Big Cat Recue Nears Critical Mass
According to the Internet dictionary, the definition of Critical Mass is: 1. The minimum quantity of fissile material required for a nuclear chain reaction. 2. The minimum amount of people with shared understanding to tip the balance and instigate change.
When a proportionately small fraction of electrons line up in an atom it creates an invisible force that causes all of the other electrons to snap into the same line. When enough people begin to think in certain ways, and reach a critical mass, then all of a sudden all of society begins to align that way. Changes that happen in one place begin to happen all over the world at the same time. Slavery began to be stopped in England in 1807 and around the middle of the 19th century, not only here, but in Asia, Africa and Indonesia because the belief emerged that this was no longer something we could tolerate. It started because one man, William Wilberforce, began to change the way the English viewed slavery and the rest of the world snapped into alignment.
Quantum Physics is not only stranger than you think it is, but it is stranger than you can think. It shatters the illusion of our separateness. If enough of us believe that something is intolerable we all begin to act that way.
The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. The state of the world is nothing more than a collective state of mind.
The mass of changes that have taken place over just the past few years illustrate this, such as the falling of dictatorships in the Philippines, Nicaragua, Romania and Bulgaria, and the falling of the Berlin wall. These crises were all resolved with hardly a bullet being shot. It wasn’t as if the people in power all got together and said we shouldn’t be treating people this way. The new consciousness came about because enough of us began to align ourselves and out of that alignment came new leaders.
If you saw the recent movie called Amazing Grace, you may remember that in 1824 William Wilberforce started the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It was the beginning of a change in consciousness toward animals. Up until 1920 women weren’t allowed to vote because they were thought to be irrational creatures and not as intelligent as men. The movement for female equality began in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until 400 years later that it became law. We are seeing the same changes in attitudes toward the animals.
Big Cats have had big wins in the past couple of years. It began in 2003 with a law to ban the sale of big cats across state lines as pets. Since then eight states, including AR, IA, IN, KY, LA, MD, NY and WA have banned the keeping of big cats as pets. Three countries including So. Africa, Australia and Ireland and 12 communities in Canada have banned the keeping of big cats as pets. Five countries, including Brazil, Croatia, India, Scotland, the UK and 20 communities in Canada have banned circuses that use big cats in their performances. Five states, including AL, IN, MT, OR and WA have banned killing exotic animals in canned hunts and 28 states, including AK, AL, CA, IA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MS, NH, NJ, NM, OR, RI, SC, TX, WI & WY have banned killing animals over the Internet. Scores of cities and counties have also enacted similar protective measures for the cats and many more have bills that are currently pending.
These wins are thanks to all of you who took action for the animals with us! We launched our www.CatLaws.com site in 2005 with 5,200 email addresses of our supporters. In that first year you sent 15,178 letters to congress. In 2006 our list of online supporters had grown to more than 15,000 people who sent 30,765 letters to their representatives asking for better laws for the animals.
Today we have 27,521 of you in our email pool and 8,698 of you have already sent 11,215 letters to your Congress urging laws to protect the animals. This issue of the Big Cat Times is going out to 57,000 of our supporters though, so if you aren’t getting an email from us when important laws need your voice, then please take a minute to send a letter today. We do not sell or trade your information, so please visit www.CatLaws.com today and support Haley’s Act, which is a bill that would end the use of baby big cats in photo booths and petting sessions. These cubs can only be used for a couple of months and then are discarded. You can help save them from lives of suffering with just a few mouse clicks at www.CatLaws.com
6/6/07 Carole Baskin