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End The War on Wildlife

$1,264 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 1 month
Created April 1, 2019
Welcome to our fundraising page!   

100% of what we make will go to the non profit WildEarth Guardians (WG) for their End the War on Wildlife campaign against Wildlife Services.

Right now we are living in the sixth mass extinction where dozens of species are going extinct EVERYDAY!!  This “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means  if we continue on this course there won’t be much of a future to look forward to.

What is Wildlife Services:
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They are a government program funded by our tax dollars,  that doesn’t serve wildlife. It actually wages a war on America’s wildlife mainly at the request of a minority of ranching and agricultural interests, killing millions of animals every year.  Wildlife Services’ policies are not driven by modern scientific evidence, and their methods are also cruel, indiscriminate, and ineffective.

Why are we raising $ for WildEarth Guardians:

"Contributions to WildEarth Guardians’ End the War on Wildlife campaign go toward: lobbying counties to end their contracts with Wildlife Services; mounting legal challenges to Wildlife Services’ killing activities in key Western states; educating members of Congress about the War on Wildlife; publicizing Wildlife Services’ evil deeds to drum up public outrage; and building support in Congress for banning poisons on public land and reforming Wildlife Services after the 2020 election."

What we are doing:

Because humanity has wiped out 60% of the global wildlife population since 1970, we will be riding our bikes and trekking across lands to advocate for sentient beings and their inherent right to exist and thrive.  We will be pushing our physical limits to raise awareness of this cause, starting by bikepacking a 500+ mile loop in Idaho. 2 weeks later, Jolly will be racing one of the most demanding ultra endurance mountain bike events in the world, the Colorado Trail Race.  This 540 mile race has over 70,000 ft. of elevation gain, and he hopes to finish in under 6 days. Finally, after this race we will join up with another vegan adventure buddy to hike most of the difficult Sierra High Route, starting by climbing up the highest peak in the lower 48, 3 weeks later, ending near Yosemite.  

We want to live in a world where compassion towards all species and our planet outshines our human centered choices. By raising $ for WG, we will help end Wildlife Services’ trapping, poisoning, and aerial gunning of native species on our public lands, shifting the paradigm to coexistence between humans and wildlife.  This is their home after all, and their last refuge.

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You can follow our progress in more detail on:

instagram: veganshire  and jolly.goodtimes
Kenny:   https://m.facebook.com/home.php?rand=1628969434 


You can find out more about WG report on Wildlife Services here:

https://endthewaronwildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EndtheWaronWildlife2017report.pdf 

For the Wildlife please take more action, follow this link to send a letter to your senators and representatives.
http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=RXwzJw_8lTSTP8Pt5W-Zgg 

Thanks so much for your consideration and support of this cause.  

With hope for the liberation of all beings,

Jolly (John), Carrie, and Kenny


**10,000 years ago, 99% of the Earth’s biomass was wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98% of that mass.**
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TRAINING & ADVENTURE UPDATE:

First off, the fundraiser went really well. We raised $266 and we all learned a lot from Chris at WildEarth Guardians who spoke before Jolly and I did. (Next week I’ll share a creative story based on true story of what he shared with us.) Thanks again to Faith and the many others who helped put on the event and for making all of the delicious vegan food. Thanks as well to Drift and Porter for the big donation of amazing vegan desserts.
Our 3 day backpack, right after the event, down in the Gila wilderness with friends was excellent. We tested out boots and other gear for the High Sierra and also got in some bushwacking on steep rocky slopes, which will be similar to the sierra.
Kenny’s bike tour back up to northern NM went smooth. He showed up at our door ready for group training and already in excellent shape.
So, finally we are all back together. We spent 2 long nights with maps of the Sierra making route plans and sorting out details and tasks to deal with over the next few weeks relating to shipping boxes of food to ourselves, the logistics of obtaining a permit to hike for 21 days, and other trip details, gear,...
Jolly’s official training for the Colorado Trail Race has started and he’s been packing in over 20 hours a week before and after his full time job. Let me just say, life is FULL for him. And he is loving all the places he gets to explore for hours. He’s doing intervals and hill climbs and monitoring his training according to his heart rate zones.
I’ve been doing my normal training and squeezing in more when i can. I also did the ‘Ojo Cleanse’ climb as fast as i could. I finished it coughing and hacking…….
Another training thing we’ve incorporated is doing squats to the song ‘Bring Sally Up’ by Moby (he’s vegan by the way). If you haven’t heard of the challenges created to this song, youtube it. It’s quite fun.
Jolly and i also did a quick overnight backpack training off trail up a mountain. We were surprised that both of us thought it was easier than we had expected.
We’ve also been working out the logistics to the 3 week Idaho Hot Springs bikepack. Just today, i completed all of the mapping and milages to potential campsites or meetup locations (as jolly and i will occasionally be doing solo sections). We will need to be able to carry 7 days of food between resupply towns. We’re excited as this will be our 1st adventure of the 3 total for this GFM campaign.

