Support Ebba Olausson: Vegan in Body and Soul

Published June 14, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

freedomWhat we call the Animal Rights Movement is, with greater reason, a Mixed Culture. This Mixed Culture is a mélange of caring and thinking people, so naturally the intellectual and compassionate architecture appeals to us and others like us.

The Language of the People is like speaking every known dialect. Our melting-pot family, spans the globe in a spectrum of thought and experience that translates into non-violent action. Undoubtedly, intellect, compassion, and kindness are the source of continually admirable heroic actions of communities and individuals.

The backbone trait of our family is sensible and simultaneous, hard-hearted compassion. To achieve abolition, total liberation, we must retain balance in our individual physical and emotional lives and remain Vegan in Body and Soul.

Worldwide, government laws protect commercial animal exploitation, allowing devastation of the earth and the brutality against non-human animals and humans. Laws do not defend the right to life. Laws authorize and regulate death.

Animal legislation does not protect animals to its absolute full, idyllically desired potential. Instead, it garners a false sense of hope and justice for the animals that are abused and killed for human use.

Legislation is incongruous; specific laws safeguard and reward animal exploiters, administering retribution to Liberators of the Earth. In addition to levying punishment in the form of imprisonment, these statutes and rulings stigmatize liberators and portray protectionists as radical, extremist, terrorists.

Extraordinary people, like recently imprisoned, Swedish Vegan Straight Edge Activist and Liberator Ebba Olausson, have made the ultimate, fearless, and courageous sacrifice – their freedom. We OWE our family members, like Ebba, our tangible support.

Ebba, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for property damage of the fur (mink) industry, deserves your letter and artwork of support. Having been transferred several times, please:

Click here and refer to the Free Ebba facebook page for current updates and her location.

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The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation

Published May 22, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Dear Friend,

I’m not a philosopher, so – Thank you, in advance, for your patience and letting me share an overview my thoughts:

The discussion of animal rights, animal liberation, or more appropriately total liberation, must begin somewhere and shared with the masses. Theory, discussion, and then action are essential to solving the cumulative world problems.

In absolute agreement with the total rejection of anthropocentrism and speciesism, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation completely favors and fosters a combined biocentric and ecocentric view that includes more than inherent value. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation encompasses the physical and mental kindness, compassion, love, respect, and appreciation, and connectivity of all living things including the non-animal parts of nature.

The human animal is part of the Universal Ecology and plays multiple roles as the source of destruction, skeptic, idler, and source of improvement-reparation-positive creation. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows for the individuality of nature and therefore the individuality of the human animal to make the best possible decisions for and live life in harmony with oneself, all of humanity, and the earth.

Nature is not narrow, rigid, and stagnant. The Laws of Nature are diverse, flowing, evolving. There is both predictability and spontaneity. There is no one way of nature. Like the path of nature, no one way of living is completely right or absolutely wrong, all parts are equal.

The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation does not combat and battle existing evils. Instead, it flourishes from a sense of organic goodness toward direct action without (as much as possible) causing further harm. Please note: While the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation rejects violence; it is not pacifist, it is non-violent direct action.

Therefore, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows the nature of the human animal to establish a personal way of living that moves the collective community toward total harmony and is reflective of the mellifluous and diverse quality of nature.

Taking into account real-life circumstances, self-expression, co-expression, and individuality, is the only way to achieve liberation for all. We are not obligated to accept other ways of living – we are obligated to understand the many ways of life in order to find better, smarter ways to change what is incongruent with nature (including man) as a whole.

We do not want to create more separation, more opposition, more problems. It is our responsibility to guide, not control, the creation of an all-inclusive, universal way of living.

Therefore, It is critical to remember to live in your own expression and no one else’s. As individuals, we are unique. Our distinctiveness, not our similarities, is what makes us effective. We can accomplish much as individuals and as sub-collectives of the larger, united collective.

You are knowledgeable to learn and understand all of the issues. You are aware of how to inspire and spark change. You are courageous to change the world. You are smart to recognize, without being told, that life and therefore nature is inextricably connected. Be yourself, think for yourself, act for yourself and the world around you.

In the end, what matters most is your vision, then action.

That pretty much sums it up for me – time to go save the world!

Love, Jeannie

Author Note: These cumulative ideas are explored in-depth in my Animal Advocacy column on Examiner.com.

A letter to my inspiration

Published March 29, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

It’s been extremely busy lately. After losing my job in November 2013, I decided to take fate into my own hands and begin my own personal dog walking service. I couldn’t have taken a better chance.

Admittedly, it was rough at first. I was very anxious to get things rolling. Around the holidays was a very difficult time to try and find new clients, but I did what I always do:

I give my heart and soul, my entire being, for everything I do, every single moment of every single day.

