I have made a decision. My blog was always a place to make you smile, share each day's magic moments, create a collective "Awwwww" over something one of the animals did, bring me - and you, I hope - peace and happiness. I lost my focus with the whole importation/ethical rescue thing, and it all began with facebook.
Ever since I started using facebook, all the Oh My God This Is Awful stories and pictures have popped up on my newsfeed, all the outrage and debate and defensiveness and frustration has come flooding out of my computer every time I turn it on - in comments and emails, on facebook and blogs. In the last two days, another 500 people viewed those importation posts - it is clearly experiencing a whole new round of facebook shares among importers and their supporters. And I am deleting nasty, unhelpful comments and emails as fast as they come in.
And to be honest, I am sick of it. It is like a never ending newsreel of Bad Bad Bad news. It's not who I am or how I want to live my life. I prefer to be an ostrich.
So later today I will write one more blog about importing and rescue - much of which will be in point form - to bring closure to that issue. It will be posted tonight or tomorrow morning. I will not publish any comments on it, nor respond to any emails about it. Take it for what it is worth, and if it is worth nothing to you then ignore it.
And tomorrow, I shall delete all facebook contacts who are not family or personal friends, I shall unharness myself from groups and loops that I don't want to be caught up in, I shall go back to my quiet 'I help-with-homechecks-and-transports' type of rescue work only, and I shall disconnect from the negativity that is pulling me down, affecting my sleep and my health and peace of mind.
Tomorrow night, I shall resume my old style of blogging - frequent, short, happy stories and photos. Starting with a beautiful morning sunrise from last week, and a story of some deer. Life is too short to get bogged down in crap.
I hope you will say "Welcome Back".