Aug 8 2012

I’m back (and off to No Kill Conference 2012)

Valerie Hayes

Xavier, king of the Maine Coons.

My hiatus from writing is now officially over and I will soon be off to No Kill Conference 2012 in Washington, DC.  This will be my 3rd time attending the conference and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.  The conference organizers have dramatically increased the number of available tickets over last year, and last year seemed so much bigger than the year before, with an almost overwhelming level of positive energy.  There will be over 800 attendees this year, and I expect that the energy level will be off the charts.  Many of the speakers have only been part of the No Kill movement for a few years, some even less than that, but the No Kill movement attracts quick studies with a can-do attitude.

The theme of No Kill Conference 2012 is “Reaching Higher”.  No Kill communities save 90% or more of all  homeless pets–the ones that fall into the “healthy or treatable” category.  Some are expanding the definition of “healthy or treatable” and saving 98-99% of all homeless pets.  Conventional animal control kills 50% of all homeless pets, on average.  Some kill nearly all of them, including those that people are on their way to rescue, and puppies and kittens (reaching lower?).

 I will be blogging from the conference (live-blogging, barring any internet connectivity problems) so that those unable to attend will still be able to learn something from some of the distinguished lineup of speakers.  If you are unable to attend, do check out the conference website, this blog, and follow the twitter hashtag #nokill, which attendees will be using to tweet from the conference.  Conference organizers will be making a wealth of  materials available for free download on the conference website, as they have done in the past, so be on the lookout for that.

This is going to be an exciting and educational weekend, and I look forward to seeing some old friends there, and to meeting some new ones, especially if you are from Georgia or elsewhere in the Southeast.

If you can’t make it to the conference or you are new to the No Kill movement or to this blog, check out the “Best Of” list on the sidebar (especially “I was there”), read Nathan Winograd’s book Redemption, watch the short video “Strayed”, keep up with the movement on Facebook at No Kill Revolution and No Kill Nation  and stay tuned…

The theme of No Kill Conference 2012 is “Reaching Higher”. No Kill communities save 90% or more of all homeless pets–the ones that fall into the “healthy or treatable” category. Some are expanding the definition of “healthy or treatable” and saving 98-99% of all homeless pets.


Apr 8 2012

Image of the Day: Spirals and Reflections

Valerie Hayes

 

Spirals and Reflections (Passion Vine)

Reflections | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.


Mar 23 2012

If PeTA ads told the truth

Valerie Hayes

They’d feature a bare-assed Ingrid Newkirk and these slogans:

 

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In the interest of good taste I did not create any of the "I'd rather go naked..." ads mentioned in this post. You're welcome. Click to enlarge.

I’d rather go naked than….

  • Bottle feed orphaned kittens.
  • Foster a dog while he recovers from being hit by a car.
  • Trap, Neuter and Return feral cats.
  • Organize an offsite adoption event.
  • Allow pit bulls to continue breathing.
  • Put up a Petfinder site to advertise the pets PeTA takes into its so-called “shelter”.
  • Send an email blast to PeTA membership about the adoptable pets PeTA takes into its so-called “shelter”.
  • Run out of Fatal-Plus and syringes.
  • House animals until they are adopted.  That would mean spending some of my $30+ million budget on kitty litter and food.  Screw that.
  • Show compassion for homeless pets who, like people, have a will to live.  Do I look like Albert Schweitzer to you?
  • Endorse the No Kill Equation.  Who do you think I am, Nathan Winograd?
  • Support shelter-reform and access legislation.
  • Admit that the growing number of No Kill communities proves that we can save 90% or more of all animals entering open-admission shelters if we just get dressed roll up our sleeves and get to work.

And people would see that the empress has no clothes, and they would be rightfully horrified.


Mar 21 2012

Image of the Day: Magnolia 2

Valerie Hayes

 

Magnolia 2

Magnolia 2 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”
~Charles Darwin


Mar 18 2012

Image of the Day: Lotus Bud 1

Valerie Hayes
Lotus Bud 1--BW State 2wm

Lotus Bud 1

Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named.
‘Vanishing Before Our Eyes’, Time (26 Apr 2000).