I know i am tasked with giving you all the adventure part of the update yet i can’t help myself; I really am interested in sharing things that relate to why i am so passionate about our cause too.
In case you have not heard, the United Nations just released a devastating study on biodiversity: 1 million plant and animal species now risk extinction due to human activity.
The U.N.'s groundbreaking report draws from over 450 experts in more than 50 countries, and describes the detrimental impact of climate change, shrinking habitats, pollution, and other factors on rapidly declining animal and plant populations.
The 1,500-page report, is the most exhaustive look yet at the decline in biodiversity across the globe and the dangers that creates for human civilization.
Over the past 50 years, global biodiversity loss has primarily been driven by activities like the clearing of forests for farmland and grazing animals, the expansion of roads and cities, logging, hunting, overpopulation of humans, overfishing, water pollution and the transport of invasive species around the globe.
Whether you're concerned about the future of other species or your own, this report isn't an excuse for despair — it's a call to action.
I also learned this:
For every wolf in Montana, 20 licenses were sold last year to gun them down. That's nearly 17,000 licenses for approximately 850 wolves.

On the good news side of life:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation recently that bans the use of predator control devices referred to as “cyanide traps” or “cyanide bombs.” These are devastating devices primarily used by Wildlife Services.

It's time to donate:) if you have not already. If you have, thank you so much.
Fundraising $ update: $1,264.00
Plank update: we are now up to 3 minutes and 5 seconds

For the wildlife,
Carrie (and Jolly and Kenny)

Take action:
Join us in telling the federal government not to use our tax dollars to slaughter wildlife.
https://secure.wildearthguardians.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=956
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WHAT DOES VEGAN HAVE TO DO WITH SAVING WILDLIFE? PLUS, RIVER OTTER AND BEAVERS.

I’ve always cared about wildlife but never felt like I could help them in any meaningful way, until I discovered the incredibly destructive nature of animal agriculture and that my food choices are one of the most powerful actions I can make everyday to not support the killing of wildlife and destruction of their habitat. Our planet is currently experiencing the worst extinction crisis since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and what we put on our plates has a serious effect on wildlife, especially those already endangered and threatened. Many of the leading environmental organizations are now saying that going vegan is the single most powerful thing we can do for the planet and for the animals.

Here is what is at stake:

Species Endangerment

Wild animals suffer not only the collateral damage of meat-related deforestation, drought, pollution and climate change, but also direct targeting by the meat industry. From grazing animals to predators, native species are frequently killed to protect meat-production profits. Grass-eating species such as elk, deer and pronghorn have been killed en masse to reserve more feed for cattle. Important habitat-creating animals such as beavers and prairie dogs have been decimated because they disrupt the homogenous landscapes desired by livestock managers.

"Predator control" programs designed to protect the livestock industry helped drive keystone predators like California grizzly bears and Mexican gray wolves extinct in their ecosystems. Adding insult to injury — and flying in the face of modern conservation science — the livestock industry remains the leading stodgy opponent to otherwise-popular efforts to recover species like the Mexican gray wolf in Arizona and New Mexico.

