THE HORSE-LISTENER


The Horse-Listener

When I was solo camping in Africa back in 1980, where I conceived of the [Omniscientific Cosmology] which I eventually wrote into the book {OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny} a quarter century later, an elderly German couple with a small plantation befriended me, and offered, urged more like, for me to take their rescued off-track Thoroughbred out on to the plains for a ride. They practically thrust the bridle into my hands, saying, “Jonas thrives on galloping. He never gets to do that in his paddock. We’re too decrepit to do it for him now. Your trial ride has shown us that your are a competent, sophisticated and sensitive rider. You are a godsend to him, and to us.” Thus began a two month friendship between Jonas and myself. As of the second week, he would quiver in excitement every time he heard the sound of my jeep approaching, so I was told by them. And once out on the teaming savannah in the company of wildebeests, zebras and giraffes, he would naturally break into a full gallop, for miles, and I did not try to restrain him.

Before my African experience, I had an American Saddlebred mare named Poppy under my care in Canada, and she, too, thrived on interacting with me, and the medium of our interaction was riding. She also knew the sound of my car, and though she might be at the far end of the pasture, my arrival would bring her running to me. I hardly ever brought her carrots or apples. What she came running for was the riding. How do I know? She told me so.

This answers first of all the dictum of those on their high-horse, no pun intended, who maintain that horses should not be ridden at all. Theirs is a human-centred ideology, dreamed up by simplistic humans, propounded by bigoted humans, against horse-loving humans. Not referring to the non-judgemental non-rider, these self-enthroned pseudo-animal-rights ideologues know nothing about horses, domestic or wild. They understand nothing about horse nature. They are often indifferent to the plight of the wild horse and totally ignore the needs and wants of the domestic horse. They have never taken care of a horse. “I would rather see the horse go extinct than to see them ridden,” they TALK. They do not LISTEN, least of all to the horse.

Let me first define “riding”. I’ll start listing what is NOT. Anyone who has no training renting a horse for a one-hour trail ride, typically doing just three things, kicking the horse to go, yanking on the rein to turn and jerking the horse’s mouth to stop, is just being an abusive passenger, not a rider. A yeehaw cowboy doing bronco busting, where the man works against the horse, is just macho bullying, not riding. A jockey running the hell out of tender-legged two-year-olds is just making money for the rich and participating in the gambling industry, not riding. By “riding” here I am referring to the INTIMATE PERSONAL HUMAN-EQUINE RELATIONSHIP, where a teenage girl would rather spend her allowance to buy carrots for her horse than candy for herself, where she would spend all her meagre resources on vet bills, where she would rather spend time with her horse than with boys. And this just about attitude – the broad spectrum of attitudes towards the horse. To think of riding as a singularity is ignorance personified. To equate the intimate personal human-equine relationship to rodeo is just pure insult.

Technique wise, there are different schools of riding and different schools of training, and the anti-equestrian ideologue cares not to differentiate and sees no difference. To them, to ride is to sit on a horse, and to train is to “break” the horse, period. They can’t be bother to exchange a word with those equestrians who themselves frown on “breaking the horse”, do not subscribe to the concept and do not engage in the practice. I’m sure they have heard of the term “horse whisperer”, though when questioned, they would show no understanding, saying, “I don’t accept riding at all, so what is there to understand?” So to introduce to them my new term “HORSE LISTENER”, much less explain what it means, is a waste of energy. But I’m mentioning it here to those who might be interested in becoming humble equestrians who put the horse first, without ideological preconceptions.

So what does the horse say to us? First, the wild horses. What they say to us is to not take over their homeland in favor of cattle, or I should say cattlemen, pure and simple. Even with sufficient land at their disposal, their lives are tough enough, daily faced with a range of physical and mental challenges, for food and water, to evade predators, in heat and sleet, just to survive the day. Theirs is a life of vigor and rigor, of agony and ecstasy, which the domestic horse seldom experiences.

