Prelim announcement: Anthony Marr’s upcoming CARE-8 tour


Announcing: Anthony Marr’s upcoming CARE-8 campaign-tour (CARE-8 = Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #8). CARE-8 (2012) will follow approximately the same route as CARE-7 (2010), which will take him through 36-40 states in 6-7 months.


The state-by-state itinerary will approximately be as follows, subject to changes:

BC – now – 03-31-2012
WA – 04-01 – 04-03
OR – 04-04 – 04-06
CA – 04-07 – 05-07
AZ – 05-08 – 05-12
NM – 05-13 – 05-15
TX – 05-16 – 05-22
LA – 05-23 – 06-25
MS – 05-26 – 05-28
AL – 05-29 – 05-31
FL – 06-01 – 06-14
GA – 06-15 – 06-17
SC – 06-18 – 06-20
NC – 06-21 – 06-24
VA – 06-25 – 06-27
WV – 06-28 – 06-30
MD – 07-01 – 08-31
DC – 07-01 – 08-31
NJ – 07-01 – 08-31
NY – 07-01 – 08-31
CT – 07-01 – 08-31
MA – 07-01 – 08-31
NH – 07-01 – 08-31
VT – 07-01 – 08-31
PA – 09-01 – 09-05
OH – 09-06 – 09-10
MI – 09-11 – 09-14
IN – 09-15 – 09-20
IL – 09-21 – 09-23
WI – 09-24 – 09-28
MO – 09-29 – 09-30
KS – 10-01 – 10-03
CO – 10-04 – 10-07
WY – 10-08 – 10-09
MT – 10-10 – 10-13
AB – 10-14 – 10-18
BC – 10-19

Given a project of this scope, much help is of course required. If you wish to:

1. host a speaking event,
2. host a vegan potluck,
3. offer a place to stay,
4. make a much needed donation,

please contact Anthony Marr by private messaging. See you on the tour, we hope!


Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)


To the supporters of OILED politicians

To the supporters of OILED politicians


What do global warming denying OILED politicians (e.g. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin) say about the irrefutable evidence presented below? “Photoshop”?

And how can you identify an oiled politician? Not with your ears. Try your nose; they stink. And your eyes, as follows:

I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in my solo camping trip back in 1979. It was a 5 day climb. The last 2 days was on ice. This pic shows the mountain 1993-2000. Farewell to the Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Mt. Matterhorn

Morteratsch Glacier 1985-2007


Oiled politicians lie; Mother Nature does not. Whom do you believe?











Between what you are told by oiled politicians and what you see with your own eyes, which do you believe?



Glacier at Jakob’s Haven Retreat 1850-2006




Ag Upsala Glacier

Glacier @ the Alps 1887-2001

Barnett Glacier

Huaraz Glacier


Please make up your OWN mind before casting your vote.



Decide wisely, before committing your children’s future to a vote.

McCall Glacier

Glacier – McCall Pair


Greenland’s melt rate is comparable to Niagara’s flow rate




The Arctic sea ice 1979-2007

I rest my case.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)

Anthony Marr vs "racest" hunter

Today, I have the (dis)pleasure of responding to a hunter who commented on a thread posted by Shannon Wright Ramion in the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition’s “Like page”. This particular hunter, Matt Mason by name, wrote proudly that his forebearers used to hang “(N-word)”, among other offensive things. I have copied-pasted the whole conversation here verbatim to show the world what some hunters are like. I think you will be amazed by this thread, though not necessarily in a positive sense.


Shannon Wright Ramion posted to Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Please sign and share! Bow-hunts result in a slow, painful death and the hunters do it out of pleasure! Lets get this stopped!!

To ban BOW HUNTING, this is the only method that has any chance of getting heard. Many law makers are either hunters or are being paid by NRA and…
September 5 at 11:44am
Catherine Garneau likes this.

Matt Mason: All u anti hunting people r fuckin wierd hunting is the oldest way of life known to man quit ur fuckin wining
3 hours ago · Like · Suzanne Mason

Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) Anthony Marr @ Matt: There is hunting and there is hunting. Subsistence hunting are for pioneers and natives, of which you are neither. Your kind of hunting: Recreational Hunting, Trophy Hunting and Canned Hunting are 20th century inventions. If you want to talk about being oldest, the other oldest profession you know what it is, and it is illegal, and so should be hunting, and we will make it so.
2 hours ago · Like · 1 person

Matt Mason: Hey asshole it is not a profession it is a way of life for me and my family my family has been hunting since they came to this country and my wife is native american and my kids r half you fuck up

Anthony Marr: I call you “Matt” and you call me “asshole”. This puts you in a disadvantage right off the bat, and that is fine by me. About your family, a lot of family lines that used to hunt also used to own slaves. All have quit slavery, and some have quit hunting. Those who have not quit hunting are the stragglers of society. You are a drag.

Matt Mason: Hell I wouldnt mind owning a NIGGER or 2 hell I could have them clean all the animals I kill.

Anthony Marr: Wow! I was going to give you more rope to hang yourself, but you’ve just done it with your own rope. Fine by me.

Matt Mason: Thats funny my family use to hang NIGGERS with rope

Matt Mason: Hey whats up with that ugly lady Shannon she looks like a Jack o Lantern with fucked up hair

Anthony Marr: Okay, everyone, it is in writing and it cannot be erased except by admin: A hunter is calling all Afro-Americans “NXGGER”s. Not only that, but he says that hanging them is funny. It is on record.

Matt Mason: So call the cops

Anthony Marr: I don’t need to call the cops. Other hunters will come down on you for ruining their reputation.

Anthony Marr: And you have given us antis a ton of ammunition. Believe me, you will be well quoted. Thank you.

Matt Mason: Its america I can say what I want thats part of being American dumbass so Im a little racest so what

Matt Mason: Make me famous I have made it to print and I will be heard

Matt Mason: But remember that not all hunters are Racest like me dont

Anthony Marr: Oh, I see. Being American means to be “a little racest” (sic)? You are doing great, Matt. Keep talking. BTW, “sic” means “misspelling preserved”, not “sick”, though in your case, it sure is.

Anthony Marr: We will make you famous alright. Infamous more like. You will be widely quoted. Don’t worry.
35 minutes ago · Like

Matt Mason: Thanks and im not saying that its american to b a little racest im saying that i have the right to b

Anthony Marr: I don’t have to say “not all hunters are racest” (sic). The hunters themselves will hammer you with that, once you have become “famous”.

Matt Mason: Good luck fucker bring it on

Suzanne Mason: ‎@ Anthony Mar You have no idea who Matt is!!! He definitely is right!!! You have no clue what it is like to live in an area such as ours. So before you go getting your panties in a twist you should think….

Anthony Marr: Shannon is a beautiful lady, and all who have met her face to face say so. And what about you? How come you’re trying to hide your face in your profile pic, plus, showing absolutely no substance in your site?
24 minutes ago · Like

Suzanne Mason: WOW…. some people actually ‘LIKED’ your comments???? That is amazing because you sound terribly unconventional yourself. Statements such as ‘Those who have not quit hunting are the stragglers of society’ And you say Matt is @ a disadvantage or a drag. Yes WHERE we come from we hunt, we live off the land, and we are proud. WE ARE NATIVES OF THIS LAND AND TODAY IS NATIVE AMERICAN DAY….DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS DAY????? OR ARE WE STRAGGLERS OF SOCIETY TO YOU TOO???? WHAT A PIECE OF WORK!!!!!!!!

Matt Mason: No shannon looks like a druged up wanna b biker chick on that toy she calls a Motorcycle

Matt Mason: If i met shannon I would ask her if she could eat grapes through a chainlink fence

Anthony Marr: Suzanne, May I ask if you share Matt’s value in calling all black people “NXGGER”s, and further, share his laugh about hanging them? If you do, you are as sick as he is. If you don’t, what are you doing defending a guy like him? Of course I don’t know who he is. considering the total absence of material in his profile. And I don’t really care who he is or where he lives. “Racesm” is universally condemned.

