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04/19/2007


PETA VP Dan Mathews Blasts Atlanta Pride for Circuit Party at Aquarium

Out PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews was in Atlanta during the recent Pride celebrations and was troubled by a circuit party he heard about planned for the Georgia Aquarium:

I had never been inside an aquarium before--just outside as a demonstrator. I only learned of this gala when I arrived from Virginia to work PETA's booth at the gay pride festival in Piedmont Park. I found it ironic that my seemingly sophisticated subculture would celebrate freedom in a building that celebrates captivity.

MathewsMathews decided to investigate the party rather than protest it from outside, and was particularly concerned about the effect of ear-splitting dance music on the aquarium's beluga whales (particularly a 16-year-old named Beethoven, below):

Like gays, belugas are very social beings who in nature hang out in large, often exclusively same-sex groups called "pods." They are Arctic animals who travel thousands of miles each year in the wild, guided by an intricate sonar system centered in what looks like a bump on their forehead. They make high-pitched squeaks and whistles that bounce off the ocean floor, the polar ice caps and the coast to help them migrate, forage, breed and socialize.

This sonar system, which combines all their key senses, is thwarted in the relatively tiny aquarium tanks, and the trend in recent years of loud parties designed not for education but for extra profit has further devastated the lives and psyches of these uniquely gifted animals. The UN may have banned the torture of prisoners with music, but it is routinely practiced at the Georgia Aquarium.

BeethovenThe aquarium's guide, who was stationed at the tank to answer questions, said that loud music is especially bothersome to the whales:

"Especially the males―as soon as the music starts pounding, they go nuts and start attacking the harbor seals in the tanks. We had Jazz Fridays this summer, and I can't say many of the animals in any of the exhibits were fans. When the music starts, they get to fighting."

Mathews says he hopes the organizers will choose a more humane venue next year.

I wonder if Beluga whales have a tolerance for more mellow types of music? Mathews' post made me think of the video I featured several weeks ago of the Beluga whale in Mystic, Connecticut being serenaded by a Mexican mariachi band. That particular whale seemed more fascinated than upset.

A video of Beethoven the Beluga whale, AFTER THE JUMP...

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(image justin bieber with beethoven, the beluga whale referenced in mathews' post)

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Watch: Johnny Weir Taunts PETA with Look into His Furry Closet

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Figure skater Johnny Weir switched to faux fur at last year's Olympics after threats of disruption from animal rights groups, but a new video for Bluefly.com may very well reignite their anger.

Said Weir in January: "I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it's not something that's the No. 1 priority in my life. There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti. I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it's my choice."

In the new "Closet Confessions" video for Bluefly, Weir declares his love for fur, showing off a collection of his clothes made of python, beaver, fox, lynx, and a Balenciaga "tree" of leather bags.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jane Lynch Targets Breeders

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In a new campaign for PETA, Jane Lynch lobbies for an end to animal overpopulation and euthanization, urging folks to get their pets spayed and neutered.

She also wants you to stand up straight and slap on a little deodorant.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bea Arthur Protests McDonald's from Beyond the Grave

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Bea Arthur left money to PETA in her will, and they're using the Golden Girl's cash to take on the Golden Arches:

"PETA members dressed in black will also hold a spirited protest outside a downtown Chicago McDonald's to mark the ad's debut and the one-year anniversary of beautiful Bea's passing."


News: Gabourey Sidibe, Otters, Earmarks, Trey Songz, PETA

 road  Mixner on Obama and LGBT rights: Situation bad, very bad.

 roadVatican slams NYT, defends Pope's handling of clergy sexual abuse cases.

Dew roadBedazzled bugs.

 roadMeanest April Fool's prank of the day.

 roadCongresswoman institutes transparency in earmarks: "This year, I am unveiling a new, transparent and open approach to how I receive, review and submit these federal funding requests: every requesting organization has been asked to make a short presentation, which has been recorded and posted online."

 roadIn the UK, gay weddings get the regimental blessing.

 roadNew blog: The Healthy Boy.

 roadGabourey Sidibe to host SNL.

 roadLeonardo DiCaprio to play J Edgar Hoover in Dustin Lance Black biopic: "The flick would follow Hoover from founding of the FBI in 1935 to his long tenure as director of the crime-fighting organization. He was reportedly a cross-dresser and a homosexual. It will be very interesting to see how Black writes that (if at all) into the script."

 road  Jennifer Hudson signs on as Weight Watchers spokesperson.

 roadA longish but strangely vague review of the new Scissor Sisters album.

Songz road  Trey Songz perspires for the April issue of Vibe.

 roadPETA head Dan Mathews grilled by the meat police: "There's just one reason I ever invite a group of men whose names I don't know into my hotel room. And I don't think you're here for that reason - or are you?"

 roadKim Zolciak and Tracy Young are no longer a couple.

 roadLevi Johnston ready to defy Palin with reality show: "Johnston, father of Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, tells eonline that his show is going to be about him and his 'closest guys' shooting the breeze in Alaska. He said it will also show him trying to get a new girlfriend. 'I haven't dated since Bristol so that is going to be in the show,' Johnston, 19, said."

 roadCher goes surfing! Ok, paddleboarding.

 roadRafael Nadal lets balls fly at his nose.

 road  Geeks: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" as an 8-bit masterpiece.

Ellencomic road Ellen DeGeneres comic book in stores now.

 roadNational Organization for Marriage pushing to make gay marriage a wedge issue in gubernatorial election: "The Republican contest to determine who will challenge California Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall has focused so far on the bread-and-butter issues of the day — jobs, the economy and federal spending. That's changing as the June primary draws closer. A national group opposed to gay marriage is trying to shift the focus to that lightning rod issue in the coming weeks, putting pressure on the candidate seen as the most moderate of the three GOP challengers."

 roadThe most heartbreaking otter story of the day.

 roadLady Gaga to sing the next James Bond theme?

 roadWillacoochee: Gay couple seeks to close book on unsolved 1993 hate crime against them.

 roadD.C. marriage applications skyrocket: "Marriage applications have skyrocketed since the District started issuing licenses for same-sex couples this month, with droves of gay partners expected to relocate to the city from states where they can't tie the knot. About 1,100 marriage applications have been filed in the District since March 3, according to courthouse spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz, nearly six times the average monthly count."


News: Sarah Palin, Dave Navarro, Swedish Bus Drivers

 road Sarah Palin and Adam Lambert were both on the Tonight Show last night but the two didn't get within arm's reach of one another. According to an anonymous source, "Both camps have made it clear they have no interest in meeting backstage or on stage."

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 road Johnny Weir is still strutting his stuff on the streets of NYC.

 road Weir on being "too gay:" "There are so many kids like me, coming after me, whose parents might repress them just because they saw what they said about me, that their kids are going to turn out like me. And I think me is pretty fabulous."

 road Two men have been charged with felony hate crimes for an anti-gay attack outside of a community center in Seattle this past January. "The victim is so fearful he has stopped attending his mosque, required by his faith."

 road Cam Gigandet is even more attractive holding his baby.

 road A Catholic church in the Netherlands will give communion to gays. If they want it.

 road Dave Navarro strips for PETA.

 road A bus driver in Sweden kicked a man off of his bus not because he as offended by his exposed underwear but apparently because he was afraid he "could get turned on."

 road Argentina gets its second gay marriage.

 road Is Governor Paterson just as kinky as Eliot Spitzer?

 road Neil Patrick Harris will star in the live action big screen adaptation of The Smurfs. It's probably a much better idea than it initially sounds. 


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