Friday, July 9, 2010

Animal Abuse

There are a lot of things I'll miss when I leave Oaxaca -- fresh tortillas, salsa music, the daily rains -- but there are a few aspects of the culture that I haven't fully embraced, and one of those is the local attitude toward animals. I know Americans are notorious for anthropomorphising their pets, and I've tried to keep an open mind about what occasionally seems like a cavalier attitude towards animal treatment, but today I witnessed a horrifying spectacle in which a sloth was tied up and beaten with sticks by my own classmates while others laughed and sang. The faces of the perpetrators are partially obscured in the videos below, but their outrageous actions must be exposed:

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