Anthony Marr honored by NIO & ALF as "BEST ALL-AROUND ACTIVIST of 2010"


Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
and the
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

thank

Camille Marino
and
Negotiation is Over (NIO)

and
Animal Liberation Front (ALF)

for honoring HOPE and GAHC founder and president

Anthony Marr

as the

Best All-Around Activist of 2010

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Best All-Around Activist 2010:

Anthony Marr

Whether protecting tiger reserves in India, risking his life in undercover investigations of the illegal trade in endangered species parts; challenging any and all forms of hunting; hosting a radio show; writing visionary books on science, philosophy, and cosmology; embarking on marathon coast-to-coast Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions covering dozens of US states (launching his seventh tour in March 2010), or mobilizing scientific research to awaken the complacent to the immanent dangers of irreversible ecological crisis, Anthony Marr is raising awareness, effectively campaigning, and blazing new trails. In 2009, with several other activists, Marr launched the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, one that ‘can bring the weight of the entire world to bear on the local governments bullying the grassroots Activists.'[5] For anyone skeptical of what one person can do alone or in strategic alliance with others, or what can be accomplished without the large bankrolls such as HSUS commands (and squanders), look no further. For Marr shows what great things can blossom from intelligence, independence, courage, and unqualified commitment to the rights of nature, free from the predatory violence of Homo sapiens. The story Marr tells, and the outcome for which he fights, is not a zero-sum tragedy that pits one element of nature against another, however, but achieves a harmonization of life forces. ‘If we win,’ Marr says, ‘we will have elevated the quality of Humanity, and brought about a major quantum leap in human social evolution.’

Anthony Marr’s mini-bio:

Anthony Marr has a science degree (physics) and is the author of “Omni-Science and the Human Destiny” (2003) and “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH” (2008). A full-time wildlife preservationist and anti-hunting activist since 1995, he has cleaned up North American Chinatowns of traditional medicines containing endangered species ingredients, been to India 3 times for the Bengal tiger, to Japan twice for the whales and dolphins, fought high profile battles against recreational trophy hunting in N. America and the horrendous seal massacre in Canada, founded the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), as well as conducted 6 Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE tours) each covering 25-44 U.S. states over 3-7 months. He founded Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) in 1999 and is the leader of HOPE’s Global Emergency Operation (GEO) on climate change and mass extinction. He has been a key speak at the Animal Right National Conference since 2004. He is currently on his 7th Compassion for Animals Road expedition, which will take him and GAHC VP Anthony Damiano through 39 states in 7 months.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org
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2010-04-25 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #10


2010-04-25

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #10

Southern California

Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Anthony Damiano, Cathy Garneau, Marla Stormwolf-Patty, Paul Fusch, Coby and Eleanore Siegenthaler, Christine Miller, Michelle Mars and myself, the Los Angeles funeral motorcade, in one word, was TERRRRIFIC!

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Paul came in to Coby’s place around 10 am, Marla and Joe came in around 10:45, and we hit the road at 11:30 in/on five vehicles – Anthony D in my car, Paul in his, Marla and Joe in Joe’s, Coby and Noor in Noor’s, plus I on my motorcycle. I followed Paul’s “Penguin SUV” from Northridge to Hollywood. On the freeway, he drove at 80 mph and, having been cut off by a few cars, I had to ride at 90 mph to catch back up to him. 🙂

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We arrived at the assembly point in Hollywood by noon, and Cathy arrived shortly there after, as did CJ.

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Meanwhile Michelle Mars brought in 4 cars, plus a couple of young people whom we met at the Animal Liberation Forum last week, including Monika Troshelova, all in all adding up to a dozen cars plus my bike.

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The assembly point that we had chosen, being a busy street intersection, was far from ideal, but we made do by parking at the red-zones and staying with the vehicles while decorating them.

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A TV cameraman from Channel 5 arrived before 1 pm, whose footage would go to 3 other channels, so, in essence, we were covered by 4 TV stations.

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After walking around filming participants decorating their cars, the TV cameraman finally zoomed in on me astride my bike for a few soundbites.

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TV: Please state you name, your organization(s) and position(s) in it/them.

AM: I’m Anthony Marr, the founder and president of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) and Heal Our planet Earth (HOPE).

TV: Tell me what your organizations are about.

AM: Because a local anti-hunting group almost always lose when pitted against a local government which is almost always prohunting, we need a coalition of anti-hunting groups to win. Thus the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition. Heal Our Planet Earth is about saving million of species from extinction due to the imminent Runaway Global Heating.

TV: What are you doing here today?

AM: I am currently conducting the 40-states-in-7-months Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #7 (CARE-7) with GAHC VP Anthony Damiano, which will include about 40 Funeral Motorcades for the Animals. This one today is one of the funeral motorcades. Just as we would a friend or a loved one who have died, or been killed, we dedicate this funeral motorcade to our non-human friends who have died at human hands, and whom we love.

TV: What kinds of animals?

AM: All animals, wild and domestic. The activists here in this motorcade each have their own favorites. Some for cows, pigs and chickens, some for cats and dogs, and others against crush videos – where women literally crush cats and dogs to death with their bare feet or high heel shoes, and men use machinery to crush horses alive – for the entertainment of perverts. I specialize in hunting issues, and do it for the hunted animals, and against all forms of commercial, recreational and trophy hunting.

TV: What are the latest news?

AM: The latest news came only three days ago, when the Supreme Court struck down a standing law banning videos showing cruelty against animals, on the laughable ground of protecting free speech. The law used to ban videos of animal abuse of all types for commercial purposes. To protect their own hunting videos, the hunters despicably lobby for the legalization of the dog-fighting and crush videos, and have succeeded. Resulting from this supreme court action, things are wide open now, and all are legal, and the internet is suddenly flooded with crush and dog-fighting videos, and of course hunting videos. But now, given that Congress is tabling a new bill to ban certain types of animal cruelty videos, the hunting community and NRA are now lobbying for banning crush videos only, with hunting videos exempted specifically. To defeat this will be one of GAHC’s missions.

TV: Could you give us a link?

AM: Since crush videos are the least known, I will give you this link: http://www.stopcrush.org.

TV: Thank you.

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After the interview, the TV cameraman parked his cam down the road and asked us to parade past him when ready. We did, with my motorcycle in the lead.

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After the cameraman has left, Michelle “Micky” Mars led us to the parking lot of a nearby city park, where we did our own video recording with my motorcycle leading the line of cars around the parking lot three times. And after this, we drove a circuit in Hollywood twice, which we also video recorded.

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Unfortunately, I left the cam with the person doing the video-recording, so the footage will not be available in time for the publishing of this blog.

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The GAHC group headed back to Coby’s place and spent the time together until it broke around 11 pm. All in all a very satisfying day.

