SELLING ALASKA BACK TO RUSSIA?


SELLING ALASKA BACK TO RUSSIA?

If you are verging on bankruptcy and your house is threatened with foreclosure, but you have a clear-title Ferrari, you sell the Ferrari to keep up your mortgage payments. This is just what the US might eventually have to do.

There might just come a day when the US cannot raise the debt ceiling another inch, and cannot borrow another billion dollars, while the GOP continues to refuses raising taxes on those making more than $250,000. How will the government continue to issue food stamps or pay the seniors and veterans their due? How about selling the Statue of Liberty to France? Or Alaska back to Russia? Or the Yellowstone National Park to Germany? Or the state of Washington to Canada? Or, better yet, the entire electric grid to China? – to prevent a total economic collapse.

This is not pure speculation. It is exactly what Greece has been forced by her financial overlords to do, so as to stay liquid and solvent – temporarily – by selling off her public assets and privatizing her infrastructure. Thus, the big banks get more and more bloated, while Greece becomes daily impoverished.

Back on the personal level, the little guy, even one in the Middle Class, or a farmer, has been victim to Big Banks in a deliberate scheme where by the banks make loans they know the debtor will under certain foreseeable circumstances default, e.g. when a drought hits the farm, when they will foreclose and claim the property for themselves. Thus, the super-rich gets super-richer, and the little guy falls from the Middle Class or the farm to join the food line.

Financial Oligarchy at its finest!

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
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Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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“… UNSUSTAINABLE FISCAL PATH…” – GOA


“… unsustainable fiscal path…” – GOA

On January 17, the Government Accountability Office released a report, with the line “… absent policy changes – the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path… the dollar will collapse…”A talk show host observed, “… Most Americans are not willing to listen. Even worse, many are not even smart enough to listen…”

Let me acquit myself here. I’m normally not a fan of this talk show host nor those of his ilk. But on this point, he is bang on. This transcends left and right. The consequences will impact everybody in America. And not just Americans, but Canadians, Europeans, and others currently under the U.S. influence.

What does the collapse of the dollar mean? It means that your savings may amount to a fraction of their previous worth, and the dollars in your pocket won’t be worth much more than the paper they are printed on, which also means that a gallon of gas may cost $40 rather than $4, which in turn means that the transportation system may grind to a halt.

One thing I do disagree with the report and the talk show host. They advocate a gross reduction of government spending alone. Although this is important, it is only one side of the coin. An increase of revenue is just as important. To raise taxes on only the top 2% making more than $450,000, while those making $390,000 per year can continue to live in luxury, simply won’t cut it. If/when the economy falls, they too will fall, and fall the hardest.

But one thing is for certain. This has now hit the mainstream media. There is no place for it to hide.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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SELF-DEFENCE FOR S.H.T.F.


Self-Defence for S.H.T.F.

Kath Worsfold: I live in New Zealand, where the police do not carry guns (we have a special “armed offenders squad” that is sent out for worst case scenarios). Most people do not have guns, except for a minority who have them for hunting. / Do you think it’s possible for middle aged people who live out in the sticks to learn enough martial arts to protect themselves when the collapse comes? Or, should we just resign ourselves to our (violent) fate?

Anthony Marr: Hi Kath, for the people in the US where 1/4-1/3 of the population have guns, and even in Canada where, as in NZ, most normally don’t, it is inconceivable for police to not carry firearms. In the US, things have gone so far that the last development is the MILITARIZATION of police, starting with arming them not just with pistols, but with assault weapons, and even so, they might still be no match for the armed gangs infesting cities like Chicago (100,000 gang members), Detroit (official warning: “Enter at your own risk!”) and LA, much less in an SHTF-type situation where it would everybody-for-himself, gang-members or non-gang-members, armed or unarmed.

I’m not sure how bad things could get for NZ in a national and global economic collapse scenario. But if it is anything like what could happen in the US, and what did happen in Argentina in 2001, it is wise to take some precautions just in case. Since I’m not too familiar with the sociology of NZ, I could exemplify with the US, and you could make adjustments accordingly, the major difference being the absence or prevalence of “civil” weaponry.

In the short run, everything rests upon the stability of the economy, and in the long run, on the integrity of the ecology. Regarding the economy, it depends primarily on whether or not there will be hyperinflation. In a hyperinflational scenario, prices could double in a matter of days, and in severe cases, a matter of hours. If food is still available, a loaf of bread could cost 10 time as much, next week, and that is the good part. The bad part is if fuel prices increase drastically, in which case the transportation system could grind to a halt, nationally and even internationally. Check your local supermarkets and note which items, be it food, drugs or other basic necessities, are imported from overseas or trucked in from other parts of the country. These are what people would have to do without. Consider the social ramifications of hurricane Sandy and stretch it our over months if not years, and you will get some idea as to how chaotic things could get.

Whether or not society would turn violent and chaotic depends on the degree of desperation regarding water, food, fuel, drugs and electricity. Hyperinflation, if it happens, would be sudden and fast. If transportation is halted, things could run out within a week, be it via orderly purchase or looting. Google “Argentina riots 2001” and take some hints from history.

As borne out by Sandy, most people have no more food than about 3 days’ worth. For yourself, I would recommend to have enough non-perishable food – canned or dried (esp. rice and beans) – to last for at least 3 months.

As for self-defence, I do believe that martial arts is a fundamental element. To say the least it gives you an air on confidence (not cockiness) which in it itself is a front line deterrent. There are techniques that people of any age can acquire within weeks, and master with practice. Beyond this, I would say that ones means of defence should match the means of any home-invaders’ means of offence. If you have family animals, keep them safe!

In the US, the average home invaders if/when the SHTF won’t be mom-and-dad-with-children-in-tow, who would come begging, but hungry hordes or organized gangs, likely armed, combing the neighbourhood for their next meal, so some form of communal defence is an element of basic security.

Martial-arts-wise, not meaning to make it look impossible, but here is a 4 minute video showing how incredibly potent it could be. 🙂

Also, by all means see my blogs on collapse (September) in:
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.AnthonyMarr13.wordpress.com

Take care and good luck!

THE LETHAL 4TH DEGREE


 

 
I’m not talking about any Gung Fu Black Belt here, but something infinitely more devastating. 

As recently as 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected a global temperature rise of 2 degrees C (3.2 degrees F) by century’s end, and the world just shrugged and carried on business as usual. Now, we’re talking about 6-7 C (9.6-11.4 F) perhaps as soon as 2050, or even sooner, and at this still without taking the Methane Time Bomb into serious account. And the world still shrugs, saying, “Leave it to our grand-kids.”

But to reach 6-7C/9.6-11.4F, we have to first cross 4C/6.4F, perhaps by 2030, or sooner, and by then it would have been game over.

Why 4C/6.4 F? It is the threshold beyond which all phytoplankton in the ocean will die off, and most land plants will shut down. These two groups share the vital task of oxygen regeneration, so when they collapse, we can begin to count our remaining breaths. 

Plus, the phytoplankton is the foundation of the marine food pyramid. If/when it gets wiped out, so will all the fish and marine mammals.

The way we are going, perhaps we should begin to count our remaining breaths now.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) 
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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AMMUNITION EXHAUSTION


 

I suggest that you perform a simple social experiment. Go to any place where ammunition is sold, and check it out first hand. What you will see, guaranteed, are empty shelves. The early birds have taken all the worms, and no more “worms” will be forthcoming any time soon.

Let me first make one point clear. I am not pro-gun, but I am pro-self-defense in times of social chaos. 

Self-defense means different things to different cultures. In Canada, it means the martial arts; in America, it means guns. And in America, you will likely be needing some means of self-defense in the not too distant future.

