Walking with cheetahs… the big cats of the Kalahari who are man’s best friend

Posted in wildlife with tags , , on November 13, 2010 by carmen4thepets

A Nomadic tribesman of the San people strides across the hot ­Kalahari Desert — in the company of a cheetah he has helped to tame. Though they’re killers in the wild, these big cats are ­surprisingly easy to domesticate.

The animals in these striking pictures, taken in the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, were hand-reared from cubs after their mother was shot by poachers five years ago.

As a result, the three cheetahs — a male and two females — are happy to trot next to their handlers, men from the San tribe, on their daily three-hour walk across the desert.

Taking a stroll: A Nomadic tribesman walks side by side in the company of a cheetah that he has helped to tame

Fast learner: A cheetah picks up tips from a Bushman on how to hunt in the grasses that fringe the desert

After stretching their legs, the cats — who can run 100 metres in 4.5 seconds — even play ‘fetch’ when the tribesmen throw bits of rope for them to chase.

The cheetahs are so tame you can tickle them under the chin, and they drink water from the sinks at the home of 35-year-old Marlice Van Vuuren, who set up the sanctuary in 2007.

Walkies: A tribesman and an orphaned cheetah take an evening stroll together

She now lives there full-time with a team of helpers and employs around 20 tribesmen to help care for a range of rescued and orphaned animals, including lions, leopards, wild dogs and baboons.

As babies, the cheetahs snuggled up in homemade sleeping bags and played with toy mice. Now they’re adults, they still come into Marlice’s house to watch daytime TV — before going off to hunt at night.

Extraordinary harmony: The cheetahs are so tame that you can tickle them under the chin, and they even play ‘fetch’

Endangered species: Both the cheetah and the San tribespeople of Namibia are dwindling in numbers, but perhaps they can help each to survive in a hostile environment

Tragically, the cats are an endangered species with only 12,000 to 15,000 left in the wild. The San tribe — once known as Kalahari Bushmen — who care for these orphans, are endangered too, with fewer than 35,000 left in Namibia.

No one knows how long the cheetahs or the San people can exist in this wild landscape. But for now, they live in extraordinary harmony.


The Very Hungry Mouse

Posted in wildlife with tags on November 8, 2010 by carmen4thepets

and a very Amazing little Mouse he is….

The extraordinary scene was captured by photography
student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard
Project in Hertfordshire.
The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was
photographing the leopard for a course project, was
astounded by the mouse’s behavior.
He said: ‘I have no idea where the mouse came from – he just
appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the
meat for the leopard.
‘He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight
over to the meat and started feeding himself.
‘But the leopard was pretty surprised – she bent down and
sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared.
‘In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing
had happened…
but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature
from getting his fill.
‘It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat
into the enclosure was shocked – he said he’d never seen
anything like it before.’
Project owner Jackie James added: ‘It was so funny to see –
Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away
from her food.
‘But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.’
Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project
from a UK zoo when she was just four months old.
She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by
Jackie ‘s late husband Peter in 1989.
The African Leopard can be found in the continent’s forests,
grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.
…so the mouse continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and
show the leopard who was the boss.
Just proves no one can push you around without your permission.

Do You Judge Meat Eaters?

Posted in animal liberation, holocaust, speciesism, veganism with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by carmen4thepets

By Eccentric Vegan on November 6th, 2010

Q: Can you ever be OK with people who eat meat? Don’t you judge them and look down on them?

A: I can be friends with omnis. The key is to make our friendship focused on nonfood activities. We simply find shared interests in other things (hiking, dogs, shopping, whatever). It’s also helpful to refrain – in general – from discussions about eating animals between defensive omnis and ethical vegans.

That said, meat is simply unjustifiable. I will never “be OK” with the behavior of eating animals. While I can “be OK” with individual people who eat animals (just like I can “be OK” with smokers or people who do other things that I do not condone), eating animals is not OK.

Eating animals is destroying the planet, contributing to major human health threats, and perpetuating extreme cruelty to animals. It’s not OK to eat animals.

