NBC4 in Washington, DC is featuring a really nice video featuring Poplar Spring sanctuary. It’s primarily a review of Karen Dawn’s new book Thanking the Monkey (Really? That’s the title? And with a peeled banana on the front cover?), but it’s shot at Poplar Spring and features some great footage of the animals. I thought the tone of this piece was particularly noteworthy, especially in contrast to the local FOX affiliates’s patronizing animal feature last month. The NBC 4 piece doesn’t attempt any goofy wordplay, respectfully presents the issues, and even makes mention that “cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free.”
Of course, the sole comment on the story is completely trollish:
(August 12, 2008 11:32 PM)
What a waste. Those animals could feed homeless people and other hungry humans. These animal "rights" activists should be ashamed of themselves. There’s a place in this world for ALL of God’s creatures — right next to the beans and mashed potatoes.
I submitted a reply, which hasn’t been approved yet:
You know what else could be used to feed homeless people and other hungry humans? Money spent on pointless wars.
Compassion for animals and compassion for humans aren’t mutually exclusive.
I know, I know, don’t feed the trolls. And the “pointless war” thing is kind of played out, but at its most basic level, it’s still true, no?
In addition, the station’s blog entry received its own trollish comment:
I can’t believe that in this day and age some people are still working for the “rights” of animals. My goodness — have they run out of CONSTRUCTIVE things to do? Next thing you know they’ll want legal rights for potted plants. This is what happens when overprivileged brats lose focus in life and forgot what’s truly important: watching out for the welfare of PEOPLE.
I replied to this one as well:
It’s always funny to me how people like Adam seem to assume that a person’s belief in animal rights somehow means they’re anti-human. Animal rights and human rights are inextricably connected, as they recognize (rather than ignore or capitalize on) the suffering of “the other.”
I’ve found that those that accuse others of “wasting” time on “unconstructive” things like animal rights really aren’t doing much of anything to advance any cause other than their desire to hear themselves talk.
Anyway, I’m happy to see Poplar Spring get such good coverage on local news. And it sounds like Karen Dawn’s book has that Skinny Bitch mainstream appeal that will get new people thinking and talking about animal issues.
(For those in the DC area, two dates to mark on your calendars: First, on Monday August 18 from 5-8:30pm, Karen Dawn will be doing a signing for her book at the sanctuary. Then, on Sunday August 31, Great Sage restaurant will be donating 10% of the day’s profits to the sanctuary. Go get some tasty eats and support the farm.)