Here it is Christmas Eve, and I came across an extremely upsetting video on You Tube. This evening after, dark I thought I heard a wild animal hurting a cat. I wondered if it was a bear vocalization that I heard before the cat cried.
I ran out and got my flashlight and yelled out into the woods to try and find the cat. After the cat cried, everything went silent. I went inside and searched You Tube for the cries of a black bear.
I found a You Tube video of a bear cry and it turned out to be a video that a bow hunter took of a bear that he shot with an arrow. The video is tragic beyond words….the person who reposted this video is apparently an animal activist who was intent on showing the world what we humans do not want to hear. All those bullets and arrows randomly shot into wild animals for supposed sport – is no sport at all. It is barbaric and totally unacceptable that any form of violence to animals is viewed as a sport. Arrow wounds can lead to a prolonged death from bleeding, and the sounds of terror coming from this black bear would cause anyone but a sociopath to know that this is not what humans should be doing to our wildlife.
I encourage people to ask questions and not just think that hunting is solving wildife over population issues, etc. We need to look at the suffering of the animals and how we as humans have over taken their habitat and normal trail ways.
Make it a regular intention to go out and do something compassionate for the deer, bear and other wildlife – honor their pathways and learn from them.
I know this is a serious post on Christmas Eve, but isn’t Christmas supposed to reflect brining in the light and compassion to the planet for people, animals and nature?
For decades I have seen the agony of the animals left hit and killed on our roads. I have never understood why humans became so often immune to this issue. As anyone can see from my blog entries, I am passionate about bringing awareness to this issue.
Recently we have seen exciting news stories about wildlife over passes that are built over huge highways. Many species of animals have been seen safely using these amazing over passes. When we created our modern world the wild creatures were left out of the plan. The idea of hitting wild animals, and too often domestic animals like cats and dogs, became a horrifying norm the world over.
We need to see what a huge difference it would make in our world if we were to make it a priority to drive with safety and compassion for other motorists and animals. We need to devleop an entirely different attitude towards the animals that we share the planet with. I hope that we see a major global movement towards building many more of these highway over passes that give our sacred wild animals safe passage.
I am sorry that I have not written a post in so long. My journey of writing my first book Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak is really the story of my life. It is a story of finding healing with a mother who recovered from years of alcoholism, and the great awakening into nature that soon blossomed. How thosetwilight walks around South Valley Park brought great joy and inspiration to my soul. Why was that flightless duck I came to name Mr. Drake so important? He symbolized the essence of what people so often tread over in their daily lives. I had not visited South Valley Park in years and recently had an emotional visit there. No matter how old I get those days will always be the most important times of transition. Everyone needs to stop and re-connect with a special place in nature. Take time to unplug from all the fear around the Covid Virus. Find somewhere to honor and protect so that it will be there for future generations.
This evening I have a happy animal story to share. My friend Beth Kaufman (comedienne and book author), was at a shopping center when she saw cars stopped in the parking lot. She got out to see if there was an accident. It turned out that there was a pond in the parking lot and a mother duck was parading her ducklings across the parking lot. Fortunately, no one honked! And the ducks made there way safely! This is a great example of the importance of slowing down and stopping for wildlife. Thanks to the drivers who all care enough to stop.
Last week we had another cat abandonment on our property. One of the tenants here saw a small white pick up truck stop and drop off a grey cat and two white kittens at the base of our driveway. The tenant who lives here ran to get the license tag and hopefully report this to the police but the car sped off too fast. I am keeping my eyes out for the cats. They ran towards our neighbor’s house right on Route 522 at the corner of the highway. This is a criminal and sadistic act. People need to STOP acting like cats are exependalbe and can be thrown out on the road. I hope the cat and her kittens don’t get hit on the highway. I am praying I see the cats and can get some food and water to them before they perish. And I would like to thank the cat rescue organization Rapp Cats! They are one of the cat rescue groups that contributes major humane support to Rappahannock County’s lost and abandoned cats. Panda the cat that was abandoned here last fall was on the list for Rapp Cats and he is now in their shelter awaiting an adoption family!