Second, the domestic horses. What they say to us is that they want to be as like the wild horse as possible, most of all, to be challenged physically and mentally. The idle horse, especially one standing in a paddock day in day out, is an unhealthy and unhappy horse, and an unhealthy and unhappy horse will develop all kinds of physical and mental problems, anything from poor condition to unsoundness to pathological behaviour like cribbing and weaving out of sheer boredom. For a sound horse – unsound horses notwithstanding – to maintain a minimum level of condition, he needs to be exercised at least three times a week, an hour or more per session, in all natural gaits, i.e. walk, trot, canter, gallop and jump. A horse cooped up in paddocks or stalls all day, which accounts for the vast majority, can do walking, period. The only way to give them the opportunity to trot, canter, gallop and jump is riding. Many are the horses who have told me that they not only need, but want, to do all of these.

Another thing that the ideologue says is that it is undignified and even demeaning for a horse to have a rider on his back. This again is a human notion about which the horse himself cares not an iota. But even considering the human notion of dignity, the mounted horse has been given a place of high honour in history, even as a maker of history. The level of reverence for the horse is such that, to say the least, he is not considered as food in most cultures and civilizations.

The ideologue objects to putting a bridle on the head of the horse, citing control and dominance, while walking his dog with a leash around the neck. In this he is at best unthinking, worse so hypocritical.

About dominance, my question for him is this: How many wild animals – bears, deer, raccoons, skunks, mice, snakes… live in his house, which occupies that piece of land that used to be their natural habitat? How non-dominantly did he take over their territory and evict them from their homes? The point being that however extreme an ARA one is, one cannot escape some dominance over some animals by his very way of life. So kindly not to too holier-than-thou, or I will play him the Eric Clapton song [Before You Accuse Me, Take a Look At Yourself”.

On October 2, 2010, I was the honoured guest of a 2-hour online chat in Animal Rights Zone, the second hour of which, as it happened, became what a heretic under the Inquisition must have experienced, and it was mainly focused on horseback riding. I will present the transcript in its entirety below for your first-hand perusal, with appreciation for my gracious host Carolyn Bailey, and gratitude to those few, especially Connie Robertson, Dominique Landis and Bob Timmons, who leapt to my defence.

See: http://arzone.ning.com/profiles/blogs/transcript-of-anthony-marrs

Transcript of Anthony Marr’s ARZone Guest Chat of 2 October 2010 at:
3pm US Pacific Time
6pm US Eastern Time
11pm UK Time
And 3 October at:
8am Brisbane Time

Carolyn Bailey:

ARZone is pleased to welcome Anthony Marr as our chat guest today.

Anthony Marr, environmentalist and animal rights activist, holds a physics degree and has worked as a field geophysicist and an environmental technologist. Anthony is the author of “OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny” (2003) and “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!” (2008).

A full-time wildlife preservationist since 1995 and founder of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), and Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE); Anthony also leads HOPE’s Global Emergency Operation (GEO) on mass extinction due to global warming.

A key speaker at the AR Conference since 2004, Anthony is currently on his 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-7) covering 40 states in 7 months.

Anthony was recently honoured with the title “Best All Round Activist of 2010” by two top U.S. animal rights organizations. Anthony was also honoured at the 2010 Animal Rights National Conference with the
prestigious “Henry Spira Grass Roots Activist Award for his outstanding contribution in animal liberation.”

Anthony has generously agreed to engage ARZone members today on topics ranging from his books, to his environmental advocacy, his advocacy for endangered species and more. Please welcome Anthony to ARZone …

Caroline Raward:
Hi Anthony!

Erin:
Hi

Barbara:
Hello Anthony!

Jason:
Hello Anthony!

Carolyn Bailey:
Welcome, Anthony!

Tim:
Hello Anthony!

Anthony Marr:
Thank you, happy to be here.

Nichola:
Welcome Anthony! 🙂

Tony:
Hi Anthony

Barbara:
Hi Anthony

Anthony Marr:
Hi all!

Janet:
Love you, Anthony!

Mangus:
Hi Anthony

Dominique:
Hello Anthony:-D

Anthony Marr:
I love y’all!

Carolyn Bailey:
Before we begin, I’d like to request that people refrain from interrupting Anthony during the chat session, and utilise the open chat, at the completion of Anthony’s pre-registered questions, for any questions or comments
you have.

Melissa:
Do you need more tea in there Anthony?

Anthony Marr:
no, I’m fine, missy
“Y’all” learned through touring the south

Carolyn Bailey:
I’d now like to ask Anthony his first question …

Hi Anthony, you’re currently on your 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-7) covering 40 states in 7 months. Could you please explain the goals of this tour and what you hope to achieve?

