One Animal Family

One Human Family  bumper sticker, Key West

One Human Family bumper sticker, Key West

“One Human Family” is Key West’s motto. Key Westers take pride in their LGBTQ, racial, and cultural diversity. Whoever you are, you’re celebrated here, the quirkier and the boring. “We’re one human family.”

Key West Rooster on car hood

Key West Rooster on car hood

Recently an amended version has become popular. “We are one animal family.”

The roosters and chickens that roam the island, walking through the restaurants and grounds, ignoring the pedestrian crosswalks on the street are protected by law. Choke a rooster or a chicken here in Key West and you’re in big trouble!

The open air restaurants welcome the roosters and chickens and the penny-less cats and dogs as naturally as they do the cruise ship shoppers with their American Express cards. The spirit of Ernest Hemingway (Papa) is alive all these years later.

Key West rooster cemetery Ernest Hemingway

Key West rooster cemetery
Ernest Hemingway

Every creature is protected here. After the cruise ships take the 3,000 shoppers out to sea in the late afternoon, the island belongs to all the Key Westers, human and otherwise.

We are one animal family.

– Gordon C. Stewart writing from Key West, FL after visiting the Ernest Hemingway House, Key West, FL, Feb. 17, 2015.

4 thoughts on “One Animal Family

  1. Key West is the most wonderful place. We’ve been there by both car and sailboat and loved the people and the animals! The roosters are beautiful, as are the parrots. And then there are the snakes coiled around someone’s neck on the street! Some people run to the other side of the street, others ask for a turn holding the snake. But, I’ve missed the rooster cemetery. Darn!! I’m glad that you are able to be there. Enjoy!

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