Hi folks, and welcome to my website! I'm Despina - thanks for visiting.
I completed two business certificates before starting my own business in 1998 as Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance, and worked very hard to quickly build up Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance to be one of the biggest Bellydance schools in Sydney.
Writing is my another passion of mine, and I have a Bachelor of Arts with English Literature and Sociology majors, and also five writing diplomas. You can see my list of published work on the Writing page, and read some of my work here:
Animal lovers, you will be interested to view the film Earthlings. It's is an excellent way to get an overview of the current situation of animals in our world. If you're concerned about what you see in this film, you can do something about it: you can go vegan. You might ask why veganism is the answer, and why changing the laws or changing methods of killing isn't. A very fair question which you'll find answers to here: Animal Q&A.
or on the image below to see the film.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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