[Trigger Warning: Dead Baby Animals] PETA’s secret slaughter of companion animals
1. A pile of garbage bags, mostly black with a few white or transparent, in what appears to be a commercial Dumpster-type waste receptacle with rusty-crusty metal walls and floor. The context implies the bags are full of the corpses of companion animals, but the bags’ contents are not visually discernible.
2. In a field, on a sunny day, a human wearing a white “clean suit” and some sort of rebreather-type mask is holding a dead puppy by its hind legs at arm’s length over a black garbage bag. Someone out-of-frame except for part of their nitrile-displosable-glove-clad left hand is pointing down at the open garbage bag. (The other human is wearing what appear to be latex disposable gloves, as they are off-white, whereas the out-of-view human’s glove is purple, a color typically used for nitrile gloves so they’re readily distinguishable from latex ones for latex-allergy reasons.) Several vehicles are parked in the background, at least one of which has a blue law-enforcement light (turned off) on its roof.
3. A hard-plastic pet carrier, large enough to hold a medium-sized dog or two adult cats who like one another, is situated on some sort of metal grating. The carrier’s metal-grate door is open, and a tabby-striped kitten, appearing roughly three to five months old, is lying on its side on the floor of the carrier, its tail towards the viewer. The kitten is wearing what appears to be a paper identification collar, similar to hospital wrist-IDs for human patients. From its unnatural position and stiffness, and the peculiar way its fur is mussed, it is clear that the kitten is dead… or possibly “merely” comatose.
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I reblogged this as text because the great big triggery photos show up before the trigger warning, otherwise. Those who want to see the photos, click through here (or click any of the next four links).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals — indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA’s victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
Source: The Huffington Post
Image description… This is a form letter with handwritten notes all over it, and complex to describe. I transcribed and formatted the form letter as closely as I could to the way it appeared, with descriptions of formatting I can’t get Tumblr to render enclosed in [square brackets].
Positioning of the handwritten notes is indicated by numbers within asterisks, e.g. *7* or *13*; descriptions of the notes each number denotes appear inline within the transcribed form letter, enclosed in (parentheses) to further distinguish them from the text of the letter, while the text of each note is set off by *asterisks* within the parenthetical description.
There are no [square brackets], *asterisks* or (parentheses) used in the original form letter. The letter did use bolding, italics, underlines, and changes in text size and color, so I wanted to avoid using any of those to indicate descriptions of any of the image’s elements.
I’m reasonably sure this will still be a somewhat confusing image description, but I couldn’t figure out any alternatives that would be less confusing. Suggestions and/or edits are welcome! :)
Finally, instead of following the usual Tumblr-image-description convention and enclosing the entirety of the description text in [square brackets] — since I used those to signify something else — I have instead set it off with HTML horizontal-rule lines above and below, and also added ALL-CAPS textual markers for those whose screen-readers may not recognize the hr tag, like so:
BEGIN IMAGE DESCRIPTION
Dear Dana Commandatore,
It really is shocking; *1* (the word “shocking” is circled; a line connects it to an upper margin note: *Why is it shocking?*) As I type this letter, one more set of parents will learn that their son or daughter has autism. And their lives will be forever altered.
*2* (a line connects “We” to a left-margin note: *It is genetics.*) We have to find out why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis. We do not know its cause and there is no known cure. *3* (a short line connects “cure” to a note written beneath: *So, stop searching for one.*)
And that’s why I’ve written you today.
My name is Elizabeth Feld, and I am the President of Autism Speaks — the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. *4* (a short line connects this sentence to a note written beneath: *So, why don’t you listen to autistic people?*)
Did you know that the diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade? In fact, 1 in 88 children will be affected by some form of autism. That is over one million children.
I am asking you to help — to help someone with autism.
