"This Is Hope" is a crossover book for self-identified environmentalists, species rights advocates, vegans and vegetarians, those dedicated to true sustainability, fish and wildlife "management" professionals, students of deep ecology, and those who want to know the biocentric solutions for our dietary, consumer, and reproductive choices.
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Cowspiracy the documentary premiers!

A movie with a message too long ignored. For organizations receiving this, please email your members and post the attached poster (www.cowspiracy.com) to your social media sites. You also will see the scheduled tour at www.cowspiracy.com that’s selling out to enthusiastic viewers.

For Seattle:
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
AMC Pacific Place 11 / 600 Pine St, #400 / Seattle
TICKETS: https://cowspiracyseattle.eventbrite.com / www.cowspiracy.com

From the producers:
Cowspiracy Movie Trailer and Tour ScheduleThis is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see.
“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
This documentary will be as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The Vegan Movement and Verbal Nonviolence

group of young ecologistsOccasionally I’m reminded of how many vegans are working globally to transform humanity. Too often I forget this and shrink into a single person sitting at a keyboard on my desk. In my post today, I’m keeping them in mind, aware there are many people with their advocacy experiences in places I have and have not been, in countries and cultures where they are advocating veganism. They are using every resource they have in every way they know. Near the bottom of this post are several you can check out.

I assume they face obstacles to their advocacy as we do and that we share some to many of them. It’s reasonable to think they also become discouraged at times by the unbearably slow change in human behavior. So, it helps when I am reminded of great people everywhere, nearly always underfunded. They dedicate their time and scarce resources to ensuring there is a real possibility we can create the tipping point that humanity will ride to the transformation we seek.

What of their experiences and responses to a debate I see so often online in the U.S.: the actual and felt judgmental attitudes perceived by non-vegans (carnists/omnivores and vegetarians) coming from vegan advocates? This is a deeply set challenge to both our and the non-vegans’ personal growth and character. Communicating and advocating veganism is not inherently judgmental but we must respond to the fact that judgment is what some people feel. Judgment feels like violence, an attack. It is the vegans’ responsibility to truth-tell without compromise, share personal experience, love the persons we are with, and minimize as best we can the perceived violence. This may be difficult to do since we now know the unspeakable harms we created before our own transformations.

We remember how nonviolence (ahimsa) was acknowledged and represented by Dr. Martin Luther King, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and the millions of people in their movements. Their instruction to the people mandated they challenge the unjust behavior and not hate or do violence to the persons acting unjustly, to always love those doing the harm. Again, this is easy to say but difficult. We must support one another by keeping this consciousness of verbal nonviolence alive in our advocacy without compromising the vegan principle:

“The object of the [Vegan] Society shall be to end the exploitation of animals by man”; and ‘The word veganism shall mean the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.”

“The Society pledges itself ‘in pursuance of its object” to ‘seek to end the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection and all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man….”

“Where every other movement deals with a segment – and therefore deals directly with practices rather than with principles – veganism is itself a principle, from which certain practices logically flow.” Leslie Cross, (Vice-President,Vegan Society, 1951)

Implementing the vegan principle is accompanied by another set of conversations and debates, this time about incremental change: “leaning into” change; the studies about how societal changes unfold; and how we must consider the personality of the person with whom we are sharing our message about veganism. These are all instructive and important. However, we are not able to force the change including the rate of change in the behaviors of other people. I cannot think at the moment how one would force change of any kind in others and remain nonviolent. Induce and pressure through economic and social means? Yes, changing the economic systems of the world is essential if life is to be truly valued and not just commodified. Social pressures? Yes, but carefully as that can easily straddle the line of violence by judgment. What we can do is communicate effectively in a way that does not require we omit a single syllable from veganism nor compromise the vegan principle.