Anthony Marr: Ah, so your are Mrs. Mason. Nice to meet you. I sympathize with you for your poor choice of a husband. This reflects poorly on your judgment. BTW, earlier on this thread, I did somewhat exempt subsistence hunting, unless you are into Recreational Hunting too.

Anthony Marr: Shannon does not take drugs and she does not drink. How about you? BTW, that “toy” motorcycle can do 0-60 in 3 seconds, i.e. faster than a Ferrari. How fast can your truck go?

Matt Mason: Fast enough to to chase a deer down

Anthony Marr: If you ever met Shannon, she’d BETTER be on the other side of the fence. She wouldn’t want a single drop of the blood on your hands on her.

Anthony Marr: I’m not surprised that you hunt from your truck. Some hunters are just couch potatoes – in their truck seats.

Anthony Marr: Shannon says that the worse you sound as a hunter, the better you sound to us antis. Keep going. Make my day.

Matt Mason: U antis sound like a bunch of fucked up flatdicks

Ad Nauseam.

This thread may not be over. If there is anything added worth quoting, I will include it. Please check back.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)

UBC anti-vivisection demo organized by Brian Vincent – exceptional!


Brain Vincent organized one hell of a demo today at the UBC on the issue of vivisection on campus. The occasion was a “townhall meeting” at the UBC musical theatre featuring the President of the university Dr. Stephen J. Toope who spoke for about 30 minutes on general matters, followed by a 2-phase Q-&-A.

Brian has developed a tight group of activists in Vancouver dedicated to the anti-vivisection cause, some of whom have also attended some of my demos. He had the whole thing worked out in his mind, and on paper, and had the event planned to a T. About a dozen of his troop met in the parking lot of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and Brian gave out very specific instructions in detail. I have to say this: I’ve been in dozens of demos in my days, and have organized many of my own, but I have never seen such “military precision” as in this one. As to what these details were, the following photos will tell.

After the demo, Brian did one more thing that most don’t. He gathered everyone together again and conducted a debriefing on the goods and bads of what had transpired. From my objective viewpoint, the former out-numbered the latter 10 to 0.

During the post-demo discussion, two security guards approached the group, sought out Brian and shook his hand, congratulating him for a job well done, making specific mention of how non-disruptive it was.

I was not part of the demo. I volunteered to photo-document the event for Brian and his troop, and was treated to a very professional and tasteful spectacle.

As is often the case, the demonstrators are predominantly women, which reconfirms in my mind yet again my deep respect. Event participants, please tag yourselves in these photos.



@ parking lot of the Museum of Anthropology

Brian and Shannon Wright Ramion, both U.S. transplants. The US’s loss is Canada’s gain.






Note the sign held up by an activist. Each was asked to hold up his/her 2-sided sign for 20 seconds, in prearranged order.










Note blue “orb” above Shannon’s head. The UBC animal lab doesn’t stand a chance!





The security detail emerges


My cameo appearance at post-demo-debriefing


2 UBC security men thanking and congratulating Brian for the effectiveness and unobstrusiveness of the demo

Hip Hip Hurray!

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)

[ON MY WAR PATH – 014 – Anti-Makah-whaling]


[ON MY WAR PATH – 014 – Anti-Makah-Whaling]


The Makah whale hunt was a betrayal of trust

In 1999, other than going to India for the third time, and conducting more educational outreach in North America, and going to New York to conduct more Chinatown media events, and founding my own organization Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE –, I also worked with a loose alliance of anti-whaling activists in Washington state, British Columbia and Oregon to oppose the proposed revival, by the Makah natives of Washington state,


of their whaling tradition which had been halted for 70 years.



There was a government imposed exclusion zone barring entry of protest vessels from the kill zone of their “traditional hunt”, which involved a .50-calibre rifle and a power boat, other than their canoe and their ceremonial harpoons, “ceremonial”, that is, to the Makah, not to the whale.



I have personally entered the Makah village at Neah Bay, WA, and was mistaken by a Makah to be a member of one of the Nuu Cha Nulth bands on Vancouver Island, from whom I received some sensitive information which I later shared with the anti-whaling alliance.


My main contribution in this campaign was mostly in my writing and statements to media in news releases and when asked. The following newspaper articles and video will tell the story of what led up to, and transpired on, May 17, 1999 – a day of infamy – any why.


The tradition is welfare
October 5, 1998
Alberta Report

Despite a plentiful supply, Greens vow to stop an Indian whale hunt

If nothing else, animal rightists cannot be accused of prejudice: they favour beasts over men, whether the latter are black, white or red. Indians rank high in the pantheon of political correctness, but not as high as whales. So Washington State Indians intending to kill the massive mammals for food were at a disadvantage, even before it was revealed that their “traditional” hunting method depends on a distinctly modern weapon—the machinegun.

The controversy is especially upsetting to Tom Happynook of Victoria, chairman of the World Council of Whalers, who says similar hunts are being planned in British Columbia. “We’re up against urban people who don’t even know milk comes from a cow,” he charges. “What right do they have telling us what to do? Natives in coastal communities are eating corned beef hash out of cans and Kraft Dinner. We just don’t have any money.”

The culture clash erupted in August, when the 1,400-strong Makah tribe of Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula announced they will hunt up to five grey whales each year starting October 1 under an agreement authorized by the International Whaling Commission and the U.S. Commerce Department.

The grey whale suffered near-extinction in the 1920s, but today is no longer on the U.S. endangered species list; more than 20,000 swim up and down the West Coast twice yearly.

Keith Johnson, president of the Makah Whaling Commission, said that resuming his tribe’s historic October hunt “is a link to the past and it validates us, who we are as a people and a culture.” He added that the hunt will bring badly needed food to the dinner tables of his people, who along with non-natives have suffered job losses in local logging and fishing industries because of environmental sanctions.

No sooner was the announcement made than Project Sea Wolf, an anti-whaling offshoot of California’s Sea Shepherd Society, staged a protest meeting in Victoria on August 29. Eco-pirate Paul Watson, the society’s founder, was scheduled to speak but was replaced at the last minute by understudy Michael Kundu of Seattle. He told 70 sympathizers that the Makah does not require freezers full of whale meat and should go to Seattle if they want “amenities.” “They get government subsidies,” he argued. “They don’t need this to survive.”

Mr. Kundu then played a video of a protracted whale killing. He insisted that if the hunt is allowed to proceed, it would set a precedent and encourage more whaling around the world. He revealed his group intends to prevent the hunt by positioning a dozen boats, including a 32-foot submarine owned by Mr. Watson, off Neah Bay. The vessels will broadcast killer whale sounds to scare the grey whales into altering their migration route. “All we need is for them to swim a mile offshore,” said Mr. Kundu, adding that the Makah’s 18-foot dugout canoes will not be able to survive the rough waters farther from the shore.

Mr. Kundu also said that his band of eco-warriors will, if necessary, throw themselves between the harpoon-armed natives and the cetaceans. Given the current climate of tension between natives and non-natives over treaty claims, Mr. Kundu’s remarks strike Mr. Happynook as ill advised. “He is deliberately and needlessly trying to cause bad feelings,” he declares. “The reality is that people can still go whale-watching, do research, whatever, but somewhere in this equation the whalers are going to fit in.”

The dispute escalated September 13 when an ad-hoc group called the Westcoast Anti-Whaling Society—consisting of a fishing boat, several whale-tour operators and other boaters—congregated in Victoria’s Inner Harbour with placards reading “Wounded Whales Feel Pain.” Leading the protest was Western Canada Wilderness Committee campaigner Anthony Marr, who in the past has lobbied to end bear and tiger hunting.

Mr. Marr accused the Makah of being inhumane, claiming the whales die a lingering death after being first secured by a hand-thrown ceremonial harpoon and then riddled with bullets. “Five hundred rounds might be pumped into a whale. It can take a whale 30 minutes to two hours to die,” he said. Not so, says Makah member Jimmy Thompson.