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

2010-04-24 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #9 – with Tigers Forever video


2010-04-24

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #9

S. California

April 22, Thursday, Earth Day. I’d been invited to speak at the UCLA demo against vivisection. Unfortunately, I committed my car to Coby for the afternoon, so, I celebrated Earth Day on my own, which was in fact more in line with my philosophy – that everyday is Earth Day, based on which I’ve been working for the planet 365 day a year, every year of my life since 1995.

April 23, Friday, my day to go to San Diego for a dinner speech at the Evolution restaurant organized by Kevin Marks of the San Diego Vegetarian meet-up group. Anthony D remained at Coby’s to hold the fort and to organize the Sunday, 25th funeral motorcade slated for Newport Beach, with Cathy Garneau contacting media by phone and email.

By my GPS, the driving time was 2.5 hours. Since my arrival time was supposed to be 6 pm, I left at 2 pm from Coby’s place in Northridge, thinking that htere would be time to spare, the GPS indicating that the ETA was about 4:30 pm. But once on I-405, I got stuck in stop-and-go traffic, which at times was stop-and-stop, with no end in sight.

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As I inched along, the GPS-ETA got later and later: 5:00, then 5:30, then 6:00. By the time it showed 6:30, I was still in the LA complex, near Irvine, and I began to think about turning back, and called Anthony D to this effect. However, even if I wanted to turn back, I wouldn’t have been able to, since I was simply stuck. So, finally, after I had inched past Irvine, the traffic did ease up, but by then, the ETA had moved down to 6:45. As of that point, whenever I could lead-foot it, I did, and finally arrived at the Evolution Restaurant in San Diego at 6:35.

There were about 10 people there, to whom I gave a two-part talk on hunting and Runaway Global Heating. Again, their eyebrows went up and their jaws dropped down on both counts, as is the general reaction of audiences thus far. Again, I know that within an hour, I have changed their lives forever.

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While packing up to leave, a couple sitting nearby asked me what my talk was about, and I gave them a 5 minute summary of the Runaway Global Heating, and believe that I have changed another two lives.

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I decided to drive back to Northridge by night to prevent the same long-parking-lot experience on I-405 by day, aiming for arrival by 11:30 pm, and this time the deadline was met. But less than half way through, while still 100 miles from LA city center, I saw the Newport Beach sign, and knew instantly that a funeral motorcade there wouldn’t go where LA media were concerned. So I changed Newport Beach to Hollywood-Burbank in my mind, and informed Anthony D of it by phone, who then informed Cathy Garneau.

This morning, Cathy spent hours on the phone calling TV stations and newspapers, and produced notable results in generating media interest, including the L.A. Times, and channels 2, 4, 7 and others. Let’s see how many will show up. Michelle Mars called and said that she would bring herself and maybe two more cars. She also sent me an email mentioning “engagement ring” LOL.

Tia also has finished the 2-part video “Tiger’s Forever – on Anthony Marr’s work in India”, and I shared it in MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

As of the mid-afternoon, Marla, Cathy and Paul came for a work session. All laptops were out.

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Cathy came with a stack of print-outs of hunting photos with hunters crouching beside their victims, including half a dozen elephants, several male lions, and even a highly endangered white rhino! Unbelievable, but true.

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I know for a fact that there are at least six African countries in which the hunting of the “Big Five” (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) are still legal, where a lion hunt fetches upwards of $20,000 and an elephant hunt up to $60,000.

In the menu of Lewis Harris Safaris:

SOUTH AFRICA
6 days, 4 animals @ $3,600
8 days, 8 animals @ $9,700
10 days, 10 animals @ $15,450
6 day Lion Male @ $20,600
6 day Lioness @ $8,200
6 day Buffalo Cull Hunt @ $8,700
6 days, springbok slam @ $5,200
6 day Rhino Greenhunt @ $8,500
6 days wingshooting @ $2,100

ZIMBABWE
10 day Buffalo @ $12,500
7 day Non Export Elephant @ $9,000
12 day Elephant @ $27,000
14 day Leopard @ $19,000

NAMIBIA
7 day buffalo @ $15,000
14 day Elephant @ $40,000
10 day Hippo and Croc @ $20,000
14 day Leopard @ $18,000

ZAMBIA
7 day Buffalo @ $13,500
14 day Leopard and Buffalo @ $38,000

MOZAMBIQUE
7 day Buffalo @ $15,000
10 day Hippo and Croc @ $26,000

TANZANIA
10 day Buffalo @ $18,400
16 day Lion @ $47,000
14 day Leopard @ $36,000
21 day Elephant @ $60,000
14 day Buffalo, Hippo and Croc @ $39,000

BOTSWANA
7 day Buffalo @ $18,500
12 day Leopard @ $30,000
14 day Elephant @ $35,000

ETHIOPIA
15 day Mountain Nyala @ $52,000

In the International Safari Group menu:

Elephant 15 kg (33 Lbs) /1.5 m $9,000
Elephant 27 kg (60 Lbs) $14,400
Elephant 32 kg (80 Lbs) $24,000
Baboon $132
Buffalo $2,280
Bushbuck $720
Bushpig $504
Caracal $180
Civet $240
Crocodile $2,040
Dik Dik $300
Duiker Abbot’s $336
Duiker Common $336
Eland $2,040
Fox $300
Genet $300
Gerenuk $3.000
Grant’s Gazelle $540
Greater Kudu $2.640
Grysbock $420
Hartebeest $780
Hippo $1.800
Hyena $660
Impala $470
Jackal $300
Klipspringer $1.440
Leopard $4,200
Lesser Kudu $3,120
Lion $5,880
Oribi $300
Oryx $3,360
Ostrich $1,440
Porcupine $180
Puku $960
Ratel (Honey Badger) $360
Reedbuck Southern $540
Reedbuck Bohor $540
Roan $3.060
Sable $3.060
Serval Cat $360
Sitatunga $2,400
Steinbuck $300
Thompson’s Gazelle $600
Topi $960
Warthog $540
Waterbuck $960
Wild Cat $300
Wildebeest $780
Zebra $1,440
Zorilla $180

And Paul came in with a professional-looking poster for the Funeral Motorcade and GAHC.

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It was not all work and no play either. Coby cooked us a fantastic vegan dinner, and we had fun in the kitchen while helping coby out, and helping ourselves to the healthy and delicious fare. Whenever we get together, there are always plenty of hugs to go around. This being the 4th Saturday of the month it was Coby’s regular potluck, and a few people came in, include CJ from Colorado, who exchanged local info about Kristal, Cheyenne and Anne. He said he would come and join the motorcade.

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The work/play party broke up around 11 pm, and we all plan to meet tomorrow at noon at the entrance of the Runyun Canyon Park in North Hollywood.

How successful will this LA motorcade be? The next blog will tell.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org
Touring cell 216 386 7362

2010-04-21 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #8


2010-04-21

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #8

A busy few days:

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April 17, Saturday, 4 pm, I gave an 80-minute speech at the Animal Liberation Forum, followed by a 20-minute discussion session. Again, I asked the 70-people audience if they had heard of the term “Latent Heat”. Again, not a single hand came up.

