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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)

We’re Still Asleep and We May Never Wake Up

March 27, 2017
by

Commentary by Paul Watson
Source Exposing the Big Game

How many more wake-up calls do we need before the human race actually wakes up if we ever do?

A thousand kilometres of Australian coastal mangrove forests have died and once again we hear another expert say it’s a ‘wake-up call for humanity.’

“The Gulf dieback has been a wake-up call for action on shoreline monitoring,” says Dr. Norman Duke, head of the Mangrove Research hub at James Cook University.

The ice has disappeared from the Gulf of St. Lawrence – another wake-up call for humanity.

Fukushima, mass fish die-offs in Chile, whales dying with stomachs full of plastic, groundwater diminishment, major droughts, superstorms, a 40% diminishment in phytoplankton populations, on and on and on it goes, one bloody ‘wake-up’ call after another and yet we don’t wake up.

We’re wide awake if Kim what’s her name gets robbed in Paris. We’re wide awake when Angelina and Brad file for divorce. We’re wide awake when some celebrity has a ‘wardrobe malfunction’.

Yet when any news bulletin is issued about how our very life support systems are collapsing, we as a species are comatose.

What is it going to take? One more major nuclear meltdown, or two or three more? Or maybe another major fishery collapse? Perhaps a super, super storm?

Dr. Duke added, “The mangrove wipeout could have multiple impacts, including the loss of fisheries worth hundreds of millions of dollars, more coastal erosion because of the loss of forest protection, and poorer water quality given the filtering role the trees play”

Some attention will be given to that statement I’m sure the reaction being, “what a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars?” And the reaction will be, “let’s catch more fish soon before they’re all gone.”

I mean you can’t shut down progress but the rub is this, progress can shut down the human species.

If the Mangrove forests are diminished, we are diminished, if the Ocean dies, we die!

The hands of the Doomsday clock move closer to human extinction every year. It is now 2.5 minutes to midnight and it has not been this close for 64 years when the Soviet U.S. nuclear arms race and the cold war had the world in a grip of fear.

Today it seems nobody actually cares enough to be afraid,

The circuses keep pitching their tents electronically, keeping us happily distracted from a world that is sliding towards disaster.

Now we have conspiracy cameras in microwave units to distract us from a government that absolutely denies there is a climate change problem.

Religion, sports, fantasies, politics, non-reality TV, celebrities, petty scandals, and an endless stream of circuses to keep us from thinking, to keep us from caring, to keep us from acting and to keep us in our place as mindless consumers marching like lemmings towards a future that is rapidly fading into it’s never going to happen, the real ‘end of days,’ and the demise of the human race due to extreme ecological stupidity.

Really, a new Zombie apocalypse movie? Cool!

‘They died of thirst’: Extreme conditions wipe out forest over 1000 kilometres

 The unprecedented death of Australia’s northern mangrove forests has been put down to a lack of water.
SMH.COM.AU|BY PETER HANNAM









 

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we sleep, not

we sleep not
nor slumber
with hearts,
unencumbered,
by truths
sometimes
lacking
or denials
of
lies
stacking.
surrounded
by that which
is too strong
to see
but sadly reveals
the weakness
part of humanity.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

IF POPE FRANCIS WATCHES EARTHLINGS POSTED BELOW IN THREE LANGUAGES HE WILL DEFINITELY BECOME A VEGAN AND SO WILL MANY OF THE POPE’S CLOSEST RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATES.

March 20, 2017
by

By Arthur Poletti

Please click HERE to buy or rent Earthlings

Pope Francis will immediately stop eating animal flesh and dairy products obtained from the bodies of God’s beloved tortured and murdered animals.

Using hidden cameras, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which inflict tremendous animal trauma, suffering, and murder.  The most powerful and convincing movie of its kind, Earthlings is narrated separately on the same web site above in English, French, and German.
Earthlings proves why there are no factory farms or slaughterhouses in Heaven as it should be on Earth.
Watch and share Earthlings above with everyone, especially religious leaders who may be able to convince the Pope to watch it.
YOU COULD BE THE ONE THAT HELPS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF BILLIONS OF ANIMALS BY PERSUADING POPE FRANCIS TO WATCH EARTHLINGS!!
There are no factory farms or slaughterhouses in Heaven as it should be on Earth.
God does not eat animal flesh or dairy products and neither should Pope Francis.
The first vegan Pope will promote kindness and love for all of God’s precious animals like never before, which eventually will save the lives of billions of animals and dramatically improve the heath and welfare of the Earth – the only home all humans and animals share.
Respectfully,
Arthur Poletti
Writer
Author
USA
Vegan

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when the mind is open
and the heart can see
there is hope for
all humanity.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

It’s never too late!