World at Gunpoint

Posted in animal liberation with tags , , on November 4, 2010 by carmen4thepets

“What if, instead of asking “How shall I live my life?” people were to ask the land where they live, the land that supports them, “What can and must I do to become your ally, to help protect you from this culture? What can we do together to stop this culture from killing you?” If you ask that question, and you listen, the land will tell you what it needs. And then the only real question is: are you willing to do it?”



by Derrick Jensen (Orion)

A FEW MONTHS AGO at a gathering of activist friends someone asked, “If our world is really looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?”

The question stuck with me for a few reasons. The first is that it’s the world, not our world. The notion that the world belongs to us—instead of us belonging to the world—is a good part of the problem.

The second is that this is pretty much the only question that’s asked in mainstream media (and even among some environmentalists) about the state of the world and our response to it. The phrase “green living” brings up 7,250,000 Google hits, or more than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards combined (or, to look at it another way, more than a thousand times more than the crucial environmental philosophers John A. Livingston and Neil Evernden combined). If you click on the websites that come up, you find just what you’d expect, stuff like “The Green Guide: Shop, Save, Conserve,” “Personal Solutions for All of Us,” and “Tissue Paper Guide for Consumers.”

The third and most important reason the question stuck with me is that it’s precisely the wrong question. By looking at how it’s the wrong question, we can start looking for some of the right questions. This is terribly important, because coming up with right answers to wrong questions isn’t particularly helpful.

So, part of the problem is that “looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe” makes it seem as though environmental catastrophe is the problem. But it’s not. It’s a symptom—an effect, not a cause. Think about global warming and attempts to “solve” or “stop” or “mitigate” it. Global warming (or global climate catastrophe, as some rightly call it), as terrifying as it is, isn’t first and foremost a threat. It’s a consequence. I’m not saying pikas aren’t going extinct, or the ice caps aren’t melting, or weather patterns aren’t changing, but to blame global warming for those disasters is like blaming the lead projectile for the death of someone who got shot. I’m also not saying we shouldn’t work to solve, stop, or mitigate global climate catastrophe; I’m merely saying we’ll have a better chance of succeeding if we recognize it as a predictable (at this point) result of burning oil and gas, of deforestation, of dam construction, of industrial agriculture, and so on. The real threat is all of these.

The same is true of worldwide ecological collapse. Extractive forestry destroys forests. What’s the surprise when extractive forestry causes forest communities—plants and animals and mushrooms and rivers and soil and so on—to collapse? We’ve seen it once or twice before. When you think of Iraq, is the first image that comes to mind cedar forests so thick the sunlight never reaches the ground? That’s how it was prior to the beginnings of this extractive culture; one of the first written myths of this culture is of Gilgamesh deforesting the plains and hillsides of Iraq to build cities. Greece was also heavily forested; Plato complained that deforestation harmed water quality (and I’m sure Athenian water quality boards said the same thing those boards say today: we need to study the question more to make sure there’s really a correlation). It’s magical thinking to believe a culture can effectively deforest and yet expect forest communities to sustain.

It’s the same with rivers. There are 2 million dams just in the United States, with 70,000 dams over six feet tall and 60,000 dams over thirteen feet tall. And we wonder at the collapse of native fish communities? We can repeat this exercise for grasslands, even more hammered by agriculture than forests are by forestry; for oceans, where plastic outweighs phytoplankton ten to one (for forests to be equivalently plasticized, they’d be covered in Styrofoam ninety feet deep); for migratory songbirds, plagued by everything from pesticides to skyscrapers; and so on.

The point is that worldwide ecological collapse is not some external and unpredictable threat—or gun barrel—down which we face. That’s not to say we aren’t staring down the barrel of a gun; it would just be nice if we identified it properly. If we means the salmon, the sturgeon, the Columbia River, the migratory songbirds, the amphibians, then the gun is industrial civilization.