As an advocate, my guide is clear. I have no right to speak on behalf of any individual from another species who can suffer while telling a non-vegan that it is OK for them to “lean into” change or that they can do so gradually. To do so would mean I approve of the violence and suffering that continues from the remaining unchanged human behaviors. I simply cannot and will not do that. I believe it is important we tell our audiences this; I have. It helps people understand why we can’t condone this violence and at the same time lets them feel empathy for us as we do for them because of our own experiences. This mutual understanding is important throughout our advocacy. The adage of “seek first to understand before being understood” works both ways. We want them to ask us thoughtful questions but shouldn’t we also be asking them how they feel and encourage them to converse?

We know that personal change often happens gradually even though we are capable of overnight transformations with the right circumstances. So, when others are changing gradually in regards to veganism, it is their responsibility and theirs alone—just as it was ours. We continue our advocacy and our support or direct them to resources that will feed their awakening. Encouragement is not condemnation. Compassion is central to our advocacy and we apply it to those not yet convinced of the vegan principle in which we are steadfast.

Here are a few organizations that normally lie outside of my awareness. The International Vegetarian Union lists some of them as members of that organization: AUSTRIA – Vegane Gesellschaft Österreich; CHINA – Hong Kong Vegan Society; ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Vegan Association; FINLAND – Vegaaniliitto ry (Finnish Vegan Society); FRANCE – Société végane; INDIA – Indian Vegan Society; INDONESIA – Vegan Society of Indonesia; ITALY – BioVeganFest; KOREA – Korea Vegan Society & Diet and Climate Institute; NETHERLANDS – Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme; NORWAY – Norwegian Vegan Society; SOUTH AFRICA – South African Vegan Society; SPAIN – Asociación Vegana Española; SWEDEN – Veganföreningen i Sverige; TOGO (West Africa) – Vegan Students Association of Togo; URUGUAY – Unión Vegetariana y Vegana del Uruguay.

This posting has been about personal, one-on-one interactions with other people. What I’ve not addressed here and will save for future posts is how I want to respond to the corporate entities including some nonprofit organizations and other businesses, large and small, that do the raising and killing, that use advertizing to create an artificial demand for their animal industry offal and the lies of happy cows and “Meatopias”, that impoverish people and ecosystems—that do violence. I don’t want to be wrong about this because being nice at the wrong time in this arena becomes the biggest obstacle to ending the violent exploitation and our own success. I can say it will be nothing like what I’ve suggested above and it must include the abolition of animal agriculture.

News: Olympic Games and Orca captures


As the February 14 demonstrations protesting the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures draws near, do NOT forget the Russian captures of beluga, pilot, and orca whales. Stories about orca whales and Taiji dolphins taking part in the Sochi Olympic games have faded in the media. The exception is this excellent investigation http://timzimmermann.com/2014/02/10/who-is-white-sphere-the-barely-disguised-conglomerate-behind-russias-wild-orca-captures/ by a journalist who took the time to uncover the truth.

We ask you not to view the Olympic Games on TV (NBC in the US) in protest of these travesties and many others. Russian President Putin and his government are responsible for violence against these whales and dolphins, homeless dogs in Sochi, and LGBT people.

As for the Olympic Committee, we reject the notion that the highest standards of personal behavior and competition are required of athletes by the Olympic Committee while the same committee AND SPONSORS do not require hosting countries to uphold justice for individuals from other species and people. The Olympic Committee must reform the host country selection criteria or face dwindling public and commercial support for the games.

Reclaiming “Humane” – Part 3

A DRAFT proposed definition of humane.

mother orangutan with her babyIn parts 1 and 2 I discussed why we need to update and reclaim the word humane. I’m offering a DRAFT updated definition below. It is unfinished, uses too many words, and needs revision. But it does begin to remove the self-serving, anthropocentric misuse of the word humane that causes, ironically, so much suffering.  I will continue to work on this and consult people with skills that exceed mine. After presenting the meaning of humane in a modified format at a July, 2014 conference, I will re-post the results of that collaborative work here.  For the moment:

humane – an adjective that describes human behavior and the relationships we establish with people and individuals from other species that reflect empathy, compassion, kindness, mercy, protection, and love for their direct benefit absent exploitation, harmful treatment, and lethal outcomes, and is to be practiced independently of any benefit the person being humane may or may not receive.  It is not humane to endorse any practice or act that harms or kills a person or other sentient being or to cause or let remain any aspect of suffering in order to further exploitation or make the harm more commercially successful. Importantly, “animal welfare” is not humane. It is the expression of the “Golden Rule”.

