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Animal Activism: Reasons to Fight

We as humans, especially those of us in the Western world, enjoy so many luxuries in modern society that our ancestors a century ago would never dream of. Unfortunately, we often go about our daily lives without thinking of the impacts the convenience and choice of our modern lifestyles may have upon animals. Animal activism is not only an interest for the vegetarian. It should be something that is considered important to omnivores as well, and anyone who benefits from animal products.

Consider chickens as an example. Most chicken made available in supermarkets in the US and Europe today comes from factory farms. On these farms, chickens have a terrible livelihood. They are raised from chicks to fully grown chickens in overcrowded coops where they wallow in their own waste and are forced to eat genetically modified food. This cruel and unethical treatment of animals, in turn, negatively impacts the populace who consumes chicken raised on GMOs.

It is very important to advocate for humane treatment of animals. While it is difficult and challenging, many do. One such person is British activist Keith Mann. An animal rights activist since 1982, he was arrested in 1991 for planning to burn a series of meat trucks in protest of the treatment chickens were subject to at factory farms. He has consistently been arrested and brutalized for his protests and extreme activism against animal experimentation.

Many animals endure years of cruel treatment at the hands of their trainers when they are one of the main attractions in a traveling circus group. In their natural environments, lions, tigers, bears and elephants would never voluntarily do all the different tricks they might be seen performing in a circus. The sad fact of the matter is that they are beaten, screamed at, lashed at with bull hooks, and go without food and water in order for their trainers to break their spirit and are essentially beaten and bullied into submission. Elephant rides and circuses should be avoided and boycotted if we want to ensure a better future for animals.

Land creatures are not the only animals treated cruelly and used for man’s own gain. Every year from September through March in the seaside town of Taiji, Japan, over a thousand pilot whales and dolphins are driven into the killing cove, where those with the most aesthetically appealing skins are selected to be sold into captivity. The others have their spines brutally severed by being stabbed just behind their blowholes, and are left to die slow, agonizing deaths before they are processed into meat at the butcherhouse.

Animal cruelty is unjustified. Get involved with your local community and help advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

Romero’s Empire of the Dead is Coming to TV

With the adaption of Empire of the Dead coming to television, the father of the current zombie cycle may finally receive some long overdue contemporary accolades.

George A. Romero may have created the whole modern zombie genre series such as The Walking Dead are based on, but he has been overlooked by TV and film companies in recent years. Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were major achievements by the director. Other works met with mild success or were outright overlooked. Even his returns to the zombie genre were misfires to a degree.

Empire of the Dead is going to be a 15 issue limited series published by Marvel Comics. Romero is writing the comic and the plot is rather odd. Basically, zombies are taking over New York City during the apocalypse and run into a bit of competition. You see, vampires want to stake a claim on the city, too.

Obviously, this is a huge departure from the other zombie projects Romero has scripted. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital certainly understands that. The director never mixed his zombies with other monsters. Perhaps adding the the presence of vampires is an homage to I Am Legend, a work that likely inspired Night of the Living Dead. Or maybe the idea of zombies fighting vampires is just too cool to resist.

Romero won’t be directing the television version, though. He will be handling script chores so his original vision is still likely to be retained.

Starbucks Makes Deal With Spotify

Starbucks is one of the coffee shops most known for their food and music aside from their fancy coffee beverages. Well, it seems that now instead of selling CDs on their shelves they are growing into something bigger as they have just made a multi-year agreement with Spotify. According to an article found on reddit and written by Grub Street, the franchises will decide what music will be played by listening to the interests of the store’s customers and employees. According to Paul Mathieson of The Epoch Times, Spotify will make coffee-themed and named playlists in return for some promotion and advertisement from the Starbucks stores.

This is a good idea I suppose, because Starbucks really need to stay trendy since that is the kind of clientele that they are bringing in. They are know for being one of the more modern coffee shops, so it is key that they go with what the customers use in their every day lives. This movement may turn out to be one of the best deals yet, and it will only be a matter of time before customers are going to Starbucks to hang out for the day and get some work done.

What will be interesting is to see if there will be any filters or restrictions on what the customers and staff pick to play, because as we know there are some music CDs out there that can really raise an eyebrow for many people.