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August 27, 2009

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Wow! It sounds like you had an excellent trip Jasmin, and you're absolutely right: respect and compassion for all the creatures we share this planet with is an issue without boundaries. Tactics to create positive change in this direction will differ from culture to culture and will be achieved at different speeds in each one. I'm glad to hear that South Africa is highly committed to animal welfare, and my congratulations to them on their great work!

I agree that we don't hear enough about international issues, or in fact about many domestic ones. Our news media tend to report issues that will captivate an audience and build viewer numbers so that advertising can be sold at higher prices. That doesn't necessarily mean reporting what's important or even reporting objectively; it just means doing what they feel is necessary to build an audience. Much of the news we get in this country might more accurately be called news-related entertainment.

Jasmin -- your blog was so inspirational. I had no idea that South Africa was so aware and proactive for needed change. Thank you for bringing this to your blog readers. Great job. So glad that the short trip was so meaningful to you.

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