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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)

orcas dream…for tilikum and all the tilikums out there

January 16, 2017
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orcas-dream

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Source My Heart
By Karen Lyons Kalmenson

orcas dream

we dream of oceans,
not swimming pools.
where we can live by
our own,
not human
rules.
we dream of our pods.
our unbreakable bonds,
that spread over the seas,
and far beyond.

across the bridge, there is a room
for the forever lost and majestic
tilikum.
a space where he and others like him
can at last swim free.
safe and far from the inhumane
in humanity.
we mourn your loss yet this
we know,
your suffering is now over.
you are where angels go.
rest in peace
while we here on
the earth below.
fight for those in
captivity
NO MORE CETACEANS
IN
SHOWS!!!!

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The Vegan Movement Unleashed-A Powerful Message For Humanity

January 9, 2017
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Source Adelaide Vegan Festival YouTube channel



Essential viewing for any vegan or animal-rights activist who is ready to find their strength & speak up for the animals.

The whole Q&A session is published on the Adelaide Vegan Festival YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/7tdeTBz9R2A (or see below).



A special thank you to the Adelaide Vegan Festival, James Aspey, Katrina Fox & Colleen Hilditch for taking part in the Q&A session on Saturday 6 November 2016.

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View Peaceable Kingdom full documentary online for FREE

January 3, 2017
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Preview above

See full documentary for free HERE (available in five languages)

Source Tribe of Heart

Background

Five farmers, two animal rescuers, and a cow named Snickers will make you laugh and cry, expand your consciousness, and challenge your ideas about animal farming. Open your eyes. Trust your heart. Take the journey.

Can 78 minutes change the way you see the world? If you are like the thousands of people who wrote on post-viewing comment cards about the deep effect this film had on them, or like the hundreds of others who were moved enough to organize a screening in their own community, then the answer is YES.

How You Can Help

Peaceable Holiday:
Join the Global Tribal Revolution

We invite you to join activists and caring individuals around the world in an effort to spread peace and compassion far and wide this holiday season. You can be part of the Global Tribal revolution by watching and sharing Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, or any other of Tribe of Heart’s feature documentaries and short films that are now freely available through our new Global Tribal Cinema web site.

Check out our Faceboook invitation which makes it easy for you to reach out to your friends and include them in this effort!

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Your donation today will help us complete our new film, LEGACY, support our further development and teaching of the path of holistic nonviolence, and allow us to continue to expand our message across more languages and cultures. Please join us!

Looking Ahead

New Film

In the months to come, we will be sharing more about holistic nonviolence and about our new film in progress. LEGACY, currently in post-production, explores the inclusive vision of justice held by individuals who have spent a lifetime immersed in the struggle of conscience. Each in their own way has sought to understand the common underlying causes of multiple issues of justice, from war between humans to wars that humans wage against members of others species; from prejudice and racism to speciesism; from environmental devastation to experimentation carried out without the subject’s consent.

 

New Languages

During 2017, will also be expanding the content and range of languages that our films and projects are offered in through Global Tribal Cinema. We have now developed the methods and technology needed to bring the message of holistic nonviolence into any language in a cost-effective and timely manner. Our initial launch in five languages is just the beginning. With your help we are going to make this message of hope not only understandable and accessible to the majority of people on our planet, but also bring its existence into the awareness of as many individuals as possible.

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year out

December 31, 2016
by
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

By Karen Lyons Kalmenson
Source My Heart

year out

the years so quickly
accumulate
yet for the end of
each day,
the minutes await.

it goes for those
of us who pray
or those who
choose another
way.

what will be as the
hourglass spins
the earth on its axis
on storms from
within.

will the mysteries
that follow
the path of unknown.
tears empty hearts
hollow
for sins we atone.

we sit on our haunches
poised for the battle
our questions not asked
or unanswered
dull sabers, not rattled.

the sun spirits call us
we open our eyes
a new world waits
filled with joy and
surprise.

and in that moment
of clarity sublime
and near
we sit quietly thankful
that we are still here.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

VEGAN 2016 – THE FILM : A Growing Movement Under Attack

December 26, 2016
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Source YouTube
By Plant Based News

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Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless
Christmas dinner’s dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey’s point of view.

Sunday dinner isn’t sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
‘Til I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner’s point of view.
– Shel Silverstein

 

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One Day of Sunshine

December 19, 2016
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Source Indraloka Animal Sanctuary: Harika experiencing the first gentle touch of her life

Source Indraloka Animal Sanctuary: Harika experiencing the first gentle touch of her life

Source Stories from Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
By Indra Lahiri

They lay helplessly before us, innocent babies.  It was clear that they had suffered greatly in their short lives.  Covered in open wounds and excrement, malnourished, with misery in their eyes, they were too weak to stand.

The tiniest of the three cried in pain. Instinctively, I scooped her up and cradled her close to my heart.  Her panicked heartbeat slowed to match my own.  I tried to convey, with my eyes, that she was safe now—that she was loved. She turned her head to mine, her gentle brown eyes filled with wonderment. This might have been the first loving touch she experienced in her life. Harika, we named her- Sanskrit for “beloved of Indra”.