“What we intend on doing is using the machinegun to sever the whale’s spinal cord, which will kill it instantly—unlike in the past when a whale could tow our canoes around for days on end,” he explains.

Mr. Thompson echoes the sentiments of other Indian hunters by remarking, “People like Marr are not interested in us evolving, they’re just trying to assimilate us. That’s been tried before, and we won’t allow it.”

Last week, spectators were allowed onboard Mr. Watson’s ship Sea Shepherd, which was docked in Seattle, to view his two-man sub, which is painted to resemble a killer whale. Meanwhile, Washington State Republican Congressman Jack Metcalf and animal activists from the U.S., Britain and Australia have filed a lawsuit to prevent the hunt; they claim the federal agencies which reviewed the Makah case erred when they declared it environmentally safe. They are requesting Federal Judge Franklin Burgess to send the case to the National Marine Fisheries Service for a full environmental review. He will make his decision this week.

— Robin Brunet


Note by Anthony Marr: The Russian Chukotka people, who also hunted (hunt?) the Grey whale used (use?) the AK47 assault rifle, and were known to have pumped over 500 rounds into a single whale, which still lingered for a long dying-time. The Makah used a .50-calibre rifle, and still needed multiple rounds. And under the conditions (see the video below), for the shooter to claim any accuracy is a lie and a joke.



An environmentalist argues that no one, neither Norwegian nor Makah, has the right to kill any of this intelligent species, whether it be for commercial or ceremonial reasons

The Vancouver Sun
Date: Fri 09 Oct 1998
Edition: Final
Section/Category: Editorial

by Anthony Marr

I respect aboriginal rights, but I respect even more the right of the whales to live, and live in peace and harmony with humans.

Grey whales annually migrating up and down the North American coast, as well as those that live in our waters, have been living in peace and harmony with humans for more than 70 years.

They’ve come to enjoy human company and allow us the privilege of touching them. Whales and dolphins have been documented as saving drowning humans.

I have no doubt that whales are not only sentient but intelligent. Even small cetaceans like dolphins have brains larger and more convoluted than our own. They have sophisticated social and behaviour patterns, complex languages and even distinct dialects. The songs of the humpback change from year to year.

The Japanese and Norwegians are strong backers of the Makah’s “right” to kill whales. They have given at least $10,000 US for the Makah’s whaling campaign.

These pirate whaling nations are not acting out of interest in the Makah as a people or respect for aboriginal rights. They are using them as a can opener to restart whaling for “cultural need.” Once the Makah succeed in taking their first whale, the Japanese and Norwegians can then claim the right to whale for “cultural needs” of their own.

Tom Happynook, a Makah relative and figurehead of the World Council of Whalers, says the Japanese are justified in continuing to kill whales and dolphins for so-called “scientific” reasons in the face of a global whaling ban. Maybe he can tell me how much science is involved in consuming a plate of whale sushi.

Perhaps the Makah whalers are not aware that they are being used as pawns in a high-stakes global game, or perhaps they don’t care. They claim no commercial interest, but before engaging their current public relations team, they said that each grey whale would bring them in excess of half a million dollars US.

The Makah whalers-to-be also say, “It’s not a hunt, but a gift from the ocean.”

I would accept this if it refers to a group of whales that beached themselves in spite of human efforts to return them to the sea. But for people to go out and kill them by a means more cruel than the explosive-tipped harpoon is sheer pillage and murder.

The proposed “traditional hunt” involves the use of a steel-headed harpoon first– to satisfy the “ceremonial” clause within permit parameters — then a .50-calibre, anti-tank gun to finish the job.

In the Makah Manifesto published in a Seattle newspaper, the whalers assert that death will be instantaneous. But the Russian Chukotka native band, using similar methods and weapons, has been known to fire more than 500 rounds into whales that still take up to two hours to die.

This brings forth the issue of what Canadian authorities would and should do if a wounded whale enters Canadian waters. The policy is to allow hunters to pursue wounded whales to finish them off, which is tantamount to welcoming an assailant to enter your house to finish off a wounded friend who came for protection.

The whalers charge anti-whalers of being racists whose agenda is to put their cultural tradition into a museum. The opposite is true. Living traditions evolve with the times. It is they who are sticking with the treaty of 1855, signed when whales were thought to be fish, and before Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published.

Although it was as late as the 1950s that orcas were still shot on sight, we have evolved since then. Today, we would be appalled if orcas were fired upon. Why then should grey whale shooting be condoned?

As a Chinese-Canadian, tradition to me is not sacred. It often stands in the way of human intellectual and spiritual evolution. As the campaign director of the BET’R campaign, the first thing I did was to challenge the Chinese tradition of using bear gall bladders and tiger bone for medicine.

I urge everyone to examine their traditions and shed those elements that are no longer consistent with today’s environmental and humane principles. I ask those within the aboriginal communities to follow the lead of the Makah’s Alberta Thompson and voluntarily forego the whale-killing as a treaty right.

Finally, I must make one thing clear. I am against killing whales, period. Even one whale killed is one too many, for any reason, by anyone, be they Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, or Makah.

by Anthony Marr






The Vancouver Sun
by Craig McInnes and Doug Ward

[S.I.S.I.S. note: The following mainstream news article may contain biased or distorted information and may be missing pertinent facts and/or context. It is provided for reference only.]

VICTORIA — B.C. will not sign any treaty with native Indian bands that includes the right to hunt whales, Premier Glen Clark declared Monday after the Makah tribe of Washington state made their first kill. Clark said whaling falls under federal jurisdiction, but it would be “outrageous” if a band were to be allowed to kill a whale.

The Makah killed a grey whale Monday morning, first harpooning it, causing the mammal to dive, then firing at least two shots into it at close range from .50-calibre rifles when it resurfaced several minutes later.

Two B.C. coastal native groups have claimed a hereditary right to hunt whales.

“We will use whatever leverage we have at the bargaining table and the treaties to ensure that there is no whale hunt in British Columbia.” Clark said he was repulsed by the killing of the whale Monday, a reaction he believes most people will share.

But Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gordon Wilson was less certain that B.C. natives could be prevented from whaling. “It may well be that the rights that they have under Sparrow with respect to salmon may have similar application to harvesting of whales. That’s something we have to look at,” Wilson said. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1984 that Reginald Sparrow, a member of the Musqueam band, had an aboriginal right to fish for salmon that superceded the right of the federal government to regulate the fishery.

Wilson said the current position is to refuse to approve any treaty that includes whaling, but if natives go to court to establish a right to hunt whales, that could change. “One obviously has to respect the law, but it’s purely hypothetical at this point.” He stressed that no band claiming a hereditary right to hunt whales has yet brought the issue to the treaty table. “Our view is that they don’t, they’re going to have to prove that they do and if they choose to pursue it, I guess they’ll have to do so in the courts,” Wilson said.

Liberal leader Gordon Campbell called the whale kill “an appalling, senseless, wasteful, disgraceful act.”

“I certainly don’t want it happening in British Columbia for any purpose, whether it’s commercial or ceremonial or customary.” Campbell said he had legal advice that natives do not have an aboriginal right to hunt whales. “I think it’s a brutal and archaic practice. I think that it should be stopped.”

Clark’s remarks were criticized by Nelson Keitlah, co-chair of the Nu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, which represents 13 bands on the central and north coast of western Vancouver Island and wants to negotiate whaling rights in its treaties. “Colonialism hasn’t really left us, has it?” said Keitlah. “He [Clark] is saying what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat.”

Keitlah also said that it was improper for the premier to determine which issues will be on the bargaining table in the Nu-Chah-Nulth treaty talks.

“We are in treaty negotiations and that is one of the issues that will be there. It’s not on the table. But upon our insistence it will be.”

Keitlah said that whaling is important to his people for food but also for cultural reasons. “It’s part of reaching for that epic where capturing a whale is the ultimate for any of our hunters.” Keitlah said that members of his band are proud of the whale killing carried out by the Makah. “This is a historic day for our people. We want to send our congratulations to the Makah nation. It’s been 70-80 years since it was last done.”