Anthony Marr:
The goals of this and every tour are:
a. to understand in depth the state of AR, environment, politics and activism throughout the United States,
b. to network with the top AR, vegan and environmental organizations and activists in every state,
c.to assist these groups and individuals when called upon, in whichever way I can,
d. to speak on AR and the environment (the Methane Time Bomb and Runaway Global Heating and their impact on life on Earth) to as many groups as would host such events,
e. to speak at the Animal Rights Conference,
f. to conduct media events whenever the situations allow,
g. to forge coalitions (e.g. the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition)
That’s about it
A chat like this is a bonus

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony. Butterflies has a question for you next but hasn’t arrived yet, so I’ll ask it for her.

What is your prediction for Planet Earth and global warming; which will affect all animals; human and nonhuman?

Anthony Marr:
This is a huge subject, and one that needs to be asked.

The first thing I can say is that the climate situation is much more serious, and urgent, than we have thought. Google “than expected”, and you will see lots of articles where scientists say, “much more serious than expected” or much faster than expected”. To answer why, we have to start with Latent Heat. Take a pot and fill it with ice-water, with 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of ice cubes, and stir it with a
thermometer. The temperature of the ice water is about 0 degrees C (32F). Put the pot on a stove and turn on the heat. The water temperature won’t begin to rise until all the ice has melted. It takes 80 calories of heat to melt 1
gram of ice without raising the water temperature by 1 degree. So, the initial
80,000 calories of Latent (hidden) Heat from the stove go into melting the ice
without warming the water. Once the ice has all melted, however, the water
temperature will rise steeply.

The Arctic Ocean is a gigantic pot of ice water with sea ice on top, and the ice is melting fast, which currently is keeping the Arctic Ocean cool. But at the current melt rate, the Arctic ocean will be ice free in the summer some time within this coming decade, as of that point the water will warm up sharply. This will cause havoc in the rest of the world.

The effects are many, but mainly a global drought, food shortage, famine in many places, species extinction. It will also cause the Arctic permafrost to melt big time, releasing large amounts of methane, leading to the detonation of the “Methane Time Bomb” which can drive the Earth into Runaway Global Heating.

Long story, but this would be good for starters.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks for your insight on this topic, Anthony. Tim Gier would like to ask you a question next, go ahead, Tim.

Anthony Marr:
Hi Tim

Tim:
Your CARE-7 Tour blog #22 mentions that if the recent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t “deal the almost omnipotent oil lobby a staggering blow, nothing else will.” I live in Florida & haven’t heard a word about it in at least a month. The oil lobby is alive & well. We live in a world where nothing matters unless news of it dominates the internet and TV. How can we work to ensure that a positive message of peace and respect for nonhuman animals gets the attention it deserves?

Anthony Marr:
The “Oil Lobby” you mentioned is probably the most powerful one of all lobbies, including pharmaceutical, meat, insurance and hunting. Right now, there are 4 times more oil lobbyists than there are congressmen in Washington DC. America is caught up in the vicious cycle of the Oil Lobby indirectly controlling the public through mass media and directly controlling the government through political influence, and the controlled public won’t support a green government.

To shrug off the oil lobby is the key, but easier said than done. The oil companies are top profiting in the Fortune 500, but the gov still has to subsidize them, rather than putting $$ into developing green tech.

Whereas the EU is doing the right thing to consider developing a super-grid drawing solar from the Sahara and Arabian deserts, wind from the coast, geothermal from the Mediterranean and Iceland, etc. but due to the control of Oil on the US government, no such plan exists, that I’m aware of.

So in the next oil crisis, the EU will be okay, but the US may not be.

You are right, Tim, if the Gulf oil spill fails to ignite people into action, it just means that Big Oil has the people dumbed down and apathetic

Erin:
The next two questions come from Cathy, who cannot be here, each will be asked by Carolyn Bailey.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Erin.

Erin:
What are the top three things we can do, as individuals, to fight global warming?

Anthony Marr:
I suppose what will get people moving will be a much more serious thing, such as empty shelves in Safeway. To answer the question:

a. Three top things to fight global warming: beware, care, and act. Being unaware is not an option. Caring for nothing is not an option. Doing nothing is not an option.

Okay, a, be aware, b. live green, and c. save the planet. In other words, just being and even living, is not enough. At this critical juncture, we all have to be activists.

