Anthony Marr wins Grassroots Activist Award at AR2010 Conference


Anthony Marr wins the prestigious Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award at the 2010 Animal Rights National Conference.

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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
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http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

War plan of the GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION – 2 of 3


War Plan of the GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION (GAHC) 2011/2012 – Part 2 of 3

Part 2: The Great Equalizer and Level Playing Field for Anti-Hunters

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(Anthony Marr, founder and president of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition)

Part 1 has shown how the nonhunting and antihunting general public has been effectively silenced by the hunting and prohunting power elite. It is the small minority ruling over the greater majority. The standard methods of opposing, including letter-writing, petitioning, leafleting, protesting, speaking and demonstrating, have all proven ineffective and futile.

Over the years and the 7 long tours thus far, I have seen and participated in dozens of grassroots battles where local anti-hunting groups are pitted against prohunting local governments. With nary an exception, for the reasons given in Part 1, the anti-hunting groups have always lost. This has motivated me to form the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, so that the member grassroots groups could come to each other’s aid, and when one grassroots group is being bullied by a local government, we could bring the weight of the entire coalition to bear.

But still, a thousand BB guns cannot win over a single 50-calibre, and uphill if not up-cliff battles are often doomed from the start. Even a global anti-hunting coalition with hundreds of membership groups will need adequate weapons and a level playing field – in short, an equalizer. And the greatest equalizer of all is what this Part-2 is about.

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Let me start by presenting to you a few excerpts from the 200+ newspaper articles generated from an old campaign of mine in which this great equalizer is employed.

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Help our Grizzlies; stop hunting them
1996-05-07
The Vancouver Sun
by Nicholas Read

… Anthony Marr says that all sport hunting should be abolished…

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Chinese Canadian launching province-wide anti-bear-hurting referendum
1996-05-08
Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), Vancouver
by Eric Chan

… Anthony Marr considers killing of bears for entertainment or profit a “barbaric practice”…

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Referendum road tour aims to stop bear hunting
1996-06-05
The Westerly News, Tofino, BC

… “We are convinced that if something is not done now, the bears in BC will go the same way as the elephant’s and tiger’s and rhino’s paths towards extinction,” said Anthony Marr. “The subject of this road tour is to halt this downward spiral.”…

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Wildlife group campaigns for referendum to ban bear hunting
1996-06-08
Nanaimo Daily Free Press
by Paul Walton

… Marr believes that when poaching is included, about 10% of all bears in BC are killed annually… Marr said that the purpose of this wildlife road tour is to set up the infrastructure for a referendum vote on banning bear hunting…

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(Anthony Marr’s silver Mazda MX6 used in the anti-hunting road tour – chased by hunter truck after the June 14 event)

[Bear hunters confront bare-faced petition to put them into permanent hibernation]
June 14, 1996
Alberni Valley Times
by Diane Morrison

Bears, whether Black, Brown, Grizzly or Polar, are not endangered species in North America. Anthony Marr wants to keep it that way.

The campaigner for Western Canada Wilderness Committee was in Port Alberni Thursday night with his effort to ban sport and trophy hunting of Grizzly and Black bears.

It was a very hard sell to the audience of about 70 dominated by hunters and hunting guides that packed into a into small, hot room at the Friendship Centre, made even hotter by the temper flaring up from wall to wall.

The hunters say they are the endangered species. They wanted the distinction between legal hunting and poaching to be clearly recognized. “Go ask the bears, to see if they can,” said Marr. He also said that some hunters and guides make this impossible, because they are themselves poachers.

Marr believes that, with both legal hunting, poaching and conservation officer kills, about 8% of the Grizzly bear population and more than 10% of the Black bear population are being killed each year. He said the province’s Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy clearly states that the species can sustain no more than a 4% annual mortality before going into decline, and even this, according to Marr, is too high.

Members of the audience disputed Marr’s numbers saying that, on Vancouver Island at least, the Black bear population has been increasing by 15% for the last 10 years. Marr countered that the Black bear populations on southern Vancouver Island, and some in Mid-Island, have been decimated in various locales, citing the Cowichan Lake area as an example, and challenged the hunters to produce written documentation to support their claim, which they did not.

A number of people asked why Marr’s main thrust was to shut down legal hunting when the problem is poaching. Marr replied that both in combination is the problem, and that he has another sub-campaign targeting poachers and traffickers of bear parts. A Chinese Canadian, Marr has taken on both Canadian hunters and the Chinese demand for the body parts of these animals.

After about an hour of cross firing, WCWC campaign assistant Erica Denison finally stood up and said that until poaching can be brought under control, they want to buy time for the bears to recover. One of the hunters pointed at her and said, “Young lady, you are not old enough to teach us anything. Sit down!” Marr pointed at a middle-aged woman in the audience who had been quite outspoken in favour of hunting, saying, “I’ve been listening to this young lady for the last hour. Erica, please continue.”

Marr needs to get hunters on his side, the woman hunter said, not slam them, because hunters also want to stop poaching.

Some audience members said it is organizations such as WCWC, advertising the fact that bear parts are worth so much on the black market, that is increasing poaching. Marr scoffed at this as an “ostrich attitude”.

They objected to being told that they can’t legally hunt bears, but bears that get into garbage and smash bee hives can be killed for being a nuisance. Marr said, “The bears you kill are not nuisance bears, and that killing nuisance bears is not your job.”

When shown a picture of a bear shut in a small cage with a tube leading out from its gall bladder to extract bile, one man said that countries that treat animals like that are not democratic and so they have no conscience. Marr countered that lots of capitalists have no conscience either.

Another man was convinced that if WCWC is successful in shutting down bear hunting, it will try to shut down all hunting. Marr said, “If another hunted species becomes threatened or endangered, I would champion its cause as well.”

Back to poaching, Marr said that when an animal such as the tiger and the rhino is declared endangered, the demand and price, and so the poaching, skyrocket, hastening its slide into oblivion. “It is a very vicious cycle, and the purpose of this campaign is to try to keep our own bears out of it.”

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Bear Referendum meeting Friday
1996-06-15
The News, Parksville/Qualicumby
Chris Beacom

Anthony Marr is visiting every town in the province to drum up support for an initiative petition urging the government to hold a referendum on outlawing bear huntin. / “We’ve had tremendous support on the island so far,” Marr said, adding that 10% of all registered voters must sign the petition for a referendum to be held…

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Easy to bag. Let’s vote on bear hunting
1996-06-18
Nanaimo Times
by Kim Goldberg

In the biggest and boldest campaign of its ecophilic history, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee has launched a referendum initiative which, if successful, could ban all sport and trophy hunting of bears in BC…

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Crusader wants everyone to vote on the future of bear-hunting
1996-06-18
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

… “It’s going to be difficult up north and in places like the Chilcotin, but in the urban areas we see no problem,” Marr said Monday. An Angus Reid poll last year showed that 78% of British Columbians oppose sport and trophy hunting of bears. Marr will give a presentation at the University of Victoria on Thursday night at the Begbie Building, Room 159, starting at 7 p.m.. Admission is free.

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Anti-hunting referendum proposal generates debate
1996-06-19
The Paper, Parksville/Qualicum
by Valerie Baker

… Marr was at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. He is on an eight-week province-wide road tour of British Columbia’s 75 electoral districts…

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Bear hunters shoot back
1996-06-20
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

Bear hunters are in a growlly mood over an environmental group’s bid to force a public vote on their sport. / “That’s just garbage,” Saanich hunter Terry Anderson said Wednesday, responding to a Times Colonist report about Anthony Marr’s referendum drive. “Your newspaper did not do justice to the cause of ethical hunters. / Marr, meanwhile, is holding a meeting tonight at U.Vic.’s Begbie Building, Room 159, to promote his campaign.

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The Prince George Citizen
by Gordon Hoekstra
July 4, 1996

[Fur flies at meeting to ban bear hunts]
It was barely civil and sometimes downright ugly. In the end, it took a representative of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee close to two hours to deliver a plea for help to ban bear hunting in BC. Anthony Marr was interrupted, shouted down, and generally abused by hunters in an audience of more than 100 that spilled out of the conference room at the Civic Centre Thursday evening… Marr had barely begun before he was attacked…

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The Daily News, Kamloops, BC
by Michelle Young
July 9, 1996

[Activist pleads for bear-hunt ban]
With calm and respect, Anthony Marr faced rapid-fire questioning from hunters and threw back a plea for them to stop hunting bears…

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WCWC wants bear hunting banned
1996-07-09
Echo/Pioneer, Chetwynd, BC
by Rick Davison

… It will be a tough fight, particularly in these parts, but Anthony Marr of the WCWC is determined to stop the killing of bears in BC. His stand won him the admiration of some and the scorn of others…

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Environmentalists and hunters lock horns
1996-07-10
Kamloops This Week
by Michelle Daubney

… Marr likened letting hunters manage wildlife to “giving our babies to a known child abuser”…

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Bid to end bear hunting to proceed
1996-07-13
The Globe and Mail, Ontario

… The WCWC has cleared another hurdle in its bid to end sport and trophy hunting of bears in BC. Chief Electoral Officer Robert Patterson has announced that approval in principle has been given to the group’s initiative petition. The 90-day campaign is set to begin September 9…

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Ban bear-hunt petition set
1996-07-13
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
Canadian Press

… At least 10% of registered voters in each of BC’s 75 electoral districts must sign up during the period. If successful, the anti-bear-hunting petition would be submitted to the BC legislature to consider a new law or call a province-wide referendum on the issue…

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Impossible to get issue to a vote
1996-07-13
The Daily News, Kamloops, BC
by Mel Rothenburger

Nobody ever promised democracy would be easy. Anthony Marr, who grew up in Hong Kong, is learning all about that in Canada. Aside from the cogency of his argument, what struck me most about his objective is the near-impossibility of success. / The hurdles are staggering. Marr and WCWC simply won’t be able to get it to a provincial vote…

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Ursine good fortune on Denman
1996-07-19
Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC
by D. Radmore

On the evening of June 16, WCWC campaign director Anthony Marr shared an enlightening audio-visual presentation in the Denman Hall. In Port Alberni, just before his Denman engagement, a room full of hunting advocates showed up to disrupt Marr’s presentation…

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Sportsmen should take bid to ban bear-hunting seriously
1996-07-19
Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni, BC
by N.E. Hannaford

… One suspects that the urban perspective which predominates in the Wilderness Committee… the successful passing of a law to ban bear hunting might well be followed by similar measures aimed at other species…

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WCWC loaded for bear – Petition drive launched
1996-07-24
Capital News, Kelowna, BC
by Jean Russell

… about 15 prohunters turned out at the meeting in Kelowna on Friday. Don Guild, secretary-treasurer of the Okanagan branch of WCWC, said Monday the hunting supporters made it difficult to make progress. “They tried to dispute Marr’s figures before he even gave them.”…

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Seeks local support for bear referendum
1996-07-31
The Salmon Arm Observer
by Gordon Priestman

Anthony Marr brought his one-man crusade to Salmon Arm Thursday night. In what seems close to Mission Impossible, Marr has been touring the province since the beginning of June, hold at least one meeting a day and often more, seven days a week. Along the way he’s run into a lot of opposition from organized hunter groups. But that doesn’t deter Marr. He believes in what he’s doing…

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When the bear hunt season opens, whose cry will be the loudest?
1996-08
Sing Tao – Weekend Magazine (Chinese), global

WCWC campaign director Anthony Marr spent June and July visiting over 40 cities and towns to publicize the initiative. He was interviewed by newspapers more than 150 times, and by TV and radio more than a dozen times. Along his route, he also signed up more than 1,800 volunteers…

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BC referendum to stop bear killing for trophy and sport
1996-08
EcoNews, Victoria, BC
by Guy Dauncy

This coming September, WCWC will be launching a 90 day campaign to collect signatures from 10% of the registered voters in every constituency in BC. WCWC is looking for 50 canvassers in each of BC’s 75 electoral districts, to collect signatures. To be a canvasser, you must be a registered BC voter, have lived in BC for the last 6 months, and must witness each signature collected. If you want to be a canvasser…

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Save the bears
1996-08
The Daily News, Kamloops, BC
by Eleanor Kohnert

Anthony Marr from the WCWC is not alone. Organizations and an ever-growing number of individuals are supporting his endeavour. However, a huge hunting, guiding and gun lobby will use all the firepower in their possession to defeat the proposal… Even if WCWC’s efforts fail, the issue will be moved into the political arena…

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Hunters target Marr
1996-08
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC

During a recent province-wide tour, WCWC wildlife campaigner Anthony Marr discovered how difficult it will be to achieve a ban on bear hunting. In public meetings to promote holding a vote on the issue, he was usually hounded by dozens of angry hunters who tried to intimidate him. “In Port Alberni, 60 of them showed up, and there were only five environmentalists,” Marr said. “They are organized and they are hostile, and when they show up, it’s 10 to one – ten of them to one of us.” / Marr will speak about this issue on Thursday (August 8) at the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium at 7:30 p.m.- and he expects to see angry hunters in the audience. “I’ve long since enjoyed confronting them.”…

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Activist angers hunters with campaign to outlaw bear hunt through referendum
1996-08-02
The Vancouver Sun
by Larry Pynn

Anthony Marr is on almost every hunter’s hit list for his efforts to get bear hunting banned in BC. Marr has just completed a seven-week-tour of more than 50 BC communities. It hasn’t been easy for Marr, who has been dogged by hunters equally determined to kill his campaign before it gets off the ground. / “I know some gung fu, but I can take on only one unarmed hunter at a time,” he says with a smile.

