Friday Veggie Vlogging ("My Retro Boyfriend" ed.)

Friday, July 13th, 2007

w00t. Two weeks in a row. Must be on a roll or something.

This week’s pick was inspired by a recent post on Pandagon, wherein “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” was chosen as one of the three worst Beatles songs penned by John Lennon, My Retro Boyfriend ™. Naturally, I disagree. Wholeheartedly.

According to the song’s Wiki entry (everything has a Wiki entry nowadays, don’t it?),

This song mocks the actions of a young American named Richard A. Cooke III, known as Rik [sic] who was visiting his mother, Nancy Cooke de Herrera, at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh at the same time that the Beatles were staying with the Maharishi. […] According to Nancy’s life account, Beyond Gurus, the genesis of the song occurred when she, Rik, and several others, including native guides, set out upon elephants to hunt for a tiger (allegedly presented by their Indian guide as a traditional act). The pack of elephants was attacked by a tiger, which was shot by Rik. Rik was initially proud of his quick reaction and posed for a photograph with his prize. However, Rik’s reaction to the slaying was mixed, as he has not hunted since. Nancy claims that all present recognised the necessity of Rik’s action, but that John Lennon’s reaction was scornful and sarcastic, asking Rik: “But wouldn’t you call that slightly life-destructive?” The song was written by Lennon as mocking what he saw as Rik’s bravado and unenlightened attitude.

Lennon later told his version of the story in a Playboy interview, stating that: “[Bungalow Bill] was written about a guy in Maharishi’s meditation camp who took a short break to go shoot a few poor tigers, and then came back to commune with God. There used to be a character called Jungle Jim, and I combined him with Buffalo Bill. It’s sort of a teenage social-comment song and a bit of a joke.”


And I think this goes without saying, but…not an official Beatles vid. Love it nonetheless. Wonder if any of the actors are veg*n?



HSUS, IFAW, SAPL: Congress to Vote on Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears TOMORROW!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/28/07, via the HSUS:

I am sorry to report that the Inslee-LoBiondo amendment failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 188-242 late yesterday. This amendment sought to halt funding for one year for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies. Too many lawmakers caved in to the NRA and Safari Club International, and that provided the margin of defeat.

Click here to see how your Representative, voted:

If the vote was “AYE” please make a short polite phone call to (202) 225-2865 to say thanks. If the vote was “NO,” let your Representative know you are disappointed.

Thank you for your efforts to protect polar bears from trophy hunting. We have had some victories and some setbacks on this issue. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding cut for polar bear trophy imports. We will continue to press forward to include this funding cut in the final Interior Appropriations bill, and to pass the Polar Bear Protection Act, which will permanently ban polar bear trophy imports. Click here to urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor this important animal protection legislation:


Currently I have three emails in my inbox pertaining to tomorrow’s vote on the loophole that allows for the importation of polar bear trophies from Canada into the US. I’ll post all of them below, and update this post as needed with any new developments/alerts.

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True that.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Viagra - Hunter


DawnWatch: Poll and story on coyote killing contest — 1/12/07

Friday, January 12th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jan 12, 2007 1:21 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Poll and story on coyote killing contest — 1/12/07

AOL News currently, Friday January 12, posts an Associated Press story by Matthew Brown, headed, “Coyote Killing Contest Prompts Howls.”

AOL includes a poll where you can vote for or against the Montana contest. As I send this out votes are equally divided, so please take a moment to post yours. The poll, article, and also an upsetting photo display are at

The article includes a quote by coyote hunter Jerrid Geving, “I don’t know why God put them on this Earth. If He put them on this world to give us sport for hunting, maybe.”

The article shares the thinking behind the hunt organizers:

“In Baker, a town of about 1,700 tucked against the North Dakota border, supporters of this weekend’s contest say it will deliver a much-needed jolt to the area’s economy, drawing some 180 participants from as far away as Chicago and Seattle. They also say fewer coyotes means fewer livestock killings.”

You can post comments here.

