Archive for December, 2008

Eating Cats-China’s Shame-Finally Citizen Protest

December 18, 2008
Caged Cats Being Trucked to Market

Caged Cats Being Trucked to Market

We wrote about animal cruelty in China some months ago before the summer Olympic games.While  the practice of skinning alive cats and dogs for human consumption has been a subject of extreme concern to animal lovers worldwide, the issue seemed to warrant scant attention from people in China; until now. Yahoo news reports today on a citizen protest within China:

BEIJING – A southern Chinese province must stop the “shameful” and “cruel slaughter” of cats for food, a group of more than 40 animal lovers in Beijing said Thursday as they unfurled banners in a tearful protest.

Thousands of cats across the country have been caught in the past week by traders and transported to Guangdong province to be killed for food, said the protesters gathered at the Guangdong government’s office in Beijing.

“We are very angry because the cats are being skinned and then cooked alive. We must make them correct this uncivilized behavior,” said Wang Hongyao, who represented the group in submitting a letter to the Guangdong office.

Here are some links to earlier articles about this shameful activity: Doggie Pawss and  Salon


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Middletown: Some Recent Photographs

December 14, 2008

Not too much to say here; please enjoy some recent photographs from around town.

Setting sun on wires creates festive air

Setting sun on wires creates festive air

Peak of color, Palmer Field

Peak of color, Palmer Field

Coginchaug River Nov 2008

Coginchaug River Nov 2008

Washington St in the West End (Dusk)

Washington St in the West End (Dusk)

Billboard, Washington St Nov 28, '08

Billboard, Washington St Nov 28, '08

Peaceful Conginchaug River Nov 28,'08

Peaceful Coginchaug River Nov 28,'08

A Raging, Muddy Coginchaug River Dec 13, ;08

A Raging, Muddy Coginchaug River Dec 13, ;08

Middletown Environment Meetings This Week..

December 8, 2008

Item – Tuesday, December 9, 7 p.m.
At First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown

Roger Smith, Coordinator of the Connecticut Climate Coalition and Campaign Director of Clean Water Action will tell us what is coming up in the January 2009 session of the Connecticut Legislature to improve home energy efficiency and address global warming. In what will certainly be another tough budget year, citizen action will be critical in order to pass progressive energy-related legislation and help consumers hurt by high fossil fuel prices

Item –

Attend the Public Hearing on

Middletown’s Plan of Development and Conservation

Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers

v Protecting Natural Resources & Preserving Rural Character

v Maromas: Middletown’s Last Frontier

v Protecting Water Quality

Middletown is in the process of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). This is an important document that will help guide the City’s decision-making on planning for the next decade or more. Citizen support for these chapters will send a message to the commission and city officials that we care about our environment.

Your attendance alone will demonstrate your support for these sections of the updated plan and your interest in protecting Middletown’s natural environment.

Drafts of the chapters are available on the City’s Planning Department website at http://www.middletownplanning.com/pocd/pocdupdate.html

Source: The Jonah Center

There’s a new bridge in town. To provide access to the new CVS store on Washington Street it was necessary to bridge the Coginchaug River at West Street. Yikes!

New Coginchaug Bridge at West St

New Coginchaug Bridge at West St

Knut the Bear Homeless (for the moment)

December 6, 2008

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