In addition, at the behest of ranchers, a federal agency known as Wildlife Services shoots, traps, and poisons millions of animals every year, including wolves and foxes and bears in National Forests, to make more room for cows and other ranched animals.


DEFORESTATION
- Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction. *The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops. 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second. *Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.

WATER POLLUTION AND SHORTAGES
- Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US. * Fracking water use ranges from 70-140 billion gallons annually. Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually. * 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese. 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. * Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today. *I have heard that a vegan could leave their shower on 24 hours a day/365 days a year, and still not use as much water as a meat eater.

SPECIES EXTINCTION
- Ten thousand years ago, 99% of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98% of the zoomass.
- The American appetite for meat -- which is 4 times the global average -- is eating away at wild habitat, water and our climate.

OCEAN DEAD ZONES
-3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. We could see fishless oceans by 2048. * 90-100 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year. As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year. * For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill. * Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.

PESTICIDES
-About 22 million pounds of atrazine — a known endocrine disruptor associated with hermaphrodism, sterility and other abnormalities in frogs — are applied to feed crops. Clothianidin, a pesticide known to be toxic to bees, is regularly applied to corn. In total, 167 million pounds of pesticides are used every year in the United States to grow animal feed [13]. Pesticide residues are found in common meat and dairy products — even long-banned pesticides like DDT. Residues from glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in the world, allowed in animal feed can be more than 100 times that allowed on grains consumed directly by humans.


This month I chose to look a little more closely at our friends the River Otter and Beaver to learn about their lives.

River otters are social in nature and usually like to roam in groups of 4-8; sometimes congregations of even 20 individuals can be seen.
They have very sensitive body hair which detects vibrations below the surface.
River otters are experts in voicing as much as nine vocalizations ranging from screams of excitement to coos of appreciation.
In the wild they live up to 8 – 9 years with the maximum age of 13 years.
They can stay under water for about 4 minutes.


Beaver’s secrete a goo that smells like vanilla. In fact, it’s sometimes used in vanilla flavorings called Castoreum. It is secreted as a brown slime from their castor sacs, and it’s about the consistency of molasses and smells like musky vanilla. It’s an FDA-approved natural flavoring. How gross is that? To ensure beaver secretions are not a part of your “natural vanilla flavor” choose foods with the Vegan label on them.
The world’s largest beaver dam stretches 850 meters deep in the thick wilderness of northern Alberta. It was discovered after being spotted on a satellite image in 2007.
Beaver’s will generally pair for life.
Beavers' front teeth are orange
And not just because they have terrible dental hygiene. To gnaw through tree trunks, they need extra-strong teeth. Fortunately, their tooth enamel contains iron, which makes them incredibly strong, sharp, and orange.


If you'd like to take even more action to help beavers and other animals here is a link with a template you can send to your representatives urging them to cancel their contracts with wildlife services.
Copy and paste this link to send a letter to your senators and representatives demanding change.

http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=RXwzJw_8lTSTP8Pt5W-Zgg

Below I've included a recipe for some delicious vegan pancakes.

RECIPE: VEGAN PANCAKES WITH REAL VANILLA ( not from beaver scent glands)

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup of white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Instructions
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Add the flour and baking powder to a large bowl and mix.
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Now add all other ingredients (almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extra and salt) mix together with a whisk. Note, you aren't trying to whisk the mixture or add bubbles but a whisk works best to combine all of the ingredients.
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Use a brush to apply minimal oil to a frying pan on low heat and apply 1 table spoon of batter mixture to the pan.
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Allow to cook for a little over 30 seconds until the pancake is firm enough to slide and the pan is shaken, then flip and repeat until both sides are crispy and golden.
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Repeat this with all of the batter and you should have between 12 and 16 pancakes. Cover with your favourite toppings and enjoy!
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TRAINING & ADVENTURE UPDATE:

Happy Earthday everyone. To honor the Earth, consider giving to those fighting to save it. Since we are currently living during the Earth’s 6th mass extinction, and we’re the one’s responsible for it, Kenny, Jolly, and I are raising $ for wildlife. This is their home after all, and their last refuge.