“Deep down inside, it’s a moral issue,” says Marr, who estimates that at least 90 per cent of hunters shoot bears for the trophy and that 65 per cent actually come from urban areas. “It’s immoral to kill for entertainment. And abominable that adult teach their children to kill for fun”…

The (hunting organization)BC Wildlife Federation has set aside $40,000 so far to counter the environmentalists. The hunter lobby will place ads, and attempt to shadow petition canvassers as they make their way door to door…

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Caught At Cultural Crossroads
1996-08-17
The Vancouver Sun
Westcoast People section
by Mia Stainsby

Chinese-Canadian environmentalist upsets some Asians and Caucasians alike as he fights against the use of animal parts in Chinese medicines, as well as Western-style trophy hunting…. / Anthony Marr, the man who’s threatening to take all the fun out of bear hunting… is in a show down with hunters, who aren’t taking too kindly to his quest… The winding path that brought him to this juncture appeared before him unexpectedly. / In truth, Marr would rather be with his �baby�, a book over 800 pages long, called [OMNI-SCIENCE – A New Cosmology], which he began writing in 1978. So, what is he doing in conflict over bear hunting, after spending decades writing about cosmic harmony? On a recent tour of 40 BC interior communities, he faced roomsful of angry hunters and has a fistful of press clippings about the dust-ups. On the other hand, he also found supporters in these communities…

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Bear-hunt opponents seek referendum
1996-09-09
The Province, Vancouver, BC
by John Bermingham

… “The deadliest enemy is not the hunters, but the apathy of the silent majority,” said Marr…

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All in favour of saving bear, vote yes – BC tests referendum law
1996-09-09
The Globe and Mail, national
by Craig McInnes

… the critics say the hurdles set by the law render hollow the promise that people will be able to take matters into their own hands if politicians refuse to act as citizens believe they should…

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Anti-bear hunt petition launched
1996-09-10
Sing Tao Daily (Chinese), international

… Ma Seeu Sung urges the Chinese community to stand up and speak out…

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Battle for the bear commences
1996-09-10
Ming Pao (Chinese), international

… Hunter Med Crotteau rebukes Ma’s campaign as being insulting to the Chinese community…

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Bear crusader says pro-hunting side well organized
1996-09-17
The Daily News, Kamloops, BC
by Michelle Young

Anti-bear-hunt crusader Anthony Marr says he wasn’t surprised by the response of callers to his appearance on a Kamloops radio talk-show Monday morning. / Anthony Marr of the WCWC said the show, hosted by Daily News editor Met Rothenburger on JC-55, drew 19 callers in favour of the hunt, 5 against. / The pro-hunting side is well organized and plugged up phone lines, he said about his appearance against BC Wildlife Federation president John Holdstock. “The 5 versus 19 call-ins illustrates that the silent majority is still silent,” he said…

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Bear-hunt ban campaign strains ties between wilderness allies
1996-09-18
The Daily News, Kamloops, BC
by Michelle Young

… BC Wildlife Federation president John Holdstock said the WCWC’s effort has already upset his group’s members. / “I’ve never seen our membership so angry,” he said. “An initiative like this goes to the core of what we do and what we believe in. Anthony Marr has been trying to sell it as an anti-poaching issue. It�s a pro-poaching issue.”…

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BC Wildlife Federation forced to apologize for accusing WCWC of terror tactics
1996-09-25
The Vancouver Sun
by Larry Pynn

The BC Wildlife Federation has pulled the fall issue of its magazine off newsstand shelves because it contains defamatory statements against the WCWC.

As well, in ads appearing in The Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, the federation makes a public apology for describing the environmental group, which prides itself on adopting legal tactics, as terrorists. In his editorial, (BCWF executive director Doug) Walker likened the WCWC to “terrorists groups who threaten human lives, burn houses, send razor blades in the mail or kill family pets to get attention.”

Wilderness Committee director Paul George said in an interview the recall of the magazines and the apology in the Vancouver dailies is only a first step. The Federation must also apologize in smaller papers throughout the province and agree to pay all the Committee’s legal costs in launching the BC Supreme Court libel suit against the Federation, Walker and president John Holdstock…

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Ban bear hunting
1996-09-26
Terminal City, Vancouver, BC
by Paul Johnson

One of BC’s foremost environmental organizations has discovered just how difficult the process surrounding citizens’ referendum can be. / “The rules are just about unworkable,” says WCWC’s Anthony Marr. Their first problem is that referendum rules stipulate that there can be only one proponent for a referendum, but an unlimited number of opponents. “In this case,” Marr says, “it’s WCWC against 107 parties: 69 organizations and 38 individuals.” / WCWC is also bogged down in the mechanics of the process. Marr points out that while referendums are common in many American states, “in BC things are so tough that no one has been successful in organizing a referendum.”…

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Hunted down by the law
1996-10-07
Macleans Magazine, national

It was a case of ready, fire, aim for the BC Wildlife Federation, a group representing hunters in BC. With 25,000 copies of the September/October issue of its magazine, Outdoor Edge, already delivered to their BC members, the BC group had to abruptly cancel the remainder of its distribution, pull 60 copies from store shelves, and print a public apology in Vancouver newspapers last week…

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Peace River Regional District takes a stand against ban on bear hunting
1996-10-08
The Northerner, Fort St. John, BC
by J. Richards

… The BC Wildlife Federation is mounting its own campaign to counter WCWC’s. Doug Walker, executive director of BCWF, rallied members in his column in Outdoor Edge magazine. The Federation is hoping to raise $500,000 for radio and TV air time and newspaper space in order to overshadow the referendum drive. Walker is asking members to donate about $25 each to help with the cause. “I think we can all give up one box of shells or a tank of gas to preserve our hunting heritage,” he wrote… / Marr is stuck in a very hard place. If he only demands higher penalties and more protection for animals against poachers, he has hunters on his side, but as soon as he turns around and addresses the other side, he is met with complete opposition. / “Hunters go for the head and hide and poachers go for the gall and paws; they are all after bear parts,” Marr said…

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Bear Crusader takes man on the speaking tour from hell
1996-10-12
The News, Parksville, BC
by Bruce Whitehead

No matter how open-minded you are, you likely wouldn’t pick Anthony Marr out to be an environmental activist – let alone one that some have called “the most hated man in BC”. / But the Chinese-Canadian physicist has almost single-handedly managed to fire up emotions in every corner of the province.”…

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Anti-hunt activists face uphill battle for vote
1996-10-15
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

In areas where hunting is as common as walking the dog, canvassing for signatures is not for the weak-hearted… In a 12,000-km road trip to promote the referendum last summer, Marr often found himself confronting hallsful of angry hunters. / 50 volunteers are already signed up in the Capital Region… They have to be registered with the provincial government in a time-consuming process that involves 5 mailings…

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The Ban Bear Hunting Initiative, an exercise in democracy
1996-10
Crawford Bay, BC
by Susan Hulland

… This initiative is part of a larger global process called the BET’R (Bear, Elephant, Tiger, Rhino) Campaign. Launched in 1995 and founded by an Asian named Anthony Marr. /

The really interesting thing about this initiative is that there’s more at stake here than first meets the eye. Some hunters believe this is the first step in the total ban on all hunting.

Understandably, the big guns will be coming out of the bushes representing all sides of the issue. Also, the gallery is filling up quickly with interested parties who stand to lose or gain in some way depending on the final result.

Hunters and hunting support groups such as guides, outfitters and taxidermists are lining up on one side with lots of ranchers and pro-gun lobbyists. Supporters of the hunting ban are being joined by numerous scientists concerned for species diversity, animal rights proponents, and pacifists of all kinds.

You can be darned sure the bad guys are watching, too. Irrespective of the final outcome…, heightened public awareness about bear hunting issues will affect their way of doing business. This will reverberate throughout the community of those who prosper from both the legal and illegal killing of bears, from our local community poachers to the sophisticated international criminals who deal in the animals parts commodities market.

You can also be sure the politicians are watching this process. And also lots of other public advocacy groups.

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Victim of bear attack back campaign to end hunting
1996-10-16
The Vancouver Sun
by Larry Pynn

Chilliwack – Just two months after he was mauled while camping, Jackson Brown would seem an unlikely person to sign a petition against bear hunting. But Brown says he holds no grudge against bears…

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Shooting to ban bear hunting
1996-10-18
The Trail Times
by Lana Rodlie

Anthony Marr knows his chances of getting a provincial referendum on banning bear hunting is about as probable as a snowflake’s chance on a hotplate, but he’s trudging along getting signatures anyway. “Every observer says we can’t do it,” Marr said. / While touring the province, he has been scorned, yelled at, intimidated, threatened and slandered. In Penticton, 50 hunters showed up to disrupt a meeting. More hunters overran a similar meeting in Prince George and in Kamloops. In Campbell River, he was told by one hunter that he saw Marr on TV, and the price on Marr’s head “just went up $10,000”, and another cited Marr’s Chinese Canadian heritage as “doing damage to our culture”. In Port Alberni, 60 hunters…

Marr doesn’t care if he is up against insurmountable odds, he still hopes to get his message out. One of the most frequently asked questions by hunters is why they are being persecuted when the real culprits are poachers. Marr said that they are both culprits, and “the difference between a hunter and a poacher is irrelevant if you’re a bear.”

When told that hunters could help by watching for poachers, Marr said that was like “wolves keeping coyotes from sheep.”

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Bear opponents hunting for Peninsula support
1996-10-23
Peninsula News Review, Saanich, BC
by Brian Dryden

… One of the canvassers in Sidney set up tables in front of local grocery stores to give the campaign high visibility…

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Group bears legislative flaws
1996-10-24
Summerland Review, Summerland, BC

… numerous legal obstacles… In each riding a different set of petition is used. If signatures in even one riding are less than 10% of eligible voters, the whole petition becomes invalid. Another obstacle is that the petition must be completed by Dec. 9, or 90 days after it was started…

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Petition booth axed after threats to mall
1996-11-04
The Trail Times
by Lana Rodlie

… The problem stemmed from a visit to Trail several weeks ago by Anthony Marr. Although Marr said he was scorned, yelled at, intimidated, threatened and slandered in other parts of the province, no one thought such tactics would be used here. Unfortunately, for John and Rachel Kratky, intimidation raised its ugly head after Marr left. The Kratkys volunteered to help Marr’s cause by locally obtaining signatures. They approached Waneta Plaza and asked if they could set up a table in the mall. The mall manager saw no problem and said it was alright. However, the decision was quickly reversed.

“We were told that we couldn’t set up because the mall had received a bunch of phone calls from people threatening to picket,” said Rachel Kratky.

Waneta Plaza manager Linda MacDermid confirms. MacDermid said this is the first time anyone has ever called with threats over a proposed petition campaign or anything else.

“We’ve always had all sorts of groups with petitions. Even when we had Pro-Choice people, we’ve never had any calls.”

