I have not been to a big cat park in South Africa where I can pet or take close-ups with the cubs or adult cats. Its REALLY tempting! I mean, lion cubs! They are too cute and I would LOVE to hear those cats purr up close. But these venues are problematic. Each time I see one of those pictures pop up in my various newsfeeds I just see “dead cats walking”. These big cat farms are breeding grounds for the canned “hunting” (calling what happens hunting is problematic) farms, where wealthy foreigners pay to shoot and import the trophy.
But I just can’t bring myself to go. I know in a case like this my active non-anticipation in this tourist activity will not change the industry. However, I can keep talking and writing about the ethical issues of these parks and tourist ventures. Hopefully, as the truth spreads, as it did with Blackfish, tourist money can go towards efforts that do provide actual conservation efforts to protect these amazing big cats and their habitat.
Source: If you care about wildlife, these are the wildlife attractions you should avoid
South African students are protesting. They are fighting the rising cost of university fees, which are rising faster than financial aid and scholarships. Students across South Africa are protesting at their universities and shutting down the institutions today. I urge other students to follow #FeesMustFall no matter where you are in the world. Protesting students are being met with violence by police and students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have been injured. Students in Cape Town protesting at the parliament were also injured as they protested.
Al Jazeera interview with Akon, musician/activist, published on Jan. 24, 2015.
I’ve been on the receiving end of teachers or instructors who were scared of new ideas. They just didn’t know how to handle anyone who questioned their methodology. Since I had that experience the times that standout in my education were those moments when my instructor smiled and let me make an argument for my crazy idea. Those are the instructors I keep in mind when I think about being a professor because schools need more instructors who will welcome students’ ideas. Students take a risk when they approach an instructor. If an instructor smashes the student’s idea hater than welcoming it and helping the student channel & develop their idea into the best possible form for the class. I love this commercial. Hopefully, the message can resonate with people, not just for GE, but also other places where ideas scare us. As the commercial states “under the proper care, they [ideas] become something beautiful.”