animals

Mercy For Animals: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The Seattle Times
November 19, 2000
By Alex Tizon

Matthew Scully, a 43-year-old Republican insider, a one-time special assistant to the most powerful man on Earth, recently left his White House job to defend farm animals — mostly chickens, cows and pigs. The main platform for this defense is laid out in his first book, “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy,” released last month by St. Martin’s Press.

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The Great Ape Legal Project

The Seattle Times
March 19, 2000
By Alex Tizon

Sometime in the next decade, a chimpanzee will have its day in court, and on that day it will be decided whether chimps are people, too. At least this is the goal of an ambitious group of lawyers fighting to dismantle the legal principle that animals are mere property with no fundamental rights.

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The Killing of the Bears

The Seattle Times
January 30, 2000
By Alex Tizon

RIVERS INLET, British Columbia – The bones of grizzly bears litter the town dump in scattered piles. A skull here, a jawbone there. A rib cage picked clean by scavengers. Teeth as long as a grown man’s fingers. The first of the grizzlies were shot in September after they broke into trailers on the west end of the village. In October, six more were killed, and by mid-January, the tally had reached 14.

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Obit For Jolson: And A Few Words About The Central Oregon Coast

The Seattle Times
December 8, 1999
By Alex Tizon

YACHATS, Oregon – My brother Art’s dog, Jolson, lies buried 3 miles south of here in a place called Neptune State Park. He was a German shepherd mix and, like his owner, a Southern California soul: slightly shaggy, slightly wild, and blessed with an uncanny stage presence. He was nine years old when he died under mysterious circumstances (possibly from poisoning) in the back yard of my brother’s home in California. Art had Jolson cremated and the ashes placed in a small cedar box that he carried in his car for months while searching for a place to bury it.

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When’s the Hunt? The World Awaits the Makah Tribe’s Next Move

The Seattle Times
December 1, 1998
By Alex Tizon

In the end of “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville’s epic tale of obsession on the high seas, the peg-legged Captain Ahab finally gets his white whale, and in the process, the whale gets him. I know this because I watched the movie. I couldn’t get through the book. It was too ponderous for my late-20th-century sensibility.

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The Whale Hunt

The Seattle Times
September 20, 1998
By Alex Tizon

NEAH BAY, Washington – One day next month, an eight-man crew of Makah Indians will launch a dugout canoe into the Pacific Ocean to hunt for a gray whale. Very likely they will find one. They might succeed in killing it or they might find that a 40-ton animal does not so easily give up life. This is certain: The commotion that will precede and follow the first thrown harpoon will be a spectacle of extraordinary proportions.

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Killing Fido

The Seattle Times
July 9, 1991
By Alex Tizon

IT WAS A SMALL ACT THAT COULD easily have gone unnoticed. The office of the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood was abuzz with typical daytime activity. Near the middle of the room, a tiny black spider lowered itself from ceiling to eye-level and stopped, suspended by a single line of web. It was an ordinary spider. The kind many people would swat by reflex.

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