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Activists Killed to Quiet Them

Although animal activists are usually not the ones actually murdered for the rights they are fighting for, they live everyday with the pressures that come with the difficult tasks they are taking on.  And they suffer just as much as those demanding rights for people and for the environment.

 

I chose to write this article when I received a newsletter from The Council of Canadians stating that more than 700 activists have died in the decade leading up to 2011 - making the number higher than one per week.  They don't list any Canadians or Americans in their home page, but I do know that one Canadian died either during that decade or a few years prior trying to save the Great Bear Rainforest near Vancouver.  She was camping at the top of one the trees of the area of the virgen forest that a company was about to start logging and instead of finding a gentle way to take her down, chose to chop down the tree.  Need I remind anyone how tall these trees are?  She died instantly when she fell to the ground.

 

This newsletter, published by Greenpeace in 1993, gives us an idea of what other types of issues - murder amongst them as well - activists have to deal with regularly.

 

What can we do about this?  First and foremost, denouncing such acts of threats and downright cruel murder just for speaking up about the dangers of environmental destruction and the injustice many people live with would help reduce the stress and pressure that those who fight for rights have to face.  If the general population knew of these attacks and menaces, those who carry them out would think twice before taking action.

 

After, the only thing I can think of is to pray for those who live in these situations and hope that their fight won't end in bloodshed.

 

Living in a country where these types of murders are still far too common makes me feel even more for them because I see, on a daily basis, what they are fighting for.  I don't have much money, but still give bread to the homeless here who were surely kicked off their farm lands at gunpoint to house a greedy, large corporation's mines or monocultures.

 

Comments?  Please leave one.  Let's share about this topic and try to find ways to make everyone's lives easier to live.

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 2. Your statistics for ARA and eco-warrior deaths are shocking, but not surprising. These people are so brave and committed, but they should not have to give their lives for the cause (maybe some of them want to, but I am sure that the majority would rather live!) As you say, what can we do to help? Publicise what is going on as much as possible, as you say, and don't let their deaths be in vain; keep up the fight, and don't despair! I would also advise people not to take unnecessary risks in furthering the cause, much as I admire them for their courage: dead martyrs can't do as much good as live activists! I always think you can do more good alive and with your freedom, than dead, incapacitated or in prison. Please have a look at my latest article, For Love, Life and Liberty!, if you haven't already, and if you like it, please vote.
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  2. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Killing and bloodshed is wrong. I've seen this happen to journalists being activists and writing about what they believe in. Then getting literally killed from the hate coming out from the other side. Respect life for all living beings. You got my vote.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Some go to great lengths to control things and people. Thanks for your support.
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  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Voted - I really appreciate your perspective and totally agree with you. Voted. Check out my salsa recipe :)
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  4. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #5! Is this newsletter still being published today and can it be found online?
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Good question... I'm assuming you're talking about the Greenpeace one? That one, I'm not sure. The Council of Canadians publish a newsletter daily that you can sign up for. Although the majority of the information they write about is related directly to Canadians, the issues often concern other countries around the world and can impact the entire planet.
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  5. Teresa
    Teresa
    Just voted. I love certain animals. However, in any matter, animals has the same right to life that we, humans has. I agree, that we should fight for them. I have a dog and would not want anything to happen to him. I see on face book while back, that there were dogs that were being used for fighting. I don't see, just how they can do that to an animal. Of course, this was not here in the good ole U.S.A.. But, the fact remains, we should not use any animal for any purpose other than what they are for, and that is to comfort us and be our companion. Naturally, however, we should treat nature with all due respect. The animals that lives in the wild, should be treated with all the respect that is due to them. We should never try to turn a wild animal into a domestic animal and have them as a pet for our homes. But, some people find a way to do so and that's putting the animal in danger. I say, if the animal is in the wild, leave them there in their natural habitat.
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    1. Fifi Leigh
      Fifi Leigh
      yeah, it happens in USA. Remember that Michael Vick sick crap that all animal rights activists strongly detest. Same sick things are happening in all the countries.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        I had a feeling that this happened in the US also. I'm sure there are still a few underground locations across Canada, too.
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  6. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    I know. I have been writing a lot of activism articles on other sites for a while now, both for animal rights and sick things happens to others, and it is all for the same reasons--Zionists trying to control others until they get what they want, which include land, natural resources, and other assets, which is stolen from others to enrich themselves and their greedy Illuminati group. They are trying to create their NWO within sometimes this year, and they are also planning another attack to reduce the world population for nwo, globalization, one world government, and world domination. Just thinking about this makes me sick.
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  7. Willow Heart Star
    This is so upsetting to hear that 700 people have been put to death for syanding up for what they believe in! Also about the girl in the tree and them cutting it down, those men should have that happen to them! I mean obviously the law enforcement agencies know what happened but are covering it up! All oeople everywhere should br held responsible for their actions! I pray the world &I her people find peace!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      We need those! Thank you!
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  8. SnakeWitch
    Just thought I would post this contest for some who may be able to take part - being Canadian - and for others to just enjoy that gorgeous picture on the home page! It made me go 'awwww'! http://newsletter.greenpeace.ca/calendar/
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  9. evalovesbend
    Very interesting and is also so true. Voted! Check out my post the art of popsicles and voted if you like:)
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