I want to address our human indifference to all the animals that are killed every year by automobiles. Every time that I drive by any animal that has been hit and killed by a car or truck – I always say a prayer for that animal. Today I drove by a deer lying on the side of the road on Route 522 in Culpeper, VA. She was probably hit today. I looked at her glazed eyes and crumpled legs and thought that is time for people to recognize that these animals have very important lives! They are not just in our way as we hurry down the road. If people would slow down and honor life as much as they do speeding – far less wildife and people would be hit and killed on our roads. I really hope that people will learn to see these animals that die on our roads as something much more important than “road kill”. So please share this message to spread the word that animals lives are sacred.
Tonight I am writing about the issue that I have worked on for years – the severe violence and mistreatment of deer. Why are the deer blamed for being over populated? Isn’t it humans that are over running the planet and causing most of the environmental crisis that we face? Why is it ok that people take over the meadows and forests, and then push out wildlif?. And then when deer show up in their yard – they want them killed! I am afraid that we are becoming .a very materialistic – techno enthusiastic species that is tragically losing our ability to truly understand nature. Nature is not something to kill in order to control to human’s satisfaction. Every time I see a wild animal killed on the road I take a moment to remember that that animal’s life held meaning. So the next time someone complains about the deer – stop and ask them about all the things humans do to make deer and other wild animals miserable. Maybe it is time to do something to honor the deer.
Tonight I want to discuss the importance of slowing down for wildlife, and of course people, when driving. It seems we live in a time when people are super aggressive and oblivious when driving. Animals hit and killed on the road are not just a normal casualty of our driving. The carnage we leave on the roads is ignorant and unacceptable. So often people tell me that there is nothing they can do to avoid wildlife. That is definitely NOT true. The first thing you have to do is make a top priority of staying alert, especially at night driving through wooded areas. Make it a priority to drive with the attitude of saving a life. Often I see families of raccoons that have all been hit when traveling together. And far too often I have seen injured deer dragging themselves off the road. We have to change our attitudes and hearts about wildife road fatalities and make a much stronger effort to make the road a safe place for people as well as animals. I don’t know how or why it became an acceptable part of driving that we ignore the needs and rights of other species that need to cross the road. We also could do a lot better by building more under passes that provide safe passage for animals. What suggestions do you have for creating a more humane world?
Tonight I am writing about the plight of cats that are left abandoned. Here in Rappahannock County Virginia where I live, we have had several abandoned pet cats show up. This is a rural area with few houses within the immediate proximity. We are largely surrounded with forests. One of my cats, Shadow showed up in the summer of 2011. I heard what sounded like a baby crying at the front door of my cottage. It turned out to be a starving, emotionally hysterical cat that I named Shadow. Shadow immediately became a cherished member of my cat family. Then in the fall of 2016, another abandoned pet cat was hiding under our porches. He snuck out in the middle of the night and went through our trash scavening for food. He finally started showing himself and peered into the house longing for a home. I humane trapped him and got him his shots and took care of him. He now lives with my sister and her crew of rescue cats. Then in the spring of 2018 – a cat with a black and white tuxedo markings began living under one of our sheds. He ran to my car begging for help. Everytime I pull in the driveway he would come running to my car and want to jump in. I named him Snow Ball and he is now my foster cat.Then our neighbor had a family acquaintance drop her cat off at his house – she claimeed that she was going on vacation and was coming back. Her cat ended up running onto our property and hid for ten days. The woman never came back from her supposed vacation to get her cat. The cat is a super friendly, young male cat. One evening when I pulled up from work – he came out to greet me. He is now my second foster cat! He appreciates all the food and caring that I give him. My message is that cats are not meant to be fending out in the wild alone and un-fed. Cats are not “throw away” animals! I hope when people see a stray cat show up in their neighborhood that they don’t just ignore the cat and that they take compassionate steps to assure the cat has food and care taking.
I am rescheduling my class that I was going to have on Saturday Sept. 22nd at the Sugar Loaf Unitarian Church in Germantown, MD. I will be posing details about the new date soon. Thanks to SUUC for all their help in offering to provide a venue.
Tonight as we watch Hurricane Florence threaten the Carolina’s let’s not forget about all the farm animals that will be left behind to drown. One of the tragedies of agri-business is the practice of viewing farm animals as economic commodities. The farm animals left behind often drown due to hurricanes. We always see the photographs of the many farm animals left bloated and dead.
