Some Good News and Some Victories for Animals in 2015

An Animal Rights Article from

December 2015

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The Myth of Glory Killing


Last night we watched a movie that turned out surprisingly good considering I had no idea what to expect. No doubt it had a surprise, tragic ending, but that was part of what made it interesting.

The 1976 film, Robin and Marian, starring Sean Connery as a grey-bearded Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn as Marian, was not your typical fable furthering the standard hero myth about Robin Hood and the “merry men.” In this tale, Robin, or, “Rob,” as he was referred to by his side-kick, Little John, was returning from 18 years of bloody battles in the Crusades against the Muslims (the ones fought while attempting to capture the “Holy Lands,” in the Ninth Century A.D, not the one started recently), back home to Sherwood Forest in the not-so-civilized country of England.

The first thing Robin and Little John come across is Will Scarlet and Friar Tuck, two of the fabled merry men, with a freshly poached deer. Through them Rob discovers that Maid Marian is in a nearby nunnery, where she’s been since Robin left her to do the king’s bidding in battle.

(The king, Richard the Lionheart, played by Richard Harris, is killed by an arrow symbolically thrown that ends up hitting him in the neck. Those damn things must have been sharp, even then.)

Long story short, the story ends after Robin and the Merry Men go into battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Robert Shaw of Jaws fame) and his troops. Robin and the Sheriff face off against one another with broadswords in the agreement that the loser’s men would be spared. But after Robin Hood receives a potentially lethal blow and the Sheriff backs off, Robin runs him through in an underhanded, unsportsmanlike end to the “contest.” As Robin is being helped off the battlefield by Marian and Little John, the Sheriff’s troops ride into the forest to slay the rest of Robin’s men.

They take Robin to Marian’s convent, where she promises to give him medicine to ease his pain. There he boasts to Little John about how he’ll heal up and be back in “glorious battle” in no time. It turns out that the “pain killer” she gives him and takes herself is poison instead, and as they’re dying she tells him how she loved him “more than God.” While we’re seeing Robin Hood come to terms with the reality that he’s not going to live, we’re forced to have to realize that she just couldn’t take the thought of him constantly going into bloody battle and see him suffer and die a violent death at the hands of someone like him.  Perhaps she just couldn’t take hearing him sum himself up as nothing but a killer, obsessed with a love for doing glorious, violent battles. She had seen something more in him that may have faded during all those brutal, destructive years in the Crusades.

Ultimately, Robin and Marian was an anti-war film; one of several to come out at the time. The question is, how long will humans play out these scenarios before they finally get it?

Costs of Oregon hunting, fishing licenses keep climbing; License sales drop but ODFW says price not main factor

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.

Hunters shoot two elk – then realise they were firing through fence into zoo

1610111_10152194241138908_1599987755_n “A group of hunters in Norway have shot dead two elk – before
realising seconds later they were firing through a fence into the
animal’s enclosure in a zoo.”

They’re getting out of control!

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 purelyDSC_0192 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.”

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Petition: Abolish hunting and trapping nationwide


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.

Letter to
President Barack Obama

Bird flu could possibly affect humans


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.


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