Back in September, I published my [Economic/Social Collapse Trilogy], in which I stressed the necessity for self-defense. Now, I am still talking about it, but with a greater sense of urgency. The time frame according to most directly addressing this issue outside of mainstream media is 2013-2015. A very few project the national-debt-mounting trend to upwards of $20 trillion by the year 2020, but this is purely speculative extrapolation. I doubt this can happen, not that the borrowing and paper-money printing won’t keep on business as usual, but that the already top-heavy house of cards will have collapsed way before then.

A few friends have taken my care-based advice and begun to procure some means of self-defense. For those who have not, it might now be tough to catch up.

Whether you take self-defense seriously or not, it will pay for you to keep your fingers on the pulse of society. On the basis of research alone, I have taken weekly surveys of the ammunition shelves of Walmart, Big-5 and Yeager’s. As late as September 2012, the shelves were still fully stocked; ammunition of all calibres were still plentiful. By October and November (but well before the Connecticut school shooting and therefore had nothing to do with gun control), most popular calibre ammo, e.g. .22lr, .223 and 9mm, had become hard to come by. As of early December and especially now, empty shelves have become by and large the norm. All .22lr ammunition, for example, have long been sold out. Demand has overwhelmed supply by horizons. Restocking is nowhere in sight. Any new shipment is gobbled up within hours if not minutes. Waiting lists have become so long that they have been cut off. The waiting period is now measured in months, possibly more time than we have left. Anyone scrambling to procure ammunition now is S.O.L.

I’m not talking particularly about weaponry here. I’m talking about the surging seriousness with which more and more people are taking the probability and potential imminence of the economic/social collapse on which I blogged four months ago.

If you have not yet read the Trilogy and want to read it now, plus the blog titled [The Coming Cat-Dog Holocaust] written for AR people, please look it up in my blogsites:

http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth,blogspot.com and
http://www.AnthonyMarr13.wordpress,com

Good luck.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) 
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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A CANADIAN’S VIEW ON AMERICAN GUN OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL


 

[A Canadian’s view on American gun ownership and control] 

My esteemed friend Christine Dudley-Chrysler, who will be running for governorship in Arizona, asked for my input on the much discussed gun control. Here are some of my thoughts:

Americans often see us Canadians as softies and pacifists. Except for soldiers, policemen, gangsters and hunters, practically no one owns a gun. We, i.e. most Canadians, don’t want it, think about it, talk about it, much less brag about it. We believe that our society has been civil, peaceful and secure, and always will be. We believe that police will serve and protect, and the military comprises defenders and peace-keepers. In the entertainment industry, movies like [Death Wish] would never be Canadian made, simply because the average Joe Canadian is not equipped to execute such a story, nor movies about the gun-slinging Wild West, since we simply do not have such a history. Ironically, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – the most aggressive of animal-defence organization bar none, hailed from Canada, but that is another story. 

Conversely, how do we Canadians see Americans? There are of course stereotypes galore, which I’ll refrain from naming, but all in all, they can be summed up melodically by the Burton Cummings song [American Woman], haha! Seriously speaking, however, if and when North America comes under external attack, we expect our neighbour down south, bulging with military might, to keep us out of harm’s way. On the other hand, somewhat self-contradictorily, there exists an undercurrent of fear about an american invasion, not as much by the military as by hordes of desperate armed-to-the-teeth American citizens swarming across the world’s longest undefended border to seize Canadian resources in times of dire need, in which case there is nothing the unarmed Canadians can do but be ransacked, plundered and possibly raped and murdered. 

