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    • Patty McCollim VENTURA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      “Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game." -Paul Rodriguez,

      Stop the killers and the hitlers of the world! They are beyond worthless! Stop the all the violence!

      “Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society. —Cesar Chavez ,

      "I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world"

      - Thich Nhat Hanh,Vegan Buddhist Monk, Author of "Peace is Every Step",

      Earthlings http://www.earthlings.com/ It is the human earthling who tends to dominate the earth, oftentimes treating other fellow earthlings and living beings as mere objects. This is what is meant by 'speciesism'. By analogy with racism and sexism, speciesism is a prejudice or attitude or bias in favor of the interests of the members of one's own species and against those of members of other species. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc Philip Wollen : Animals Should Be Off The Menu debate

      "The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."

      --Arthur Shopenhauer ,

      "Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change." -Sam Simon ,

      "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for the survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." - Albert Einstein ,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgCSunBfREQ Plant Based Nutrition: Julieanna Hever at TEDxConejo 2012

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyjOPzKc4vA Vegetarian to Vegan - A Presentation by Sarah Taylor, MBA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTjhtgX72lw Earthlings - Full length documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRspwfKHmI ,

      http://hpjmh.com/2013/09/08/humans-the-real-threat-to-life-on-earth/ “Humans: the real threat to life on Earth.” Posted on 09/08/2013 by J. Morris Hicks Words of wisdom from Microsoft’s Stephen Emmott ,

      www.nonviolenceunited,org , www.awellfedworld.org ,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrw20E3458E World's First Vegan Avenue & Veganz Vegan Grocery Store Tour! ,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROxRLbVils Why Vegan? - Amazing Presentation by Gary Yourofsky

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIMaetrqLXc BEST ANIMAL RIGHTS SPEECH by SIMONE REYES ,

      "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." --Immanuel Kant,

      "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi ,

      "For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whosoever eats the flesh of slain beasts eats the body of death."- Jesus Christ The Essene Gospel of Peace (taken from the Dead Sea Scrolls)

      Violence Begets Violence www.violencebegetsviolence.org/ is dedicated to the teaching of moral and ethical values and to protecting Earth and all its creatures,

      "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

      -Dr. Martin Luther King ,,,,,,,,,,

      Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see.

      "Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke,

      kidney disease , and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for 'Peace on Earth.'"

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    • Peggy-Sue Cayer SOOKE, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

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      stop promoting hunting

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      Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence.(1) Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk.(2,3)

      Less than 5 percent of the U.S. population (13.7 million people) hunts, yet hunting is permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, and state parks and on other public lands.(40 Almost 40 percent of hunters slaughter and maim millions of animals on public land every year, and by some estimates, poachers kill just as many animals illegally.(5,6)

      Pain and Suffering

      Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. A study of 80 radio-collared white-tailed deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered by hunters.(7) Twenty percent of foxes who have been wounded by hunters are shot again. Just 10 percent manage to escape, but “starvation is a likely fate” for them, according to one veterinarian.(8) A South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologist estimates that more than 3 million wounded ducks go “unretrieved” every year.(9) A British study of deer hunting found that 11 percent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying.(10)

      Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities. The stress that hunted animals suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.

      Nature Takes Care of Its Own

      The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival—if they are left unaltered. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, however, kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace—including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong. Elephant poaching is believed to have increased the number of tuskless animals in Africa, and in Canada, hunting has caused bighorn sheep’s horn size to fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years. Nature magazine reports that “the effect on the populations’ genetics is probably deeper.”(11)

      Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group. Starvation and disease can be tragic, but they are nature’s ways of ensuring that healthy, strong animals survive and maintain the strength of the rest of their herd or group. Shooting an animal because he or she might starve or get sick is arbitrary and destructive.

      Another problem with hunting involves the introduction of exotic “game” animals who, if they’re able to escape and thrive, pose a threat to native wildlife and established ecosystems.

      Canned Cruelty

      Most hunting occurs on private land, where laws that protect wildlife are often inapplicable or difficult to enforce. On private lands that are set up as for-profit hunting reserves or game ranches, hunters can pay to kill native and exotic species in “canned hunts.” These animals may be native to the area, raised elsewhere and brought in, or purchased from individuals who are trafficking in unwanted or surplus animals from zoos and circuses. The animals are hunted and killed for the sole purpose of providing hunters with a “trophy.”

      Canned hunts are big business—there are an estimated 1,000 game preserves in the U.S., with some 5,000 so-called “exotic ranchers” in North America.(12,13) Ted Turner, the country’s largest private landowner, allows hunters to pay thousands of dollars to kill bison, deer, African antelopes, and turkeys on his 2 million acres.(14)

      Animals on canned-hunting ranches are often accustomed to humans and are usually unable to escape from the enclosures that they are confined to, which range in size from just a few yards to thousands of acres. Most of these ranches operate on a “no-kill, no-pay” policy, so it is in owners’ best interests to ensure that clients get what they came for. Owners do this by offering guides who are familiar with animals’ locations and habits, permitting the use of dogs, and supplying “feeding stations” that lure unsuspecting animals to food while hunters lie in wait.

      While many states have limited or banned canned hunts, there are no federal laws regulating the practice at this time.(15)

      Other Victims

      Hunting accidents destroy property and injure or kill horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. In 2006, then–Vice President Dick Cheney famously shot a friend while hunting quail on a canned hunting preserve.(16) According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number only includes incidents involving humans.(17)

      The bears, cougars, deer, foxes, and other animals who are chased, trapped, and even killed by dogs during (sometimes illegal) hunts aren’t the only ones to suffer from this variant of the “sport.” Dogs used for hunting are often kept chained or penned and are denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication. Some are lost during hunts and never found, whereas others are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves and die of starvation or get struck by vehicles.

      A Humane Alternative

      There are more than 20 million deer in the U.S., and because hunting has been an ineffective method to “control” populations (one Pennsylvania hunter “manages” the population and attracts deer by clearing his 600-acre plot of wooded land and planting corn), some wildlife agencies are considering other management techniques.(18,19) Several studies suggest that sterilization is an effective, long-term solution to overpopulation.(20) A method called “trap, neuter, and return” (TNR) has been tried on deer in Ithaca, N.Y., and an experimental birth-control vaccine is being used on female deer in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, N.Y.(21,22) One Georgia study of 1,500 white-tailed deer on Cumberland Island concluded that “if females are captured, marked, and counted, sterilization reduces herd size, even at relatively low annual sterilization rates.”(23)

      Sincerely,

      Peggy-Sue E. Cayer

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    • colart 0475291527 PRIVAS, UNITED STATES
      • 10 months ago

      Signé

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    • ROBERT SMITH TURRIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Unforgivable cruelty plain and simple.

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    • Bobbie Wendelken DURHAM, NC
      • 11 months ago

      Hunting for food is understandable.Hunting for Trophy animals is compensating. There is no reason for it, especially with endangered animals. n 2006, researchers from New South Wales University and Griffith University confirmed what many psychologists already suspected: animal cruelty is closely linked with "lack of empathy" and "callous disregard" in children. These traits are commonly associated with psychopaths, and animal cruelty is a better predictor of these traits than problematic parenting. When animals are abused, people are at risk.

      IN other words, Children can't relate to adults yet, so we teach them empathy and compassion through animals. Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble. Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk.

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