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Bear hunt opponents bring the campaign here
1996-11-12
The Citizen, Prince George, BC
by Gordon Hoekstra

The WCWC is sending a swat team to Prince George in a last ditch effort. Expected to arrive this Friday for a three-day stay, the team is to roll into town with a caravan of two or three vehicles, at least one of them highly decorated with banners, and set up shop, said bear protection campaign manager Anthony Marr from Vancouver. This summer, prior to the launch of the 90-day petition campaign, Marr received a less than warm reception from hunters at an information session here.

Marr said he expects it will get even hotter this time. “We’re in the home stretch, and we’re fighting.”

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Malls turn away bear hunt opponents
1996-11-13
The Citizen, Prince George, BC
by Gordon Hoekstra

Unable to get permission to set up their ban-bear-hunting petition drive at any of the malls here, a Lower Mainland preservation group will try to gather signatures near the Civic Centre starting Friday.

In general, the malls told him that they didn’t want to alienate anyone, Anthony Marr said Tuesday. Marr believes many more people would have become bear petition canvassers in rural areas, but they’ve been intimidated by a strong counter reaction to the ban-bear-hunting campaign, especially in the Central Interior.

But he added, “We’ve got a job to do. We are the champions and we’re going to fight to the end.”

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City won’t block bear banners from polling stations
1996-11-14
The Free Press, Prince George, BC
by David Plug

… A mobile campaign by the WCWC sets up shop in downtown Prince George tonight, and organizer Anthony Marr says local polling stations will be key sites for their petition for a referendum on bear hunting.

While municipal campaigners won’t be allowed within 100 meters of the polls, no such restriction applies to the WCWC canvassers.

“There’s nothing in the Municipal Act that prohibits it as long as they’re not interfering with the election process or campaigning for a candidate,” says Joni Heinrich, Prince George’s deputy city clerk.

Of some concern is how heated encounters between canvassers and hunters will become. When asked if he expected some sort of fireworks when canvassers and hunters meet face-to-face, Marr replied, “No doubt, but we are willing to deal with it when it happens. We would like people to know that this is a totally legal process and totally democratic. We are playing by the book and hope the opponents do the same.”

Their mobile campaign will travel to the Peace River region next week and could return here again on their way to Prince Rupert. Marr has arranged radio interviews for tomorrow morning on CBC-AM and CIRX/CJCI but not with CKPG’s Ben Meisner. “I’ve had two encounters with him and neither one was enjoyable nor productive, said Marr.

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Organizers of ban on bear hunting face another hurdle
1996-11-15
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

… Organizers of the Ban Bear Hunting Initiative planned to collect signatures outside more than 50 polling stations in the Capital Region on Saturday, municipal election day. However, BC law bans canvassing within 100 meters of any polling station…

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Bear activists piggyback on polls
1996-11-15
Victoria New, Weekend Edition
by Brian Dryden

… To hit the target in the Capital Region, (WCWC’s Victoria campaign coordinator Liora Freedman says the blitz of municipal election polling stations will involve more than 80 canvassers who are registered to collect signatures.

John Marshall, deputy chief electoral officer for Victoria’s municipal election, says, “As long as they are not connected to any candidates then they can do that.”…

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Bear “ban-wagon” gets cool reception
1996-11-16
The Citizen, Prince George, BC
by Gordon Hoekstra

… Battling the wind and -10C temperatures, WCWC canvassers from Vancouver set up tables Friday at the intersection of Victoria Street and Seventh Avenue to gather signatures. Hunter Brad Davis stopped to protest the bear skin propped on top of the 24-foot, banner-decorated motor home, which he thought was in bad taste.

“It takes a lot of guts to be out here, and they need all the support they can get,” said Chris Leischner, an avowed environmentalist who signs the petition.

The 11-person caravan came to the North to support local activists because the petition has struggled here…

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Bear canvassers will go ahead
1996-11-16
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

… Victoria’s chief electoral officer John Marshall said this week that the bear referendum advocates cannot collect signatures within 100 meters of any polling station. Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Karin Harris said it will be up to electoral officers to interpret provincial legislation that regulates permitted activity outside polling stations.

But Greg McDade, lawyer for the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, said there is nothing wrong with people collecting signatures for a petition outside a polling place.

The Municipal Act prevents people from soliciting votes or other activities designed to influence a municipal election (wearing signs, carrying flags or leafleting) with 100 meters of a polling station. Terry Kirk, chief electoral officers for Saanich, said his municipality will not be preventing bear referendum supporters from gathering signatures…

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Physician takes up cause of wild bears in valley
1996-11-19
Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni, BC
by Diane Morrison

Mike Barrett would rather see Black bears used as a natural resource to attract tourists than to see them used as an attraction for hunters to kill. Dr. Barrett is one of the volunteers collecting signatures.

“Eco-tourism, and soft adventure tourism, is the biggest growth area in the economy on the West Coast,” he said…

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Bear hunting protestors cry foul
1996-11-20
The Mirror, Sooke, BC
by Mitch Moore

… Kerry Fedosenko, the returning officer at the Saseenos school polling station, said she was instructed by the chief electoral officer Thomas Moore to ask a lone canvasser to move from the school. The canvasser, Jefferson Bray, complied.

Later, however, Bray and two other supporters moved back closer to the entrance and Moore contacted the Sooke RCMP. Bray said he reluctantly complied until he was told by other “Bear Day” volunteers that Fedosenko had no authority to ask him to move.

“I was told that I was well within my rights to be there. I wasn’t blocking people’s access and I was not representing any of the candidates.” He refused to move when asked by RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers. They eventually let him stay…

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Bear campaign confrontation
1996-11-21
The Tribune, Williams Lake, BC
by Jonathan Desbarats

A group campaigning to ban bear hunting in BC was turfed out of Boltanio Mall yesterday after a confrontation with the president of the Williams Lake Sportsman’s Association…

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Bear Care-A-Van parked for petition
1996-11-21
The Daily News, Kamloops, BC

… while (Marr) was in Prince George, one man threatened to punch him in the face and another deliberately bumped his shoulder while walking past, hard enough to spin Marr around.

But in two days, 1,700 signatures were gathered in Prince George…

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Hunting protest in homestretch
1996-11-22
Kamloops This Week
by Jennifer Muir

… WCWC volunteers Barney Kern and Jon French do their best to stay warm while collecting signatures on the ban the bear hunt petition at the corner of Third and Victoria Thursday… WCWC spokesman Anthony Marr says at present the organization has up to 40,000 signatures, with thousands more about to be mailed in…

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Shoot surplus bears and cougars
1996-11-25
The Trail Times
by David Wilford

To the Editor: … The next target we have is a guy called Marr…

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Bear hunting ban signers should be proud
1996-11-29
The Free Press, Prince George, BC
by B. Elliott

… I was not surprised by the intimidating, dirty behaviour of some wildlife killers during Western Canada Wilderness Committee’s visit… Some wildlife killers and their supporters carried over their violent actions from defenseless animals to non-violent animal supporters, going so far as to tear up a petition sheet with signatures…

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Bear Caravan stops in Salmon Arm
1996-12-02
Salmon Arm Shoppers’ Guide

… according to (WCWC volunteer) Jon French, a small percentage of people exhibited very childish behaviour, swearing, and even shouting racial epithets as they passed by. These racial slurs were directed at Anthony Marr, who is Chinese Canadian. He has led the drive in this whole anti-hunting campaign…

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Anti-bear hunt backers get cool local reception
1996-12-04
The Courier Islander, Campbell River
by Dan MacLennan

Supporters of a total ban on bear hunting collected signatures in Campbell River Monday despite some less than friendly responses.

“We got kicked out of the Tyee Plaza around 11:30 even though we had permission, (WCWC Bear-Care-a-Van member) Steve Quattrocchi said…

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Protesters, hunters clash
1996-12-04
The Mirror, Campbell River, BC
by Matthew Plumtree

Chilly temperatures and a posse of hunters… made life difficult for those seeking signatures… “I was trying to be a dink, but after all these years, it sure feels good,” said (local hunting guide David) Fyfe…

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Bear petition on the hunt for names
1996-12-04
The Times, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, BC
by Corinne Jackson

… There are about 20 people gathering names locally… Mike Gildersleeve said he’s collected about 400 himself… “The response has been really positive”, he added. “People that have seen me come marching up and ask ‘Where can I sign?'”…

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Who cares about bears? Quite a few readers.
1996-12-07
The Vancouver Sun
by Herb Gilbert

… I hope more people will come to see the big picture of what is happening to planet Earth. And when the light goes on in their minds, they will turn green, like the Paul Georges and Anthony Marrs of this world…

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Bear-hunting petition falls short
1996-12-07
The Vancouver Sun
by Larry Pynn

… (WCWC founder Paul) George said efforts to collect signatures were hampered on a number of fronts – canvassers were frequently denied permission to operate in rural shopping malls, hunters shadowed canvassers and intimidated citizens who might have otherwise signed…

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Anti-hunting effort falls short
1996-12-07
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

BC’s referendum law needs to be rewritten, otherwise the public will never have a chance to vote on any initiative… Anthony Marr acknowledges Friday the group’s bid to force a referendum on the hunting issue will fall short. In Washington state, voters last month approved an initiative to ban hunting of bears using dogs and bait… The Washington referendum system has more relaxed rules…

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Drive for bear-hunting referendum falls short
1996-12-10
The Province, Vancouver, BC
by Charlie Anderson

Campaigners and supporters of a ballot on bear hunting are bloody but unbowed… “The law itself is an ass,” said (WCWC founder Paul) George, who favours referendums based on the U.S. model. “No issue, no group could ever get that amount of signatures all sorted by electoral district.”…

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Law “designed to fail”
1996-12-10
The Province, Vancouver, BC
by Michael Smyth

… Critics then and now have attacked the Recall and Initiative Act as unworkable, phony legislation.

And now we have proof… The group had an emotional issue, apparently broad public support, hundreds of volunteers and one of the environmental movement’s best-organized, well-financed public relations machine at its disposal.

Despite these resources, the group’s BC-wide petition drive fell far short…

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Paul George and Anthony Marr

Bear protest claims victory in defeat
1996-12-10
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
by Malcolm Curtis

… They gained about half the names they needed, but says they raised the profile of their fight…

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The fight to help bears through the tool of law
1996-12-17
Positive Action News, Victoria, BC
by Nicholas Ford

… Anthony Marr is October’s hero… He has bravely faced up to repeated intimidation from hunters and debates them on lecture tours. He is a man with a vision… (His) activism in BC on bears is based on excellent foresight…

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Bear hunters come under fire
1996-12-18
News Leader, Burnaby, BC
by Rob Gerein

… The majority of the population doesn’t like guns, doesn’t like trophy hunting and, increasingly, they don’t like hunters…

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Three Chinese-Canadian eco-warriors
1996-12
Sing Tao Daily News (Chinese), global

… Anthony Marr’s prime motive is to ensure a healthy and beautiful world for our children… He plans to go straight into the tigers’ homelands – India, China… to save them where they live…

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Bear hunting foe attacked in city
1998-01-21
The Vancouver Sun
by Stephen Hume

BC environmentalist Anthony Marr is recovering after being beaten by a burly man who said, “Let this be a lesson to you.”

[Newspaper Photo] Caption: Beaten but unbowed – Anthony Marr says he is undeterred in his campaign despite beating.

An environmentalist known for his opposition to bear hunting and the black market for animal parts was recovering Tuesday after being attacked in Vancouver’s West End.

Anthony Marr said he was waylaid about 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Haro Street as he made his way to his car after a dinner with his parents at their home.

Environmental groups have been complaining about a sharp increase in threats of physical violence directed at their members…

“I was parked in the lane”, Marr said. “There was this guy waiting for me by my car. He advanced a few steps and said, “Are you Anthony Marr?” I said yes and he immediately attacked me.”

Marr said his assailant was “over six feet and around 200 pounds” and rained blows upon his head and face, fracturing facial bones and damaging his eye socket.

“Then he said, ‘Let this be a lesson to you,’ and walked off,” Marr said.

The University of British Columbia Hospital confirmed that Marr was admitted and treated in the emergency ward shortly after 7:30 p.m.. Vancouver city police confirmed receiving his report of the attack about 8:40 p.m..

Marr recently led a controversial and widely publicized Western Canada Wilderness Committee campaign to have bear hunting banned in BC.

