February 10, 2009

must love dogs...more than humans?

Before anything else, let's be clear that i LOVE animals. We currently have six dogs at home, including my personal angel who comforted me while i was doing my master's thesis three years ago.

Now that that's clear...

Walking around campus (University of the Philippines Diliman) nowadays, i'm seeing posters of dashing-looking guys, similar to what you see for dating advertisements. Upon looking closer, it's a date auction for the benefit of PAWS (the Philippine Animal Welfare Society). Aww, that's cute, because it's a Valentine-esque activity for the benefit of animals, so everybody wins :)


The posters around UP each show a picture of a guy with his name, looking like he's waiting for his date (of course, targeted at all girls reading the ad!)...i don't have a camera now but hope somebody reading this could send a shot of what i'm talking about.

i couldn't get a copy of the posters online. The official website has, in my humble opinion, a "tamer"/"less blatant"/"less exploitative"(?) image promoting the auction:

The site also gives the following information:

This donation drive will welcome pledges from concerned individuals of the university, one pledge being equal to Php20-Php25. This pledge also serves as a bid for an auction (please keep posted for the date)

The highest bidder will be awarded a free coffee date and a visit to the PAWS animal shelter with the person that she bid for.

Aside from the hastily glossed-over fact that the coffee date is obviously not free because it will be awarded to the highest bidder (!!!)...

...Would PAWS and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) object to the sale of animals for the sake of humans?

Of course. They would and they are.

So why are we now selling (renting) off these
men for the sake of animals?

[Pause and think.]

...Let's all remember to give dignity where it is due. Respect animals, but respect humans too --- and even more so!

Especially for my fellow Christians, i quote:

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:26,28)

Animal rights activists are known for making their voice heard, whatever it takes, for the sake of those they are seeking to protect.

i love animals, but let's just say i'm a human rights activist. (And i'll be sending a link of this blog to their site.)

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