On Dead Cougars, Positive Reinforcement and Compassionate Cooks
First, go to Invisible Voices and learn who took this photo and why this gorgeous boy was killed on a Sunday morning in early June. Here’s a hint: It involves tax dollars.
Next, PETA’s blog featured Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary yesterday (the story of Marcie from May 16). Here’s my query, and it doesn’t just refer to PETA: Do you support individual actions that you agree with when you disagree with many more? I’m not even talking about money, here. Do you go to the PETA blog and say, "Hey, thanks for featuring Peaceful Prairie!" If we all did that, without also disparaging PETA, would that help PPS? (Probably.) Would it help PETA? (I have no idea, which is why I’m asking for your input.)
If, for instance, Mary Martin, Ph.D., Animal Person, commented on the PETA blog, I know one thing for sure: I’d get dozens of e-mails asking why I’m promoting PETA (after all, I am blogging about them right now). Now if individuals commented, or if I commented as someone else or anonymously, which I have never done, ever (who do you think I am, John Mackey?), that might be a different story. And it might not.
How about this one: Wayne Pacelle’s people contacted me when he first started his blog to read it and comment. I replied, saying that I don’t agree with much of what the Humane Society of the United States does, but if there is something they do that’s great, and he blogs about it, I’ll comment. A while back, he allowed dogs at work and I commented and the comment was published. But I was ambivalent about what I did, and I still am (and again, don’t even start on me about my one-time, restricted Rural Area Veterinary Services donation).
So what’ll it be, folks? Should I be completely ignoring PETA and the HSUS? I’m a positive reinforcement kind of person, therefore my impulse is to concentrate on the good things that people do. Is mentioning the good things the same thing as promoting everything? Furthermore, and maybe more to the point, is refraining from negative comments undesirable because that might be construed as promoting the organization deserving of the negative comments (by omission)?
Do I focus on what everyone’s doing wrong rather than what they’re doing right? Do I have to do both all the time? (That’s my intention when I deconstruct, though because of my choice of stories to cover, there’s often not a lot of positive material to mention.)