Letters for the week of Nov. 9…
I’m writing in response to Amy Kingsley’s article ‘“Charity Circus Criticized by Animal Welfare Advocates’” (Nov. 2) in the current YES! Weekly. If ‘“exotic’” animals could speak, they’d cheer for animal activists: who else will speak for them? The hiring of the Shrine Circus, with its subjugation of caged animals is an unfortunate means of fundraising. Supporting ‘“charity’” (‘“compassionate action’”) by putting on a show with caged, suffering animals is bizarre. Friends of animals should boycott this event.
Much of Kingsley’s article sounds like a press release from Shriner’s. Mr. Hamid’s comments were so vague, I am surprised they were even quoted. The rest is buck-passing. Kingsley never challenged or questioned Hamid’s assertions. Unfortunately, there are many ways to circumvent or subvert government inspections’….And how shocking that PETA activists were ‘“scantily clad’”! That so seldom happens in the circus!
Conversely, PETA has documented the actual living conditions of circus animals. Their statements are not based on the profit motive, as the circus owners’ are. They are based on video footage and first person observation. ‘“Talk about presumptuous’”! Any reporter that regurgitates press releases and hearsay, instead of researching her topic is presumptuous indeed.
Some circuses are animal friendly
(Story, ‘“Charity circus criticized by animal welfare advocates’”, Nov. 2; by Amy Kingsley)
PETA, and many other animal rights groups, as well as concerned citizens, have been showing the public what circuses keep hiden. Circus trainers beat and scare animals into performing ‘“tricks’” for people who are starved for entertainment. They use whips, bullhooks, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods and other painful tools. Remember that tigers, bears, elephants and other species are not domesticated, so they can’t be trained like you would a dog. These animals belong in nature, not in cages, on bicycles and trucks.
Clyde Beatty, Cole Brothers circus does not exploit animals anymore. And this happened because there were enough consumers who were moved into boycotting this circus. So never think for a minute that your actions are meaningless. Next time, support a circus that has only human performers.
Nominee Ben Bernanke is a nice guy
Brian, Enjoyed your very positive article on Ben Bernanke…. Just read it online (‘“Nominee Ben Bernanke newsflash: Bush does know more than five people;’” Nov. 2; by Brian Clarey). I was a high school classmate of Ben’s in Dillon, SC and fellow member of the 1971 graduating class from Dillon High. I knew Ben in his youth as an individual with an absolutely brilliant mind. He had a very solid sense of ‘right and wrong.’ My experience is that his intelligence, not his emotions, ruled his decisions. If Ben Bernanke ever runs for President of the US, I will definitely vote for him! He was just an all-around great guy. (Okay, he was also a completely nerdy looking teenager, but most of us were!) Thanks again for the article, and I’m glad you’re a positive supporter of Ben.
Still talking about Emily Rose
Headline of Article: ‘“Emily Rose teaches doctors a thing or two’”; Sept. 13; by Glen Baity
I cannot believe that people do not believe in God, Jesus, Demons. This movie is true because we all have different generational curses passed down trough our families, spirits that are unclean (self-fish spirits, lying spirits, greedy spirits). Everything has a spirit to it either good or bad. In order to get rid of these things we must rebuke them in Jesus name. You should find out the truth now instead of finding out that demons, God, and the devil are real in the end when it’s too late.
Phillips has many suits
I want you to know that I have five of those suits that are different shades of blue and gray and if you watched council meetings you would see that I wear a light gray herringbone.
The mess at the NAACP
Headline of Article: ‘“Smear campaign targets North Carolina NAACP election results’”; Oct. 25; by Jordan Green
This is quite interesting. I received a call about this article on last week but I am reading it for the 1st time tonight. I wonder is it really any truth to this? I hope that we can clean up the mess that is going on in the NC NAACP because there are civil rights and other issues that need to be addressed. I get so sick and tired of having to fight within before going to the real fight in the street.
Curmilus Dancy II
The author is the 2nd vice president/legal redress chair and a life-subscribing member of the Rocky Mount NAACP.