I hope people got all of their companion animals out of the path of the hurricane. No one should leave behind any animals with this serious storm coming.
This evening I read on line that Fairfax County Virginia is starting a bow hunting season on deer. As anyone who has read my blog or Face Book posts knows, I am totally against these managed hunts of deer. Bow hunting is profoundly cruel and often results in prolonged suffering as deer don’t usually die quickly and they bleed to death. The counties around Virginia and Maryland have severely over developed the land and have left no continuous habitat for deer and other wildli…
I have been writing about the battle Animal’s Australia has been waging to stop the barbaric live animal transport industry. The news today is that their hard work has paid off. Here is a quote from their email blast – “Emanuel Exports has had their licence permanently cancelled by the regulator. One of the world’s largest exporters of animals will no longer be able to operate. ”
This type of investigative work is hard work, costs money and takes a lot of courage. I hope we can stop these type of inhumane, exploitative industries all around the world.
If anyone knows people who would like to participate in my upcoming workshop – Opening the Heart Through
The Sacred Path of Animals & Nature” – A
“Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak” Workshop – please let me know. I can email you a copy of my flyer if you have places that you go to that have a public bulletin board. I live outside of Culpeper, VA so I have not been able to drive up to MD and do many flyers. I still hope to move back to MD soon.
I wrote the post about the deer getting hit by the car because one of my major goals as a book author is to promote compassionate awareness of the needs of wildlife. We have built highways, shopping centers, homes etc. over their habitat and then we think nothing of seeing their dead and injured bodies all over the roads. I intend to start a major movement about driving with awareness of all life (including human of course). For far to long we have taken the deaths of animals on our roads for granted. I like to think of all the animals who tried to cross our roads in vain as just as important as we are. They are on their life’s mission.
Today I over heard a man telling someone that he had hit a deer while driving. He never mentioned what happened to the deer or if he even cared. As humans, we have become to immune and apathetic to the suffering and deaths caused to animals by our cars. When I lived in Charlottesville, VA I was driving on Garth Road and saw someone hit a buck crossing the road at night. The car hit and ran the deer as if life did not matter. I saw the deer struggle to get off the road – sli…
For decades I have humane trapped and rescued abandoned cats. One of my cats showed up in June 2011. I heard a terrible distress cry coming from outside my cottage and I found a starving and emotionally traumatized cat. He had clearly been someone’s pet that was abandoned. He is now a part of my family and shows his appreciation to me every day. Tonight I have a kitten in one of the cottages here that wandered from a neighboring property. He is not neutered. He is very friend…
Tonight I just read a FB post from Mercy for Animals. One of the companies involved in Live Animal Transport has had it’s license suspended by the Australian Government. This is due to the hard work of animal protection organizations that exposed the hidden horrors that have gone on for decades on these ships. I hope this investigation ends this miserable industry and that anyone responsible for the cruelty is prosecuted.
Tonight I am following up on the post that I wrote about the horrors of live animal export. I just viewed a video of sheep baking to death aboard a live animal transport ship. One of them has a black tongue. This all gets to the issue of making animals economic commodities which has been a massive disaster. I encourage everyone to get educated about this issue and to voice your opposition. These animals end up in countries where the slaughter process is just as inhumane as the transport across the boiling hot seas. Please voice your opposition to this. Groups such as Mercy for Animals and Animals Australia are working on exposing this horror.
This evening I read on line that Fairfax County Virginia is starting a bow hunting season on deer. As anyone who has read my blog or Face Book posts knows, I am totally against these managed hunts of deer. Bow hunting is profoundly cruel and often results in prolonged suffering as deer don’t usually die quickly and they bleed to death. The counties around Virginia and Maryland have severely over developed the land and have left no continuous habitat for deer and other wildlife. People have been selfishly taught that deer are in the wrong and that they need to be killed in mass. When in fact, humans have taken control of too much land and natural resources leaving wildlife out of the plan. When we speed around in our cars and don’t think of the needs of wildlife – there are bound to be accidents. I want to encourage people and communities to stop what I call the war on wildlife and show some empathy for the severe mess we have caused deer and other animals. Our local governments try and deal with deer by mass killing and this is giving people the idea that deer are to be feared and hated. I always appreciated the deer and found their presence an important part of the eco-system and my community. That is why I wrote my book Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak.