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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sea otters or sushi topping?




To read an article entitled, "Sea otters or sushi topping?" written by Steve Shimek, of  :The Otter Project", please click on the highlighted words above.

The facts in this article I find OUTRAGEOUS!! Why should shellfish fisherman be allowed to successfully lobby the Government of California to make the waters in Southern California, otter-free? This situation is similar to what is happening in Taiji Japan at the present time where selfish humans are killing and catching dolphins because they do not want to share the food resources of the ocean with the dolphins there!!!  How are otters  (and dolphins) supposed to live in conditions where they are not permitted to freely swim and move where existing food sources are available?? Why don't otters have the same protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act or Marine Mammal Protection act as other species??

Please get involved in this issue and help the Sea Otters get back the right to live where nature intended  them to do. You can do this by visiting the following website:http://www.freetheotters.org./ and click on the words "Get Involved" at the top of the page. Thank you on behalf of the Otters of Southern California!
To read more about this situation, please click on the highlighted words below which will send you to the Santa Barbara Independent website in order to read the article: Taking Sides in Otter Showdown

It seems the human species gets more and more selfish every day! We have no right to stop other species from acting in their natural way, for profit/financial reasons or any other reason for that matter! And sea otters and dolphins are only two of the species which are being forced to change their natural way of life because of  the Human species!  Humans are not only out of control in terms of having too many children in this World, but now not only are we overpopulating the planet at the expense of other animal and plant life, some of us are also  trying to kick out other species from their natural habitats for greedy and selfish reasons! If you live in California and are a nature and animal lover, you need to tell your State Goverment that you are not going to stand for behavior like this from them! Reading about human behavior like this makes me even more convinced that animal species otther than our own deserve rights, protected  rights under the law of a country, state, province or city, so that humans like these shellfish fisherman cannot deny
an animal the right to live as Mother Nature intended the species to live!!  If there are "too many" sea otters living in South Calfornia waters, it is only because humans there have wiped out the natural predators of the Sea otter species: ie. Sharks ("In California, great white sharks are sea otters’ primary predators. In Alaska, killer whales seem to be eating more sea otters, perhaps because their usual prey (seals and sea lions) are becoming more scarce. Stellar sea lions, coyotes, bears and eagles have also been known to feed on sea otters." (source:http://www.seaotterresearch.org/predators.shtml

To learn more about Animal rights, please visit the following websites:

http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalrights101/Animal_Rights_101_the_Basics.htm

http://animal-rights.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_rights

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/animals/rights/rights_1.shtml

http://www.animalrightscanada.com/

http://www.animalconcerns.org/

To visit "The Otter Project" website please click on the following link:

http://www.otterproject.org/site/pp.asp?c=8pIKIYMIG&b=28098


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"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.