GEE WIZ, I am so touched by all of you that took the time to listen to my interview! (oops ya missed it? check out last blog entry to hear it!) It means so much to hear what you thought and beware, you may be creating a monster! It had the added benefit of having me focus in on what I think about animals. I think I still like them. I have started a large project which involves 36 portraits of animals. Here's a couple so far...but I will keep you posted on where i am going with this!
The 10th Annual Dog Show at Mascot Studio is going to extend until April 5th, so if you are in NYC I have a couple of paintings there, and several limited edition giclee prints . Peter said Dog Looking Up has gotten a lot of attention (giclee available)
What better way to cut back on unnecessary expenditures, then to stop animal testing. Animal testing is big business. In some states like Colorado it is legal to use strays in testing or vivisection for students,-yup, a cat or dog once possibly living in a home like yours could end up in a cage in pain and fear, while human simulators are available, and with better results.
GOOD NEWS The AHA's (American Heart Association) affiliated training centers were teaching students intubation- having them force plastic tubes down the windpipes of live kittens and ferrets instead of using human simulators. PETA pressured them, and in response, the AHA wrote to all its 800+ affiliated training centers- cited PETA's concerns and stated that "the AHA does not require or endorse the use of live animals in any of its training courses." One email and all that suffering is over.
More than 25 million animals are used in testing in the United States every year— monkeys, chimps, beagles, other dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, birds, farm animals, and more. After the experiments are done, essentially all of the animals who have survived the research are killed. With invertebrate animals the number goes to 100 million. THE WORST:the FDA itself estimated in 2006 that 92 percent of drugs that pass animal testing fail in human clinical trials.
so when you're sending your kid off to college, check and see what their policies are. when you buy products, look for this symbol on the products you buy, watch out what the charities you give to are up to...like March of Dimes sewing kittens eyes shut for a year..and the March of Dimes has provided funds to an experimenter at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center who tethers pregnant monkeys to cage walls by wires that have been implanted in their backs.
I know it's almost unbelievable, but one thing i think EVERYONE has realized lately, is that you cannot trust what goes on behind closed doors, you cannot trust what big institutions say. It is up to us to look deeper than the lines we are all fed.
I listened to a Soul Series of Rainn Wilson (The Office) on Oprah. He has a website called soulpancake.com where he discusses where spirituality and creativity meet- without the ..as he puts it..lamity, the airy fairy hippy dippiness. I liked what they talked about, how people are really becoming more aware, how our purpose for being here is service, understanding we're all connected. He doesnt specifically talk about animals, but that's where I go with it!
On a very sad note my pals Dyan and Marc had to say goodbye to Mini-me, well before they should have. RIP Mini..and may you have a HUGE couch to claw to your hearts content, and may Tristan and you play happily together (is this the airy fairy lame thing Rainn is talking about? ..well screw him!!)