Misleading Euphemisms

I‘ve pretty much had enough of politically correct nouns, terms, phrases–often borrowed from contemporary marketing, business and government.  “Horse harvesting” and “horse processing” are two of them.  Aren’t any of you old enough to remember the dairy man, the greengrocer, the haberdasher, and the butcher?  Have we become so precious in our speech that we now call the butcher a “product renderer”?  And so, the butchering of an animal is now known as the “harvesting of his meat”–or not even so specific:  “meat harvesting”.  In what way does a live, sentient being provide something which must be “harvested”?  Are they products of the earth in the same way as onions and cabbage are?

I’m tired of it.  Just as I’m tired of the continual hijacking of perfectly good words, like “oversight”–now trumped up as the noun form of “overseeing”, when “oversight” has always, ever meant  “an unintended omission.”   True, English is a mongrel language, and it becomes more unruly by the month.  Harumph…bah, humbug…and all those great auld lang syne expletives.

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The Future’s So Bright: Wear Shades

Les informations ci-bas seront répétés en français sous peu.  Voice for the Horse is hosting an International Writing Competition for Young People, up to age 18, on the subject of wild horses.  VFTH is a great advocate of mustangs, burros, and all those timeless equines Wild Horse Annie (Velma Johnston) fought so hard to preserve for future generations.  I’ll be talking more about VFTH, and (beware), writing to select horse advocacy and horse-loving groups to promote this Competition to their memberships.  The young ones need little encouragement to share their love of horses, but what we need is to hear it, read it, and understand how crucial it is to the continuing care of all equines everywhere.  The combination of writing and writing about what we are passionate about (and I do know a little bit about that particular combination) is priceless, and all young horse-lovers will revel in the process, the journey which gives voice to their love and admiration of the equine, and gives a voice to the horse as well.  More later.  In the meantime, please visit the links above and encourage your young ones to submit their thoughts (hey, they’re all writing poetry and short stories, hidden somewhere you have no idea where, and they’re all about their angst, passion, devotion, to friends, dogs, cats…and horses.  I know I did).  Submissions can be in Français or English.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Sloth: the 7th Deadly Sin

A horse owner recently asked me a passel of questions; then, when I took the time to answer them, emailed me back saying that she knew the answers, and had been following the US fight against horse slaughter on the internet.  Well, that’s all well and good, but you know what?  I don’t have the time to answer every individual, especially after I’ve sent them to this blog which answers a lot of their questions, in detail, but I took the time because I thought that everyone was entitled to the facts.   I’m not sure why she bothered:  maybe she wanted to see if I really knew what I was talking about.  G u e s s   w h a t ?  

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An Empire of One

I don’t mind getting spam on this blog; my readers will never see it because I have an excellent spam-catcher selected by my excellent webmaster, Tyler.  Just lately, however, there have been comments sent by really rude, and clearly, ill-informed people who think expletives make their message stronger.  They don’t.  Let me respond to you all such now:  this blog is an Empire of One; I’m the Empress, animator, chief cook and bottle-washer, which basically means that all comments go to me for moderation (‘sober, second thought’) and I decide whether the comment appears on this blog.  Hey, one has so little power in this universe, it gratifies me to have even that little pocket of power over my own blog.

As such, any of you who are pro- horse slaughter and wish to intelligently, thoughtfully, and politely respond to my Primer with a civil tongue in your head, you are more than welcome to comment here, and I will be happy to cross swords with you.  Those of you who have the IQ of a gnat, the verbal skills of a three-year-old, and the anger management of a serial killer, are not welcome to comment.  I trust my description helps you identify yourselves. Got it?  Good.  Now let’s get on with the final few questions of our Primer.

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Opposing Reader Reviews

Marie Dean, a strong supporter of the CHDC, wrote this review of Ground Manners. A Novel:

Ground Manners by Cynthia D’Errico is a rollercoaster book of thrills and heart-pounding drama.  I have never been so absorbed, and never read a book so fast before in my life – just couldn’t put it down.  Ground Manners has actually got me interested in reading again.  It was thought provoking, captivating and I so wanted to be part of the group of characters – I so wanted to meet them in person – crazy!  The love and trust between human and horse, as well as between the horses themselves is so eloquently expressed that you are engulfed in the deepest of bonds.    Being a horse owner and lover I felt so greatly the vulnerable side of the horse, which Cynthia puts into words so gently that you are exhausted from emotion.    The details of horse slaughter are few, but the terror is felt and written between the lines – the horror and evil is understood.  Powerful read!! —Marie Dean, Waterford, Ontario, Supporter of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC).

Now here’s another Review written by someone on Amazon (and I did try to reach him to get his permission, but alas, so I hope he doesn’t mind my posting it here [csa was his moniker]):

This wasn’t quite what I expected. It dwelled a bit too long on the rescue aspect of horses and described things I really wish I could “unread”. I know there are people who need to be reminded of the cruelty of humans toward other inhabitants of this earth, but for one with a lot of empathy, it was just a bit over the top for me. The story line was easy to follow although a bit contrived and required a stretch of belief in places. The most interesting parts to read, aside from the historic aspect of the Canadian horse (of which I own several), were the interactions among the herd of horses. Those parts helped me see some members of our herd in a new light. The author did a good job of expressing the spirits of horses.


Of course, what I really liked

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About the Pix

My webmaster is virtually the smartest person on the planet…but he’s also very busy, so I’m not sure how to release the “copyright” condition on the postcard (back and front) I presented in a prior post as a way for you to reach your MP (although you can always order the printed cards from me directly at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com at no charge, or download them from the CHDC blog).  On this same subject, I want to clarify that I have copied pix from various animal/horse advocacy sites which belong to them, not me.  In all cases, I’ve identified the copyright owners of those pictures (with the exception of Deb’s pix…cuz she’s just so good to me).  If anyone or any organisation out there has a problem with this, let me know.

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