Being humanerequires the humane person to oppose any strategy, policy, or act in businesses, organizations, and in one’s personal life if involved with persons being inhumane, contributing to the harm, enabling harms to remain, or causing the death of sentient life from another species, wild or domestic. This includes animal agriculture, fish and wildlife management (hunting, trapping, fishing), captivity, entertainment, experimentation, animal welfare and rights organizations, environmental organizations, and other human institutions that exploit individuals from other species or destroy their ecosystems. We extend our humane treatment to other species, whether captive, domesticated, or wild as we would for ourselves.  If under our protection as domestic species, we support their living a natural, full lifespan that is fulfilling to them. If in the wild, our task is to protect and restore their ecosystems, end our war on wildlife, and practice a sustainable and humane vegan new human ecology.

An unexploited right to life free of human violations is one of the “rights” we share with individuals from other species.  That is what it means to be humane.

 

Reclaiming “Humane” – Part 2

iStock_000008958903XSmallWe need to look no further than the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to see how humane as applied to humans has evolved internationally. They state, “The actual meaning of ‘humane treatment’ is not spelled out, although some texts refer to respect for the ‘dignity’ of a person or the prohibition of ‘ill-treatment’ in this context. The requirement of humane treatment is an overarching concept. It is generally understood that the detailed rules found in international humanitarian law and human rights law give expression to the meaning of ‘humane treatment’. … However, these rules do not necessarily express the full meaning of what is meant by humane treatment, as this notion develops over time under the influence of changes in society. This is shown, for example, by the fact that the requirement of humane treatment has been mentioned in international instruments since the mid-19th century, but the detailed rules which stem from this requirement have developed since then, and may do so still further.”

 

This applies to the species’ rights movement as readily as it does the ICRC. The mission statements, policies, strategies, and actions of organizations must evolve to define humane as human behavior that is dedicated to the direct benefit of individuals from other species, is absent exploitation, harmful treatment and lethal outcomes, and is supported independent of benefit to humans. That means it is clearly not humane to endorse any practice or act that is purposed to make the killing of a sentient being acceptable or commercially successful. Importantly, “animal welfare” is not humane.

 

Animal welfare seeks to reduce suffering in other species but does not oppose their being exploited in the most extreme way possible, slaughter.  We must not let the principle of being humane continue to be corrupted, intentionally and not, by animal welfare advocates. Humane and animal welfare must have separate definitions and meaning to us. Incremental animal welfare reforms enable the exploitative industries to adapt to growing public concerns about the injustices and unbelievably cruel human behaviors that assault other species. Animal welfare is animal welfare and humane is humane. We must oppose any strategy, policy, or act carried out by persons, businesses, or organizations that contribute to the harm and death of sentient life from another species, wild or domestic. This includes animal agriculture, fish and wildlife management (hunting, trapping), and other human institutions that exploit individuals from other species or destroy their ecosystems.

 

Some organizations have been around for a long time. Theirs is a history of animal welfare reforms that at one time seemed a good thing to most people. We now live in a different era. If their profile is not truly humane in the context of what we know today, then there’s need for organizations to change their names. A humane organization is characterized by their mission statements, policies, and strategies. That still leaves me uncomfortable with the way “animal welfare” is being used. It encourages bad human behavior towards other species and ecosystems. “Humanely-raised” labeling schemes are one example. It encourages animal agriculture as if animal welfare could do more than green-wash and humane-wash the industry. It is essential that we change public understanding of what is humane and what is not. We need this to stop the exploitation, speciesism, and slaughter of sentient individuals from other species.

