Campaigning for Compassion…

Photo 2016 ©

Photo 2016 ©

The focus of this month’s BeZine is “All God’s Creatures”. Try closing your eyes for a moment and imagining a world without animals. No gentle bird song to wake you in the morning, no coyotes or owls to sing you to sleep at night, no furry face or wagging tail to greet you after a hard day at work.  Your diet would be affected, too, whether you eat meat or not – about 35% of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators. As it is, animal species extinction is happening 1000 times faster because of humans. I think it would be a very different world without our animal friends; a darker, much emptier one.

Fortunately, speaking up for animals is one of those things that just about anyone can do.  Whether it’s a preference for domestic cats and dogs or wild and exotic animals, no matter what kind of animal you love, there is a campaign out there just waiting for your help.  I’d like to present some of the causes of specific animals which are important to me, and encourage you to join me and find animals you’d like to help.

  • Meet Tony, the Truck Stop Tiger.
    Photo: ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014 | ©The Animal Legal Defense Fund

    Photo: ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014 | ©The Animal Legal Defense Fund

    Tony is a sixteen-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger who has lived his entire life in a cramped, concrete cage in a truck stop parking lot in Louisiana. Poor Tony is an exploited, illegally kept roadside attraction/gimmick and activists have been fighting to free him since 2010 (6 years!) to get him released to a reputable big cat sanctuary (there are several who have offered to take him in, since he would not survive in the wild).

    “Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Living at an isolated gas station parking lot, with the stench of fuel and the drone of diesel engines, is harmful to an animal with such sensitive hearing and an acute sense of smell, says veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, who has cared for captive large cats for decades. Tony is “in poor condition and needs intervention on his behalf,” she says. He has been taunted by truck stop visitors and his enclosure lacks adequate enrichment. As a result of this stressful confinement, Tony constantly paces, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful injuries.” ~

    Tony’s Story
    Facebook Page
    WordPress Page
    Petition for Freedom
    Twitter: @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000


  • Meet Lolita, the Orca.

    Lolita - Image © PeTA

    Lolita – Image © PeTA 2016

    Lolita is a 20-foot-long, 4-ton orca who has lived at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970. She was 4 years old when she was forcefully taken from her mother and pod in Puget Sound and placed into a 35-foot wide, 20-foot deep tank with no shade. Activists have been trying to free her to have her relocated and reintroduced to her home in Puget Sound since 2003.  Not only are killer whales highly intelligent, they can roam as much as 100 MILES a DAY in search of food and play. From a range of hundreds of miles to a small, concrete tank that’s 35-feet wide, forced for 45 years to do tricks for human entertainment

    “When not performing in her show, Lolita floats listlessly in her tank, all by herself.  In the wild, killer whales swim hundreds of miles a day, diving as deep as 500 feet.  In her tank, she swims in circles inside the 35 foot wide area and can only go as deep as 20 feet, in a small area in the center of the tank.” ~ Save

    Lolita’s Story (YouTube)

  • Meet Lucy, the Lonely Elephant.

    Photo: © 2016 Sam Whincup and Lucy's Edmonton Advocate's Project (LEAP)

    Photo: © 2016 Sam Whincup and Lucy’s Edmonton Advocate’s Project (LEAP)

Lucy is a 40-year old Asian elephant who was sold to the Edmonton Valley Zoo in Canada as a young calf. Not only is the near-freezing climate horrible for ANY elephant (who live in tropical or desert regions in the wild), but Lucy has been alone for a very long time, suffering serious foot problems, obesity and arthritis (due to standing on concrete floors her whole life), and exhibiting all the classic signs of stress and depression that are known to plague elephants in captivity.

There are numerous celebrities (like Bob Barker, Leonardo DiCaprio, William Shatner and others) who have gotten involved, two well-known elephant sanctuaries (The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society)) have offered her a permanent home in climates MUCH more suitable with experienced elephant vets on staff, and enough money has been raised and donated to pay for her transfer fifty times over. Activists have been fighting to free her for over 10 years, but the city and zoo both refuse to allow any independent veterinarians (meaning not associated with the zoo) to examine Lucy, so she continues to suffer. And we continue to fight for her freedom.

From Elephant Advocacy: “They are born to roam often traveling as far as 30 miles per day browsing and foraging for food and water. When an elephant is deprived of the ability to roam long distances and to socially interact within a stable herd, they lose their sense of belonging and slip into neurosis, depression, dissociation and chronic illness. The complexity and depth of the elephant psyche is terrorized and traumatized by captivity. Social deprivation, solitary confinement, chains, taming techniques and circus training is cruel and unusual abuse for any elephant and enslavement to entertainment venues is inhumane.

Lucy’s Story
Friends of Lucy on Facebook
Save Lucy the Elephant on Facebook
Lucy’s Edmonton Advocates Project (LEAP)
Friends of Lucy (YouTube)

I’m not saying that all zoos or aquariums are bad. Zoos often play an important role in conservation/rehabilitation and may end up being the only reason that future generations are even able to see living examples of certain species.  But we share this planet with animals. That doesn’t mean that we can endlessly kill, trap, destroy their habitat, exploit, dominate and drive to extinction the rest of the animals that are left! I hope you’ll give it some thought and agree to be another voice for those creatures who have no choice, no say in how humans affect them. The Earth needs them. WE need them.

About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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4 Responses to Campaigning for Compassion…

  1. As the daughter of a veterinarian I was brought up with domestic and farm animals, Corina, taught how to look after them properly and respect them, for what the are. I’m appalled and horrified that human beings can be so heartless and cruel towards these beautiful, intuitive creatures. So I’m totally with you when it comes to defending them and their rights, in every way that we can!

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks, Jacqueline. I think trying to raise awareness is one thing we can all do. The more people who become aware, the more people who can speak out against this kind of thing. 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!

  2. If Lolita gets release would her family welcome her back?

    • dragonkatet says:

      It’s unknown but most of the Drs. who study such things are hopeful. There are two types of orcas in the Puget Sound area: Southern residents and Transients. The southern residents are made up of three pods, currently, J,K and L Pods. These pods’ females stay together as family units for life, even doing a “greeting ceremony” when they reunite after being apart for weeks or months (as can happen when they search for food or mates). It’s believed that Lolita’s family (L-Pod) would happily welcome her back. The biggest unknown factor is how Lolita would react to her freedom from humans. After being in captivity for so long, with humans as her only company, she might prefer them to her natural, orca family. However, if that proves to be the case, then there are plenty of people willing to help and feed her, interact with her in a natural sea pen, where she could come and go as she pleased. They’re not going to just abandon her. But she at least deserves the chance to be free and swim in the ocean again. Thanks for coming by and for the comment. 🙂

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