VEGANISM AND ENVIRONMENTALISM GO HAND IN HAND


Veganism and Environmentalism go hand in hand

Vegan ARAs should support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement is waged by environmentally conscious and Earth-revering student bodies opposed to their own universities investing millions to billions of dollars in the fossil fuel industry, and it is sweeping the nation from Harvard on down. It should be supported by vegans and ARAs wholeheartedly – for obvious reasons. But some denounce it vehemently on not so obvious grounds, and here is my rebuttal:

1. Some say that the oil/coal/gas industries own and run the government and are too powerful to fight, and therefore should not be fought. Would they say the same about the meat/dairy/egg industries which also own and run the government?

2. Some say that “animal agriculture emits 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions” and that to fight the fossil fuel industry which emits the other 49% is a diversion of energy and waste of time. What would this “logic” look like if the ratio is 50/50? Are the vegan and environmental movements mutually exclusive?

3. Some say that the oil barons are “impervious to symbolic action” of the anti-oil movement. By the same token would they say that the meat barons are likewise impervious to the “symbolic action” of the anti-meat movement? Defeatism at its finest. If a university invests millions or billions of dollars in the animal agriculture industry, would they likewise denounce an Animal Agriculture Divestment Movement against that university?

4. Some say that the hunting industry, which also owns and runs the government, is likewise too powerful to defeat, and further that domestic animals killed for food far out-number wild animals killed for recreation and trophy, and therefore, they conclude, the anti-hunting movement, like the anti-fossil-fuel movement, is also a fruitless diversion of time and energy from the vegan/AR movement, not withstanding that hunting itself is anti-vegan and anti-AR. I know this on the personal level, given that the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (of which I am the founder) and Anti-Hunting in America (of which I am an admin) have taken much heat on this score. This same criticism is now directed against the anti-fossil-fuel movement which, like anti-hunting, also happens to be pro-vegan and pro-AR – e.g. the Alberta tar sands which levels huge swaths of boreal forest and poisons entire watersheds upon which native animals (and native peoples) depend.

5. Some strongly oppose major animal advocacy organizations for collaborating with the animal agriculture industry, and all power to them. On the other hand, they strongly denounce the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement waged by the environmentally conscious student bodies opposed to their own universities collaborating with the fossil fuel industry. Where is the consistency in this?

6. Some say that even if the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement succeeds, the oil companies could just add a dollar to a gallon of gasoline, and the consumers would meekly pay it. By the same token, even if 20% of the population go vegan, the 80% would pay more for a pound of beef.

7. Some pile shame on “today’s environmental mis-leaders for exploiting the naivety and good intentions of a movement of activists who really do want to save the world”, which is an insult to those who, based on sound science, oppose the fossil-fuel industry, some of whom being themselves vegans and ARAs.

About the only difference they could pin between these two parallels is that while anti-meat activists do not eat meat, anti-oil activists still use oil. But this only goes to prove that the fossil fuel industry has such a monopoly in the energy sector that gives energy users no choice but to use oil. Even those driving pure electric cars use electricity derived largely from coal.

There is no question that diet-oriented veganism is a cardinal principle for saving the planet, but so is energy-oriented environmentalism. For one to denounce the other is to say “my way or the highway”. For the anti-meat movement to denounce the anti-oil movement is the right hand trying to cut off the left hand.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
www.HOPE-CARE.org
www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
www.facebook.com/Anthony.MarrII
www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com
www.AnthonyMarr13.wordpress.com

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Hunters and Creationists fall into the Grand Canyon


Hunters and Creationists fall into the Grand Canyon

Shannon Wright’s anti-hunting series [12 MOST VILE], is slowly but surely working up to a crescendo, one fuelled by the hunters’ anger, or is it angst. Since about #6, the hunters have begun to showing signs of serious agitation. As of #5, they have posted it in their own hunting sites and used it for target practice, and none too accurately I might add. Now it is up to #4, and they are hysterically besieging the post with what they consider to be lethal verbal fire, most of which being laughable, if not for the serious fact that the right-hand seats of power in America are almost uniformly occupied by recreational and trophy hunters the likes of Bush, Cheney, Perry, Palin, and now Romney, and whichever running mate he may choose, who will be a hunter, guaranteed. Even Obama, who once jeered at hunters, has been forced to faux-joyously proclaim the new National Hunting Day.

One of the things hunters say is their indignant “How DARE you compare us to serial killers?!” To this I say, “I don’t COMPARE you to serial killers, you ARE serial killers. You do kill serially, don’t you? Unless you use a bomb to kill many animals with one bang, which would make you a mass killer. And once you stop serial killing, you cease to be a hunter.” Their response to my answer is either silence or a change of subject.

And what do they change their subject to? Since they are intellectually and verbally inept, a typical one is call upon the “THOU SHALT KILL” deity-of-their-own-making (no typo) to smash fire and brimstone upon our sinful heads, while ascertaining that “Jesus was no vegan.” Be it as it may, my reply is, “I cannot imagine him being a trophy hunters either, can even you?”

Then one of them changed the subject to human history, citing our binocular vision as proof that we were hunters from the very Beginning. My answer is that whether early Homo sapiens began as hunters (-gathers) or not, theirs was Subsistence hunting, out of necessity, a far cry from the “modern” hunters’ Recreational and Trophy hunting, “recreational” meaning amusement, pleasure, and in a child’s lingo, fun.

“Besides,” I add, “binocular vision does NOT necessarily imply hunting. What it does mean is that whatever species in possession of it needs a keen sense of depth perception, such as the primates that live in the trees,” adding, as a trap, “from which we have evolved,” into which he promptly fell by indignantly announcing, “I AM a CREATIONIST!”, to which another duly echoed, “Good God! These ANTIs (their supposedly derogatory term for us anti-hunters, in which we take great pride) are Godless EVOLUTIONISTS!!”, which brings us to the focus of this blog.

For those unfamiliar with Creationism, a Creationist is one who believes in the literal truth of the Book of Genesis: that the entire Universe, the Earth included, was created in six days about 6000 years ago by a pre-existing deity of unknown and unquestioned origin, that all species were created simultaneously (except ours) in their current form, and that they are immutable, i.e. that they cannot evolve (in keeping with their own mental stagnation). Therefore, in their view, not only are Evolutionists anti-Bible, they are anti-God. The fact of the matter is that not all Deists are Creationists; in fact, except for the Fundamentalists, who take every word in Genesis as the literal truth, a slim majority of Christians today, even those who believe that God did create the Universe, including Charles Darwin himself of yester-era who began as a Creationist before his famous Voyage-of-the-Beagle, accept Evolution as the means by which it was achieved, and is still being achieved.

Another hunter interjected, “Science is the Devil’s instrument, which spawned the concept of Evolution. Look at the great intricacy of nature – how a simple leaf is made up of millions of tiny cells, each performing a complex process called photosynthesis to feed the whole plant – and you claim that this just came about by chance? This alone shows that there is an intelligent Creator God.” As Darwin’s “bulldog” Thomas Huxley said when Bishop Wilburforce publicly asked Darwin if he claimed his paternal or maternal line to trace back to the apes, “The Lord hath delivered him into mine hands”, I replied, “How, pray tell, did you get to know about cells and photosynthesis, if not from science?” Again, silence.

It is pointless to try to explain to these pseudo-intellectual simpleton ignoramus Creationists trophy hunters the vast complexity of Evolution, from the tree of which they thoughtlessly and carelessly puck the most magnificent of fruits, thus dimishing its overall magnificence. So let me use a simple example to illustrate the gross stupidity of their ways, one of which being, “Evolution is only a theory”, which it is NOT. Evolution is a FACT proven by millions of pieces of EVIDENCE, all but a few of which the Creationist chooses to ignore, citing them as “the Devil’s temptation”, while creating their own “evidence” to justify their irrational beliefs.

Here I have to digress slightly to define three words.

The first is “theory”. I repeat, Evolution is a proven FACT, species do change with their changing environment, whereas how it happens could be said to be a “theory”, until it too has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, when it too becomes fact. When Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace simultaneously and independently advanced the mechanism of Natural Selection, it was indeed just a theory, but so much evidence has been unearthed since then that even this previous theory has also become fact. Natural Selection does happen and happens on a daily basis, and nothing that the Creationists can say or do that can negate this.

The second word is “evidence”, and I’ll say what it is not. It is not something one conjures up to justified a preconceived erroneous conclusion.

The third word is “belief”. My favourite definition is “To believe without question is to let others do the thinking for you.”

Now back to how Creationists create their own “evidence” to justify their grossly erroneous beliefs, here is a simple example – the Grand Canyon. In short, one of their claims is that it was created, again within a few days, as a result of a flash flood, one likely associated with Noah’s Flood, and the resulting rock layers were laid down in its aftermath, with the fossils sorted by gravity. They further claim, since dinosaur fossils are among the layers, so they believe, that it is proof that humans and dinosaurs were contemporaries, just that the dinosaurs all died in the flood, whose remains were deposited in the middle layers, whereas humans, being lighter, floated to the top and survived. And since the entire Universe was just 6000 years old, then the Grand Canyon must be younger than even that. When it suits them, they have no problem ignoring Uranium Dating (which measures on the scale of millions of years), which they habitually confuse with Carbon-14 Dating (which measure on the scale of thousands of years), of neither of which they have the slightest comprehension.

Such a model is of course so full of holes that the Titanic could sail right through it. In fact , there is so little substance in it, if any, that the Titanic would not be able to find anything in it to collide with if it wanted to. But it cannot be lightly dismissed. Almost half of all Americans subscribe to Creationism in one form or another, approximately the same half that still deny that global warming is real. They have so much influence that the display at the Grand Canyon would not even dare to mention its age.

The FACTS about the Grand Canyon are as follows:

When it comes to the age of the Grand Canyon, there are two answers:

1. How long it took to create it: 20 million years ago, the site was just a plateau, with the Colorado River flowing through it. It took the river 6-17 million years depending on the exact location to carve it down to its present maximum depth of approximately 1 mile or 1.6 kilometres.

2. How old the rock layers are: The Grand Canyon comprise 3 rock groups (not of the musical kind:). At the bottom are Pre-Cambrian schist and granite over 1600 million year old. On top of this lie slanted Pre-Cambrian sedimentary rock layers 740-1200 million years old which had been tilted by earlier geological activities. And on top of this lie horizontal sedimentary rock layers the lowest and oldest being of the Cambrian period 525 million years old, rising up to the highest and youngest at the surface pertaining to the end-Permian period more some 250 million years old – before even the first dinosaurs began to exist, much less humans.

So, what does all this leave the Creationists? A total lack of credibility except to themselves, that’s what.

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/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com
http://www.AnthonyMarr13.wordpress.com

Shark-fin-ban urged for Vancouver and Richmond


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This is about banning shark fins outright, immediately or sooner, not about voluntary withdrawal over years and decades, “one bowl at a time”. The sharks just can’t wait that long!

Shark-finning is obscenely cruel. Half of all shark species are endangered. And 90 million sharks die every year for nothing worthier than ultra-expensive bowls of liquid prestige.

The gradualistic voluntary-withdrawal approach is presumably, to put it bluntly, so that the Chinese people wouldn’t lose face. But as a Chinese Canadian, I want shark fins outright banned, ASAP please. Continued consumption and commerce for years if not decades, with the whole world looking on, can only further embarrass those good Chinese people who are against consuming such products, such as myself, and further damage the Chinese reputation as well as the reputation of otherwise relatively civilized cities like Vancouver.

Whale shark definned:

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For the state of the movement, the following Canadian cities and Pacific Rim U.S. states have banned shark fins outright:

Canadian cities: Brantford (ON), Coquitlam (BC), Mississauga (ON), Port Moody (BC), Toronto (ON)

U.S. Pacific states: California, Oregon the Washington state-wide.

Conspicuously absent, especially to me in the Lower Mainland on the Canadian Pacific Rim, are the two major shark-fins-consuming centres of Vancouver and Richmond. We want them to be shark-fins-free zones simultaneously, such that no buck can be passed back and forth. We could include Victoria at this point, but few if not none would take a two hour ferry ride just to have a bowl of shark-fin soup. Further, if Vancouver and Richmond both come down with a ban, others including Victoria, Nanaimo, Burnaby and New Westminster will follow suit, that already set by Coquitlam and Port Moody.

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My friend Marley Daviduk of the Vancouver animal Defence League has taken upon herself to contact all Vancouver and Richmond city councillors to see where they stand, and to seek their cooperation. One Vancouver councillor in favour of an outright ban to whom Marley has spoken offered her the following advice:

[If/when the city councillors receive large amounts of emails urging an outright ban, they will work towards an outright ban. If there is no pressure on city hall to change, nothing will change in the street.]

Abiding by this wisdom, we ask all, whether you live in Vancouver, Richmond or elsewhere, to email the following mayors and city councillors:

mayorandcouncillors@richmond.ca, mayor.corrigan@burnaby.ca, gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca, clraffleck@vancouver.ca, clrball@vancouver.ca, clrcarr@vancouver.ca, clrdeal@vancouver.ca, clrjang@vancouver.ca, clrmeggs@vancouver.ca, clrreimer@vancouver.ca, clrstevenson@vancouver.ca, clrtang@vancouver.ca

And please share this request on. The sharks depend on us!

Here is my contribution:

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Dear mayors and councillors of Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby:

We all know that shark-finning is extremely cruel, that half of the world’s shark species are endangered, that 90 million sharks are finned per year around the world, and thousands of shark fins from unknown species find their ways into Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.

We also know that Canadian cities including Brantford (ON), Coquitlam (BC), Mississauga (ON), Port Moody (BC) and Toronto (ON), and all three American Pacific states of California, Oregon and Washington, have banned shark-fins outright. Conspicuously absent are the Canadian Pacific Lower Mainland cities of Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby, where it should have all begun. But better late than never.

I am aware that there may be a VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL program ongoing between city hall and certain groups, but such a strategy will take years if not decades to take significant effect. The sharks, especially their endangered species, simply do not have the time, and with every year’s delay, another 90 million sharks die horrible death, for no higher purpose than the prestige of certain consumers and the profit of certain merchants, and the face of certain communities.

I urge immediate action for also a personal reason. As one among thousands of Chinese Canadians who are against the use of shark fins, I feel daily embarrassed by the continuation of this vile practice in my home city, and the vile language I’ve heard used against the Chinese people because of it.

I am writing to strongly urge an outright ban as soon as possible, and request your constructive response at your earliest convenience.

The current gradualistic approach does have a place, and that is to educate the Chinese people why there is a ban, but first, there ought to be a ban.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Vancouver

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Please write your own and send it in. It does not have to be long. If you are busy, just “I am writing to urge an outright ban of shark fins in Vancouver” will do very nicely. Thank you!

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/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com
http://www.AnthonyMarr13.wordpress.com
http://www.ARConference.org

This species is failing its Cosmic Test


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The Universe has 100 billion galaxies, each with 100-300 billion stars and their planets.  The species in question is self-named Homo Sapiens – Man The Wise – of the planet Earth of the Solar System of the Milky Way Galaxy of the Universe.  And the Cosmic Test for Homo Sapiens has begun, and Homo Sapiens is showing unmistakable signs of flunking it.

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So, what is this Cosmic Test?  It has to do with all kinds of commodities, but for simplicity let’s say – oil.  The planet has more oil than can be burnt without being driven into the lethal Runaway Global Heating mode.  The species in control of this oil must know when to stop on its own accord to avoid baking itself and millions of other species alive within decades.  It must have the foresight and self-governance to leave the tar sands in the ground.

Now that the tar sands have been exhumed, the evil genie has been released from the bottle and Pandora’s box has been opened.  And it won’t end until all its in-ground carbon has been released into the atmosphere.  It is a one-way slide into hell on Earth.  And I am holding Stephen Harper personally responsible.

All planets with life and civilization develop at different speeds and stages, and will each sooner or later stage a Cosmic Test of its own, each in its own time. At this very point in universal time, the planet staging a Cosmic Test is the Earth, and the test subject is its species Homo Sapiens, and Homo Sapiens is the species that exhumed the tar sands.

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Be not surprised that planet Earth is being observed by immeasurably higher civilizations in the galactic realm.  But be not expectant of extraterrestrial intervention in the nick of time; due to the Interstellar Non-Interference Protocol, there won’t be any.  All planetary eggs must hatch on its own, or be still born.

In the Cosmic Test, the rule is simple:

Survival of the Wise.

Let the destructive commit self-destruction, and the wise shall inherit the Universe.  And Homo Sapiens must live up to its name.

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Presenting Anthony Marr’s RUTTING-SEASON BUCK/DOE AUTO-SEPARATOR


Presenting: Anthony Marr’s revolutionary new idea in NON-LETHAL and HUMANE urban deer population management known as the RUTTING-SEASON BUCK/DOE AUTO-SEPARATOR.

You will be amazed at how simple this idea is, yet how powerful it can be in displacing culling (killing) as a conservation measure once and for all, so much so that you may kick yourself for not thinking of it first. Though I have been fighting urban deer culling for years, I myself didn’t conceive of this idea until 2 days ago, and I did kick myself for not thinking of it sooner.

It involves no bullet, no arrow, no bolt, no chasing, herding or manhandling of deer, nor any form of abuse or traumatization, nor even darting or injection of vaccine in the highly acceptable non-lethal method of immuno-contraception, to keep urban deer populations in harmony with their environment. It is non-violent, humane, labor-unintensive, inexpensive, and can and will save thousands of deer lives every year.