A second part of the problem is that the question presumes we’re facing a future threat—that the gun has yet to go off. But the Dreadful has already begun. Ask passenger pigeons. Ask Eskimo curlews. Ask great auks. Ask traditional indigenous peoples almost anywhere. This is not a potential threat, but rather one that long-since commenced.

The larger problem with the metaphor, and the reason for this new column in Orion, is the question at the end: “how shall I live my life right now?” Let’s take this step by step. We’ve figured out what the gun is: this entire extractive culture that has been deforesting, defishing, dewatering, desoiling, despoiling, destroying since its beginnings. We know this gun has been fired before and has killed many of those we love, from chestnut ermine moths to Carolina parakeets. It’s now aimed (and firing) at even more of those we love, from Siberian tigers to Indian gavials to entire oceans to, in fact, the entire world, which includes you and me. If we make this metaphor real, we might understand why the question—asked more often than almost any other—is so wrong. If someone were rampaging through your home, killing those you love one by one (and, for that matter, en masse), would the question burning a hole in your heart be: how should I live my life right now? I can’t speak for you, but the question I’d be asking is this: how do I disarm or dispatch these psychopaths? How do I stop them using any means necessary?

Finally we get to the point. Those who come after, who inherit whatever’s left of the world once this culture has been stopped—whether through peak oil, economic collapse, ecological collapse, or the efforts of brave women and men fighting in alliance with the natural world—are not going to care how you or I lived our lives. They’re not going to care how hard we tried. They’re not going to care whether we were nice people. They’re not going to care whether we were nonviolent or violent. They’re not going to care whether we grieved the murder of the planet. They’re not going to care whether we were enlightened or not enlightened. They’re not going to care what sorts of excuses we had to not act (e.g., “I’m too stressed to think about it” or “It’s too big and scary” or “I’m too busy” or any of the thousand other excuses we’ve all heard too many times). They’re not going to care how simply we lived. They’re not going to care how pure we were in thought or action. They’re not going to care if we became the change we wished to see.

They’re not going to care whether we voted Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, or not at all. They’re not going to care if we wrote really big books about it. They’re not going to care whether we had “compassion” for the CEOs and politicians running this deathly economy. They’re going to care whether they can breathe the air and drink the water. They’re going to care whether the land is healthy enough to support them.

We can fantasize all we want about some great turning, and if the people (including the nonhuman people) can’t breathe, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but that we stop this culture from killing the planet. It’s embarrassing even to have to say this. The land is the source of everything. If you have no planet, you have no economic system, you have no spirituality, you can’t even ask this question. If you have no planet, nobody can ask questions.

What question would I ask instead? What if, instead of asking “How shall I live my life?” people were to ask the land where they live, the land that supports them, “What can and must I do to become your ally, to help protect you from this culture? What can we do together to stop this culture from killing you?” If you ask that question, and you listen, the land will tell you what it needs. And then the only real question is: are you willing to do it?

Ok, so you're vegan – but do you eat people? (via vegan animal liberation alliance)

Posted in animal liberation on November 1, 2010 by carmen4thepets

Ok, so you're vegan - but do you eat people? Food additives can refer to a lot of things – flavours, colours, emulsifiers, preservatives… these can be known by their chemical name or their E-number. For example – E120 is cochineal, E901 is beeswax, E621 is MSG (for a full list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_number), and vegans get into the habit of scanning food labels to find those additives that are animal derived. However, there is one additive that is derived from humans, E920 (L-Cyst … Read More

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Diet for a Yogi Planet. ~ Ramesh Bjonnes

Posted in health, veganism on October 6, 2010 by carmen4thepets

Diet for a Yogi Planet. ~ Ramesh Bjonnes

“Ask any number of yogis to describe their diets and you’ll likely get responses as varied as the styles they practice. Many traditionalists see yoga as being inextricably linked with the meatless path, citing numerous ancient Indian texts to prove their conviction. Others put less stock in centuries-old warnings like “the slaughter of animals obstructs the way to heaven” (from the Dharma Sutras) than in what their bodies have to say. If eating flesh begets health and energy, they argue, it must be the right choice for them–and their yoga.” –Jennifer Barret, in Yoga Journal

It might be true that the yogi diet today is as varied as the yoga styles we practice, but not so in the past. The yogis of old were consistently, if not vegan, at least vegetarian. Just consider this quote from the Bhagavad Gita:

“One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.”

