Hawaii To Become The First US State To Ban Wild Animals From Performing

Absolutely astounded by these news. Lets hope this sets an example for all other states and Canada while were at it!

Animals SHOULD NOT be exploited for the use of entertainment or performance. They have a right to their own freedom, just like humans. Even though many humans are just as well stripped of these rights the same way. They have a right to live a long, fulfilling life, hunting for prey or running around in the African desserts.

I work towards a world where animals have these rights. Let’s help  them get their rights back, the rights they had before humans. Open your eyes..

I am hopeful. I pray for all species and take one step of action everyday to help preserve their lives, towards making the world a place where elephants will not get shot for roaming the streets and bears can accidentally walk into a residential area without being shot to death, and where rain forests are not being destroyed for non other than greedy reasons of human   The rights they deserve and should not have been stripped of in the first place.

We can help by changing the way the human race thinks, and certain lifestyles we adopt. What we have on our hands is a problem with the human race as a whole, but there is something we can do. Plant that tree, report about the destruction of the  rainforest, get involved in data journalism: give statistics about the deaths of exotic animals, household pets in China that are stolen from their homes, or performing animals who are stolen from their own NATURAL home (dessert, rainforest, jungle) to live a life of misery in a cage or stage.

There are some that care  but not enough of us. Please be one of them. Love exotic animals, they give us the non-physical resources we need to survive, and they are beautiful and complex creatures who are intelligent, mentally conscious and capable of feelings and emotions.

Connect with me, and maybe, we can make a difference.

Source: Hawaii To Become The First US State To Ban Wild Animals From Performing

“Gays are safe in 2014 Olympics” says Putin, activists disagree

A bill in Russia was passed banning “propaganda of non traditional sexual relations” can be a potential act of censorship for the LGBT community. Russian President Vladimir Putin says that gays are welcome in the Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi as long as they don’t spread “gay propaganda” and “leave the children in peace.”

The law prohibits the spread of propaganda among minors; this means the law prohibits speaking to anyone under the age of 18 about homosexuality.

“We have the ban on homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors.” Said Putin.  The spread of propaganda among minors and the ban on certain relations are not the same thing according to Putin.

Some activists disagree.

Zach Ruiter, a gay rights activist in Toronto, disagrees with Putin’s claim and says that this is his way of deflecting from the issue and condoning homophobia towards the rest of the community.

“It sends a message to people that they are allowed to do whatever they want, that the state will not protect their rights. “It‘s a lot like Nazism.” Said Ruiter.

The rally that surrounded the State Duma hours before the bill was passed called for much resistance by Orthodox-Christian activists and pro-kremlin youth groups. The young men threw eggs at the activists while shouting homophobic slurs.

According to Ruiter, the fight for gay rights should not be limited to people in Russia. He says that to reach and address the problem we must make changes in our own community.

“Now that we’ve won gay marriage, its almost like the struggle is over. This simulation of queer liberation struggle in gay marriage has weakened our capacity to respond in solidarity.” Said Ruiter.

He says that the LGBT community in Toronto can fight back with persuading large companies to boycott the Olympics thus reaching out to the LGBT community in Russia.

Aeryn Pfaff, a Humber Journalism student says that the real victims are Russian gay youth in the sense that if they come out to their peers, they can be prosecuted for speaking about homosexuality. Pfaff explained that this bill could be seen as an act of censorship.

“As a kid I knew I was gay. Many Russian LGBT youth are the same. All these laws are doing is barring them from being able to find like minded people so that they can be happy.” Said Pfaff.

The absence of some world leaders in the winter Olympics this year will not have an impact on the games according to Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov.

Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande and Stephen Harper announced their absence in the winter Olympics this year.

Brad Fraser, a Canadian Journalist, says that Obama’s absence is not a boycott of the Olympics, It is rather related to other issues the western parts of the world are having with Russia, according to him.

He says that the best way to send a message to Russia about their law is to remove our participation and support in the games.

“Why are we sending people to compete at all? Why does the world not turn their back on Russia?” Said Fraser.

