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By John Yunker

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    A recent study reported on in the New York Times found that 400,000 seabirds are getting killed each year by gillnets — those long nets used by fishing vessels. And you can add roughly 160,000 additional seabirds that are hooked by longlines. In short, modern fishing practices are destroying the oceans and its creatures. From [...]

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  • 08/03/13--08:07: Peace begins on your plate
  • Seen in Ashland, Oregon yesterday. Always nice to see…

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    We’ve assembled an excellent group of contributors. If you’re looking for your next great book to read, check it out. And subscribe to the newsletter so you stay in touch.  

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  • 11/07/13--10:47: We are not pirates
  • It’s a shame what the US government is doing on behalf of the Japanese whalers. Paul Watson was forced to testify in Seattle yesterday to, hopefully, avoid criminal prosecution. Link

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  • 01/05/14--17:52: Enlightenment

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    I’m biased, of course. I’m the editor. But I’m also a reader and I’ve consistently been frustrated over the years by the lack of novels and short stories that truly “get” the complex (and often violent) relationships between humans and animals. I’m immensely proud of this book. If you’re a member of the media or […]

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  • 02/03/14--17:00: Penguins vs. climate change
  • We all know or should know by now that polar bears are suffering from reduced ice up north. But few people know about what’s happening to penguins down south. If you have a spare 10 minutes, listen to this interview with Dee Boersma on her recent study about Magellanic Penguins  in Punta Tombo, Argentina. I […]

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    If you’ve seen the movie Sharkwater then you know that sharks around the world are suffering. Despite the media’s obsession over those rare shark attacks against humans, the reality is that humans are eradicating sharks from the oceans — killing as many as 73 million a year. All because of shark fin soup. So it was nice to […]

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    This is great news: An international court has ordered Japan to revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and stop granting new ones. The country’s government had argued that hunting whales was part of a research program, but the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan hasn’t generated enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds […]

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    As readers of this blog know well, I’m a passionate believer in the power of “eco-fiction” to change hearts and minds. So Midge and I have announced a new book award, The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. The 2014 prize will be judged by New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler, whose most recent book is We Are All Completely […]

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  • 06/04/14--13:56: Rod Coronado speaks
  • I was living in San Diego during the federal trial of Rod Coronado about six years ago. I witnessed part of the trial, and it opened my eyes to the risks Rod and so many others have taken to defend animals. As well as the prices they have paid, and continue to pay. It also opened my […]

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    Below is a letter I wrote to encourage Ashland, Oregon restaurants to serve veg-friendly meals. Some already do (and we’re regulars there) but most restaurants do not. This letter was published in the Ashland Sneak Preview in June 2014. An Open Letter to Ashland Area Restaurants Whenever a new restaurant opens in town, I’m eager to check it out. […]

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    Animals in zoos get depressed. Kinda obvious, I know. Still, it’s nice to see The New York Times covering this issue. The article is about a man who helps captive animals cope better with the trauma of being held captive. Drugs are sometimes used. I feel for this man because he is doing his best to ease their […]

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    The Adélie penguin has long been viewed as in rapid decline, largely because of the number of shrinking and abandoned penguin colonies around the Antarctic peninsula. But it appears that the penguin may not be declining so much as changing address. According to this WSJ article, the penguin has actually increased in numbers globally: The […]

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  • 07/18/14--15:57: Little Red House
  • I am very happy that the literary journal Mason’s Road has published my one-act play Little Red House. You can read it here. It’s just ten minutes long. And, yes, it does have an animal rights theme. I hope you like it…

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    I’ll be headed to Greenville, South Carolina in a week to participate in the Centre Stage New Plays Festival. It’s an honor to be included and I’m particularly excited to see what people think of my full-length play Meat the Parents. Here’s an brief description: Bonnie, a high school senior and carnivore trapped within a family of […]

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    I want to see “environmental writing” evolve, and quickly. Here’s what I mean.

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    I wanted to share this video of Rod speaking at length about his life as an activist. As many of you know, he inspired part of The Tourist Trail. Rod Coronado Keynote from Burning Hearts Media on Vimeo.

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  • 01/22/15--19:11: Coyotes

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    So we’re in the process of publishing a second edition of the highly regarded anthology Among Animals. We’re about 1/3 of the way to having a full collection, so if you’ve got a short story in you, submit it soon!    

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