We really need your support… autism receives less than 5% of the government’s research funding available for many childhood diseases. *5* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *It is NOT a disease.*)
That makes your support all-the-more important. We cannot wait for public funding to come to us — we rely on caring friends like you. *6* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *I’m not your friend.*)
You allow us to forge ahead with great urgency. *7* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *I will do all I can to stop you.*)
*8* (a long line goes from the word “We” down the left margin to a note written in the extra-wide space between the sentence ending “make a difference now" and the huge blue "Yes!": *except you leave autistic people out of the conversation*) We recruit the most brilliant scientific minds to answer autism’s baffling questions.
We focus on finding the causes of autism and developing medicines that will target autism’s core symptoms in ways that reduce disabilities and improve learning abilities.
Your donation today — no matter the amount — will have great meaning to individuals and families living with autism. *9* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *It will go towards funding a cure — and there is no cure, so it will go towards promoting more fear of autism.*)
Because when you give to autism speaks, you are contributing to our advocacy and research efforts that make a difference now. *10* (a short line connects the word “now" to a note in the extra-large space beneath: *You are contributing to ignorance.*)
*11* (see *8*) *12* (see *10*)
[begin blue text] [begin huge text]Yes![end huge text] I am proud to ease the burden of people and families with autism. [end blue text]
[begin small text] Please accept my tax deductible contribution of $_____
Please make your check payable to: AUTISM SPEAKS and return it along with this card in the envelope provided.
For credit card payments, please see other side. [end small text]
[Recipient’s name and address, with the address marked out with pen to redact everything except “CA” for California, and what looks like “Los Angeles” semi-legible under less-dense scribbles] *13* (a note is written in the space between the recipient-address block on the left and the AS identity block on the right: *Don’t ever send me anything again unless it is an apology to my son.*) [Autism Speaks logo with AUTISM SPEAKS underneath, followed by the hypocritical slogan “It’s time to listen.” and their website address.]
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This is the best thing I’ve seen this week.
I love how many notes this has gotten.
Rose, you are magnificent.
Frankly, I’m baffled. I want to yell “where are you all coming from???”
Because my anti-A$ post has jumped about 500 notes as well in the past 72 hours or so.
“ease the burden of people and families living with autism”
Bringing this back again.
This is incredible. Thank you for posting this. This damn near made me cry
As someone with an autism spectrum disorder, this disgusts me so much I just want to throw up.
This needs to stop.
As a person who has a relative who is autistic, I will say that the comments made me laugh, but this entire letter made me want to punch someone in the face. How can someone be an advocate for Autism if they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about?
I started composing a brief answer to the question above, but it turned into a long-ish rant, so I turned it into a separate post: Autism Speaks does NOT advocate for people with autism, and it never has. I’d intended to reblog this with the link to my rant shortly after I posted my rant yesterday; adding the image description for the original letter wound up taking a while.
Your ‘hipster’ ‘fashion’ bullshit doesn’t belong in our #Native tags; YOU get out.
whenever someone talks about the fuckery in their tags, no matter what background they’re from, some white person always says, “omg why are u searching for my stuff, you just want to offend yourself”
uh no. i track my culture’s tag so i can see posts about my fucking culture. not your idiotic bullshit.
why the fuck would i purposely search for that? do you really think i get on tumblr and think, “hmm let me piss myself off on purpose”
no. you guys are some damn fools.
Why I am against Autism Speaks (made rebloggable by request)
Autism Speaks is the most well-known charity autism charity. Just because they have the most media coverage and celebrity support does not mean they are a good organization.
- Autism Speaks does not have a single autistic member on their board.
- Autism Speaks only spends 4% of their budget on “family services”.
- The majority of Autism Speaks’ money goes toward research, and the majority of that research is to find a way to rid the world of autism, and thus, autistics.
- Autism Speaks produces advertisments, small films, etc. about what a burden autistic people are to society.
- Autism Speaks was responsible for “Autism Every Day”, which featured a member of their board talking about contemplating murder-suicide of her daughter in front of her daughter. This has now be removed from Autism Speaks’ Youtube channel but can still be found elsewhere.
