The change in demographic is the prime driver for the economic spiral state wildlife management agencies face nationwide. They have never been more vulnerable for change. Reforming state wildlife commissions to represent more than just hunters is key to this evolution.
From John A. Livingston’s The Fallacy of Wildlife Conservation:
“I happen to loath and abominate blood ‘sports.’ I think that killing any sensate being for recreation—for fun—is evil and contemptible. I have said so, for public consumption, many times.
“The most frequent theme in the resulting letters I receive is that I have absolutely no rational argument to present, and that as the result I (sneakily) resort to purely emotional appeals. Some of the mail, by the way, has to be opened with my asbestos gloves.
“An acquaintance of mine in the arctic town of Inuvik once said to me, ‘John, we’ve got to do something about all these ravens here in town!’ ‘Why so?’ I asked. ‘For heaven’s sake, man, look around you—there are so many of them they’re getting out of control!’
“Loss of control is the abdication of power. It is tantamount to chaos. The universe is orderly, therefore chaos is unnatural. …
“So, it is seen that the ravens of Inuvik (prospering on our garbage) are thumbing their amiable beaks at universal order and thus at us. …
“Death is the final sting, the ultimate victory of uncontrollable, unmanageable, immoral, chaotic nature—from which experience we are snatched at the final exhalation by the gorgeous rationalization. Spirit over flesh, man over nature.”
Costa Rica has made hunting illegal. We need to do the same. They will also eventually free all animals from their zoos into safe habitats. While out hiking I came across a mother moose caught in a trap – terrified and yelling with pain. Her baby was right beside her – confused and in shock. All animals have emotions. (just take a look at any pet dog). They have emotions like we have because they have souls just like we do. They want to be treated with love and respect just like us. They want their freedom just like we want ours. They have a nervous system just like we do enabling them to feel pain and sorrow and happiness also. Animals are here to experience life and develop their souls just as we are. We now have the capability to feed ourselves without eating animals. And more and more studies are showing the health benefits of a plant based diet. Ex-President Bill Clinton has switched to a vegan diet. When we look at animals as objects of consumption we lose. Our soul is diminished because we lose the ability to have compassion and love for other life forms. If we are at peace with nature and it’s wildlife we expand our consciousness and awareness and are more at peace with ourselves! I ask President Obama to make this huge step forward and leave this as a memorial to his term in office. Let this be a “Trigger of Conscience” that the President has recently been talking about.
This week the CDC released a report expressing concerns about the H2N5 strain of avian flu possibly affecting humans.
For months the CDC has said it is not contagious to humans.
Dr. Dan Shaw at Mizzou’s Veterinary School said if someone were to contact H2N5 it would have to be inhaled.
He said this is dangerous because not only are poultry farms experiencing a mass infection of the virus, but people who handle waterfowl could possibly be at risk, as well.
“As far as human safety, waterfowl can get infected with the virus and they don’t tend to get that sick with it. So, they could be a source of infection and when the fall migration comes back down the Central and Mississippi it is causing some concern,” said Shaw.
Shaw said hunters in Missouri should be concerned if they hunt geese or ducks.
He said people who handle the birds are at the highest risk for getting the virus, if it should mutate, which the CDC now says is a possibility.
“That would definitely be a way to get exposed to it and all the poultry companies advise their workers to give up waterfowl hunting or find a new job because they are so worried about the source,” said Shaw.
*** NEW SHOW! In this show we talk with Jim Robertson, a wildlife photographer and self-taught naturalist who lives in a remote wilderness setting in the Pacific Northwest. Living among elk, wolves, bears, and more has led him to a keen awareness of animals as individuals, and has brought him much joy. It has also brought him much sorrow as the beautiful wildlife habitat he lives in is viewed as a “sportsmen’s paradise”. This depraved and barbaric view has led to the wanton evils of hunting. It is torturous to hear the bullets piercing the air, and knowing that it means the painful loss of some of his cherished animal neighbors.
He’s a vegan and a prolific voice for animals, on his blog, “Exposing The Big Game”, in all areas of cruelty, from factory farming to the federally approved killing of millions of animals, including deer, bears, wolves, and many more.He is also the author of a book by the same name, “Exposing The Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport.”
By Mikey Smith
The Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner gave the Prime Minister both barrels, calling him ‘the worst kind of Tory’ and saying he has no compassion for animals.
The Queen guitar legend and animal rights campaigner condemned the Prime Minister’s support for the badger cull and the legalisation of fox hunting.
Speaking exclusively to the Mirror, he said: “It looks like nothing can stand in Cameron’s way. Now he’s got a majority he can plough through with the things he was hesitating on, like fox hunting.
“I think Cameron is a special kind of Tory. The worst kind of Tory. The kind that has no compassion for animals whatsoever.”
He said: “The most appalling thing is that they fought this election on the economy, and now the first thing that comes up is fox hunting.”
Dr May has been vocal on animal rights issues since 2005.
He runs animal rights organisation Save Me, with whom he’s campaigned against blood sports and the badger cull.
