Vote to STOP THE SEAL HUNT

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ELECTION 2011 (Canada-wide)
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The Green Party is the only political party with a full and comprehensive vision for Canada’s future, and the ONLY political entity opposing Canada’s sadistic commercial Seal ‘Hunt’ – in which seal nurseries are invaded by hakapik-wielding half-humans called sealers, who turn the ice floes into an unforgiveable, bloody carnage by bashing baby seals to death in front of their frantic mothers…

This makes voting easy – for me AND for the seals.  Because Canada needs to stop the seal hunt: NOW

This shameful, UNSUSTAINABLE slaughter is not only barbarically cruel but a gross violation of our constitutional duties as wildlife stewards – supported by our federal government’s DFO via false claims that seals need “culling” because they “destroy” juvenile cod populations thus “jeopardizing” Canada’s fishing industry. YET SEALS EAT MAINLY HALIBUT, MACKEREL AND OTHER PREDATORS OF JUVENILE COD (i.e. FEWER SEALS = FEWER COD)!!  In other words, “sealing” is a senseless violent crime committed against a harmless wildlife species.

The plain facts expose our government’s ignorance, lies and willingness to deceive the people of Canada – FOR WHAT? THE SEALING INDUSTRY – WHICH YIELDS LESS THAN 0.1% OF SEALERS’ INCOMES – SERVES ONE PURPOSE:  PROVIDING PELTS FOR MANUFACTURE OF FASHION APPAREL (which is why, horrrendously, up to 42% of the baby seals targeted are STRIPPED OF THEIR PELTS WHILE STILL CONSCIOUS, their carcasses discarded onto the ice floes to rot).

Increasingly and repeatedly, most Canadians have denounced this disgrace in countless petitions, polls and protests. The United States outlawed all trade in seal products years ago, and recently the European Union caught up with a Europe-wide ban on all seal-pelt trade. Other countries, eg. New Zealand and Scotland, have legislated protection of their seals (see http://www.seashepherd.org/get-involved/rewards.html).

So why is Gail Shea, Canada’s DFO Minister, appealing the European ban AT A COST OF $10 MILLION taxpayers’ dollars??  And why does our government NOT support non-lethal harvest of seal hair, a viable new industry initiated by SeaShepherd’s Paul Watson (which got declarations of support from Canadian fishing industry groups, conservation, animal rights and academic organizations, and the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1998)? Scroll to March 1994:  http://www.seashepherd.org/who-we-are/our-history.html.

WELL:  May 2nd is the day to ask for change – by doing the right thing:  VOTING GREEN!! (see http://www.greenparty.ca/)


REMEMBER:  Not voting = denying yourself a democratic voice; Voting AGAINST a candidate/party in some odds-based strategy = denying your true values representation. The REAL YOU needs to be heard!

AgainsT AnimaL TesTing

FACT: Animal research is not only cruel: it’s also USELESS…

“There is nothing quite as useless, misleading and harmful as animal experimentation.”
-Professor Pietro Croce, M.D.

Dr. Croce is part of a large and growing movement of doctors, scientists and educated public who are opposed to animal-based experimentation on the grounds that:
a) Animals & humans do not get the same diseases;
b) The way a non-human animal responds to treatments does not predict how a human will respond.

Ignoring these fundamental differences has been, and continues to be, very costly to human health – as these examples (just a tiny fraction of the thousands) prove:
– PCP is a sedative for chimpanzees;
– Penicillin kills cats and guinea pigs but has saved many human lives;
– Arsenic is not poisonous to rats, mice or sheep;
– Morphine is a sedative for humans but is a stimulant for cats, goats and horses.

In other words, all information documenting reported animal responses in laboratories is useless for determining a product’s effectiveness/safety for use by humans.
Human medicine cannot be based on veterinary medicine; it is in fact dangerous to apply data from one species to another. So why continue harming/torturing animals with these evil tests?  ANIMAL TESTING IS FUNDED BY PHARMACEUTICAL CO’s, TO PROTECT THEIR ASSETS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH LEGAL ALIBIS IN CIVIL SUITS and/or COURT ACTIONS.
Abolishing animal research would mean that the billions of dollars poured into worthless animal experimentation could be redirected into prevention and the kinds of research which actually have a chance of advancing human medicine.

If you STILL feel testing human products on animals serves the slightest worthy purpose, please read the damning declarations on this topic by experts in the field – i.e. some of the world’s top doctors – @ this link:

To OVFA…

[My guestbook comment on Our Voices For Animals website, 01/05/2011]

OVFA, i admire your work very much – Sabrina’s writings are particularly moving, and strike a resonant chord. I’ve loved animals since I was little – as most children do: our natural instinct from day one. Not to belittle, or to eat, or to use for any other selfish human purpose. That the opposite has been encouraged by even those considered “good” people for so long is perplexing, if not upsetting at the deepest level of my being. I too aspire to a world in which animals are respected as fellow creatures, and treated by all humans with compassion and kindness. Only then, as Albert Schweitzer once said, is there any hope of being happy – now or in future…

My bro-in-law…

Matt Hales is a woodworking genius, sharing a large East Van studio with other talents such as Christian Woo. He attended the world-renowned Inside Passage School of Woodworking, on BC’s Sunshine Coast, when results of his first forays into furniture design received rave reviews – mine included – reflecting a yen that couldn’t reasonably be ignored. I’m a lucky girl getting one of his handmade chopping boards as a recent gift – even running my hands over its luxurious surface is a treat… and just having a set of his simple-yet-perfectly-smooth wooden coasters in my home makes me happy. Below is one of his first major creations; check out his website for more: http://www.matthaleswoodwork.com/.

Eco-friendly Woodworking

[From Hat Factory Furniture, NY]
Expert cabinet builders, skilled at their craft and anxious to please customers, can miss opportunities to execute the same projects in much more environmentally friendly ways. Custom Cabinetry is frequently built of quality hard-wood materials that can last for generations. Of course for the environment, long lasting products are good – they don’t have to be replaced by other manufactured products. Custom cabinet builders at Hat Factory’s New York Custom Furniture center use several tactics to stay ‘green.’
Fortunately, the drive for more environmentally-friendly carpentry practices really isn’t that challenging. While lumber is a renewable resource, most carpenters respect forestry and would certainly oppose wood harvesting practices that didn’t allow for rapid regeneration. Additionally, using good quality hardwoods such as cherry or walnut instead of other, less-durable material would ensure many more years of service life for the finished product. Most customers and homeowners very much enjoy the look and beauty of these woods.
Manufacturing industries have been given a ‘black eye’ recently for failing to produce more green or environmentally friendly products. This has changed for cabinetry and woodworkers. There are several effective and easy ways to improve processes to deliver quality work while reducing negative impact to the environment. These ways fall into three main categories: purchasing responsibly grown and harvested wood, using recycled core materials and avoiding materials manufactured with formaldehyde.
Responsibly Farmed Hardwoods – Harvesting good quality hardwoods involves careful selection and manufacturing processes. These processes do not damage surrounding trees or impact forests in such a fashion as to hinder future growth. In fact, selective harvesting can actually increase production over time. Unfortunately, good hardwood trees take a great deal of time to grow into usable size. This partially accounts for their expense relative to other materials. Other woods such as bamboo can offer interesting construction options. When used by skilled craftsmen, these other woods can provide the long life customers seek.
Recycled Core Materials – Manufacturers have developed many different types of composite building materials – some of which contain recycled or reclaimed materials from other processes. Use of these materials reduces waste and improves the production yield for the volume of wood and by products produced. Improving efficiencies is good business practice as well. Including recycled matter in composite materials works for all involved in the manufacture and delivery of quality woodwork.
Formaldehyde-Free Core Materials – Composite materials are widely used in construction of good quality cabinetry. These materials usually consist of resins and composite materials that, when combined with heat and pressure during manufacturing, produce quality stable formaldehyde-free material. These are suitable for all manner of custom woodwork and are widely found in many good quality products.
These three simple practices can make a big environmental difference when applied industry-wide. Fortunately, these are not huge changes to most purchasing or delivery processes they just require a little deliberation prior to purchasing input materials. In the end, decisions made at every stage can make a big difference…
[Ultimately, choices made by end-user consumers can make the biggest difference of all!  To ensure industry-wide adoption of ‘green’ practices always find out what went into what you buy, before you buy.  And when results of your research come up short i.e. show eco-unfriendly practices, at any stage always voice the reasons for your choices, pro and con:  businesses listen, and word travels fast!]