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But they know now, and the talk probably transformed the outlook of the entire audience.

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My MS friend Cathy Garneau was there, whom I met for the first time – a very sweet lady

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and talented artist.

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I saw Paul Fusch come in about 3 quarters into my speech, but then, like a phantom, he disappeared again. After my speech, I met a remarkable women who exuded a sense of strength and solidity. She told me that she belonged to no group, but I read this as her being the personification of the power-of-one. Her name is Michelle Mars. I lightened it by joking, “If you marry me, all you’d have to do is to change one letter in your name. How’s that for a ‘marriage of convenience’, eh? LOL” Subsequently, she told Anthony D that the movement could use more “powerful voices like Anthony Marr’s”. I’ll have to try harder then.

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Unfortunately, Marla Stormwolf-Patty, one of the GAHC team members and a leading anti-crush activist along with Nan Sea Love and Cristina Reyes (of GAHC Australia) was held up by traffic and could not attend. Admittedly, I was disappointed and a little upset, but soon, my “zen” took over, and I was happy again. In any case, we – Marla, Paul, Cathy, and of course Anthony D and I – all got together for a party at Coby’s place afterward, and a good time was had by all.

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We took some “naughty” pics of Anthony D. and Paul F. simultaneously kissing Marla’s cheek,

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and we all had a good laugh, joking that we should post it on the internet so that our detractors could blast us for having an “orgy”. LOL

April 18, Sunday, 2 pm, vegan potluck at Coby’s place. Just a small gathering, but a few old friends came by, including Janet Allen, now called Chicana, whom I’ve known since 2004. She and I will be going to the David Rubin potluck the next day. A notably person who came in late was Monique Lukens, a young woman with amazing intensity who began with contributing ideas as to how our next funeral for the animals events should be conducted, including dumpster diving for animal bones for the ceremony. After a while, I turned to talking about hunting, and she was flabbergasted by what I revealed. She stayed the entire evening and to work on an email to the organizer of a luncheon with Ed Asner on April 21, Wednesday, suggesting to the organizer that since Mr. Asner was an animal advocate, that the venue should be a veg restaurant, instead of the Eclectic Restaurant whose menu was full of meat dishes. I let her use my laptop,

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and since I then could not use it, I went to Coby’s piano. When I played the theme of Gone With the Wind, Monique loved it, and asked me to play it over again. After midnight, she did a short interview with me on her recorder for her new radio program. It took us about 7 takes to get it done. By then it was 2 a.m., and I walked her out to her car.

April 19, Monday, 6:30 pm, vegan potluck at David Rubin’s place. About a dozen people present, including Armaiti May who introed my talk, Janet Allen, Bob Linden, Coby’s daughter Noor, Julie Leibovitz, James Claire Lewis, and Plinio J. Garcia of JGreen Natural Foods Inc, who asked me to email him for him to send in a donation, among others.

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It was a vegan group, so I started on that track, but did move on to hunting and global warming and again, no one had heard of “Latent Heat”. The Q&A was concentrated on saving the planet from Runaway Global Heating. Plinio started by talking about converting the world to veganism “one plate at a time”, but after a bit, he began to say that that would be too slow, and that I had given him a sense of urgency not there before. All were in a state of harmony in the discussion, but the gent from India criticized me for calling the hunters “serial killers”, saying that I should not attack people but to sweet-talk to them. My retort was that of everybody in the room, he was the only person who attacked me, drawing a roomful of laughter. LOL

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April 20, Tuesday: A rest day, but no rest for me. Monique called in the morning giving Coby the good news that she could bring a guest to the Asner luncheon, and asked Coby to go. Coby deferred to me, and wrote back to Monique, who called me later to invite me to be her guest. So, I spent the whole rest of the day writing a letter to Mr. Asner, which was still unfinished by night fall.

April 21, Wednesday: This was a sad day for the AR movement. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law that bans videos portraying cruelty to animals, which left crush videos and dog-fighting videos in limbo, sending the whole AR movement into an uproar and a tail-spin, centered upon anti-crush. This is a clear case of hunters grouping their hunting videos and the crush videos together so that, in order to protect the legality of the hunting videos, they are defending the crush videos – how contemptibly despicable, or despicably contemptible – your choice!

I spent the morning finishing my letter to Mr. Asner, award-winning actor, animal advocate, age 80. By 11:00, it was done.

(To read this letter, please go to http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com)

I packed up, went to the nearest Office Depot to get it printed out, and arrived at the Eclectic Restaurant on time, with the letter sandwiched between the pages of my second book [Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!]. When settled, there were about 20 guests seated at a long table, with Mr. Asner at the head.

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After the lunch, he came down to our end of the table to chat with us. I found him very personable, humble. genuine and approachable. In a momentary lull, I stood up at the tail end of the table and asked loudly, “Mr. Asner, do you have any influence over the Supreme Court or the Congress?” He laughed, and his answer showed that he was already keenly aware of what happened this morning. I presented my book and letter to him.

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Monique loved him, and he seemed very fond of her. They talked for quite a while.

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Towards the end of the luncheon, we took our group picture, and then, Mr. Asner called out, “Where is my book? Where is my book?!” meaning [Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!]!!! Apparently, when he changed seats, he had left it at the previous seat. Someone found it and brought it to him. He hugged it. I am so gratified!

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When I was walking Monique back to her car, she said how happy she was that I went with her. “It was meant to be,” she said. Quite a remarkable woman.

Later this evening, Marla told us that the Congress is tabling a bill to ban crush videos, while stressing that hunting videos are to be forever unassailable. This is another case of hunter manipulation, except, now, perhaps due to the fury generated in the AR movement, they have separated the hunting videos from the crush videos, to allow banning the latter while iron-casting the former. Elementary, Watson! My new strategy, therefore, is to use the hideous hunting videos as weapons to destroy hunting.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org
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Anthony Marr’s letter to Ed Asner – Los Angeles – 2010-04-21


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Dear Mr. Asner,

It is an honor to break bread with you, and even more so to share our passion for the rights and welfare of our non-human animal brethren with whom we share this fragile planet.

In case you are not familiar with me and my work, may I first present my mini-bio written for the Animal Rights National Conference at which I have been a key speaker every year since 2004, often giving upwards of 10 speeches each time:

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Anthony Marr has a science degree (physics) and is the author of the critically acclaimed “OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny” (2003) and “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH” (2008).

A full-time wildlife preservationist and anti-hunting activist since 1995, he has

– cleaned up North American Chinatowns of traditional medicines containing endangered species ingredients such as tiger bone, rhino horn, bear gall and elephant ivory,

– been a leading anti-hunting activist since 1995, whose Bear Referendum campaign, in which he debated 50-120 hunters at a time 50 times in 50 cities, was hailed by the Globe and Mail as the “highest-profile animal advocacy campaign in Canada in 1996”,

– fought the horrendous Canadian Seal Massacre since 1997,

– been to Japan twice to work against whaling and dolphin capture and slaughter,

– been to India 3 times and worked in 3 tiger reserves (Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambhore) to help save the Bengal tiger from extinction, which won him the title of the “Champion of the Bengal Tiger” in the award winning TV documentary series “Champions of the Wild” aired on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Knowledge Network in 20 countries.

