Carol: Hi Hurst! So a big story in animal land this week is about PETA who put out a recommended list of non-violent idioms to use in place of some commonplace phrases that involve harming animals…you know, like “beating a dead horse” and “more than one way to skin a cat.” I’ve always hated those phrases because of the images they conjure in your mind.
Hurst: Yeah, I know what you mean. But, substituting those old phrases for newer, nicer ones sounds like a good idea. Why was it such a big news item?
Carol: Well, some people thought it was silly, others felt there were bigger animal advocacy battles to fight, and some just felt it was yet another kooky animal rights stunt. So, we’re leading this week’s news links with an excellent op-ed piece written by Summer Anne Burton from Buzzfeed. Shout out to DawnWatch for putting it on many people’s radar.
Hurst: Cool, I can’t wait to dive into it. I can see how that type of article could open a can of wor…I mean beans. You really took the flower by the thorns, this week didn’t you?
Carol: Yes, that’s it! We have so many interesting, odd, and heartwarming news stories this week. Did you hear about the eels that get stuck up the nose of monk seals?
The Riddle of the Roaming Plastics from Hakai Magazine
Climate Change Is Making Sharks Right-Handed from Live Science
Watch the Captivating Courtship Dance of Manta Rays from Hakai Magazine
City Frogs Are the Sexiest Frogs from The Atlantic
These spiders feed their leftovers to carnivorous plants from National Geographic
Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Giraffes from The Center for Biological Diversity
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