Grand Finale: A Guest Post

The Animals in our Backyard By Nancy Holmes Every little corpse on the hillside is prized by some scavenger, vulture or squabbling crow. But down here, we bury our pets and burn our parents to inedible ash. Even the robin that hit the window gets a shoebox funeral. To the end, we resist our peeps being eaten. So it offends us when the dog, our Zoroastrian companion, finds two dead Bohemian waxwings last seen at our feeder and eats one before we can scoop the little corpses off the ground. Under our noses, the dog chomps our guest in mouthfulsContinue readingGrand Finale: A Guest Post

Medical Alert! Must be Treated Before It’s Too Late!

Did you know that everyone, yes this includes you and I, is innately narcissistic? Narcissism, as defined by Britannica, is a “pathological self-absorption, first identified as a mental disorder by the British essayist and physician Havelock Ellis in 1898.” On Britannica, it also states that “narcissism is characterized by an inflated self-image.” Based on this definition, everyone is sick, yes with terminal narcissism, because, as humans, we all exhibit a symptom called “anthropocentrism.” Anthropocentrism is a condition that causes delusion, which can lead to violent and aggressive behavior towards others. People who have anthropocentrism tend to believe that “humans, ratherContinue readingMedical Alert! Must be Treated Before It’s Too Late!

“Being Caribou” and It’s Reflection On Common Human Inaptness

The documentary, Being Caribou, is an insight to a problem that many Canadians aren’t even aware of. To being this documentary, watchers are introduced to Karsten Heuer and Leanna Allison, two people who are well educated and dedicated to the research they do and the change they would like to make. I find their journey inspiring, the problem happening to Caribou hasn’t been touched on by many. I didn’t know that there even was a problem with oil companies polluting the areas that the Caribou are giving birth. Their journey on foot to accomplish their goals is inspiring, especially dieContinue reading“Being Caribou” and It’s Reflection On Common Human Inaptness

Lauren Beukes’s “Zoo City”: Is there a worst spirit animal?

Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City takes place in a world in which a certain portion of the population is forced to bear spirit animals, due to some crime in the past. The main character, Zinzi, has a sloth that allows her to find lost things, and her partner, Benoit, has a mongoose that successfully surpasses the abilities of others. With this concept in mind, is there a certain spirit animal that can be objectively deemed the worst? There are two approaches to answering this question. The first of which, is considering the physical animal. It is stated in the novel that, thoseContinue readingLauren Beukes’s “Zoo City”: Is there a worst spirit animal?

The Grizzly Man and his not so deserving title

My first ever interaction with this movie was when I was about 11 or 12. My mom wanted to watch a documentary and thought it was a good idea to force my sister and I to watch. We watched for a little bit but then my mom decided it wasn’t appropriate for us to watch and sent us away. I looked at the tv for small chunks of time as I walked about the house, but I didn’t end up remembering much. When I finally got to watch this movie again, I was under the impression of a man whoContinue readingThe Grizzly Man and his not so deserving title

A Love for Bears

I’m not usually one to sit down and watch a film. On a good day, I can maybe sit through 40 minutes of a movie uninterrupted (all my favourite shows are less than 25 minutes long). If it’s not jam-packed with action or drama, I tend to get antsy, which leads to boredom, which leads to me kyboshing the movie all together. This was not the case with Werner Hertzog’s, Grizzly Man.  If I’d seen Timothy’s story in the news or on a tabloid, I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. In fact, I probably would have agreed withContinue readingA Love for Bears

A Reflection on Ellen Bass, “What Did I Love”; How Can This Relate to Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

By Jacie Frampton Ellen Bass’s “What Did I Love” was strikingly honest in every aspect. She talks about very gruesome tasks but wrote in from the perspective of someone who does this as part of their daily routine. Bass wrote in a sense that none of the animals were going through pain because she didn’t speak of the ways that they would cry. As if these tasks were a part of a daily routine, I ask the question of how normal could it possibly be to take away an animal’s life? In an unpopular opinion, I believe that in specificalContinue readingA Reflection on Ellen Bass, “What Did I Love”; How Can This Relate to Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Maybe not “What Did I Love”, but more “Did I Love it?”: A Reflection on Ellen Bass’s “What Did I Love”

By Marcey Costello In lieu of writing a more analytical post, I decided to make mine more of a reflection on what exactly “What Did I Love” by Ellen Bass has caused me to think, feel, and consider. For starters, I was shocked by the contents of the poem. When I read the title, I assumed that it would be either some romantic love story, or familial love story, or even about a favourite memory (I guess we know what they say about assuming). So, to read something so vividly detailed about killing chickens was rather startling. That is notContinue readingMaybe not “What Did I Love”, but more “Did I Love it?”: A Reflection on Ellen Bass’s “What Did I Love”

State-Sized Hypocrisy: Agribusiness and Animal Welfare

Our growing knowledge of nonhuman animals has complicated our appetite for them. The steady and continuos advancement of nonhuman animal sciences presents a problem for those who consume animals in industrialized societies. We have come to know and understand that the animals we choose to eat have capacities we take to be relevant to their ethical standing —capacities we recognize and celebrate in the animals we choose to care for, such as pets. The well-being of companion animals is increasingly important –Canadians upped their pet expenditures from $2.4 billion to $7.1 billion between 2003 and 2016 (Paddon). Canadian pets areContinue readingState-Sized Hypocrisy: Agribusiness and Animal Welfare

Jane and Foer: A Conservational Revolution

Jane is a documentary that shows unseen footage of Jane Goodall’s time in Gambe located in Africa. She’s studying and getting well acquainted with wild Chimpanzees – which is not ideal for an ordinary person, but she determines it her life’s purpose. This documentary explores the feelings of inspiration, heartbreak, reality, and how you can fall in love with your work and someone else in the duration. “JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world” (Morgen). She is the first woman to rise above the world’sContinue readingJane and Foer: A Conservational Revolution

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