He founded Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) in 1999 and is the leader of HOPE’s Global Emergency Operation (GEO) on climate change and mass extinction.

He founded the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) in 2009.

He has conducted 6 Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE tours) since 2003, each covering 25-44 U.S. states over 3-7 months, and is currently on his 7th Compassion for Animals Road expedition (CARE-7), which will take him and GAHC VP Anthony Damiano begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting through 40 states in 7 months.

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Through my last six continental tours, I have worked with numerous local animal advocacy groups on all kinds of animal rights and animal welfare issues. Where anti-hunting is concerned, he has worked with dozens of anti-hunting groups on as many local anti-hunting campaigns. Through this prolonged experience, I have found out one thing that is universal. Whenever a local anti-hunting groups fights a prohunting local government (which are always prohunting), the local anti-hunting groups always lose, which has led to my conceiving and forming the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, with the local anti-hunting groups as member groups. To forge this coalition is one of the aims of the current CARE-7 tour. With the coalition forged in 2010, then in 2011, whenever a local anti-hunting group tackles a local prohunting government, we will bring the weight of the entire coalition to bear upon the prohunting local government, and win.

Why are the local governments always prohunting? First, not only local governments, but all governments on all levels, are always run by hunters. Why? Let me give a example. While nationally about 5% of the population hunt, in New Jersey, only 0.8% of the population do. In other words, 99.2% of New Jerseyans do not hunt. But only the 0.8% has the power to determine wildlife management policy. The state constitution of New Jersey clearly states that of the 11 voting members of the Fish and Game Commission which sets wildlife management policy, at least 6 must be hunters. As if this is not bad enough, all 11 were hunters last time I checked. Likewise for most other states. In other words, non-government biologists, ecologists, hikers, campers, photographers, much less animal advocates, have no say in the matter. It is wildlife management policies by hunters, for hunters. So much for “Democracy”.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is also the state-level Hunter Harassment Statutes. Near Pittsburgh, PA, a woman who had a 20 acre hobby farm complete with NO HUNTING signs was charged with 9 counts of hunter harassment for asking a group of trespassing hunters in the process of hunting deer to get off her property. She was tried and found guilty of all counts. These state-level “Hunter Harassment Statutes” violate the free-speech rights and property rights of non-hunting citizens, and are clearly unconstitutional.

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And then there is the Big Lie. The prohunting government of Allentown, PA, for example, announced that the Trexler Nature Preserve, which had maintained a no-hunting policy since it’s founding in 1906, had a deer overpopulation problem which damaged the park’s ecology. Since the discharge of firearms is prohibited in an urban park, the bow hunters rushed in to “do the community a service”. But when I entered the park on the opening day of bow-hunting, I saw hundreds of acres of forest having been plowed down and vast plantations of deer clover planted in its place. Rich deer food has the effect of maximizing the deer’s reproductive rate, which did create an overpopulation problem. The whole thing was initiated by the bow hunters for hunting purposes and the prohunting government deluded the public to justify it. Bow-hunters are aggressive and organized, and systematically force their way into urban environments to indulge in their blood “sport”.

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Bow-hunting is the cruelest form of hunting. Notoriously inaccurate beyond a 20 yard range, resulting in a 50% non-lethal wounding rate. In other words, of 100 deer shot by arrows, 50 do not die, but stagger around with arrows imbeded in non-vital part of their bodies – rump, back, abdomen, neck, head, even eyes – for days and weeks. They try to justify bow-hunting by arguing that they hunt for food, which is a transparent lie. If they hunt for food, they would have used a rifle. Clearly, they hunt for entertainment. It is not called Recreational Hunting for nothing.

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Even this is not all, but just a microcosm of the entire nation. 5% of the 300 million Americans are hunters, most of whom are deer hunters, most of whom want more than one deer . So, 30 million extra deer are needed to satisfy their blood lust. First, they eradicate all natural predators, mostly wolves, then plant “food plots” all over the country, on both public and private land, to boost the deer population by 30 million. But so many more deer lead to huge numbers of deer-vehicle accidents (DVAs), resulting in over 1 million deer fatalities and some 250 human deaths every year, year after year. The hunters are aware of this – at least I’ve told them repeatedly so – but press on with their “program” regardless, thus justifying the labels not only of “serial killers” of wild animals, but “premeditated mass murderers” of the 250 humans every year, and even “terrorists”, since the victims never know who they would be, nor where nor when they would be killed.

Hunting is not my only concern, and domestic animal abuse goes without saying. One more thing about the cruel community and industry. The hunters post a lot of hunting videos on the internet, due to which they are also in support of the “Crush Videos”, where women in their bare feet or high heels crush cats and dogs to death on video for the enjoyment of perverts, and they are legal! Only yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a long standing law banning such videos, on grounds of freedom of speech!

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Now for something infinitely destructive, which could drive millions of species to extinction within decades. We are currently in the 6th mass extinction which threatens to be the most devastating yet, certainly more so than the 5th which wiped out over 30% of all species including the dinosaurs by means of an asteroid strike 64 million years ago. The 3rd, the End-Permian Mass Extinction 251 million years ago, caused indeed by global warming due to massive volcanic activities associated with continental drift and splitting of continental shields, led to the extinction of 75% of all land species and 95% of all marine species, including all the corals. The current 6th mass extinction promises to match or even outdo the 3rd. The cause of the global warming is different, but the result will be the same or worse. We have an estimated 20 million species on Earth today, only 10% of which is known to science. By the end of this century, over 16 million species could have fallen extinct, including some of the most magnificent, such as the tigers, elephants, bears, rhinos, whales, dolphins, eagles and butterflies. What kind of a world are we passing on to our children?

One thing that could make this nightmare come true is Latent Heat, or rather our unawareness of it. When I give a global warming talk, I often start with a question to the audience, “How many of you have heard of the term ‘Latent Heat’?” Of an audience of 100, maybe one or two hands would come out, and at that hesitantly, time after time. Let me explain. Take a pot of ice water, place it on a stove set on low heat, and stir it with a thermometer. My next question would be, “When would the temperature of the water begin to rise?” The answer is, “After all the ice has melted off.” For as long as there is ice remaining in the pot, the temperature would remain near freezing. But as soon as the last of the ice cubes have melted, the temperature will rise. It is not exactly that the ice “cools” the water, but that the heat infused into the pot will go first into melting the ice – without raising the temperature, and this is latent heat, “latent” meaning “hidden”. After the ice has melted off, however, the temperature will rise, and the heat infused as of this point is called “Sensible Heat”. The Arctic Ocean can be considered a huge pot of ice water, and the summer sun the stove. For as long as there is still sea ice to melt, the Arctic Ocean water temperature would remain relatively cool, instigating global warming deniers to say, “Global warming? What global warming?”, which is what the oil lobby, which has spent $200 million on the Denial Movement, wants us to say. But as soon as the summer sea ice has completely melted off – as early as 2013 – the Arctic Ocean temperature will rise, and rise meteorically, and by then, it could be too late.

