So Fulla Gayness!
I ran across this brilliant homoerotic commercial that originates in Canada and fires back at Russia’s ban on gay propaganda. It made me smile. Thanks Canada, for fighting back and in such a creative way!
Because it is so awful and controversial, people seem to be more interested in talking about the problems with Russia and the Winter Olympics, than the actual sporting event. I don’t hear anyone gabbing about whose going to win what. Rather the chatter is more focussed on the horrible fears and horror coming from Russia and it’s participation in the Olympics. The homophobic laws…arrests…beatings of gay’s, lesbians, etc.
We also have the horrible poisoning of stray dogs that is going on in Sochi. It’s just horrific. HLN covered it. Have a look for yourself.
As a side note: The correlation between human (LGBT) rights and animal rights are so similar. The gay community should fight against the voiceless animals as well. We need to all stick together and fight for the inhumane acts against all sentient beings!
Russia was once on my bucket list of places to visit. It had such visual beauty and interest for me at one time. Not anymore. That destination has been crossed off my list, as I will not contribute to a place that supports and promotes such inhumane behavior and beliefs.
I absolutely agree with your points. And I appreciate your speaking out for the animals and all our sisters and brothers from the LGBT community. Here is what I posted on JVM’s Facebook page yesterday. Not wishing to “hijack” your post or blog, Donna, but am reposting most of it here so the issue can get as much exposure as possible. We need as many folks as possible to speak out against this and sign the petition. Thanks to you both for caring for the animals.
REPOST: So here the government of the city of Sochi is hiring a company to “exterminate” strays roaming around – potentially 2000 or so – because they don’t want the appearance of strays or the concerns strays might present with the Olympics taking place and all the people there for that event. (By the way, there is a petition circulating here http://www.thepetitionsite.com/…/2000-street-dogs-and…/ for people to sign to try stopping this, and it will be forwarded to president Vladimir Putin.) This action is one of the most appalling and abhorrent things I’ve seen in some time. If the Russian government is so concerned about its image, I would think it would have some of the more important things in order for the games and those there for the event.
I’m talking about hotels that aren’t finished or which present safety issues; rooms that aren’t ready to available for many; brown water that comes out of the faucets; toilets where you’re unable to flush toilet paper down and instead have to put the used paper in a stand-alone receptacle; manholes on the sidewalks that don’t all have covers on them; and so on. The Russian powers that be have had 5 years and spent between $51 and $53 million dollars on this event and with all this yet to do and the news reports and tweets going out all over the place from people experiencing these conditions, they’re instead worried about rounding up and killing stray dogs and cats. RIDICULOUS and HIGHLY SHAMEFUL!!
I agree that stray dogs and cats should not be roaming around – especially in this volume – but this overpopulation of pets didn’t just happen overnight. Sochi and Russian officials should have nipped (no pun intended) this problem in the bud long ago, and not by employing the methods it currently is. A good spay/neuter program and a shelter or shelters from which people can adopt these animals would be good places to start. But now they’re apparently overrun with strays.
If they’re going to round them up, why not put them some place where they can be humanely cared for. And seek some help from animal welfare organizations? They don’t have to be, nor should they be destroyed. Again, I am outraged and highly saddened by this action.
No disrespect to the athletes who have trained so hard for this moment, or the journalists there to cover the games, but with all this going on, coupled with Russia’s well-publicized stance on human rights, gay rights, animal rights, and environmental issues, I will be boycotting the games and encourage others to do the same, especially if they care about these issues.
Jane, thanks for ALL you do for God’s voiceless creatures. They need more heroes like you, and all of us who work for animal rights and animal welfare. Keep up the good work to bring these atrocities to the attention of your viewers.
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Thank you for your detailed comment, Cheryl. it is so important to keeping shedding light on what is happening in Russia. And thanks for the petition info. I signed.