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A dumpster outside a barn piled high with dead pigs

A dumpster outside a barn, piled high with dead pigs

Yes, that is what you think it is – dead pigs in a dumpster. I took the photo earlier this year. The farm is about 10 minutes from town. Eat Local, everyone!

Okay, enough with the bitter sarcasm. Seriously, since this photo was taken I’ve seen the same dumpster fill up with dead animals again, twice (and this road is not one I frequent too often). This is the stuff we sometimes hear about but nobody wants to believe – or at least believe it happens at home.

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Hey readers, Intrepid Lynx has a question: What do rodeos, agriculture and bullfighting have to do with violence against women?

Remember the No Joke post? You all seemed to find that one especially interesting. Want a little more about interconnectedness? Read on!

I recently started listening to Animal Voices, a radio show based in Toronto. I continue to be impressed by the hosts’ abilities to ask relevant questions, find countless guests who have interesting and important things to talk about, and how the show fosters a holistic view of non-human animal issues by demonstrating sensitivity to, and addressing, various human issues and connecting the dots. Back in 2005, Animal Voices did a show for International Women’s Day (March 8), which included a slew of amazing speakers and touched on very important topics, one of them being the links between violence against women, and violence to non-human animals. Much of the show is devoted to examining this issue in Wellington County, Ontario – right in my backyard. In light of the recent mass shooting in California, an event that now sits atop the mountain of other mass murders (which all seem to have been done by men) over the last few decades, this is what I want to talk about today.

For resources on dealing with partner and animal abuse, click here.

First off, I acknowledge that violence against women, and violence against non-human animals, are both very real issues. If you’re a woman, or are read as a woman by other people, you’re confronted by this every day, both in subtle ways and perhaps very obvious and scary ways. If you’re a woman of colour, disabled, of size, queer, trans, whatever – your risk is even greater (I’m sure you don’t need to be told, and could probably tell me of your own experiences that demonstrate this. In fact, I encourage you to leave comments on this topic if you wish). I want you to know that I understand that this is a real and serious problem, one that I also experience, and I don’t simply want to use it as a jumping-off point or an oversimplified argument in order to further my own thoughts in this post. The purpose of discussing these issues is to bring awareness to how they are linked and how they come from the same source. I hope that those of you who’ve read my other posts understand this, and that I can make it clear here as well. That said, if you think I need to do better with the nuances of it all (or other things), please email me. Also, given the subject matter of this post, be aware that some images in this post are difficult. Stay fierce and support each other.

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earth democracy

I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by Vandana Shiva at OISE in Toronto! What an inspiration this woman is. If you aren’t familiar with her work, she addresses a multitude of issues through her work with farmers, government and educators, including food security and sovereignty, the value of and need for diversity (including biodiversity), the harms that occur when seed varieties are patented, women’s rights especially pertaining to agriculture, and the interconnectedness of everything. I don’t think I can emphasize enough how absolutely COOL she is. Some of her books include Biopiracy, Monocultures of the Mind, and Staying Alive, among many others (all of which I have yet to read…any recommendations?)

The talk I attended was recorded but I haven’t seen a video online (yet), so here’s a video of a similar talk she did at U of T about a year ago. “In diversity and multiplicity lies reslience. Monocultures are highly vulnerable. We know that in ecology, but we also know that in culture. Wherever a monoculture starts to take over, intolerance sets in…Diversity is the very condition of freedom, of resilience, of democracy, of abundance, of creating a future.”

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self-care, appreciation, fear, clarity

Greetings readers, from the lovely Slocan Valley (yet again)! I’ve been putting off posting for the last few weeks because so many things have happened that it’s overwhelming trying to make something coherent out of it all. So, this is my attempt.

To give you a brief idea, some of the things I’ve been up to recently include living off-grid, going to my first garlic festival, observing the power of intuition and intention, harvesting lots of root vegetables, skinny dipping in Kootenay Lake, and hunting for delicious wild mushrooms!

Pebble beach, on Kootenay Lake

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