 

brown cowUntil we reclaim the meaning of humane we will remain mired in the dishonesty that animal agriculture on any scale—like hunting, trapping, and fishing—can be made acceptable by calling it humane because animal welfare reforms have been established. And as I describe in This Is Hope, this is true for nondomestic species. Wildlife managers have set up agency cultures that intentionally favor high populations of some huntable species (‘game” as they are disrespectfully called) while suppressing populations of natural predators. This causes human conflict with wildlife and alters ecosystems. The agencies then want to cure this “problem” their policies created. Under this intentional agenda, agencies collect license and tax revenues derived from the “recreation” of hunting, trapping, and fishing. They turn ecosystems into battlegrounds and encourage the use of horrific tools of war against wildlife. We must oppose this if we are to extend the updated definition of humane to other species in ecosystems and reform fish and wildlife management agencies. There is already a trend in management philosophy to manage on an ecosystem level and not just exploit single species. This won’t end their inflicting suffering.

 

The words humane and “inhumane” are deeply embedded in our culture. It will take effort to ensure, as the ICRC noted, “…that both the definition of humane and the appropriate courses of organizations must continue to evolve.” That is the task before us. Humane societies and animal welfare organizations need to advance the rights of species to be treated humanely in truth, not fiction. They and we must support their living a natural lifespan that is fulfilling to them if under our protection. If in the wild, our task is to protect and restore their ecosystems, end the war on wildlife, and practice a sustainable and humane vegan new human ecology.

 

Summary

Who owns the definition of humane lies at the core of what many of us are challenging: a corruption of the animal rights movement by many of the larger organizations (see www.humanemyth.org). We are undercut with outdated perceptions still in common use that a death is humane if the killing is done in a manner that prevents or diminishes suffering with instantaneous or near-instantaneous unconsciousness to render the individual insensate to pain. There is little accounting for the psychological state of suffering in confinement, little accounting for the suffering of others who lose the presence of the one killed, little accounting of the extensive cruelties that remain throughout their lives, and no weighing of the harm caused when domesticated and wild life are taken unnecessarily before their natural life ends.

 

iStock_000002162356XSmallAs witnesses we know this harm well. The individual who was surprised by an unexpected death does not have to realize it was an injustice—because we do. We are responsible for that lethal act, so our knowing that injustice, that taking of a young unfinished life, is not humane. It wouldn’t be called humane if you killed me with a sudden death when I was ten, or now. It is an artificial distinction if you make it true for humans and not for individuals from other species (a case of speciesism). An unexploited right to life free of human violations is one of the “rights” we share with individuals from other species.

 

Let’s practice the updated understanding and definition of humane. I believe this moves us to legitimate questioning of the validity of organizations that call themselves or their actions humane when they are not.  They are leading the public to believe one can slaughter all we want and still be humane.  That no longer works. The definition of humane has changed and is no longer the property of inhumane organizations or people.

 

Next post: a proposed definition of humane.

 

Please share your views here. This is a moderated blog, a discussion. From it I will modify as a work in progress by many to reclaim the meaning of humane.

Reclaiming “Humane” – Part 1

milking machinesBehind the word “humane” there is a long, evolving history of how it has been defined and understood. Many of us are now concerned about how this word is being applied to our relationships with other species—and humans. We are living with the legacy of humane as it was understood during a past when we had a limited understanding of individuals from other species—who they are and what their needs demand of us. If a person or organization describes an act or activity as humane, the definition matters. Beings, domesticated and wild, who are capable of feeling physical pain, distress, or psychological harm depend on our best efforts to define and use this term to protect their interests, including the right to life. To do that, we need to reclaim and update what it means to be humane.

iStock_000010870225XSmallDuring a recent phone call I was reminded that the backsliding of several humane and welfare organizations has  required a watering down, or more accurately, ignoring what it means to be humane as we should understand it today. Our actions as individuals, organizations, and industries are measured by this term, so we’d best get it right. Toward that end, I offer the following.

