Monthly Archives: July 2004

lost hamster

[ from the dept. ]

Lost the hamster in my sofa tonight. Guess it was a bit pissed off as I cleaned his house of all the rotten food it saved during the last weeks.
Apart from the food starting to rot some of it is also going mouldy, and also it has its hamster shit in between its nuts and veggies. It should be happy that its house is now tidy.
But instead it tried to grap as much food as possible for moving out of is fairly modern one hamster appartment with house, garden and garage into the dark and depth of the sofa, where it got lost.
slightly annoying that it is not my hamster- it should be returned in some weeks in good nick without any major damages. Who knows what thw sofa is going to be like then.
The main problem is also that this particular hamster is also too stupid to use its body building exercise hamster wheel. So in order to keep it a bit running around it basically has to leave its cage and run around the room, where it first disappeared in the heating, after trying to chew its way out of the room through the electric cables.

Anyway, decided I never want to have a hamster myself, though they are very cude. The cat is back to its owner, it was very nice too.

native americans over in Scotland

[ from the dept. ]

Today there was a protest at the scottish power share holding meeting against PacifiCorp, which owns several dams on a river. Anyway made loads of interviews and pictures and met amazing people.
Apart from that I have a horrible stomach bug, which keeps me in close distance of toilets. (More details are censored).
Will try to make a feature out of this protest.
There was also lots of mainstream media, but am wondering why they are so incredibly unpassionate about this issue – or any other issue.
Maybe they are scared of getting sued?
Amongst the protesters there was also an elderly woman, who gave me a press pack, and only when I was at home, I realised, that, in fact she was protesting against windfarms because of a possible loss of her property price.
Also met an amazing couple from Rogue Valley Imc, unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to talk to them, as we were all busy filming or doing interviews or chewing on the smoked salmon sticks, which were provided by the friendly Indians.
One thing which I particularly liked about the native americans, was, that they are as such not primitivists, (at least not in an Uk like activist defintion) but still they respect and value their environment, and that is great.

animal news and experiences

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Today is more animal day.
I am still furious with this pet shop and the grey parrot. It has been feather picking itself horribly, and they do it because they are so intelligent and when they are bored. The University of Hannover is expert in these behaviour problems of grey parrots, they founded the “grey parrot dating agency” to stop them feather picking. Anyway, and they don’t remove any feathers, so the parrot can actually fly, and they build big huge rooms for the loving grey parrots couples.
Grey parrots are not particularly revolutionary lovers, as they are monogamous. This means they are very picky in choosing their partners and hold them to be their life long property.
Anyway, most grey parrots are very expensive, as they do not bread well if kept as pets. Therefore lots of parrots are still captured in the wild and the certificates forged.
So to have a grey parrot in a pet shop just to attract visitors and to keep it there in a stupid environment and incapable of flying and single is quite mean, imho. The pet shop was even worse in that it also kept dog puppies for sale. Most pet shops do not sell anymore puppies and kittens in their shop, as the amount social interactions are very important during the life span when they are leaving their family, and keeping them alone in a cage is not good for them.
So, this is one fairly unpolitical thing which felt to have been mentioned.
As well as i am totally pissed off with Channel 4 s newscoverage of the animal rights acitivists in targeting the planned research primate lab.
Apparantly another building firm pulled out from building the research facility because their staff was hassled and intimitated.
At the moment I still do agree that particularly research on primates should be heaily restricted and no new facilities being built. Actually somebody I vaguely knew worked at a primate research lab, and he agreed that the surgical research trials were particularly horrible. He worked on SIV research, which is a primate variation of HIV, as far as remember. Cats (felines) have also a vaguely similar virus FIV.