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Orcas, Blackhearts, and Animal Welfare for Thanksgiving!

Oh Dog! Jen is sick!

caring for a sick human is a tough job!

caring for a sick human is a tough job!

There was no blog post yesterday. Buggie and Hissy Fit Jones were unhappy, and asked that at least we talk today about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Surely you’ve heard about how animal welfare made a stir in what is otherwise seen as wholesome, family entertainment?

First, animal welfare advocates are going to protest the parade because of a Sea World float that they call, “A Sea of Surprises.” What has protesters so upset? It’s the depiction of orcas playing in the sea, courtesy of a company that does not at all promote that image. Despite protests, the float is still scheduled to roll.

Photograph by Gerard Lacz/Animals Animals—Earth Scenes

Photograph by Gerard Lacz/Animals Animals—Earth Scenes

A second controversy involves musician Joan Jett, who is a PETA supporter. Jett and her band, the Blackhearts, were to perform on the South Dakota tourism board’s float, but she was removed after protests that she should not represent a state known for its’ animal agriculture.

Macy's does, however, like cows.....

Macy’s does, however, like cows….. on their dinner table, that is.

So let me see, if you protest someone who supports animal welfare, you can get something done with Macy’s, but if you support animal welfare, you don’t get diddly.

I guess Macy’s is banking on the hope that your distaste for PETA will be greater than your distaste for their lack of support for animal welfare.

Perhaps it’s time those of you who support animal welfare let Macy’s know where YOU stand. Nothing gets a company’s attention like a lighter pocketbook.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


29 thoughts on “Orcas, Blackhearts, and Animal Welfare for Thanksgiving!

  1. Jen needs some care for her human welfare too. Give her some extra cuddles, R. Feel better soon, J.

    Love and get well licks,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | November 27, 2013, 5:36 AM
  2. Rumpy give Jen some TLC and a big slurpie kiss on the face..it is a great way to check her temp and clean her if she is too sick to wash…a good post as always but Jen needs to post herself to bed!!! hugs Fozziemum xx

    Posted by fozziemum | November 27, 2013, 5:40 AM
  3. They say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Why don’t groups like PETA or The Humane Society join the parade and promote animal welfare?

    Posted by Charles Huss | November 27, 2013, 7:01 AM
  4. Thanks for bringing all of this to light! I just recently watched “Blackfish” and “The Cove” – I recommend anyone who cares about marine mammals needs to watch these two films. It is eye opening to say the least! Macy’s as well other giants need to be shown for what they really do. I won’t support anyone or any organization that advocates killing or harming any living creature.

    Posted by Jackie | November 27, 2013, 7:14 AM
  5. Macy’s is a pain in the butte as far as we’re concerned, anyway. We are trying to go “paperless” (yep, we’re “Tree-huggers”, and proud of it!) and we couldn’t get Macy’s to stop sending snail-mail. Every week there would be something (even huge catalogs). We called management, we emailed, we even traveled to the store and told the store management that we needed them to stop the mailings. Each time, they agreed to stop mailing us but told us that it would take 3 months for it to stop. After 3 months, do you think it ever stopped?!?….NO! We tried to stop their mail for 3 YEARS! Finally we gave up and threatened them with a lawsuit and cancelled our credit card. That finally stopped their mailings. So, Macy’s is on our “bad boy” list. You go get em’!

    Posted by Mrs Bushranger | November 27, 2013, 7:18 AM
  6. like their executive producer for the parade said: their goal is to entertain,sadly at any price. I will buy my stuff at other stores, they have a sale too. Please get well soon, Jen.

    Posted by easyweimaraner | November 27, 2013, 7:20 AM
  7. Please take good care of Jen, Rumpy. She needs some rests. Hugs xxx

    Posted by eripanwkevin | November 27, 2013, 8:32 AM
  8. Hope Jen feels a lot better in time for Thanksgiving and you all get the treats you deserve!

    Posted by Animalcouriers | November 27, 2013, 8:32 AM
  9. Aww whee hope Jen feels better soon

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | November 27, 2013, 8:40 AM
  10. Ahh Jen, hope u feel better soon!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | November 27, 2013, 10:57 AM
  11. Take good care of Jen Rumpy! I think you will have to help with the turkey! WOL! Woooowooooo!

    Posted by Kuruk | November 27, 2013, 11:08 AM
  12. Awww Jen, get well soon!
    Rumpy you take good care of her!!! 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!! 🙂

    Posted by marina kanavaki | November 27, 2013, 12:36 PM
  13. Love the “nose” shots. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted by The Mouse | November 27, 2013, 3:15 PM
  14. Just as well there’s no Macy’s here.

    I have never liked Seaworld, and when I took my son to the Gold Coast, did not visit it (though it’s big there). I also didn’t take him to see any tigers in Thailand, or elephants that do tricks. I just do not agree with it.

    I LOATHE Seaworld ever since I learned of that whale they kept penned up, the one who killed a trainer making it do stupid tricks for dumb gawking people. I wonder, actually, the fate of the whale now. Do you know?

    Love you Rumpy.

    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | November 27, 2013, 7:22 PM
  15. Get well soon Mum and Happy Thanks Giving!Dislike places like seaworld,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | November 28, 2013, 1:16 AM
  16. Take care of Jen, Rumpy. I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving together.
    The only thing that any of the large corporations take any notice of is money. If we had a Macy’s I would add it to the list of places that won’t get any of my money.

    Posted by Clowie | November 28, 2013, 5:13 AM
  17. Sniffling and coughing here. UGH. But Yes, Rumpy, vote with the pocket book. Here’s another reason not to shop at Macy’s. Better to support small local places anyway – they are your neighbors

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | November 28, 2013, 8:12 PM
  18. Nothing gets a company’s attention like a lighter pocketbook. I love that quote, you can really vote with your buck.. in the end they all do it for money anyway.

    Posted by LifeOfBun | December 1, 2013, 1:35 PM
  19. Jen, hope you’re feeling much better now, and that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | December 1, 2013, 6:09 PM

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