There are 3 levels of action:
a. personal – be Veg, go green, act
b. national: no less than a complete paradigm shift
c. Global: promote international cooperation to recool the planet, including reduce carbon concentration in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm
(currently, it is at 388 ppm, over 110 ppm higher than 130 years ago.

It’s extremely expensive and no single country can do it alone. Must require global cooperation to the tone of >$100 billion per annum. And where does this money come from?

I can see only one source the global military – costing $1.4 trillion ($1,400 billion) if all nations agree to shave their own military budget by 10%, we could liberate $140 billion per year to save the planet and all life on Earth.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony, Catherine’s 2nd question is this ~ What steps do you see as necessary for our country to make, to effect change and progress toward stopping global heating and climate change?

Anthony Marr:
For your country (speaking as a Canadian), it must shake off the Big Oil Influence. US government should invest in green technology, instead of, currently, pouring subsidies into oil and coal, which are already top profiting corporations in the Fortune 500, while Europe is developing a super-grid drawing solar power from the Sahara and Arabian, wind power from the coast, geothermal energy from the Mediterranean and Iceland.

Scotland, for example, is declaring 100% green tech by 2025, which is the first I’ve heard of, and is not soon enough. America currently does not have such a plan. It is still the Oil Economy.

It is said that realizing just 10% of the solar potential of only one desert state, e.g. Nevada, could provide all the electricity needed for the entire nation but Big Oil is snuffing out all such plans.

First ting to do is to stop subsidizing Big Oil and King Coal, then put the money into green tech R&D. AND consider shaving the US military budget by 10% and put the saving into the global Green Fund (not yet established).

Global Green Fund, probably administered by the UN by international treaty.

I believe that Obama understands a lot of the truth, but is currently powerless to shrug off the yoke of Big Oil.

He must!

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony. Tammy, who has the next question was unable to be here as well, so Tim Gier will ask on her behalf, go ahead, Tim.

Tim:
Anthony, you campaigned against Makah whaling, as well as conducting anti-whaling missions in Japan. Do you believe a stop will be able to be put to the horrific capture and slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in Taiji? And what are your thoughts on the mass slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroes?

Anthony Marr:
Hi Tammy!
Abiding by the “Know Thy Enemy” principle, the little known fact is that the enemy is not as formidable as we think. In the entirety of Taiji, there are only one fishermen’s Co-op, comprising only 27 fishermen who practice dolphin slaughter with their 13 2-men fishing boats. And that’s it. At Futo, the dolphin slaughter was so fragile it was interrupted for several years resulting from only one fisherman turning against the slaughter in favor of whale watching tourism. There are ways of defeating both the Japanese slaughter and the Faroe butchery, as well as the Canadian seal massacre, all in one go. What it needs is collective will and global leadership. The European boycott against Canadian seal products has had a big impact on the Canadian sealing industry.
I believe an orchestrated multi-national coalition against whaling can do it. Currently, there is no such coalition
But we can build it.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony. Another question from Butterflies next …
What made you focus your energy on anti-hunting?

Anthony Marr:
I worked for years in the wilderness, and lived and walked amongst the deer and the bears. I revere the sense of peace and harmony, to which recreational hunting certainly does not belong, with its inherent cruelty, arrogance, disrespect, callousness everything undesirable in the framework of compassionate and respectful society. I have seen animals killed before my own eyes by recreational hunters.

I have also seen the corruptive power of the hunting lobby on all levels of government. The prohunting clauses in the constitutions, the written-in and guaranteed majority of the “at least six out of the 11 voting members of the Fish and Game Council which determines wildlife management policy, six must be hunters, and another 3 must be farmers”, pseudo-democracy at its finest

And I am indignant about the hunter harassment laws under which you can go to jail for years for asking a group of hunters hunting on your land to leave, even though you may have NO HUNTING and NO TRESPASSING signs posted on your property – a trampling of ones basic constitutional rights, on top of blood and guts in your own backyard.

Most of all, I oppose bow-hunting for its inherent recreational character (if I hunt for meat, I’d use a rifle), and for its built-in cruelty – statistically, the non-lethal wounding rate of bow-hunting is over 50%, meaning that of every hundred arrow-shot deer, 50 walk around with an arrow embedded in non-vital parts of their body, for days, weeks, months, in rare cases, years.

Also, although domestic animals have some measure of law protection, there is none for wild animals.

