I want to start by saying that I’ve always loved animals and been a keen supporter of their rights. Since I was a kid I had dogs, cats, parrots, fish, turtles and even hedgehogs and sparrows. At the age other kids have no idea how to use their forks and knives I’d feed every stray dog on my street, take them to the vet and name their pups. I don’t know if being an only child had anything to do with it, but I always been empathetic and reactive to the needs of any animal. I hated the mean boys throwing stones at cats just for fun,and quite often I ‘d start proper fights with double-my-size punks. Not to mention ohhh, the number of tears I spent on Black Beauty and Lassie. That makes me wonder if I am a hypocrite though when savouring my chicken barbecue or smoked fish or when I am buying those lovely, to-die-for pair of leather boots. Probably there is a balance to be kept.

But why did I start mumbling about this? Because today I’ve been reading about PETA’s intention of launching a pornography site and making use of the latest domain .xxx. Now, I understand the need of diversity in voicing concerns and delivering messages to the people. I also like to think that I am not a prude and therefore I have nothing against the Icann’s decision ( the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) of approving the .xxx domain. Actually I think it will have some positive outcome in a greater future,  demarcating the different profiles of the www. I also don’t deny the need (?) of porn in this world and yes, sex will always sell or at least draw attention. We got used with ads, be it jeans, perfumes, cars, electrics, chocolate, makeup or toilet paper, to use suggestions if not big bulks of eroticism. Because it’s fun, it’s alluring, it touches that playful side all of us have.

Buuuuuuuuuuut! PETA is about vegan diets, stopping cruelty, making long term changes. That they’ve always had their own ways of making themselves heard is of no doubt. That they’ve always had a halo of fray  surrounding their actions is a given. That they want to draw attention through pornography, beats me. I don’t even see it as a disingenuous strategy. I see it as leading to nothing. I cannot stop but thinking of the hard  excited guys going on .xxx sites, looking for a quick and handy ( no pun intended) solution to a basic need, accessing a Jenna Jameson vid and sighing ‘awwww, the poor bunny – leave him alone you bastards!’ and then getting up and emptying the fridge of all the pork salami and roast beef their wives kindly left for them.

The idea is not even shocking, it’s simply ridiculous. And makes me, as an animal rights supporter think that my strategy of fist fighting at the age of 7 was a tiny bit wittier.

 

As I was walking yesterday with my BfF toward St John’s Wood, we saw in this random courtyard a family of goats. And they were having a blast.  Who said London isn’t full of surprises?

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