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Independence Day for all?

Posted: July 17, 2009 9:41 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I just got home from celebrating Independence Day with my family at the Valencia carnival held in the Bristol Farms parking lot.

How wonderful of the merchants to host a fun family celebration to celebrate America's independence from tyranny, slavery and oppression.

How sad that the independence from these things did not include the animals at this celebration.

I was among the many there who sadly watched as the ponies sweltered in the midday sun, with no shade, as they wound round and round in circles looking sad and miserable.

I wondered what message those parents were giving their children as they sat them on the hot, tortured backs of these unhappy creatures.

The children wondered why we celebrated our freedom and yet we're happy to enslave other creatures for our enjoyment, without a concern for their welfare and comfort.

Let's take this time as humane Santa Claritans to speak out for the voiceless who still do not have their independence and ask for more humane recreation for our children.


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