Most yoga practice today is still very body-oriented, whereas traditional yoga was body-mind-spirit-focused. The goal was mainly spiritual enlightenment, not only relaxation and a great looking physique. Asanas, vegetarian diet, pranayama, and meditation were traditionally practiced in unison for spiritual reasons, secondarily for physical health and wellbeing.

And even though many yogis today claim otherwise, asanas were traditionally practiced as a preparation for meditation, even in traditional hatha yoga.

In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, its author, Svatmarama, invokes the names of many of the sages who came before him. His list of names leads us to conclude that the yoga described by Svatmarama is at least contemporary with that of Patanjali (200 BCE), whose influential Yoga Sutras were in turn a codification of theory and practice that had existed in India for several millennia.

In other words, I do not concur with those who claim that hatha yoga developed as some offshoot of yogic spirituality in the Middle Ages. Hatha yoga, just like Patanjali’s teachings, had been in existence in India for thousands of years, from the beginning of yoga’s long and illustrious history.

Why do I believe this? Carefully read, we see how Svatmarama’s treatise incorporated ideas from the much earlier Yoga Sutras, the Yoga Upanisads, the Puranas, the Bhagavad Gita and other much older scriptures.

Hence, rather than being a book about the cult of the body, the hatha yoga pradipika leads the practitioner from the culture of the body towards the culture of the soul. Indeed the hatha yogis themselves proclaimed that “without raja yoga, hatha yoga is useless.”

In India it is the ancient Shiva and not Patanjali, nor the hatha yogis, who is considered the King of Yoga. Indeed the first Sloka (verse) of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika reads: “Reverence to Shiva, the Lord of Yoga, who taught Parvati hatha wisdom as the first step to the pinnacle of raja yoga” (Patanjali yoga). And at the end, we are reminded that “all hatha practices serve only for the attainment of raja yoga”. (4:103).

No surprise then that the yogic canon, the Bhagavad Gita, is pretty straightforward about what yogis should eat. It teaches us that sattvic foods, such as fruit, vegetables, grains and milk products, are good for body, mind and spirit and “promote vitality, health, pleasure, strength, and long life.” Meat, fish, and alcohol, or tamasik foods, on the other hand, cause “pain, disease and discomfort.”

Some scholars, however, point to the early Vedic peoples and their culture’s lust for animal sacrifices—therefore, they argue, not all yogis were vegetarians.

Other scholars, including yours truly, will point out that yogic culture had very little in common with the early Vedic peoples, anyway.

The nomadic Vedic people were hunters and herders who brought their sacrificial practices with them from outside India. When they arrived, which geneticists such as Dr. Spencer Wells now believe was as early as 5000 years before Christ, the Indians already practiced yoga, grew rice and dwelled in urban cities, such as Mehrgarh (7000 BCE), now believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world.

How do we know this? Archeological evidence points to an early form of yoga and meditation practice that existed as early as 4-5000 BCE, a time when some believe Shiva, the King of Yoga, lived in the Himalayas in the summer and in Kashi (Varanasi) in the winter.

In other words, since the early yogic tradition had developed independently of the Vedic tradition, it had advanced its own peculiar sensibilities, including an aversion for meat and a penchant for steamy dishes of rice, chapatti, samosa, and lentils. India was, after all, the rice and vegetable basket of the world during that time. (Consequently, India also had the majority of the world’s population, estimated at being only about 5 million people.)

Indeed, according to the Puranas, Shiva, the Royal Teacher of yoga himself, instructed even the common people to reduce their intake of meat and wine, what to speak of the cave-dwelling, navel-and breath-watching yogis.