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But there is still something even worse – Methane, a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide – by about 70X. Methane is a major byproduct of animal agriculture, which annually emits 25% more CO2-equivalent in methane than the entire transportation system. Even more so is the Arctic and subArctic permafrost which is loaded with methane by the billions of tons, and which has already begun melting as we speak, releasing their lethal genie irretrievably into the atmosphere. Once the Arctic water and air temperatures begin to skyrocket – as early as 2013 – the permafrost, both on land and under the sea, will begin melting at unprecedented rates, and vast quantities of methane will be released into the atmosphere, enough to generate its own feedback loop, where more methane in the atmosphere will warm up the globe even faster, melting even more permafrost, releasing even more methane. Once this process has begun, the much dreaded Runaway Global Heating can be said to have commenced. Once it has started, it will be almost unstoppable. Another term for Runaway Global Heating is the Methane Time-Bomb, or the M-Bomb – a “slow bomb” which would take decades to spend, but once detonated, it will inexorably run its course until it is spent, by which time millions of species will have fallen extinct. Quite amazing really to see how this coincides with the Mayan calendar prediction of December 21, 2012, being the end of the world.

Something so momentous – Latent Heat and the Methane Time-bomb – should have become a household word but now. But think back to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change convention, or the 2009 one at Copenhagen – how many times have you heard the term “Latent Heal” or the word “Methane” mentioned? Almost zero times. At most, they talk about CO2, which is only the fuse. The bomb is Methane.

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It is predicted that the 21st Century will be a century of global drought. Consider the 20,000 glaciers in the Himalayas which feed the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers due east, and the six rivers in Southeast Asia and India due south, the latter providing for over 1.5 billion people today. What will happen after they have all melted off later this century? Jame Lovelock of Gaia Hypothesis fame predicts that by the end of this century, 5 billion people will have perished due to water shortages, and therefore food shortages, and therefore mass starvation.

Back to the present, as mentioned before, while I conduct a long tour, I offer local activists and groups my aid to their local campaigns. In California, the leading local wildlife campaign is against black bear hunting. Currently, the hunters are driving for three things: 1. Unlimited Black bear hunting. 2. Using dogs for the purpose. And 3. To mount GPS units on the dogs to lead the hunters to the treed bears, if they have not been torn apart by the dogs already. I ask Californians: How many Grizzly bears are there in California? The answer is “One” – the one on the state flag.

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Not long ago, there used to be thousands, which have long since been exterminated. Next question: Do you want the Black bears to suffer the same fate?

Obviously, to conduct a 40-states-in-7-months road tour won’t come cheap. We have no budget to finance the entire tour. It is a wing and a prayer and one day at a time. If you could help sustain this 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition of mine, I would be eternally grateful. I created my organization Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) in 1999, and have yet to pay myself a single cent in salary. Rest assured that all donation dollars will go to the animals, the planet, and our children’s future.

Thank you for reading my proposal.

Sincerely yours,

Anthony Marr.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
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Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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2010-04-17 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #7


2010-04-17

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #7

Southern California

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It was a glorious day yesterday, beginning with the weather. Anthony Damiano and I left Emily C’s place in Marina around 11 a.m. for southern California. For the first time on this tour, Anthony and I took different routes – he in my car by Hwy 101, and I on my motorcycle by the Coastal Route 1 – one of the Mecca’s for motorcyclists. Emily’s mother Laura who has not one, not two, but three Ninja 250s, offered to guide me to the coastal highway and ride with me part way, bless her heart. Anthony D and I agreed to meet in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Paso Robles 3-4 hours down the line. While his route was straight forward, I would ride the twistie coastal highway through the legendary Big Sur to Cambria, then take Hwy 46 to intersect Hwy 101. The ride itself was of course glorious.

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The scenery was magnificent, which goes without saying, but at one point, I was just zipping by one of the beaches, and caught a glimpse of something that caused me to turn the bike around. When I got there, I was amazed by the sight of a beach packed with elephant seals. Most were just basking in the sun, but there were also calves suckling, and big males duking it out for supremacy. The beach is fenced against human intrusion, by which I was somewhat comforted.

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But it reminded me of La Jolla Beach farther south, and I wondered how much longer the same ill fate would befall this nameless beach here. Some years ago, on one my CARE tours, I joined a group of activists from San Diego Animal Advocates trying to protect the last remain beach in San Diego from being cleared of the resident seals for human “enjoyment”. If the same thing happened to this beach here, the fences would be taken down, and the elephant seals evicted. The width of La Jolla Beach in San Diego was only the length of a football field, but it had rocks and a dike on to which seals hauled out to rest and/or give birth. It was the last remaining beach in the region on which they could still do so. But some local residents started a petition to clear the beach of seals so that it could be reserved exclusively for human use. While joining the demo, I was accosted by a woman who chided me for being “anti-human”, citing of course “dominion”. “I want this beach to be enjoyed by my children, not by a bunch of stinking animals!”, word for word, while I looked upon some baby seals suckling in the sand.

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By the time I joined up with Anthony D in the Walmart parking lot, it was past 3 pm. He showed me a brown T-shirt featuring a Chinese-style tiger with Chinese calligraphy. I loved it, and got myself one too, for $8. He offered me the driver’s seat, but I declined, having done enough motoring for a day. He may wake up later than me (7 for me and 8:30 for him), but he is an indefatigable driver. Once, he drove from Santa Barbara to Florida in one go, all within the incredible period of 36 hours. Nobody would believe him in this claim, but I do.

During the drive past San Luis Obispo, we got to talking about our families. And several times, our exchange brought me to the point of tears. His recent episode with his father, for example, is very moving. For weeks before the tour, Anthony agonized over his father’s reaction when he inevitably had to tell him about going on the tour. Prior to that, Anthony had thought that his father, being very conservative and of Sicilian decent, would probably react adversely. This had kept his mother and sister, and of course Anthony himself, and even me, on edge for weeks. So finally, after a family dinner within days of departure, Anthony finally laid it out. To his immense surprise and enormous relief, his father gave him his spontaneous blessing, without reservation.

Speaking of fathers, I have talked volumes about my mother, but so far, hardly a word about my father. So I told Anthony something about him. He was highly educated and had a law degree, which at that time of Chinese history was a rarity. Shortly before the Communist take-over of China, he was a cabinet minister of the province of Guang Dung of the Republic of China (as opposed to the communistic People’s Republic of China). But in 1949, at my age of 5, the Communists overran China, and my father led his family on an escape mission to the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. My mother’s side of the family had a large aquaculture business which used motorized Junks to transport its product, and it was with one of these vessels, in the dead of night, that my family floated down the Pearl River into the South China Sea, and safety, failing which my entire family would have been arrested and summarily executed. I mean the entire family, myself included, to forestall any possibility of eventual revenge.

