young men in community-based programs to steer them away from dogfighting:

At first I was really disgusted to hear that the HSUS was partnering with Michael Vick. Then, I listened to Wayne Pacelle say that the Humane Society is about change. Vick has a long road ahead to prove himself worthy of association with the Humane Society. The HSUS and Michael Vick share a pragmatic point of view. Street kids WILL listen to him. I just love the wonderful pictures of the anti-fighting team. It’s fabulous to know these guys are on our side.—Georgette

I applaud HSUS’s courage in handling the Vick situation. How much easier it would be to boycott Vick, call him a barbarian and judge him as an immoral unsalvageable human being. HSUS had not given up on Vick and the countless others like him who perpetuate these abominable practices. Instead, the work HSUS is doing has the possibility of saving the lives of pit bulls who are so brutally exploited. By doing so, there is a chance of helping change cultural practices that arise from a culture of poverty and deprivation.—Jean B.

Thank you all for your feedback, and please keep the comments coming. If you have a question or comment and would like to join the conversation, please send me an email. Thanks for all you do for animals!

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