Hence, it is safe to assume that, for several millennia, the ancient yogis and tantrics lived, for the most part, outside of the Vedic Brahmin priest culture, and that they were taught to abhor animal slaughter. Over time, as some Brahmin priests adopted yogic ways, they also became vegetarians.

We do know that Patanjali, the great yogi-scholar, emphasized in his system of Ashtanga Yoga that ahimsa, the practice of non-harming and nonviolence, is a necessary step toward higher wisdom and Enlightenment.

In other words, vegetarianism is an important tenet of yoga, because of its ethical foundation, not just because it was beneficial for the practice of yoga. It is unlikely, however, that Patanjali invented yogic vegetarianism anymore than he invented yoga. Both practices had already coexisted for several millennia.

“As long as we are living in physical bodies we will continue to cause some harm to others on this planet. So the practice of Ahimsa becomes one of trying to cause the least amount of harm. Everyone knows that eating a vegetarian diet uses up the least amount of natural resources and so causes the least amount of harm to the whole planet.

As you get better at Ahimsa, you get closer to the realization of your True being as that which is Peaceful and free of debilitating internal conflicts. Many people have difficulty with accepting a vegetarian lifestyle as intrinsic to the practice of yoga asana. Perhaps we can clarify that by examining the Sanskrit word “asana”. It means “seat.” Seat means connection to the Earth. Earth means all things: animals, plants, minerals, all existence. To practice asana really means to practice your relationship to Earth and all of her manifestations.”

–Jivamukti Yoga co-founder Sharon Gannon, from Yoga and Vegetarianism

In other words, if we intently listen with our whole being while in the midst of our yogic asanas, we realize we are connected to the whole earth and her beings, and thus we will naturally choose to cause the least harm. We will naturally choose to become vegetarians or vegans.

My own experience? I became a vegetarian for ethical reasons first. About a year before I encountered yoga, I walked through a large, modern slaughterhouse. When I realized I had been eating live beings treated in such a cruel way, I decided to discontinue stuffing my body with hormone-induced, artificially colored, dead flesh.

After that, Patanjali had an easy way of convincing me that ahimsa makes total yogic sense.

“The single most important part of your yoga practice is the strict adherence to a vegetarian diet, a diet free of needless cruelty, harm and injustice. Ahimsa is not an optional part of the program, it is the first step.”

– Jivamukti Yoga co-founder Sharon Gannon, from Yoga and Vegetarianism

What kind of diet will people ideally have on your Yogi Planet?

Fuck With Vivisectors From Home – A Mini-Guide

Posted in animal rights, holocaust, speciesism, vivisection on September 26, 2010 by carmen4thepets

by Anonymous

Dear animal rights supporter,

Since most of us don’t want to get involved in potentially incriminating activities, the following mini-guide will teach you -if you think you still haven’t paid your share of activism- how to screw a researcher’s life without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. You will learn how to disturb them; render their mailbox and email useless; possibly freeze their web accounts; and cease their blog’s income if applicable — all done anonymously. In one attack type, within a short period of time you will be able to automate the process against a number of targets, and sit back to watch as their business crumbles due to communication failure.

Note that any of the attacks could be applied to both individuals and organizations. Try to avoid insignificant targets (Kentucky cashiers) and head for top ones (a head of some lab or university department) who’ll whine to the media about how difficult their life is becoming, thus actually helping us. Defiant activists are not only bothering, but even scaring the savages: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/supporters-of-biomedical-research-89486.aspx

Interested? Good. Read on.