- Autism Speaks is responsible for the atrocity known as “I am Autism”, a short film comparing autism to cancer, AIDS, and blaming autism as the reason why marriages break up.
In short, Autism Speaks makes it much harder for those of us who have autism to be taken seriously. Autism is considered to be a child’s disease (not that it’s even actually a disease at all), and you will often hear people say “where are all the adult autistics?” Well, we’re right here in front of you. We may have been misdiagnosed with learning disorders, mental retardation and other mental illnesses when the diagnoses of autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger’s weren’t as precise (or even existent) as they are now. We vary in where we fall on the spectrum. Don’t make assumptions about us because we can use a computer.
For further reading, here are a few resources about Autism Speaks:
Editing the original post so that I can include which Autism related charities to support. Let me say that besides the first one, all of them are very parent-oriented organizations, meaning that adult autistics may have issues with them. These are ones that I have either heard recommended highly by autistic parents (meaning autistic people who are parents, not “autism parents”) or that I’ve personally interacted with. None of them are perfect, but these are far better places to donate your money if you’re looking for a charity to support.
The ARC (this is not autism specific, but our local one has a couple of autism-specific events, so was worth including).
Edited 9/13/2012 to include this link, which is a news segment about a mother whose job offer with Autism Speaks was rescinded after she asked for accommodations in regards to caring for her autistic son. She later resolved the issue with childcare, but they rescinded their offer anyhow.
every once in a while i reblog this
About a week ago, teland and I were in a doctors’-office waiting room where they had one of those looped edutainment/advertising videos playing. Mostly unobjectionable, though seeing the results of Sanjay Gupta’s recent(?) plastic surgery creeped us both out. Then… an ad for Autism Speaks came on.
I may have gotten a bit loud.
[Image description: A head-and-shoulders photo of United States President Barack Obama, wearing a dark suit with a flag lapel-pin over a white shirt and light-grey tie, smiling, against an out-of-focus background of warm-brown wood paneling and what appears to be an upright but furled American flag. At the top of the image, the single-word caption “HOPE.” Centered at the bottom of the image is the other part of the caption, “You don’t get indefinitely detained.” There is also a tiny watermark, no more than 10 or 12 pixels in height, right at the bottom edge of the image and at the left corner, identifying the captioning as having been done via ICANHASCHEEZBURGER.COM.]
Indefinite detention is a violation of our Constitution, multiple international treaties to which the United States is signatory, and fundamental human rights.
It should never have been countenanced in the first place. It is an abhorrent practice, and has already stained the honor of the United States… and ensured that a generation of today’s children will grow up seeing the USA as a two-faced country that claims to desire freedom and democracy yet mistreats their families and neighbors in violation of its own principles and laws. It’s probably too late to convince many young people who have already seen their loved ones suffer unbearable treatment; but we can at least work on not breeding enmity in any more children’s hearts.
The United States must abide by our own principles, and by our own laws and international law; otherwise, we are not merely hypocrites but the world’s bully, rather than its protector (as many Americans like to think of their country). Torture must stop, disappearances must stop, denial of legal representation must stop, and indefinite detention cannot be allowed to continue.
[image description: the Demand Progress logo, a ventral (palm-side) view of a stylized clenched fist, in red, with the wrist just visible at the left, and the words DEMAND (top) and PROGRESS (beneath) stacked to the right of the fist in dark-blue block letters, with variations in the depth of color throughout the logo giving the impression that it’s stamped or reproduced via woodcut.]
Demand Progress has made it easy to stand against this travesty of justice. “Congressmen Adam Smith and Justin Amash will put forth an amendment [when the NDAA comes up for re-authorization] to make it clear that the military does not have the power to arrest and indefinitely detain civilians without charging or trying them.” U.S. citizens and residents can click here to use an easy form to let their member of the House of Representatives know they support the Smith-Amash amendment; there’s an alternate version of the form for people who don’t have a United States address, too.