Finally, I acknowledge that hunted animals are just a fraction in number of farm animals, but likewise, the number of activists working for farm animals outnumbers those working for wild animals many fold. All animals deserve their champion.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks Anthony, Lorna has a question for you which I’ll also ask.

Before you founded Heal Our Planet Earth in 1999, you worked closely with tigers in India, is this something you would consider doing again at some stage?

Anthony Marr:
Yes I would, if someone writes me a big check tomorrow. But this time, there will be a difference. While previously I was trying to save one species at a time, this time, we have to think about thousands or even millions of species at a time.

We are deep in the 6th mass extinction of this planet. 30 years ago, we estimated losing about 20 known species every day, or times 10 for species known and unknown. Now, the estimation is of 100-120 known species every day or up to 1200 species a day known and unknown.

Mass extinction #3 251 million years ago was caused by global warming, and drove 75% of all land species and 95% of all marine species to extinction. If this happens again, we stand to lose 16 million species on account of the irresponsible actions of one species, our own.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony. Roger would like to ask a question now, go ahead, Rog

Anthony Marr:
Hi Roger

Roger:
Hi.
You seem to be a conservationist at heart, mainly concentrating concern at the level of species rather than individual rights bearers.

You once said that the life of one free-living rhino was worth that of a thousand domesticated chickens. Do you still hold to that?

Anthony Marr:
Tough question.

I somehow doubt that I would have used those exact words. But when it comes to driving other species to extinction, our species has no right. I believe that animal rights include the most basic right to exist.

If the rhino species is on the verge of extinction, and especially when the root cause is us, then we have the moral obligation to protect that species.

You would probably feel the same if the planet is down to the last two chickens.

Some years ago, a prominent AR/AW group launched their “Eat the Whales” campaign, right at an IWC meeting, saying that if we eat a whale, the amount of meat would equal that of so many hundreds of thousands of chickens, and therefore would save the lives of the same number of chickens, so we should eat whales and not chickens. The anti-vegan aspect not withstanding, could you tell me where you stand on this?

If you equate the life of a whale to that of a chicken, then would you equate the life of a whale to that of a mosquito? If one has to be killed, would you flip a coin to give the mosquito an even chance?

I understand your view Roger

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony. Jason would like to ask you a question now and Jay’s here! Go for it, Jay.

Jason:
Thanks Carolyn
Hi Anthony, you seem to do a lot of advocacy focusing on individual causes. Do you also advocate for veganism?

Anthony Marr:
Hi Jason, I absolutely do. In fact, the vast majority of the groups sponsoring and hosting my talks are vegan. And I often say that a vegan world can support 10X more people than a carnivorous world. This having been
said, I’d add that being vegan is undoubtedly a background necessity for being an ARA, but to merely be vegan is not enough. Vegans must also be activists.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks Anthony, very much for your excellent responses to some interesting questions. This concludes the formal pre-registered question session of Anthony’s chat today. I’d now like to open the chat up for all members to engage Anthony.

Janet:
Grist reported this week: “Sen. John McCain, once a champion of strong action to fight global warming pollution, has joined the rest of the Republican Senate caucus in questioning the overwhelming science. He said, global warming is “such a threat to our planet and our future and our children.” Now, like every other GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate this year, he opposes the climate policy he once supported.

Your response please?

Anthony Marr:
McCain was probably the first candidate in the 2008 election to champion action to deal with global warming “What if it is real and we do nothing?” But as soon as he brought in Sarah Palin, his credibility is gone completely.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony, Roger has another question for you now, go ahead, Rog

Roger:
You are among a number of animal advocates who have defended riding horses. On the face of it, climbing onto the back of a member of a species selectively bred to tolerate this behaviour is a rights violation. How do you respond to this point, and do you still ride horses?

Anthony Marr:
This is another tough one

First of all, we have to differentiate commercial exploitation of horses, e.g. racing, from the individual human-equine relationships; the latter is more like that of a human-canine relationship. The only difference is the “riding” part.
In terms of riding, I’m not sure how to explain it, except that according to my own experience, the horse himself actually likes being ridden, much like I myself like to carry my little godson on my shoulders. It is the way we interact.

