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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

When is the truth an attack?

June 8, 2015
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Source There’s an Elephant in the Room blog

Yet again, today I saw comments by ‘vegans’ demanding the end of ‘attacks’ on people for not being vegan. Specifically, it was stated that those who are ‘vegetarian’ or only eat some ‘animal products’ should not be ‘attacked’, but rather praised for their efforts.

Such comments still surprise me because once we understand the reality of veganism as an ethical stance and not a menu choice, once we reject the concept of regarding others as commodities and resources, we realise that it’s not incremental. That’s not being purist, it’s just a fact. We can’t be ‘partly vegan’ any more than we can be ‘a bit dead’ or ‘slightly pregnant’. We continue to cause needless harm, or we stop. We deliberately cause death or we don’t. It’s that straightforward. In particular there are no compromise positions where we can minimise our personal inconvenience and congratulate ourselves on our ethical awareness, while continuing to demand and finance the nonvegan bloodbath.

Please note as always that this post specifically excludes those who have decided to become vegan and are transitioning towards this by incorporating the practicalities of veganism into their lives. This transition may take some time, depending on our individual circumstances.

On judgement and praise

Am I ‘judging’ anyone? Absolutely not. It is not my place to judge, partly because I am not perfect, and partly, as I have previously written, I consider we are our own harshest critics. I have no interest whatsoever in whether someone is ‘judging’ me. It can’t harm me whatever opinion of me is held by a stranger that I have never met. I do, however judge myself and this judgement may be triggered by discovering that I have been participating in some activity that I had not realised was contrary to my values. I can give myself a really hard time when that happens, but my prime concern is to stop whatever I was doing and seek to rectify if possible, or at least prevent a recurrence.

Just as it is not my place to judge, it is not my place to praise nonveganism or condone it either in myself, or in others. Does that sound harsh?  If so, please note that it applies to myself as well as others, and I feel that way because every nonvegan choice – EVERY nonvegan choice – including vegetarianism as defined by The Vegetarian Society and ‘just eating some animal products’ – is creating victims as I write.

Forgiveness and victims

Before we can praise or encourage, we must overlook and forgive. In slaughterhouses everywhere, trembling, bewildered and sick with terror, screaming and sobbing in panic; with the clanging and shouting of implacable and merciless human killers ringing in their ears; with the metallic stench of the blood and entrails of their family and friends hanging heavy in the air; as the blows and kicks and electric prods goad them to the place where the blood rivers run and all life ends; these are the victims whose torment we are being asked to overlook and forgive every time it is suggested that we should applaud less than veganism.

How can anyone forgive such horror on behalf of another individual? It is obscene to even suggest that we should.  Not only is it not our place to forgive, it is not our right. Just as we have no right to be creating those victims in the first place. Every nonvegan choice requires a gross violation of the fundamental rights of sentient individuals, and only complete rejection of the notion that other beings can be resources or commodities for our use will ever bring justice to those whom we wrong so badly. Only veganism recognises the right of sentient individuals to own their own lives and their own bodies.

The truth is the truth

I have written before that I am a parent. When my children were very young, there were many occasions when they attempted some new challenge, when they drew something, when they wanted to act out a play or did one of the dozens of things that are part of normal family life, normal childhood learning and development. Sometimes their effort was unsuccessful, the drawing was a mystery, the performance didn’t work out – but I praised them. I encouraged them. I enthused about the positives and I helped them feel good about themselves. As parents, nurturing, cajoling, encouraging, support and praise are part of the job description. Children take time to grow up and there were times that I corrected their mistakes while trying not to discourage them. As they became adult, the guidance they needed changed in line with their maturity, help became more constructive and I provided new facts to shape their decisions. Now that they are adult, I would never dream of treating them with anything less than honesty, although on occasions we all need help to deal with the truth.

I have always considered that once we know the truth, how we choose to deal with it becomes our own problem. This is never more true than when we discover the facts about our nonveganism. However delivering the truth is not, in itself, an ‘attack’.

Dealing with the truth

As we continue to hope and trust in the fundamental goodness of most people, I choose to believe that lack of information or misunderstandings about the impact of nonvegan choices are the main factors underlying the harm that many who are not vegan continue to cause. However, the praise we give to learning and growing children, the encouragement that glosses over failed attempts, is not at all the same as being asked to praise the nonvegan choices of other adults.