Here’s the text of the letter I sent to my Congressional rep via Think Progress:
It’s long past time for our nation to stop using the threat of terrorism as an excuse to trample Constitutional rights and violate international laws and treaties including the Geneva Convention. America can hardly be the defender of freedom and democracy we wish to be if we are denying democratic freedoms to anyone! As your constituent, I urge you to please, PLEASE support the Smith-Amash amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — this may be the only opportunity Congress will have this section to finally correct the noxious indefinite-detention-without-charge-or-trial sections of last year’s NDAA. I sincerely HOPE that you will do the RIGHT thing. Thank you for this opportunity to share my concerns with you.
Anyone who wants to tell Congress they oppose indefinite detention, either using the Think Progress page or by other means, is welcome to use any of the text in this post, without needing to credit me. (Any of the text may also be reproduced anywhere else, such as via reblogging, with credit.) In many cases, messages from the public with unique content, as opposed to dozens or hundreds of copies of a single version of a letter each differing only in the signatures on them, “count” more… so any kind of personalization helps. And not I know not everyone is confident they know what to say, or how to say it best, when contacting a politician’s office. Quoting from (or even just referencing) the Fourth, Fifth and/or Sixth Amendments may also be useful.
“Romney’s family misspell their last name in the greatest Freudian slip in history.”
HAD to reblog for the Photoshop of the “R. Money” rap album cover with the parental-advisory label. (Though I’d expect to see more bling on MC Mitt.)
R M O N E Y works on another level, too, of course:
R-money = Republican money; and,
they want “R” (our) money because they apparently actually believe they don’t already have enough.
(Also, Snopes says the apparent transposition is also a Photoshop job — and I have to admit that, on close examination, it looks fake to me, too — as well as pointing out that the kids on stage aren’t the Romneys’ offspring… even the youngest of their five sons is over thirty. But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep mocking how much of a 1%er Romney is. He is, after all, the guy who said he’d “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, yet accuses President Obama of keeping women down! And the ‘shop-job is well-done enough that most people unskilled in digital-image trickery probably wouldn’t spot it, so if anyone knows who created the more-honest version, speak up; they deserve the credit!)
I just shared this photo from someone else on Facebook. I can’t wait to see all of the pissed off people’s reactions.
[image: two Mexican women holding a poster saying “Welcome to America, where we celebrate diversity by drinking beers imported from Mexico, but get out Brown People. Happy Cinco de Mayo”.]
Props to fsufeminist for including the nice concise image descriptions!
(Personally, I would’ve also pointed out that the two Chicanas holding the sign are both women of size, both have tan complexions and very dark brown almost-black hair, both wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and are both smiling.)
WHY is this tagged Indian? Just WHY??
Because the ignorant girl who tagged it that way (it’s neither her in the photo nor her who took it, judging from the Google search-by-image results which show it’s been extensively posted and reposted all over the world with no credit that I could find) probably thinks anything that looks like turquoise jewelry — such as that tacky hunk of what’s more likely blue-dyed howlite on the pictured woman’s hand — is “Indian.”
And while actual Native-made silver-and-turquoise jewelry does exist, albeit much rarer than mass-produced crap that’s sold for a fraction of what silversmiths’ work (whether Native or otherwise) commands? I’m sure at least some of that mass-produced crap is made with either stone mined out of land that was stolen from indigenous* people, designs stolen from Native artists, or both.
So sure, those chunky rings on display in this hopelessly tacky photo might come from Native sources… pretty sure that isn’t what the fan of “boho” “hipster” “fashion” meant.
* A lot of the real turquoise, real-stone-that-isn’t-turquoise, and real-stone-dyed-to-look-like-turquoise comes from places other than the Americas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the land it’s mined from wasn’t stolen from indigenous people from somewhere else in the world, such as has been happening in Tibet for decades.
Not far from Tibet, there’s also some turquoise mined in north India, though as I understand it those mines aren’t commercially profitable and most of what comes out stays in the south- to central-Asia region; but it is possible that the stone is thus Indian, if in fact it’s turquoise at all.