We all have been hammering down on training in March and April.
Since Jolly is the only one doing all 3 of the adventures during this 6 month long campaign, (which includes the Colorado Trail Race -described as one of the toughest backcountry ultra-endurance bikepacking races), his training has been more intense. I’ll be doing the other 2 adventures: the 500+ mile Idaho Hot Springs bikepack, and the 200 mile Sierra High Route backpack, most of which is on no trail. And Kenny will be doing the intense Sierra High Route too, yet his training also includes bike touring.

In March Jolly and I did a 6 day, 300 mile bikepack on a route called the Apache, Conquistadors, and a Bomb. Jolly’s been getting up at 5AM most mornings to ride or run in the cold and dark. We’ve been calling this his ‘training before the real training’ that starts in May. He bought a workout plan that’s specifically designed for the Colorado Trail Race, which has him monitoring his heart rate zones and training an average of 3 hours a day. He’s also been getting humbled riding technical single tracks in the mountains Currently I get up at 5 too and either do a core workout or arm workout. We’ve also started up our weekly group rides again and continue to do after work or weekend rides as much as possible, so sometimes Jolly gets in 2 rides a day.
When we started doing bent arm planks in February, we could only hold it for 1 minute. We’re now up to 2 minutes 30 seconds -our goal is 5 minutes by the end of this campaign in 5 months. (our longest plank ever is 3 min 10 seconds) I’ll keep you posted.
This weekend we did a 40 mile bike ride with a 4,400 ft ascent so we could climb a 10,000 ft mountain that’s been on my bucket list for many years. We’ve also been hiking a local mountain as fast as we can. It’s a 4 mile round trip from our house and climbs 1,600ft in 2 miles up to 7,813 ft. The last time we tracked my heart rate on that, it maxed at 178 beats per minute. Ps. my resting heart rate is 42 and Jolly’s is 47.
We’ve done repeat hill climbs on our bikes too. As i write this, we’re recovering from 7 climbs today, up 200ft in .3 miles each time. Currently, Jolly holds the 3rd fastest time on that climb (called the Ojo Cleanse on the Strava app) and that was clocked on his 7th climb.
Jolly also got his first sponsorship from Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc. and they sent him 2 pairs of amazing socks, one for performance and 1 for recovery.
And I actually won a bikepacking photo contest and have $200 to spend in the company’s store, so i’ll be shopping for some gear i might need.

Kenny is currently training in AZ, where his work is a workout in itself. He’s building an earthbag kiva house and has backpacked in the mountains on open weekends. But on April 28th he’ll be done there near the Mexican border and will hop on his bike for over 700 miles to come back to northern NM. We look forward to having our whole compassionate adventure team together once he returns. Here’s an excerpt of what Kenny sent to me about his upcoming tour back to NM: “I may see temperatures as high as the low 90's so I will have to be open to biking a bit at night and sleeping in the culverts during the day.” Kenny also plans to do a 4 day water only fast on his bike north which Jolly and l will be able to support him on as we pass by his solo site as we return from a backpack down in the southern part of NM.

Whatever it takes while still having fun is the name of the game for all 3 of us. Raising $ to save wildlife sure gives us a wonderful excuse to push our bodies to the limit. I am glad you all are joining us for 6 months of raising awareness about Wildlife Services, and our adventure to raise $ to help wildlife.

This coming Thursday the 25th, we have a team of people who have set up a fundraiser for us and WildEarth Guardians in Santa Fe, NM. If you are in the area, please come to get 1st hand info from WildEarth Guardians Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate, Chris Smith, and to see our inspiring slideshow, eat vegan food, with gourmet desserts donated by Draft and Porter. Suggested donation of $15. Location: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.
6-8pm

For the wildlife,
Carrie (and Jolly and Kenny)
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Please come join our upcoming fundraiser for END THE WAR ON WILDLIFE -presentations, slideshow, and vegan dinner-
if your near the Santa Fe, NM area.
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Raised by 12 people in 1 month
Created April 1, 2019
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