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LancasterOnline and the Normalization of Human Arrogance

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It would be easy to make fun of LNP’s asinine headline “No hunting-related shooting deaths were recorded in Pennsylvania in 2016” were it not such a depressing reflection of our largely indifferent society.

In the article to which that thoughtless headline is attached, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans is quoted as saying “hunting is safer than it’s ever been.” Tell that to the animals who are mercilessly gunned down by bloodlust-full thugs in the name of sport. Burhans and his loathsome ilk insist, of course, that they’re conservationists. To wit: The shamelessly arrogant mission of the PGC is “to manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations.” 

As I’ve pointed out many times, “wildlife management” is an insulting and sickening euphemism for “sanctioned slaughter.” The PGC and wildlife agencies in other states cater to the most violent among us while claiming altruism as their constituents’ primary motivation. The truth is that killing, for these agencies, is a business. And there remain plenty of knuckle-dragging serial killers who continue to spend a few dollars each year to visit brutal deaths on other species.

According to language on its website, LancasterOnline — the LNP’s Web presence — “has a monthly readership of over one million” (poor grammar not at all excused). That readership would be better served by the truth. And the truth is that the only species that needs to be “managed” is ours.

Media Once Again Ignores Real Victims

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Late last month, three humans were injured by a bull at a livestock auction in County Clare, Ireland. Not surprisingly, and once again, media reports ignored the real victims. What follows is an open letter to Pat Flynn, who wrote about the above-mentioned incident for The Irish Times. 

Hi Pat,

I’m writing with what you in the press call a “news tip.” It’s a horrifying and atrocious story with countless victims, each and every one of whom was and is born to suffer a short, tortured life and a brutal end. 

There’s a company called Clare Marts, at the intersection of Greed and Indifference, in County Clare. It’s where the doomed are further insulted on their way to the killing floor. Your headline — and the gist of your piece — could be something like “Countless victims traded in Co Clare atrocity.” 

I see the piece, if you’ll indulge me, Pat, as a story about the unimaginable fear and suffering that’s endured by an endless procession of individuals who desperately need your help. Tell your readers, Pat, about the flesh trade that’s flourishing there and everywhere that our species dominates. 

It wouldn’t be untrue to write something like “Clare Marts auctions babies and adults, all of whom will soon face the knife,” or “at Clare Marts, stolen lives are currency and death is the common denominator.” You get the idea, Pat. The point is, nothing’s going to stop this atrocity until the people with access to the truth make some powerful word-music that motivates the masses to stop the goddamned madness. Dig? 

With great urgency,
David Brensilver 

I sent the above to several editors at The Irish Times and to info@claremarts.ie.

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Doomed Cows (Don’t) Escape Killing Floor

Photo by Scott Bauer/USDA

Having seen a few Facebook posts today about cows escaping from a St. Louis-area slaughterhouse, I asked myself how many news stories I’d have to look at before coming across a stupid and thoughtless headline. 

One, as it turned out.

I typed “cows St. Louis” into a Google News search and clicked on the first story, whose headline, “Steak-out: Police try to corral cattle after escape from north St. Louis slaughterhouse,” loudly betrays the callous indifference that each year dooms billions of animals before they’re ever born.

Like countless animals before them, the cows who likely found nothing but fear and confusion on the streets of St Louis were born to have their throats cut so humans can “enjoy” a juicy burger or a nice steak. Shortly after escaping, they were captured and returned to the killing floor.  

I’m guessing that the newsperson who wrote the St. Louis Post-Dispatch headline hasn’t given much thought to the suffering that our species inflicts on others.

It’s not hard to not eat them. What’s hard is getting people to recognize them in the first place.  

This commentary was sent to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers and photojournalist David Carson in the hope that they’ll someday tell the stories of the victims who’re marched onto the killing floor and brutally slaughtered.

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Alligator Executed After Encounter with Florida Woman

Photo by Djngsf

Photo by Djngsf

Animals almost always lose. It’s the maddening reality that motivated me to launch this blog in the first place. The latest example of humankind’s arrogant expectation that other species play by our absurd rules involves a Florida woman who nearly lost one of her hands to an alligator when she reached into the water to retrieve a soda can. Not surprisingly, the alligator was executed.