Even if it were not for the fundamental difference that veganism/nonveganism is a life and death situation, as adults, we are doing no-one any favours by acting as if, like children, other adults require gentle encouragement as they are incapable of dealing with truth and honesty. That’s patronising in the extreme. I may not like what I’m told, but I despise the notion of facts being edited or withheld from me on the basis of what another presumes me capable of understanding. Treating others with that same respect is only fair.

Of course each of us reacts differently to the discovery of the impact that our nonveganism has, and some of us inevitably feel defensive at first. This does not mean that as advocates we have to withhold or dilute the truth, but rather we must recognise that defensiveness and hostility are normal reactions that we may even have experienced ourselves when we first found out. Most of us were not raised vegan. Sometimes others may need help to deal with the truth, but that ‘help’ cannot involve editing or diluting it, because honesty and sincerity are our most powerful allies in the fight for justice.

When is an attack, an attack?

Veganism is a highly emotive subject and I can’t dispute that there are some whose advocacy may be seen as confrontational. However it is disingenuous to seek to garner support for any position short of veganism by deliberately misconstruing any delivery of truth as ‘an attack’, which is a circumstance I see far too often. When we advocate for less than veganism, the ones who lose out every single time are our victims.

Our task is to deliver the truth to others; the truth that humans have no need to use other individuals as commodities; the truth that those whom we exploit are sentient and that our selfish and unnecessary consumer choices are condemning billions every year to an existence too horrific for us to ever fully appreciate. We can live and thrive without causing deliberate harm and we should never lose our focus on that.

 

They ask us to be brave for them, to be clear for them, and I see no other acceptable choice but to advocate veganism.

Vincent J Guihan

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Patience in vegan advocacy

June 1, 2015
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About a month ago after having a great chat with a nonvegan he informed me that my case for veganism was (at least somewhat) compelling and that he “might give veganism a go some time soon.” I replied that if he’s interested in stroking his own ego then that might be a suitable response but if he now understood the imperative for veganism then the right thing to do was to start living vegan immediately. Right now! A number of (mostly vegan) friends listening in on the conversation tried to soften my call; they said that such an urge was harsh and that the type of progress my interlocutor was affirming to take part in was a step in the right direction.

I disagree.

The only step in the right direction is an actual step, in the right direction. Not a glance, or a thought, but a step. The only way to put down a sword is to actually put it down, not just to think about putting it down after wielding it on some discretionary number of victims if and when you feel like it. The only way to stop being a bigot is to actually stop being a bigot, not just talking about stopping being a bigot. Just imagine a kid brought before a teacher at school for bullying and telling him “I might stop being a bully at the end of term.” That’s ludicrous. As is someone suggesting they’ll go vegan when they feel like it. You don’t go vegan because you feel like it, you go vegan because if you have a shred of decency towards nonhumans it’s the right thing to do.

The fact that the imperative for veganism is so often diluted to something that can be done according to the oppressor’s whims rather than the victim’s needs is a prime display of how deeply entrenched speciesism is, even amongst vegans. Speciesism has corrupted our minds and hearts over thousands of years so it’s not surprising that its relics die hard. But if justice is to be justice then die they should. Just like nonvegans have no legitimate, moral excuse for being nonvegan, so vegans have no legitimate, moral excuse for advocating anything less than veganism.

I don’t expect people to start living vegan the moment they hear my advocacy; they have their own interests and hang-ups and resilience against accepting obvious truths. But to tell anyone that less than veganism is acceptable is an utter betrayal of those victims whom I try to represent.

In the same conversation it was brought up that I did not go vegan overnight. That’s right, I didn’t. But so what? First, no-one ever presented veganism to me as a moral imperative; rather I was presented veganism as an option. Is it at all unexpected then that I would take the easiest option rather than one that seemed the hardest? Not that there’s anything actually hard about veganism, but when it’s presented as the pinnacle of a range of approaches then it is hardly surprising that it is automatically construed as the most severe form of change suitable only for the most dedicated adherents. Veganism is not hard – it’s simple! As simple as stopping any other bigotry.

Second, even if I was presented such a case and I didn’t go vegan immediately that doesn’t at all detract from the case for veganism itself. If I assume that others will fail similarly then I am being prejudicial against them. This is actually just self-flattery: if I can’t do it then I can’t expect them to do it either. That’s rubbish! They are their own masters and can do what they want. If they want to go vegan right now they will, if they don’t they surely don’t need vegans to pat them on the back about it.

