Hi to everyone in NS!
This week is march break and two of the museums in Halifax have brought in live animals. The Museum of Natural History has insects which they are cooking, e.g. maggots, etc. and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic's theme is Pets at Sea, so they have animals that were traditionally pets on ships. The animal rights group I am part of were asked BY THE MUSEUM to table there with literature, like we've been doing for approximately six years, so we set up a schedule for our members, and one of us has been there almost all week. The Museum of Natural History has gone quite well because people are grossed out by the cooked insects so when they see our table with info promoting veg*ism it seems like a great idea
However, things haven't gone so well at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. At first, they were limiting which pamphlets we could put out (e.g. no pamphlets re: the seal hunt because it's bloody and disturbing), and a few days ago, they told us we had to remove two of our display boards because there were pictures of caged animals on them and they were "traumatizing the children". Hmmmmm. Isn't that exactly what they have all through the museum? there are Squirrel Monkeys, Lemurs, a single Crow (!), a leopard (who's endangered), a hedgehog, two goats, two pigs, a rainbow McCaw, two other McCaws, tons of mice (who are probably being fed to the snakes who are directly across from them), rats, an iguana, and a tarantula. I think there's a couple others that I can't remember right now too.
Anyway, I'm asking people to write a letter to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and other relevant people (I'll get names and addresses and post them for you) to let them know it is not acceptable to promote animals in captivity. If you want more info just pm me, I have pics of these poor little guys too. Thanks to anyone who's willing to help out! manda