March 13, 2017
by
lee-and-cheri1

Maple Farm Sanctuary

Source Maple Farm Sanctuary

Read Lee’s inspiring story, in her own words, about why she decided to become a vegan at the age of 68!

I am 68 years old and worked for many years as a visiting nurse and later as a family nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of the elderly, folks with dementia and folks at end-of-life. I have always cared for and about people of all ages and their pets. Our family has always adopted pets from local animal shelters.

One Sunday in the spring of 2016, I was having dinner at my brother’s house and my niece, Katie, mentioned an article she had found online about artificial insemination of dairy cows and how the calves were taken from their mothers at birth. I found it difficult to believe and decided to research it for myself. Once I learned the truth, I was horrified at the treatment of farm and dairy animals.

In my research, I came across the website for Maple Farm Sanctuary (MFS) and read Cheri and Jim’s story. I decided at that time I would not be the cause of suffering for any animal. Katie and I visited MFS a short time later and had a chance to see firsthand the compassionate care and treatment of the animals there.

During my research, I also came across an article about the mayor of Marshall, Texas, reversing his high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and prostate cancer by working with his doctor and changing to a whole food, plant-based diet. I am diabetic and have high blood pressure and thought a change to this kind of diet might help me as well.

I won’t say becoming vegan was easy. I didn’t eat that much meat at home. As a single person with a very small kitchen, I was the queen of the microwave frozen dinner. For me, the most difficult thing to give up was cheese. I read books, I studied, and I decided to move outside my comfort zone. I soon learned about the negative aspects of processed foods and the positive benefits of unprocessed, whole foods and plants. I started cooking soups for myself and created my own recipe for no fat, no salt, pasta e fagiole and minestrone. I bought a pressure cooker and later a food processor.

I discovered vegan alternatives such as Gardein, Field Roast, and Chao cheese. I got my chocolate cravings satisfied with Silk Cashew chocolate milk and love Silk Original Soy milk on oatmeal. I discovered vegan Parmesan cheese and often take that with me when I go out to eat at a restaurant. I have worked closely with my primary care physician and found her very supportive. Her only concern was Vitamin B12 deficiency so we keep an eye on that and I take a supplement.

My family is not ready to make the change but are very supportive. My first Thanksgiving, I took Gardein’s individual serving Sage Turkey and gravy. My sister-in-law made delicious vegetables and used almond milk in the mashed potatoes. When we go out to eat, I study the menu ahead of time and call the restaurant if I have any questions.

This past Thanksgiving it was my delight to be able to meet Cheri in person and thank her and Jim for their story and the inspiration to become vegan. We are so blessed to have MFS in our area. We can all learn a lot from Cheri and Jim about compassion for all!

Lee Holfelder, Blackstone, MA








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as long as life breathes
within your heart
and that heart is open….
not too late to start

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

When did you stop caring?

March 6, 2017
by




Source BontvoorDieren

Ignorance should not be an excuse to wear fur. We want to reveal the horrible truth behind fur. Please like and share this video!

The Fur Free Alliance is an international coalition of 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the exploitation and killing of animals for fur. The Fur Free Alliance represents millions of supporters worldwide. Like and share this video.

Credits:
Creation: Joeri Jansen, Pieter Schouten en Nick Philipse (Roorda Reclamebureau)
Account: Marleen Delisse (Roorda Reclamebureau)
Director: Joren Molter (TheBoardRoom)
Production: Jim Bresser, Kerstin Kambier en Jacques Vereecken (TheBoardRoom)
Camera: Tijn Sikken
Sound: Gerben Kokmeijer
Edit: Maarten Ernest
Grading: Robert Thomas
Music: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Sound design: Fabian Ort (Warnier Posta)
Bont voor Dieren








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fur belongs on who it was born
not by the vain,
and frivolous,
worn!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

The Government Purged Animal Welfare Data. So This Guy Is Publishing It

February 27, 2017
by

russ-kick

Russ Kick, a transparency activist, has published thousands of government-deleted animal welfare documents on his website. Photo courtesy Russ Kick
 
 

Source Time
By Melissa Chan

An Arizona man who has published thousands of animal welfare documents on his website since the government purged the once-public information is pledging to keep digging up data until federal officials reverse course.

Russ Kick, a 47-year-old writer and anthologist, said he immediately sprang into action last week when the U.S. Department of Agriculture suddenly pulled from its website a slew of papers regarding animal welfare at thousands of facilities across the country. Since then, he has made public again more than 10,000 documents, and thousands more are set to hit the web soon.

