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Nature red in tooth and claw

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 31, 2010 at 11:35 am with 1 Comment »
March 31, 2010 11:56 am

In a doomed attempt to upstage PETA, the Global Anti-Hunting Campaign is staging “the first of 50 funeral motorcades for the animals” on Friday; it will proceed from Seattle’s Volunteer Park in Seattle to Bellefields Nature Park in Bellevue.


Funeral Motorcade for the Animals is a solemn event, conducted in the same spirit as a funeral for a loved one. It is for all the non-human sentient beings that have died at human hands, through the ages and right now. In our grief we speak, that all killings of sentient beings must end!

I’ve always been curious about why these kind of demonstrations never target other predators. Tigers, for example – aside from napping excessively, they spend pretty much all their time hunting and killing sentient beings. Why do they get a pass?

This particular motorcade commemorates sea lions. Deer, I could see. Rabbits, I could see. But sea lions are carnivores, for heaven’s sake. It’s like weeping for Al Capone at a memorial for crime victims.

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  1. First, I would like to praise Patrick O’ Callahan on his journalistic objectivity(yes, this is sarcasm).
    Second, it is the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, and we could care less about “upstaging” anyone. What we do, we do for the animals and animal rights activists worldwide…not for your amusement. PETA is more then welcome to join the cause.
    The funeral motorcade was an incredible success and garnered support, as well as attention to Peter Keller and his group, the Northwest Animal Right Network(NARN). Again, Anthony Marr and I wish to personally thank Peter for his beautiful and moving Eulogy as well as his strong support. We also would like to thank everyone who was present. You made the difference.
    As for Mr. O ‘Callahan’s uninformed and apathetic comments regarding natural predator’s rights to hunt as opposed to human interference and destructiveness to the planet, I do have this to say…by the time all of you have finally realized that our world’s species(which are falling from existence by the double-dozen each DAY) are each vital and necessary components to the continuance of ALL life, including our own, it is going to be all but too late. It may already be too late.
    You kill the Sea Lions because they eat some salmon? The Sea Lion’s diet is comprised of other species of fish which are natural predators of salmon as well and only 3-5% of that diet is salmon.
    The most destructive predator on the face of the Earth is the human predator. We consume, defile and destroy anything that stands in our way and we leave our waste behind which all species is adversely affected by. We do not “share” our planet with life…we destroy what we don’t see and our apathetic nature makes us blind to anything we deem as uncomfortable.
    I am ashamed and stunned that Mr. O’ Callahan actually attended college in my great country. This sobering fact does not bode well for the future of my own species.
    If you call yourself human, and therefore caring about the human condition, then for once, I beg of you to face the truth about our repeated rape of the natural world. You claim to love your children? What kind of world will your children, and grandchildren see due to your apathetic ways?
    As animal rights activists…we ARE humanists. You are just too blinded by your comfortable bubble. At least we are making sacrifices in the name of YOUR children. I can lay my head on my pillow at night in full awareness…can you?

    Anthony Damiano
    Vice President, Global Anti-Hunting Coalition
    (941) 416-9772

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