Heal Our Planet Earth
CARE Tour - 2
Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions #2
Preservationist urges: Save the Tiger
Charlotte, NC – July 1, 2004 – In the new movie, "Two Brothers," a couple of tiger cubs are separated and taken into captivity, then reunited years later when they’re forced to fight as enemies.
If only a tiger’s life were that easy, believes renowned tiger preservationist, Anthony Marr. Instead, tigers are under more deadly attack – from poachers, smugglers and traders of endangered species products, as well as the increasing human destruction of their habitat. In August, Marr will bring his message to Charlotte in two presentations at the Independence and Morrison Regional libraries.
Marr is one of 30 active tiger preservationists in the world. He has
led several tiger-saving expeditions and has conducted undercover
operations in both India and North America to catch illegal traders of
tigers and tiger products. He was honored as the Champion of the Bengal
Tiger in the TV documentary series, "Champions of the Wild," which aired
on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. At the libraries, he will
focus on the dire plight of wild tigers due to poaching and habitat loss,
and will encourage the public to help save them.
Founded in 1903 as a Carnegie Free Library, PLCMC provides community service and outreach to the citizens of the Charlotte area. It is one of the premiere libraries in the country – named "Library of the Year" and "Library of the Future" in the 1990s – with 23 branches, 1.6 million volumes, and 28,000 videos and DVDs and compact disks. The library also sponsors a variety of community-based programs – from computer- and Internet-education workshops to the award-winning Novello Festival of Reading, a celebration that accentuates the fun of reading and learning.
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Animal Rights Whirlwind!
This excerpt is from April 2004:
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Post subject: "TIGERS IN HIS TANK",
With reference to "TIGERS
IN HIS TANK", I was one of the wildlife preservationists who voiced
oppositon to Mr. Fertitta's plan when it was being considered. I was
priviledged to speak at City council as a "tiger expert", hoping that the
plublic would see the light. Unfortunately what I said was not well
represented in the subsequent Houston Chronicle article, and the public
remain morbidly fascinated by Mr. Fertitta's offering. So, at risk of
repating myself, I would like to state my reasons as succinctly as
possible, in a letter-to-the-editor not subject to misquotation.
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February's Guardian of the Month:
Anthony Marr (center) with CARE participants
After a decade of full-time activism on behalf of animals, Anthony Marr decided to take his message on the road. He started the seven-month, 41 state Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE) tour to show people all across the country how animals are treated in our society and tell them what they can do about it. He bought a used 21' RV and a 10' trailer, and equipped the mobile unit with a 54" TV to bring behind-the-scenes videos to the public and spread awareness of animal issues.
Joining Anthony on the nationwide tour was dietitian and best-selling author Brenda Davis (who penned "Becoming Vegetarian," "Becoming Vegan," "Dairy-Free and Delicious" and "Defeating Diabetes"), and her then 14-year-old son Cory. The trio partnered with vegetarian and animal advocacy groups throughout the U.S. to deliver educational presentations at hundreds of universities, high schools, middle schools, and public venues between September 2003 and April 2004!
As part of their message, the CARE tour supported IDA's Guardian Campaign by urging people to use compassionate language. "If one insists on having an animal for companionship or partnership of some kind, it is a responsibility above all else to safeguard the well-being of the animal," says Anthony. "The prime currency should not be money, nor utility, nor performance, nor even companionship; it should be love, unconditionally given, gratefully received and joyfully returned." Well put, Anthony!
Anthony is featured on the Guardian Campaign Website at http://www.guardiancampaign.com/. IDA honors an extraordinary guardian each month in our e-news, and you can learn about past Guardians of the Month on our Website.
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In the last decade of full time campaigning in defense of animals, Anthony Marr created another way to spread awareness of animal issues and rally activists from coast-to-coast.