Gently, I touched the huge wound on this tiny girl’s neck.  She cocked her head to the left ever so slightly, seeming to be aware that I was sorry for her pain.  I moved my hands slowly over her body, assessing the damage.  At each wound or bruise I stopped and said a silent prayer.  Her eyes held mine and she nodded her head minutely each time. I felt gently along the splayed legs that would not hold her.  I touched her yellowed skin, most likely jaundiced due to blood loss.  I felt her keel bone through her skinny little frame.

Then I just hugged her close to my heart again, feeling her tiny heart beat against mine while I prayed for all those beautiful babies that never make it out… all those turkeys who suffer each day of their short lives.  Forty-five million innocent babies, every Thanksgiving, are raised in unspeakable conditions, never to hear a kind word or feel a gentle touch… never to experience sunlight on their feathers, fresh air, or grass and soil beneath them.

But this one, this one made it out.  How or why, I don’t know.  Fairly often, we get these rescues, lucky ones who somehow escape and wind up where good, caring people find them and bring them to us.  I imagined she fell off of a truck- it would explain her splayed legs- but who knows? Maybe she was dropped as she was being packed into a crate for transport.  Maybe she was asleep and, looking as she does, was mistaken for dead and thrown in the trash.

It didn’t matter.  All that mattered in that moment were those eyes looking into mine with what I can only describe as trust, and that little heartbeat against mine.  I can never explain this feeling in words- this moment when everything disappears and all that is left is me and a little life depending on me.

What could I ever have done to receive such blessings?  Such a miracle as this perfect, perfect little child gifting me with her trust, when nothing and no one in her short life ever gave her reason to feel anything but fear?

I began to spin dreams for her, speaking to her of a long life ahead.  Days of lolling in the sunshine and playing with other turkeys. Years of healthy meals and a clean, warm place to sleep.  Of humans who would hold her in their laps and pet her as we do a beloved cat, listening to her soft purrs and smiling at her joy.  Together, we dreamed of the beautiful life before her.  Her eyes never left mine.  I believed she was spellbound, and as hopeful as I.

Only a day or two in, we noticed that her leg was getting worse instead of better.  She seemed to be in more pain when we tried to give her physical therapy, or even place her in a sling.  The pain medication may have helped a bit, but it was clear that she was far from pain-free.  Her brother, Habibah (Swahili for beloved), was also faring poorly.  We decided to consult with the avian experts at an esteemed veterinary hospital.  The third baby, Hadaaya (beloved in Arabic), seemed to be doing better, happily, so we decided to leave her at home at the sanctuary.

Their appointment was on Wednesday, the sixth day we had them.  So, on Tuesday, despite the strict quarantine under which we place all new residents, we took the three babies outside, in an area far from any other birds.   One by one, I felt them relax in my arms as they felt sunlight on their backs, most likely for the first time.  I set them on the grass and smiled, listening to their delighted coos and purrs.  The color on their heads and necks turned red and blue- a visible way for them to express their joy (sort of like a human smiling).

With me was a woman with a huge heart. She was new to farm animal rescue, and she was appalled. “Who would do this to them?” she kept asking.  Everyone, I explained, just about everyone– everyone who ever eats turkey, everyone who knows what they go through and does not demand that it stop, everyone who says, “I can’t think about that,” and turns away from suffering.  I told her about how most animals used by the food industry are routinely raised.  She was shocked, and kept repeating, “People need to know.  If they knew, they’d make it illegal. They wouldn’t support it.”

So here I am, telling all who will listen.  This is happening, and no one will stop it if we don’t. Please, please, please, for the babies’ sake, please help us stop this.  This is wrong. No one should suffer like this.

It was such a miracle that these three got out alive, somehow, and were in the sunshine with people who loved them, their whole lives stretched out before them.  They were happy. They were free. They were beloved and they felt it.

If only for that moment.

At the hospital, we learned that Harika and Habibah were too far gone.  Their pain would only grow, and there was no hope of fixing their legs.  Given that theses types of turkeys grow to be very large, we knew their problems would only become worse.   I have often thought that the heart of sanctuary work is to be selfless enough to give them a good death. So, although it pained us greatly, we made the choice that was best for them.

Hadaaya, the third baby bird, is continuing her recovery at the sanctuary, with lots of TLC. In the absence of her siblings, she has lots of toys and human attention.  Just as soon as her quarantine is complete, she will join another flock of baby birds we rescued recently.  Her days will be filled with all of the freedoms and pleasures Harika and I dreamed of together, and Harika and Habibah’s spirits will live on through her, and in our hearts.

One day of sunshine was all I could give them- my beloved Harika and her sweet brother Habibah.

Six days of love and one day of sunshine. And I trust that was enough.

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Family Dairy

December 12, 2016
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Family Dairy from Kelly Guerin on Vimeo.

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