Sometimes, when a certain new idea occurs to you, it would come like a bolt of lightning, and you’d slap your forehead and say to yourself, “It is so simple and obvious why haven’t I thought of it before?” I had one of these Eureka moments this morning, and so much more so, since the idea can save deer by the thousands.

Yesterday, I saw on TV news that the BC town of Princeton, population less than 5000, is having a deer population problem, and that the city was considering culling (killing) as a solution.

It is to be understood that, due to the Compensatory Rebound Effect (meaning that a culled population will have more food per deer, leading the does to each have 2-3 fawns than in the preculled population where it would be 0-1), culling DOES NOT WORK, and if put to use, will be necessitated year after year (which in those towns where the culling is administered by hunters, especially bow-hunters, it is what they WANT.

I called the Princeton city hall this morning and spoke with Deputy Mayor Jason Earle, outlining to him my alternative method in NON-LETHAL deer population management employing a previous invention of mine called the Deer Auto-Assembler (DAA).

Mr. Earle was very receptive, assured me that there was no plan to cull at present, but that, if culling is called for, he would welcome my input in forming a solution. After the phone call, I sent Mr. Earle an email, upon his request, as follows:

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Dear Mr. Earle,

Thank you for your time on the phone with me this morning. Here is an article on my deer Immuno-Contraception (IC) vaccine delivery technique by means of a device of my invention called the Deer Auto-Assembler (DAA).

http://mathew5-7.blogspot.ca/2010/08/anthony-marrs-new-project-idea-daaic.html

An even simpler method is to make the one-way gates so narrow as to admit only does and juveniles, but not bucks with large antlers, thus separating the breeding males and females during the rutting period. By this method, much less bullets and arrows and bolts, not even immuno-contraception is required.

My phone number (206-259-9679) is a Washington state magicjack number, but I am a Candian living in Vancouver. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Anthony Marr

The “simpler method” mentioned above is what I’m talking about regarding that “lightning bolt”.

The whole idea is simply to keep the breeding bucks and does apart for the duration of the rutting season, so much the better if we could set up a structure where they could do it themselves, by the following simple means:

1. Set up a DAA: an enclosure of a predetermined size with 10′ deer-fence in a semi-wooded area at or near the center of mass of an urban deer population. The size can range from a tennis court to larger than a football field, depending on the number does to be kept fawnless for the season. Install inward-going one-way gates along the fence, ones wide enough only to admit does and juveniles, but not large breeding bucks with wide antlers.

2. Place corn piles inside the DAA at the one-way gates as attractant.

3. Shortly before the rut begins, after the bucks have grown large antlers, activate the one-way gates. Does will enter the enclosure to feed at the corn piles, but the bucks cannot.

4. After the desired number of does have entered the DAA, close the one-way gates.

5. Supplement-feed the enclosed does during the rutting period to prevent over-browsing and environmental damage within the DAA.

6. When the rutting season is over, disassemble the DAA and let the deer roam. In doing so, the exact number of deer in any given year can be precisely controlled, with practically no work needing to be done.

And how expensive/inexpensive is this method? The cost of building the DAA + zero operational cost (using the occasional volunteer labour). Deer fences usually last 30 years if exposed to the elements year round. When disassembled and dry-stored in the off-season (9-10 months), it can last half a century. Amortize the cost over 30 years and it will cost next to nothing.

What can the hunters and cullers say against non-lethal deer management now?

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/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com
http://www.HOPE-GEO.blogspot.com
http://www.ARConference.org

PS: I receive a comment saying, “Leave the deers (sic) alone,they are God’s creatures.”

My response:

“Not sure if I am reading you correctly, but if you are against non-lethal deer population management, you are sentencing the deer to lethal deer population control, mostly administered by bow-hunters. I’ve been engaged in fighting deer culling in dozens of cities across America for years. If you don’t take my word for it, try a few yourself.

“When I hear some say that deer are wild animals and should be left alone, I would agree, AS LONG AS THE HUNTERS AND CULLERS LEAVE THEM ALONE. If they don’t, we can’t.

“When I was fighting hunters and advocated non-lethal deer management, in that case by immuno-contraception (IC) instead of bow and arrow, a so-called AR group charged in and said that they were against IC, and that the deer should be left alone. The lethal operators, mostly bow-hunters, were phobic about IC themselves, because they wanted to use culling as a new form of hunting, by bow and arrow, in urban environment where the discharge of firearms is prohibited. They jumped for joy when they heard that comment from “our” side, and redoubled they effort to snuff out non-lethal deer management. The result is that the cull went ahead and several hundred deer were shot with arrows. With “friends” like that so-called AR group, who needs enemies?”

The RUTTING SEASON BUCK/DOE SEPARATOR – the most potent anti-culling device


Announcing: the RUTTING-SEASON BUCK/DOE SEPARATOR – the most potent anti-culling device

Sometimes, when a certain new idea occurs to you, it would come like a bolt of lightning, and you’d slap your forehead and say to yourself, “It is so simple and obvious why haven’t I thought of it before?” I had one of these Eureka moments this morning, and so much more so, since the idea can save deer by the thousands.

Yesterday, I saw on TV news that the BC town of Princeton, population less than 5000, is having a deer population problem, and that the city was considering culling (killing) as a solution.

It is to be understood that, due to the Compensatory Rebound Effect (meaning that a culled population will have more food per deer, leading the does to each have 2-3 fawns than in the preculled population where it would be 0-1), culling DOES NOT WORK, and if put to use, will be necessitated year after year (which in those towns where the culling is administered by hunters, especially bow-hunters, it is what they WANT.

I called the Princeton city hall this morning and spoke with Deputy Mayor Jason Earle, outlining to him my alternative method in NON-LETHAL deer population management employing a previous invention of mine called the Deer Auto-Assembler (DAA).