He says that of the dozen or so reasons people give for why fox hunting is necessary, all but one fall down on close inspection.
“The only thing you can honestly say about fox hunting is that people enjoy it,” he said. “People have a sadistic pleasure in seeing an animal ripped apart.
“It’s sadism. To be honest, it’s psychopathic behaviour to enjoy the suffering of another creature.”
He added: “People who have no compassion for animals tend not to have compassion for humans either.”
The Mirror contacted Downing Street for a response to Dr May’s comments, but they had not responded at the time of publication.
He said the one glimmer of hope was that when the bill to repeal the Hunting Act is introduced to the Commons, it will be a free vote.
“I think all votes should be free votes,” he said. “It’s by no means certain he’ll have the full support of his party.”
He said a new petition would be set up in the coming days on the government’s website against the repeal.
Dr May was a key campaigner against the badger cull, which was piloted by former environment secretary Owen Patterson, and looks set to continue under his successor Liz Truss.
The 2013 pilot badger culls in Gloucester and Somerset were described as “ineffective” at stemming the spread of bovine TB and failed the test for humaneness, according to an independent panel of experts put together by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
And yesterday it was revealed that at a time when the government is planning £12bn in cuts to welfare, they are content to spend more than £5,000 per badger killed in the heavily criticised plan.
In February, Liz Truss told the annual conference of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) she would press on with the cull in spite of the criticism
She said: “We will not let up, whatever complaints we get from protesters groups. We are in it for the long haul and we will not walk away.”
Dr May said: “She speaks from the same hymn book as Patterson – which is the same hymn book as Cameron, who it seems has some kind of behind closed doors agreement with the NFU to continue the cull regardless of the evidence.”
NFU Director General Andy Robertson said: “The NFU has always been clear about the need for a badger cull as part of a comprehensive strategy to address the scourge of TB. However, we have not met the Prime Minister and Brian May’s claim of a behind the scenes deal therefore makes him look ridiculous.”
In the run up to the election, Dr May launched Common Decency, a project intended to encourage people to vote for people who would act with decency in the House of Commons.
He admits he’s disappointed in the outcome of the election.
He says he has no plans to abandon the project, but will be changing his methods.
“A lot of the old methods don’t work,” he said. “Even getting a vote in the House of Commons and winning that vote is no guarantee you’ll influence the government.”
But the Queen guitarist played down reports of a rift between him and Prince Charles.
In one of the Prince’s recently revealed “black spider” letters, the Prince describes the anti-badger cull lobby as “intellectually dishonest”.
But the letter was sent a decade ago, before Dr May was vocal on animal rights issues – and crucially, before the independent report declared the badger cull pilot ineffective.
Dr May said: “I imagine Prince Charles’ views could have changed.
“Somebody should ask him.
Brian May is a panelist on tonight’s Question Time tonight on BBC One at 10.45pm.
Also on the panel are Ukip leader Nigel Farage, and Jeremy Hunt, who confirmed last week that a bill to repeal the Hunting Act would be on the government’s agenda for this Parliament.
The other day a friend asked me, “How do you keep your head above it all? You do so much, and your immersion in the dark side of information and events is so deep. I’ve seen most of what can be seen, I think. But even still, I have to periodically recharge with temporary absences from the info stream. It’s so disheartening and yet if you’re a person who cares, you just can’t dig your head in the sand. It’s my most challenging thing in this life — striving for a balance between my mental well-being and my commitment to our fellow beings.”
First, I can understand anyone who finds this all too much on a daily basis. I guess I get through it by choosing my battles and knowing that by not eating animals I’m not so much a part of what’s happening to them. Sometimes I have to step back from the fray and look at it all through the lens of deep ecology. Earth has survived far worse than the toxic attack of the human fly speck that’s currently plaguing her and gone on to flourish, as she certainly will again once the anthropogenic onslaught is over.
Consider this blog a chronicle of mankind’s last days. What were humans thinking when they took this incredibly beautiful, fragile, planet down—in the name of greed, selfishness, arrogance, sport or self-esteem?
Some of the articles I post might seem unrelated, off-topic or out of place when examined alone. But they are all part of the bigger picture which someday may be viewed by a higher intelligence who comes across it in their quest to know just how one species—out of so many—thought they had the right to exploit all others, carte blanc, under the narcissistic delusion that non-human lives on Earth had no rights at all.
Whether or not mankind survives the assault they’re putting the planet through is a non-issue for me. Personally, I hope they don’t. They do not deserve a second chance to rule this vibrant, watery orb any more than they deserved the first chance to steal Nature, abuse and forever change her.
But why all this on an anti-hunting blog? Because hunting, and ultimately meat-eating, is where humans first started screwing things up. For a plant-eating primate to leave the trees, take weapon in hand, turn carnivorous and claim the planet and everything that walks, crawls, swims or flies as their own was a recipe for disaster.
As the same friend so aptly put it, “I do wish we didn’t have to share the planet with persons whose empathy muscles are so undeveloped.”