As for me, being also of Chinese extraction, I have a somewhat unique perspective. Some of you know that I’ve spent a substantial amount of time in the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. As far back as 1987, I conducted a lecture circuit through a number of American universities. Since 2003, I’ve taken 7 Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE-tours), covering 25-40 states in 4-7 months each (with occasional jump-backs across the border to cover Canadian provinces). And since 2011, I’ve spent a sum-total of over half a year in Bellingham, Washington state, as a frequent visitor. So I can claim to have come to know the American people well, at times deeply, and in isolated cases, intimately. My perception of them is both better and worse than that of the average Johnny Canuck, the “better” including personal warmth, social grace, make-yourself-at-home hospitality, and out-of-their-way generosity. Cyber-racism being rampant in the AR movement notwithstanding, on a real-world person-to-person basis, I have never perceived nor received any racial discrimination against my person. The “worse”, I will refrain from listing, but I would not exempt all Canadians from same. In fact, except for the factor of guns, I find it often difficult if not impossible to tell an American from a Canadian, at least not at first glance. And, case in point, even though between a quarter and a third of American civilians own some kind of civil weaponry, and I have received death-threats from my professional adversaries, I’ve never had a gun physically pointed in my direction. One reason could be that most of the Americans with whom I interact are “Animal Rights Activists”, and in spite of their being officially classified as “domestic terrorists”, they are the least likely to have any weapon in their possession. I have also to point out that the only incident in which I was physically assaulted was a fist attack by a hunter, and that was in Canada, not in America.

Still, permeating America is a love affair with guns, be it for weaponry itself, or, hunting aside, out of perceived or real need for self-defence;. And they do have a point. Go into Netflix, the contents of which reflect, define and even influence the social climate, one cannot miss that most of the hardware displayed in the cover pictures are guns. Statistically, the home-invasion, mugging and homicide rates in America, especially in major metropolises, are magnitudes higher than its Canadian counterpart. In some cities, criminal gangs practically run the show. Chicago, for example, has 100,000 assault-weapons-toting gangsters, 20,000 more than the entire population of a mid-sized city like Bellingham, countered by only 200 pistol-armed police officers in the anti-gang unit. Los Angeles of course is well feared as Gangland West, while Detroit openly warns visitors to “enter at your own risk”. Worse, the police forces in many cities that need more protection are being downsized due to the current nation-wide economic crisis. There is much talk about the militarization of police. This could be a reason, though there could be others.

Which brings us to one other factor to consider – the much dreaded social-disintegration-into-anarchy-and-chaos resulting from the not-unreasonably expected Economic Collapse believed by many economists off the beaten track of mainstream media not only to be a matter of mathematical certainty and inevitability, but of imminence, most predicting a time frame of three years maximum, a fair fraction of whom speaking in terms of months. Having studied in sufficient depth the U.S. economic predicament, especially the trillion-dollar annual deficit, the crushing and ever burgeoning national debt, the unstrained and unsustainable mass printing of paper money, and the hegemony of Petrodollar being eroded as world reserve currency, the Dollar is on very shaky ground and hyperinflation could be just around the next corner or two. I myself have been forced by my own logic to give a certain amount of credence to this socio-economic “doomsday” scenario where the Dollar would crash, the transportation system would halt, water, food, medicine, addictive drugs, fuel and electricity would be suddenly beyond reach, and “SHTF” descend upon the land. In such a context, defensive-weapons ownership makes more sense than less, if not all the sense in the world. Were I an American resident, I would not feel a hint of safety without some means of home-protection and self-defence. Neither am I the only person who have reached this unsavoury conclusion. Gun sales since the 2008 mini-collapse, of assault weapons in particular, have sky-rocketed, and shown no sign of remission. Visit the gun section of any Walmart store and you will see empty ammunition shelves. When a new shipment comes in, it’d be gobbled up in minutes. The supply simply cannot keep up with the demand. But an immovable object is about to come down to block this irresistible force. The Connecticut school shooting has triggered the government to deliberate on a new weapons ban. This is an impending collision of the Titans, and something will give. 

In general, the gun-ban plan concentrates on four areas: 1. prohibition of specific weapon types; 2. tightening back-ground checks; 3. imposing ammunition limits; and 4. keeping weapons from the mentally ill.

