May 20, 2011
commented on Cash Cows
Some of us may have forgotten (or are too young to remember) that in June of 2002 a senior elephant keeper admitted in an email to another keeper that he had physically punished young female elephant Hansa with the blunt end of a hooked pole (an ankus) for what he perceived as misbehavior. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) acquired the email, forwarded it to reporters in Seattle, and the story headlined the news in virtually all Seattle media.
Just in case anyone thinks this is unsupported fabrication or "comment bombing," here is an excerpt from The Seattle Times, 7/23/2002:
"He said Hansa was reprimanded June 22 because she had pushed him with her head after he tried to stop her from eating dirt, one of her nasty habits. Her move knocked him off balance, and then she moved her rump toward him.
He said he smacked her with his ankus and that when she ran away, he smacked her twice more.
Then Hansa dashed into the viewing area and bellowed loudly, and her mother came running.
The incident lasted three minutes, but the repercussions are continuing. The zoo received hate mail, and Shrake worried about wearing his name tag in public."
This was probably an isolated incident and not nearly as significant as the ongoing stressful environment in which the elephants at WPZ are trying to survive today. Still, in honor of Hansa's memory, it should not be forgotten. She died at the zoo when she was only 5 years old.
Apr 25, 2011
joined My Stranger Face
Apr 25, 2011
commented on Devout Mormon, Clerk for Arch-Conservative Supreme Court Justice, George H. W. Bush Appointee...
In his own words, new UW President Michael Young gives the RELIGIOUS prerequisites for understanding academic subjects:
"In order to understand genuinely the world and all the things that we learn from secular sources, we should start the inquiry first from the perspective of the gospel and its basic truths....In other words, if one first seeks the light of Christ and inspiration from the Lord, then inquiries about matters of science, politics, economics, history, indeed, society in general, are not only entirely acceptable, but likely to lead to a better understanding of the gospel and a stronger, not weaker, testimony. If we seek first the kingdom of God, then indeed all things will be added unto it."
--excerpt from Michael K. Young, "Lessons Learned" in Finding God at BYU eds. S. Kent Brown, Kaye T. Hanson, James R. Kearl (Provo: The Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 148-157. http://rsc.byu.edu/pubMYounglessonslearn…