I absolutely love the animals in my care. I’ve come to know them so well, they’re my friends and inspiration. I spend a lot of time enjoying their company as well as enjoying nature, observing wildlife, and deeply appreciating the true and simple beauty of life.

In my adventures as an Animal Advocacy Writer for Examiner.com, I also get to meet a lot of animals, learn more about the lives of animals, and study their behavior. This includes the Human Animal.

Every day I am inspired by the people I meet and communicate and collaborate with. There are many people around the world making an extraordinary impact and creating the kind of world we want: a truly passionate and compassionate world.

There are so many places I want to visit and so many people I want to meet! It makes me feel dizzy and delighted thinking about the possibility!

You motivate me, keep me hopeful, and make me feel so ALIVE. Thinking of you day in and day out, I know you are a kind, loving, and caring person.

You are incredible and have made an everlasting and monumental impact on my life like no one has ever done before.

I cannot thank you enough. The only thing I can do is love you…and I do – I love you.

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Published June 18, 2013 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Recently, I was emailing a long distance acquaintance and very busy animal rights and welfare advocate and we were talking about what we do to “decompress.”

In my last email, I found myself rambling on about animal issues, realized, and wrote, “I’m rambling and obviously need to decompress.”

For those of my friends who don’t know, my mother just finished her last round of chemotherapy. It has been a very emotional time. She actually started feeling much better after the second treatment.

As I described in my email:

“Decompressing happens when it happens. Walking dogs for a couple hours a day is very relaxing! I feel guilty that I love my job. Photography. Writing in my personal blog, because I can be more personal and emotional in my blog than in my column. Reading both fiction and non-fiction. And film – particularly documentaries and foreign films. Hanging out with my cat, Star, and listening to Swing music.”

Pretty much that’s how my entire days have been going: Work. Decompress. Work. Decompress. Work…

Since I am having these extraordinary and unusual fluctuations of brain power and lack thereof, my mind wandered back in time to a decade old recurring topic that comes up in my life quite frequently again and again, brought to light by the philosopher Shlomo Sher, who is according to Linkedin, currently Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton.

In his early work, Shlomo wrote an article called, “The Myth of the Dedicated Artist.” The work asks several very important questions about how we define ourselves ultimately challenging the reader with the underlying question: Are you a good person?

Shlomo continues his journey into the mind asking the reader what makes you a good person and asks us to consider the difference between “what a person is” and “what a person does.”

Example given by Shlomo: I love Charles Bukowski’s writings, but the man was a prick.

As Shlomo muses about “What impresses me about people as they are?” and speaks about values, compromise, and priorities, I will let it go right here and give you time to think about these things on your own.

With all due respect for my former mentor and spiritual guide of the early 2000s, I just want to end with my one thought:

There is no “underground.” There is no “mainstream.”

United we stand. Divided we fall.

 And in the words of AC/DC: For those about to rock – fire! We salute you!

What is a Pit Bull dog?

Published August 30, 2012 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Proud to be a Pit Bull!

A member of the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign Facebook Community was looking for a cute cartoon image of a Pit Bull dog her daughter could draw and take with her to school to share with her friends. I suggested she google Pit Bull cartoon images.

I found this one as an example and shared it all the while thinking how cool it would be to make copies and have everyone in class color in the original white design. As you can see from the photo cover, I decided to follow my own advice and give it a shot.

Yes, I have magic markers and crayons. It’s always a good idea to have these items on hand if friends bring their children – so the grown-ups can do grown-up things and I can color Pit Bull dogs.

Which brings me to the question: What is a Pit Bull dog?

“We don’t know what a Pit Bull dog is,” Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of the Animal Farm Foundation explained at a confrence. “A Pit Bull is anything we say it is.”

Think about it. Have you ever read a story about a dog attack or dog bite and wondered, “How do they know the dog who attacked is – in fact – a Pit Bull?” If you don’t know how difficult it is to identify a dog by breed, try identifying the Pit Bull dogs in this poster.

According to Dr. Victoria Voith, DVM, MSc, MA, PhD, DACVB, one of the first board certified veterinary behaviorists in the country, about 75% of dogs may be misidentified by animal shelters, animal control officers, and law enforcement. Mislabeling can affect adoption rates in shelters and rescues, Breed Discrimination Legislation, and through uneducated media cause harm to Pit Bull dogs.

Shelter software programs force shelters and rescues to choose a Dog Breed. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, similar to the statement used by the Animal Farm Foundation, uses this crucial statement at the bottom of every dogs’ description:

“AWLA’s computer program requires that we choose a predominant breed or breed mix for our dogs. Visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at the breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and do our best to describe each dog based on personality, not breed label or appearance.”

Shelters, rescues, animal control, veterinarians, behaviorists, positive reward dog trainers, the companion animal industry – Every Animal Advocate – should make an effort to educate the public with a positive public position statement on Breed Discrimination Legislation.

Which brings me to the answer: A dog is a dog is a dog.