Monday, February 14, 2011

Meanwhile, back in NJ . . . and the 18th century

Technicolorland is wonderful. No arguing that. But focusing back on it can blur another reality: things are happening for animals -- including feral cats and the spay-neuter issue-- right here in New Jersey.

There’s renewed talk of a regional animal shelter. EASEL (Ewing Animal Shelter Extension League), is regularly mentioned in connection with that facility, and the organization has a new leader besides. All this could wind up being very good news.

And, along with daylight savings time (less than a month away), spring, a.k.a. baby season, is coming. So for the Mercer County Wildlife Center and those who help feral cats, and animals in general, that means their “extra busy” season is also on the way.

In short, as Thoreau wrote in his concluding chapter of Walden, “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” And, as someone or other else said, “Think globally, act locally.” There’s plenty to do right here.

True or False:

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

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