First of all, realize that you need a series of trusted proxies to perform all activities. I use and recommend Tor https://www.torProject.org . But for a quick albeit less secure alternative, you can use web-based proxies:

Https (encrypted) proxies:

https://www.proxyweb.net & https://www.bypassfiltering.com (good privacy policy)

https://ctunnel.com & https://youtubeproxy.org (no or bad privacy policy)

https://tor-proxy.net (you can access the Tor network from here without installing anything)

Http (unencrypted) proxies:

http://anonymouse.org/anonwww.html & http://www.guardster.com/subscription/proxy_free.php (good privacy policy)

Chaining https & http proxies (for example by connecting to proxyweb first, then to anonymouse through it) is also a good tactic to ensure that your ISP can’t monitor your activities and that the remote server will not see the proxy you’re directly using, but it might sometimes break java applications. Because web-proxies are less secure since you need to trust their privacy policy and can’t block your browser connecting directly to the target site during their use, you might want to consider Tor.

If you decide to use Tor, make sure to use an encrypted proxy before connecting to the final destination site since Tor’s “exit node” can read your traffic and would also have their IPs exposed. We don’t want to cause problems to Tor volunteers nor have them cause us problems. Professional proxy sites, on the other hand, are probably accustomed to abuse complaints anyway and usually earn compensation through ads or premium accounts. Combining both worlds, therefore, is a perfect solution for both etiquette and safety.

Know that there’s always a chance, though a slim one, that a vulnerability in encryption or timing attacks might put you in danger. Blocking your browser from saving history and cache; blocking your browser from connecting directly to the internet when using Tor (through a firewall); permanently erasing java and cookie remains with CCleaner or similar free programs; and having other people using the same IP or utilizing a wireless network (which you can claim got hacked by a neighbor or someone in a parked car outside) can help in these very unlikely cases.

Now without further ado, here are the methods.

Practical Issues > Things To Do > Activism > Army of 1

1. Prank calls on home; office; and cell phone:

You already know how annoying telemarketing calls can be, the ones preventing you from enjoying your food or watching a good movie without somebody ringing. Now imagine a whole lot of that, with a creative unpleasant message to hear every time. Top (or shall we say bottom?) doctors probably need to frequently answer numbers they don’t know. A couple of weeks with their phones constantly ringing and them complaining to their friends and colleagues (yes, they’ll help us a lot by spreading the word) will definitely make their career less popular, and create incentives for alternative research means.

Here are some sites which offer free calls from your browser plus extras. If you need to use a fake email for registration, you can use 10minuteMail.com or sign up for a fastMail account dedicated to junk. I didn’t try them all.

phoneMyPhone.com & wheresmycellphone.com (just rings the given number, no message could be delivered. Especially nice after midnight)

www.phonetrick.com , www.getmooh.com , www.prankdialer.com , www.prankdial.com & www.monkeydoo.com/onlineflash_thering2.php (choose/type a message and a computer delivers it by phone. Phonetrick lets you pick the # to appear on caller ID)

monkeydoo.com/eviloperator.php (you supply two numbers; have them call each other; and it records the phone call for you. This way you can offend two vivisectors with one click). Jajah.com could be used almost in the same way although it’s not even a prank site, you want to put one of the targets’ # as yours.

Here’s also a list of UNTESTED free-calls-from-browser sites recommended by several tech blogs. You can probably find more:

voipbuster, ooVoo, iCall, Click2Voice, dukaDial, FreeRinger, Evaphone, PokeTalk, Flaphone & jaxtr.

Now if you don’t want you to be using your own voice to deliver the thank-you note, use computer generated words. Here are some Text-to-speech sites:





If you’re a programmer, you might be able to develop a script or macro which dials a set of numbers using several sites automatically, and leave it on autopilot for a few days. I didn’t include the free SMS sites as they’re not as annoying as calls. If auto-sent in bulk, however, they will make it difficult for the victim to find their real SMS, which brings us to the next section…

2. Automated spamming for cell phone, home phone, mailbox, and email:

Tired of prank calls? Want something which goes on by itself without you having to run it every time? Here’s a recipe: Google the words “subscribe to OR now”, “newsletter”, “fill the form”, or “sign up”. Now put our dear lab or doctor’s phone #, home/work address, and email in every single brochure; offer; trial; sample request; and in short SPAM SOURCE you find. This was done to a spam king when his house address was disclosed after an interview, and the poor guy’s mail got lost in tons of junk mail which hoards of angry “fans” got him subscribed to.