Humane is an early spelling of human. Today, a cursory look at online dictionaries reveals differing definitions:

  • Merriam-Webster.com: “marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals”. The Merriam-Webster.com examples are fairly vague in application; “It’s not humane to treat animals that way”; and, “Conditions in the prison are more humane now.”
  • Oxforddictionaries.com: “having or showing compassion or benevolence / regulations ensuring the humane treatment of animals, and inflicting the minimum of pain, humane methods of killing”. One example sentence is, “but I am willing to put my concerns to one side if a humane stunning could be inflicted on the animal prior to its slaughter.”
  • dictionary.cambridge.org: “showing kindness, care, and sympathy toward others, esp[ecially] those who are suffering.” The example used is, “She felt it was more humane to kill the injured animal quickly than to let it suffer.”
  • wictionary.org:  “Having or showing concern for the pain or suffering of another;  compassionate.” Wictionary gives one contemporary example, “It is no longer considered humane to perform vivisection on research animals.”, and one that is contextual and comparative, “As methods of execution go, beheading is more humane than drawing and quartering.” Of course it is plain that this is not the same as equating beheading with being humane.
  • collinsdictionary.com: “characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc. inflicting as little pain as possible, a humane killing; [formatting removed in all]

Note the common words used to define humane:  compassion, kindness, mercy, sympathy, consideration, benevolence, and “concern for the pain and suffering of another.”  Now compare those defining words to the examples these dictionaries use to demonstrate the meaning of being humane. You’ll see that the words used to define humane and the examples given in sentences are often at odds with what we know today. Most of the sentence examples do not protect the individual animals from exploitation or slaughter. Being outdated, they also avoid contemporary considerations such as lack of killing necessity, the innate right to life, a requirement that all preventable suffering be addressed—not just a few aspects, and addressing the harms done to others who knew the slaughtered individuals socially.

The harms of using humane as we do now can be demonstrated by making three-year old girls and boys subject to our humane treatment as the dictionaries would have us understand it, instead of individuals from other species—livestock or hunted wolves, for instance.

Oxford Dictionaries would allow that we have “regulations ensuring the humane treatment of [three-year old boys and girls], and inflicting [upon them] the minimum of pain, [and use] humane methods of killing [them]”. For humans, we would be, “willing to put [our] concerns to one side if a humane stunning could be inflicted on the [three-year old boys and girls] prior to [their] slaughter.” Likewise Collins Dictionary would be telling us we were “characterized by kindness, mercy, sympathy, etc. [as we] inflict[ed] as little pain as possible [on the three-year old human children], [as in] a humane killing.” Merriam-Webster would be writing, “It’s not humane to treat [the children] that way” [and as such would be violating the law], and, “Conditions in the prison are more humane now” implies they are still inhumane whether they be prisons for adult humans or individuals from other species. The people at Cambridge Dictionary.org give us a specific case where ending the life of another can be humane. We understand this exception.

Our reference points are the decisions we make about and with the terminally ill. We know when we, our spouses, family members, and our friends consider life at some point in time something they no longer want to experience. Through empathy and basic understandings of physical and psychological pain, we know when ending an unbearable suffering life can be a humane thing to do. When the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) updates guidelines to create a “humane death”, they do so with the intent of creating a low-stress, instantaneous unconsciousness. Regrettably, they do not discriminate between a merciful euthanasia and wholesale slaughter of individuals unnecessarily killed to be eaten. So it is here that I must extend the idea of a humane death towards other sentient beings to be the same I would extend to other humans.

young turkeyThe contradictions between the dictionary definitions of humane as we understand the concept today and the examples demonstrating their application are what we have inherited. In the 16th Century, it referred to the higher qualities desired in human behavior; in 1774 the British Royal Humane Society was established to rescue drowning swimmers. Eventually “humane societies” and “animal welfare” organizations expanded the definitions. We were including more species and more aspects of their care.  Historically, these were seen by our species as advances. It did not stop the persecutions and accepted norms of abuse we have grown to oppose today. We now know that what was seen as humane treatment of the past is the inhumane treatment we understand now.

We have arrived at a very uncomfortable place where the past use of humane is being applied today to perpetuate injustice and suffering. The definition and application of the term humane has to change. It must recognize the unmet needs and innate rights of other species, their rights to life, and not being exploited. It stands to reason that when the definition of humane changes, so too must the organizations operating under the humane banner. Both must continue to evolve.

