This Christmas, Show the Hunters that You Care

Exposing the Big Game

Judging by the frost on the grass and the ice on the birdbath, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. This year, your gifts can make a statement—they can show the hunters that you care.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean you should show hunters that you care about them—no, quite the opposite—I mean you can show the hunters that you care about wildlife. And what better way than purchasing a pro-wildlife/anti-hunting book, like Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport?

You’re probably not the type to camp out in front of Wal-Mart for the best deals on Asian sweatshop-produced, future landfill-clogging plastic trinkets, or you wouldn’t be here reading this post this morning–you’d be out there battling the crowds. Well, you won’t have to stand in line and risk being plowed through by some crazed shopper driving a Humvee or lose your…

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VICTORY! Anti-Hunters Petition; Melissa Bachman Cut from National Geographic Show


Editor’s Note: With the exception of the pictures, this article is taken straight from Peterson’s Hunting because its just pleasurable to see the hunters whine about this “loss.” You can read comments at the end as well. I say have fun mocking the hunters today!

Source: Peterson’s Hunting Website

If you’re a fan of The National Geographic Channel on Twitter you likely saw this message yesterday at 2:47 PM:

Fans, The National Geographic Channel has carefully considered the public discussion of our series on surviving the wilds of Alaska currently in production and premiering sometime next year. Upon further reflection we plan to eliminate one of the survivalists from the ensemble cast, Melissa Bachman. Hunting is not the focus of the show, and we regret the misinformation that has clouded what we hope will be an exciting adventure series set in the incredible Alaskan landscape.

What could drive Nat Geo to make…

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Righteous Rescuers

Walking with the Alligators

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All pictures credit:   RVR Facebook page


This story was in our local paper recently and it is being passed along to all of you, because they do so much good:

Volunteers Work To Save Abused Horses

This is a one time call for involvement, or a plea for you to get involved with an organization that works tirelessly for desperately needy animals.

I have seen and known many Rescue groups, but never,  ever, one in my life, like this one, please visit their Facebook Page and be ready to fall in love with a group of people who have  set the bar so high, they can never be surpassed.

This posting is about an amazing group of people who have a singular purpose in life,  they rescue unwanted horses, very unwanted horses.

This rescue group is,  in their own words, ” dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses. “

Their name is RVR Horse…

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What Would Happen to All the Animals if Everyone Went Vegan?

Exposing the Big Game

Dr. Will Tuttle: Educator & Author
November 20, 2013


Those of us eating a plant-based diet often find our food choices causing more questions and consternation during the upcoming weeks than during the rest of the year. One of the perennial concerns I’ve found people have is that if everyone went vegan, what would happen to all the animals—chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows? If we stopped eating them, wouldn’t they just take over the Earth, threatening our survival?

For years this question irked me because it seemed patently ridiculous, and worse, would be used to justify the cruelty of eating animal foods. Now, though, whenever I hear this question, I see it as an opportunity to deliver a brief meditation on how our world can be healed.

Imagining the world gradually going vegan is imagining the most positive possible future for our species, for the Earth, and for all…

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Some Thoughts on Melissa Bachman and the Lion

Exposing the Big Game–277Tly0

by Gary  Francione

Melissa Bachman, who is the host of a hunting show called Deadly Passion, announced on her Facebook page on November 1 that she had killed a lion in South Africa and she posted this picture:


The response was remarkable. According to one story, “Bachman found herself the target of vicious death wishes and obscenity-laced insults on Monday as critics on Twitter, YouTube and other social networks blasted the Minnesotan for her boastful hunting escapades.” According to another story, “More than 250,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that South Africa deny future entry to Melissa Bachman, a big game hunter whose smiling photo with a dead lion has sparked considerable outrage.”

And, to no one’s surprise, the large animal welfare charities are rushing to create a fundraising campaign with a petition to have lions listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act…

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Meet your Angora Sweater.

The next time you buy something made with Angora, think of these helpless animals! Their fur is ripped from their bodies while they are alive. These poor helpless animals scream out in pain. When was the last time you heard a rabbit scream?

I never have, until now…


Imagine having your hair ripped out.

Poignant Pigs

Walking with the Alligators

An innocent Baby Pig
Picture credit: Balibagus


On our news this morning, came a story that I could not wait to share with all of you.

It could not wait until ” Good News”  Sunday, so now, I must find,  hopefully,  another one for that day!

This story concerns a video of extreme animal abuse,  that became a public video and exposed a company and their supplier for the horrific  treatment of animals.

Tyson Foods really had no choice, once they had been exposed and the supplier caught in this heinous behavior, but to end their relationship with them.

Personally, I believe that if they had not been caught  “on film,”  they more than likely would still be doing business with them.

As the story explained, Tyson Foods has  “dropped”  an Oklahoma Supplier for extreme cruelty to the pigs it slaughters.

There is something so insane about that sentence.


The heroes in this story are a group called Mercy For…

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A Lesson From Jack the Fox

Urban Hermits

Jack the Fox and his human companion can show us new perspective on animals, especially those regarded as pests.

The clip surely brings a few questions to mind regarding the idea of pets. At what point is human – animal bonding beneficial to a non-human animal? Detrimental? Do they enjoy human company? What differentiates keeping a dog as a pet vs. a fox? Obviously, these are not black and white answers and neither is the complexity of human – non-human relationship dynamics and understanding.

The biggest point to drive home from the video is that observation and interaction with non-human animals will teach us to see these animals differently, to admire them. How many times have you heard someone say they hate opossums. Why? Because they are ugly, scary, vicious, a nuisance. If you were to observe their behaviors and how closely these relate to human compassion, it would be…

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Don’t Forget to ADOPT a Turkey this Year!

Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project

This year join us in celebrating turkeys by sponsoring one through our Adopt a Turkey Project! Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has encouraged people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorships that help us rescue animals and provide care for them at our sanctuaries, as well as educate and advocate for turkeys and other farm animals everywhere. Now is your chance to join us.

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For a one-time donation gift of just $30, anyone can sponsor a turkey who lives at one of our three shelters. As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt a Turkey certificate with a color photo of and fun details about your new friend.

Turkey sponsorships also make perfect gifts, so make an even greater impact this holiday season by sharing the love with others. For a gift of $210, you can sponsor the whole flock and have adoption certificates sent to family and friends!

These beloved turkeys at Farm Sanctuary not only need your sponsorship support this Thanksgiving but also your help showing others just how wonderful farm animals really are. We are privileged to have these beautiful birds in our care, and we know you’ll love making a difference for them, too!

Meet the 2013 turkeys for adoption!

and for vegan Thanksgiving ideas:  Chef Chloe has you covered.  

I just Adopted Martha

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Happy Ending for Arrow-Impaled NJ Deer

Exposing the Big Game

N.J. biologists find injured Rockaway Township deer and remove arrow from its head

By Robin Wilson-Glover/The Star-Ledger13709511-mmmain
November 10, 2013

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — A hunter’s arrow that had pierced both sides of a young deer’s head has been successfully removed, according to state officials and the woman who first notified authorities about the animal.

Staff from New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized the deer Saturday afternoon in the backyard of Susan Darrah’s Rockaway Township home, removed the arrow, treated the wound and released it back in the wild, Darrah said today. DEP Spokesman Larry Hajna confirmed the arrow removal.

“Everybody loves a happy ending,” Darrah said.

After first spotting the deer with the arrow on Nov. 1, Darrah called Fish and Wildlife and authorities there instructed her to put out corn to draw the deer back into the yard. On different occasions, staff members staked out the area…

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My Conversation with A Hunter (via Email)

[NOTE: The email starts off with my co-worker. He in turn forwarded it to his brother-in-law who is a hunter.]  

From: GirlforAnimalLiberation
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:50 AM
To: Co-worker

Subject: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

From: Co-worker

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:54 AM
To: GirlforAnimalLiberation

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

Horrible, I just forwarded the link to my best friend and brother in law who bowhunts for deer.  


From: GirlforAnimalLiberation
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:28 AM
To: Co-worker

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

Tell him that bow/arrow hunting should be outlawed.  If hunters are going to kill animals, they should make sure it the kill is as swift and as painless as possible.  Hunters should ask themselves, if I had a choice how would I want to die, a long slow painful death or a quick death?  They should keep this in mind when they are out murdering animals for “sport”.

