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Don't purchase fur this holiday season

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS 12/14/2005 , letters to the editor:

Don't purchase fur this holiday season  

(Original publication: December 14, 2005)

Noted lecturer Dr. Wayne Dyer cites studies that indicate doing something kind raises your level of serotonin, the "feel good" hormone; the same studies report that even watching a kindness being done has the same effect.

This holiday season, consider taking advantage of this easy way to feel good by not only doing kind acts for people, but for animals as well. And in addition, to not only remember homeless animals in shelters but to think long and hard before purchasing real fur items for your gift list to remember the suffering you're contributing to while you run your hand over that fox jacket or rabbit vest and instead, to turn away and say "No" to cruelty purchases. For some readers this will be a real effort: but I truly believe you will feel good, knowing you've chosen to make a gesture of kindness that perhaps you hadn't done before and knowing that your kindness may help change the world to a more compassionate place for all the beings who share this earth.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, blessed holiday.

Kiley Blackman, Yonkers
The writer is spokesperson,

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