by Barry Kent MacKay,
Senior Program Associate
Born Free USA's Canadian Representative
Barry is an artist, both with words and with paint. He has been associated with our organization for nearly three decades and is our go-to guy for any wildlife question. He knows his animals — especially birds — and the issues that affect them. His blogs will give you just the tip of his wildlife-knowledge iceberg, so be sure to stay and delve deeper into his Canadian Project articles. If you like wildlife and reading, Barry's your man. (And we're happy to have him as part of our team, too!)
It’s The Rich Who Are Destroying Us, One Ton of Fish at a Time
Eric is an 18-year-old who has just quit his first job, a summer job at very private golf course where membership (invitation only) is in the tens of thousands per year. “Eric” is not his real name; I’m protecting him from any possible embarrassment, and he is, at any rate, not really the story, except that but for him the golf course would remain forever unknown to the likes of me. Eric’s widowed mom works at an office job and during the time he worked in the club’s kitchen Eric’s hours were irregular, and not made known to his mother and him until it was too late for her to plan to drive him to, or sometimes from, work. When I could, I was happy to fill in. His driving license requires a fully licensed passenger in the car, and no way can he afford both a car and the cost of insurance.
Trapping Conservation Argument Again Shown to Be a Myth
(Photograph by Eckart Dege)
The CBC’s flagship news program, “The National,” featured a story a week or two ago about Innu in Labrador voting on whether to accept a massive, multibillion-dollar engineering effort at a place called Muskrat Falls, Labrador. There was an Innu woman, posed against the magnificent but doomed scenery of her ancestral home, tearfully explaining how Muskrat Falls was so integral to her personal life and that of her people, part of the source of their survival through a long history of habitation.
Or Is It Zoocheck, or Elephants, She Dislikes?
Toronto City Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby and I have never formally met, but I think she doesn’t like me. Or maybe it’s not that personal, and it’s just an organization I’m with she doesn’t like. The organization is Zoocheck-Canada, on whose board I happen to sit. But I could be wrong about both; sometimes I get the impression she doesn’t like elephants.
Killing an Endangered Species: Does It Make Sense?
What I’m about to write about makes no sense, is an astounding example of ... what? Stupidity for sure, and much else, none of it good, and all of it funded by me, unwillingly, and the rest of Ontario’s taxpayers, most of them unknowingly.
How Our Elite Masters Shaft Reason, Logic, Facts and Animals
Among my list of appalling politicians is one who, if you don’t live in Ontario, you have probably never heard of: Michael Bryant. A Harvard Law School graduate, he perches upon a comfortably high rung of the social ladder, and was the youngest person ever to be appointed attorney general of the province of Ontario, in which post he advocated for a complete ban on handguns and for the destruction of any cars involved in street racing.
The Road Kill Who Survived
I had just turned the corner, driving onto the road that circles Markville, a large shopping center in the middle of the suburban Markham, where I live, just north of Toronto. Sadly, on the northbound lane, right in the space where cars’ tires go, was a dead crow, on its back. Obviously it had just been hit; the next car would almost certainly squash him, but he was intact.
Insanity Rules Once More
In April spring flows northward through the deciduous forests and woods, touching off colorful displays of flowers and filling the morning mists with an increasingly complex “dawn chorus” of bird song. It is great to be alive.
Bad Things Happen in the First Four Days of April
All that I am about to report happened in the first four days of April, and has left me dazed at the sheer, absurd, perfidy of my own species.