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My family was wealthy on both sides, but its wealth was mostly in the form of real estate, and we couldn’t take it with us. So, the crown prince (me) became a pauper overnight. Due to the vast volume of refugees, accommodation was at a premium, and all we (my paternal grand mother, my parents, two of my aunts, myself, my two young siblings, and my two cousins, plus another 5-person family – 15 persons in all – had to be crammed into a 3-bedroom apartment on the 4th floor of a decrepit wood-frame 4-storey row-building, addressed 44 Temple Street, in the slum district of Yau Ma Day in the Kowloon Peninsula of Hong Kong. The one saving grace of the cramped quarters was that we had a balcony overlooking the bustling street below choked full of unlicensed hawkers selling anything from food-produce to clothing to whatever I could imagine. Every once in a while, someone would shout “Run ghost!”, meaning that a policeman was entering the block, and every illegal hawker would pack up their ware and scatter. An unlucky straggler would be nabbed by the cop, hauled in, and fined. Moments later, after the policeman had moved on, they would regroup, resettle, and continue doing business as usual. Other than street hawkers were roaming youth gangs run by the Triad, there to recruit street kids as new members, and I was strictly forbidden by my father to go down to the street except for going to school. Being a young child, I quickly adapted to the new circumstances, and accepted the new poverty without much trouble.

But for my father, it was a different story. In Hong Kong, where the official language was English, in which he was illiterate, he could not find a job that could suit his education. All he could find was a bookkeeper/sales position in a textile factory. He had to work 362 days a year, from 8 am to 10 pm, on a rock bottom salary. So, I hardly ever got to see him. The 3 days he did not have to work was Chinese New Year’s day, New Year’s Day and Christmas, the last due to the enslaving employer’s being a Christian. My father had his ambitions for starting his own business, but since there was no guarantee of success, and jobs were hard to find, he stayed with his job for the express purpose of putting his 3 children through school, failing which child labor would be our fate. “Not only did he sacrifice his career for my education, he even saved my life at one point,” I told Anthony D.

Thus, I told Anthony the following story, which I have not told anyone for fear of sounding melodramatic, but as it came out, it was quite natural, and he advised me to put it in this blog.

I was maybe 13, but when I thought back on it, it seemed like only yesterday. It was a hot and steamy night, and I was cramming for my final exam. Since I did not want to wake anyone up, I did my night studying out in the balcony by the light of the street lamp. While working on some math problem, I was distracted by something white out of the corner of my eye. I looked, and saw that it was a beautiful girl on the roof of the 4-storey building across the street, which in that late hour was quiet and deserted. She was in a long and flowing white gown fluttering in the night breeze. For a split second, she looked like an angel freshly descended upon the earth. But what quickly seized my attention was that she had climbed over the railing and was standing on the narrow ledge. She was holding on to the railing with one hand, and looking down on to the street below. At once I knew that she was going to jump, and without much hesitation, blurted out, “Hey! Don’t!” Then, she raised her eyes at me, and looked surprised and shocked. We stared at each other for seemingly an eternity, before finally she said, “Get back inside, kid.” Instead, I stood up to face her squarely, and asked her why. She said that I was too young to understand, and repeated her request, demand, for me to get back inside. I repeated my question, and she relented. “Alright, if you must know, I’m pregant, and my parents have disowned me. Happy now?” I said, stupidly, “Well, you can join my family.” She let out a bitter laugh, and said, “Don’t be ridiculous! Now get back inside.” This time, I found myself climbing over the railing of the balcony and stood, like her, on the narrow ledge outside. “What are you doing?!” she said in a loud whisper. I have no idea what made me say this, but I blurted out something else which shocked even myself, “If you are going to jump, I will jump with you.” She looked horrified and was speechless for a moment, and then it was her turn to asked why. I said, “You must be feeling terribly lonely. I don’t want you to die alone.” Thus, we looked at each other for the longest time. Suddenly, I heard a rustling noise behind me, and her faced took on a look of dread, and her eyes lifted slightly to look past me at something behind my back, as if she was seeing a ghost. Simultaneously, I felt two strong arms wrapping themselves tightly around me. In the same instant, she took the plunge. While I was struggling to free myself to make good my promise to her, my eyes followed her down in her final flight to oblivion. And my ears registered a loud POP!, as if a husked coconut had cracked and flattened itself on the concrete pavement below. It was her head. In the yellow street light, I saw a patch of red and white, the red streaming into the gutter, and the white staying where it was. One of her white slippers lay a hundred feet away. (Henceforth, I developed a sense of contempt for any Hollywood movie showing people falling from a height and landing in a position as if he was asleep on a soft feathered bed, albeit awkwardly.) I found myself struggling against whomever was holding me, who was my father, with the intention of fulfilling my promise to this girl. My elbows connected with his face a few times, but he did not let go until he had hauled me bodily back into the apartment. When I had finally calmed down to look at him, he had blood flowing from his nose. In retrospect, without his intervention, I don’t know what I would really have done. I could say I would have jumped, but that was a “would have”. The moment of truth had come and gone, and I would never know.

By about 8 pm, we arrived at my long time friend Coby Siegenthaler’s place in Northridge, a suburb on the northwest outskirts of greater Los Angeles, 26 miles from city center, a testimony on the extent of urban sprawl. But it was a quiet and treed community of which I have become quite fond, since I have stayed there more than once in tours bygone.

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Coby is an 84 year-old woman who looks and acts easily 20 years younger, with an erect posture and seemingly unlimited energy. She was raised a vegetarian since birth and has been a vegan since 1972, based upon which I opined that she should be a proof of the soundness of a vegetarian/vegan diet. If it was a healthy looking veg teenager, others could argue that he could deteriorate later in life, but Coby has lived to a ripe old age, who moves around all day on light feet and spirit, serving us meals and cleaning house, and joining street demos and going with us to conferences, sound of body and of mind.

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Her family background is just as amazing if not more so. She was of Dutch descent. During WW2, her family concealed Jews in their attic for weeks at a time, most being strangers, and in a time of critical food shortage, when the Nazis confiscated most of the food to feed their own soldiers, and when many Dutch people were themselves starved to death (something I had not known nor imagined), they shared what food they had with their beneficiaries. Whenever they could they somehow smuggled the Jews out of the country. Both intake and output were done under the cover of darkness, in defiance of the night time curfew. Coby’s husband Hans’ mother was imprisoned for wearing a star of David in sympathy with the Jewish people. Were they caught harboring Jews and smuggling them, they would have been shipped to the concentration camps themselves. The courage required was inestimable, superseded only by their compassion. Anthony D was totally floored.

