eleventhbeatnik

musings of an aquarian age counterculturist


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Birthing a Dream

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” Hugh Laurie

For years I have daydreamed about bringing an idea, a certain heart-centred dream,  to life. And for just as many years, I have been wholesale unconvinced I could entertain doing any work on that idea until the perfect opportunity/ time/ money/energy scenario made its presence known which would in turn signal a universal “okay” to proceed.

As you can imagine, the result of waiting for the perfect moment in my case, until now, has resulted in: NOTHING.  Because putting things off for a better tomorrow, or an ideal moment, generally results in a whole lot of nothing in terms of progress.

Late last year, I decided to take the proverbial leap, trusting that a net would appear, as needed. I created a draft outline of the non-profit I had been envisioning and began making concrete plans. I started by hastily set up a social media page (promising a website coming soon), organized a speaking event, and booked event space – sight unseen.  Best. Decision. Ever. The event was a great success and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

And now, with the help of some amazing volunteers, we are going live with the non-profit website today, January 11.  Which, not coincidentally, is my birthday.  The motivator in choosing this day to launch was simple: what better time to birth an idea than a birthday?  It is so personally significant and it feels so right.

To learn more about this project, please check out GaiaPeaceCollective.com  Your feedback is greatly appreciated so do contact us with any suggestions for improvement.

Even better, if you are able and inspired to do so, please support our crowdfunding efforts by donating and /or sharing this initiative.

https://www.youcaring.com/gaiapeacecollective-728119

Please help us plant seeds of peace by donating and/or volunteering.  Together we can create a more peaceful world – I have no doubt.

With gratitude and love,

eleventhbeatnik

 

 

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Esther the Wonder Pig

Steve, Derek & Esther

Steve, Derek & Esther

Have you heard about Esther and her two Dads?  If not:  run, do not walk, to check out their story:  Peace Love Esther

Esther’s facebook page has become just a little bit of an addiction for me.  Okay, edit that.   I am absolutely smitten.  It is so much fun reading the daily photo captions and watching this family evolve and grow (literally grow: Esther is 450+ pounds!)

And the best is yet to come.  Plans are in the works to open an animal sanctuary in Esther’s name.  It is a really exciting journey of compassion and an opportunity for others to share in it.   My own experience working at an animal sanctuary taught me that although it is hard work and costly to manage, it is an endlessly rewarding and enlightening experience.

If you are so moved, please consider donating to help bring this sanctuary to life:

Let’s Build a Sanctuary

The Esther Effect.  What a beautiful thing!

 

Esther & Shelby

Esther & Shelby

 


Japan Dolphins Day 2013

Japan Dolphins Day 2013

The dolphin slaughter in Japan is set to begin on September 1st.
Please join the global protest to raise awareness at an event near you
this weekend:

Japan Dolphins Day: Global Protest

DO YOU KNOW?

“Each year from September 1 to around the end of March, hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered in Japan.  Fisherman round them up using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove:

In some cases, individual dolphins which are deemed as being ‘show quality’ (and, often, who look like Flipper, the iconic dolphin from the 1960’s television series), are selected by trainers and sold for upwards of $150,000 USD to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts for the rest of their lives.

The remaining dolphins are then inhumanely killed. The butchered dolphins are used for food, while the Japanese government intentionally shelters people from the dangers of eating their contaminated flesh. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to this danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people.

The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry. A dead dolphin fetches a mere $600, as compared with the hundreds of thousands that can be made from live ones. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

* Show up at a protest.

* Take direct action.  Every time you purchase tickets to attend shows using animals for entertainment (including dolphin shows, rodeos, circuses) you are directly supporting inherently cruel industries.  Take the Pledge.  Don’t go!

* Inform yourself.  Inform others. 

Here’s more truth about captivity – watch, learn, share:  Blackfish


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Toronto Change-Makers

“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to her who suffers, and try to help her.”
-Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom

There are so many wonderful organizations out there doing amazing things to raise awareness and consciousness in the area of animal rights all over the world, for which I am immensely grateful.  The dedication and commitment it takes to undertake this type of heart-wrenching advocacy work comes directly from the heart.

Locally, a couple of stories really caught my attention this week on the theme of “bearing witness” and I feel compelled to acknowledge all those involved and share their stories here:

Liz Marshall is a Toronto filmmaker who brought us the brilliantly moving film The Ghosts in Our Machine.  Through the camera lens of photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, this beautiful and gentle documentary captures the essence of animals caught in situations of both injustice and hope .

Liz Marshall Interview:
Liz Marshall: The Ghosts in Our Machine

Jo-Anne McArthur:
WE ANIMALS Jo-Anne McArthur

Toronto Pig Save is an inspiring collective of peaceful, local grassroots change-makers holding weekly vigils for pigs arriving in transport trucks at Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse in Toronto.  The work they are doing is both necessary and powerful.


THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR EMBODYING THE MEANING OF “BE THE CHANGE…”.


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HumaneMyth announces the launch of the 50,000 Pigs Campaign

HumaneMyth announces the launch of the 50,000 PIGS CAMPAIGN at:  50thousandpigs.org

50,000 PIGS….
Joe Maxwell is the Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He also personally profits, along with his business associates, from sending 50,000 individuals to slaughter each year.

50,000 PIGS…
It’s hard to fathom the magnitude of this number. Imagine these individuals standing in single file. The line to the slaughterhouse would stretch for over 28 miles. If they were to be killed in sequence, it would mean the life of one pig would be taken every 11 minutes. 24 hours a day. For an entire year.

50,000 PIGS…
These animals, and countless others being used and killed by HSUS’s collaborative partners in the meat industry, have been abandoned to their fate by many activists and organizations under the influence of HSUS.

With nobody else to advocate for them, will YOU be their voice?

Turning a blind eye to industry collaboration is not animal rights work.

It is not animal welfare work.
It is not animal protection.
It is not animal advocacy.

It is a betrayal of the animals.
It is a betrayal of fellow activists.
It is a betrayal of public trust.
It is a betrayal of the cause of justice.

It is time to BREAK THE SILENCE and confront the betrayal.

BE A VOICE FOR THE 50,000!

50thousandpigs.org

50thousandpigs.org


The Ghosts in Our Machine

Last night I attended the première of The Ghosts In Our Machine at Hot Docs.  More thoughts on this later.

For now my message is this:  SEE THIS FILM.

It is a beautiful and perception changing work that covers a difficult subject in a gentle and heart opening way.  Jo-Anne McArthur’s soulful photography is stunning.

To learn more:  The Ghosts in Our Machine

the ghosts in our machine


What Do You See in Fur Trim?

This is a terrific ad campaign currently running on the subway in Toronto:Image

Please support the Fur Bearer Defenders in the important and compassionate work they do by informing yourself, sharing the information and/or making a donation.  Doing a little research and reading labels can make a big impact. There are many cruelty free garment alternatives available these days. This means that every time you choose to purchase a non-animal derived product it is a direct vote against an industry driven by consumer demand.

The Campaign Page:
Fur Trim is a Trap