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The Cruelest Show On Earth

It's no circus for the animals:

"Sadie and Elsie were the youngest of the eight, and were very timid. One day, when we had them in the ring barn urging them through one of their tricks, Sadie just could not grasp what we were trying to show her. In frustration she attempted to run of the ring. We brought her back and began to punish her for being so stupid. We stopped suddenly, and looked at each other, unable to speak. We were seeing something I've never experienced before or since. Sadie was crying like a human being. She lay there on her side, the tears streaming down her face and sobs racking her huge body...." From "Elephant Tramp," a book by George Lewis

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"She was a beautiful, sweet vegetarian brown bear who wouldn't hurt anyone... but sometimes she didn't want to perform. So they beat her with metal rods until she was screaming and bloody. She became so neurotic that she'd beat her head against the cage. That finally killed her." Former Ringling Brothers Circus employee, Eugene Pigeon, as interviewed by Animal Emancipation League

Eugene Pigeon told of monkeys kicked and hit in the face with riding crops and of chained elephants that were beaten with axe handles and pointed hooks. Often these majestic creatures were grabbed with sharp instruments by their trunk, mouths, ears (often torn and tattered by such callous handling) and hind legs, and left to neurotically sway and rock in stereotypic fashion for hours on end. The latter condition, known as "elephant autism" is comparable to a nervous breakdown in humans. Some experts theorize that the recent high-profile cases whereby elephants have attacked and killed people is a direct result of years of such abuse. Pigeon also told of horses denied exercise, whipped behind the ears and on their noses, and at times driven into frenzies; he witnessed llamas and camels bleeding from welts on their legs.

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pathos - a high cold star on a winter's night...

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When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples. Any visible expression of nature would surely be pelleted with his jeers.

Then, if there be no tangible thing to hoot, he feels, perhaps, the desire to confront a personification and indulge in pleas, bowed to one knee, and with hands supplicant, saying, "Yes, but I love myself."

A high cold star on a winter's night is the word he feels that she says to him. Thereafter he knows the pathos of his situation.
--Stephen Crane "The Open Boat"

Behind The Bars No World

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The Panther
His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Evening Song - Man vs. Nature

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"The power of abstract thinking has led us to treat the natural environment--the web of life--as if it consisted of separate parts, to be exploited by different interest groups. Moreover, we have extended this fragmented view to our human society, dividing it into different nations, races, religious and political groups. The belief that all these fragments--in ourselves, in our environment, and in our society--are really separate has alienated us from nature and from our fellow human beings and thus has diminished us. To regain our full humanity, we have to regain our experience of  connectedness with the entire web of life. This reconnecting, religio in Latin, is the very essence of spiritual grounding of deep ecology." 
--Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life

Few Would Remember The Greek Word Hubris........

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Previous Posts
The Cruelest Show On Earth, posted December 3rd, 2012
pathos - a high cold star on a winter's night..., posted November 23rd, 2012
Behind The Bars No World, posted November 18th, 2012
Evening Song - Man vs. Nature, posted November 17th, 2012, 2 comments
Few Would Remember The Greek Word Hubris........, posted November 15th, 2012

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