Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

19 December 2010

The Jaguar - Ted Hughes

The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
The parrots shriek as if they were on fire, or strut
Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.
Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion

Lie still as the sun. The boa-constrictor's coil
Is a fossil. Cage after cage seems empty, or
Stinks of sleepers from the breathing straw.
It might be painted on a nursery wall.

But who runs like the rest past these arrives
At a cage where the crowd stands, stares, memerized,
As a child at a dream, at a dream, at a jaguar hurrying enraged
Through prison darkness after the drills of his eyes

On a short fierce fuse. Not in boredom -
The eye satisfied to be blind in fire,
By the bang of blood in the brain deaf the ear -
He spins from the bars, but there's no cage to him

More than to the visionary his cell:
HIS STRIDE IS WILDERNESSES OF FREEDOM:
THE WORLD ROLLS UNDER THE LONG THRUST OF HIS HEELS.
OVER THE CAGE FLOOR THE HORIZONS COME.

13 December 2010

Canned lion hunting legalised in South Africa

It is with horror that I heard that the ban on canned lion hunting has been lifted. I don't know how we are going to do it, but every single person who cares about animals (human and non-human) is going to have to do their bit to get this reversed.

How can we allow the ultimate symbol of freedom and wilderness to be abused in this tragic manner?

You can read the supreme court ruling for yourself, but be warned that the stone-cold manner in which this judgement was made, will bring you to tears.  I will keep posting on this issue to find better ways to proceed, but thought it best to start with this post and raise awareness at least.

You can also read the gleeful press release by the SA Predator Breeders Association where they celebrate their "victory" in gaining the legal (but not moral) right to murder our beautiful sacred lions.

The Africa Geographic blog has a heart wrenching post on this issue. Read it here:

Shame on us!