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Honor Vallor

"Animal Rights Activism"

Portland, OR, USA
female, age 78
divorced, 2 children
Speaks: French - not fluently, English
Joined Nov 27, 2006

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I am enthusiastic about my chosen topic and heartened by the positive response to the new class that I designed-- Animal Rights, Politics, and the Environment for the Cultural and Historical Studies Department at Marylhurst University, which I taught for the first time this winter term 2011.  During the summer of 2008 I live-trapped then took two sets of feral cats to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon's clinics to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and treated for fleas etc.  The organization requests a donation of $25 for each feral cat treated.  I now have eight "fixed" feral garden kitties that prefer petting initially to eating food twice daily.  They are a welcome addition to my Abyssinian house cat, Anubis and her companion indoor-outdoor kitty, Isis.  The outdoor kitties definitely like the little doghouse and the two-tier cat house that my son built for them.  I am an animal rights activist writing a book titled What Are Animal Rights? and will teach a class on that topic during summer, 2009.  I also advocate by modeling my philosophy in my behavior with my family and friends as well as through my formal teaching.   Of course, I do not eat animals! Although PETA is seriously effective and more commonly known, I would like to promote the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  This organization's president is Doctor Barnard, who has been interviewed locally by a friend of mine who co-sponsors a chimp rescue mission in West Africa where chimps are poached as bushmeat.   PCRM publishes a newsletter written by qualified doctors.  It is run by qualified veterinarians and medical doctors all of whom are vegetarians.  PCRM actively legislates to ban cruelty and animal experimentation as well as recommends ethical,  safe products.
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Groups 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, Demanding Tougher Penalties for Animal Abuse!, Expression Through Images, Homeless Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Jane Goodall Institute: Race for the Primates, NATURE PROVIDES, Peace Activist Center, Race for the Rainforest, The Spirit World, World Wide - Legal Action 4 Animal Rights, antispeciesism
Hometown Portsmouth, UK; Portland, OR 
Birthday July 17, 1939  
Languages French - not fluently, English  
About Me I am English with UK & US citizenship. I teach humanities with a focus on animal rights at Marylhurst University. I have two married sons who live nearby and three grandsons as well as one granddaughter. I also have ten cats: an Abyssinian indoor cat; an adopted rescued longhaired indoor-outdoor kitty; and ten erstwhile feral outdoor kitties now "fixed" and friendly. I did an ecology thesis & art portfolio in college in England and remain an environmentalist, avid organic gardener, supporter of local organic produce, and teacher of environmental ethics as well as arts appreciator. For laughs, I love Monthy Python and Yes, Prime Minister! as well as Jon Stewart; for inspiration, I listen especially to Mozart's Clarinet Concerto & Wagner's Lieberstod & consider the visual & performing arts.
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Pets Ten "fixed" outdoor ferals., Cats: one Abyssinian, one crossbreed  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Metaphysics, Anglicanism  
Eating Habits Ova-lacto vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me For six years I milked Jersey cows.
My Philosophy Radical egalitarianism.
What Gives Me Hope A bird soaring
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Legislate environmental safeguards as suggested by the Rio and Kyoto Protocols, ban factory farming, and inaugurate universal healthcare measures.
What/who changed my life and why Professors at Anglican school then Offley College in England changed my life by opening the doors of my perception.
What Bugs Me Bigotry, Cruelty, Injustice  
Passions Music, Art, Animals, Nature  
Inspirations Nature, Music, Peacemakers, Courage  
What Scares Me Ignorance and evil, current USA administration  
Role Models My grandmother, Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Jane Goodall  
Quotation "If the doors of perception were cleansed, then man would see everything as it is, infinite." William Blake
Interests Art, Movies, Music and Opera, Ecology, Spirituality/Philosophy, Gardening/Farming  
Books Metaphysical Poetry, Wallace Stegner, William Faulkner  
Music Opera, Baroque, Classical, Pink Floyd  
Movies Baraka, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Spitfire Grill, Don Giovanni, Yume: Dreams, Daughters of the Dust, Central Station, Autumn Tale, The Crying Game, Shindler's List, In the Bedroom, Requiem for a Dream, Brokeback Mountain, Shawshank Redemption  
TV Shows Riley Ace of Spies, Inspector Morse, Inspector Dalgleish, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, In Performance, Live from Lincoln Center, Masterpiece Theatre, NOW with Bill Moyers, Criminal Minds, House M.D  
Favorite Foods Seafood, Moroccan, Spanish, Greek, Thai, Indian  
Favorite Places Cornwall, Ocean, Woods, England  
Can't Live Without Freedom  
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