If it is about the factor of humans dominating over other animals, I’d say that we all dominate over other animals in our day to day lives. Our own homes for example, sit on the previous habitat of wild animals. We have to somehow evict them from that piece of land so that we could call it our own. We all do it. At least in the individual human-equine relationship, there is true love between the two participants. I can vouch for this since I have many horse friends who take care of their horses better than themselves.

Connee:
Hi Anthony..12 years ago, I helped to co-teach a class called “Race to Save the Planet” Are you familiar with these videos and accompanying book and would some of us doing talks like this in the communities we live in
help?

Anthony Marr:
Hi Connee, no, I have not seen the material, but I am aware of that program. If you have links, please send them along.

Connee:
Our University had to get permission at the time to use these, but I think they are available now for the public.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks for your response, Anthony, Jose Valle would like to address you next, go ahead, Jose.

Anthony Marr:
Hi Jose

Jose:
Hi. Anthony, can you please explain previously mentioned that you support animal rights. Do you think we can give ANY credibility to that claim when you endorse forcing other animals to carry your weight as these images of you riding an elephant and a horse shows?

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v75/4/39/584150862/n5841…

Is it also true-love with the elephant?

Anthony Marr:
Not a horse show, just exercising. Yes, I did ride an elephant, but that was in the context of my tiger preservation work. The true love was with the tiger, but I love elephants too If you understand the workings of saving the wild tiger, you will appreciate the need to go off road, and the elephant was the only way to do it.
Also, India is different from Thailand, the latter being atrocious, in contrast.
In contrast, the India mahout and his designated elephant have a one-on-one relationship lasting a life time, like a marriage, the mahout is very dedicated to “his” elephant

Jose:
!!

Roger:
Ditto

Anthony Marr:
They give the elephants noon-time massages, for example, and bathing in the river

Janet:
In lifetime servitude to humans—sad

Anthony Marr:
We could look at it this way, yes, and it is sad

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks Anthony, Tony would like to ask you a question next, go ahead Tony.

Tony:
Hi, Anthony. It’s Dee from Free Tony The Tiger. On behalf of FTTT. I’d like to thank you for visiting Tony and Tiger Truck Stop on your CARE 7 tour and bringing more exposure to Tony’s situation, a tiger used as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.

Your great efforts to help Tony are very much appreciated. Do you have any suggestions as to what more we can do to hopefully see Tony relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary?

Anthony Marr:
Hi Dee, yes, I do, sort of. We’ve tried all conceivable ways, including my own, which was to try to get Sandlin to let Tony go and establish a tiger conservation museum in place of the current “exhibit”, but he refused.

Tony:
Yes, unfortunately.

Anthony Marr:
I think our best bet is to put heavy and unrelenting pressure on the Louisiana authorities until they get sick and tired of the hassle and just cancel the permit

Tony:
Thank you Anthony, we’ll continue our fight for Tony.

Anthony Marr:
Yes, we shall.
How just one person can hold us all up, eh? Like the 27 fisherman at Taiji.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony! Mark Jordan would like to ask you a question next. Go ahead, Mark.

Mark:
You analogize riding a horse to having your godson on your shoulders. Did you buck and fight furiously to throw your godson off your back the first few times someone put him there, only acquiescing after being “broken” of the will to fight this violation? Don’t you think this response shows something about how “natural” and loving it is for a horse to have a human on their back?

Anthony Marr:
Right off the bat, I said to differentiate commercial enterprises from individual human-equine relationships. The rodeo is a commercial enterprise that exploit horses commercially. Not so the individual relationship between a girl and a horse. I never use the word “break” a horse. And actually hold it in
disdain.

Dominique:
So is the BLM

Bob:
Could we all speak about the good Anthony has done and his knowledge to help us in our own fight than attack him on some minor items. He’s done more than the average vegan!

Mark:
I wasn’t speaking of rodeos; I was speaking of riding horses in general. I find “breaking” to be more accurate as it involves the “breaking” of their spirit to not have a human on them.

Anthony Marr:
You said bucking a rider off

Jose:
Bob, it’s not minor for the animals who have him on their backs! Doing more than others is not an excuse to violate the rights of some animals

Dominique:
Why is it a problem for you Mark? You have not experienced the interaction of humans with horses obviously to understand what you are asking.

Anthony Marr:
This is not a part of the human-equine relationship. It is almost a love affair. My previous horse-friend runs to me when she heard my car coming and not for a carrot either.