The to-be-banned list, as proposed, is as follows:

Rifles (or copies or duplicates): M1 Carbine, Sturm Ruger Mini-14, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, AR-10, Thompson 1927, Thompson M1; AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR; Olympic Arms PCR; AR70, Calico Liberty , Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU, Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC, Hi-Point20Carbine, HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, HK-PSG-1, Thompson 1927 Commando, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle; Saiga, SAR-8, SAR-4800, SKS with detachable magazine, SLG 95, SLR 95 or 96, Steyr AU, Tavor, Uzi, Galil and Uzi Sporter, Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle ( Galatz ). 

Pistols (or copies or duplicates): Calico M-110, MAC-10, MAC-11, or MPA3, Olympic Arms OA, TEC-9, TEC-DC9, TEC-22 Scorpion, or AB-10, Uzi. 

Shotguns (or copies or duplicates): Armscor 30 BG, SPAS 12 or LAW 12, Striker 12

It goes without saying that fully-automatic weapons have long been and will continue to be banned across the board.

Conversely, conventional rifles or pistols of any calibre, bolt action or semi-automatic, with or without scope, as long as they do not have extra hand grips, foldable or telescopic stalks, and detachable magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, are generally allowed.

Without going into too much detail, most of these models, e.g. the highly popular AR-15 and AK-47, are semi-automatic anti-personnel military-style assault rifles, and most who own them (which I don’t) consider them as one of their most prized possessions. Some would defend to the death their right to own these weapons, and would use these weapons to defend themselves if that is the last thing they will do. One big question on their mind is whether the ban would apply only to future sales, or whether it would be retroactive. The former is a given, which is why as soon as the ban plan became public knowledge, assault weapons sales soared. “Get one while you still can!” is their rallying cry. The latter would be a tough proposition, with only two alternatives – buy back or confiscation. In the case of buy back, the question is how much, and what to do with those who do not want to sell back? In the case of confiscation, the question is whether it can be done without causing an armed insurrection? 

Let’s quantify the “assault weapon” somewhat and see what a buy-back solution would entail. A Congressional Research Service report (Nov. 2012) found that there were approximately 310 million firearms in the United States as of 2009 – 114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, and 86 million shotguns. In 2011 there are upwards of 3.5 million assault weapons in private hands, amongst which there are 2.5 million US-made AR-15s alone, or more than 3.2 million including those manufactured elsewhere. Add the other makes and model such as the also popular AK-47, Mini-14, etc., the the cost of buy back become apparent. To top this off, assault weapon sales have seen an approximate 27% annual growth since 2007. To put things in perspective, the U.S. military has only 2.26 million personnel, including reserves, most of whom using the M-16, the military version of the AR-15.

In terms of buy-back cost, the AR-15 costs $800-$2000 new, ~$600 used. So, even if the buy back price is only $500 a piece, the total buy-back budget for the AR-15 alone would be close to $2 billion. When the annual deficit is over $1 trillion, can the government afford it?

Perhaps partly in anticipation of massive social unrest, the DHS, ICE, FEMA, even NOAA, among other agencies, have reportedly ordered upwards of a trillion rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered over a 5 year period. Hollow point bullets, which are more expensive than full metal jacket rounds, mushroom upon impact and is lethal with one shot. It is banned by the Geneva Convention for battlefield applications. Which begs the question, often asked, as to who the potential targets are supposed to be. Speculation flies that it would be against American citizens in the homeland. Under what circumstances? Some, citing history, say that disarmament is often followed by a crack down. Some even go as far as to mention the term “civil war”. Between whom and whom, what and what, I leave it to your imagination. 

As a disclaimer, I’ll just say that none of the above is of my own origin, so kindly do not shoot the messenger. I am not making any specific recommendations to the potential governor. What I’m doing is to offer my objective perspective as an outsider to help her decide for herself.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) 
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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THE GLOBAL ANTI-HUNTING COALITION (GAHC) – PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FOR 2013


 

2012 has been a banner year for the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), a worthy successor of 2010 when the founder and president of GAHC was honored with the prestigious Henry Spira Grassroots Activist Award at the Animal Rights National Conference in Washington DC. 

