“Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year’s Eve after revelers set off fireworks that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as 2012 approached.”
That’s right: After finding thousands of dead bird bodies in the street last New Year’s Day, the good citizens of Arkansas responded by… setting off fireworks again last night. Dead birds rained down onto the streets again. Happy new year, everybody!
Seriously: If people cannot bring themselves to give up a frivolous pleasure like fireworks, how can we hope to provoke them to behave less dangerously and selfishly when it comes to the more substantial changes animals and the planet need them to make?