He has also been active in successfully pressuring government for controls in the black market on endangered species parts in the Asian community…

Marr’s silver 1993 Mazda sports car and its license plate became well known during the anti-hunting campaign…

Marr drove 12,000 kilometers and visited almost every significant community in BC during the summer of 1996, holding public and private meetings that laid the groundwork for a province-wide initiative petition towards driving a referendum vote on banning bear hunting.

Campaigners obtained 93,000 signatures in a 90-day blitz that mobilized 1,800 volunteers, but fell well short of the 250,000 or 10 percent of the electorate – needed to force government action under recall and initiative legislation.

The petition campaign, however, gave Marr a high media profile.

He said he was constantly harassed by pro-hunting forces. Pickup trucks tailgated his car and he received anonymous threats of violence by phone.

“My reaction is that it merely strengthens my resolve to continue with this campaign”…

Paul George, fonder and executive director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, described the attack on Marr as “deplorable” and said it was time for police and government to take seriously the “threats of violence and all the rhetoric that our people are subjected to.”

“I think this [violent rhetoric] unleashes hate against environmentalists just as much as it does against Jews or people of a different sexual persuasion or anything like that,” George said.

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Marr Seeu-Sung assaulted
1998-01-21
Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global

… Around 7:30 yesterday evening, when Marr was returning to his car after a dinner with his parents, a man approached him and asked if he was Anthony Marr. When Marr said “Yes”, the man launched his fist attack…

“It was so fast and sudden I didn’t even have time to turn the other cheek,” Marr added with a wry grin…

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Subject: Anthony Marr
1998-01-26
Canadian Firearms Digest
From: H. Roy Stephens

… As it was reported here, he suffered broken facial bones including damage to the orbit of one of his eyes. That is hardly a “bloody nose”. Furthermore, in light of the fact he WAS the target of verbal threats regarding bodily harm from some of the more brain dead and irresponsible alleged members of the hunting fraternity, it becomes quite obviously newsworthy…

Whoever is responsible did hunters a major disservice…

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Subject: Anthony Marr
1998-01-29
Cdn-firearms-digest@broadway.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca
From: Rick Lowe

Re.: “I have watched this thread develop and I am a cynic. I do not think it is beyond the realm of possibility that this was a staged beating to garner sympathy from the public.”

Well, perhaps the doubters are right and I am wrong. Perhaps Marr did arrange to have himself beaten to the point where he suffered facial fractures which had the potential to damage his eyesight, threaten his life, or even kill him.

Maybe there is something for us to learn here – we have much in common. Marr has been fighting a losing battle to have legislation allowing bear hunting thrown out. We have been fighting a losing battle to have legislation which bans and prohibits firearms thrown out. I guess the only question that remains is if we can meet the dedication that Marr has apparently demonstrated in arranging the beating he took.

So… we need a few volunteers willing to undergo a beating severe enough to inflict some skull fractures in hopes of getting a sound byte on the news some night. Hands up please, volunteers… line forms to the right.

Come, come, surely some of us can meet the same level of dedication as that shown by a contemptible, lying anti hunter like Marr. If he can “take the bullet” to the extent he did to further his cause, then it seems that hunters and shooters as dedicated as we are would be willing to just as eagerly step forward for a similar beating. The chances are reasonably good that these injuries will heal with no permanent effects – Marr apparently lucked out, and our volunteers probably will as well…

For myself, I reluctantly admit that I’ll stick to letter writing, informing others, legally monkey-wrenching the system, and bugging my MP. I don’t have the courage that Marr and our volunteers have, to willingly submit to those kind of injuries in hopes of getting a one day sound byte in the news.

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Beating no bar to bear pal – Marr back on the road in defence of grizzlies
1998-05-13
The Vancouver Courier
by Gudrun Will

Animal conservationist Anthony Marr is anything but intimidated after getting a fist in the face in a West End alley, delivered with the not-so-cryptic message: “Let this be a lesson to you.”

The January attack by an unknown assailant broke his nose, cracked his cheekbone and damaged his right eye socket. Rather than shutting him up, it inspired him to undertake another road trip to stop the grizzly bear hunt in BC…

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1999

The British Columbia government, under the New Democratic Party (NDP), passed a moratorium on Grizzly bear hunting. Unfortunately, the NDP was defeated by the Liberal Party in the next election, and the moratorium was lifted.

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2006
[Big Trees, Not Big Stumps]
(book by Paul George, WCWC)

“… Anthony Marr cannot be intimidated… His blunt, unflappable style infuriated the opposition…”

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You should have figured out by now that the Great Equalizer and the Level Playing Field is called by various names: Referendum, Plebiscite, Proposition Ballot, Citizens Initiative, with small variations all of which meaning about the same thing.

From Wikipedia: “A referendum (also known as a plebiscite or a ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of direct democracy. The measure put to a vote is known in the U.S. as a ballot proposition or measure.”

In short, it is the means by which the general public can vote in a formal ballot on a specific question advanced by the organizing party, e.g. “Do you agree that bow-hunting in urban areas should be allowed?” Since on average only 5% of Americans hunt, if the motion could be put to a vote, as long as enough of the non-hunting and anti-hunting majority show up to vote, we should win.

I have presented to you above the worst case scenario of a referendum campaign waged by a citizen group – the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Even though a citizens’ initiative is supposed to be the great equalizer – the sought-after level playing field for the silent majority – this one, in British Columbia, under a set of rules designed for the campaigners to fail, is not. But still, unless the organizer(s) or the campaigner(s) of any referendum campaign give(s) up in mid-stream, a Citizens’ Initiative cannot be less successful than the one presented above.

Yes, successful, in the following ways:

1. A prime objective of activism is to get media exposure to blast the message out to the masses. The standard street-corner demos and 20-people protests have lost their media punch. Letter-writing gains you a form letter back. Public consultations are window-dressing in pseudo democracy. But a referendum campaign, by its very nature, for whatever cause, is a major and definite media-grabber, as evident in the above account.

2. Any referendum campaign proves to be a mega-tool for public educational outreach, which stimulated voluminous and heated debate throughout the population, thus unleashing anti-hunting sentiments from deep within, and blowing it wide open.

3. It is something that the opposition cannot ignore, and it burns up their time, energy and financial resources, and shows up their vulnerabilities.

4. It is a great unifier for the movement.

5. It gives an action outlet to thousands of dormant activists.

Among others.

A Referendum Ballot requires first an Initiative Petition to launch it. But there are initiative petitions and there are initiative petitions. Whereas the initiative petition rules of British Columbia (BC) are so tough as to be unworkable, those of, say Washington states (WA) are far more reasonable and fair, and do offer a level playing field for all concerned. Here are some differences:

1. The BC rules require the signatures of 10% of the registered voters of each and every one of the 75 electoral districts throughout the vast province (twice in size that of California) without exception, where only one district falling short by merely 1% would invalidate the entire initiative petition, whereas the rules in WA requires the signatures of only 5% of the electorate, and the signatures can be collected anywhere within the state, all from Seattle if the organizer so wishes, as long as they add up to 5%.

2. The signature gathering initiation petition period in BC was only 3 months, versus the 5 months allowed in WA.

3. The British Columbian initiative petition forms were district-specific, meaning that there were 75 different sets of petition forms, each bearing the name of its own district, so if a Vancouver volunteers wants to sign up a visitor from Prince George, he cannot, due to the lack of a form for Prince George. In contrast, there was only one set in Washington state, which applies to the entire state.

4. The BC volunteers themselves have to be registered voters of the only district in which they would be allowed to collect signatures, whereas WA volunteers do not even have to be registered voters, and can collect signatures anywhere within the state.

Among others.

While the above BC referendum campaign was being waged, there were two parallel campaigns in progress, one in Washington and the other in Oregon, conducted by Washingtonian and Oregonian activists respectively. Around that time, there was also one in California. As I recall, all three were hunting related, and all three went to the ballot, and all three won!

Not all states in America have referendum legislation, but over half of the states do, that I’m aware.

Now, imagine:

Under the central coordination of the GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION, the anti-hunting groups in all the states with referendum legislation simultaneously launching anti-hunting Citizens Initiatives, each dealing with the leading hunting issue of that state, each generating dozens of newspaper articles, each conducting its own TV and radio interviews, and all winning! It will collectively be a national phenomenon that will go down in history as an unprecedented anti-hunting victory!

To be cont’d in Part 3.

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

War plan of the GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION – 1 of 3


War Plan of the GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION (GAHC) 2011/2012 – Part 1 of 3

Part 1: The State of The Union

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Ask who the most powerful person in the world is, and most Americans would say “the president of the United States”. But from my humble Canadian’s point of view, he is not even the most powerful person in the United States. If a superlative has to be used, I’d say that he is the Biggest Puppet in America,

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which of course implies the presence of one or more puppet masters above him, pulling his strings. I can easily name you the BIG FIVE: Oil, Meat, Pharmaceutical, Insurance, and Hunting.

BIG OIL, for example, has such power in American politics that in spite of EXXON being the #1 profiting corporation in Fortune 500’s book, the U.S. government still has to pump multi-billion tax dollars into subsidizing the oil companies, sparing but a pittance to the green-tech industry which is the one that needs the subsidy to get off the ground.

BIG MEAT, for another example, has forced out the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) which makes it a criminal offense to cause financial loss to any animal enterprise, even by peaceful and non-violent means.

Of course BIG DRUGS and BIG BUCKS both have their ways with the government to extract major tax dollars for bailing out their sagging economies and bolster their diminishing moralities.

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And BIG GUN, case in point, has forced the current American president, himself not a hunter, who has unofficially expressed his disdain for hunters and hunting, to glowingly proclaim September 25 as the “National Hunting and Fishing Day”, and to recently issued an open chiding of the American public for not hunting and fishing enough.

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It is crystal clear to anyone who looks that this BIG FIVE, and the sixths and sevenths, run the country, from the Presidency, the Legislature and the Judiciary on down, to the state, county and municipal governments, almost all of which, where the recreational killing of wild animals is concerned, are pro-hunting if not downright controlled and run by hunters.

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Here are a few largely hidden but hugely damning facts about the dark side of the force in America:

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1. Only about 5% of Americans are Recreational Hunters or “Sport” Hunters, and even less in a heavily urbanized state like New Jersey, where only 0.8% of the population hunt – i.e. 99.2% of New Jerseyans do not hunt. And yet, even in New jersey, wildlife management policies are determined by hunters, for hunters, while hikers, campers, wildlife photographers, bird watchers, independent biologists, ecologists, environmentalists, much less animal advocates, have no say in the matter whatsoever. Specifically, Article 2 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the New Jersey Statute states: “Six members (*out of the 11) of the Fish and Game Council must be sportsmen (“sportsmen” = hunters) recommended to the Governor for appointment to the council by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; one of such members shall be the Chairman of the committee”.

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2. The Trexler Nature Preserve (TNP) near Allentown, Pennsylvania, illustrates another point, that hunters and prohunting governments collude to fool the public into supporting previously unsupported and/or unsupportable hunting activities. TNP was established by General Harry Trexler in 1906, who stipulated that the 2 sq.mi. urban park was out of bounds to hunting, and this was honored for exactly 100 years. In 2007, however, when I was conducting my 36-states-in-6-months Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #5 (CARE-5 – I’m currently on CARE-7), local activists informed me that the municipal government declared that the ecology of the preserve was being severely damaged by an overabundance of Whitetailed deer and that a massive cull was planned to cut the deer population back down to size. Since it was an urban preserve, the discharge of firearms was prohibited, and who but the bow-hunters volunteered themselves to perform the cull as a service to the community, free of charge.

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Since the “cull” was already set in stone, all we could do was to go into the park on opening day to protest, observe, record and report. Were I blindfolded and carried into the preserve and had my blindfold then removed, I would have sworn that, instead of a wooded park, I was looking at a plantation or farm. What I saw, other than the heavily armed and camo-clad hunters,

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was that acres upon acres of forest had been plowed down, with rows upon rows of rape and deer clover planted in its place.

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And there were vast patches of bare earth where the natural vegetation had been freshly removed.

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To my practiced eye, the perfidy of the plan became at once all too clear. Deer biology has it that after the rut, most does would carry about 3 fetuses. In food shortage situations, two or all three of the fetuses would be spontaneously aborted, whereas given rich food like rape or deer clover, all three fetuses would come to term and be born as fawns. The purpose of the plantation, called a “food plot” even in the hunters’ lingo, was to maximize the deer’s reproductive rate within the preserve – for hunting purposes. It was none other than the bow hunters themselves who perpetrated this nefarious scheme, and the local government was there to do their bidding. The bow-hunters are a highly aggressive lot, whose plan, and action, are to push their way into places where deer are present and the discharge of firearms is prohibited. I called the local newspaper and a reporter came for an interview. Meanwhile, I took photos of the food plot, and the hunters, and the dead deer that got pulled out of the distant woods.