Today 200 million sentient individuals will be intentionally tortured and killed. “Some time soon” is not soon enough for them. To not call for an immediate end to this is grossly immoral and a sell-out on those whom we purport to stand for.

Vegan advocacy requires patience. It does not require silence, corruption, or otherwise corroborating continued oppression against our fellow animals. There is a difference.

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Make Sure You Read And Hear God’s Speech At The Vatican

May 26, 2015
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“Nonviolence is the greatest force at the
disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the
mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of men.”
Mahatma Gandhi

 

By Arthur Poletti

MAKE SURE YOU READ AND HEAR GOD’S SPEECH AT THE VATICAN

Thank You, Pope Francis, For Planning To Be The Host When God Visits
You At The Vatican, So God Can Personally Explain How God Intends To
Stop Humans From Recklessly And Continually Destroying
God’s Precious Animals And God’s Precious Earth

God’s first visit to Earth, and first speech in recorded history, will be communicated throughout the World, revealing God’s unwavering love and concern for the future health and welfare of all human and animal life, and the health and welfare of the Earth.  The words I wrote below were inspired by several of my dreams and my continuous intuitive communications with God, animals, and the Earth.

Please imagine that Almighty God is making the following speech that is much like the actual speech that God plans to make at the Vatican.

God’s Planned Speech:

“Good morning to you, Pope Francis, ladies and gentlemen in the Vatican audience, and everyone watching or listening throughout the World.” “The purpose of my first visit to Earth and my first speech this morning is to make absolutely certain that most or all mature, rational, compassionate, open-minded people in the World know, and are made fully aware of my demands outlined below, revealing each of the urgently needed changes that must happen soon. In order to permanently stop all humans from continuing the repulsive, uncivilized, barbarous acts of destroying the lives of millions of MY precious animals every hour of the day, and permanently stop humans from continuing to destroy MY precious beleaguered Earth, before it is too late to salvage.”

“I placed humans on Earth to protect and care for the Earth and all the creatures who dwell here, not to torture and kill millions of precious animals every hour of the day, and not to poison and destroy the Earth’s soil, the Earth’s forests, the Earth’s oceans, and the Earth’s atmosphere.”

“It was once said that the prophets who wrote the Bible related what they saw and heard in human language, but their message came directly from God.”

“Let me make it perfectly clear that I did not inspire or ordain any of the words in the Bible that support or promote any type of dominion over animals. Words that were intentionally written by, and for the benefit of some disingenuous, deceptive, self-serving prophets, and not for the benefit of MY precious animals, or My precious Earth”

“The evil of dominion is that it grants man the right to control, dominate, and destroy MY precious animals – a right that I did not grant or authorize and will never authorize.”

“For all of these reasons I have ordered that the Bible be amended, beginning as soon as possible, removing all verses containing reprehensible words like the words that follow. which are lies that I am completely opposed too:

Genesis 9:1-3 ‘The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.’

“Dominion over precious animals must and will end.”‘

“Furthermore, because there are no factory farms or slaughterhouses in Heaven, like it should be on Earth, and no animals are ever harmed for any reason in Heaven, like it should be on Earth, the following changes must be made soon on Earth, beginning as follows:

“The dreaded words of Genesis 9:1-3 and all the other similar words in the Bible must be permanently abolished and be replaced appropriately by words that reveal and express the ancient and magnificent no-harm doctrine of AHIMSA, which teaches and promotes no harm of any kind to animals, humans, or the Earth.

“The ancient words of Ahimsa written in India are well-suited for The Bible which should NEVER sanctify any kind of animal abuse for any reason.”

” I will now read the following words to you, which reveal how Ahimsa relates to the value and welfare of all animals:

“Animals lives have intrinsic worth. Animals do not exist as a provision for man; they are not human property or a commodity.”

“Animals may not be harmed, exploited or slain for human advantage or need.”

“Mans’ dominion over animals on Earth is not compatible with compassion.”

“Ahimsa isn’t simply the practice of refraining from violent words or actions, it is also about abstaining from violent thoughts. Ahimsa means the total and complete absence of violence from one’s mind body and spirit.”

“The doctrine of Ahimsa transcends the doctrines of every religious faith and can reconcile conflicts and contradictory religious beliefs.”

“For this important reason religious leaders in EVERY church and school teachers in EVERY school in the world should immediately make the no-harm doctrine of Ahimsa part of the curriculum.”