Keitlah, who is based in Port Alberni, said it was whaling by white men that seriously reduced whale stocks — not whaling by native people.

“We had nothing to do with their [the whales’] demise. But all of a sudden people are upset when we want to take one.”

The Ditidaht and Pacheedaht bands, located about 120 kilometres northwest of Victoria, also have significant cultural ties to whaling.

Anthony Marr of the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee, said the anti-whaling campaign is not aimed at aboriginal rights. “We are not pointing fingers at the native people. We are just against whaling.” Marr said it was “ludicrous” to describe Monday’s whale killing as a revival of tradition. “How traditional is a power boat, or a .50-calibre gun?”

Marr said that the Makah’s whale hunt has little to do with the band’s food needs. “It’s something they’ve chosen as a vehicle to assert themselves as a self-determined people.

“If they want to do that — all power to them. But if they do it at the expense of a whale, they should first of all consider the self-determination of the whales.”

The whale kill was also attacked by animal-rights activist Peter Hamilton of the Vancouver-based Lifeforce. “Anyone who enjoys subjecting an intelligent, sentient whale to an agonizing, slow death is a bloodthirsty savage,” said Hamilton. “I don’t know how these whale murderers can live with themselves.”

They shot the whale multiple times with a .50-calibre military rifle, towed the whale back by power boat, then switched back to the canoe in the last couple of hundred yards – amazing demonstration of their great “tradition”. They couldn’t even bother to tough it out by canoe as their ancestors did. I called them “lazy”; they called me “racist”.

A hero’s welcome to a bunch of cowards

Open letter to the President and Vice President of the United States of America

Dear President of the United States of America:

On February 11, 1997, you wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress citing Canada as having “conducted whaling activities that diminish the effectiveness of a conservation program of the International Whaling Commission”, regarding the granting of whaling licences to the Canadian Inuits without IWC approval. We as Canadians take your point well, and pledge to pursue the matter with our government. This letter, however, concerns the killing of a Grey whale by your own Makah tribe.

In the same letter to Congress, you also wrote: “I understand the importance of maintaining traditional native cultures, and I support aboriginal whaling that is managed through the IWC.” On this, we beg to differ, and hope that you will reevaluate the basic philosophy behind this statement.

First, we question the word “traditional”. Obviously this is a key word distinguishing aboriginal whaling from non-aboriginal whaling, and must itself therefore be clearly defined. In particular, should traditional whaling employ definitely non-traditional equipment such as motorized watercraft and armour piercing firearms? We believe that the vast majority of Americans and Canadians would say a resounding “NO!”

More basically, and especially applicable to the Makah, is the question of traditional need, namely food, clothing and fuel. The Makah have done without whale-derived food, clothing and fuel for over seven decades. High on their list of reasons is to use the killing of whales to solve their people’s alcohol and drug abuse problems. Kindly show us the traditionality of this reason.

Even more basic than this is whether all elements of traditional aboriginal culture are to be held sacrosanct. If so, then even slavery should be revived. If not, then why should killing whales be so unquestionably honoured?

Ultimately, we believe that as civilization advances on to a new millennium, killing sentient, intelligent, peaceful and trusting creatures like whales and dolphins can no longer be justified, for any reason, by anyone, be they Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, American (Makah), or, yes, Canadian (Inuit). This means that within or beyond IWC parameters, whaling must end.

We ask you to please re-examine the basis of your thinking, which the vast majority of your citizens, judging by their overwhelming opposition to the hunt, obviously have done.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Marr

International approval lacking for whale hunt now under way
Times Colonist (Victoria) Tue 25 Apr 2000
by Anthony Marr

Contrary to popular belief, the Makah do not have the approval of the International Whaling Commission to hunt grey whales, and therefore their whale hunt is illegal.

In 1998, Dr. Ray Gambell, secretary of the International Whaling Commission, said, “The IWC has specifically not passed a judgment on recognizing or otherwise the claim by the Makah Tribe, since the member nations were clearly unable to agree.”

The Australian delegation said, “The Australian delegation made it clear that it accepted the Chukotka Natives’ request and claim that they clearly met the requirements … whereas the request and claim of the Makah people did not. This view was endorsed explicitly by a clear majority of the delegations. After a lapse of some 71 years of whale hunting by the Makah … the requirements of the amendment are not met, nor have they been met on cultural grounds.”

And on the United States’ claim that the commission has adopted a quota that allows a five year aboriginal subsistence hunt by the Makah, “The Australian delegation explicitly rejects these claims as false and giving an entirely erroneous interpretation.”

To qualify for subsistence whaling, continuance is a crucial
factor, which Makah whaling clearly does not have. The IWC has not changed its position.

Please spare me.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)

[ON MY WAR PATH – 013 – Saving Tigers in India 03]

[ON MY WAR PATH – 013 – Saving Tigers in India 03]


My third trip to India, in 1999, was in a way the most memorable of the three. Due to the 20-country exposure by Champions of The Wild, Bandhavgarh National Park, and to a lesser extent Kanha National Park, received global attention, and I was given the hero’s welcome at both tiger reserves, with great fanfare, by the villagers as well as the park officials.


The officials at Bandhavgarh organized two events in my honor. First was an informal film night where, under the stars and the towering trees, we showed the Champion of the Bengal Tiger on a large white wall, after which Faiyaz and I gave our bilingual slideshow. The square was jammed full of villagers and officials alike, while the surrounding landscape was alive with fireflies. I would have loved to hear the distant roar of a tiger, but all was quiet on the eastern front.


The second event was a formal tiger conference, where I was honored as the keynote speaker.


The chieftains of well over 60 villages participated, over 40 of whom signed up for a solar cooking and biogas program. The purpose was to reduce and eventually eliminate wood-cutting for fuel and alleviate deforestation.


Anti-poaching is of course always on the agenda.

Speaking of which, my visit at Bandhavgarh did not open on a positive note. Upon my arrival at the tiger reserve, I and my volunteers Anne, Kim, Christopher and Chris were greeted by a mournful and even tearful park staff. The tigress Sita, whom all loved, had been killed by a poacher, and two of her cubs had also disappeared. Charger was still there, but we had begun to greatly fear for his safety.

Upon my return to Kanha, I was again surrounded by village children, and I took small groups of them into the park as often as I could, and played soccer with them maybe once a week.


I also spent about 3 weeks lecture-touring urban India, including New Delhi, Jaipur and Jabalpur, and everywhere I went, I was treated with a welcome so effusive it was unmatched by any I have received from elsewhere in the world. I mean, it wasn’t every day that some long-haired, alien-looking, Chinglish-speaking, army-boots-wearing “Champion of Tigers” come sauntering into their school inciting the kids to animal rights activism.



Formation of another tiger club

In a country like India, it is easy to reach millions in one go. While in New Delhi, on February 14, we organized the Love The Tiger Walk, in which some 2000 people participarted.



Would you believe that 50 newspapers attended the event, including the monumental Times of India and the colossal Hindu Times? 30 newspapers covered a media conference inside our 50′ inflatable tiger in Jaipur. Likewise the Bandhavgarh tiger conference. This trip could have spread the word to 10 million people, maybe even 100 million.

