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Hey, Cliven Bundy, thanks!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

He’s a racist, he’s a bully, he’s an anarchist! But Cliven Bundy has unwittingly done American taxpayers a favor – he has let you in on an issue that most people aren’t aware of: livestock grazing on federal land. Much of the current land owned by the federal government was acquired from England, France, Spain, and other countries after the American Revolution. Congress directed that the territories be explored, surveyed, and made available for settlement. Some of the land was sold or given to various interests including homesteaders, railroads, mining companies, and Indian tribes. Over time, the remaining public lands were viewed as valuable resources to be managed in a way that “will best meet the present and future needs of the American people.” This included leasing the lands to ranchers for grazing privileges. However, according to the Western Watersheds Project, the current public land grazing fee of $1.35 per month for one cow and her calf is woefully below market value, constituting an annual net loss to the taxpayers of at least $123 million and more than $500 million when indirect costs are accounted for. As much as 96% of these public dollars are spent to enhance livestock production in direct conflict with legal mandates to restore the health of public lands. In addition, public lands ranching significantly contributes to climate change by emissions of the nitrous oxide and methane. Ranching is one of the primary causes of native species endangerment in the American West and is the most significant cause of non-point source water pollution and desertification. Watch what grazing does: Thanks to Bundy, now the American press is starting to talk about this (see links below). And with any luck, American tax payers will take notice and begin to make their voices heard. Here’s what is being subsidized with your tax dollars: – Cheap meat – Loss of species – Animal suffering – Global warming – Water pollution – and for folks like Cliven Bundy to believe that they are the “true” patriots!  To learn more, see: EcoWatch http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/15/blm-battle-at-bundy-ranch/ Forbes Magazine  http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2014/04/25/federal-grazing-program-in-bundy-dispute-rips-off-taxpayers-wild-horses/  NY Times...

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Our Hen House Podcast

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan do something utterly unique in the animal protection movement – rather than focus on their own achievements, they point to others who are making a difference. I am honored to be on their podcast – Episode 219....

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Interview with Vegan World Radio

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Great talk with Pamela Kletke on KPFT Radio 98.1 FM in Houston about The Chain, Ag-gag laws, the meat packing industry and all sorts of other good stuff....

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Today’s Titantic

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

California is the next Titanic. And who is screaming “Iceberg ahead”?

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The Soul of a Panther

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Anna Breytenbach, an animal communicator, helps us to realize that communication with animals begins with an understanding that all animals have souls. See below the powerful story of a wild panther who needs, beyond being “rescued” from a zoo, to have the humans caring for him understand his basic need for respect. Amazing story. Emotional and spiritual!

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Activists Without Borders

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Getting to know fellow animal activists in Italy.

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Kids Changing the World

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

Young animal activists face the challenge of being “different” at a time when peer pressure is most acute. They should be applauded for bravely speaking out.

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Bring Back the Hero Dog

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

Fictional animal rights investigator Jude Brannock is rarely without her dog Finn. A retro hero, The Chain tells of how she rescued him from a puppy mill.

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Saving Animals, Social Justice, and Poetry

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

This past weekend we met a wonderful young man named Douglass DeCandia who is walking the walk when it comes to saving animals, ensuring sustainable agriculture, and working toward social justice. He manages small farms that grow fresh produce for hungry Westchester residents while also training at-risk kids and others how to grow good food. Doug also happens to be a damn fine poet. Here from Doug: Oh, silly bird, you shouldn’t be here here along this speeding highway. You look silly, you know? …too big for this little place. Those giant wings stand out, bowing to the wind as they blow the dust from our memories of true beauty… remember grace does exist. Silly how easy you move so slow along this speeding highway of concrete and doubt. You shouldn’t be here… this is no place for such prayer! We are not ready for this sweet violence upon our pride. Why have you stayed and not gone with the others back to the quiet corners of rivers and solitude? …back to the peace? We do not deserve you. But stubborn and stoic like an honest winter you refuse to leave these bones and us alone along this great and lonely highway. Oh, silly bird, thank you.  ...

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Marketing Compassion

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

  Those of us trying to raise awareness about animal suffering must constantly be looking for new ways to reach people. Leafleting, social media, speaking out, writing letters to the editor, and yes, writing books. How do we market the idea that compassion is cool? I came across this terrific idea in Costa Rica — an ingenious and fun marketing plan to save hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs in Costa Rica. Almost seems obvious in its simplicity, but according to this video, it’s working. Hot damn!...

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