Did you see the cat that was shot with an arrow?  WTF?!?!


From: Co-worker

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:21 AM
To: GirlforAnimalLibereation

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

The Hunter’s Response :

That website is blocked, for whatever reason, but I read about this.  What a shame.  If I was responsible for something like that, I think I would give up hunting.  Shot placement is so critical, and in my opinion an ethics issue.  I can imagine a scenario in which a shot like this is understandable, the arrow hits a twig and deflects into the head, or something like that, but that’s why it is so critical to practice, know your limits, and air on the side of caution when taking a shot.

From: GirlforAnimalLiberation
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:57 AM
To: Co-worker

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

Please tell him that when they shoot an animal with an arrow, to make sure the animal dies and doesn’t wander around WOUNDED for days/weeks possibly even MONTHS before succumbing to infection, starvation or both!

Did you see this from the same blog:

And this from another blogger:

To: GirlforAnimalLiberation

From: Co-worker
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:21 AMTo: Asnes, Susan
Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

The Hunter’s response: 

I think the notion that suffering should be minimized is one that almost all hunters agree with, the rest are whackos.  The first and last sentences I disagree with or don’t understand, the last one being a logical fallacy.  In terms of pain, and assuming a “clean” shot, I am curious why this person thinks dying from a arrow wound (through blood loss after a razor sharp incision from an arrow flying 200ft/sec.) vs. dying from a bullet would (shock, blood loss, frequently including such things as having the bones blown out of the backside of the animal) is any more painful?  I dont know, it’s at least plausible to me that dying from a arrow wound is the least painful way to die.  Some other questions: should eating meat be outlawed all together?  What are the appropriate punishments that should be levied on people who have eaten meat in the past, the same, more severe, or less severe than murdering people?  Is dying from an arrow wound in the wild less or more painful than being raised in a crate and injected with growth hormones, then being electrocuted until you’re near dead, hung from your feet, and your neck cut open?  Is there a perfect correlation between the personal choices this person makes and his view on what should be legal?  Has this person ever seen or touched a bow or arrow?

From: GirlforAnimalLiberation

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:49 AM
To: Co-worker

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!


I’ll start with the easy question: Yes I have handled a bow & arrow and practiced on non-living target not living, breathing, sentient beings.

I am not a veterinarian, doctor or a scientist so I cannot say for certain if being shot with a bow/arrow is less or more painful than a bullet but it seems to me, the margin for error with bow/arrow is greater than a bullet. I realize the wind can affect the shot of a bullet, just as easily as an arrow but it seems to me, the chances of your shot going off course via an arrow is greater than a bullet. Here again, I am no expert.

As a vegan, I do not believe animals should be exploited – period, whether it be for food, clothing, entertainment, research etc.

Should eating meat be outlawed? If I had that power, then yes, it would be.

Punishment should be “levied” on those who commit egregious acts towards animals, not necessarily those who are blithely unaware of what happens to that cow, before it lands on their plate.  I’m willing to give people the benefit of the doubt that they are clueless as to how their food was raised and murdered before landing in the super market. That being said, however, once a person becomes educated on the exploitation of animals, IMHO it is his/her moral responsibility to stop contributing to the exploitation.

Just sayin’.

People who murder other people are heroes in my book. LOL!  As a general rule, I hate the human race to which I am a part of, sorry to say.

Is dying from an arrow wound in the wild less or more painful than being raised in a crate and injected with growth hormones, then being electrocuted until you’re near dead, hung from your feet, and your neck cut open?  Tell your friend, NO – BOTH ACTS ARE EGREGIOUS.  ANIMALS DESERVE COMPASSION AND KINDESS AND SHOULD NEVER BE EXPLOITED BY LOWLIFE HUMANS!