There are several automated-form-filler addons for Firefox like FireForm which makes it easy to fill blanks such as “Name”, “Address”, etc without having to manually type or paste every time you fill one. In a couple of hours, our humanity-saving hero would be subscribed to tens of services ranging from gun catalogs to lingerie discounts, constantly bombarding his mail, email, and calling his home and cell phone. Good luck contacting everyone of them and asking them to stop, before they sell his information to even more companies. Hint: Keep the subscriptions’ direct URLs so you could easily share them with friends or fill them out for the next target later without having to search for them again, or simply subscribe to several targets from the first time (FireForm addon, for instance, allows for multiple profiles).

If the target is significant, consider syncing efforts with a comrade you trust. Two or three people focusing on one person or lab should have a devastating effect. Other than subscribing to PETA news letter and a couple of gay-site updates, consider posting his email on some popular forums so spam bots would find it as a bonus. Have those Nigerian scammers do something useful for a change. You could also do the same for a dummy email account you set up to get an idea about how much spam the target would be receiving and pat yourself on the back as it piles to 200+ daily messages.

If you can’t find his phone # or address through Google, try Zabasearch, Pipl, 123people, or Yoname. Essential stalker toolkit. An encrypted and privacy-conscience search engine is https://ssl.scroogle.org, which displays results from google.

3. Temporarily shutting an account:

Go to mail2web.com (or his webmail/social service/blog/webmaster) and try to log onto his account a dozen times or so. Some systems would detect a hacking attempt and shut the account for a few hours, displaying a message that you can’t log on anymore for X amount of time. Continuously doing this (for example every 12 hours) will prevent him from accessing that account. Note that this isn’t popular as it once used to be. If you try it with gmail for example, it will ask for a captcha instead of freezing the account. When implemented, can be extremely annoying though.

4. Shutting down his adsense account:

Although this scenario is unlikely for a prominent scientist, it is definitely effective against pro-animal abuse websites: If the blog has adsense, clicking on the ads continuously (the number of required clicks is a secret kept by Google, naturally, but perhaps around 50-100 times or so) will shut down the account for suspected fraud. To see if it worked, revisit the page a couple of days later and see whether the adsense ads are still there. The owner would most probably also lose all already earned money in his account. You don’t want to do this to your ex, by the way.

On a separate but relevant note, you can send snail mail through your browser (albeit not necessarily anonymously) to our animal-activist prisoners through this website without having to buy a stamp or print a letter.

http://freepostit.com/Home.aspx & esnailer.com (esnailer is apparently only for US. It seems down as I write this but might get back up)

If you think this short guide can be of use to any of your friends, you can email it anonymously using two or more services to ensure delivery. Examples include:

http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.htm (not encrypted but did work when tested)

https://www.novo-ordo.com/mmif.php (remailer)

https://www.nospm.org (no privacy policy found, use caution. Better yet, use proxy)

Also ideal for anonymous thank-you notes for researchers.

If your friend has PGP:

http://www.websecureemail.com & www.hanewin.net/encrypt/PGcrypt.htm encrypt PGP online (warning: No https. So at least one encrypted proxy is a must)

Other potentially useful email services:

https://www.stealthmessage.com & https://www.hushmail.com (Requires registration)

https://lockbin.com (your friend must know an agreed-upon password beforehand)

Also spreading the guide among activists, for instance by putting it on your site with “A crazy guy just sent me this. This is sooo wrong” note is highly recommended. Most supporters are activist-wannabees and providing them with the tools to do so without risk could lead to tremendous effects: One dedicated person working on a weekend could virtually ruin all communication means (phone, mail, & email) of several prominent vivisectors and/or labs. Also posting the guide on your site is the only way to make me know you liked it (if you did, that is), as you can’t reply back directly. Yeah I know, sorry.

Thanks for reading. And good luck on your whatever you’re doing.