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Came the next morning, the resulting article contained not a single word about the food plot, nor a single photo I had provided. Instead, it glowingly praised the woman who shot the first 8-point buck, with a picture of her crouching proudly behind him.

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And of course he forgot to mention that while hunting itself is despicable enough, bow-hunting, with a non-lethal wounding rate of 50% or more, meaning that with every 100 deer shot with an arrow, 50 of them would stagger around with hideous wounds for days, weeks and even months before succumbing to a lingering death, is the worst of it all.

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Thus, by hook and by crook, and by arrow and by bolt, the bow-hunters own the government, and media, the public, the preserve and the deer. And once they get their feet in the door, they will never leave. And General Trexler’s dying wish has been utterly disrespected, violated, trampled and betrayed.

3. The Trexler preserve is but a microcosm of the entire country. Of the 300 million Americans, 15-18 million are hunters, most being deer hunter, and most wanting more than one deer per season. In fact, the laws of some states often require a hunter to first kill a doe before being allowed to kill a buck. Thus, some 15-20 million extra deer are needed annually to satisfy the hunters’ blood lust than the natural environment could support, and thus, hunters and pro-hunting governments plant food-plots all over the country, on private and public land, to boost the deer population by that amount and for that purpose. This precipitates a statistically consistent 1 million or so deer and some 250 humans fatalities on the highways and roadways across the land per year due to deer-vehicle accidents (DVAs).

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The governments and hunters then blame the human deaths and property damage on the deer, and the public would then support them in their drive to hunt deer in forests and backyards alike.

The hunters are not unaware of the human deaths due to their deer-population-boosting activities, but they push their “program” on nonetheless. This makes them more than just serial-killers (of animals, mostly), but also premeditated mass-murderers, and even terrorists, since, by definition, the victims of terrorism never know who they would be, and where and when they would be killed.

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4. There is such a thing as “public consultation”. When, for example, a municipal government intends to institute an urban deer hunt by bow-hunters, it would open the subject for public discussion at city hall. Over the years, in my various long tours, I have participated in dozens of such sessions, and spoken out in many. My conclusion is that by the time the public consultation occurs, the decision has already been made behind closed doors, and no amount of protest and opposition will bring about one iota of difference. It is just for show. It is just another category of pseudo-democracy.

5. Last but not least are the state-level Hunter Harassment Statutes (laws protecting hunters from being “harassed”), which by their very nature often violate the U.S. Constitution with impunity, and the ACLU is hard pressed to do anything about it. A woman who owned a 20 acre piece of property near Pittsburgh, with NO TRESPASSING and NO HUNTING signs all over its periphery, had her First Amendment free speech rights and property rights violated by being convicted on 9 counts of “hunter harassment” for asking a group of hunters hunting on her property to leave.


Anthony Marr’s AR2009 anti-hunting plenary speech
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=63311692,t=1,mt=video
Anthony Marr | MySpace Video

And there are cases where people with video evidence proving that it was hunters who harassed them instead of the other way around who were also convicted of hunter harassment, and in some instances imprisoned.

6… Other than the above, there are numerous cases where innocent people are hurt or killed by hunters, sometimes maliciously, with the law siding with the hunters.

All in all, at least where hunting is concerned, America has lost its democracy, and the new warlords are none other than the hunters themselves.

To be continued…

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

The Stairway to Freedom – a poem by Anthony Marr


The Stairway to Freedom

by
Anthony Marr

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Carolyn Bailey: “It’s beautiful. ♥”

Angela Arkalakis: “These are the most beautiful words I’ve ever read!!”

George Albayan: “Anthony Marr, did you write that POEM?” (Anthony Marr: “Yes.”)

Avril Simms: “Amazing!”

LoVegan Ⓥ Loredana Versaci: “Magnificent! The Stairway to Freedom is made of billion steps but we will get to the top and set them ALL free!!! Perfect ♥♥♥”

Soheil Asadnejad: “Wow thank you. So beautiful you made my day. :)”

Yael Dierenrechten: “Wow ♥ As Elena wrote :one of the most beautiful,most precious words and image i have ever read. Thank you Anthony Marr. ♥”

Eileen Campbell: “Beautiful words….so beautiful….”

OneVoice ForAr: “Yes we must do what we can to change the world and leave the depths of despair! Such insight….excellent! Thank you so much, Anthony!”

Jody Sidote: “Thank you for the inspiration. No doubt we’ll get them there-each and every one.”

Christy Ⓥ Melanson: “Beautiful ♥ XX Thanks! love XXX”

Trudy A. Moore: “Amazingly beautiful. ♥ Wonderful to read!! ♥ Thanks my friend♥”
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Vin Diamond” “Positive light on the world… and thank you!”

Anna Hilvervik: “Spirit!”

Doris A Lamprecht: “So Bautiful and Moving ,thank you. Sharing and Saving!”

Monique Boutot” “Moving and so true!! Just beautiful! Thank you!”

Freedom Therry Ⓥ Jackson: “So wonderfull and true ♥ Thank you Brother.”

Indrani Sircar: “Felt like adrenaline to the senses. Good feeling.”

Angela Crystal Ara: “Really moving. Thanks for sharing. ♥”

Judith Jaehn: “Simply breathtaking…Truly moving…Shared!!”

Jimmy Khater: “Amazing!”

Kimberley Anne Combs: “How beautiful & insightful!!! You’re amazing!”

Paola Sarahi Tejeda Blanco: “Que bonita la imagen!”

Diane Ⓥ Campbell: “Truly beautiful it is!!!”

Susan Bennett: “Anthony, in this tumultuous time of cynicism and despair, your words are beautifully written, to be read many times, as well as the video’s images and Stairway, a classic. You are a great gift to all of us.”

Melissa MacDonald: “Anthony! What a truly inspirational and beautiful poem. It is very profound and original as I see that it came from your true spirit. I am in tears. Thank you, my friend! xo”

Melanie Lollar: “Stunning.”

Denise Norman: “Anthony, you’re an inspiration to all… including me ;-).”

Greg Robertson Osh: “Anthony, to say that I am moved would be likened to calling the wind inconsequential, I am deeply deeply touched, thank you, Greg.”

Sonia Fey: “Absolutely stunning. Beautiful. Graceful.”

Paul Fusch: “You are such a warrior poet, my brother! You are a man of many talents. :)”

MicheLe Castillo: “A man of many talents I see! Your poem is amazing and Tia was ‘in tune’ with you when she produced the video… this is one I will watch more than once! ♥♥”

Nan Sea Love: “Wow, Anthony this is a great poem, and beautifully illustrated with the video. At first it reminded me of Plato’s Cave but as i continued to watch and read i found it totally original and deeply profound. Maybe it will not be so bad if i lose my house after all as four of my friends have if it liberates me to spend more time working for all species and the Earth. ♥”

Catherine Garneau: “I just watched this video again and it struck me even deeper than the first time. We all need to dismantle our ‘mansions’ and leave behind falsehoods. This is hauntingly beautiful and so deeply meaningful. To transcend this lower life we really must dismantle our old beliefs and rebuild together. Thank you, Anthony for sharing your spiritual insights in such a beautiful, artistic way.”

One who dwells in the bottom of a well
will say that the sky is small.
Another may even insist to tell
that there is no sky at all
but a hole in The World’s ceiling overhead
through which the light from Heaven is shed.

Of a great dried well was indeed what I dreamed
on whose bottom I was born and raised it seemed.
So dried this world of a well had become
Two hundred ponds were all that remained in sum,
each claimed and owned by one walled estate
who regarded its neighbors with jealousy and hate.

The wall of the well was high as the sky,
surrounding the World Village an unbroken cliff,
to try scaling which many have died falling,
and some by leaping, all understood why
who have sought an escape, no “but” nor “if”,
as they heard again their freedom’s calling.

For though of mansions our well-world was full,
and magnificent they could all be deemed,
yet the barbed-wire spoke of peace unachieved,
and feuds amongst families raged bloody and cruel.
To their gods they prayed, of palaces they dreamed,
but few for what vision had yet to be conceived.

Our world, sadly, was not brimming with wealth.
Fuel and building materials were in short supply.
Sooner or later we would surely kill
for the last wheelbarrow of coal, by force or stealth.
Afterward, they say, “I’ll suffer their orphans’ cry.”
Meanwhile, there’s no doubt if they won’t or will.

Still the root cause of this predicament persisted –
to out-luxuriate the Smiths and Joneses bar none.
A few spoke of consequences but none had resisted
this tradition passed on from father to son.
To honor this cause entire generations had insisted,
a purpose upheld, if not fulfilled, by everyone.

It was certainly not fulfilled, if still upheld, by me.
Examine my purchasing record, and you’d agree.
My estate was still in grandeur, but grandeur in decline.
About the only thing new was in this garden of mine –
a giant question mark, paved in stone. But then,
what eyes could see it except those in Heaven?

Besides, what eyes in this world would even care?
It came as no surprise, therefore,
when Raminothna descended into this world-at-war,
the landing was made here and not over there.
She told me about the boundless universe beyond
this miserable little world of which I was not fond.

And I was told of the myriad living things
inhabiting those wondrous realms above,
and of the spiritual freedom that knowledge brings,
and universal truth, and peace, and love.
Like a caged tiger I began to pace
within my confining, confounding space.

Finally, I confronted Raminothna, saying,
“What are you here for?” And her reply:
“To bring you deliverance. To set you free.”
But her discarded wings I could plainly see.
In ill-concealed skepticism I continued to pry:
“And how do you plan to accomplish that? By staying?”

“By persuading you to build a stairway, my love,
one leading to the domains above.”
“What with? Do you realize what that would demand?
And that supplies are stockpiled, but none by me?”
“I see building materials right at hand,”
said Raminothna, “and supplies aplenty.”

Following her illuminating eyes I was shocked to see
they’re fixed on this mansion of mine. I replied in dismay,
“I would gladly take my house apart, stone by stone,
and transform it into a stairway to freedom, on my own,
if I knew that the last stone would set me free.
But plainly, it wouldn’t take me a hundredth of the way.”

“Then let it be the foundation of your stairway to Heaven.”
“After that, what then? I have nothing else, not even a dime.”
“I see more than enough, considering all your brethren.”
Following Raminothna’s eyes again, I saw this time
they were sweeping the mansions all around, stone and gem.
“I see. And how do you propose to persuade them?”

Thereupon, Raminothna’s penetrating gaze
moved to fix itself upon my face.
So shocked was I the dream ejected me
but then, in the dawn light I see
in the mirror misted in the morning chill
that her gaze is fixed upon mine eyes still.

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.GAHC.wordpress.com
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.ARConference.org
http://www.AnimalVoices.org

2010-07-22 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #25 – AR2010


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2010-07-22

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #25

The Animal Rights National Conference 2010 in DC.

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(Caroline Tirrel, VP, Anthony Marr, President, Catherine Garneau, VP, of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC))

The much anticipated AR2010 conference has come and gone, and when it came to going, it was all too fast, and all too soon. What it did leave, however, is a very tangible and vivid memory, bolstered by a set of photographic images detailing every occurrence and nuance and impression and emotion. I have since uploaded almost 150 pictures into my Facebook site (Anthony Marr), of my personal friends and myself at the conference . These and what they represent I will cherish past my dying day.

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(1000 strong)

As with every passing conference, I enjoyed this one more than its predecessors, partly due to my knowing more and more people with every succeeding year, but also due to a great plenary assignment (Compassion into Action), the presence of my lady love Catherine Garneau, long time friends Caroline Tirrel, Jerry Cook, Steve Ember, Doris Lin, Julie Henry and Kari Bagnall, Dr. Steve Kaufman, among others, and newer yet dear friends Shannon Morgan, Lt. Col. Robert Lucius, Debbie Kowalski, Lyn Stires, Charlotte Cressey, Melissa MacDonald and Jason Miller, among others, as well as people at the conference who have won my admiration, respect and affection, including Camille Hankins, Lorri Houston, Karen Davis, Rick Corbett, Michael Budkie, Nathan Runkle, Bryan Monelle, Jan Haagensen, Darius Fullmer, Jenny Brown, Adam Weissman, Odette Wilkens, Dallas Rising, Shirley McGreal, among others, and, to round it off, Dr. Alex Hershaft, Dawn Moncrief, Jen Riley and the entire FARMUSA crew (for pictures of these great people go to http://www.ARConference.org). Regrettably, My good friend and colleague Peter Muller, due to health issues, could not attend the conference, though thankfully he is on a slow yet definite road to a full recovery.

