Meat is murder! Animal ownership is slavery! Be kind to animals, don’t eat—
Oh, hey! You startled me. I didn’t see you standing there. I’m Marla from Karma’s a Killer—though I hear Kate calls me Goth Girl. What am I doing with all of these signs? Isn’t it obvious? I’m here with HEAT (Humans for Ethical Animal Treatment.) We’re an animal activist group from Sacramento. We stage protests and do other publicity stunts to get even with people who abuse animals. You know, people who eat hamburgers, go to zoos, wear fur coats, keep birds in cages, that sort of thing. I’ve been hanging out with HEAT ever since I left home. I’m only sixteen, but I’ve experienced way more in my life than most people. Gotten into some trouble, too. That’s why I ran away from…
Never mind. I’m not supposed to talk about that.
Why am I picketing DogMa, a no-kill animal shelter? Now that you mention it, I’m not sure. Raven told us to come here, and when Raven says do something, we do it. Don’t tell anyone, but I feel a little weird protesting a dog rescue. I want to adopt a puppy myself. But if Raven says that animal ownership is evil, then it must be evil. She wouldn’t lie to me, right?
I like Raven. She knows all about my past and protects me anyway. But lately, she’s been kind of crazy, even for her. I’m worried about her. She’s acting all weird, like she’s got some sort of plan. Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t get her hurt.
Uh oh. I’d better stop talking to you. Raven’s giving me the evil eye, and she’s got Eduardo on leash next to her, wearing a leather dog collar. I’m not supposed to talk to people I don’t know. She looks mad. Believe me, you don’t want to be around Raven when she gets mad….
A note from Tracy: How about a contest? What was the best animal you ever shared your life with? Comment below (be sure to include your e-mail address) and enter to win a Karma’s a Killer book bag!
Winner will be picked on May 11!