1999-02 Travel Talk magazine, India TT Bureau
[Save the Tiger campaign]
“… ‘A conscious effort has to be made to make the villagers aware of the hazards of deforestation, overgrazing and poaching, and their consequences on the whole ecological balance,’ said Marr.
“His Save-the-Tiger campaign has introduced new eco-friendly techniques for resource conservation, like solar cooking devices and biogas to wean the villagers from their dependence on wood-fuel…
“Marr also feels that the entry fee to the Indian wildlife sanctuaries should be raised manifold to benefit the locals of the area and also to maintain the reserves…”

1999-02-12-5 The Hindu, national, India
[Need to protect tigers stressed]
“… Mr. Marr, who is of Chinese extraction, is apologetic about the role of his country of origin in making the tiger a haunted animal… The Chinese make medicines out of tiger parts and, in the process, import as many as 300 dead tigers from India and Russia a year…
“Owning up to his birth country is the penitent Mr. Marr when he says that he is paying the penalty for his countrymen by campaigning (against the Chinese tradition)…
“… In the Pink City (Jaipur), Mr. Marr lectured to 2500 school children in three schools. In Delhi, he had a captive audience of children in 10 schools. He is convinced that children are India’s hope for its national animals the tiger…”

1999-02-14-7 The Asian Age, India
[Tiger walk today to save wild cats]
“… According to official estimates… tiger numbers have dwindled from 3,750 in 1993 to 3,000 in 1997. After the initial success of Project Tiger, the 90s have seen a drastic fall in tiger numbers. The tiger population in reserves around the country stands at 1,333 in 1995…”

1999-02-15-1 The Statesman, India
[A valentine for the big cat]
“An unusual ‘Valentine Day’ message was displayed by tiger enthusiasts in the Capital who went on a brisk march from Delhi Zoo to the head quarters of Project Tiger at Bikaner House, to spread the message of conservation.
“Children and adults held up banners for the ‘Love Tiger Walk’… (Organizers) pointed out that the largest cat n the world today has a mortality rate of two per day in the world and one per day in India alone.
“‘Especially as a tigress does not have another litter till her young can support themselves, ‘it is so much necessary to support the ones which are alive, as they do not breed rapidly like other species,’ said a child who participated in the march.
“A video show, an inflatable tiger blimp and presentations by eminent conservationists were some of the features of the march, which was supported (in part) by the WCWC.”

1999-02-15-1 The Indian Express, India
[Tiger, tiger burning bright]
“A tiger balloon at the Love the Tiger Walk at the Delhi Zoo on Sunday…”

1999-02-15-1 The Hindu, national, India
[Valentines tiger lovers]
“… A team comprising Mr. Anthony Marr, campaign director of WCWC… has been making slide presentations, holding video shows and having interactions inside a 50-feet inflatable tiger balloon…
“They have been received with great enthusiasm by more than 5,000 students of various age groups. Painting competitions and slogan contests have also been organized as part of the campaign…”

1999-02-15-1 The Pioneer, national, India
[‘Save Tiger’ walk]
“Wildlife lovers walked through the busy streets of the national Capital on Valentine’s Day on Sunday to show their love for the tiger, which faces the threat of extinction…”

1999-02-15-1 The Hindustan Times, national, India
[Save the tiger]
“A 50-foor balloon tiger at the National Zoological Park to generate awareness among the masses for the conservation of the tiger…”

1999-02-16-2 Delhi Times, The Times of India, national
[He is no ordinary tiger]
“They sit inside it and discuss its decimation from the face of the planet. It’s 50-foot long and 12-foot high and is made of parachute material that can inflate. Striped bright yellow and black, this tiger was (brought to India) by WCWC for a Save-the-Tiger campaign to generate awareness on tiger conservation amongst school children…”

1999-03-18-4 The Hitavada (“The oldest and largest circulated English daily in Central India”)
[Save tigers from extinction: Marr – Great mission: Anthony Marr educating children about protecting the majestic and beautiful tiger]
“… Mr. Marr who is tirelessly working in India… said that the tiger is the greatest national treasure of India, but even more so, it is a global treasure that is revered the world over. ‘Though it belongs to no individual, its loss would impoverish us all.’…
“… Mr. Marr said that the Royal Bengal tiger might look the most secure of all remain subspecies, but in truth, it is no more secure that the last carriage of a crashing train…
“Currently, Mr. Marr, along with (Canadian volunteer Anne Wittman) and… (Indian conservationist) Faiyaz Khudsar are battling to educate the people living around the Kanha (Tiger Reserve)…”

1999-05-10-1 The Vancouver Sun by Alex Strachan
[Rupert’s Land, Discovery shows win early Leos]
“… In television awards, Andrew Gardner won best writing in an informational series for a segment of Champions of the Wild featuring conservationist Anthony Marr and his efforts to draw attention to the plight of India’s Bengal tiger. Champion’s cinematographer Rudolf Kovanic was also cited for a segment about elephants…”

1999-6 TigerLink, India, global
[Love the Tiger Walk, Delhi]
“…The participants chanted slogans and sang a tiger conservation song lead by Mr. Anthony Marr, Tiger Campaign Director, WCWC…
“At Bikaner House the gathering was addressed by Mr. P.K. Sen, Director of Project Tiger, Mr. S.C. Sharma, Addl. Inspector General Forests (Wildlife), Angarika Guha, Class III student from Sri Ram Public School, Mr. Anthony Marr and Mr. Pradeep Sankhala, Chairman of Tiger Trust…”

1999-06-02-3 The Daily New, Nanaimo, BC by Valerie Wilson
[Students learn plight of the tiger]
“… Anthony Marr… warns tigers are disappearing at al alarming rate. He is in Nanaimo this week to ask area school children to save the tiger from extinction.
“‘Your voice is important and you must speak out,’ Marr told students of Uplands Park Elementary Tuesday. ‘You are very powerful if you want to make some changes in the world.’
“Marr has been back in BC for about a month, after a 10 week working stint at tiger reserves in India. He brought home with him a breath-taking slideshow of the country’s landscape, tree and plant life, birds and animal life, and of course, photographs of the tiger he viewed at India’s Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambhore tiger reserves.
“‘A question I am asked often by adults is there are no tigers in Canada, so why should we be bothered.,’ Marr told student.
“‘Very simply. The tiger is one of most beautiful animals in the world. If it becomes extinct, our world would be much less beautiful place. We all lose.’..”

1999-06-07-1 Nanaimo News Bulletin by Erin Fletcher
[A tale of 4,000 tigers]
“Children hold the key to the survival of the endangered tiger, says tiger conservationist Anthony Marr…
“To spread the word about the plight of tigers, Marr was visiting Nanaimo schools last week with a slideshow presentation, video, and a discussion in the hopes to stimulate an interest in tiger preservation among local youth.
“Marr has been involved with tiger conservation since 1994. His passion takes him into the depths of India where he works to educate and promote the preservation of tigers…”

1999-06-10-4 Nanaimo News Bulletin by John Kimatas
[Chamber picks city’s top citizens]
“… Having won a scholarship this year, (Madeline) Hargrave says she’ll probably study at Malaspina University-College for a year. But after hearing Anthony Marr speak at a Global Watch function about the plight of tigers in India, she’s considering traveling to India to help him save the tiger.
“Otherwise, she is unencumbered by limitations. ‘I want to do everything,’ she says.”

1999-08-02-1 Associated Press, New York City by Katherine Roth
[Despite tougher laws, tiger bone still widely available in Chinatown]
“… As of Monday, the products were still prominently displayed on the shelves of some pharmacies and grocery stores (in New York City’s Chinatown)…
“‘It’s very popular and is good for people with bad backs,’ a smiling clerk at Kam Man Food Products on Canal Street told shoppers on Monday. ‘I don’t take it, because I don’t have a bad back, but a lot of people do,’ said the man, who declined to give his name or comment further…
“Anthony Marr… said that of the 37 traditional Chinese pharmacies visited in Chinatown recently, nine were openly selling products listing tiger bone as an ingredient. He is calling for stiffer penalties for sellers and importers who break the law…
“But the US Fish and Wildlife Service… says it doesn’t have enough resources to stop the brisk trade…
“‘We have 93 inspectors and 230 special agents for the entire country. They’re stretched pretty thin,’ said Patricia Fischer, a spokeswoman for the agency. ‘The sheer volume of wildlife products coming into this country present a monumental task…’
More than 50,000 over-the-counter tradition Chinese medicines containing, or purporting to contain, tiger bone and parts from other critically endangered species are sold in the United States each year to people of all ages and ethnic groups…”