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We will be staying at Coby’s house for the next 10 days. Tomorrow 4 pm will be my turn to speak at the Animal Liberation forum in Long Beach. Day after tomorrow will be the potluck at Coby’s. And on April 19, Monday, I’ll be speaking at the potluck at Dave Rubin’s place in Santa Monica, organized by Dave and Dr. Armaiti May.

Until next time…

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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2010-04-15 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #6


2010-04-15

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #6

Northern California

It was two restful days at Ramiro’s house, with egrets and ducks in the slough outside by day, and countless stars above at night. But the last morning started with a sting. Upon checking email, there was a message from a supposed ally hazing me for conducting the CARE-7 tour in a “loan Ferrari”, and called Anthony Damiano a “common thug”. While my blog #5, which the person obviously has not read, speaks for itself, Nan defended Anthony D by saying, “… as far as Anthony Damiano being a ‘common thug’, I do not let thugs into my home and make them welcome. He is a gentleman and a sweet person and we were honored to have both Anthonys here for a few days.” In any case, a supposed zen person ought to remain unperturbed by such trivialities, so after a polite reply, we simply moved on.

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Ramiro came in around lunch time and the three of us simply basked in each other’s good vibes by just working on our respective laptops in the same picture-windowed room overlooking the marshy field. Good thing he came in, since I was planning on going the Marin-SF-Hwy101-Monterey route, which could have taken twice as long as the route Ramiro recommended – Marin-Berkeley-580-Oakland-880-Monterey – which did bring us to our potluck venue in Pacific Grove right on time (6 pm).

There was not a lot of people at the potluck, but in this case, it was quality that counted, in the persons of our two hosts Robert and Casey Lucius. Without repeating what is to follow in this blog, I called Dr. Alex Hershaft of FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), head organizer of the Animal Rights National Conference, this morning, to recommend them as new speakers for the conference, saying that they will open up a new vista for the ARNC. Alex seemed interested, and asked me to ask them to call him directly.

To go two steps further, I wrote Alex an email, saying,

“Hi Alex,

“Further to my phone call to you this morning recommending Lt.-Col. Robert Lucius and Lt.-Prof. Casey Lucius as new speakers at the 2010 AR conference in DC, please find attached info sent to me by Robert this afternoon. In addition to the info therein, may I repeat that he and Casey are both personable, compassionate, knowledgeable, down to earth, and humble to boot. I also met their cat which they brought home from Vietnam. There is no doubt in my mind that he/she/they will add a brand new dimension to the AR Conference.

“Sincerely,

“Anthony”

Following are the four items that Robert sent me this afternoon:

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“Robert Lucius is an active-duty Marine Lieutenant Colonel with more than twenty years of service, the last ten of which have been as a Foreign Area Officer, a specialist in foreign languages and cultures. In recent years he has served in Indonesian and Vietnam, primarily as a military diplomat. Some of his primary duties overseas included coordinating humanitarian relief missions involving dozens of public, private and non-profit organizations. Robert is now the Associate Provost for Continuing Education at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA. Casey Lucius is a former Naval Intelligence Officer now serving as a civilian professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She recently published a book entitled ‘Vietnam’s Political Process: How Education Shapes Political Decision-Making’.

“Their active involvement in animal welfare activities really began in the summer of 2006 following an official U.S. humanitarian assistance mission coordinated by Robert to Lai Chau Province in northwestern Vietnam near the Laos and Chinese borders. During a hand-over of donated U.S. excess military medical supplies to local village medical clinics, Robert experienced a very intense personal awakening that turned him into a committed animal advocate. A man who had spent all his adult life trying to protect the weak and oppressed among human society became a defender of the exploited and oppressed among the non-humans.

“He immediately quit the carnist lifestyle and began his eventual transition to the vegan lifestyle. His transformational awakening was featured in the Summer 2007 issue of PETA’s Animal Times magazine and in a 2009 book by Judy Carman and Tina Volpe, “The Missing Peace: The hidden power of our kinship with animals”. During the remaining two years Robert and Casey led a number of animal rescues in Vietnam, including a young injured street kitten they named ‘Dewi’ and adopted.

“In August 2008, Robert, Casey and Dewi returned to the United States and took up residence on California’s Monterey Peninsula, where Robert now serves as the Associate Provost for Continuing Education at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Since moving back to the United States, Robert has been active in a number of local animal welfare organizations, including the Monterey Country SPCA and the Animal Friends Rescue Project, from which he and Casey adopted ‘Charlie’. Both he and Casey were very active supporting of California ballot initiative Proposition 2, which passed in November 2008. Robert was even named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in the Marine Corps in 2008 (http://blog.peta.org/archives/bob_lucius/)
In 2009, Robert completed a ten-month Graduate Certificate in Community Advocacy program through George Washington University to learn more about how to use the power of grassroots advocacy to improve the lives of animals. This program was initiated by the Humane Society of the United States and brought together ten other advocates from around the United States. Although Robert and Casey had dreamt of spearheading an animal advocacy project in Vietnam for several years, Robert’s participation in the program gave them the tools and insight they needed to formally establish the Kairos Coalition and kick-start their Humane Edutainment project.
Kairos Coalition was founded as a non-profit last year with the sole objective of bringing together public, private and non-profit stakeholders in order to find common ground from which to advance Humane Education objectives. Our first project is being implemented where Robert and Casey served as diplomats just few years back in Vietnam.

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“Vietnam is only now fully emerging from decades of social and economic hardships wrought by the combined effects of colonialism and war. It is now a nation on the cusp of a major transformation from a primarily agrarian economy to an industrialized and developed nation. Endless possibilities lie ahead for this ancient land and its people.

“Since the implementation of Đổi Mới (literally ‘renovation’) policies introduced by the Communist Party leadership in 1986, Vietnam has steadily moved away from a centrally-planned economy to a more market-oriented model that is increasingly globalized.

“Vietnam has since enjoyed an average annual economic growth of 6.5 percent over the last two decades. It has achieved one of the highest growth rates among developing countries and successfully raised per capita income from $220 in 1994 to more than $1,000 in 2008, when Vietnam was finally removed from the list of the world’s least developed countries. Even with a projected lower growth rate for 2009 (3.9 percent), Vietnam’s poverty rate has continued to fall to less than a third of what is was in the mid-1980s. As a result, Vietnam’s citizens have witnessed a rate of unparalleled economic opportunity and the development of a nascent middle class.
All this, however, has not come without a cost: Industrial development and rapid urbanization have also helped accelerate the decline of traditional Vietnamese values by eroding the nuclear, multi-generational families that have long served as the foundation stone of Vietnamese culture. Young men and women are moving away from their home villages in hopes of striking it rich in the nation’s urban centers, while market-oriented reforms have ushered in an era often characterized by a ‘get-rich quick’ mentality and unabashed consumerism.