“The many no-harm merits of Ahimsa must first be understood and then work and evolve from within.”

“Ahimsa cannot be imposed or commanded. Ahimsa must be inspired by example and kindness. Ahimsa is extremely important, miraculous, and wonderful.”

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa

“For these impressive and meaningful reasons I have asked His Holiness, Pope Francis, to make the necessary arrangements to help begin the distribution of Ahimsa booklets to thousands of religious and government leaders and school teachers throughout the world.”

“Most people know that as long as the Earth is healthy it is capable of producing all of the Earth-grown food and water that humans will ever need, which means there is no logical reason to ever need to eat unhealthy, chemically saturated, decaying animal flesh and/or unhealthy dairy products, which requires MY precious animals to be tortured, and all prematurely killed.”

“For these reasons the following actions need to begin immediately:

“Government leaders throughout the World must immediately make available and provide financial assistance in the form of emergency funds to help all owners of all businesses that are either directly in the livestock industry or are closely-associated businesses. The funds will be used to help these business owners switch to existing or new businesses in the Earth-grown food industries or another industry of their choice that does not cause or promote any harm to any animals.”

“All of these arrangements must be settled within 180 days.”

“Beginning immediately, responsible government leaders throughout the World must adhere to my demands. Doing whatever it takes to begin the process of permanently removing all animal flesh and all dairy products from all food chains, which needs to be completed within the next 180 days!

“Beginning immediately and completed within the next 180 days ALL factory farm and slaughterhouse workers EVERYWHERE must stop torturing and killing MY precious animals, and all factory farms and slaughterhouses must close. No exceptions.”

“Beginning immediately, every laboratory, or any other facility in the world, that is used to torture and or kill My precious defenseless animals for any type of experimentation, or any cruel act, must begin to close. These facilities must all be closed within the next 90 days. No exceptions.”

“Beginning immediately, hunting and fishing of EVERY kind will begin to end everywhere, and completely end within the next six months. No exceptions.”

“Beginning immediately, bull fighting and EVERY other type of animal fighting will begin to end everywhere, and completely end within 180 days. No exceptions.”

“Beginning immediately. horse and dog racing will begin to end everywhere, and completely end within the next six months. No exceptions.”

“Starting immediately will be the beginning of the end of any animals being held in captivity worldwide in zoos, circuses or seaworld activities. All of these animals will be moved to safe havens in atmospheres that they belong, within 180 days. No exceptions.”

“If any of my demands are not accepted, endorsed and implemented within the time-frames I have asked for. I may not be able to guarantee that life on Earth for humans will continue indefinitely.”

“Most or all human life may end much more rapidly than anyone thought possible for these reasons. The never-ending continuous escalation of widespread, nonstop mega catastrophes, which most likely will include any or all of the following disasters:

“A constant escalation of heat waves, violent torrential storms, hurricanes, catastrophic flooding, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, uncontrolled wild fires, droughts, famines, disease, and starvation.”

“Soon and sadly, the quintessence, and grandeur of the once majestic-life supporting pristine Earth, which I provided, will look like a dilapidated, barren, polluted wasteland occupied by billions of vulnerable, homeless, defenseless humans trying to escape the consequences of global warming, caused primarily by greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere from the livestock industry.”

“Worldwide pandemonium caused by hordes of tired, helpless, weak, listless, and lethargic adults and children crammed together in dark, dreary, windowless structures located throughout the World.”

“People uncontrollably and pathetically defecating or urinating while sitting or standing in long food lines. Unimaginable suffering with the frightening prospect of no way out, no one to rescue them, and nowhere to go.”

“Much like the agony and suffering millions of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses experience every minute of the day throughout the world.”

“Human desperation spawned by the strong likelihood of an agonizing and painful premature death caused by starvation, disease, fire or drowning.”

“This is the ultimate price and suffering that a significant number of humans have already experienced and will continue to experience caused by the Earth’s violent and very destructive warnings. The Earth’s many brutal and deadly forms of destruction as retributions to humans for thousands of years of unnecessarily and recklessly polluting the Earth and its atmosphere, and continually destroying the Earth’s resilience and natural ability to heal and recover.”.

“Take heed, think and know, there is still a choice you can make to help save the lives of billions of animals, and the life of the Earth, before it is too late.”