Animal Welfare of performing animals has become a concern to pet trainer, Yvette Van Veen.

“Entertainment to me is one of the places you’d say is just for fun there shouldn’t be a downside but it’s an industry where there might be evil to true entertainment,” says Yvette Van Veen, a Certified Dog Behavior consultant.

Van Veen has spent 14 years training pets, she is known for training dogs who perform at dog shows. She is also a pets’ reporter for the Toronto Star mainly about animal behaviors and ways to improve relationships between pet owners and their pets.

In a recent article titled ‘Animals used for entertainment should also enjoy the show’  Van Veen mentioned an investigation in Marineland  by the OSPCA that called for accusations about Marineland, a themed amusement and exhibition park. It involved poor water conditions that caused aquatic mammals to suffer from blindness, redness in eyes, and damage to fins and body parts.

Performing animals and mammals struggle to stay alive due to the poor living conditions which results in force used by the trainer.

According to Veen, orders were made by the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)  to examine several marine animals, build better shelters for deer and elk, and install a good water filtration system.

“In Ontario, there’s no where else you can go to see animals like that, but the fact that they treat them poorly compared to their natural habitat is  unacceptable.”  said Julia Vitale, a four year employee at Canada’s Wonderland.

She explained that the mistreatment of performing animals is now on a larger scale and people won’t turn a blind eye on these issues now.

OSPCA Agent Brad Deward, says that animal welfare laws Ontario currently has in place for wildlife such as raccoons, and coyotes.

He discourages citizens from causing any harm to the wildlife and emphasizes that we must learn to live with them.

“We also offer ways  for people to minimize the damage that wildlife might cause to their property.” He said.

The SPCA is an organization dedicated towards animal welfare from sheltering point of view as well as education and enforcement.

They investigate zoos and circuses that come into the city. An officer will be there to inspect how the animals are transported, how they are being kept, and that they are being provided for as required by law.

“It’s heart wrenching to see stories about neglect and no animal should ever have to suffer or be without the necessities of life. its rewarding to be able to help them.” said Deward

Marineland was issued six orders in 2012 by the OSPCA and the investigation is still on going.

CBC tour: October 25, 2012.

On Thursday, October 25th, My Production Techniques class went on a tour of the CBC studios with John Northcott. We got a chance to see how everything works, where the morning show is filmed, the radio shows and see everyone at work!

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As an introduction to the studios, this picture seemed appropriate. Seeing this sign made it sink in as to how real the experience was.  Continue reading →

Experience at Journalism School

Hello readers,

Just a few weeks ago I started Journalism school at Humber College and had my first encounters with things such as professional video cameras, reporting courses, and learning all about the media…

It’s interesting because I’ve waited about four years to finally be in this spot…. to be enrolled in Journalism and on my way to this career path. I’m enjoying all the things that my professors throw at me from things like writing leads, news reports, research papers and my favourite web building!

I also have an elective called “The Good Life” which is all about the Philosophy of how to achieve happiness, where we find it, and how to sustain it. It is one of the most interesting courses I’ve actually ever taken. My professor goes in depth in terms of everything that is mentioned in “The Happiness Hypothesis”  and explains it on his own terms as well. His lectures cover many fascinating things that are practically mind blowing. Things that some of us have never even thought of, and to say the least I am learning a lot from that class. I’ve always been interested in things like psychology or I suppose Philosophy as of recently. Not too sure the significant difference between the two, however, I enjoy reading and learning about the human mind and how it works because it never hurts to know what goes on in that complex thing..

I look forward to learning more about the structures of News articles, but I also hope that year two will be a little different, I am hoping that all my classes have new and different people to meet and chat to. Also, I am hoping that we will be able to disperse into the specific categories of types of journalism that we aim for. For example, I am interested in becoming an editor, columnist or writing for a magazine. I enjoy writing opinion based reviews as it is the kind of person i am, i like to voice my opinion and more than anything hearing feedback based on that.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

-Avi.