Saturday, December 25, 2010

2011: year of the Metal Rabbit

By the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 is a year of the rabbit. The rabbit is a friendly introvert and a good teacher. A rabbit year should be calm, peaceful and a good time to work by diplomacy and compromise. I hope that will make it a good year for animal welfare advocacy.

It seems that, more and more, animal welfare is an issue of side, or extremes, attack ads and entrenched positions. It is sometimes difficult to move the discussion to a place of calm, friendly, middle-of-the-road discussion. But in many cases this is where the solutions are to be found.

The zodiac also has a five year cycle of the elements. And 2011 will be metal, hence, a year of the metal rabbit. This might help those of us one the more moderate path stick to it with determination rather than getting pulled into the tit for tat and blame game of competing interest groups.

Let's hope so, anyway.

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