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The Rock-itt : March 2012
"To lock horns with som eone" is an expression often times used today. Its origins are found in the early 1800's and refer to horned animals tussling with one another. They would use their horns as weapons as they would rear up or charge their opponent and locking horns they would become stuck, unable to move on or away. While the animal contests were often playful shades of bravado, humans locking horns is certainly of a more serious nature. It describes someone becoming embroiled in conflict with another and sadly when it comes to animals, and our relationship with them, there is no greater area of conflict, making friends with some and food of others. It was the great hum anitarian, Albert Schweitzer, who back in 1923 encapsulated this thinking so succinctly when he said “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Finding peace is som ething we at Edgar's Mission strive to do each day, whether it is through our life changing outreach work or life saving animal rescue. This month saw many great strides in finding peace. Our recently rescued goats Eric, Annie, Colly, Woody, Callie, Crumpet and the magnificent Carl Lewis, joined our other goats in Goatville. Carl Lewis being the m ost recently rescued goat of this group, arrived at Edgar's Mission on 06/02/12. As with all new residents, he received a full health check, was drenched, received a parasitic treatment and pedicure and was introduced to the delights of wheetbix. While Carl Lewis the human, and one tim e fastest man on earth, earned fame and fortune with his deft turn of SPEED it was swift Carl Lewis the goat who earned his reprieve with an equally impressive 100metre dash. Legend has it Carl Lewis, the ruggedly handsome Boer goat, jumped ship from a truck that was abattoir bound. Serving his time in the local pound saw no one come forth to claim the wily and somewhat odoriferous goat and so it was a slight detour to the vet for castration for Carl to keep in line with the strict no breeding policy at Edgar's Mission. Uncastrated male goats, for the uninitiated, have quite a 'distinctive' smell which not only comes from their testosterone charged urine they delight in spraying upon themselves but also FROM sebaceous scent glands located at the base of each horn. Our 'no breeding' policy has nothing to do with us not liking baby animals - far from it, who cannot be taken in by the cute and cuddliness of baby animals? Rather it is borne out of our realisation that there are so many animals out there that need rescuing and for us to bring more into the world would only m ean they would be taking the place of rescued animals. We do, however, play doting midwives to any females that arrive at www.edgarsmission.org.au By Pam Ahern