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(Dr. Alex Hershaft)

Alex generously donated a booth to the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, and we made a beauty of it.

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(Anthony Marr – founder and president of GAHC)

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(Catherine Garneau and Caroline Tirrel – co-vice-presidents of GAHC)

In AR2007 and AR 2008, I was given a dozen speeches each to make, and it proved somewhat too hectic, so, for AR2009 and AR2010, I’ve asked Alex (Dr. Alex Hershaft, head of the conference) to assign me the optimal amount – about 7-8 speeches – and they are what I was given, whereas Alex himself gave well over 15, while most other speaks received about 3. I also played some music on my electronic keyboard before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening.

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(Painting of tigress Sitas by Catherine Garneau)

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My speaking schedule is as follows:

7/16/2010, 10:32 AM: Individual Activism
(leafleting, letter writing, calling, T-shirts/stickers, workplace outreach)
Other people assigned to this session:
Jon Camp, Email: jon@veganoutreach.org
Rae Sikora, Email: rae@plantpeacedaily.org

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7/16/2010, 5:01 PM: Abuse of Wildlife on Land & Water
(videos and Q&A about extermination of free animals on land and water)
Other people assigned to this session:
Brian Vincent, Email: brian@bigwildlife.org

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7/17/2010, 9:45 AM: Compassion Into Action – plenary
(accounts of inspiring individual accomplishments for the animals)
Other people assigned to this session:
Leanne Hilgart, Email: leanne@vautecouture.com
Robert Lucius, Email: robert.lucius@us.army.mil

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7/17/2010, 11:31 AM: Abuse of Urban Wildlife
(abuse /killing of rodents, feral cats, deer, geese, other urban wildlife)
Other people assigned to this session:
Becky Robinson, Email: brobinson@alleycat.org

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7/17/2010, 5:01 PM: Global Issues Affecting Animals
(impacts on animals of protective laws, fur trade, world hunger, global warming)
Other people assigned to this session:
Dawn Moncrief, Email: dawn@farmusa.org
Siobhan O’Sullivan, Email: siobhano@unimelb.edu.au
Michael Zhao, Email: zhaoyunfeng78@gmail.com

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7/17/2010, 5:04 PM: Wildlife/Fur Campaign Reports
(reports on campaigns to stop extermination of animals on land and water)
Other people assigned to this session:
Shannon Keith, Email: shankeith@mac.com
Shirley McGreal, Email: smcgreal@ippl.org
Simone Netherlands, Email: simone@respect4horses.com
Adam Weissman, Email: adam@wetlands-preserve.org

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7/18/2010, 5:02 PM: Movement Networking
(magazines, listservs, conferences, speaking tours)
Other people assigned to this session:
Dawn Moncrief, Email: dawn@farmusa.org

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In addition, I spoke three more times in a plenary setting, once on Friday to announce coming events, and twice during the awards banquet – see below.

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The speech I most looked forward to was my Saturday morning plenary speech [Compassion into Action], MCed by Jenny Brown,

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who introduced my great new friend Lt. Col. Robert Lucius of the U.S. Marines as the first speaker.

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I brought up the rear, and half expected someone from the dark side to boo me, but all that came my way were loud applause and some spirited whooping.

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I ended my speech with a little stunt by asking all in the audience who had compassion in their hearts to stand up (and of course all did),

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then by asking those who wanted to turn compassion into action to clap their hands (and of course all did as well),

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and then by saying, “Thank you for your standing ovation!”

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The high point of the conference for me, by quite an elevation, was during the Saturday evening banquet,

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(Catherine Garneau and Caroline Tirrel – the two GAHC co-VPs)

when I was honored with [The Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award], “presented to Anthony Marr for his outstanding contribution to animal liberation”.

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(Anthony Marr, Alex Hershaft, Nathan Runkle. Note: “Orb”)

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Following is the video of the presentation ceremony and my acceptance speech, taken by Caroline Tirrel.

Then came the fund-raising auction, and Catherine’s painting of Sita was claimed for $1,000 by my long time friend Steve Ember, who evaluated it as being worth several times that much. It is destined for a gallery in New York City.

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(Steve Ember, Alex Hershaft, Anthony Marr)

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(Anthony Marr, Catherine Garneau, Steve Ember)

After the banquet, my best friends and I went to the lounge to share a wonderful time into the wee hours of the night.

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(Catherine and I)

Sunday brimmed with congratulations from friends and colleagues – in the lobby, hall ways, corridors, elevators, cafeteria and lecture rooms. This was the second award I’ve received this year, the first being [The Best All-Around Activist of 2010] award by NIO/ALF in January. Both are high points of my life.

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(Jason Miller, Anthony Marr, Melissa McDonald)

On the flip side of the coin, despite all the threats from the dark side – of confrontation and disruption and even deportation – not a thing happened and not a fallen soul showed up. I don’t know if it was due to the stern warning at the bottom of my blog #23 (http://homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/2010/07/2010-07-07-anthony-marrs-care-7-tour.html) that no such conduct would be tolerated, or whether they had simply run out of steam and played out all the deuces and threes in their card hand. It was almost a little disappointing, since they had deprived us of the chance to swing out the brilliant strategies we had prepared in their dishonor, which, if it did come to pass, would have dealt them a more severe blow than the one they have dealt to themselves.

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(Lisa, Anthony, Catherine, Shannon)

After the conference, I drove Catherine to her mother’s home in Pittsburgh PA. Along the way, while approaching a rest stop, we caught up with a gestapo truck transporting pigs to slaughter. We followed the truck into the rest stop and, while the driver was in the coffee shop, we took pictures of the pigs through the portholes.

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The results were heart-breaking. As I’ve written before, line up all the pigs killed in the U.S.A. each year in a single file, and it will stretch from Los Angeles to New York back and forth 35 times.

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To see all 146 pictures of the conference I have posted in my Facebook site, please go to:

http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyMarr001?v=wall&story_fbid=133642546675144#!/album.php?aid=198510&id=584150862

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

2010-07-12 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #24 – New Jersey


2010-07-12

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #24

New Jersey

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Line up in single file all the cows killed per year in the U.S.A., and it will stretch between Los Angeles and New York City back and forth 16 times.

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[Hope, Anthony and Baby Declan]

Line up in single file all the pigs killed per year in the U.S.A., and it will stretch between Los Angeles and New York City back and forth 34 times.

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[Brutus and Catherine]

Line up in single file all the chickens killed per year in the U.S.A., and it will stretch between the Earth and the Moon (Earth-Moon distance 384,000 km / 239,000 mi) back and forth 8 times.

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[Note the hen’s severed beak]

These are the thoughts that passed through my mind when I visited the For The Animals Sanctuary of Debbie and Steve Kowalski in Blairstown, New Jersey, yesterday. The visit resulted from a “last minute” arrangement by Steve E. and Catherine, and Debbie put up the following announcement in Facebook last week, bless her heart:

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[Steve E. on left, Debbie in green]

“For The Animals Sanctuary is celebrating: ‘WE GOT RAIN’ this morning and last night!! We also trimmed the goats hooves today. The girls are ready for Visiting Day and Anthony Marr tomorrow—- YIPPIE!!

“For The Animals sanctuary Visiting day and Anthony Marr presentation
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: For The Animals sanctuary
Street: 8 Cherokee Trail
City/Town: Blairstown, NJ

“Anthony Marr presentation will be from 2-3:30
Sanctuary tours are from 12-4pm

“Anthony Marr is a world renowned environmentalist and animal rights activist, has a degree in physics and is the author of 2 books on environmental issues. A wildlife preservationist since 1995, his work in India garnered him the title of “Champion of the Bengal Tiger” in the award-winning TV-documentary series “Champions of the Wild” which aired in 20 countries on the Discovery and National Geographic channels.

“He has also been to Japan twice to advocate for the whales and dolphins, and was recently honored with the title “Best All-Around Activist of 2010” by two top U.S. animal rights organizations. He has conducted several high-profile campaigns against the seal and grizzly bear hunts in Canada, and deer culls and sea lion extermination in the US. Anthony has conducted 6 Compassion For Animals Road Expeditions (CARE) with this being his 7th such tour. Anthony Marr is the founder and president of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC).

“Want some cow kisses, goat rubs, chicken kisses and mud kisses from pigs. Come on out to our visiting day at for the Animals sanctuary. Bring a Vegan lunch and a blanket to sit on and enjoy our beautiful sanctuary grounds.

“In order to help us plan our day, it is helpful to please RSVP to a visiting day
or call us 908 362 5224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              908 362 5224      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

“Minimum donation for admission to sanctuary is $10/adult and $5/child (5-15yrs). All donations go toward caring for the animals.

“**Please note this is a vegan sanctuary, and out of respect for the animals we ask that any food you bring on the premises be vegan, which means no dairy, eggs, cheese, fish, and meat of any kind. If you have any questions about what might be a suitable lunch, please feel free to contact us. You are also more than welcome to bring a non alcoholic vegan beverage.”

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July 10, Saturday

I got up at 3:45 a.m. to drive from Steve E.’s house in Middlesex, New Jersey, to the Philadelphia Int’l Airport (PHL) to pick up Catherine Garneau who took a red-eye flight from Long Beach, California, around 6:30 a.m. We will spend a week together at and around Middlesex, then drive to DC on July 15, Thursday, to attend the Animal Rights Conference (see http://www.ARConference.org). It was, and still is, a joyous reunion since we bade each other farewell on May 3, when I left for Las Vegas.

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[Catherine at the PHL]

Saturday evening, Steve, Catherine and I returned to Carol Davis’ place for a small intimate dinner attended also by Kevin, Anna and a man from Peru, named “Wolf” who spoke at length about the Inca culture. Michael prepared for us an exquisite multi-course dinner, after which we showed them Catherine’s Tigress Sita painting, which received its due applause.

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July 11, Sunday, was the day we visited For The Animals Sanctuary. We spent the first two hours with the animals, which comprised cows, pigs, goats and chickens. They were mostly escapees from their respective concentration camps and torture chambers – freedom fighters in their own right. Of course, in the scale of things they were less than drops in an ocean, but they also signify hope for the millions that otherwise would end up in slaughterhouses without exception.

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Speaking of “Hope”, there is a cow there by that name. Here is Debbie’s own comment about her. “Hope the cow was destined to be slaughtered in December 2009. She lived on a local PA dairy farm and became infertile. If they don’t have babies they don’t produce milk and would therefore be sent off to slaughter. She was lucky to be saved by For The Animals sanctuary 🙂 She is starting to trust people now she seems to know she will not be violated here. Its awesome to see her love again 🙂 Such a sweet cow.”

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I was forewarned that Hope especially did not trust men, but when I approached her, not without some trepidation, she remained calm and serene, and allowed me to touch her. After a while, when I was stroking her face, her long, sand-paper tongue came out, and began licking my hand. All witnessing this were enthralled, not the least of all myself, and little baby Declan, son of guests Dana and Steve Read.

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Afterward, I delivered to the small gathering my anti-hunting and global warming speech, dedicated to Baby Declan, and all were equally enthralled, not least of all myself at their enthrallment.

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Debbie and a few others will be attending the Animal Right Conference, and we gleefully discussed strategies for dealing with any disruptions should they occur (see blog #23).

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[Steve Kowalski and Anthony]

A few days ago, Dr. Alex Hershaft mentioned the possibility of me performing on my electronic keyboard for the opening ceremony of the Animal Rights Conference on Thursday evening, as I had done twice before. I have some practicing and derusting to do. Catherine loves my chosen piece, mistakes and all.

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As it happens, at this very moment, Catherine is on the phone with the Cincinnati Earthsave chapter, whose organizer is calling to inquire, among other things, about the libelous email “Beware of Anthony Marr” she has received from Anthony Damiano, which has caused several potential event hosts and lodging hosts associated with Earthsave Cincinnati to withhold their offerings. She describes the email as being “disgusting”. And the damage continues.