1999-08-03-2 Daily News, New York City by Laura Seigel
[Tiger bone Rx selling in the city despite ban]
“At a cramped grocery in Chinatown yesterday, a casually dressed man plunked down $3.95 and was handed an alleged arthritis cure – tiger bone bills.
“Anthony Marr, the Chinese-Canadian tiger campaign director of WCWC in Vancouver, said the purchase proved a grim fact that he had traveled to New York to demonstrate:
“The law against selling medicine made from the bones of tigers, an endangered species, is not being enforced.
“‘I’m here in New York to persuade the government to enforce the law,’ said Marr. ‘Tigers will be extinct within 10 years unless things change.’
“A spokeswoman for the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which is responsible for monitoring the sale of tiger bone medicine, conceded the agency could do a better job. ‘But we don’t have the staff,’ Patricia Fisher said. ‘We only have 230 special agents for the entire country.’
“She said the agency has tried to control the sale of tiger bone by teaching Asian communities about endangered species, rather than by enforcing the law without explaining it. ‘This is a tradition in Oriental medicine that goes back centuries,’ Fisher said…”

1999-08-03-2 World Journal (Chinese), global
[The ‘Long March’ of a Chinese-Canadian conservationist]
“… Marr arrived in New York City last Friday. On Saturday, he conducted a reconnaissance of Manhattan’s Chinatown district with some local help. In one sizzling afternoon he investigated 37 medicinal stores, and found at least nine that still openly displayed tiger bone medicines for sale…
“Yesterday, after a brief media conference in which Marr gave a slideshow on tiger conservation, he led the media present to three of the nine stores to perform demonstration live-purchases…’
“Shop keepers interviewed seemed aware of the illicit nature of the product, but said since most tigers in China have been killed off, the tiger bone medicines they sell probably contain no real tiger ingredient…
“The new Rhino and Tiger Product Labeling Act of 1998, however, ban any product claiming to contain tiger or rhino parts, whether or not they actually do…”

1999-08-12-4 Reuters News Agency by Manuela Badawy
[Import of tiger bones a problem in U.S.]
“…’At today’s rate of poaching tigers will be extinct in a decade. Tigers don’t have the time to wait for the Chinese community to change its habit,’ said Marr, who is of Chinese descent and has taken heat from other Asian for his campaign.
“On a recent day, he led journalists to New York’s Chinatown, which has one of the largest concentrations of people with Chinese background in the United State, to buy supposedly banned tiger elixirs.
“At the Golden Spring pharmacy on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan, Marr walked right in and bought a vial of Tiem Ma tiger bone pills for $3.95. Tiem Ma pills, made by Guiyang Chinese medicine factory in China, listed 6.8 percent ground tiger bone as one of its ingredients and claimed to treat rheumatic neuralgia, lassitude of tendon and back pain.
“When journalists and photographers went into the store after Marr purchased the pills, clerks became visibly anxious, removing the pills from the counter and shoved them into a box. They refused to answer journalists’ questions…”

1999-08-21-6 The Toronto Star by Manuela Badawy, Reuters
[A helluva town for tigers]
“… Under the 1998 Rhino and Tiger Products Labeling Act …people caught with these products face a fine of $5,000. Business owners pay $10,000 and/or get six months in jail.
“In comparison, fines for seal penises are $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 and/or one year in jail for business owners.
“Marr says the fines for tiger violations should at least equal that for seal violations, if only because the tiger is critically endangered…”


Vancouver Sun

A Passionate Journey to Save India’s Tigers

By Anthony Marr

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, May 14, 1999 (ENS) – The tigress was sleeping on her side in the undergrowth deep within Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, the self-appointed “tiger state” of India. She was scarcely visible in the dense foliage with her camouflage of brown and white patches and shadowy black stripes. Within tail-flicking distance behind her was a half-eaten carcass of a wild boar. The tigress was not going anywhere, short of angrily bolting in fear of being stepped on by the elephant on which I was ensconced, which was indeed getting a little too close.

She tolerated our intrusion for awhile, but when the elephant ripped a branch off the tree in whose shade she was resting, she finally had enough, rolled on all fours, gave us a chilling glare and emitted a hissing snarl that could not be ignored. I snapped the last of a string of photos and instructed the mahout (elephant driver) to beat a prudent retreat.

It was January this year, during my third expedition to India’s Kanha and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves as Western Canada Wilderness Committee’s (WCWC) tiger conservation program director. The program, with WCWC working in partnership with the Indian conservation group Tiger Trust (TT), is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency at $100,000 per year over three years. WCWC also generates further tiger conservation funds from its own 25,000-strong membership, hundreds of donors, educational outreach slideshows and its annual Save-the-Tiger Walk.

Of the original 100,000 to 150,000 tigers worldwide, only 4,000 to 5,000 remain with only three of the original eight subspecies surviving. The Bali tiger was extinct as of the 1940s, the Caspian tiger died out in the 1970s and the Javan tiger in the 1980s. Of the remaining subspecies, the Indian Royal Bengal tiger has the best chance of survival because there are still about 2,500 remaining compared with 1,000 Indo-Chinese tigers, 300 Siberian tigers, 300 Sumatran tigers and 20 South China tigers.

Wild tigers are dying at the rate of about two each day worldwide due to the dual cause of direct killing and habitat loss. By the same token, about one a day dies in India. At these rates, no wild tiger will be left anywhere in the world within a decade, and the Indian tiger’s security is but that of the last carriage of a crashing train – unless tiger conservation projects everywhere succeed big time, and very quickly. This is what I’m betting on, starting with our Save-the-Tiger Campaign.

In 1973 when Project Tiger was launched, with founder Kailash Sankhala as the first director, tiger trophy-hunting was banned and about 25 tiger reserves were created. Meanwhile, however, consumer countries like Japan, Korea and China continue to demand for more tiger bone and penis to supply their traditional medicine markets, and India’s human and cattle populations continue to sky-rocket – 980 million and 300 million today respectively.

These are the dual causes of tiger decline – habitat loss and direct killing. Direct killing refers to poaching for medicinal bone and penis, but also poisoning by villagers in retaliation for the occasional loss of cattle as tiger prey. Habitat loss encompasses deforestation and overgrazing. Currently, the biological contents of a miniscule three percent of India’s land mass are given any degree of protection, but even these “protected” areas are being eroded by government-condoned mining and logging, and by local villagers in desperate need of firewood for cooking and heating. Especially hard to solve is the overpopulation problem of India’s cattle, caused by their being milk-producers, beasts of burden, and, most importantly, sacred cows.

For each of these problems there are long-term and short-term solutions. The long-term solution is to re-kindle citizen pride in the tiger as a national symbol throughout India and especially to motivate the villagers who live around tiger reserves to become tiger conservationists themselves.

This is easier said than done. While I was there, India was consumed by cricket fever. If Indian tiger conservation could captured but one percent of this enthusiasm, I could retire.

During my two-week stay in urban India, I gave our tiger conservation slideshow, seen by more than 30,000 students in British Columbia, to 3,000 students of ten Delhi and Jaipur schools. The show did generate the same degree of enthusiasm, resulting in ten “tiger clubs,” which I aim to link with environmental clubs in schools in Canada.

What does it take to turn villagers into tiger conservationists? Consider first the villagers. During my eight-week stay in rural India, our WCWC/TT team, made up of TT field worker Faiyaz Khudsar, Vancouver volunteer Anne Wittman and myself, held six hour meetings with the leaders of about 120 villages of the 178 in Kanha’s Buffer Zone. The meetings included discussion, a slideshow and a two hour safari in the park – a place most of them have never seen.

A sub-species of the Swamp deer – the Barasingha (Cervus durauceli branderi) in Kanha National Park.

Their most common concerns are crop plundering by park ungulates especially the cheetal deer and the wild boar, loss of cattle to tiger, insufficient compensation for both, the lack of irrigation, and, last but not least, the lack of financial benefit from the park.

Underneath these external factors is the general undertone of abject poverty that limits the villagers’ mindset to the here and now at the expense of tomorrow into which the path of conservation extends. The key to overcoming these difficulties is actually quite simple: to let long term conservation benefit them today.

