The presence of staff from the Extinction Anxiety Clinic at this month’s Mating Dance offered citizens a glimpse of the 2013 Archons’ modernization plan for The Park.
After weeks of negotiations, including a period of time during which they sequestered themselves in the Burrow Theatre, the 2013 Archons finally agreed on a number of conditions for staging the “new” Mating Dance. One of those conditions was the presence of professionals and support workers from the EAC.
“That one was non-negotiable,” said the Archons’ press secretary Balthasar Alouatta, in an interview yesterday.
“We’ve been inching toward this…but this year, it was do or die in terms of having counsellors from a number of different fields on hand. It seemed like the most obvious and practical thing to do to prevent some of the disasters we’ve seen in recent years,” he said.
Those disasters include the medical as well as the emotional consequences of Mating Dance mishaps.
On the emotional side, Alouatta said the Archons couldn’t think of any better professionals to counsel distraught participants than those who staff the EAC.
“There are data that suggest that the kind of intensive counselling the EAC professionals offer can prevent the onset of the Mating Dance Blues. That isn’t surprising. They are, after all, the ultimate experts in the field of rejection,” he said.
For other medical advice, the Archons consulted with health officials, researchers at the University of West Terrier, and The Park’s Department of Well-Being and Safety. The decision to bring in experts in genetics to tackle the thorny issue of interspecial breeding and to assist participants in achieving their reproductive goals was lauded by many, particularly those in the Avian community.
“It was a bold move and one that reflects their commitment to modern medicine,” said Dr. Simon Crow, director of Avian Medicine at the University of West Terrier. “We have to deal head-on with the problem of interspecial breeding, both in our community and in others. We need to educate Park Animals so that we can all make the correct mating choices and have our offspring live long, full, and healthy lives,” he said.