Animal Rights and Wrongs

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Animal rights is a significant issue in society all over the world. Cruelty to animals is a big problem today just as it has been for centuries. Even in places where there are strict laws preventing animal abuse, cruelty still happens all too often. This is a test of human civility, making it an important matter for everyone who lives on this planet.
The issue doesn’t stop with people abusing their pets. It extends to treatment of animals for the sake of fur, hunting and fishing, veganism, human overpopulation, producing food, testing products, fighting, etc. There may also be a link between those who are cruel to animals and domestic violence. People are on both sides of the animal rights topic while speaking out on behalf of their beliefs.
There is much that can be done to help combat the problem. Caring individuals can adopt a pet. Those who aren’t able to adopt may foster until an owner can be found. Anyone who can’t foster may still be able to donate their time, money, towels, blankets, pillows, etc. to non-kill shelters and/or animal rights organizations such as the Humane Society, ASPCA, Ace of Hearts, Marley’s Mutts and Last Chance Critters. There are other good organizations that protect animals but there are some that do kill the animals such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the city pound. Sharing rescue stories is another good way to help spread awareness.

Griffith Park has Something for Everyone

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Griffith Park was created in 1896 when civic-minded philanthropist, Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith donated 3,015 acres of land to the city of Los Angeles on December 16. It’s one of the largest urban parks in North America totaling 4,210 acres. The park is operated by the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks.
Exercise enthusiasts, tourists, families, nature lovers and many other individuals with a wide range of interests enjoy Griffith Park. There are many recreational events that take place all over the park at any given time. Many golf courses are spread throughout. The Hollywood Sign is a big place of interest for many out of town visitors. Even the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are located here. As one walks through the park on one of the many trails, it’s easy to see people enjoying themselves everywhere.
Wildlife and vegetation are important aspects to the park. Due to this fact, forest fires can be detrimental to the survival of the living things that call Griffith Park home. No smoking and campfire signs are posted all over to attempt to keep the risk of fire low. This is such a big problem due to the very dry climate in southern California.

Church Feeds Hungry

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Every Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament holds a food drive to feed the hungry of Los Angeles, Calif. The event is held at 6657 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. This is extremely compassionate behavior on behalf of the church. The process is simple. As individuals walk up to the pantry, they are handed a bunch of food to take with them. The church also has The Center at Blessed Sacrament, which is working to end homelessness in Hollywood. This is located at 6636 Selma Ave. There are even more ways to help at Hope-Net.
According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, approximately 57,735 homeless people now call Los Angeles home. This is a 23.5 percent increase from 2012. Now, the city of L.A. is considering restricting the public feeding of homeless people. If such a law were established, it would join more than 30 other major U.S. cities. In many of these areas, churches and other relief organizations have taken measures to make food lines inside rather than in public.
Los Angeles and New York City combine to account for 20 percent of America’s homeless population. Both HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Mike Arnold, the homeless authority’s executive director, agree that housing costs are the main reason for the increase in homelessness. Donovan concluded that progress was also inhibited by federal cutbacks on the homeless.