Mr. Earle was very receptive, assured me that there was no plan to cull at present, but that, if culling is called for, he would welcome my input in forming a solution. After the phone call, I sent Mr. Earle an email, upon his request, as follows:

Dear Mr. Earle,

Thank you for your time on the phone with me this morning. Here is an article on my deer Immuno-Contraception (IC) vaccine delivery technique by means of a device of my invention called the Deer Auto-Assembler (DAA).

http://mathew5-7.blogspot.ca/2010/08/anthony-marrs-new-project-idea-daaic.html

An even simpler method is to make the one-way gates so narrow as to admit only does and juveniles, but not bucks with large antlers, thus separating the breeding males and females during the rutting period. By this method, much less bullets and arrows and bolts, not even immuno-contraception is required.

My phone number (206-259-9679) is a Washington state magicjack number, but I am a Candian living in Vancouver. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Anthony Marr

The “simpler method” mentioned above is what I’m talking about regarding that lightning bolt.

The whole idea is simply to keep the breeding bucks and does apart for the duration of the rutting season, so much the better if we could set up a structure where they could do it themselves, by the following simple means:

1. Set up a DAA: an enclosure of a predetermined size with 10′ deer-fence in a semi-wooded area at or near the center of mass of an urban deer population. The size can range from a tennis court to larger than a football field, depending on the number does to be kept fawnless for the season. Install inward-going one-way gates along the fence, ones wide enough only to admit does and juveniles, but not large breeding bucks with wide antlers.

2. Place corn piles inside the DAA at the one-way gates as attractant.

3. Shortly before the rut begins, after the bucks have grown large antlers, activate the one-way gates. Does will enter the enclosure to feed at the corn piles, but the bucks cannot.

4. After the desired number of does have entered the DAA, close the one-way gates.

5. Supplement-feed the enclosed does during the rutting period to prevent over-browsing and environmental damage within the DAA.

6. When the rutting season is over, disassemble the DAA and let the deer roam. In doing so, the exact number of deer in any given year can be precisely controlled, with practically no work needing to be done.

And how expensive/inexpensive is this method? The cost of building the DAA + zero operational cost (using the occasional volunteer labour). Deer fences usually last 30 years if exposed to the elements year round. When disassembled and dry-stored in the off-season (9-10 months), it can last half a century. Amortize the cost over 30 years and it will cost next to nothing.

What can the hunters and cullers say against non-lethal deer management now?

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/Anthony.Marr.001
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ANIMAL ABUSE Around the World


I would like to start this predictably very long blog with the short one posted by Shannon Wright a few weeks ago titled

[Racism in the Animal Rights Movement]

by Shannon Wright

Once again, this morning, I woke up to the words “There’s Chinese bashing going on again.” That meant there was a post on Facebook that sent people reeling. I have to say that I am, to be blunt, sick and fucking tired of the racism in the animal rights movement. Why do some people feel the need to hate an entire country for the awful abuses and barbarism that only some of it’s residents commit? Unfortunately, this is not limited to the Chinese people; but I have to say, without a doubt, I hear more Chinese bashing than the bashing of any other race, including the Japanese. Here are some of the comments:

“THE EVIL OF THE CHINESE!!! BOYCOTT CHINA FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS–SHARE FAR & WIDE. THX”
Yesterday at 3:20

“This is sick but then its china what do you expect assholes”
Yesterday at 3:23

“exactly h pls share”
Yesterday at 3:25am

“sick asshole and SO PERVERSE AND EVIL!”
Yesterday at 5:46am

“GET OVER IT, LETS STAND FOR THE ANIMALS NOT THE CHINESE, OMG WHO DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT N??????
18 hours ago

“I CARE ABOUT THE INNOCENT ANIMALS IN CHINA WHERE THERE ARE NO FRICKING ANIMAL RIGHTS WHATSOEVER!”

“I HATE THE CHINESE PEOPLE!!!”

“THE CHINESE IS AN EVIL RACE.” (In a thread on my wall March 7, 2012)

Before opinions, let’s first look at the facts. Here are some examples of the wonderful activism taking place in China as we speak:

Chinese activists rescuing dogs from dog truck.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/04/19/chinese-animal-activists-save-hundreds-of-dogs-from-being-eaten/?hpt=C2

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/15/chinese-worry-new-year-magic-act-is-cruel-to-fish/

Chinese man adopting and caring for rescued dogs. http://www.wittymag.com/chinese-man-looks-after-140-stray-dogs/

http://www.wildaid.org/news/yao-ming-calls-shark-fin-ban-china

http://english.savechinastigers.org/node/211

And, of course we can’t leave out Anthony Marr who led the highest-profile anti-hunting campaign in Canada, has conducted campaigns in Canadian and American Chinatowns to put an end to endangered species medicines and in India to help save the tigers where they live, has traveled the U.S. on seven long CARE (Compassion for Animals Road Expedition) tours just to name a few.


http://www.homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/

I completely understand the hatred. I hate hunters. I hate vivisectors. I hate furriers. I hate those who maime, torture, and kill. But I have transformed that hatred into action. I’m pro-active and I get out there and fight with a level head. As ARAs we should be fighting against racism; along with speciesism, ageism, sexism, and any other “ism” that keeps humans and non-humans oppressed. How can we fight against any of these when hatred is so prevalent in our own movement? How can we fight speciesism when racism runs rampant in AR?

This kind of behavior in the movement is unbecoming to say the least, and it ruins our reputation. The enemy can and will use us against ourselves. Then we will have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning this fight.

Shannon Wright
November 12, 2011

Due to what Shannon has so courageously brought out, I have compiled the following list of abusive activities pertaining to various peoples, cultures and countries, so that we could view the situation from a global, objective, unbiased and balanced perspective.

