Saturday, February 6, 2016
Protect America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Gwich’in and Inupiat people who live on the edges of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have called this place home for centuries. Their very way of life depends on the bounty provided by the Refuge that they refer to as the sacred place where life begins.
But a rapidly warming climate and Big Oil and its allies’ desire to drill threaten this sacred place. Ask Congress and the president to protect the way of life of the Inupiat and Gwich’in. Ask them to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge once, and for all.
PETITION: Tell the President and Congress to Protect the Arctic Refuge
Monday, February 1, 2016
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life. And once life is desanctified the industrial machines of death, and the drone-like bureaucrats, sadists and profiteers who operate them, carry out human carnage as easily as animal carnage. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields in the Middle East.
“All animal agriculture involves violence, suffering and death, including the most humanely produced dairy and eggs,” Francione told us. “The male chicks are ground up alive or pounded or gassed to death. If you are a feminist and you consume dairy you are confused. One of the worst things in the world is the sound of cows when their babies are taken from them. In a conventional dairy the calves are taken away the same day or the next day. In an organic dairy, which is a supposedly higher-level animal welfare ‘happy place,’ they are taken away two or three days later. The mothers cry for days. The fact that we will take a cow with a natural life span of 30 years, impregnate her six times and take away her baby six times and kill her after she has had mastitis for five years is dreadful. This is the commodification of the reproductive processes of a female other, the commodification of a mother and her baby. The reproductive process and the relationship of a mother and her child become a product. I don’t understand how someone can say, ‘I am a feminist, but I drink milk.’ ”
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Petition · AVA: apaleada con un palo de madera, la dejaron pudrirse durante DOS AÑOS!!! JUSTICIA!!! · Change.org
Petition - Demand Justice for Ava who was beaten with a piece of wood and whose wound has remained like this for two years, which you can see from this photo to a brain tumor.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Every now and then George closes his eyes for a few centuries the stars stop for the occasion and the sun goes out, his night lit only by dream...
"Hello, big boy," she says, shell new and lustrous, green as the deep sea; and her eyes deep as the dark gems that glow deep where it roots...
George, lifting his nose skyward still seeing her behind his closed eyes moves forward
slow as lava oozing from the bottom of the sea
His scaled feet arch like trees first planted then pulled up from their roots...
"I'm coming," he says.
Written by, Steve Campbell
"Lonesome George" is the name given by biologists to the last surviving male Giant Galapagos Tortoise. There are no surviving females.
The entire Giant Galapagos Tortoise species was destroyed directly by humans. The tortoise's shells were used to make tourist trinkets. The shell is part of the tortoise's body (like turtles). Without their shell, they die much like a human having their skin removed (I imagine, equally as painful).
Items that were made with the tortoise shells include women's hair clips & barrettes, ash trays, decorative shoe horns, letter openers etc.
The animal was usually still alive when it's 'soft' body was cruelly cut out from it's shell. In countries like China, and the Island of Bali, this brutal and unethical practice of live tortoise/turtle slaughter continues.
George is approximately 90 years old. In 2008, great efforts were made to help George produce offspring by fertilizing eggs of a 'close' relative species. Sadly, the experiment failed.
George is the rarest known creature in the world and... the loneliest.
Extinction is forever.