Writing about animal issues and not being a vegan (but mainly vegetarian) may seem strange to some. That's how it is though, and will likely remain so (too much time in India?). I have played instruments made of animal skins for 40+ years, and have always tried to track the source if possible - it's important and should be an integral part of our lives. We were recently gifted by a native Alaska woman with her smoked salmon that was the most exquisite medicine/food I've ever tasted. A small amount was savored over many days. On top of that came a neck/head-warming strip of sea otter pelt that heats up one's skin significantly in an instant in the sub-freezing weather here. This has nothing to do with 'fashion', and involves certain traditional ways of hunting, that we'll get more into later. Just wanted to put that out there fwiw.
Recently we watched the documentary "Dakota 38", and a couple days later found out our firewood guy down the road is a student and sun-dance participant with one of the elders who organizes and rides every year at Christmas time. There's an important and fascinating addendum to the story written on New Years day by John Kane (Mohawk) regarding Amerika's Greatest
Good stuff happens: On Dec. 30, as a result of collaboration between Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois Press, the Global Guide to Animal Protection was just published. The Global Guide includes more than 180 articles that survey the extent of worldwide human exploitation of animals from a variety of perspectives. It is a tremendous accomplishment and a permanent resource reflecting the "growing worldwide sensitivity to animals and a developing sense that - as a matter of justice - they deserve our compassion and respect. It has my warm support," writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his forthright foreword to the book.
This video was just uploaded New Years Eve by probably the greatest animal rescue-and-sanctuary organization in the world, Animals Asia: an artistic creation-in-motion by the sand artist Yuon Baolong, and singer Yang Yinglan, in support of the Asian Moon Bear rescue-and-rehab efforts - If Only I Could Speak. This needs a million hits.
Following up on the video of Leopard Diabolo/Spirit (1/4 million hits in 1 month), we listened to a 1-1/2 hr. interview with the animal communicator Anna Breytenbach (HERE). Worth the listen, especially for the connecting guided meditation at the end, but if you haven't time in your life (I know), these are some of the astonishing and crucially important revelations that Anna has received in her communication experiences:
"Animals are willing companions on the communication journey.
"They are very aware of the general illness that humankind is suffering from. They have immense compassion for how we humans have lost the plot and what we're doing to ourselves, immense compassion for our disconnection. Animals' primary concern seems to be for us humans.
"What animals really want is to be seen for who they are - seen, known, and supported energetically.
"One of the greatest gifts of nature is [She] being a huge mirror to show us what we're doing individually and collectively.
"Despite what they are going through, they hold us in everlasting compassion.
"All animals are always busy in their roles, gifts, and sacred purpose, which we have become blind to discern. So many layers of what they are doing, way outside of ordinary human knowing, and literally doing things as important as stabilizing the planet....whales' migratory paths in sea, elephants' paths on land match ley and magnetic grid lines...(and the fencing and walls of both human environments and arbitrarily designed 'sanctuaries' have drastically screwed up most species' migratory abilities).
"Animals are connected with deep knowing that physical death is a transition in a state of being, not an ending.
"Ancient hunters promised good clean, honoring death the night before a hunt, asking the species for a clear sign of which individual would be willing to sacrifice for the human tribe's survival."
That last quote is a far cry from the throw-back-some-beers, get-in-the-pickup, blast-away-at-the-first-thing-that-moves bullshit that today's fake hunter morons engage in throughout the 'civilized'-and-dumbest-empire in the history of the world.
Recently, our latest 'reverse-litmus-test' word was "commie" - anyone making frequent use in today's world is an idiot.
This week's idiot word (and I don't care what the hell anyone thinks) is this:
"politically correct/PC"! Yeah, that's right. Sorry to break it to those who feel disappointed, but you need to stop being historically ignorant like the rest of the population and the popular bloggers. Here's the history, though I doubt the facts will change the mind of those suckers who have been thinking they're soooo cool guzzling the kool-aid (with the excuse that most justice movement orgs have been co-opted and infiltrated by the usual shit-disturber suspects):
Political Correctness - intended "to insinuate that egalitarian democratic ideas are actually authoritarian, orthodox and Communist-influenced, when they oppose the right of people to be racist, sexist, and homophobic" etc...(I guess we may as well include speciesist in there too.)
Very glad to see the story of Esther the wonder pig. Bacon jokers are long overdue for some whacking from the universe, like the fake hunters...
Some of that may be coming in 2014! It may be the year of fed-up, at least, if not 'waking up'.