Given the virtually endless varieties of animal abuse we humans have had the evil genius of inventing, I have limited the following list to those practised by at least 1% of the population of the country in question, and supported by at least 2%, which therefore precludes such highly localized atrocities as tearing live turtles’ heads off with the contestants’ bare hands in the Snapper Festival in Ohio County, Indiana, USA.

The list, as is, would be incomplete, and may contain errors. If you have any atrocities to include that is practised by at least 1% and supported by at least 2% of the population of the country in question, or if you have any country/ies to add to or remove from any listed activity, please comment, and I will amend the list accordingly. Thank you.

Anthony Marr

This blog was written over the period of four days, during which time I reviewed thousands of animal abuse pictures to select the following few dozen. It has been a hellish experience – definitely not recommended entertainment. But since I have done the agonizing, I humbly request that you look through the pictures that I have selected. They all have their rightful places in AR.

This reminded me of a brief exchange with my FB friend HyEna Howln this afternoon. She commented on the hunting video trailer I posted yesterday (which is also presented in this blog under Hunting Videos below), and said that she was paralysed with rage. She asked me how I handled my anger upon seeing these atrocities done unto other species on a daily basis for years. My answer was very similar to Shannon’s:

I transform my feelings into action. Action is the best healing force for me, and the only cure for the problem.

And so, I humbly ask, please take these pictures to heart, feel the fury, then transform it to dynamic action.

To see the pictures and charts and maps best, please click on them for their full size versions.

“Enjoy!”

In alphabetical order:

ALLIGATOR SLAUGHTER – USA


ANIMAL CIRCUS – Peru, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA (China banned animal circuses January 2011)


BEAR BILE USE & FARMING – China



………A demo in Hong Kong, sign saying: “BEAR BILE MEDICINAL INDUSTRY = EXTREME CRUELTY!!” and “INNOCENT BEARS TORTURED FOR PROFIT!”

Bird shooting (duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, turkey…) – Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, S. Africa, Scotland, Spain, UK, Uraquay, USA ++






………Just how much is enough?.

And how do they do it? Here’s how:

BOILING LOBSTERS AND CRABS ALIVE – the method used in the USA, UK, and most other Western countries. (“The Chinese” seldom eat lobsters, but when they do, they decapitate the lobsters first with a single cleaver-chop.)



BOW-HUNTING – Benin, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Mozambique, Namibia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, Zimbabwe

Bow hunting is the most cruel form of recreational hunting, with a dismal non-lethal wounding rate of ~50%.




………Non-lethal wounding rate – ~50%.

BULL-FIGHTING – Colombia, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Venezuela


………This horse was killed.

BUSH MEAT – Cameroon, Congo (great apes), DRC, Gabon, Guinea + some other African countries


CANNED HUNTING – South Africa, USA



CAT/DOG EATING – Angola (dog), Argentina (cat – “only during hardship”), Cambodia, Cameroon (dog), China, Cuba (dog), Japan, Lagos, Laos, Nigeria, Philippines (+ Filipinos in USA), S. Korea, (former) Soviet Union, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, (+ Lewis-and-Clark, USA)

………S. Korean dog truck.

………Vietnamese dog truck.

………Chinese cat market.

………Chinese activists protesting cat-eating; poster reads: “REFUSE TO EAT CATS! Cats are our friends, not our food!”

………Korean women protesting dog-eating.

COCK FIGHTING – Afghanistan, Canary Islands, Colombia, Dominion Republic, Ecuador, France, Guam, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Venezuela,

………Cock fighting in Indonesia.

………Cock fighting in Thailand.

………Cock fighting in the Phillipines.

………Cock fighting in Afghanistan.

………Once upon a time in the West.

CRUSH VIDEOS – many countries – see http://www.StopCrush.org/?p=1137


CRUSHING BOX (cruel elephant training practice) – Thailand

Elephants are trained differently between Thailand and India, the latter being much more humane.

“CULL” HUNTING – Canada, Finland, USA (usually in urban areas, by bow-hunters, for bow-hunters)


DAIRY INDUSTRY – Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA

By volume:

World total milk production in 2009
FAO statistics [30]
(including cow/buffalo/goat/sheep/camel milk)

Rank Country Production (10 to the 6th power kg/y)
World 696,554
1 India 110,040
2 USA 85,859
3 China 40,553
4 Russia 32,562
5 Pakistan 34,362
6 Germany 28,691
7 Brazil 27,716
8 France 24,218
9 New Zealand 15,217
10 UK 13,237
11 Italy 12,836
12 Turkey 12,542
13 Poland 12,467
14 Ukraine 11,610
15 Netherlands 11,469
16 Mexico 10,931
17 Argentina 10,500
18 Australia 9,388
19 Canada 8,213
20 Japan 7,909


European total milk production in 2009
FAO statistics [30]
(including cow/goat/sheep/buffalo milk)

Rank Country Production (10 to the 6th power kg/y)
EU (all 27 countries) 153,033
1 Germany 28,691
2 France 24,218
3 UK 13,237
4 Italy 12,836
5 Poland 12,467
6 Netherlands 11,469
7 Spain 7,252
8 Romania 5,809
9 Ireland 5.373
10 Denmark 4,814

………There are 65,000 dairy farms in the USA alone.

DOG FIGHTING – Afghanistan, Australia (illegal, but happening), India (illegal, but happening), Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Rome (historical), Russia, South Africa (wide spread), South America (most countries, by and large illegal, but happening), UK (illegal, but happening), USA (illegal, but happening)

………Once upon a time in the West.

………Once upon a time in the West.

………Once upon a time in the West.

………Dog fighting in Afghanistan.

………Dog fighting in Pakistan.

………Dog fighting in Pakistan.

………Dog fighting in the USA – illegal.

DOLPHIN CAPTURE & CAPTIVITY – Canada (captivity), China (captivity), Guinea Bassau (“massive capture” in 2004 +), Japan (capture and captivity), Mexico (capture – illegal, but happening + captivity), USA (Captivity) +

1985 – Australia banned all cetacean captivity.
1992 – Hungary banned cetacean captivity
1993 – UK banned cetacean captivity
2005 – Chile and Costa Rica banned cetacean captivity


………Pictures by Anthony Marr @ the Shimonoseki Aquarium, Japan, where the dolphins are captured from Taiji.