Next: Reclaiming Humane / Part 2

The Inevitable Persecution of Wolves by Wildlife “Managers”

iStock_000009009156XSmallA few years ago, I compared the “game management units” where the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) set the highest quotas for killing wolves with hunter licensing and killing of elk in the same areas. There was a direct correlation. Hunters killed far more elk with guns, arrows, and muzzle loaders in those areas had the highest removal rates of wolves compared to low-wolf quota areas. I used the data from the IDFG online records. This biased persecution of wolves is not unique to Idaho. I saw the same pattern while living in Alaska for seven years, only there they were (and still do) killing black and grizzly bears in addition to wolves to keep moose populations high enough for hunters, urban and indigenous alike. More recently, Montana, Washington, Wisconsin and other states have enacted various methods for killing wolves. Widely approved are leghold traps where there is no requirement to check the traps for days while the wolves, coyotes, fox, and other species suffer. Baiting is allowed. Hunting with packs of dogs is allowed in at least one state. Wolves are shot from airplanes. Professional wolf assassins are hired at taxpayer expense.

All of it serves to remind us that the profession of fish and wildlife management, especially at the state level, is thoroughly corrupt and trapped by arcane legislated mandates. They still are not acting for ecosystems, but instead “ranch” the species that will be hunted and thus provide department revenues through license fees. In one of many non-biocentric policies, state departments of fish and wildlife management continue to artificially stock nonnative species for revenues. Through similar makes-no-ecosystem-sense policies, these agencies ensure hunting is the top selection pressure, the ultimate decider of how evolutionary genetics plays out for the rest of history.

For Idaho, IDFG was created by a public initiative. Here is its mission statement:

“All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall be only captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.” (as of June 2012)

Generally, the ultimate measures of successful “management” are the trends (up or down) of abundance and diversity of species and communities of species over the span of as many original geographic areas as they existed in the past. Biodiversity is declining at an astounding rate, perhaps 100, or 1,000 or 10,000 times more than the fossil record indicates for past norms. Part of the disagreement lies in the fact we have no idea how many species exist on Earth so it is assumed most extinctions go unnoticed. They are gone forever and we never knew they existed, nor of their miraculous complexity and role in ecosystems, nor their necessity for other species survival. Recent estimates indicate Earth is losing some 140,000 species per year.

Fish and wildlife management agencies do not spend anywhere near the resources on maintaining ecosystem integrity and researching for new species and their natural histories, for instance, than they do producing hunted, trapped, and fished wildlife targets. If that weren’t awful enough, agencies ignore the element of human-caused suffering directed at individuals from other species, behaviors and agonies these agencies enthusiastically promote. Consider the egregious violations of disrespect and cruelty in their promotion of bow hunting and trapping. What in the hell is wrong with these degreed people?

Under wildlife management professionals, we are losing biodiversity and net geographic abundance of species and their communities. The strategies of these agencies are unable to match the destructive power of human behaviors—our human ecologies. As a result, the Idaho wolf kills, for example, are inevitable. It’s what we get from the institutions of fish and wildlife management. They are focused on protecting cattle for slaughter and the special interest hunters, trappers, and fishers. That will not change until progressive biologists, ecologists, and legislators vocally challenge the social and political root causes of the collapse of ecosystems and the accelerating loss of biodiversity. Currently, they do not see this needed reformation of their professions as being their duty, responsibility, or legislated mandate. But you’d think anyone with a true love for what we are losing would be motivated by a higher purpose and responsibility. Meanwhile, we’ve a front row seat to watch “wildlife management” continue to be a core problem as extinction rates rise and human populations rush in like a storm surge displacing native species whose predator-prey ratios are suppressed.

Think about what a vegan human ecology would accomplish for biodiversity and the reformation of fish and wildlife management and conservation biology. As it now stands, employee and agency cultural worldview beliefs block that consideration. Imagine no livestock grazing on public and private lands and no land being used to grow food for livestock starting in the U.S. and other first-world nations. Imagine the immense reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen runoff into the oceans in a vegan human ecology. If not in this profession, then where lies any hope while they oppose us?