Anyway, the threat of disruption from Damiano et al not withstanding, Washington DC, here we come!

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

2010-07-07 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #23 – VA, MD, NJ


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2010-07-07

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #23

Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey

My friend Jerry Cook’s Facebook profile phrase is “Life is good in Jerry’s world”. Indeed, indeed. A time with Jerry is always relaxing, no matter what stresses in life one may, could or should carry. After not having touched a guitar for easily 20 years – I used to play lead guitar in the rock band Beyond Nemesis in the 70s featuring Julie Dalquest as our lead singer – I picked up one of Jerry’s many guitars, and it seemed as if I hadn’t laid one down at all. I tried picking a tune I used to play – The Stairway to Heaven. On the first night, every note was a struggle, but by the third night, I could go through it until I had to struggle with Jimmy Page’s solo, which will take quite a few weeks to remaster. All in all, I left Kill Devil Hills on Friday afternoon, June 25, with a lightness of being one could only feel while on vacation, which, by the way, I never take.

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[Horse sculpture at the entrance of Jerry Cook’s gated community]

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[Diane (“Reesie”) and Sherry]

The drive to the next destination – Virginia Beach – was not long. I arrived at the place of Sheryl (Sherry) Skelley in the afternoon, and the first things I got were two huge hugs from Sherry and her daughter Diane (“Reesie” – a terrific singer), who then led my attention to a sign on their garage door: “WELCOME ANTHONY MARR”.

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[Dave Skelley, Sherry’s husband]

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[Jack, Jill and China, the dogs]

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[Jill to Anthony: “Can I have your lunch?”]

In the evening, we had a small discussion gathering, at which our mutual friend Gina Williams was also present.

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[Gina on left]

Almost as a matter of course, the subject of SC (StopCrush) vs GAHC (Global Anti-Hunting Coalition) was raised, and not by me. As it happened, both Sherry and Gina were keenly aware of the conflict. Sherry was in communication with both groups, and over the weeks had seen the definitive different between the two. Both groups were fire and brimstone, but whereas 90% of the GAHC site was and is against the hunters and 0% against SC, 90% of the SC site was devoted to attacking GAHC. And while the names of Anthony Damiano and Marla Stermwolf-Patty were never once mentioned in the GAHC site, my name Anthony Marr was smeared all over the SC site. Most of the SC attacks against GAHC were about GAHC attacking SC – a comically ironic case of a deuce of Clubs calling an Ace of Hearts black.

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[One of the dozens of screen shots of the StopCrush site over weeks. There is not a grain of truth in any of these allegations, which are just a few drops in a libelous bucket. And they won’t be able to produce any evidence to back them up when challenged, simply because there isn’t any. The only thing written about them was in my June 6 blog in http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com, and a single thread titled “The Glove Are Off” in the FB site of GAHC co-VP Catherine Garneau. There is nothing in the sites of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) that once mentions SC.]

The “is” and “was” are not a grammatical error, since whereas GAHC, though resulting from the SC attacks had lost about 100 members out of 4500, is now strong and growing, SC is now defunct. With such a clarity of vision, Sherry made her choice to welcome me into her home. Gina, who lives in Sherry’s house, like many others, deleted both groups from her contacts, but having spent several days with me off and on, she has reinstated GAHC but not SC. Bless both their hearts.

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[Anthony Marr at Hands Across the Sand in Virginia Beach]

The next day, July 26, Saturday, was about as busy as any busiest days on the tour thus far. First, Sherry led my car to the beach where the Hands Across the Sand event was to take place. It was of special significance to Virginia Beach, since plans were and are being drawn up for offshore drilling within 3 miles of land.

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[Sherry Skelley collecting signatures on anti-offshore-drilling petition]

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[Policemen signing petition]

At high noon, hundreds of people joined hands, forming a long line across the sand. It was phenomenal, and magical to be a part of.

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[Most photos by Anthony Marr, video by Gina Williams]

Shortly after, I drove 5 hours to Baltimore for an evening potluck speech hosted by Earthsave, organized by Don Robertson whom I’ve known for years. The event was well attended, and my speech, so far without an exception on this tour, was well received.

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[Don Roberson introducing Anthony Marr’s talk]

Although lodging had been arranged for me in Baltimore, graciously offered by two separate parties: Joyce B.J. and Cathy M., due to Sherry’s very warm invitation for me to return to her home for the next several days, I drove the 5 hours all the way back to Virginia Beach, arriving at almost 3 a.m. All in all quite a day.

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And it was during these several days’ free time when I wrote my blog titled “SAVE OUR WORLD FROM HELL ON EARTH”, which, for what it’s worth, is said to be my best blog ever, described variously as “brilliant”, “amazing” and “a must read”. 🙂 It is in my blogsite:

http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com

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and its URL is:

http://homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/2010/06/to-save-our-children-and-all-life-from.html

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[Steve E. speaking at the Freefold event.]

On July 3, Saturday, I left Sherry’s home to drive 8 hours to my friend Steve E.’s place in Middlesex, New Jersey, there to stay until the Animal Rights Conference on July 15. I first met Steve in 2003 during my CARE-1 tour, and stayed in this very same house for a number of days. Sherry gave me a tearful goodbye, offering an open door to me whenever I need a place to stay. and even if I don’t. She and Gina are both planning on going to the Animal Rights Conference.

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July 4, the day to celebrate freedom in America, when in the Gulf states, freedom is being severely curtailed, not only by law enforcement officers, but by the thugs in the employ of BRITISH Petroleum, when B.P., previously nicknamed “Beyond Petroleum”, has now come to represent Beyond Prosecution. Take one picture in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you may be detained for as long as they please.

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But we had our own freedom day. The afternoon of the 4th of July was slated for my talk at the Oak Point Picnic Area, Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, NJ. Thanks to the organizing effort of host Doris Lin, which involved three Central New Jersey groups, it was a great success.

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[Doris Lin introducing Anthony Marr’s talk]

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On June 18, my FB friend Anthony Botti had written, “Anthony, looking forward to meeting you in Freehold, NJ on July 4th. I have been promoting your appearance very strongly with our Central Jersey AR group (FAUN NJ). If there is anything we can do to facilitate your passage through our area, please advise and we will do our best. Namaste.”

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And here is Doris Lin’s own write up:

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Vegan Potluck Goodness
Tuesday July 6, 2010

Vegan Potluck

by Doris Lin

On July 4, I attended a vegan potluck and talk by Anthony Marr that I organized. Marr is an award-winning animal rights activist, environmental activist, scientist, and author who is on his seventh Compassion For Animals Road Expedition. He’s touring the U.S., speaking about global warming, leading funeral motorcades for deer, and protesting vivisection. Marr’s talk on Sunday focused on climate change, latent heat, the methane time bomb, the power of the oil industry, and mass extinction events. Some of this information is available on Marr’s blog, where you can also follow along on his tour. Marr is also scheduled to speak at the Animal Rights 2010 National Conference, July 15-19 in Washington, DC. If you have a chance attend one of his talks, I highly recommend it! The July 4 event was co-sponsored by Animal Protection League of New Jersey and Central Jersey Vegetarian Group.
Vegan Potluck

And the potluck? Excellent! I stuffed myself with pasta salad, potato salad, rice salad, kale salad, fruit salad, cheeze and crackers, home fries, watermelon, blueberries, raw cheesecake, and cupcakes – all vegan and yummy. Over 40 people attended, and it was fun chatting with friends and meeting new people.
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I also thought that the day was a perfect example of the support you’ll get and the people you will meet if you get involved with local vegan/animal groups. In addition to hearing Anthony Marr speak, I talked with Rose Rosenbaum of Coalition for Animals, fellow BEAR Group activist Steve Ember, Jan Fredericks of God’s Creatures Ministry, Deborah Jones of the British organization Catholic Concern for Animals, vegan health and fitness coach Gary Gibson, and Stu Chaifetz of SHARK (SHowing Animal Respect and Kindness).

Whether you’re new to animal rights or a long-time vegan AR activist, getting involved with local groups gives you a network of support and local contacts that you can’t get from the big, national groups. The big groups serve an important role, but when was the last time one of them invited you to a vegan potluck where you met some amazing people and ate incredibly delicious, homemade, raw vegan raspberry cheesecake?

And some feedback:

SusanFaye Ⓥ Lorito-Schindler
had a wonderful day. glad we didn’t miss it.
Tuesday at 11:05am

Gary Gibson
Thanks for everything Doris Lin. And Anthony was brilliant as expected. Sometimes he must feel he is preaching to the choir and the people that most need to hear his words are the ones he’ll never get to speak to. But thats where we come in I guess.
Tuesday at 8:41pm

Anthony Marr
Thanks again, all! For the written and illustrated version of my speech, see my blog titled “SAVE OUR WORLD FROM HELL ON EARTH” in
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
Please pass it on!
Tuesday at 8:45pm

Anthony Marr
R ather than “preaching to the choir”, I’d say “rallying the troops”.
Tuesday at 8:46pm

Gary Gibson
yes. well put.
Tuesday at 9:36pm

Doris Lin
Anthony, thank you for an informative and inspiring afternoon!
Gary, it was great meeting you!
Su, it was great seeing you, as always! I can only tag 6 people per post. Can you add Thomas?
Tuesday at 11:25pm

SusanFaye Ⓥ Lorito-Schindler
Anthony, even an ol’ hat like me learned something.
Wednesday at 1:31am

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July 5, Monday afternoon, found me in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the 95F shade of the magnificent trees in Carol Davis’s magical garden, replete with stream and pond, giving a talk to her by-invitation-only group of highly accomplished friends. “Queen” Carol Davis is a long time friend of mine whom I also met in 2003, and have seen over the years. Incidentally, she is one of the recipients of Damiano’s defamatory email titled “Beware of Anthony Marr”. In their midst was Kara Richarson, a reporter of the Courier News, and photographer Augusto Menezes. Carol also invited Patrice Greanville, who gave a brief talk after mine.

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[I can do it in my sleep.]

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After the event, Carol wrote on FB: “Anthony Marr’s presentation was superb.
Despite the heat, all guests were riveted, and the ensuing discussion was vibrant. Thanks to Patrice Greanville for adding so much!”

And some feedback:

Sarah Edgar
It really was a wonderful event. Thank you, Carol and Michael, for your gracious hospitality, and thank you, Anthony and Patrice, for a truly educational experience.
Tuesday at 1:46am

Maggie Frame Brienza
Totally agree! And so very nice to finally meet Scraps’ mom!
Tuesday at 1:52am

Bridget Briant
I agree also. It was very worthwhile. I feel inspired and hopeful that we can and will make a difference to help heal the earth.
Tuesday at 8:14am

Anthony Marr
Carol, Michael, Patrice and all, it was a memorable experience for me. I’ll be blogging the event in my blogsite:
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
Tuesday at 7:27pm

Waken Up
Thank you for creating this opening for Anthony’s critically important message!
Wednesday at 1:51am

Subsequently, on July 6, Patrice Greanville wrote to me on FB: “Dear Anthony: It was a distinct pleasure to see such a brilliant mind at work, fueled by matching moral passion… I hope the rest of the trip proves safe and successful. // When you have the time, let’s discuss your becoming our science editor. It’s one more venue for you to reach people willing to be educated and mobilized. The main sites are Cyrano’s Journal (http://www.cjournal.info/) and The Greanville Post (http://www.greanvillepost.com/). If you visit either or both, you’ll quickly realize the caliber of the work we do.”

I wrote back: “Patrice, the feeling is very mutual. I’d be honored to serve as one of your science editors, and hope to be equal to the task.”

Patrice Greanville: “Splendid. I will be sending you a note formally announcing your appointment as Cyrano’s Journal/The Greanville Post’s Science & Ecoanimal Editor. I’m starting by posting your entire (video) lecture on Global Warming / Global Heating, plus other materials germane to the topic. // From here on out, any articles you care to run on our sites, just send them to my attention and we’ll take care of it. In time, through the CJO News Syndicate, the audience reach will be expanded substantially, as more than two dozen sites will be publishing materials in sync. // Do be well, dear comrade, and take care of yourself.”

