Deep Roots Sanctuary has published the 8th “Carnival of Empty Cages”, for which they are now the permanent home.
For those who are not especially familiar with “Carnivals” (other than, perhaps, the one in Rio), they are based around specific themes, and are blog posts that compile many posts from many blogs from a given month (generally). The posts included are usually submitted to them by others. It is a neat way, in my opinion, for wider connections to be made in the blogosphere. We all have blogs that we read regularly, and those bloggers have blogs that they read regularly, and so on. The Carnival closes some of those loops.
I admit I usually have read all the posts that are mentioned in the Carnival of Empty Cages, but there are also always blogs and posts I have either been neglecting or have not run across in the past. I also find it interesting to see in one post the incredible variety and breadth of topics that we’re covering in the animal rights community. And that’s just a snapshot. Looking back at the Carnival archives gives yet another perspective. I need to remember to start submitting posts I stumble on for them to include in future Carnivals, because if I have any complaint, it has to be that the snapshot is a bit small. Not narrow, but definitely small. Since it is up to us to submit posts we read and think would be good to have included, and since I am the one voicing this complaint, I definitely need to remember to do something about it! I hope others do as well.
So, you can tell, I’m a fan of the Carnival, and I’m very grateful for Deep Roots Sanctuary for taking on the job. I bet it is a lot of work, and I bet they don’t get thanked enough for it!
Deep Roots Sanctuary is itself worth checking out. Here’s what their “about” page says:
The Deep Roots Animal Sanctuary is a non-hierarchical, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all animals. It is our goal to decrease violence against animals by establishing a safe space that will provide refuge for debilitated and displaced animals, on-going veterinary care, wildlife rehabilitation, community programs, and education. We will carry out our mission in as sustainable a manner as possible and without compromising our commitment to anti-oppressive relationships.
We believe that in order to create a more compassionate world, it is vital that we not only exhibit compassion towards rescued animals, but to embrace compassion in all aspects of our lives. The is why we act upon the belief that all forms of systematic violence and oppression are interconnected and must be approached and dismantled simultaneously.
They’re an extremely new sanctuary, still in the process of being created in many respects, but it is clear that they have put a lot of thought into the kind of sanctuary and the kind of place they want to build. We literally can never have enough sanctuaries, and I get a small taste of the effort and dedication required from my regular sanctuary volunteer work, yet I know that it is the kind of endeavor that can’t be fully comprehended until it is undertaken. Hats off to anyone who has it in them!
So keep an eye out for more Carnivals, as well as more developments at Deep Roots!