“The continuing erosion of Vietnam’s traditional ethical paradigm has more than at any other time in Vietnam’s history created the potential for a moral gap to develop. The Humane Edutainment project is intended to provide an alternative vision built on the foundations of Vietnam’s traditional ethical teachings, but which aims to sensitize Vietnamese youth to the core values associated with Humane Education, including reverence for all life, respect for the dignity of each person, an appreciation for the fragility of our shared environment, and the exercise of personal responsibility and compassion for achieving a cruelty-free and sustainable world. By fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, humane education aims to empower youth with the realization that they can become powerful change agents within their own communities.

“Western nations are only just now beginning to fully appreciate the full range of negative social, health, economic and environmental consequences that have resulted from our collective and individual decisions over the last fifty years. We are now paying a terrible price for our unchecked consumer appetites and an unwillingness to look ahead to where the road we have chosen has taken us; towards a poisoned environment, crumbling communities, economic malaise and a public health crisis.
Vietnam today stands at the same developmental crossroads where the United States stood a half-century ago. They will soon similarly face challenges about the nature of development and modernization, and the solutions they inevitably implement will have consequences that will remain with them for generations, for good and ill. We believe that a culturally-relevant Humane Education program can help Vietnam’s next generations re-imagine the range of possible solutions to the challenges of industrialization and development in ways that might be able to contribute to the prevention of decades of unnecessary and destructive abuse in the name of uniformed and rampant commercial consumption unchecked by ethical and moral limits. Humane Education is an investment in Vietnam’s future.

“Imagine what the United States would look like now if we could go back fifty years and retroactively apply the lessons of the last half-century’s struggles for social justice, animal welfare and the “green” movement. What would today’s generations think about the exploitation of the environment and animals for food, for entertainment or for clothing if they had only learned a different set of ethical possibilities from the very start, knew the ultimate price they would have to pay for their appetites and thus chose an entirely different path? Imagine that altered reality. That possibility still lies ahead for Vietnam.

“Our coalition is centered around a very well-established Vietnamese NGO located in Hanoi. IOGT-VN has a decade of experience training large numbers of youth in interpersonal, leadership and lifestyle skills. They are politically well-connected and have the respect of the educational establishment. In addition to IOGT-VN, there are a number of other local NGOs and foreign subject matter experts that are part of the coalition, working together to create a Humane Education pilot program centered on what we call ‘Humane Edutainment’.

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“Humane Edutainment employs a pedagogy distilled from centuries of Vietnamese cultural tradition. Employing traditional art forms, such as puppetry, dance, song, poetry, painting and improvisational theatre, important lessons about animal welfare, environmental ethics, and social justice can be conveyed in simple but powerful ways to audiences ranging from those with little formal education to those who are very highly educated. During the 1940s and 1950s, the Vietnam Communist Party relied extensively on “Culture and Drama Teams”, employing this methodology to effectively propagandize Marxist-Leninist ideology in rural communities. It remains today a popular educational technique used throughout Vietnam to reach all social strata, regardless or background and education level. It is an educational approach that is quintessentially Vietnamese and part of the shared cultural heritage of all Vietnamese.

“Humane Edutainment also draws from the pedagogy of “Forum Theatre”, a form of participatory theater rooted in Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed”. In Forum Theater, audience members are encouraged to stop a performance, often a short scene in which an ethical dilemma is presented, in order to propose different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to alter the outcome of the action on-stage. Audience members are invited to come on-stage to take the place of the primary actors: They are no longer confined to being merely spectators of the unfolding drama, but instead become active participants empowered not just to imagine different possible outcomes, but to also put them into action by taking the drama in a different direction than that envisioned by the script.

“Their Humane Edutainment curriculum will address three main themes; Animal Welfare, Environmental Ethics and Social Justice. We will scrupulously endeavor to avoid any perception that the curriculum represents the importation of western values and foreign solutions for solving uniquely Vietnamese problems. Rather, this effort seeks to mine the deep treasure trove of traditional Vietnamese values and historical experiences in order to develop fresh and bold approaches for dealing with contemporary challenges. This curriculum will be developed for Vietnamese by Vietnamese. The broad strategic goals of our project are:

“Strategic Goals

“Create greater awareness among Vietnamese youth concerning the direct and indirect relationships between the choices we make as consumers and the health of the environment, the animal kingdom and our relationships with each other.

“Recruit and train a cadre of highly-motivated youth advocates to advance Humane Education messages in Vietnam.

“Coordinate and synergize collaboration between non-profit, for-profit and government stakeholders to achieve efficiencies of scale and reduce duplication of effort in the advancement of humane education objectives, specifically animal welfare, environmental stewardship and social justice.

“Begin to generate the political will necessary to nationalize Humane Education curricula in Vietnam.

“Generate media buzz that drives public interest and positive public opinion of Humane Education, particularly through coverage in youth newspapers and on youth television channels.

“We have already begun adding elements of animal welfare, primarily wildlife protection issues, to the basic IOGT-VN curricula. By this fall, assuming fundraising targets are met, we plan on launching our pilot Humane Edutainment program. This is a new sphere of activity for IOGT-VN, but they are eager and motivated to apply their significant political capital in support of this movement. Although wildlife conservation is a recognized movement in Vietnam, there are zero organizations advocating on behalf of domesticated animals – farm or companion – and there is much to be done not just to correct current abuses, but to head future ones that will inevitably arise if the trajectory of government policies and consumer choices is not altered. We envision this Humane Edutainment Pilot Project as but the first tentative step towards familiarizing not just the Hanoi student population with the principals and concepts of Humane Education, but also the general public, as well as those key influentials at the national, provincial and local levels of state government and the Communist Party bureaucracy.

“In its very essence, we are talking about Humane Nation Building.

“Why is this important to Robert and Casey personally? They just has a son – Bobby, who is being raised a vegan. Bobby and all the children are the key to the future of this world and all the creatures in it. ‘If we don’t set the example, who will?'”

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After the potluck last night, one of those present at the potluck, Emily C, led us to her place in nearby Marina to spend the next two nights. Amazingly, Emily, and her mom Laura, are both motorcycle riders, and, more amazingly still, Ninja 250 riders. The 80-mpg Ninja 250 is about as fuel efficient as a single-person vehicle could get short of a pure electric vehicle. But as long as the electricity is derived from coal, even the touted GM Volt is as polluting as any gasoline-burning vehicle.

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Today, Emily led me on an 80-mile return ride through the twisty roads of Carmel. Absolutely breathtaking – both the scenery and the ride. The bikes each sipped a little more than a gallon of fuel, but they gave me a poignant sense of the yet pristine beauty of this land which, if we pour our resources into transforming the energy structure of this society into a truly green and sustainable one, we might yet have a chance to preserve.

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Tomorrow, we’ll been heading down the coast to Los Angeles. I will ride the first stretch via Big Sur. Gorgeous pictures and unforeseen revelations forthcoming. Stay tuned.

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