Cub Petting And Getting Animal Welfare Onto The Agenda

Cub Petting And Getting Animal Welfare Onto The Agenda

Make NO Mistake – CACH Is Committed To The Lions

Cub Petting And Getting Animal Welfare Onto The Agenda – After a knee jerk reaction to the Captive Carnivore working group exploded on social media, Chris Mercer has written a thoughtful reply to the criticism. I urge you to read it and remain open minded. Think carefully about the South African Government who claims that – “compassion for animals is un-African.”
 
The response on social media to the inaugural meeting of our Captive Carnivore working group has been mostly condemnatory and often downright abusive. The main theme of the criticism is that cub petting and lion farming should be banned and anything less than that amounts to a betrayal of the lions.

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Is Compromise For A Future Greater Good Now Verboten

Is Compromise For A Future Greater Good Now Verboten 

The Cub Petting Industry
 
Is Compromise For A Future Greater Good Now Verboten – At the start of the year Chris Mercer of CACH – Campaign Against Canned Hunting – a devoted and long time advocate for lions, met with a number of people to see if inroads might be made in the lion breeding and cub petting industry, through regulations. Make no mistake, this is a very lucrative business – with a “victim” – the cub. The group was named – Captive Carnivores Working Group. Chris was soundly criticized for this initiative. It appears that we are living in an “all or nothing” world. Things have not changed at CACH – their wish is for an entire ban on cub petting and canned lion hunting. In rush to judgement, this point may have been missed. Keeping an open mind might be a good idea. Small steps towards a goal, even if not ideal, are better than no steps!
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Happy Fourth Birthday ABH

Happy Fourth Birthday ABH

A Re-Cap Of Year 4

Happy Fourth Birthday ABH – My animal awareness blog – A Beating Heart is four years old today. I launched it on February 14, 2013 – a nod to the day of hearts and love and in recognition of the often forgotten fact that every sentient being has “A Beating Heart”. Never question that: We love – They love. We feel – They feel. We grieve – They grieve. We play – They play. We cry – They Cry and We suffer – They suffer!  

Humanity has no singular claim to an emotional, spiritual and physical existence. 

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The Lions

The Lions

The Lions – once again, brilliant wildlife photographer, Fred von Winckelmann has generously allowed me to share his stunning photographs. The sole purpose of this post is to highlight the beauty of the African lions, and to acknowledge their fragile tenure in the world. Estimates vary, but there may be as few as twenty to thirty thousand lions remaining in the wild. We, global citizens, must do everything we can to ensure that they continue to thrive on the vast, open lands where their ancestors left footprints in the sand. We owe them nothing less that our ceaseless efforts to protect them.

FRED 2

Thank you, Fred.

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Animal Advocates Are Never Alone

Animal Advocates Are Never Alone

Our Numbers Are Growing

Animal Advocates Are Never Alone – It may feel that way some days and it’s easy to become discouraged and to feel that our voices are lost in the wilderness. But the end game remains the same. We must be the voices for those who cannot speak. Dan Richardson, a dediated animal activist, has shared his deeply personal thoughts about animal advocacy very eloquently. He encourages animal advocates to remember that there is always light.  As Leonard Cohen observed so beautifully, “There is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in”. Thank you, Dan.

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