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And here is the Courier News Article by Kara Richardson:

DISCUSSING PLANET IN PLAINFIELD

Courier News

by Kara L. Richardson
staff writer

PLAINFIELD – A man who travels the country to get people moving on the issue of global warming made a stop Monday afternoon in Plainfield.

About 40 people gathered for a potluck vegan meal with environmentalist and animal rights activist Anthony Marr. The event was held in the shade of towering maple trees in Carol Davis’ Watchung Avenue backyard.

“We want to help him to be able to bring his story to as many people as possible,” Davis said. “He is quite a fascinating guy. He has done a lot for the environment, animals and people.”

Marr, who has a degree in physics, is the founder of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE). His most recent book is “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!”

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This is Marr’s seventh cross-country tour. Over the years, Marr said, he has down-sized his vehicle – from an RV, to a car; now he travels part of his journey on a motorcycle.

“Sometimes it takes a little gasoline to save a lot of it.” Marr said before sharing that his motorcycle gets more than 80 miles per gallon. He eco-friendly tour, which began in April 1 from his home in Vancouver, Canada, will traverse through 40 states before it is finished in November. He almost always stays at people’s homes – versus hotels – along his journey, and requires a potluck meal to stay within his vegan (avoiding animal products) life style.

“This is a call-to-action tour,” Marr said about discussing the urgency of global warming, which he said is putting the planet in peril – from melting sea ice to an impending global famine. Many at the gathering were convinced with environmental causes and other eco-friendly lifestyle groups. There was Marta Withjack of Green Brook, a geology teacher who has been involved with the Sierra Club, and Kevin Dykema of Piscataway from the Central Jersey Vegetarian Group.

“I am rallying the troops,” Marr said. While he said it is important for people to reduce their carbon footprint, he said, it is important for them to rally for change on the national level. For example, Marr wants the United States to shift all its subsidies for oil companies to green technology. He has driven by some wind farms in California and Texas – they were an amazing sight, but there were far too few of them, he said.

“None of the little things people are doing are going to be enough, ” Marr said about efforts from recycling to driving smaller cars. “We need massive change in this country and in the world.”

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Upon returning to my computer, I received a copy of the following blog by Anthony Damiano:

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July 3, 2010 – Saturday

Important message regarding the July 19th March for Animals in Washington DC
Category: News and Politics

To all those who wished to attend the March on Washington for Animals on July 19th:

Due to a number of reasons, in particular conflicts with newly scheduled events regarding the Animal Rights Conference 2010 (ARC2010) in Washington DC, we regret to inform you that StopCrush.org, the original organizers of the March on Washington for Animals, have decided to cancel the March until enough support can be garnered for all causes to be represented in equal fashion.

The March was originally conceived in October 2009, after the Supreme Court heard the opening arguments in the United States vs Stevens case, which involved the first amendment rights of producers and viewers of video depictions of violence and torture against animals. While reading the transcripts of the Court proceedings, Marla Stormwolf-Patty recognized that the Court would likely overturn the law that was put into place in 1999 to stop these videos, in particular “Crush Videos”. She immediately started discussions with friends about doing a March in Washington in an attempt to sway the court with people’s opinion. Discussions turned to talks, talks turned to plans, and plans turned to a scheduled March on Washington.

Originally, the March was scheduled to coincide with the closing of ARC2010 at 10AM on July 19th, and anyone who wished to continue the fight for their cause whilst in Washington could join in after the conference was over. The March was in no way affiliated with the ARC2010, and was scheduled to take advantage of the fact that many activists would be in Washington at that time.

Recent developments have impeded our efforts at staging the March, particularly the efforts of Anthony Marr, a key speaker at ARC2010 and founder of the recently formed Global Anti-Hunting Coalition. Mr. Marr has worked to undermine the plans of StopCrush.org and the March for Animals. Once, seemingly a supporter of StopCrush.org, and a participant in the March for Animals, Mr. Marr altered his plans in favor of his own “funeral motorcade for GAHC”. Whilst the members of STOPCrush.org believed that he was in full support of a March for all animals on Washington, he was actually working with Mr Hershaft (ARC Chairman) to organize an event in favor of his own cause. Mr. Hershaft advised the core group of StopCrush.org that the march would not be sanctioned by the conference unless the members of Stopcrush.org allowed the march to be in cooperation with Anthony Marr and his funeral motorcade. Before we could respond to Mr. Hershaft, Anthony Marr took it upon himself to answer for the group, advising Mr. Hershaft (whom Anthony Marr refers to as “a good friend”) that StopCrush.org is immovable in their position regarding the timing of the march. We attempted to defend ourselves and present our position, but our concerns were met by the indifference of ARC2010 and the condescension of Anthony Marr. Since that time, StopCrush.org, our friends, and our families have been subjected to the derision, verbal abuse and attacks on our integrity from among the core members of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, Paul Fusch, as well as their supporters. These attacks include rhetorical, racial and defaming postings(and continued reposting) within their social networks, as well as personal emails to our friends and families.

It is within this atmosphere of vindictiveness that we made our decision to at the very least postpone the March. We feel that given the circumstances, our efforts on behalf of the cause would be hampered by the influence of GAHC and its more viral followers, and we therefore have specific concern for the safety of our supporters and the participants in the March.

You are certainly welcome to join Anthony Marr and his motorcade for his cause on that specific day.

We would have posted this sooner, but our website was disabled by Paul Fusch, a close personal friend of Anthony Marr, and a former member of STOPCrush.org, who was the IT person for the StopCrush website. Until our new website is fully functional we have made the decision to announce this here. We apologize for any inconvenience that Mr Fusch’s sabotage has caused you.

We hope that you will understand our reasoning behind this decision. We know that many of you were looking forward to the March as a way of garnering visibility and support for your cause, and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused. We will reschedule the March for all animals at a time when proper support and safety can be achieved for the cause and its participants.

Thank you,
Marla Stormwolf-Patty
Anthony Damiano
Irish Cornaire
Sheila Gredzinski
Michelle Yorty

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This is also a blog, dated July 3, 2010, in Anthony Damiano’s MySpace page.

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This is typical of their twisted truths and outright lies. None of the above has any resemblance to facts and truth. For example, their: “Since that time, StopCrush.org, our friends, and our families have been subjected to the derision, verbal abuse and attacks on our integrity from among the core members of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, Paul Fusch, as well as their supporters. These attacks include rhetorical, racial and defaming postings(and continued reposting) within their social networks, as well as personal emails to our friends and families.”

All I have and need to say about this is: SHOW US THE EVIDENCE. I can do this without reservation because, simply, it does not exist.

On February 18, 2010, the following blog appeared, containing:

“On March 31, 2010, GAHC Founder and President Anthony Marr and Vice President Anthony Damiano will embark from Vancouver, BC, Canada on their 39-states-in-7-months Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #7…

“During this tour, The two Anthonys will conduct not one, not two, but 50 Funeral Motorcades for the Animals, to express our national grief and determination for the animals that we love, with Anthony Marr leading the procession on his motorcycle…

“The Funeral Motorcade for the Animals in Washington DC, complete with a hearse, will be conducted at 10 am on July 19, Monday, upon the conclusion of the Animal Rights National Conference (www.ARConference.org). We will start from the venue of the conference – the Hilton-Mark Center in Alexandria, VA, and drive on to the capital. With your support and participation, this will be the biggest of all 50 Funeral Motorcade for the Animals. Let us tell our national leaders that:

“WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WON’T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!”

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The blog was by none other than Marla Stormwolf-Patty.

In this blog, she merged her March on Washington and my Funeral Motorcade for the Animals as a single integrated event, as we had all agreed. The idea of the hearse was Damiano’s, which I approved.

In late May, two things happened: First, Damiano wanted me to support both bills HR 5092 and HR 5337, while I supported the former, but not the latter (see my previous blogs for my reason). Second, I suggested to Damiano that he should resign as the Vice President of GAHC due to his loss of dedication to the anti-hunting cause, by saying, “No hard line anti-hunting activist would support HR 5337.”

At about the same time, AR Conference organizer Dr. Alex Hershaft responded to Damiano’s announcement of their March on Washington that 10 a.m. would not work, and slated the Funeral Motorcade for 1 p.m., July 19, Monday. On May 31, Damiano wrote that this change of time was the result of my colluding with Alex to “subvert” their march, to which Alex replied that I had nothing to do with it. I asked Damiano et al to change their time to 1 p.m. so that the March and the Motorcade could stay as one, to which they flatly refused.

In regards to: “It is within this atmosphere of vindictiveness that we made our decision to at the very least postpone the March. We feel that given the circumstances, our efforts on behalf of the cause would be hampered by the influence of GAHC and its more viral followers, and we therefore have specific concern for the safety of our supporters and the participants in the March.” This is another outrageous false accusation. And my challenge to them is the same: SHOW US THE EVIDENCE.

Many activists aware of the march have said, given the scanty effort Damiano et al had put out to organize the event, which included no more than a countable few announcements on MS and FB, and little or no networking with any other organization for the joining of forces (while expending large amounts of their time defaming GAHC and myself), that their march would not succeed. One even placed a $50 bet that it would fail.

One said that Daminao & Stormwolf-Patty et al simply cannot take responsibility for their own failure, and have to lay blame on someone else, in this case the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, Paul Fusch and myself.

Another remarked, “So what even if Anthony Marr and the AR Conference do not support their march, why should its success depend on their support?” Excellent question.

Another reported that Stormwolf-Patty, supported by Damiano, wrote that both Paul Fusch and I had made unwanted sexual advances towards her, and Damiano himself has told others that I was a “womanizer”. On the first point, for the sake of her self-esteem, I can only shake my head and sadly smile. On the second point, I know hundreds of women in and out of the movement, and have stayed at the homes of dozens, and all in all, I believe that none would confirm his opinion. On the contrary, almost all have generously invited me back on future tours, while on the other hand, at least two women in California alone have complained to me about Damiano, though not in sexual matters.

Yet another has given them the label of being “cyberbullies”. Why haven’t I thought of that?! Now I finally have some first hand experience as to why some kids are driven to suicide by cyberbullies. Were I 50 years younger and received the same treatment from Damiano et al, I myself might have done so. In this light, their bullying behavior alone, without even considering their unethical conduct, is despicable in the extreme.

And yet another opined that since they used so much of their time and energy in cyberbullying, they could not be very genuine about saving animals.

Not only did Damiano send out libelous mass emails titled “Beware of Anthony Marr” to my friends, colleagues and tour event hosts, he went further to call them by phone in attempts to character assassinate me by slander and scoop them into his camp. One of them remarked that his call sounded desperate and lasted for hours.

And don’t think that they won’t resort to threatening. One of their most recent threats is to disrupt my speech(es) at the Animal Rights Conference, and the conference itself. Again, the bullies in action. The authorities have been notified, and such behavior will not be tolerated.

Through it all, I have adopted the “zen” approach to ignore their attacks and push on with my sabotaged tour, while aware in the back of my mind that damage continues being done. I have even instructed all GAHC personnel to refrain from responding to their attacks, much less retaliate, hoping that Damiano et al will eventually cease and desist on their own accord. But seeing that this is not going to happen any time soon, many within and outside of GAHC have urged me to take legal action, and have volunteered themselves as witnesses.

The Global Anti-Hunting Coalition and I have indeed suffered losses, but those who went to the dark side are the ones who cannot and/or do not form their own opinion based upon their own investigation of fact and analysis of truth, but blindly follow the drama queens and self-righteous accusers, be their dramas fake and accusations false. I consider these losses well within acceptable limits.

Please note that I would have continued to let the matter rest. But the above announcement of theirs, so public and defamatory that it made its way to even me, and has caused GAHC to again lose several members, is the last straw. In defense of my own reputation and that of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), as well as the names of Catherine Garneau, Tia Tirrel and Paul Fusch, it cannot be left unanswered.

While the tour goes on.

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To end on a positive note, and last but far from least:

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Speaking of Catherine Garneau, co-Vice-President of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, not only is she a lady and a warrior, she is also an exquisite artist. Over the last three weeks, she has created a large painting (31″ x 42″) of the tigress Sita of the Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India, based on a photo that I took of her while I was there in 1998. Tragically, in 1999, upon my return to Bandhavgarh, a mournful park staff informed me that she had been poached. She was 17 years of age, and had successfully raised 7 litters of cubs.

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The painting will be auctioned off at the Animal Rights Conference to fund the work of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition.

Thank you, Catherine!

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