Is there a perfect correlation between the personal choices this person makes and his view on what should be legal? Nothing in life is perfect. As much as I would love to see hunting abolished because I do not believe it to be a sport or necessary. I will never see eye-to-eye with a hunter on this argument.  And please spare me the “culling for the greater good of the animal” speech because I’ve heard it all before.   IMHO, nature can take care of itself and has for long before humans came along and effed it up.  I long for the day when Mother Earth rids her immune system of the one species that has put this planet and all its inhabitants in a state of crisis.   Humans do not trump animals – we all live in symbiosis. Those humans who believe we rule over everything are the reason this planet is in a state that it is in and why species of animals have gone extinct or are near extinction.  I mean, correct me if I’m wrong but you don’t see non-human animals hunting other animals for “sport” and then mounting the heads of their kill on a f*cking wall.

Animals should be taken out of the equation completely.  If hunters want to hunt something, they should hunt one another.          🙂

From: Co-worker

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:31 PM
To: GirlforAnimalLiberaetion

Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

The Hunter’s response: 

It’s a little hard for me to take this seriously.  I mean, if she’s right then I should disregard her because who would take advice from a “human” like her — a lowlife species for which the only solution is eradication from the planet so that non-human animals can thrive.  If she’s wrong, then she’s wrong.  Either way, I should ignore her.  Plus, most of this is total nonsense.  We should not necessarily punish meat eaters as long as they are ignorant?  I hate the human race?  Come on…

But if I wade through the nonsense and try to get to the underlying theme (apart from the human guilt), I think there is probably a lot we can agree on.  That we should respect living, breathing, sentient beings; be mindful of their suffering and minimize it to the extent we can.  To preserve and take joy in the natural world around us.

I also really do respect people who are vegetarians/vegans, in particular those who do it for ethical reasons (admittedly, I don’t like it when they label me as a murderer and say I should be punished for disagreeing with them).  It’s not the choice I make, but my observation has been that many of these people are upset by factory farming, destructive fishing practices, the needless suffering imposed on animals, and follow their conscience.  I applaud them for that.

Now, there is some stuff that I really object to here.  It seems to be she distinguishes between humans and the nature that surrounds them — that we should wipe out humans for the benefit of “nature.”  I don’t view humans as being distinct from nature, I view us (albeit a unique species) as a part of nature, and with a “rightful” place in it.   For me, part of that experience is hunting animals and eating their meat, just as we evolved to do and have been doing for a million years.  Even if the “natural” role of meat in a human’s diet is debatable, if I am going to eat meat, I think the best way for me to do it is to hunt my own.  I have to live face to face with the consequences of letting that arrow or bullet fly, which brings to the forefront of my consciousness the seriousness of taking an animal’s life — especially big game.  I learn to only kill what I will eat, the elements of fair chase, the ethics of killing quickly and minimizing suffering, the necessity of wild places and the critical role that conservation plays.  All of that is not only a “natural” experience, but one that benefits the animals I am hunting (on the whole) and the ecosystem they live in.

In conclusion I would remind her that I am an animal, a homo sapien and therefore DESERVE COMPASSION AND KINDNESS AND SHOULD NEVER BE EXPLOITED, and further (as an animal) would ask to be, taken out of the equation completely, and allowed to live naturally and unimpeded by evil humans like her.

From: GirlforAnimalLiberation

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 4:35 PM
To: Co-worker
Subject: RE: Why I hate hunters. Let me count the ways!

Oh brother, here we go, the big bad vegan is taking a whiplashing from a highly educated white male hunter.

As I read through you brother-in-law,  the Hunter’s comments, and I found it interesting that he thinks I am trying to be “right”.  This isn’t about my being right. This is about what is right for the animals and the planet.  I do not believe I am out in left field with my thinking that a good percentage of humans are f*cking plague on this planet — not all humans are deserving of life. They’re just not. Sorry. This is my opinion and my opinion alone.  I don’t think your friend should lump all vegans/vegetarians together. I’m sure there are plenty of vegans who do not share my views.

Does your friend honestly think I want to punish people for eating meat?  What I want is for those who choose to eat animals to educate themselves on how the food they are eating landed on their plate.  I believe, although cannot prove, that a vast majority of people have absolutely no idea; either that or they are willfully ignorant.

Also, I love how your friend insults me by saying, “as I wade through the nonsense”.  Nonsense to him, but then again, his justification is nonsense to me.  So I guess we are even.