Mark:
Isn’t bucking a way in which a horse tries to throw someone off their back? Not a rodeo term, an action.

Anthony Marr:
We have to ask the horse himself/herself what they want.

Those horses I have anything to do with do not try to buck me off.

Connee:
Horses buck even when someone is not on their backs! I have raised horses all of my life.

Anthony Marr:
Yes, Connee.

Connee:
I still have five

Meg:
They’ve been trained not to, Anthony.

Dominique:

Have you heard of the horse whisperer, his methods are from love and respect with the horse

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks everyone, please feel free to send me a PM if you wish to engage Anthony. Anthony’s answered this question; there are other topics worthy of discussion.

Mark:
So, were not these horses trained to have someone on their back prior to you, or did you meet a wild horse that came up to you and knelt down and “asked” you to ride them, showing no discomfort?

Anthony Marr:
I’d say that there is not much difference between putting a halter on a horse and putting a collar on the neck of a dog.

Connee:
My favorite horse loves being ridden. My horses are domestic, but we have had Mustangs in our midst.

Anthony Marr:
A humanely treated horse never wants to buck someone off.

Dominique:
The horses left in the wild are being SLAUGHTERED by BLM

Tim:
Anthony, does the use of the halter include the use of the bit?

Connee:
Yes Dominique and BP!

Anthony Marr:
As I said, it is almost impossible to explain to someone with no experience with horses what a human-equine relationship means and feels like, and, yes, the horse enjoys it. Ask the horse.

Meg:
Many of us here have had horses. Myself included.

They are trained not to buck.

Anthony Marr:
Hi Dominique, yes, the BLM is a huge factor in how we abuse horses.

Mark:
Meg, exactly! Thank you!

Dominique:
Humans have already interfered beyond repair, we have to protect the wild ones left

Bob:
I am not shocked anymore to see vegans attacking vegans. We lose our own credibility when a meat eater sees us doing so too.

Meg:
Bob, we as vegans should be against animal exploitation no matter who performs it.

Anthony Marr:
Thank you, Mark, fair exchange.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony, for being willing to address this topic

Meg:
I’ve heard the same arguments of “love” to justify milking cows.

Erin:
Bob – it is not a matter of attacking fellow vegans as much as clarifying points.

Jose:
I’ll look forward to reading the transcript. Have a nice chat and free the elephants & horses!

Dominique:
Not the same analogy Meg

Anthony Marr:
There is a HUGE difference between the loving attitude of a young girl with “her” horse and the cowboy mistreating a horse in a rodeo.

Dominique:
You have never communicated with a horse

Anthony Marr:
Too bad most non-horse people cannot tell the difference.

Dominique:
HUGE difference

Meg:
I haven’t? I grew up around them. I spent most of my life around them.

Connee:
So true

Dominique:
One is full of love the other is exploitation

Anthony Marr:
Okay, let’s agree to disagree on the horse issue.

Erin:
For example, I want to know if Mr. Marr uses a standard “bit” in the mouth of a horse. From the pictures, it looks like he does. Surely that is wrong?

Meg:
Exploitation is often justified with love.

Dominique:

OMG.. Reasoning, people, reasoning. Balance

Anthony Marr:
Not at all, it is an egg-butt snaffle. It is rounded and smooth, and serves only to transmit a signal to the horse. The signal is supposed to be so subtle that onlookers are not supposed to see it.

Connee:
It works very well

Anthony Marr:
Another is a soft rubber snaffle that is soft.

Connee:
Along with subtle body shifts.

Anthony Marr:
As I said, essentially, there is no difference between a bridle on the head of a horse and a leash on the neck of a dog.

One last comment on the horse issue, again, it is the ideology of one species dominating over another.

I’d repeat that there are no wild animals living in the houses of those who oppose the human equine relationship, even they have to evict the wild animals from their natural habitat so that the houses can be wild-animal-free.

Roger:
Do you mean these bits?
http://www.google.ie/images?hl=en&q=egg%20butt%20snafle&um=…

Meg:
One can rescue animals without further exploiting them.

Janet:
We must put collars on dogs–it is the law–to protect them, not to ride them. There is a difference

Barbara:
You can equate with a lead, not a bit and harness.

Anthony Marr:
I also used the hackamore, which has no bit.