From The Guardian: “Tammy Sapp, a spokeswoman for the (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), said that alligator bite incidents were rare in Florida but that the wildlife commission worked to keep visitors to the Everglades safe and to remove alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.”

You’ll remember that in June six alligators were executed after a toddler was pulled into Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The people who were reportedly in the habit of feeding alligators in the area are in part responsible for all seven of those deaths.

In addition to executing “nuisance” alligators—the commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program was responsible for the deaths of 7,513 animals in 2015—the commission organizes an annual alligator-hunting season as part of its “management” program.

“Wildlife management,” of course, is a sickening and insulting euphemism for sanctioned slaughter.

Make no mistake, Florida’s War on Alligators, which includes the state’s disgusting alligator-farming industry, is a year-round atrocity.

Unwittingly, the woman who reached into the water to retrieve a soda can created yet another opportunity for the state’s death squads to hunt down and kill an alligator.

The right response would have been to do nothing at all, to leave that animal and all the others alone to live their lives free from fear and harm. But killing is big business in Florida, as it is elsewhere. And it will continue as long as the majority remains indifferent.

Florida’s alligator-hunting season begins on Aug. 15. Send an email to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski (brian.yablonski@myfwc.com) and give him a piece of your mind. 

Portrait of an Animal-Rights-Focused Play

I've been working on an animal-rights-focused play. Here's what that work looks like from my perspective.

I’ve been working on an animal-rights-focused play. Here’s what that work looks like from my perspective.

One Murderer Kills Another’s Would-Be Victim

Photo by Roger Green

Photo by Roger Green

A greedy murderer in northeastern England is whining that one of her would-be victims was mortally wounded by a sadistic interloper. According to The Press, “Joe Beckett, who farms near Marton, discovered one of her sheep with gunshots [sic] wounds early on Tuesday morning. … Its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised.”

“As farmers we fully appreciate that most of our animals are bred to supply the food chain, however this was a totally unnecessary murder,” Beckett was quoted as saying, complaining that “shooting her in the neck and leaving her to die a slow painful death” has the farmer “absolutely furious at this barbaric act of animal cruelty.”

Beckett is suggesting, in other words, that as long as there’s money to be made, bringing animals into the world to cut their throats is both necessary and humane. That last word you might recognize from odious meat-industry propaganda, which, of course, targets the nonthinking and indifferent.

Among those, we can count the reporters and editors at The Press, who don’t see the sickening irony of covering an unexpected murder on an already bloodstained killing floor, and also the law-enforcement officers who’re hoping to bring to justice the individual who visited brutal violence on the sheep who was supposed to be brutally slaughtered by Beckett. Meanwhile, more victims are being born into stolen lives, to exist as pieces of property until it’s time to face the knife.

Rich Square, North Carolina, Where Heroes are Monsters

Photo by Ken Thomas

Photo by Ken Thomas

“Saving lives through slaughter,” the slogan I attached in 2013 to the Holley Fire Department, in Orleans County, New York, will also work for the fire department in Rich Square, North Carolina. On Saturday, April 9, Neanderthals from that company will host a fundraising event in which participating savages kill turkeys for the chance to win $500. Last year, according to The News & Observer, “about 150” savages entered the killing contest. The fire department raised $5,250, at $35 per murderer.

“A $35 entry includes a Friday night steak dinner that is cooked by the firefighters and features raffles and a rules presentation,” The News & Observer report tells us.

In other words, the violent thugs who pay to participate in the fundraising massacre will stuff their faces with the flesh of brutally slaughtered animals before brutally slaughtering other animals, all in the name of saving lives.

In 2013, representatives from Friends of Animals offered to raise money for the Holley Fire Department if officials there would call off their annual competitive slaughter, “Squirrel Slam,” which offers competitors a chance to win guns and cash. Not surprisingly, those officials declined the promise of blood-free cash, preferring to destroy as many lives as possible, all in the name of saving others.

The Holley Fire Department raised $6,000 in 2015, thanks to 600 murderers paying $10 apiece to unleash brutal violence on others. 

To raise the $5,250 it did last year, the Rich Square Volunteer Fire Department could ask each member of the community for about $6. Department members could organize a fundraising event in which no one gets killed. But it’s not about the money. It’s about the killing. And the loathsome degenerates who organize and participate in the annual massacre in Rich Square don’t want anyone from the surrounding civilization telling them how to live their lives while they’re enjoying taking others’–all in the name of saving a lucky few.

Like they are in Holley, the heroes in Rich Square are monsters.

Call Rich Square Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jonathan Morris at (252) 539-2933 and give him a piece of your mind. 

Ask your state legislators to support or introduce legislation that would outlaw wildlife-killing contests, and support the efforts of organizations like Friends of Animals and the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting to bring an end to such savagery.

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Make Bear Hunters Fight Other Terrorists

Photo by Terry Spivey

Photo by Terry Spivey

What follows is on open letter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Gov. Christie,

On Tuesday, you once again voiced support for your bloodstained state’s annual bear hunt, declaring on Eric Scott’s WKXW (New Jersey 101.5) show Ask the Governor that “bears are everywhere” and “this is a really bad problem.”

Not surprisingly, you echoed the bogus and insulting claim that the state-sanctioned slaughter is “based on science” and gave your henchman, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, a pat on the back, saying he’s “done a great job administering it.”

At the beginning of this week, more than 8,000 bloodlust-full subhumans had secured permits to slaughter bears in your state. That’s more than twice the number of bears than are estimated to make their homes in New Jersey.

The DEP hopes to oversee the slaughter of some 700 bears this year — about 20 percent of the population. Reducing New Jersey’s human population by the same percentage, it’s worth pointing out, would mean killing approximately 1.8 million people.

But that’s entirely different, you would say with great bluster. We need to protect humans from the dangerous beasts who dare to wander out of our nightmares and onto our streets.

What your state’s annual bear massacre proves is that bears and other species are in desperate need of protection from violent thugs and the greedy opportunists, like you, who bend over for them.

How many humans in your state have been killed by bears? One. Since Monday, 366 bears have been murdered in New Jersey. Congratulations, you’re more than halfway to your desired body count for the year.

Morality, of course, can’t be measured in numbers. Your ridiculous claim that the bear hunt is a science-based necessity betrays the astonishing arrogance with which monstrous people like you operate.

If there is a problem, it’s man’s callous disregard for other species. For you, this is about power, just as it is for the knuckle-dragging, lead-filled-phallus-carrying sadists who right now are searching the New Jersey woods for potential victims.

All the bears want — and what they absolutely deserve — is to be left alone to live their lives free from fear and harm. And you deny them that to cater to the bloodthirsty desires of murderous psychopaths.

Why not send the 8,200 bear-hunt-permit-holding Neanderthals overseas to tangle with ISIS? Let one group of barbarians hunt the other. The world would be a much better place without any of them.

The above was sent to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, and WKXW’s (New Jersey 101.5) vice president of news and digital operations, Eric Scott.

The Dairy Industry’s “Udder Truth” is Utter Nonsense

While no one’s life is adversely affected by what’s depicted or not depicted on Starbucks’ cups, countless lives are destroyed so that the indifferent masses can add milk to coffee.

Starbucks is just one company whose bottom lines can be measured in stolen lives.

The dairy industry, needless to say, works very hard to portray the victims as willing — even enthusiastic — participants in their own brutal exploitation.

A recently produced video series unimaginatively and insultingly called “The Udder Truth” is a prime example of the propaganda the industry disseminates to make consumers feel good about supporting cruelty.

In the video embedded above, Annie Link, the owner of Dairy Discovery, which offers tours of the Alto, Michigan-based Swiss Lane Dairy Farms, makes the following statements.

“We do everything we can to make sure these cows are comfortable, well cared for. The better care we take of them, the better they’re going to perform for us.”

 “The more relaxed that a cow is, the more comfortable they are, the more milk they’re going to give. We have a great partnership with these cows.”