My thanks to Deedee for making sure we saw the AOL story and poll.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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IDA Writing Alert: Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island

Friday, January 12th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Jan 12, 2007 1:12 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island

The Monterey Herald and numerous other publications published an article on IDA and Rick Feldman’s lawsuit to try to stop the killing of wild turkeys on Santa Cruz Island. Please write a letter to the editor of the Herald, urging officials to stop the killing and look for humane ways to deal with unwanted animals. Send letters to mheditor [at]

Read “Lawsuit aims to stop wild turkey hunt on California island” online.

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Defenders of Wildlife: Help Stop the Next Wolf Massacre

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Help Stop the Next Wolf Massacre

Federal officials are about to make a big mistake — one that could lead to the killing of hundreds of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

Sometime this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to release a proposal to strip wolves of crucial Endangered Species Act protections across most of Wyoming and de-list wolves in Idaho, where the state is poised to kill up to 75% of the wolves living in the Lolo district of the Clearwater National Forest.

This proposal could allow the use of aerial gunning and other lethal control methods to kill as many as two-thirds of the wolves in Wyoming and as many as 54 of Idaho’s 65 wolf packs!

Help us prevent the worst massacre of wolves to occur in the lower 48 states in decades. Take action now.



Center for Biological Diversity: Save the desert-dwelling Yuma Puma from trophy hunters now!

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

UPDATE, 1/4/07: Yesterday, the HSUS issued a press release on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to allow the trophy hunting of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge mountain lions.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

The HSUS criticized the draft plan citing an August 31, 2006 federal court decision declaring that the federal government is violating the law by opening or expanding sport hunting at national wildlife refuges without proper environmental review.

“This plan runs counter to the basic tenets of sustainable management and sound wildlife conservation,” said Lauren Nolfo-Clements, Ph.D., wildlife scientist for The HSUS. “Opening a hunting season in an area where there is only an estimated population of five mountain lions is reckless and indefensible.”

According to the draft environmental assessment, hunting groups had expressed interest in opening the refuge to mountain lion hunting, leading the Kofa Refuge staff to draft the plan. The hunting plan also estimates an annual cost of $24,000 for the trophy hunting program.

You can read the whole statement here.

Many thanks to Ron for passing along the info!


Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Save the desert-dwelling Yuma Puma from trophy hunters now!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to begin trophy hunting of mountain lions in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in western Arizona.

The Fish and Wildlife Service, cooperating with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, proposes to permit the killing of one cougar per year on the Refuge or elsewhere in the region where cougar hunting is already permitted. Only five cougars are known to live on the Refuge—including a mother and two kittens. The agencies acknowledge that if the breeding female is killed her kittens might die also. Please tell the Service to back off from this reckless course and not allow this inaugural mountain lion hunt on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

These five animals constitute a significant portion — perhaps a majority — of the widely scattered mountain lions living throughout western Arizona.



IDA Writing Alert: Today’s Virginia-Pilot – 2 stories on Va. bears

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Previous alerts can be found here and here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Dec 7, 2006 2:33 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Today’s Virginia-Pilot – 2 stories on Va. bears

Today’s Virginian-Pilot published TWO stories about the controversial black bear hunt that took place last weekend in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Please write a letter to the editor decrying the decision to hunt black bears in a wildlife refuge. Send letter to letters [at]

Read “Bears make sport of Dismal hunters” online here.

Read “Officials, activists clash over fruitless bear hunt” online here.

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IDA Writing Alert: They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

See also: IDA Writing Alert: Activists decry black bear hunt in Chesapeake, 11/25/06.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Nov 28, 2006 6:45 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Port Folio Weekly published a story about a black bear hunt that is set for THIS WEEKEND, December 1 and 2. One hundred hunters will “win” a lottery to hunt black bears in a wildlife refuge in Norfolk, Virginia. Only after 20 black bears are reported dead will an order be made to stop hunting.

Please send a letter to the Port Folio Weekly, thanking them for the article and urging readers for their support in protecting Virginia’s black bears.

As we are fighting a tight deadline, please send letters, as soon as possible, to Port Folio Weekly via tom.robotham [at]

You can read “They’re Going On A Bear Hunt” online by clicking here.

They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

By Micah Maidenberg
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006

For the first time since its creation in 1974, the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge will allow hunters to track and kill Ursus americanus — the American black bear. The hunt, scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2, stipulates that a maximum of 20 bears can be taken from two sections of the refuge.

