JUNE 26, 1982

On June 26, 1982, my dad went back to the little town in Germany where he had parachuted into someone’s backyard, bleeding, in the snow, in the Winter of early 1944.

He went to the local Post Office and spoke with someone who knew some English. He explained who he was and why he had come there.

The person he spoke with made a phone call and a short while later the woman who had saved his life, when all the men were going to kill him with pitchforks, came in.

I have the front page of the local newspaper from that day. There is an article about the two of them with a photograph.

My dad is standing there with his arm around his savior.

She must have been a very fine, compassionate and brave person.

My dad sure was one lucky 19 year old.

THE MARCH FOR THE ANIMALS

The first March for the Animals took place in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 1990.

Although the ASPCA had been around for over a century and the NWF and other American and foreign groups and individuals had been standing up for the animals for quite a while, this was the first global event that brought every citizens from every State and thousands of representatives from other countries together for the animals.

I believe that it was the turning point in what is now a world wide crusade to protect, cherish and save living creatures.

I remember walking through the streets of Washington with the other folks from Arizona, behind the folks from Arkansas and in front of the folks from Alaska, along with thousands of other folks, our banner, being held up with a pole at each end, reading “Arizona for the Animals”, with everyone saying, over and over again:

What do we want?

Animal rights!

When do we want them?

Now!

When we arrived at the Capitol there were many speakers. Some were animal activists. Some were politicians. Some were celebrities. The person who I was most impressed by was Christopher Reeve. Famous at that point in time for playing Superman, he spoke of his love for animals, for his horses.

It was a truly inspiring, exhilarating, fulfilling experience.

I still have the tee shirt I bought that day. On the front is Lincoln’s face and the quote:

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That  is the way of the whole human being.”

On the back it reads: We marched for the animals. June 10, 1990.

I had dinner that night with Pollo and Tom and Peter.

I marched again in the second March for the Animals in 1996.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Gandhi

“…it would also be mistaken to view other living beings as mere objects subjected to arbitrary human domination.”

Pope Francis

“For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

Henry David Thoreau

FROM THE GUARDIAN

Throughout humans’ recorded history, we have caused the loss of 83% of the wild mammals and 50% of the plants.

Of all the mammals on the Earth today, 60% are livestock, 36% are humans and 4% are wild creatures.

London, May 21, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY 2018

Though much is taken, much abides;

and though we are not now that strength

which in old days moved earth and heaven,

that which we are, we are –

one equal temper of heroic hearts,

made weak by time and fate,

but strong in will to strive, to seek,

to find, and not to yield.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson   Ulysses

 

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald   The Great Gatsby

 

To all men, Jew and Gentile, who have laid down their lives in that ancient and unfinished struggle for human freedom and dignity.

Howard Fast   The dedication to My Glorious Brothers

HUMANS ARE UNDERMINING EARTH’S BIODIVERSITY AND CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES

March 24, 2018

The United Nations issues four reports stating that the Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate.

The Americas, Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Asia-Pacific: none are doing well.

Severe declines in the numbers of elephants, tigers and pangolins, the most visible and charismatic of the thousands of species that are in trouble.

Crucial habitat has been cut apart, alien species have invaded places, chemicals have hurt plants and animals, wetlands and mangroves that clean up pollution are disappearing and the world’s waters are over fished.

Man-made climate change is getting worse and global warming will soon hurt biodiversity as much as all the other problems combined.

“We keep making choices to borrow from the future to live well today.” Jake Rice, Canada’s chief government scientist for fisheries and oceans, who co-chaired the Americas report.

Are things pretty dire? “Yes.” Stuart Pimm, Duke University conservationist.

By 2040 the Americas will have 15 percent fewer plants and animals than now. Nearly a quarter of all species are threatened, nearly two-thirds are declining and more than one-fifth are decreasing strongly.

28 percent of the species living in Europe are threatened.

More than 20 percent of Africa’s species are threatened, endangered or extinct.

If trends continue, there will be no exploitable fish stocks in the Asia-Pacific by 2048. Around the same time, the region will lose 45 percent of its biodiversity and about 90 percent of its crucial corals.

The outlook is bleak if society doesn’t change. Robert Watson, team chairman, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem.

There are only 2 Northern White Rhinoceroses left in the world.

Only man and the pack rat foul their own nest.

 

SUDAN DIES

March 21, 2018

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhinoceros.

“Utter tragedy today. We just can’t sit back and watch more species disappear.” Boris Johnson. British Foreign Secretary.