“The cows actually like to get milked. I mean, they can’t wait for their turn to go in and get milked.”

The “Udder Truth” video series was produced by Dairy Management Inc., an organization that exists “to help increase sales and demand for dairy products.” Dairy Management Inc. is funded by farmers through a federally mandated assessment (a so-called “checkoff” program), administered by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board — whose members are appointed by the U.S. secretary of agriculture — and overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In addition to the video series, the “Udder Truth” propaganda campaign, which is presented by the Dairy Management Inc.-maintained website DairyGood.org, involves a partnership with The Onion and the satirical news site’s spin-off, Clickhole.com, each of which has created industry-sponsored content.

The truth, obviously, is nowhere to be found in any part of this shameful marketing campaign. The unavoidable truth is that cruelty is the very foundation of the dairy industry. Calves are taken from their mothers as soon as they’re born so that their mothers’ milk can be sold for human consumption. Most male calves are destined for dinner plates, while female calves are raised to be repeatedly impregnated and used as milk machines until they are “spent” and can no longer produce, at which point they, too, are turned into food for indifferent humans.

Just ask Annie Link.

In an email response to a handful of questions I asked her during a brief telephone conversation, Link explained that 2044 calves will have been born at Swiss Lane Farms in 2015, that “all heifers are raised here and will be our future herd,” and that “we raise the bull calves that we have enough barn space for (on average 40/month) and sell them to local beef farmers as feeder calves (about 350-500 lbs.). We have a few that we raise and use as bulls for breeding. Other bull calves are sold to a beef farmer or sold at the local livestock auction.”

Cows who leave Swiss Lane Dairy Farms are sold to other dairy farms or to beef producers.

How often a cow is impregnated at Swiss Lane Dairy Farms is determined on an individual basis, Link said, explaining that “they are bred when they are in heat. Their cycle is 21 days but we do not breed them until 70 days after they have a calf and will not breed them again if they are not pregnant after five breedings. On average the cows are having a calf every 13.5 months.”

Not a single cow who is born into the living hell that is the dairy industry has any choice at all. Each is bred into a stolen life that will end with a knife across the throat.

We, on the other hand, can choose to protest on their behalf.

Meet “Kid Schadenfreude,” a 4-Year-Old Animal-Attack Connoisseur

Photo by Jan Kronsell

Photo by Jan Kronsell

Yesterday, I ran into a friend whom I hadn’t seen in several years. It came up in conversation that her 4-year-old son is a budding connoisseur of successful animal-on-human attacks. Naturally, I proposed that my friend, whom we’ll call “Lady Gogo,” read my latest blog post to her son and record his reaction.

My most recently published commentary is about a dunce in Orange, Texas, who scoffed at warnings that an alligator had been seen in the area, defiantly said, “Fuck that alligator,” and jumped into a bayou, never to been seen alive again.

I later read that the alligator who killed the dunce was mercilessly executed by a vengeful asshole who believes animals should live by our rules. That subhuman thug, not surprisingly, was essentially given a pat on the back by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

What follows is a transcript of the conversation Lady Gogo had with her son, whom we’ll call “Kid Schadenfreude.”

Lady Gogo: So what happened was, the guy said, “I don’t care … I don’t like alligators,” and he jumped into the water, and then almost immediately he yelled for help. But then he was never seen again. What do you think of that?

Kid Schadenfreude: Hmm. I like it. Is there another story that he had?  

Lady Gogo: That’s it. What do you think about that?

Kid Schadenfreude: I like it. 

Lady Gogo: What do you like about it?

Kid Schadenfreude: I just do. Mama, why is there always blood in the water

Lady Gogo: Because some people are always killing animals’ environments. What do you think about that?

Kid Schadenfreude: Hmm. Sad. But [animals] killing people is happy! … Mama I would like a story about a person getting squeezed by an anaconda. I’m really interested in snakes … And a black mamba. A black mamba please. Mama? Mama I would like to meet that man …

Lady Gogo later told her son that the alligator in Texas had been killed, despite having been “an animal in its natural habitat, doing its natural thing.”

Kid Schadenfreude described the alligator’s senseless death as “sad.”