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Our opposition to stopping this deadly cancer of capitalism run amok will have to be something more than peaceful walks and civil disobedience, I fear...
Thank you for this report from the front lines. From well behind the front lines, a report from Missoula earlier this year: "A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights" http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=1133…
"... it is longer-lasting and cheaper in the long run than trapping..."
It's also compassionate and just (something trapping will never be), saving both beavers and other "incidental" victims from hideous suffering and grisly deaths within their own native ecosystem.
"But the store learned in August that, based on USDA guidelines, it didn’t qualify, Fahey says, 'because we didn’t have enough meat product.'"
Seriously? There's so much wrong with that one hardly knows where to start. Canned tuna: mercury. Deli meats: highly processed, sodium, preservatives, cancer. In its enthusiasm to prop up the meat and dairy industries (the animal industrial complex) our government is willing to sacrifice the health of its citizens. Remember what happened when USDA suggested that employees dining in the agency cafeteria observe Meatless Monday? OMG.
While we're saying thanks to wilderness pioneers and champions both dead and living, let's not forget the many federal employees in the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Forest Service, and Fish & Wildlife Service who keep wilderness in their hearts and honor the inviolability of the Wilderness Act. For every one fed who sells out wilderness for political gain or lack of backbone (e.g., allowing Idaho to kill wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness), there are those who never make the news defending the National Wilderness Preservation System--calling out expedient political moves and compromises that diminish wilderness, along with conscientious land managers who consult the Wilderness Act or agency experts before they make management decisions. They are unsung wilderness champions.
"There are more than 109 million acres of federally designated wilderness in America, and every acre is a sanctuary worth defending." AMEN to that!!! http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/fastfacts
Anyone who wants to submit a comment on the proposed fur farm will find the Environmental Assessment and the comment box here
Remember that cruelty isn't even on their radar--they're soliciting comments solely on the mechanics of siting the facility, security, and human & environmental impacts. And in all likelihood, it's a done deal that the license will be granted. In Montana, fur farming is simply considered a form of agriculture.
I do have one quibble (semantical) with the Indy's write-up, and that is this: "In March, radical activists targeted.... Extremists then attempted to free..." These people are not the extremists. Call them trespassers, law-breakers, saboteurs...but not extremists. The extremists are the ones operating the fur farms--no conscience, no compassion. Remorseless captors and killers.
That's fine, Greg. Many of us do both. And because oppressions run side-by-side and intersect, a kinder and more compassionate world for one is a kinder and more compassionate world for all.
‘This is a life’s work. This may not even be accomplished in our lifetimes."
Sadly, it was not accomplished in hers. And now, the work continues on her behalf--for our friends the wild bison. As a BFC supporter, volunteer, fundraiser, and former board member, I thank you for this tribute. ~Kathleen Stachowski
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