Anyone following Ian Somerhalder on twitter will quickly discover that he has a passion for animals and the environment. He is constantly tweeting to raise awareness or to encourage funding for various groups that deal with either the environment or animals. Obviously, these are extremely necessary and worthy causes. In fact most would be hard pressed to see where this kind of activism falls short.
Somerhadler recently linked to a cat slaying in Arkansas.
Obviously this crime is heinous and represents a break of trust between humanity and animals. I was in complete agreement with Somerhalder's desire to raise awareness until I read the following:This past week, The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher attacked this country’s great media divide. He embedded with South Carolinians of differing political viewpoints and tracked their divergent news diets. “There’s more campaign news and commentary out there than ever before,” writes Fisher, “but more and more citizens are tucking themselves inside information silos where they see mainly what they already agree with.”
For further evidence of this phenomenon, try pumping “liberal dead cat arkansas” into Google News. Those search terms fetch a chilling and apparently partisan story from Russellville, Ark. The skinny is this: Jacob Burris, the campaign manager for Arkansas Democratic congressional candidate Ken Aden, found his family’s cat slain in front of his house, the word “liberal” painted on its dead body. (source)