“Either support and promote the no-harm doctrine of Ahimsa, which in part means no harm to any animal life, or continue to support and promote the worst kind of hideous cruelty and premature death to millions of MY precious irreplaceable animals, which happens every hour of every day throughout the world.”

“Every wise and compassionate, religious and government leader in the world should, and better know, which choice to make.”

“I hope that within the next 180 days the continued and rapid escalation of a whole new way of living will begin to happen everywhere for billions of people and animals to benefit from, inspired and promoted by the values and no-harm doctrine of Ahimsa.”

“I hope each one of you will be a part of the solution and no longer continue to be a part of the problem.”

“Please help me protect and save the lives of all of MY precious animals.”

“Please help me protect and care for the health and welfare of My Earth, the only home that I provided for all humans, and all of MY precious animals to live.”

“Please believe it is extremely easy and very wise to become a vegan. Many people who take the time to educate themselves about veganism and the multitude of benefits wonder why they ever ate animal flesh and or dairy products. Why not become one of those people?”

Ref: https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/definition-veganism

“Everyone knows that actions speak much louder than words. The immediate, urgently-needed joint actions by religious and government leaders throughout the world may very well determine how much longer humans, animals, and the Earth will be able to survive, and not disappear into oblivion.”

“In closing, I bless His Holiness Pope Francis as well as everyone in the audience, and billions of people throughout the world for listening, and seriously considering the meaning, merits, and importance of my words, words that are intended to help protect and save the life of the Earth so that humans and animals may always be able to live here.”

“I hope everyone has a delicious vegan lunch and dinner today, like the meals that Pope Francis and I will be enjoying outside, surrounded by the elegance and ambience of the splendid Vatican gardens.”

“Peace and grace to everyone.”

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STOP POISONING PIGEONS IN NEW ORLEANS- Avitrol in French Market!

May 18, 2015
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



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Dear Officials,

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge you to act now to stop the poisoning of pigeons in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Complaints, and photos of dying pigeons believed to be poisoned with Avitrol, have been piling in from concerned citizens working in the French Market. As of May 15, 2015, we are talking firm action to prevent this cruel and painful method of extermination from ever happening again in the City of New Orleans, Louisiana. “Pigeon poisoning is a felony in the State of Louisiana” one investigator with the New Orleans SPCA stated to me. As concerned citizens, we will push for maximum penalty. Is money and tourism more important then the wildlife of Louisiana? New Orleans residents think not and want the poisoning to stop immediately.

Avitrol is also known to be toxic to humans. What about the possibility of threats to our community unaware that they are being subjected to the poison? Possibility of sickness or death could occur without the victims ever knowing is was Avitrol. Symptoms of Avitrol Poisoning http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/rodent/rodent_A_L/4-aminopyridine/aminopyr_prf_0185.html

Katrina Perkowska of Kasia’s Ark Bird Rescue in Louisiana says, “They don’t understand that they’re not just killing pigeons, but hundreds of other species of birds as well. This makes me sick to my stomach!”

Other Reference links:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/avitrol.html
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/bird-poisons.aspx
http://archive.boulderweekly.com/092602/speakingout.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m8qMgEvC4E

Avitrol® Bird Poison Not the Solution to Nuisance Bird Populations http://m.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/avitrol.html

Pics of dying birds: by Jehan Strouse, who was down at the French Market witnessing the birds in distress, and talking with others working the Market telling their stories. More leads coming in by the hour.

Last year in Houston, Texas. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/07/16/birds-poisoned-houston-airport/12744889/

A Song For You… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmdlxj0uIt0

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Wisconsin’s Obsession With Indoctrinating Children into the Killing Culture

May 11, 2015
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Source Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife


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One of the biggest and most disturbing fallacies that “outdoors” writers for newspapers and “fish and wildlife” departments like to perpetrate is the idea that the only way people can enjoy nature is to participate in the killing “sports.” With decreased participation in bloodsports also comes a decrease in the money generated that pays for the “fish and wildlife” agencies. This provides quite the conundrum for these agencies. They could make an effort to push for ecotourism and to get people outdoors to enjoy the wonders of nature. They could welcome participation and funding from non-killing or “silent” sports aficionados like hikers and wildlife watchers. But as usual the wildlife exploiting government agencies and their kill everything propaganda mouthpieces in the media choose to take a third path. They choose to extol the greatness of killing and work to indoctrinate youth into the bloodsports in an attempt to maintain their current funding structure and to appease the killing cartels that control them.

