Circle the wagons

I understand that nostalgia is popular, but I have to ask, at what cost? A horse sharing the pavement with motor vehicles has never been a good mix, and the new business of offering carriage rides in downtown Asheville seems quite problematic. Besides questioning the humaneness of forcing a single horse to pull a heavy […]

Protect our puppies

Years ago, I was involved in rescuing and relocating dogs from a puppy mill, and images of that day will remain with me forever. Groups of dogs were living together in small, feces-encrusted cages that were stacked one upon another. But while physical conditions were shocking, learning about the long-term psychological effects on these animals […]

Foie gras is banned for a reason

Birds on foie gras farms are gravely ill, not “happy” (see “Foie Gras Ban a Waste of Energy,” http://avl.mx/jk). Being force-fed several pounds of food every day via a pneumatic tube that is shoved down their throats causes birds’ livers to expand to more than 10 times the normal size, resulting in a disease known […]

Feathers come from birds

Feathers are obviously the new fashion trend. There were multiple vendors at Bele Chere selling feather hair extensions, feather hair clips, feather earrings, etc. I encourage everyone to do a little research as to where these feathers come from. Consumer awareness is especially important when animals are involved. — Kira Poteat Clyde

Your diet can change the world

The article “Naughty or Nice? Two (Very) Opposite Sides of the Holiday Food Spectrum” [Dec. 15, 2010 Xpress] begins with the sentence, “Don’t give a flying fig about your waistline or cholesterol level over the holidays? Would you rather chew the fat than gnaw on a carrot stick?” While this opening perpetuates the myth that […]