Currently, there are ~60 dolphinarium in Europe, 34 in EU.

………Dolphin capture at Taiji, Japan.

DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER – Denmark (Faroe Islands), Japan

………The Grind in progress in the Faroe Islands, in which tourists are allowed to participate.

………Faroe Islands, Denmark, the Grind in progress.

………Faroe Islands, Denmark, after the Grind.

………At the Cove, Taiji, Japan.

………At the Cove, Taiji, Japan.

………Anthony Marr meeting with Izumi Ishii, ex-dolphin-killer turned whale-watching operator, who single-handedly stopped dolphin killing at Futo, Japan, before heading on to Taiji to perform a dolphin-saving operation.

DRIFT-NET FISHERY – France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Taiwan, Turkey




FACTORY FARMS – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech, Colombia (eggs + 2.5M pigs), Denmark, Egypt, Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Netherlands (world’s biggest exporter of eggs – 5.4 billion/year), Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA








FOIE GRAS – France (78%) +5


FOX HUNTING – UK





………Gordon Brown and Brian May (Queen)

FUR FARMING – Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Netherlands, EU, Finland, Russia, Sweden, USA




………Fur farms are hells on Earth no matter what the country; this one just happens to be Russian.

………And all for this?

GESTATION CRATE – Canada, EU, USA + most countries with factory pig-farms.

Banned in Sweden and the UK. Will be banned in Denmark by 2014, and in New Zealand by 2015. Banned in certain US states (Arizona, California, Florida) but far from all.

………This device is so heart-breaking that it deserves it own category.

HARE COURSING – Ireland


HORSE EATING and SLAUGHTER

Consumers: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China (only a few provinces), France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, S. Korea, Tonga, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine

Breaking news! (Nov. 18, 2011) – the USA has just re-instituted horse slaughtering on American soil. States like Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri are considering opening or re-opening horse-slaughter plants. 120,000-200,000 horses will be slaughtered in America per year.

Major Horse meat Production Countries, 2005
Country # of horses
China 1,700,000 horses
Mexico 626,000
Kazakhstan 340,000
Mongolia 310,000
Argentina 255,000
Italy 213,000
Brazil 162,000
Kyrgyzstan 150,000
Worldwide
Totals 4,727,829

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Horse meat production levels as of 2009
Country Tons per year
Argentina 57,000 tons
Kazakhstan 55,000
Mongolia 38,000
Kyrgyzstan 25,000
Australia 24,000
Brazil 21,000
Canada 18,000
Poland 18,000
Italy 16,000*
Romania 14,000
Chile 10,000
France 7,500
Uruguay 8,000
Senegal 9,500
Colombia 6,000
Spain 5,000*





HUNTING VIDEOS – Canada, USA





………Snuff films performed by psychopathic serial killers.

………This will either make your blood boil or make you salivate and crave for more, depending on whether you are a compassionate and conscientious person, or a psychopathic serial killer of sentient beings. If you are the former, please join the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC); if the latter, please quit, then join the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition. Your fate, and that of the animals, are up to you. http://youtu.be/mvWuPbDSTYo

MEAT CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA – Australia, Spain, USA top 3


MEAT CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY – USA + all countries

Line up single file all the cows killed in the USA per year, and the cow line will go from LA to New York 15 times.

Line up single file all the pigs killed in the USA per year, and the pig line will go from LA to New York 35 times.

Line up single file all the chickens killed in the USA per year (~10 billion), and the chicken line will go from the Earth to the Moon 8 times.


OVERFISHING

The World’s Most Prominent Fishing Nations:

1. China
2. Peru
3. Japan
4. Chile
5. USA
6. Russian Fed.
7. Thailand
8. Indonesia
9. Korea, Rep.
10. Norway
11. India
12. Iceland
13. Philippines
14. Korea, DPR
15. Denmark
16. Spain
17. Taiwan
18. Canada
19. Mexico
20. Vietnam

•52% of fish stocks are fully exploited
•20% are moderately exploited
•17% are overexploited
•7% are depleted
•1% is recovering from depletion

………A rare case where green is bad and red is good.






………Overfishing on American/Canadian west coast.

………Comparison of fish stock 1900 vs 2000 (click on pic for animation).

………World fisheries 1950-1998.

………Georges Bank Cod decline 1978-2006.

………Overfishing Index 1 = 100% compliance to limit, 7 = total non-compliance.

PUPPY MILLS (like little factory farms) – Australia, Canada (esp. Quebec, banned in Toronto), UK, USA



RATTLESNAKE ROUND-UP – USA



RHINO HORN USAGE & POACHING – African countries (trophy hunting and poaching), China (medicine), SE Asian countries (poaching), USA (trophy hunting), Yemen (dagger handles, recently banned)


………Rhino head as hunting trophy.

………Chinese poster saying: “MY HORN IS NOT MEDICINE”.

………Rhino horn as dagger and sword handles, Yemen – recently banned



RODEO – Canada, USA



……….This horse, named Daisy, died in this fall.


……….Thank you, Steve Hindi, for helping keep Rodeo from worming itself into China!

SEAL MASSACRE – Canada, Namibia

………Namibia seal massacre.

………Canadian seal massacre

………Killing the baby in front of the mother.

………The Canadian seal hunt quota for 2011 was about 400,000. At 1 meter per seal, a single file of 400,000 dead seals would stretch 400km/250mi along any highway.

……..The Canadian ex-minister in charge of the seal hunt wore a seal fur coat composed of the skins of some 30 baby seals.

SHARK-BAITING (with live dogs) – France

SHARK FIN CONSUMPTION – Canada, China, USA



………Anthony Marr checking Vancouver’s Chinatown for shark fins, 2011.