One of the key components of this is to introduce alternative
technologies, such as biogas plants and solar cookers, to replace wood as fuel. Bearing in mind that village women currently spend their daylight hours gathering fuelwood from far afield, then walking kilometers back to their villages or to townships to sell their 50 pound headloads for 15 rupees (55 cents) each, they would welcome alternatives that could allow them to stay at home and work on financially more rewarding and more eco-friendly cottage industries.

Our team trekked long distances through thick jungle in Kanha’s Buffer Zone to access remote villages with our demo solar oven on one of our backs. The demo cooker was designed and made in Canada, but units are modified in India so they can be constructed out of local materials. With nine months of solid sunshine a year, India is well suited to this technology. In a multi-village conference at Bandhavgarh where I was one of the speakers, we signed up 23 villages who wished to try out our solar cooker, and further, five villagers signed up to learn to make the cooker on a commercial basis.

To combat the cattle overpopulation and overgrazing problem, we bought a special hybrid Haryanna bull that local people had been hankering for – one whose offspring yield ten times the amount of milk as the usual breeds. We provided it on a trial basis to a village named Chichrunpur on the periphery of Kanha tiger reserve – one of the 22 villages translocated from the Core Area into the Buffer Zone during the creation of the park. The villagers agreed to stall-feed the new bull and his offspring with fodder that can be grown on part of the land or obtained commercially, while gradually retiring the existing low quality stock and neutering all their existing random-bred bulls. After a generation two, the bull will be rotated to another village and another installed in his place. Stall-feeding is important because it frees the land from free-range overgrazing, protects the higher-quality animals from tiger predation, and makes cattle dung readily available for biogas (methane) generation – another alternative fuel technology.

Regarding the tiger reserves, the general sentiment of the villagers is that they are little more than rich peoples’ playgrounds that provide little financial benefit to them save a few jobs in the park service, and worse, produce deer and wild boar that plunder half their crops without adequate compensation from the park authorities. In view of this, we recommended reforming the park system so that the reserves can at least compensate for themselves. Consider this: the world renowned Kruger National Park of South Africa charges $25 US per visit, Uganda charges US$180 for one hour of Mountain gorilla viewing. Neighbouring Nepal’s Chitwan National Park grosses US$800,000 a year. Half goes to improve park services, including anti-poaching, and half goes to a benefit fund managed by the villages themselves, which helps to preserve the park as their benefactor.

In contrast, the Indian tiger reserves charge foreign tourists only US$2.50 for a full day park visit. Indian visitors, mostly wealthy people from other states, pay just 25 cents. We advocate using Chitwan as a model by raising the park fee by a factor of ten for both foreign and out-of-state Indian tourists, while offering local villagers free park access on a limited basis. Half the increased revenue could go to park services which could generate more employment, and half could go to the villages to compensate for crop plundering and finance cottage industry enterprises such as manfacturing solar cookers. This gives the villagers a real control over their own destiny.

The park officials, villagers and tourists we have spoken with at both Kanha and Bandhavgarh by and large wholeheartedly embraced the proposal. We further pointed out that tigers are in fact their benefactors, since they keep the wild ungulate populations down by several thousand a year, and tigers are what tourists from around the world pay the park fee to see.

While at Bandhavgarh, we were dismayed to discovered that the tigress Sita, made world famous by the cover article in the December 1997 issue of National Geographic, had disappeared. Her loss is most likely due to poaching. More than five other tigers out of a supposed population of only 45 have also vanished, all within the last six months. The entire park was in a state of subdued uproar, with fingers pointed in various directions.

Worth more dead than alive

Only yesterday I heard from Faiyaz Khudsar that 10 tiger skins and four tiger skeletons were recently seized in the Kanha District capital Balaghat. Some officials would deny it, but commercial poaching is alive and well at both tiger reserves. The proposed park reform should strengthen their anti-poaching measures.

During our visit, we maintained the medical clinic and free school we installed at the Tiger Trust Conservation Centre at Kanha in 1997. The school and clinic services three nearby villages. In the whole of Kanha’s Buffer Zone there are only four medical clinics including our own, all with similar effective ranges. Of the 178 Buffer Zone villages, no more than a dozen have access to any medical service.

For the rest, we introduce local medicinal plant cultivation and use by means of our demonstration medicinal plant garden. We intend to establish a mobile clinic to benefit more villages in due course. From their perspective we are a foreign adjunct to the park system, and they likely would give some credit to the tiger reserves for any benefit they receive from us.

Finally, we can all learn something from India’s experience. Tiger trophy hunting was not banned until there were fewer than 2,000 tigers left, in spite of which the Indian tiger may still perish. Currently, most independent biologists agree that there may be as few as 4,000 Grizzly bears in British Columbia, regardless of how many more the prohunting BC government claims there are. If we do not ban the Grizzly bear hunt here in our own backyard immediately, our Grizzly bears may go the same way as the highly endangered Indian tiger, or worse, the extinct Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers.

{Anthony Marr is the tiger campaign director for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. His next expedition to India will depart from Vancouver in October or November. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Wilderness Committee at 604-683-8220.}

@ Environment News Service (ENS) 1999. All Rights Reserved.

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)

[ON MY WAR PATH – 012 – Saving Tigers in India 02]

[ON MY WAR PATH – 012 – Saving Tigers in India 02]

After the success of my first Indian trip, CIDA rewarded WCWC with a 3-year program grant at $100,000 a year. The rule had it, as it did the 1997 1-year project grant, that we had to split the grant 40/60 with a “Southern Partner”, and we selected Tiger Trust, founded by the late great tiger preservationist Kailash Sankhala.


In mid-1997, Omni Film Company, producer of the perennial TV documentary series [Champions of The Wild] shown on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Knowledge Network in 20 countries worldwide, which featured one endangered species per episode and the preservationist who championed its survival cause,


contacted me and invited me to be their “Champion of the Bengal Tiger”. At their expense I went on another trip for the purpose of “starring in” the episode. This was one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever taken till then and since.


In December 1997, I flew over to India with Omni Film’s producer Michael Chechik and writer/director Andrew Gardner, with whom I spent about a month at Bandhavgrah National Park, filming tigers, villagers, and me performing various tasks with both.


During this month, I spent a lot of time in the territory of the world famous tiger Charger and the sub-territory of tigress Sita and her 7th litter of cubs. That was the first time I had the chance of getting to know them, and they me. A few times Charged walked right up to the tailgate of the Gypsy, well within touching distance of him.


Charger was so named due to his curious tendency to mock-charge tourist vehicles, then come to a screeching halt within ten feet of the tourists who by then would be screaming in the mushrooming cloud of red dust in Charger’s much more dignified departure.

Composite picture of Charger and Anthony used as promo-pic by Omni-Film.]

Sita, on the other is much more shy and secretive, especially with her new litter of cubs. It took all my patience to get finally the shot of her I wanted, which I consider my best tiger picture ever.


I also did what Andrew Gardner dubbed my “Sermon on The Mound”, which has been “immortalized” in a pic showing it on TV in front of a hallful of school children.


Speaking of children, I had a heart-melting experience that brought me to tears, but after the fact. I was with the film crew, driving past a Kanha village. There were children lining the road chanting “Bagh Cha Cha! Bagh Cha Cha!” Only after I had driven past the village did Faiyaz tell me that “Bagh Cha Cha” meant “Tiger Uncle”.



The rest of the year, I conducted more education outreach, and prepared for my third trip to India in 1999


Bear Hunting Foe Attacked in City

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.”

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 launched his attack.”

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, he says.

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, a 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.


