The Gentle Island ain’t what she use to be. Fifty Innocent animals massacred and a literary darling vamped up for a new generation.
I join my fellow, decent, islanders in disgust and disbelief at the discovery of fifty seals, mostly pups, bludgeoned to death (and near-death, then left to freeze to death), on a deserted shoreline. This act is both appalling and heartbreaking. I can’t begin to imagine their cries and the terror they suffered as they were struck, one after another; for no reason other than the enjoyment of some deranged coward.
“All of the pups were only a few weeks old and were still nursing, and some even had milk in their stomachs.” “All had severely fractured skulls,”
Pierre-Yves Daoust, wildlife pathologist, Atlantic Veterinary PEI.
Prince Edward Island is a tourist destination. Inhabitants are known for friendly welcoming kindness. Yes, there are miscreants. However, overall, this is a beautiful place with small community values. The actions of the individual(s), is NOT representative of the island way of life. It is sad that these defenseless little souls were tortured, and that someone thought that was just fine.
It is unlawful to interfere with marine animals, or to cause unnecessary suffering, under the Criminal Code of Canada. These acts are punishable by law. Donations have been coming in to the Humane Society International/Canada. The initial $1000 reward is now a $5000 reward for anyone who has information that will reveal the killer(s).
The RCMP has now joined the investigation. Anyone with any information should contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or the RCMP.
And then there is THIS:
Anne of Green Gables gets “modernized” or skanked-up, for a new Amazon US edition. The “new” Anne is a buxom, sexy, bleached-blonde with come-hither eyes and a confident pout. I’m wondering if the folks at Amazon actually read the books.
Anne Shirley, is a stray: an orphan. She’s a pale faced, eleven-year-old, redheaded girl, with freckles. She lives in the smallest province in Canada, on a farm, in Avonlea, in the 1800’s. She wears dresses and petticoats, not a button down, Daisy Duke shirt. She is not a cast member of Beverly Hills 90210, Pretty Little Liars, or The OC. The words of the late, Olive B. Hill, (my ex-mother-in-law), came to my mind, the first time I saw the cover of the new Amazon collection: “Who the SHIT is this Bitch!?”
Anne of Green Gables is a literary Classic and a novel for all ages. There is no need to sex it up. Sometimes we have to judge a book by its cover. In this case, the cover does NOT represent the content.
Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.”
Opening paragraph, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I understand that the copyright of Anne of Green Gables, has expired and public domain allows the public to besmirch literature, this doesn’t make right. A little “Decency and decorum” would have been appreciated. Put “Little Orphan Annie” in that outfit, and see how it goes over!
Let me be perfectly clear: Anne of Green Gables is MORE than a fictional character in a book! She is a folk hero to many around the world. She is a role model for young girls. She is an icon and an ambassador for Prince Edward Island. Millions have visited here to see the places LM Montgomery wrote about. We love our mischievous little, red-haired, tomboy. There is no room for white-trash Anne, on Prince Edward Island.
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