I was reading a summary of the ice dance press conference after this past season's 4CCs in Japan. The skaters all said very nice things about their partners, and Scott in particular was quite touching when he spoke about having Tessa as a partner.
The skaters also talked about their charity work. Charity work is a privilege available to skaters whose lives are training and competing, versus skaters whose lives are training, competing, and earning money to subsidize their training.
So with that in mind, Scott/Tessa and Davis/White are involved with charities, and Madison Chock isn't - she's too busy coaching in her down time.
One of Scott and Tessa's charities is the Humane Society.
I'm going to guess that they don't donate a gazillion dollars to the Humane Society, but rather use their public profile to promote the Humane Society's core values and agenda.
Of course then on facebook in front of thousands of facebook "friends", Scott does this:
Here's Canada's Humane Society about marine mammals in captivity, with a specific focus on dolphins.
The Humane Society web page, needless to say, also has information about respecting wildlife habitat, which is certainly consistent with hiring a catamaran that's pumping fuel into a starfish bed while you jump out and manhandle yourself some starfish.
Here's some observations from an ordinary Canadian about Saona Island starfish:
When on a tour to Saona Island or when snorkeling at your hotel, please do not remove the starfish from the water. They can survive only 10 seconds out of the water, but if you see how many people travel from the Bayahibe Cove to Saona Island in a day, imagine if half or even a quarter of them do it and the damage that is being caused. You can see them fine if you keep them just below the surface and take yourself down to their level. Just because they don't scream or squirm doesn't meant that they aren't uncomfortable.You know where this woman is different from Scott and Tessa: "Just something to think about." She bothers. They don't. About so many things. They are template "Do as we say, not as we do" types.
The water is crystal clear, so we don't actually even need to pick them up at all. You can see that in this picture which is taken from the boat: …webshots.com/photo/2637688010064234328YlDjOI If the reason that you are taking a picture of yourself with a starfish is because it's cool to see that form of wildlife up close and personal, please give it the opportunity at a good long life that should be the case living in that Caribbean paradise! Some people say that the starfish are planted there (not) and plastic because they're hard and unfamiliar feeling (not), but they are truly a living being and should be respected as that.
Just something to think about. I was spending some time this evening looking at various pictures on the internet and found myself becoming angry seeing how many shots there were of people putting them on their heads and holding them out of the water and smiling.
I'm not being picayune. I didn't make them adopt the Humane Society as one of their charitable causes. And unless they're idiots, they know the Humane Society is more than just cats, dogs and bunnies.
Anon Tourist photo from Saona Island
I know it's a pain in the ass to live according to your tree hugger principles, but nobody forced Scott and Tessa to support the Humane Society, and it's a little weird that in the few times Scott actually appears in public around anything to do with the animal kingdom it ends up romanticizing animal exploitation.
I wonder if there's any area in their non-skating lives whatseover - whatsoever - where what they say and what they do actually match.
P.S. The Humane Society isn't anti-food chain, it's just anti-exploitation and abuse, and it's pro-respect.
That last might be the part Scott struggles with.