“We have the right to know what’s going on,” Kick told TIME on Thursday. “The more we know about what’s going on, the better.”

For nearly a year, Kick has been running a website called thememoryhole2.org, where he has re-published information wiped from several agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. His only goal, he said, is to increase transparency and make important government documents more easily available.

WATCH:  http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_memoryhole_170208

Months before the Agriculture Department decided to no longer give the public access to its inspection reports and records of violations and enforcement, Kick said he had an inkling that information would soon disappear. His hunch led him to save nine years’ worth of data from the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) page.

“I’ve been bracing for the worst as far as transparency and secrecy because [President Donald Trump] definitely has shown that he’s not pro-transparency by any means,” Kick said. “I was just surprised that they were there because it’s sensitive stuff.”

APHIS’s website used to have a search tool that made inspection records and violations at animal facilities publicly accessible. It allowed anyone to check government regulation of how animals are treated at about 9,000 zoos, circuses, research laboratories, dog breeding operations and other facilities in the country. APHIS, which is part of the USDA, said the decision to remove that page was “based on our commitment to being transparent, remaining responsive to our stakeholders’ informational needs, and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals.”

Kick said he was “upset” by the change — a reaction echoed by many animal activists in the country. Several advocates and animal law experts who had also previously saved the APHIS documents have sent thousands of pages of data to Kirk to be published on his website. Kick said his collection is helpful when it comes to checking back on facilities that have previously come under fire for potential violations, including an Indiana wildlife refuge where tiger cubs were allegedly abused in 2015.

The public USDA reports served an important purpose, Kick said, which was shining a light on potentially deadly situations. “I can’t even read the documents I’m posting,” he said. “I tried reading them, and the things that are going on are just nightmare-stuff.”

Despite his efforts, Kick concedes his work can only go so far. Unless the government approves a Freedom of Information Act submission and hands over requested data, no new documents can come to light, only the ones he already has from previous years. “There is no easy way at this point to get access to those documents,” Kick said, adding that he will file as many FOIA requests as needed and keep up his fight until the end.

“As long as the database is offline, I’ll keep posting whatever people send me and I’ll keep trying to find more on my own,” he said.

 







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the powers of truth
cannot be denied
drowned out or
obliterated,
no matter how
“they” try!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

When Walls

February 20, 2017
by

when-walls

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



Source My Heart
By Karen Lyons Kalmenson


when walls are built
are voices heard
as they echo their
angry words.
when walls are built
do we stare ahead
at the blankness
with joy
or with silent dread.
when walls are built
that
love cannot penetrate
only hate
will permeate.

A hundred years ago, an elephant named Mary was strung up by a crane and publicly hanged to death

February 13, 2017
by
eleph

Alafair

Source Alafair

A hundred years ago, an elephant named Mary was strung up by a crane and publicly hanged to death in a Tennessee town after she struck back at a circus employee who hit her with a sharp tool called a bullhook.

It took two attempts to kill Mary. The first chain placed around her neck snapped, sending her crashing to the ground and breaking her hip. The second attempt was successful. Her broken body was buried nearby. No monument exists to commemorate Mary, just this shocking image, which serves as a haunting reminder of the circus industry’s long history of killing and abuse. Mary was killed in 1916. Today, 100 years later, elephants still suffer in traveling circus shows.

Beating animals and driving them mad for tawdry human entertainment have no place in civilized society. While kind people hope such shameful acts of exploitation—like hanging Mary from a crane by her neck—have been relegated to the distant past, the uglier side of humanity still seeks to profit from animal abuse. One of those profiteers is UniverSoul Circus.

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Sample message, courtesy of PETA:

Given that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally ended its elephant acts, bullhook and exotic-animal bans are cropping up around the country, and other circuses, such as the Melha Shrine Circus in Massachusetts, are committing to going completely animal-free, I am writing to urge you to follow suit and make the compassionate decision to eliminate all animal acts from UniverSoul Circus performances. This is the perfect opportunity for UniverSoul to salvage its reputation by nixing cruel animal acts and highlighting the phenomenal human talent that your show has to offer. Please make the right decision and remove all animal acts from your performances. Thank you for your time.








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the past has passed
but our sins live on
for those suffering
in this world we
tread upon.
if we only look back
with a casual glance,
we will relive
evil circumstance.
so what we do
is not to dwell.
but to put create
a little heaven
on this swirling
hell.
and so to honor
those tormented,
mistreated
neglected,
we will work until
ALL life
is respected!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

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