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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It is nice to see.....

It is nice to see that some oil companies in this World can act in the interests of other species on the planet. I am saying this due to the announcement made by Oilmoz, an energy firm located in Mozambique, Africa.

The firm has announced "has moved the site for a planned $8-billion (U.S.) oil refinery to avoid putting a nearby elephant reserve at risk, the chairman said yesterday. The proposed site for the 350,000-barrel-a-day refinery has been shifted from the southernmost district of Matutuine, home of the Maputo Elephant Reserve, to Marracuene, 125 kilometres to the north. Oilmoz chairman Leonardo Simao, a former foreign minister of Mozambique, said the change of site won't slow construction on the refinery, which is scheduled to open in 2014."


Of course it would be much better if the elephants in Mozambique were allowed to roam where they wanted to, rather than being confined to a reserve. There certainly are alot of tourist businesses offering trips to this reserve on the internet!! AIs allowing these tourists in the best interests of the elephants and the other animals? However this decision on the part of Oilmoz, hopefully will convince Mozambique authorities who are in charge of "managing" the elephants, to change their view of Elephants. I say this because based on research I did concerning the elephants in Mozambique these intelligent and sensitive animals are considered to be: "problem animals". The government in 2007 authorised the army to shoot "problem animals"!!! (source:

Image: Elephants in Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.