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Acclaimed Canadian Author and Environmental Activist Dies at Age 92

Environment  (tags: Abuse of oceans, Saving Wilderness, Protecting Wildlife )

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Renowned Canadian Author and Environmentalist, Farley Mowat dies at age 92. Three of Mowat's Environmentalist books inspired the founding of Green Peace and Sea Shepherd.

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Fiona O (565)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 7:49 am
Farley Mowat wrote altogether 40 books. Most of them were meant to be humorous. In writing humor, Mowat wrote much as Mark Twain with madcap unusual situations, places or animals, and always hilarious.

Four of his other non fiction books changed and continue to change the world.

These three titles inspired the founding of Green Peace and Sea Shepherd: Sea of Slaughter, A Whale for the Killing, and Never Cry Wolf.

His book, People of the Deer, finally brought life saving change to the way the Canadian government treats Canada's First Nations People.


JL A (281)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 8:16 am
RIP Farley. Thanks for letting us know Betsy.

Sue H (7)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 8:45 am
RIP Mr. Mowat. Thanks for hours of great reading.

Frances Darcy (133)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:04 am
Thank you Betsy.I am an avid reader but do not think I have read any of his books....I will definately look out for them now.... even his children's books.

Gene J (290)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:14 am
Haven't come across him, Betsy, yet. But will now, thank you, and blessed be, Mr. Mowat.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:44 am
Thanks Betsy, even if sad news. I never heard of him but apparently the world, including the animals ows him a lot of gratitude. He had a long life and seems to have accomplished a lot of important work in his time. May he RIP now.
If his books indirectly or directly triggered the passing of The Marine Mammals Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act in the US, he must have been desparate and saddened in recent years to see these protection laws ignored, broken and bypassed so often!

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:53 am
Noted and thank you

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:44 am
Thank You for sharing Farley Mowat's life with the great article and video Betsy. He wrote what he saw, and was actually a great environmentalist. His book People of the Deer, changed the way the Government treated the Inuit's, and all of Canadian First Nations. What I liked about him mostly, was that he never backed down to anybody, was himself, and loved animals. His book The Dog That Wouldn't Be was so great, yet I cried while reading. RIP Farley Mowat!

Barb K (1688)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:46 am
Thank you for letting everyone know Betsy. All the more reason to continue his good fight.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:49 am
Sorry to hear about his passing, my God remember him.

Mandi T (379)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:53 am
God speed Mr. Mowat. RIP

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:56 am
RIP Farley thanks Betsy

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:58 am
what a loss
thanks Betsy for sharing this,,a great man

Sandrea S (278)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:58 am
A tremendous loss. Rest in peace Farley Mowat.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:41 am
You will be missed Farley...RIP good man.

Edwin M (346)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 12:18 pm
RIP Farley Mowat, thank you Betsy

Edwin M (346)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 12:20 pm
RIP Farley Mowat, thank you Betsy

Mike H (252)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 12:32 pm
RIP Farley Mowat. The world is lesser now.

Marilyn Sabella (2)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 1:03 pm
We all owe Farley Mowat a huge debt of gratitude. What a great writer, and an even greater man.

Jo S (619)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 1:33 pm
RIP Farley Mowat, you will be dearly missed.
Thanks Betsy.

Theresa Robinson (79)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 1:34 pm
RIP Farley Mowa. Thank's for sharing Betsy. Theresa Robinsob

Bryan S (105)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 1:50 pm
Thank you, Betsy.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 1:58 pm
I have read some of his books. His books are manly read in schools. Thank you very much for sharing Betsy.

Heather L (3)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 2:16 pm
Rest in peace Mr Mowat, it was an honour to have met you.

Saturday May 10, 2014, 2:36 pm
RIP and know you will be delighted to go on to a better Place. We will continue your quest.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 2:44 pm
Thank you for sharing, Betsy.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 2:51 pm
He will be sadly missed. A great writer. Rest In Peace.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 2:52 pm

Catrin S (50)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 3:27 pm
He will be greatly missed .

Anette S (22)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 3:35 pm
sadly noted - thank you Betsy

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 3:36 pm
Hugs, Betsy. It is sad to lose the ones we love whether near to us or admired from afar.