Dominique:
OK, no wonder things don’t get done in the AR community if this is what the under educated here focus on

Janet:
My dogs’ leashes and collars are not made of leather–it is a relevant discussion because is underscores the speciesist attitude, which must stop

Dominique:
You are all wasting precious time for the animals

Meg:
Dominique, we are talking about an animal rights issue. That is not meant as a personal attack, but “under educated” certainly is.

Dominique:
You are all just harassing, sorry Anthony

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks for your opinion Dominique, I don’t think anyone is purposefully attacking anyone else.

Thanks, Anthony. Tim Gier has a question for you, please go ahead, Tim

Anthony Marr:
Anyway, thank you for discussing the horse issue, everyone. If you condemn it, go ahead. But you condemn a huge sector of the AR movement.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony. Tim Gier would like to ask another question, please go ahead, Tim.

Tim:
Your CARE-7 Tour blog #19 recounts your 2 hr ordeal with law enforcement personnel on the Louisiana roadside. Can you elaborate on the dangers facing all AR activists as labels like “eco-terrorist” are being used to marginalize and silence us?

Anthony Marr:
Hi Tim, thank you for a good question. There is no doubt that we ARAs are second class citizens in the eyes of the law.

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a stark body of law that aims to disable the AR movement, turning what is considered effective activism into terrorism e.g. previously effective activism caused the opponent financial loss. Now, if we achieve this, even with peaceful and non-violent means, it is terrorism. A decline of $10,000 suffered by an animal enterprise can get you 6 months in jail. $1 million, and it could get you 6 years.

Re. the Gulf oil spill, cover-up is the key word. In this context, even taking a picture is a crime.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks Anthony, I’ll ask Cathy’s last question now, which is this: What are the top three things activists can do to make a difference and effect change in animal rights issues as a whole?

Anthony Marr:
This is not an easy question either.

I can name a few basic ingredients according to my own experience.

First, we must identify the real enemy and engage it to our best advantage.

Second, we should NOT spend a significant amount of time and energy criticising each other for differences that cannot be avoided.

Third, we must be always creative in dealing with the enemy.

Fourth, the Power of One is not to be under-estimated. Under certain situations, a single individual can be more effective than a whole organization

Fifth, we must eliminate financial corruption from within our movement, e.g. lavish salaries from donations meant for the animals.

Sixth, we must exercise more endurance than the enemy.

Seventh, we must seek to Know Thy Enemy, and defeat him via his Achilles’ heel.

Eighth, be sensible, but fearless.

Ninth, press on with your own belief – you can’t please everyone, so you’ve gotta please yourself.

Tenth, good luck. 🙂

Meg:
Pardon me, but who is this “enemy”? Would you clarify, please?

Anthony Marr:
For me, it is the hunters, and the oil lobby

Dominique:
Meg, if you do not know…

Meg:
I wanted Anthony’s definition, Dominique. I do not see anyone as my enemy.

Anthony Marr:
“enemy” is just a word. It could be “the opposition”.

Meg:
Seems very loaded.

Anthony Marr:
Could be, but the entire AR movement is loaded.

Meg:
But thank you for your clarification.

Anthony Marr:
Thank you for asking

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks again, Anthony. Do we have any further questions for Anthony?

Anthony Marr:
I would like to thank everyone for their input, positive and negative.

Again, we can’t agree on everything so, let’s work together on the areas in which we agree.

Michele:
Thanks for giving us your time and as always, being so gracious. 😀

Barbara:
Thank you for your patience with us!

Carolyn Bailey:
I’d like to sincerely thank Anthony for being generous with his time today

Time:
Thank you, Anthony. These are contentious questions about important issues. It is good to have open discussions on them.

Jason:
Thanks Anthony

Meg:
Agreed, Tim.

Anthony Marr:
I enjoy debating, and the tougher the questions, the better. 🙂

Carolyn Bailey:
I really appreciate your patience and willingness to engage on all topics, Anthony. Thanks!

Anthony Marr:
Seriously, I love everyone here, and can say sincerely that those who disagree with me do so out of the goodness of their hearts and their own sincere beliefs.

Carolyn Bailey:
Thanks, Anthony!

Anthony Marr:
Any more questions, please feel free to email me at anthony_marr@yahoo.com

Carolyn Bailey:
Also, please feel free to leave any comments on the ARZone transcript.

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyMarr001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyMarr13
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com
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