As for this statement: “the elements of fair chase, the ethics of killing quickly andminimizing suffering, the necessity of wild places and the critical role that conservation plays.  All of that is not only a “natural” experience, but one that benefits the animals I am hunting (on the whole) and the ecosystem they live in.”  Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t!  Tell your friend that this statement is so overused by hunters that he and his fellow hunters should record it and sell it on iTunes.  I am so sick and tired of listening to the Hunter’s diatribe that they are “conserving” wildlife as well as the ecosystem.  Maybe HE believes this, but I guarantee you most of his fellow hunters could give a rat’s ass about conservation and the ecosystem.  Incidentally, what are his feelings on the delisting and hunting of wolves?  Tell me something; those hunters that are assassinating wolves by the hundreds on a daily basis, that’s right daily, are they eating the meat? Are they killing wolves for survival? What benefit is there to the ecosystem by hunting wolves. Wolves were nearly pushed to the brink of extinction, and will again if some hunters have their way.

I don’t care what your friend says, not all hunters hunt for the meat. Some hunt because they like to kill.  It’s that simple. A good percentage of them are nothing more than a pack of camo-clad serial killers thirsting for blood.

In conclusion I would remind her that I am an animal, a homo sapien and therefore DESERVE COMPASSION AND KINDNESS AND SHOULD NEVER BE EXPLOITED, and further (as an animal) would ask to be, taken out of the equation completely, and allowed to live naturally and unimpeded by evil humans like her. My guess is, your friend is probably white and I already know he is a  male so the likelihood of him being “exploited” are slim to none.  As for my being evil. How so? I’m not the one murdering animals for sport or so I can eat. You know, I love it, we vegans speak up for the voiceless and we are labeled as “evil” or “terrorists” and yet your friend murders animals and he’s an upstanding citizen.

Tell your friend to recline back in the comfort of knowing that he has more rights and more latitude as a white male hunter than I could ever hope to have as a white female vegan.

Yours truly,

The vegan misanthrope who is full of nonsense.   



Exposing the Big Game

Action Alert from Project Coyote:

Wolves need our help! A war continues against endangered wolves across the United States, a war that will gain deadly momentum if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposal to remove federal protection for gray wolves is approved.
On October 23rd this depraved photograph was posted on the Facebook page of an anti-wolf group- Sportsmen Against Wolves.

 Wolf killers WY masked hunters

When I saw such brutal violence against our wildlife I had to speak out. I wrote this blog on Huffington Post The War Against Wolves and Wildlife: Time to Stop the Killing to expose this increasing anti-wolf and predator zealotry and to encourage people to speak out for wolves and against delisting. This photograph and the many comments posted supporting such cruel violence make it clear: safeguards for wolves must be maintained and enhanced.
The FWS’ proposal to remove federal protections for wolves has inadequately considered…

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Bow Hunting — A Growing Blood “Sport”

Exposing the Big Game

[This is just what the wildlife doesn’t need right now–more people out sending even more stray arrows into the air!  Here are just a couple of this year’s recent injuries to target animals as a result of the sport of bow hunting]:





Bow Hunting — A Growing Sport In Minnesota

November 4, 2013 10:15 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans make that annual trip to the tree stand this weekend. The firearms deer hunting season kicks off on Saturday. But bow hunters have been searching for that prize buck since September.

Joe Caminati, of Average Joe’s Archery, said he’s seeing a lot more popularity when it comes to bow hunting.

“I think the main thing that’s driving it is accessibility,” he said. “Some of the movies that have come out recently, ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Brave’ … has put it in front of a lot of kids and…

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Our Compass


With many thanks to Mayor Peter Nystrom and All Friends Animal Hospital, Elliot has much hope. If you know ANYTHING, please call Norwich Animal Control at 860-887-5747.

“We need your help!! We had a sweet kitty named Elliot come in today with an arrow through his chest. We are hoping to find the person responsible for this heinous act of cruelty. Fortunately for this kitty, our city’s Mayor Peter Nystrom was in the area and able to contact Animal Control, who rushed Elliot to All Friends to seek immediate treatment. Elliot is resting comfortably after having the arrow removed, although we still don’t know if there will be long term nerve damage. Elliot was shot in the area of Gates road in Norwich. If you have any information please contact Norwich Animal Control at (860) 887-5747. A special thank you again to our Mayor who stepped up to…

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