One has to look no further than the latest article by pro-hounder, anti-wolf, kill everything “outdoors” writer, Patrick “Bunny Slayer” Durkin entitled “Wisconsin’s political leaders suffering from ‘nature-deficit disorder.’ Nice title, but then Durkin goes into the usual whining about how we just aren’t teaching enough kids how to be heartless killers and this must be because of “video games” and other electronics.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and wildlife agencies nationwide have spent recent years trying to recruit, retain and re-engage hunters and anglers in a society increasingly disconnected from nature.

As Richard Louv noted in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods,” kids often prefer to play indoors because, as one fifth-grader said, “That’s where the electrical outlets are.”

Likewise, schools and teachers team with agency staff to host workshops and outdoor classrooms in state parks, public forests and wildlife areas to show kids and young adults that there’s more to this world than TV, smartphones and electronic games.

Durkin goes on to complain about how Scott Walker and his anti-environment Administration are gutting the science elements from the DNR and are not focusing on getting people involved in “nature.” Maybe Durkin and his ilk should have thought about that before electing Walker and his goons to large majorities in state government under the banner of “Sportsmen for Walker.” The so-called “sportsmen” in this state got in bed with Walker so now they need to live with the consequences just like the rest of us have for the past four plus years.

Not once do we ever see Durkin or his bloodsport obsessed ilk ever mention that there may be another reason for this “disconnect” with nature. Maybe the youth of today or adult non-hunters just don’t buy into Wisconsin’s culture of killing and don’t get off sticking an arrow or bullet into a living sentient being? Maybe they don’t see the sick pleasure derived by pitting packs of vicious dogs against other sentient beings just trying to live their lives? Maybe they don’t want to force a sentient being to endure hours or even days of pain and suffering in a archaic torture device only to be shot, drowned, crushed, or have their skulls bashed in by a monster for pleasure or profit?

Durkin and others like him seem to think that nature can only be enjoyed through the scope of a rifle, the snap of a trap, or the baying of hounds. They seem to refuse to come to grips with the prospect that their killing culture is increasingly looked at with disgust and that people are perfectly capable of enjoying the outdoors without a payment of blood in return.

People like Durkin and the kill everything Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also like to complain/brag that the great white hunter “funds” their agency and “conservation” in the most perverted sense of the word. They whine constantly that non-hunters aren’t paying their “fair share” yet every time the idea of an alternate funding system is proposed, they balk nationwide. The killing cartels, much like other right wing elements in our society, seem to thrive by playing on the persecution complex. They want to pretend that they are so “burdened” by having to pay for “conservation” yet they do not want an alternate funding source because that would give the dreaded “anti’s” a seat at the table and they can’t have that.

The killing cartels and their puppets in the media and government are working to expand trapping, hounding, and opening more areas to these activities. They see their funding and bloodsport participants drying up so in desperation their want to indoctrinate the most vulnerable among us. Our children. Why force their introduction to nature to involve killing? Why not show them the wonders of nature and if they take up killing later let that be their own decision? Instead we have overzealous “adults” indoctrinating children into becoming a part of the culture of killing and cruelty from a young age and apparently see nothing wrong with this.

Do you want your child to be like the one above? Or turn into this?





It’s time to demand a change as to how agencies like the Wisconsin DNR obtains their funding and how they and writers like Durkin seem to think that you must kill to “enjoy” nature. The question is how do we do this?




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you teach you preach
cruelty,
you will be undone
when those you teach
to kill
see you through
the barrel of
their guns!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

I Was an Animal Experimenter

May 4, 2015
by
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Source New York Times
By Paul Gazda

How did it happen? How did I go from being a high school student who played in a rock band to a mad scientist conducting cruel animal experiments?

To this day, I’m not sure. As a child, I liked animals. Growing up, I loved playing with our family dog. I wasn’t particularly interested in science and didn’t even want to go to college. I was planning on making it big as a rock musician, but in 1966, when my band broke up and a college offered me a generous financial aid package, I found myself a depressed, bewildered freshman at a university. I wanted to study music, but without classical training, that door was closed.

How did it happen? How did I go from being a high school student who played in a rock band to a mad scientist conducting cruel animal experiments?

To this day, I’m not sure. As a child, I liked animals. Growing up, I loved playing with our family dog. I wasn’t particularly interested in science and didn’t even want to go to college. I was planning on making it big as a rock musician, but in 1966, when my band broke up and a college offered me a generous financial aid package, I found myself a depressed, bewildered freshman at a university. I wanted to study music, but without classical training, that door was closed.

At the end of freshman year, my roommate told me about a great psychology course he was taking where he studied B. F. Skinner’s experiments with rats and pigeons. I was amazed that someone was actually able to predict and control behavior. Why people behaved as they did had always been a mystery to me. So I decided to take the course.

I was fascinated by one class lab where we taught pigeons to peck at a colored disc for food. In my junior year, I attended a class in which the professor made a compelling argument for conducting animal research related to punishment. He promoted it as having the noble goal of finding ways to minimize the use of punishment in humans while maximizing its effect. When he announced he was looking for a student to work in his lab for class credit, I took the job.

First, I had to learn how to shock a pigeon. A graduate student demonstrated how one person held the pigeon upside down while the other plucked out the feathers in back of its legs, cut two lengths of stiff stainless steel wire from a spool and pushed them through the skin and under the pelvic bones. The wires were then soldered to a harness placed on the pigeon’s back. The harness contained a plug that would be connected to a source of electric shock during experiments. No anesthetic or sedative was used.

One day, while programming an experiment, I accidentally touched the electrodes and got a jolting shock that numbed my entire arm. I was amazed that, according to my professor, the shock level was the correct one to use for pigeons. I told myself that pigeons must not feel pain as much as I did.

The pigeons lived in individual wire cages about a cubic foot in volume, in a bleak, windowless cinder-block room. I was told that everyone had to take a turn killing the pigeons after the experiments were finished. A graduate student showed me how to dump a couple of dozen birds into a clear plastic garbage bag, then pour a splash of chloroform on them and tie the bag shut. I remember the first and only time I did the killing; I thought the birds on the bottom were already suffocating because they were completely buried in other birds.

In graduate school, and later as a research technician, I also conducted punishment experiments on rats. The rats were deprived of food or water for 23 hours each day so they would be motivated to press a lever or lick a tube to receive a small reward of food or water. After learning that behavior, they would be shocked through metal rods on the floor for pressing the lever or licking the tube. We were recording how much the pressing or licking was suppressed by the shock.

Each year dozens of animals would be brought into the lab to live their brief lives suffering deprivation and shocks before being killed. At least in graduate school and as a research technician I did not have to kill the animals. There was a full-time lab custodian who took care of that.

As I look back on this nearly 50 years later, I am astonished that the daily grind of depriving, shocking and killing these animals did not move me to leave my job. My rationalization is that I was a student and young worker in institutions of higher learning, programmed to receive the wisdom of academia. I was studying how the science that supposedly advanced our civilization was done. Speaking of his infamous experiments in which human subjects followed orders thinking they were giving extremely painful shocks to other humans, the Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram said, “Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process.” I think that describes me pretty well.

After a couple of years, I left my research technician job, not for ethical reasons, but simply because I became more interested in computer programming. I said goodbye to the lab, absconding with one of my lab coats as a souvenir.

It was almost 20 years later that I finally had my awakening, at a talk about factory farming given by the social activist John Robbins. That powerful talk made me realize that animals, like us, are sentient beings who have intelligence and experience fear and pain. I became a vegetarian. I also started thinking about what I had done to those animals in the labs.

I had pursued two careers in tandem since my teens; one to feed my body, the other to feed my soul. My soul career was creative: I began as a guitarist, then transitioned into photography, then into art. In 1996, I experienced an art epiphany that inspired me to start creating works dealing with social and ethical issues.

With my former life as an animal experimenter nagging at my conscience, I wanted to open people’s minds to the cruel reality of animal experimentation without using gory, repulsive images. I thought, what if I reverse the roles? What if we humans were the animals being experimented on?

My lab coat, weighing on my conscience as it hung in my closet, appeared in my mind as the clothing worn by an alien scientist from an advanced civilization who comes to apologize for abducting and using us as experimental animals. A new artwork, called “We Are Sorry,” began to take shape in my mind.

I sat with a small notepad writing the alien’s speech as my thoughts drifted back to my days in punishment research. The words flowed in almost final form as I drew on my own rationalizations for my acts of animal torture. Tears welled up in my eyes as I wrote: “We now recognize that you, too, are a sacred life-form. We deeply regret what we have done. We ask forgiveness. We are sorry.





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a wake up call
a conscience,
heard….
now all should do
the same
and spread
the word.
that kindness is
for all beings
everywhere.
and meant to be
given
and to be
shared.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Sunshine and Slaughter: Finding a missing pet

April 27, 2015
by

Source Sunshine and Slaughter
April 12, 2015

In February, I saw a shocking Instagram post from a person I follow. Her dog walker lost her dog. Sugar is still missing, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about her. If you know anything or see her, go to her Facebook page.

More recently, a friend pointed me to a story with a happy ending. A couple who tracks lost dogs learned of a dog who needed help. He’d been spotted for months in a remote park near Mount Rainier. He was starving and afraid. No one could catch him. When Amanda and Dylan, the trackers, couldn’t lure him with food, they devised a new plan.

baby bear

Lost, Found Pets of WA State

 

Amanda lay down on the ground. Amazingly, the dog approached. She whimpered. He lied down next to her. She gained his trust my making herself vulnerable. He helped her!

Amanda got a leash around the dog and he’s now in a foster home. But the story isn’t over. Baby Bear, as they’re calling him, was likely lost, not abandoned. If he has a family, they need to be reunited. To help, go to Amanda and Dylan’s site, Lost and Found Pets Washington State or their Facebook page.

In the weeks between when Sugar went missing in NYC and Baby Bear was found in the remote forest, I’ve seen other lost pet announcements–from Facebook to telephone poles. I realize that, tragically, a lot of people lose their beloved cats and dogs. Whether urban or rural, there is hope.

I thought I’d put together a bit of info to help prevent such a situation and devise a plan if the unthinkable happens.

Before your animal gets lost

  • Microchip your animals. This drastically increases the likelihood of a reunion.
  • Spay or neuter your animals. This decreases their desire to escape the house and wander away. It also means when you find your animal, she won’t come home pregnant.
  • Add your contact info to your animal’s collar. Consider a GPS collar. Both of these work only if the animal still has his collar on. The microchip will be your backup. Harder to read (only a vet, groomer, shelter, or other facility with a reader can), but impossible to lose.
  • Make your cats indoor cats and invest in a catio if they want to experience the outdoors in safety.
  • Check your fencing and make sure gates latch properly. Did the meter reader leave the gate open? Check.
  • Put your animals in a safe, quiet room during storms or fireworks, times when they might get startled and bolt.
  • Have pictures handy in case the unthinkable happens.

If your animal is lost

  • Start looking immediately! A big dog could run for miles, but a scared cat is likely close by and hiding. Chart your area based on your animal’s characteristics.
  • Make big posters and post them in high-traffic areas. Make indoor signs for vet’s offices, libraries, and grocery stores.
  • Check shelters, animal control, and vet’s offices. PAWS has a great checklist.
  • Tell your neighbors, use social media and spread the word.
  • Make sure your animal’s microchip info is up-to-date so if she is found, someone calls the correct number.
  • Consider humane trapping your cat. Cats don’t usually wander far and won’t often come when called if they are afraid.
  • Work with Missing Pet partnership, Lost Pet Professionals, or another organization that can help you find your animal.
  • Don’t give up.

If you find a stray animal*

  • Don’t chase the animal or call to him. He’s likely afraid.
  • Sit or lie down and let the animal’s curiously kick in.
  • Use a potato chip bag or treats container to make noise that the animal associates with food.
  • Drop food on the ground and use a looped leash to gently snare a dog.
  • An unwilling cat or dog may need to be trapped humanely.

*If the animal in question isn’t yours, exercise extreme caution. Call animal control if you think you’re placing yourself in danger. If you recognize the animal from a Lost sign, call someone who knows the animal.

More resources

How to find a lost dog, Huffington Post article
How to find your lost dog, a Petfinder article
Recovery tips, from Missing Pet Partnership
How to find a lost cat, from about.com
Must-do tips for finding a cat, a Petfinder article
How to find other animals (ferrets, tortoises, birds), from Missing Pet Partnership
Sign tips, from Missing Pet Partnership
Sign tips and downloadable template, from Lost Pets USA

* I should note that I prefer the terms companion animal and animal guardian, not pet and owner. However, when searching for resources or looking for a lost animal, the common terms are pet and owner.



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a companion animal
is ones soul and heart.
when one is lost,
we fall apart.
check out the
resources listed
above.
a wealth of knowledge
and a world
of
love♥

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

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