Throughout the year, the exchange of ideas and infusion of new information within the 6000-members-strong Global Anti-Hunting Coalition facebook groups GAHC-1 and GAHC-2 have been vigorous and invigorating, eye-opening and mind-boggling, resulting from which the images of recreational hunting and trophy hunting have become, and are becoming, more and more tarnished and reviled day by day.

Several GAHC members deserve honorable mention:

GAHC Head Admin Shannon Wright launched a formidable anti-hunting blog series titled [The 12 Most Vile] showcasing the highest profile “Big Game” hunters of her own gender, which caused an uproar in the hunting community as evidenced by her being targeted for ridicule, insults and personal cyber-attacks. Under her capable administration and personable diplomacy, GAHC has gained hundreds of members, enjoyed an elevation of profile in the anti-hunting community, and forged alliances with major anti-hunting groups notably [4A] and [Anti-Hunting in America], and international groups such as [Hand in Hand With Asia’s Animal Activists]. In recognition of her tireless work as GAHC admin and her external achievements, the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition is happy and proud to welcome Shannon as its new vice president.

Another honored member of GAHC is Jim Robertson, whose book [Exposing the Big Game] is a milestone of the anti-hunting movement, and worthy of GAHC’s highest esteem.

Long time GAHC member Christian Raymond is steadfastly maintaining her powerful expose of hunting cruelty, particularly bow-hunting bearing its pathetic 50% non-lethal wounding rate.

On another front, in the dual capacity as the founder/president of GAHC and a spokesperson for the Vancouver Animal Defense League (VADL, of which Marley Jean Daviduk is founder/president), I have fought on the front line, shoulder to shoulder with Marley Jean, in the SHARK WAR targeting the global atrocity of shark-finning – the hunting/poaching of sharks every bit as cruel as the bow-hunting of deer, and ecologically disastrous to boot – and the shark-fin trade in western Canada, which stems from the demand from a minor sector of the Chinese community centered upon Vancouver and Richmond, BC. While Marley orchestrated the entire campaign and waged her own front-line action, including weekly demos at the Fortune Garden Restaurant in Vancouver and personally confronting the owner of the Jade Restaurant in Richmond, both of which serving shark fin soup, my role in this fight was to make formal shark-fin-ban presentations to the city/municipal councils (over a dozen) in the region – as a Chinese Canadian – in part to show that not only do the vast majority of mainstream Canadians support the ban, but the majority of Chinese Canadians as well. Originally thought by some to be lacking in potential due to the fact that we would be dealing with the local governments by their rules, our campaign achieved tangible and some say phenomenal success in that almost all of the municipalities to which we have made presentations have declared their own intention to ban, or have actually banned, the shark-fin trade within their borders. One municipality – Langley Township – which had voted 2-7 against the ban before our presentation, re-voted 8-1 in favor of the ban after our presentation two weeks later. Due in part of this campaign the hundreds of cities and municipalities of British Columbia voted in the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention almost unanimously in support of a shark-fin-ban province-wide. In 2013, GAHC and VADL will jointly wage a campaign on the federal level to ban shark-fins Canada-wide.

My personal view on and philosophy in the role of the founder and president of GAHC is not to be a “rear admiral”, but a front line fighter, exemplified by the ban-shark-fin campaign, and staying true to my 1996 modus operandi of launching road tours, debating 100 hunters at a time. I delight not in presiding over GAHC like a wisdom-dispensing guru, but prefer instead to lead the charge in the field, on point, by example. I want not to be trailed by a horde of echoing followers, but to be accompanied by a dedicated group of fiercely independent free-thinkers and fearlessly committed warriors, each motivated by their own inner fire and governed by their own higher conscience. I am happy to say that these are what I see in the GAHC pages on a daily basis. 

To all GAHC members: Together, we shall prevail. 

To all GAHC members-to-be: Join us in this fight. Victory is just a matter of time.

Anthony Marr
founder and president
the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition