And here we are, DRDOOLITTLE, years later, and Connie is dead. They separated her and Shaba in San Diego, and Connie soon thereafter died from a compound of illnesses due to a lifetime of captivity on a half acre. The story I heard through the grapevine was SD Zoo staff had the decency to bring Shaba in to be with her during her last moments. And as she passed, people there (who I probably don't like much, but nonetheless) claim Shaba put forth the most mournful cry. I still get super teared up and it kills me that we were not successful at moving them to a sanctuary instead, together. We tried so hard. For literally years, and over two campaigns.
We are doing elephants a tremendous disservice by keeping them in any form of captivity for profit. If you have any doubt about that, watch An Apology to Elephants: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/an-apolog…
There's nothing extreme about me other than my compassion, ZOO FAN. Maybe one day you'll have some.
I'm so incredibly stoked about this conference! And we're so lucky to have this happening in Tucson - not LA, not NYC - TUCSON.
I had an experience at Forever 21 at the Tucson Mall just yesterday. I needed a hot pink hoodie for a costume (à la Princess Bubblegum casual if you're wondering: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkww7gqLOU1…) and found the perfect hoodie at Forever 21. But they did not have an extra large. In fact, they make no extra larges whatsoever. Now keep in mind, a large at Forever 21 is more like a Small or Medium in real sizing. So the large, of course, fit me a bit snuggly. I was directed to their "Faith 21" section which has all of Forever 21's many clothing departments (Activewear, Denim, etc) but in plus-sized, crammed into a tiny corner of the store. Not surprisingly, no "Faith 21" comparable pink hoodie. Why no extra large guys? Would it kill you? You KNOW you're using cheap ass sweatshop labor, which is an infraction in itself...so would it be THAT MUCH more expensive for your multi-million dollar company to offer one more size in all your stuff for us size 12 gals?
I hope that the owner of The Mint invests in the exterior of the club sooner than later. The level of sketchy portrayed by the outside doesn't match the class, sass, and awesome that Don't Blink Burlesque supplies inside every Saturday.
I also wish Miss Taracena had found a better way to word, "She's the biggest out of all of the dancers..." I know she goes on to compliment her curves, but really...being a writer, couldn't she think of a kinder way to say that?
I want to see them sent to P.A.W.S. Perhaps something can be done there to keep them together. Reid Park put Connie and Shaba through enough by keeping them on a mere .5 acre for over three decades. It's time to retire these poor girls.
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