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Covered as a CJ; Direct Action Everywhere May Day of Action

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The animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere held their May Day of action in downtown San Francisco on Saturday May23rd. The activists traveled from cities in the US, Canada and even Denmark, to once again bring their “It’s Not Food It’s Violence” campaign to the streets of San Francisco.

Approximately 100 activists took their message to a Whole Foods Store in downtown SF, to a food court inside the Westfield shopping center, and to Union Square. This group is trying to create an environment where activists can say anything to protect the animals.

According to their website Direct Action Everywhere or DxE is a “grassroots network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society. We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.”
This group has grown and can be found in 70 cities in 17 different countries throughout the world.

Their current campaign, It’s Not Food, It’s Violence has garnered attention from mainstream media entities such as the New York Times, Mother Jones and CNN. They take their protest inside restaurants, supermarkets and on the streets.

I talked with someone from Denmark who worked in a small dairy farm, and she said the egg farms are akin to extermination camps, and their is nothing humane about their practices.

In 2014 the Federal Bureau of Investigation put animal abuse as a top tier felony because studies have shown that people who kill or hurt other people usually tortured or abused animals prior to their crimes.

The FBI released an official definition of animal cruelty which includes the following information:
“Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.”

Link to Indybay.org site of story. >>>>Animal Rights Protest in SF<<<<

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Went flying in a Cessna

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I got to fly in a Cessna today. The plane was built in 1961. It is older than me. We flew from Concord to Petaluma. On the way to Petaluma I sat in the back. On the way back from Petaluma I sat in the right seat. I did get the chance to take the controls and fly it for a few seconds. And I learned a lot. It was nice being at around 2500 feet up too, reinvigorates the hunt for other perspectives.
We flew from Buchanan air field in Concord to a small airport in Petaluma, CA via over the Bay and along part of the coast. Most of the coast is blanketed in fog.

Aerial Footage of Deceased Gray Whale in Half Moon Bay, CA

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Started a fundraiser for my Citizen Journalism work

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https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/citizenjournalist

4th Trapped Raccoon Released Humanely

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4th Raccoon released humanely by me and the homeowner. Raccoons can be pests. They are cute, and lovable, but they like to destroy homes and the things around homes. So sometimes the raccoon has to be trapped and relocated to better environs, where they won’t have to be trapped ever again. Trapping them in cages is 100% more humane than poisoning them. Besides poisoning them means you have to smell dead animals for weeks. Nowadays, poisons have a trickle down effect on the community, which means any animals can eat the poison, or some animals will eat other animals that have been poisoned. I hope that makes sense.
Anyhow the raccoon released this morning was full of energy when it was let out of the cage. The locations where the raccoon’s are released should be kept confidential.

Another Trapped Raccoon Released Humanely

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Wildlife Photography Term

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Me and a few other photogs I’ve met in Golden Gate Park have coined a new photography term. Watch the video and learn what that term is.

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