. (0)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 4:23 pm
I bought Mowat's, Sea of Slaughter, at a yard-sale for $.75! The impact it had on me is priceless! Thank, Betsy for letting us know.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 6:28 pm
Noted. RIP. x

Winn A (179)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 6:32 pm
Rest in Peace . . . . .

Mitchell D (95)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 7:02 pm
I read "Never Cry Wolf," many years ago, and never get tired of suggesting, in comments here, and to politicians, that people read the thing.
I had not known of his other books, but will add them to my always-keeping-ahead-of-me reading list.
By the way, there is a good book by Bern Heinrich, "Ravens in Winter," that includes a marvelous story of an encounter he had with a pack of wild wolves.

Shan D (49)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 7:28 pm
The first of his books I read was The Serpent's Coil, and the second was Never Cry Wolf. My grandparents had others of his in their library. Canada has lost a national treasure.

Fiona O (565)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 7:33 pm
Mitchell, you amaze me. First, let me thank you for your comment about Farley Mowat's passing.

Right now, I am reading Bern Heinrich's "Ravens in Winter". There is no field biologist that can touch the depth and scope of Heinrich'a expertise.

All I can do, Mitchell is thank you again and remind you of Goliath.

Thank you everyone for noting and making comments. A great one of us has passed, may we remember his legacy and pass it on to others, and younger generations.

Thank you for the feeling in your comment Caitlan, Mowat did touch my heart.

Yora Kei (46)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 8:15 pm
Because I am Japanese, I admire this "fighting" author. His book, Sea of Slaughter, started when John Cabot began to overfish the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The movie made from Sea of Slaughter extended the struggle to save the sea and sea creatures to NOW. In the end of the movie, Mowat (then age 90) and several other activists stopped all commercial dealings in the Tokyo fish market for hours. They were protesting the auctioning off of whale meat and meat of the most endangered marine species, the giant blue tuna. This man always made wise and bold moves like a Samarai. He had an action heart and his protective love for the sea and all sea creatures must inspire all of us who follow.

Sharon Wardle (103)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:24 pm
An incredible man who's books have inspired many people ~ RIP Farley Mowat

Debra G (0)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:08 pm
I saw the movie "Never Cry Wolf" with Charles Martin Smith and Brian Dennehy (1983) and admired wolves since then. Heard a beautiful tribute to him last night on "As It Happens" Canadian radio show broadcast on our NPR station. He was quite messed up from his war experiences, but fought the good fight for the environment. RIP, Mr. Mowat.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:18 pm
A remarkable man who's writings will live on forever. RIP Farley Mowat. Thanks Betsy

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:27 pm
Noted and shared. Very sad.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 12:56 am
A loss at any age. RIP TY Betsy Noted.

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 1:16 am
Thanks for sharing, Betsy!!

mary f (202)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 2:55 am
thanks Betsy he wil be missed

Mike S (86)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:28 am
RIP Farley, and thank you. Never Cry Wolf was mandatory reading in high school for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing the world.

Terry H (15)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:50 am
Thanks for sharing Betsy. RIP Farley Mowat. The following by Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd is very moving...

Victoria Oakey (124)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:53 am
Noted. RIP Farley Mowat. Ty.

Neill Abayon (667)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 11:01 am
Noted. RIP Farley Mowat.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 11:56 am
Noted. RIP

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 12:42 pm
Noted. How many authors leave the legacy that this man has? I'm touched by the comments of those who've read him and inspired to look for the books they've mentioned affected them the most. I'm also touched by the comment of care2er Yora Kei and the effects of Mr. Mowat on Japan. I also intend to follow up on a couple of links mentioned. Thank you, Betsy, and all.

cynthia l (207)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:01 pm
wonderful writer may he RIP

Val M (82)
Monday May 12, 2014, 7:29 pm
He was such an amazing genius. I haven't read any of his books, but I did see the movie, "Never Cry Wolf".
Hmmm, there are a lot of his books on Can't decide which one to read 1st.. I know some kids that would love his children's books, too.. I'll bet he is still raising a ruckus, and trying to help, up there in the spirit world..

reft h (66)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 11:27 pm
Mr. Mowat was a great storyteller and passionate about his interests and concerns. Some of the first children's books I read in elementary school were written by him and I have fond memories. Sometimes the required reading in school was actually worth reading, RIP Farley, yours was a life well lived.

Betty Kelly (4)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 11:28 pm
He will be missed.
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