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DawnWatch: Newsweek — "Why Hunting Is on the Wane in America…A sportsman’s lament." — 12/4/06 edition

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Nov 28, 2006 6:08 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Newsweek — “Why Hunting Is on the Wane in America…A sportsman’s lament.” 12/4/06 edition

The December 4 edition of Newsweek has a piece on hunting, by Steve Tuttle, headed “Why Hunting Is on the Wane in America.” and sub-headed, “It’s a way of life that dates to the dawn of the nation. But hunting is on the wane in America. A sportsman’s lament.”

It opens:

” I remember the first time I ever killed something. It was a rabbit, and I was about 12 years old. I put my gun to my shoulder and aimed—taking care to lead the target—and pulled the trigger. The animal seemed to tumble end over end in slow motion. I ran up to him excitedly and he looked up at me, shaking and still alive and making a little whimpering sound. My father reached down, picked up the rabbit by its hind legs, and gave him a karate chop on the back of the neck, killing him instantly. He looked up at me and said, “Good shot, boy!” and handed me the rabbit.

“I was proud and devastated all at once. The rabbit felt warm in my hand, and I was trying really hard to fight back tears. The other men in the hunting party came over and slapped me on the back. Little did they know that I would have given anything to bring that rabbit back to life. I would feel sad about it for weeks. I went on to shoot a lot more game over the years, but none ever had the same emotional impact, nor did I ever get teary-eyed at the moment of the kill. In my culture, in the rural America of western Virginia, that was the day I began to change from boy to man.”

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Campaign Against Canned Hunting: White Lions – Harmful Rubbish On Animal Planet

Monday, November 27th, 2006

NOTE: The following is excerpted from a recent Kinship Circle Digest (Hope For Greek Animals, Ireland Pitbull Massacre + MORE, 11/27/06).


White Lions – Harmful Rubbish On Animal Planet

REPLY DIRECTLY TO: Chris or Bev Mercer, chrisandbev [at]
Campaign Against Canned Hunting
P.O. Box 356; Wilderness, 6560; South Africa
ph: 044 8771495; cell: 0829675808 or 0827944517

11/25/06 — We ask all recipients of this email to cross-post as widely as possible, to try to repair some of the damage done by Animal Planet’s Screening White Lions: King of Kings. Please write to Animal Planet requesting they pull the documentary, as it sends the wrong message.


TO – Alexandra_Bennett [at]

CC – Mark_Wild [at], joanna_johnston [at], claire_dann [at], natalie_spanier [at]



Animal Planet has been able to use the power of television to foster compassion for animals… Imagine my surprise when I switch to my favourite channel to watch White Lions: King of Kings, only to see Marius Prinsloo, a notorious canned lion breeder in S.A., presented as a paragon of conservation working to preserve the white lion gene, and Timbavati Hunting Farm portrayed as a wonderland for wildlife. What rubbish!

The South African canned lion industry is one of the cruelest industries in the world. The SA Minister of the Environment, himself a former hunter, has publicly described the canned hunting fraternity as “environmental thugs.” How could Animal Planet stoop to white washing this industry, and present canned hunting as conservation?

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DawnWatch: "Shooting Tigers" on 60 Minutes this Sunday, 11/19/06

Friday, November 17th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Nov 17, 2006 3:34 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “Shooting Tigers” on 60 Minutes this Sunday 11/19/06

The following promotional email comes from CBS’s 60 Minutes. Watch the piece if you can. And please take just a moment to thank the show for the animal friendly segment. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it. 60 Minutes takes comments at 60m [at]

From 60 Minutes:


Good afternoon. My name is Robin Sanders, and I work at CBS News. I’m writing to tell you about an upcoming “60 MINUTES” piece set to air this Sunday, Nov.19, that I thought you might be interested in. It’s a fascinating look at why the world population of wild tigers is shrinking, and we’re trying to get word out beforehand to as many people as possible with a special interest in wildlife and conservation issue. To that end, it would be great if you would consider sending something out to your listserve and/or posting something on your website. The piece will be broadcast on CBS stations on at 7:00 ET/PT on Sunday, Nov. 19, with further details and other information to be posted on our website, which you’re welcome to link to from your own site (and I should also point out that if you have any links you think might be useful to our viewers should they want further information on this subject, please pass it along to me for our web folk’s consideration).