SHARK FINNING – Top 6: Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UAE + almost every country with a coastline.

………Definned Whale shark.




“SPORT” FISHING – Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Fiji, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Tahiti, USA + most countries with a coastline


TRAPPING (leg-hold, conibar, snare) – Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA +

The leg-hold trap has been banned in 88 countries (including Finland, Norway and Sweden, but in which other forms of trapping continue), but only 8 US states have done so.




………A magnificent and rare Bald eagle, what trappers call a “trash animal”.

TROPHY HUNTING (“Big Game Hunting”) – Botswana, Canada, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, USA, Zimbabwe

………The “BIG 5”, hunted in a half dozen African countries.

………This hunter killed this elephant with an arrow.

………This hunter killed this rhino with an arrow.

………Adding insult to injury.

………Little man behind big cat.

………The Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) was conceived by Anthony Marr in 2003 and founded by him in 2009. Please join GAHC and GAHC-2 in Facebook.

VEAL – see dairy countries.


………Veal, a cruel spin-off of the dairy industry.

VIVISECTION – Canada, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA and most countries with universities








………Stop UBC Animal Research led by Brian Vincent in Vancouver; Shannon Wright on right under the “orb”.

WHALING – Canada (native whaling), Japan (“Research” whaling), Norway (illegal whaling)

THERE IS NO HUMANE WAY TO KILL A WHALE!

…….Makah native whaling.

………The evil Yushin Maru.

………Anthony Marr performing an anti-whaling operation in Shimonoseki, Japan; the Yushin Maru in the background.


………The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on the anti-whaling front line.

WILDHORSE ROUND-UP – to make room for more and more cattle ranches on public land – USA




………Meat eaters love their beef more than wild horses, so the horses are off to slaughter to make room for more cattle ranches.

WILDLIFE TRADE – Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, India, Laos, Maldives, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe + the Internet

……….Chinese ivory artifacts.

………Shipment of rhino horns in Bremen, then meant for being made into dagger handles; other rhino horns of course go to China to be made into medicine.

………Elephant tusks seized in Africa.

………Tiger skin to the West, tiger bone medicines to the East.

………Snow leopard skin openly displayed for sale in Afghanistan.

………Monkeys from SE Asia, going west.

………Leopard skins and taxidermied cobra in store window in Thailand.

………Python skins from India to Germany.

………Tiger skins on hotel wall in India.

………Tiger and leopard skins seized from Italian trader in Calcutta, India.

Anthony Marr has performed undercover operations in India to help solve wildlife crimes.

………With every one of these seizures, several slip through.

WOLF HUNTING & EXTERMINATION – China (license for foreign hunters), Estonia, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Russia, USA

………Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

ZOOS (with a few exceptions) – most countries

…….Example of a “good zoo” – a drive-through zoo with 3 huge mix-species enclosures for African, America and Asian herbivores, plus drive-through compounds for carnivors.

………Aerial view of the Wildlife Safari drive-through zoo in Roseberg, Oregon, USA.

………As an opposite example, the infamous The Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, Louisiana, USA, where the famous Tony The Tiger lived, all alone, all his life. (Pictures by Anthony Marr)

………Tony’s life-sentence prison.

………A glimpse of Tony.


………Anthony Marr speaking out for Tony The Tiger and those who cannot speak for themselves.

Global ENVIRONMENTAL statistics by country:

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/env_cur_iss-environment-current-issues

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December 13, 2011:

THE “SUBSPECIESIST”

Somewhat belatedly, though never too late, I came across what entertainer Steven Patrick Morrissey said about the Chinese people being a “SUBSPECIES” (Sep 4, 2010). At issue was animal circuses. Perhaps I was too busy on the road conducting my 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-7 tour – 40 states in 7 months, Apr-Nov, 2010). Now, upon reading it, the first thought that sprang to mind is: Does he think that he belongs to the Master Race? What does this make him? A “Subspeciesist”?

Good thing that facts speak for themselves. In January this year, China beat Morrissey’s UK, and the US, and Canada, in banning animal circuses. Even so, inevitably, when I shared the positive news in a Facebook post, it quickly degenerated into yet another negative Chinese-bashing thread.

As a Chinese Canadian ARA, I’ve taken this type of abuse on a daily basis – from fellow ARAs of all people – for years – though admittedly none was meant to be offensive against my person. At first, I remained silent, thinking that racism would not be tolerated in the movement espousing Anti-Speciesism, which hopefully would be cleansed by those who could see comparable ugliness in their own cultural mirrors, e.g. bow hunting, factory farms, rodeo, vivisection…, and animal circuses, because I considered the subject beneath my dignity and irrelevant to my pro-animal activism. But one day, upon witnessing my own mother being insulted due to her ethnicity, I began writing about it (e.g. my latest blog on this subject: [CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS Around The World] – http://​homosapienssaveyourearth.blogsp​ot.com/2011/11/​crimes-against-animals-around-w​orld.html).

Now, in late 2011, reading Morrissey’s statement, and others’ comments in his support, and seeing anti-Chinese groups spring up like wildfire within the AR movement, I have come to a point of resignation. Morrissey and his fans can own the racist sector of the AR movement for all I care. Thankfully, there are groups exemplified by Stand By Animals In China, Stop Crush and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition that hold steadfastly against racism of any kind within the Animal Rights movement, thus maintaining it on an even keel in the winds of prejudice and bigotry.

Though I understand where his offensive statement had come from – his gut and not his head – I feel that Morrissey owes my mother a big apology, and my father, my sister, my brother, my uncles and aunts and cousins, my childhood friends, NONE OF WHOM eat cats and dogs, or use rhino horn, or skin animals alive, and the vast majority of the Chinese people who are as irked by these atrocities as he is. As for me, I don’t need his apology. He can save his breath for a new song of true compassion, one embracing all sentient beings – including the Chinese people, at least the hundreds of millions of them that abhor cruelty as he does.

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