New Alert to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest

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Reclaiming Abolitionism (and the Species Rights Movement) – Guest Blog

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Re-blogged from Voices From Animals. The title is “Reclaiming Abolitionism: It’s Time for Us to Take a Stand for Animals”. This is an important summary and explanation of why our voices are rising in opposition to mainstream “humane incrementalism” that operates under the guise of species rights. This and the accompanying piece (“The Invasion of the Movement Snatchers”—linked in the article) are essential to understanding why we must respond to the corruption of founding movement principles and the immense harm it causes. Please read, share, and save.

http://vfaonline.org/alerts/41-alertsgeneral/185-reclaiming-abolitionism.html

and be certain to also read

http://www.humanemyth.org/invasion.htm.

“This Is Hope”—the resource for Green Vegans

will_300dpiHello Everyone,
During this holiday season, we reflect on possibilities, about how humanity can be both compassionate and sustainable. More than that, we want to be part of the solution. In This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology / How we find our way to a humane and environmentally sane future, I describe the issues and the solutions. Veganism solves only part of a larger structural problem concerning human behavior and the institutions of violence it creates. It alone will not produce the world and life you want. The success of veganism rests upon a reformed worldview shaped by our need to create an intentional, biocentric human ecology. I urge you to purchase my book today; find out what the environmentalists are not telling you, what fish and wildlife management agencies are not telling you, and why Michael Pollan is wrong about veganism and ecosystems. Find out why there IS hope.

For yourself and as a gift, if you purchase Hope via the Green Vegans website Amazon link, an auto-donation will be made. It is available also online worldwide and at bookstores in several countries.

This Is Hope is a crossover book for self-identified environmentalists, species rights advocates, vegans and vegetarians, those dedicated to true sustainability, fish and wildlife “management” professionals, students of deep ecology, and those who want to know the biocentric solutions for our dietary, consumer, and reproductive choices.

This is Hope compares the outcomes of two human ecologies; one is tragic, the other is full of promise. “Our human ecology is the expression of everything we do and is represented by every interaction we have on earth…it consists of the multitude of relationships we have with other people, other species, and our physical environment’. I describe our current human ecology in depth to illustrate how we are living inappropriately, cruelly, and unsustainably. This is obsolete and has been for a long time; it is the cause of our overpopulation, our overconsumption of resources, the poverty of ecosystems and people, and our disregard for the rights of individuals from other species. This is Hope proposes a new human ecology to replace it.”

Author Bio
Will is an environmentalist and species rights professional who for over 30 years has conducted campaigns while employed for regional and national organizations. He recently founded Green Vegans (www.greenvegans.org). He lives in Seattle, WA.

Endorsements
Finally! A MUST READ for anyone seeking a practical planetary path from the current trajectory of death and desperation to one that truly engages and embraces hope for all species. This book provides a pioneering path for those who truly want to be the change we want – and need – to see in this world. As we collectively experience this never-before era of one species empowered to make it or break it for all, we now have HOPE to survive together. As a scientist in wildlife management and conservation, I can attest to tragically ridiculous and archaic methods that continue to be used to (mis)manage wildlife and plant species for human ignorance and greed rather than for the planet and successive generations. This Is Hope incorporates the best and the brightest of science while allowing for the potential of humanity.
Toni Frohoff, Ph.D. (Author, Dolphin Mysteries and Between Species)

John Hunt Publishing/ Earth Books Paperback
ISBN 978-1-78099-890-9
$22.95 | £12.99
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For endorsements, background, and table of contents, go to www.thisishopethebook.com.

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Regards,
Will

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News: Olympic Games and Orca captures

February 11th, 2014

As the February 14 demonstrations protesting the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures draws near,[...]

Reclaiming "Humane" – Part 3

January 28th, 2014

A DRAFT proposed definition of humane. In parts 1 and 2 I discussed why we need to update and rec[...]

Reclaiming "Humane" - Part 2

January 25th, 2014

We need to look no further than the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to see how human[...]

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