You’ll find a short write-up about the piece below. And please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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DawnWatch: NY Times on hog hunting — 10/29/06

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Oct 29, 2006 4:17 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on hog hunting — 10/29/06

The Sunday, October 29, New York Times includes a story, by Tim Eaton headed, “With Hands and Hounds, Stalking Feral Hogs in Texas.” (A16.)

It describes the capture of a wild hog as follows:

“Four of his short-haired scent hounds, which had been released earlier, began to bark from the darkness. Mr. Richardson jumped out of the truck and freed a black pit bull from a cage on the truck’s flatbed. He chased after his pit bull into the darkness toward the barking hounds.

“He tripped in a wet ditch but kept running through the milo stalks. When he got to the baying dogs, the light on his miner’s hat revealed that the pit bull, trained for just this purpose, had clamped onto the face of a feral hog.

“As he had done thousands of times before, Mr. Richardson, 58, pounced on the snorting beast and tied its feet together, immobilizing it. Within minutes, he had loaded the animal barehanded into a cage.”

On the website we can see a close-up photo of Richardson loading a terrified struggling hog into his truck. That photo is not included in the hard copy of the paper.

We read:

“A lot of people in rural Texas catch wild hogs, which can grow to several hundred pounds, and Mr. Richardson traps them like most others. But there is sometimes a twist to Mr. Richardson’s hunts — he spends a few nights a week cruising the dirt roads of Stonewall County, a place with more hogs than people, to run down the wild animals using only his dogs and his bare hands.

“‘It’s for fun,’ he said.”

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DawnWatch: NY Times column on ecotourism in Africa — 9/26/06

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Sep 26, 2006 3:39 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times column on ecotourism in Africa — 9/26/06

The Tuesday, September 26, New York Times includes an column by Nicolas Kristof, headed “Where Gorillas and the Antelope Play.” (P A23)

It tells us that the Central African Republic, Cameroon and the Congo Republic, have joined forces, “establishing adjoining national parks that cover an area the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.”

We read:

“It’s part of a growing trend that deserves strong support from the West: poor countries seeking economic opportunities by protecting nature rather than pillaging it.”


“Yet if the gorillas can lure rich Westerners here, ecotourism could become a more sustainable economic pillar than slash-and-burn logging.”

The column is available only to New York TimesSelect subscribers (newspaper subscribers can upgrade to Timesselect for free) on line here.

Others in the US can check out a hard copy at your local newsstand or coffee shop.

Supportive letters can be sent to letters [at]

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be published.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at To unsubscribe, go to
You are encouraged to forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts but please do so unedited — leave DawnWatch in the title and include this tag line.)


"That dead deer really liked me; couldn’t you see her smiling?"

Monday, August 14th, 2006

“Posing with a deer that you paid someone to keep on hand just so you could shoot at it is like taking a photo with your Big Mac before you eat it.”

– Amanda of Pandagon, on the “sport” of the canned hunt

Defenders of Wildlife – Have a howling good Father’s Day!

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Help Defenders of Wildlife save America’s wolves!


Alaska’s majestic gray wolves are in grave danger. Marksmen use low-flying planes to chase the wolves, run them to exhaustion and shoot them to death at point-blank range. More than 150 wolves have already been killed this year!

Help us Save America’s Wolves! Sign the petition below to urge the Bush administration to end the brutal slaughter of these innocent animals, including pregnant mothers and young wolf pups by enforcing the Federal Airborne Hunting Act.

Click here to take action.

You can also send your Dad one of three Defenders of Wildlife eCards this Father’s Day!

DawnWatch: Today Show covers seal hunt – watch on line and thank Today 6/12/06

Monday, June 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch [dot] com
Date: Jun 12, 2006 2:42 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Today Show covers seal hunt – watch on line and thank Today 6/12/06

This morning, Monday, June 12, NBC’s Today Show aired a piece on the Canadian Seal Hunt.

You can watch the story on line at:

It is a strong piece that includes upsetting footage and quotes from animal advocates such as Paul McCartney and HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle who says, “It is unconscionable, it’s barbaric, it’s inhumane, and it needs to end.”

Please thank the Today for the coverage. Much positive feedback for coverage of animal protection issues will encourage follow-ups and similar stories.

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