FUREEDOM WALL

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS -

Two is­sues in two weeks -- that, in a nutshell, was why the An­i­mal Scene team was rather pre­oc­cu­pied, even as ev­ery­one was still reel­ing from the pass­ing of the late ed­i­tor Char­lene Bo­bis. We didn’t think the July trib­ute to Char­lene was enough -- far from it, re­ally, es­pe­cially be­cause we had to rush the clos­ing of the pre­vi­ous is­sue in a mat­ter of days. She was, af­ter all, more than the mag­a­zine’s ed­i­tor; she was its ad­vo­cate and keeper. She took it un­der her wing and guarded it with her life, leav­ing be­hind care­ful in­struc­tions dur­ing her last days to en­sure that the pub­li­ca­tion thrived with­out her at the helm. Even as she was get­ting ready to leave this world be­hind, she wanted to make sure An­i­mal Scene would out­live her. That was how much she cared about this mag­a­zine and the an­i­mals it fea­tured monthly. As a cat mom and res­cuer, she knew that the world needed more peo­ple who truly cared for the well-be­ing of an­i­mals. Per­haps I will for­ever won­der why she thought I should take her place. My cu­rios­ity, how­ever, is over­shad­owed by my grat­i­tude, not to men­tion my de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­tinue what Char­lene started. True to form, An­i­mal Scene’s Au­gust is­sue show­cases sto­ries that el­e­vate its read­ers’ per­cep­tion of an­i­mals: that they have the same right to live and en­joy life as we do. For in­stance, Fur The Win -- a col­umn Char­lene asked me is the very min­i­mum we should ob­serve to­wards our fel­low an­i­mals. This month’s piece tack­les how ve­g­an­ism pushes us closer to a fu­ture that’s safe for all our cat com­pan­ions. On the cover, you’ll see the Or­ange-winged Ama­zon -- a par­rot who doesn’t talk as much as its cousins. This beau­ti­ful bird is a tes­ta­ment to the adage, “Silent wa­ters run deep.” Be­cause par­rots cap­tured from the wild are sold to an­i­mal keep­ers through­out the world, their num­bers con­tinue to dwin­dle. We at An­i­mal Scene hope that by writ­ing about them, we raise aware­ness about how we can stop be­ing a threat to their ex­is­tence. !! si­mul­ta­ne­ously ob­served with 32 other cities from around the world! We are proud to be part of his­tory as we stand side by side with our hu­man and an­i­mal brethren. For In­vert Spot­light, # $ % &' to keep the lo­ca­tion se­cret to pro­tect the species and the many other crea­tures the taran­tu­las share their habi­tat &( $ )! ! * For The Wild Side, Gregg Yan rem­i­nisces about his days in Sil­li­man Univer­sity where a few fresh­wa­ter croc­o­diles % ! & ' + / % % 0 1 47 In­deed, as we pon­der the fate of our dis­tant cousins in Fins, Feather, and Fur (one of the reg­u­lar cor­ners of An­i­mal Scene), our team hopes to con­trib­ute to the con­ser­va­tion of all an­i­mal species. This is their world, too. And through this mag­a­zine, we want to do our part so that no species ever leaves the an­i­mal scene, pun in­tended.

Mer­lin and Top­per, two of the adopted an­i­mals I share my home with.

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