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"And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth."
Alvaro Munera

This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight... the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.

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Comment by Sunmover on March 18, 2012 at 6:59pm

Thanks guys.........

Comment by Ommi on March 18, 2012 at 6:31pm

you have a knack at sourcing beautifull photos Sun...................OM

Comment by ancestralblue on March 18, 2012 at 4:06pm

Beautiful, Sun!

Comment by Sunmover on March 18, 2012 at 3:49pm

Comment by ancestralblue on March 18, 2012 at 3:36pm

Most true...To put energy into love and healing where we can is the greater part of that balance.

   To give care where we see mute appeal.

   It's healing for those to whom it's applied and it's healing for those who give it.

   You're quite right. The sum is greater than the parts.

Comment by Sunmover on March 18, 2012 at 3:00pm

And then AB there are people like those of us who do not do these things but do  other effective things to help the planetary light/ shadow balance are making a difference no matter how small  or local we think our contribution to be........the sum is always greater than the parts.

Comment by ancestralblue on March 18, 2012 at 1:18pm

An abuse of power For certain !!!

   That's what bloodlust is all about...power! It's a form of vampirism... and the practitioners are power parasites!

   The only place where their reasoning lobes come into it is to justify the behavior.

  

Comment by Sunmover on March 18, 2012 at 12:03pm

That 'bloodlust' you identify AB is an abuse of power in its lowest common denominator.  I was once married into a family of  'church - goers' that saw nothing wrong with hunting and raised  the kids that way.  It was only something I found out in later years when staying at the in-laws and saw the most foul ideas of  meat frozen in the freezers...

Comment by ancestralblue on March 18, 2012 at 8:47am

 Doesn't matter where they are,  trophy hunters all have the same disease. It's pure bloodlust. They're around here too. Out in the woods in the fall with buck fever. But it doesn't have to be a buck that they'll shoot. They'll shoot anything. At times, they get so crazed to get something, that they become a news article when they shoot each other.

   We don't allow hunting here. And it's interesting, because the deer know it. They graze at the top of our pasture peacefully while hearing gunshots all around.

   Hunters all have a few things in common. They think that hunting is acceptable because they're culling the population and they convince themselves that they're doing something good. They want to prove that they're tough...( They are definitely NOT tough) and they're going to put food in the freezer...even if they don't really need it.

   But the bigger part is that it's legal to kill animals and illegal to kill people. These are often people with serious anger issues who want to release it.

   There's a guy that we buy hay from a couple of towns over and he has an adopted grandson who was raised on a dairy farm where there are a lot of deer. The boy was taught to hunt at an early age and now, at the age of thirteen, he's having anger issues as his testosterone is kicking in.

   He's taken to beating up classmates who he thinks are bullies. ( They very well could be. I don't know them) and he told his father that he'd blow his head off for reprimanding him after yelling at his mother.

  Needless to say...they have taken all of the guns out of the house. He's been put into anger management sessions that are not helping and the school is recommending he be put into something called a "PINS" program where he'd be put into a reform type school.

   It's not too hard to see that having taught this kid to kill early on COULD lead to something like this. He can't truly empathize with what he's doing and testosterone is a volatile hormone.  That together can create a recipe for disaster.

   Violence in society is always a given when we're trained not to have empathy as children when the neural pathways of the emotional self are being laid down.

   It doesn't mean that we can't change it, but, if we're surrounded by people who relish competition and conquest of everything that lives and breathes through the end of a gun or any sort of weapon, whether in 3D or in a video game (virtual reality), there's little hope of change in human society.

   That's a sad fact.

   And Trumps sons are telling the world how they've been raised, but, they are most certainly not alone.

Comment by Sunmover on March 17, 2012 at 3:17pm

Trump’s Wildlife Killing Spree: Their Next Vacation?

Anyone who viewed the horrifying photos of Donald Trump’s sons on a killing spree during an African safari will not soon forget the brutal and senseless way that these wealthy young men have chosen to spend their free time.

As head of the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity, I often get field reports from my teammates in Africa who are faced with a constant battle with the lucrative safari business which caters to Americans who just can’t wait to shoot their first lion, gazelle or elephant. There’s a complete disconnect, an absolute apathy towards the suffering caused by the hunt or the orphans who lose their parents in the kill. And while Donald Trump Junior’s finest souvenir from his journey abroad is now the tail of an elephant, I’d like to contrast that against the way that others of us choose to spend our vacations.

If you, like I, need to clear your head after seeing the hard reality of the Trump’s travels, please enjoy this uplifting look at one very special vacation spot that caters to those who prefer a gentler form of tourism. It’s called the Rainsong Widlife Sanctuary and Retreat and is located on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  And if the Trump men are reading this story, we invite you to travel here and see for yourself the extraordinary fulfillment that comes from an entirely different kind of relationship with the wild ones who make this world of ours one very beautiful place.

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