1998-01-31 Sing Tao Daily (Chinese), global
[The next Year of the Tiger may see no more wild tigers]
“… Anthony Marr calls upon all Chinese, Japanese and Korean people around the world to stop using tiger bone, bear gall and rhino horn medicines…”

1998-01-31 Ming Pao Daily (Chinese), global
[Tigers may be extinct within one decade]
“… Anthony Marr speaks out from the Year of the Tiger booth at Aberdeen Centre…”

1998-02-24-2 The News, Parksville – Qualicum Beach, BC
[WCWC’s Bear Man returns to QB]
“Anthony Marr will be in Qualicum Beach next Tuesday, presenting slides of his two recent trips to India…
“Marr has stirred up a media storm…
“Marr will be ‘Champions of the Tiger’ in Omni-Film’s Champions of the Wild series on Discovery Channel this fall…”

1998-02-24-2 Comox Valley Echo
[Saving the Tiger theme for slideshow]
“… Please come out to witness the beauty of these magnificent animals and celebrate the ray of hope that Anthony brings us.”

1998-02- The Free Press, Nanaimo, BC
[“Champion of the Tiger” visits]
“The ‘Champion of the Tiger’ will share his story with Nanaimo…
“The slideshow starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Maffeo-Sutton auditorium… on March 5…”

1998-02-27-5 The Comox Valley Record
[Tigers in danger]
“WCWC hopes all to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger with Anthony Marr…”

1998-03 Technocracy Digest by Bette Hiebert
[The Year of the Tiger – so, why are they killing them?]
“For money, of course…
“Anthony Marr… is on his way to challenge the East Asian destroyers in their lairs, to confront these people who are making millions killing these beautiful cats…
“Mr. Marr believes that if we commit to the Earth our heart and soul, our children may see a new world more compassionate than ever before. We hope he is right, but as long as there is the almighty dollar, there will be no compassion, and our children will see nothing but barren earth…”

1998-04-29 Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, ON by Michael Den Tandt
[RCMP cracks down on trade in endangered animal parts]
“Toronto – The RCMP and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources have taken a bite out of this city’s lucrative trade in endangered animal parts, a move conservationists say is long overdue…
“Asked whether (Viagra) may take some pressure off endangered species, Mr. Marr said… ‘If it doesn’t harm the environment, or any species, and it helps someone’s quality of life, then it’s a private manner.’
“He added, ‘I’ve seen one or two people on TV – and they really vouch for it. Including their wives.”

1998-06-07-7 The Vancouver Courier by Gudrun Will
[Tiger volunteers paint mural to save species]
“On a scalding Wednesday afternoon, underwear clad painters dab tropical sunset colours on the front wall of downtown Davie Street hangout DV8. The artists are creating a tiger mural in preparation for a silent art auction to help save the species.
“… Organizer Tracy Zuber, a tiny 29-year-old in black sports bra and plaid shorts, is a self-professed tiger fanatic. Images of the wild animal cover her apartment walls. ‘They’re the personification of beauty, power and grace. They’re a figurehead of primal life power,’ said Zuber.
“Her preferred felines, however, are also a rapidly dwindling species; little more than 4,000 are left in the wild, and two are killed per day. Zuber was inspired to raise funds to slow down the tiger’s beeline to extinction while participating in the Save-the-Tiger Walk last fall with her daughter Fija. The Year of the Tiger seemed an appropriate time to make an effort, she says……
“… conservationist Anthony Marr will present a slideshow that night…”

1998-09 The Vancouver Sun
[Champions return to Discovery]
“‘It took the tiger 10 million years to evolve to its present state of magnificence,’ says Anthony Marr, ‘but less than one century to fall to the brink of extinction. This, sadly, is the way of humans.’
“The Chinese-born Canadian is featured in the Bengal Tiger of India episode of the award-winning TV documentary series Champions of the Wild, now in its second season on Discovery Channel…
“Each episode highlights the efforts of a particular conservationist, from Clark Lungren’s work in the Nazinga Game Reserve, airing October 5, to Marr’s multi-faceted campaign to protect the tiger on October 12…
“Champions of the Wild was produced by Omni Film Productions, in association with the National Film Board, BC Film, and the Discovery Channel, with the participation of Telefilm and the Cable Production Fund.”

1998-10-11-7 The Province, Vancouver by Jonathan McDonald
[Species run for their lives]
“Premier – Champions of the Wild – Mondays at 6 and 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel.
“… this 13-part series is only partly about the animals who are running for their lives. It’s mainly about the people – Canadians by and large – who are doing whatever they can to reverse increasingly hopeless situations.
“‘It’s vital,’ says Anthony Marr, a Vancouverite who heads the Tigers Forever campaign and is the subject of ‘Bengal Tigers of India’, which premiers Monday night on Discovery Channel. ‘The tiger is an icon of wildlife conservation. It is one of the world’s most admired and also most endangered animals. If it falls extinct, the whole global conservation effort will lose steam, and the world will lose an immeasurable amount of beauty.’
“Marr is not kidding. Seeing the Bengal tiger sleep, prowl and hunt is wondrous. Seeing the work of poachers – tiger skins and medicines – is no less than horrifying and offensive. And seeing Marr sit down in an Indian village to tell the children about the beauty of the tiger – an animal, he urges, that deserves to be on Earth – is the perfect reflection of Canadians’ work around the globe.
“‘They’re extremely dedicated,’ says Chris Bruyere, Champion’s producer… ‘Often, these are people who don’t believe there’s such a thing as fighting a losing battle.’…

1998-10-11-7 Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global
[Chinese campaigner saving 4,000 remaining wild tigers]
“The WCWC set up booth at the Vancouver Public Library Saturday to publicize tiger conservation, and will lead the Save-the-Tiger Walk at Stanley Park next Saturday…
“Anthony Marr says that of the original 8 subspecies of tigers, only 5 remain, totaling no more than 4 or 5 thousand, of which two die daily to poaching and other causes. At this rate, there will be no tigers left to celebrate the next Year of the Tiger…”

1998-10-18-7 Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global
[100 walk to save 4,000 tigers]
“… Last year’s Save-the-Tiger Walk brought out 2,000 people and raised almost $20,000 for tiger conservation. Unfortunately, this year’s Walk picked the worse possible time weatherwise. Only 100 people showed up to brave the heavy rain and high winds…”

1998-11-07 Toronto Sun by Michael Clement
[Animal Parts illegally sold here: activist]
“A west-coast wildlife activist alleges he purchased three bottles containing parts of endangered species, being sold illegally in a store in Toronto’s Chinatown yesterday…
“Marr asked reporters to accompany him to the Po Chi Tong Chinese pharmacy on Dundas St. W. yesterday where he purchased the three bottles. The bottles of pills purportedly contained bear gall bladder secretion, possibly from the endangered Asiatic Black bear, secretions from the musk gland of the endangered Musk Deer, and tiger bone, possibly from the endangered Bengal or Siberian Tiger, Marr said.
“‘Internationally, endangered species are totally forbidden to be traded, alive or dead, in whole or part,’ he said, adding that in June 1996 Ottawa enacted laws ‘forbidding the sale of anything containing endangered species parts.’
“‘The point of this exercise is to prove that the law is not being effectively enforced.’…”

1998-11-26-4 Nelson Daily News by Bob Hall
[Kids in the tiger’s grasp]
“Anthony Marr… is touring area schools this week promoting the Save-the-Tiger campaign. With the help of the Nelson Youth Environmental group who put on a play of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax followed by Marr’s slideshow… Wednesday morning, Marr talked to Hume Elementary School students in front of a 12 foot high, 50 feet long inflatable tiger prop. To bring further attention to the issue there will be a Save-the-Tiger Walk-a-thon this Saturday at Lakeside Park starting at 11 a.m. For more information contact the Nelson Eco-Centre.”

1998-12-02-3 Trail Daily News by Lana Rodlie
[WCWC shares extinction fears with area students]
“… Bring the message about diminishing tigers to area schools, Anthony Marr is hoping to save the tiger, one child at a time…
“Pointing out how every living thing affect the life of something else, he asked the children, ‘How many cows do you think live in India?’
“Would you believe 350 million?
“Cows eat grass. Deer eat grass. Tigers eat deer. If the cows eat up all the grass, what do you think will happen to the deer, and the tiger?…
“‘Still, if you go into an Indian national park, you’re not allowed to touch anything, take anything, not even pick a blade of grass. But would you believe in a BC park, you are allowed to kill grizzly bears?’”


Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)