A personal story.
What started off as any other morning, was about to prove the opposite. I was awake, had my morning coffee, and was navigating through my morning routine. I couldn’t tell you the exact day of the week it was, though I know it was two weeks ago on an overcast day in September.
The Joan Jett Station was playing on Pandora, when a friend of mine appeared quickly before me and seemingly frazzled. He told me that it was screaming and that he didn’t know what to do.
Mountain lions (Puma concolor) are remarkably reclusive apex predators adept at avoiding humans. When hemmed in by paved roads and high fences, however, mountain lions are often forced to interact with us—along with our vehicles, poisons, bullets, and centuries old misunderstandings about their true nature—and such encounters seldom end well for the cats. The good news is that the public is becoming increasingly aware of the impacts we are having on our fellow travelers, and efforts are being made to reduce puma mortality in certain locales. Recent events involving the life and times of a puma living in the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area above Malibu, California, serve as a good example.
In seeking to abolish the property status of other animals, animal rights activists are pursuing a hitherto unattained goal: no human culture, at least to the author’s knowledge, has ever achieved animal emancipation and personhood. In short, modern abolitionists can rely upon no roadmap drawn by “someone who’s been there.” But analogy and vicarious experience can help serve at least some of the functions of a roadmap. The present article begins to explore fantasy and mythology and the types of teachings one might take from fictional worlds and tales.
Classified as Young Adult Fiction, Christopher Locke’s book Persimmon Takes on Humanity centers on raccoon Persimmon, a spunky and scrappy heroine, and her forest friends as they try to rescue other animals suffering at the hands of humans.
The federal budget proposed by the White House has been public for months and has elicited numerous discussions. Yet, to what degree are we aware and informed of the details of the budget? The campaign promise of a border wall is included, costing tax payers 3 billion dollars. The budget also makes reductions to most departments. Overall, the variance is of almost 200% (198.2%) of reductions for the entire federal budget. Yet, the 2018 budget is $7.8 billion above 2017’s.
The animal liberation movement has shed light into the many ways animal exploitation influences our lives and our planet. We now know significantly more than we did a decade ago; such knowledge has strengthened our approaches and has made our actions far more effective. Yet, much work is still required. The Humane Party of the United States has perceived this need and has established the Economic Transition Team, a group of individuals with several backgrounds and expertise, such as environmental scientists, farming and economics experts, and data mining experts. This group has prepared several research reports to provide factual and accurate information to other organizations in order to maximize their efforts.
Animals represent the best example of life having a real, factual value. Every time we walk by the meats section of any grocery store, we see a price tag on the body of an individual, an individual who endured a horrendous life, a life very few of us can even stand observing. The price tag in the market includes taxes, profits for the store, distributors, etc. If such a price has been inflated to add the profits of so many, what is the bottom-line value of their life?
Advocating for animal rights is about the fundamental tenets of compassion and filling every waking moment of our lives with the highest good we possess as living beings—our capacity for kindness, empathy, and seeing ourselves in every other living being who shares our identities as living, sensitive and feeling beings who are aware.
This week, the Humane Herald’s publication page offers two new important documents written by members of the Humane Party’s Economic Transition Team.
Guest author Frank Alarcón shares the following news about ANIMAIS: ANIMAIS is the first Brazilian and Latin American political movement aimed…
The Humane Party has today published the first full draft of the “Violence Is Not Entertainment” (VINE) Act, a proposed…
President Trump’s executive order on “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” assigns a task force to identify impediments to farming in the US. One particular impediment is the animal agriculture business. The Humane Party’s Agricultural Policy Transition Team has already done the labor intensive task of crunching numbers and ultimately resolving such impediments.
On April 4, 2017, Judge Maria Alejandra Maurício of the Third Court of Guarantees of the Judiciary in the Argentinean State of Mendoza ruled that Cecília, a chimpanzee living alone in a concrete enclosure at the Mendocino Zoo in Argentina, had the right to health and happiness.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated coast-to-coast to raise awareness for the ravages taking toll on the environment. Dubbing this day “Earth Day,” its founder, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson envisioned it as a “national teach-in on the environment.” April 22 is also the anniversary of the Humane Party’s public launch in 2009,
Empathy rests on the assumption that we are more likely to feel empathic with those with whom we share similarities. What about the empathy of difference? Not everyone is going to look into the eyes of a rattlesnake and be able to see from the eyes of the rattlesnake. Assuming sentience and therefore, being empathic, underlies the Humane Party’s “ecosystem-neutral” philosophical approach to the environment.
Joanne Kong is a new volunteer with the Humane Party, speaking at public events to advocate plant-based eating, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. To her, veganism has the most powerful potential to truly change the world and embrace what is to her the most important quality of humanity—compassion.