Mar 15 2012

Image of the Day: Annie-Momma Shadows and Light

Valerie Hayes

 

Annie-Momma Shadows and light 2wm | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.


Mar 10 2012

Images of the day: Daffodils

Valerie Hayes
Daffodils 1--Tech Pan

Daffodils 1, processed in Lightroom to resemble a photo taken with Kodak Tech Pan

 

 

Daffodils 1–Tech Pan-1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I have been experimenting with processing the same image several different ways in Lightroom.  Above, an image of daffodils has been processed to look as though it were taken with Kodak Tech Pan film, a very fine-grain, low-ASA film.  The mood and look are quite different than when the same image is processed to look as though it were taken with some other type of film.  The details are different; the tones are different; the emphasis is different.

Daffodils 1--Cyanotype

Daffodils 1--processed in Lightroom to resemble a cyanotype

 

Daffodils 1--PH


Mar 8 2012

Image of the day: Plum blossom

Valerie Hayes

 

Plum Blossom (digital selenium)

Plum Blossom 1–Selenium-1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Photographed in color and processed in Lightroom to resemble a selenium print.

“Biophilia, if it exists, and I believe it exists, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

~E.O. Wilson, from ‘Biophilia and the Conservation Ethic”, an essay in The Biophilia Hypothesis, Stephen Kellert, Ed.

E.O. Wilson is easily one of the greatest biologists of our time, the father of sociobiology, and the originator of the biophilia hypothesis.

 


Feb 27 2012

Protected: The real PETA letter

Valerie Hayes

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Feb 24 2012

PETA went down to Georgia

Valerie Hayes

Think PETA cares about homeless pets?

Think again.

Let me get my violin.

PETA went down to Georgia, they were looking for some souls to steal.
Ingrid’s in a bind ‘cos she’s way behind and she’s willin’ to make a deal.
When she came across some people savin’ animals and bloggin’ on the ‘net.
So she jumped up on a Piggly Wiggly dumpster and said: “Mayor, let me tell you what:
“I guess you didn’t know it, but I’m an animal killer too.
“And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you.
“Now you tell some a pretty good lies, Mayor, but give Old Ingrid her due:
“I bet a needle of gold against your soul, ‘cos I think I’m better than you.”
The people said: “We’re just regular folks, and it might be a sin,
“But if she takes your bet, she’s gonna regret, ‘cos we’re the best that’s ever been.”

Mayor, you do your “research” and fight those advocates hard.
‘Cos hell’s broke loose in Georgia and the PETA don’t deal the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny needle made of gold.
But if you lose, well, either way, the Butcher of Norfolk gets your soul.

Old Ingrid opened up her case and she said: “I’ll start this show.”
And fire flew from her fingertips as she pulled up the blue juice, you know.
Then she pushed the plunger down and it made an evil hiss.
And a band of morons joined in and it sounded something like this:

[Hoarders! Dogfighters! Irresponsible public! Pit bulls! Feral cats! Pet overpopulation! We have to kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! KILL!!!]


When she’d finished, the people said: “Well, if it was about money, you’dve won.
“But sit down in that chair, right there, and let us show you how it’s done.”

Feral cats in the community?  T-N-R
Puppies in homes gettin’ foster care.
Volunteers at an offsite, adoptin’ out pets.
“Boss, are we done now?”
“No, not, yet.”

Old Ingrid wouldn’t bow her head, couldn’t admit that she’d been beat.
She snatched that golden needle from the ground at the Mayor’s feet.
The people said: “PETA, just come on back if you ever want to try again.
‘cause we done told you once, you son of a bitch (no offense to female dogs), we’re the best that’s ever been.”

And they went: Feral cats in the community? T-N-R
Puppies in homes gettin’ foster care.
Volunteers at an offsite, adoptin’ out pets.
“Boss, are we done now?”
“No, not, yet.”

"I bet a needle of gold against your soul, 'cos I think I'm better than you."

"I bet a needle of gold against your soul, 'cos I think I'm better than you."

With apologies to the great Charlie Daniels.