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Is whale talk just too complicated for us humans?

Watch and listen to this fantastic u tube video and ask yourself, do you believe like some scientists that these are just random sounds, or could whale speech be just to complicated for us to understand?

Chickens Used for Food | Factory Farming: Cruelty to Animals | Animals Used for Food | The Issues | PETA

Chickens Used for Food | Factory Farming: Cruelty to Animals | Animals Used for Food | The Issues | PETA.

Is Whale Speech just to complicated for us Humans?

Watch and listen to this fantastic u tube video and ask yourself, do you believe like some scientists that these are just random sounds, or could whale speech be just to complicated for us to understand?

In The Chronicles of Banain book two, you will meet some incredible talking whales, as well as lots of new characters from the frozen icecap. Book two is due out in Mid 2014. So if you haven’t already read it, buy book one AWAKENING now.

Why not eat animals?

I often question the reasons I do not eat most animals. For me it started nearly 20 years ago when two major events happened in my life. Before these events I was a prolific meat-eater, liking my steak rare and very rarely allowing a vegetable near my mouth. I can’t remember in which order these events occurred, and I will get in trouble for that, but one of them was living with my second wife Stef, who does not eat meat, and the second was from spending several days in a car with a lady called Heike Fix (I am sure I have spelt her name wrong and will get in trouble for that as well!) in Eastern Europe investigating the transport conditions for horses destined for slaughter. I think that the influence of both these people was the catalyst to make me change my meat-eating ways. Heike provided the shock and evidence related to the treatment of animals before and during slaughter, and Stef provided the home environment that enabled me to change to a non-meat diet without the problems associated with trying to prepare meatless meals at home, when the rest of the household is stuffing themselves on chicken nuggets and bacon.

I think one of the reasons I was able to give up meat without too much fuss was that I am one of life’s grazers. What I mean by that is that I have a personality that likes to keep moving and find new things to experience, very rarely settling into long-term routines. I also have a non-addictive nature, if I decide I don’t want to do anything anymore then I don’t find it too hard to stop. For instance when I decided to stop smoking it was not a major problem for me.

So you are probably thinking, based on the above, how long will it be before I change my mind about eating animals and go back to it? Well I am pretty sure it will never happen. To me, like smoking, killing and eating animals is now just fundamentally the wrong thing to do. It goes far beyond my need to find new things to do, it is something that affects everything I do and every decision I make.

Many people have told me that I change my mind a lot, and it’s true. But in reality it is because I have lots of ideas and in my enthusiasm I tend to talk about them before I have thought them through. Sometimes you have to go some way down the road with an idea before you can make an educated guess about if it is something you should pursue or not. With animal welfare I have travelled many of them roads and am committed to the general direction, but, I can still not decide how far I should go.

When I first decided to give up eating meat I did my normal thing. It was not good enough for me to go vegan, oh no, I had to go frugarian, which is only eating the parts of any plant that can be given without killing the host, or which the host would give up in its normal life cycle. For instance, nearly all fruits, seeds, such as rice and wheat, and non-root vegetables, such as beans and peas. I don’t think Stef was too pleased with our frugarian wedding reception! Since then I have been a fully fledged vegan and most things in between, but I have never gone back to eating the flesh of land animals again.

So here I am 20 odd years on from making my decision not to eat meat, still trying to decide how far down this life changing road I should go and why. I know, and have known many inspirational animal welfare people who have collectively rescued or improved the lives of tens of thousands, if not millions of animals, and all but a few of those animal welfare giants, ate animals. I have been to functions hosted by some of the largest animal welfare organisations where there was no animal friendly food available at all! And I suspect that only a small percentage of the staff and volunteers of most animal welfare organizations, are non-meat eaters, so how does that work?

In my case, in an ideal world I would like not to cause the death of any sentient being simply because I do not want to cause suffering so that I can eat a more varied type of food. I know that I can survive without animal protein but now and then I weaken and will eat some fish or other sea based life such as prawns. When drawn on the subject in conversation I have in the past stated that my main objection to meat-eating is the way animals are farmed, and that I have less qualms about eating animals that have lived a natural existence, such as non-factory farmed fish. But in reality deep down I believe that it is wrong to take the life of any other species unless my life is not tenable without doing so. And that is just not the case; in fact the opposite is true. To my mind it is a proven fact that the consumption of meat, apart from causing so much suffering is causing terrible problems to the environment and the health of the human species. You don’t have to look to hard to find pretty conclusive evidence that cancer, obesity, greenhouse gasses, and lots of other bad things are associated to our need for copious amounts of animal flesh.

Why then do I, having considered this for so many years, and believing that it’s wrong to do so, weaken now and then? To be honest, I think it just comes down to a lack of will power and is normally associated with going out or a special occasion where prawns or piece of fish somehow becomes too hard to resist. Mind you with most restaurants, especially where we live in Spain, offering zero choices when it comes to vegan friendly food you can understand why many non-animal eaters hate going out to eat.

Although I am quite passionate about my belief that eating our fellow creatures is wrong for so many reasons, (ok yes I know I don’t practice what I preach 100%,) I am disappointed that I have not knowingly converted anybody to live an animal friendly lifestyle. All my children, my parents, my brothers and sisters, most of my friends and many of my colleagues all eat meat.  Either I am a terrible advert for not eating meat, or the temptation for the products animals bring to the table is just too strong to resist, or my concern for the welfare of animals is misplaced and I should go out, slay a cow and tuck in.

If any of you have managed to read this far and are still awake enough to reply, I would appreciate your thoughts on why you do, or do not animals. Actually writing this has been quite cathartic for me and has if anything has focused me more on living a lifestyle that does not adversely affect the quality or length of life, of my fellow creatures.

Horses in The Chronicles of Banain

Two Horses

In AWAKENING, horses, like all animals have developed in the five thousand years since the great freeze.

Most of the European horses that survived the terrible storms and tsunamis that accompanied the great freeze, were forced far to the south, away from the freezing polar icecap. Only stopped from going further, by the natural border of the Mediterranean sea.

Building their ability to communicate with each other, they slowly built in numbers using their intelligence and speed to escape most of their predators……Until man came back into the equation.

In the last thousand years they had  been hunted for meat, bred for cavalry mounts and faced being eradicated as a wild species and enslaved for life. Now they can choose their destiny again!

In  Banain’s dominion, no longer can a human enslave an animal against his will, if a human wants to ride into battle rather than walk, they have to convince a suitable mount to accept them. It is a symbiotic agreement, whereby both parties benefit. Inter-species communication between most animals and man had been enabled through Banain’s gifts, greatly enhanced by the Immortals.

The result, apart from most species being able to understand each other, is the realisation  of the needs of all creatures, which do not differ wildly from species to species.

In AWAKENING, the horse chooses its rider and once the breath of life has been shared, they are bonded for life.

Here is a short excerpt from the book, where Star bonds with Banain.

A short while later, the messenger arrived with his heavily armoured warhorse, both dwarfed by Star who walked alongside them. The mighty animal was impressive to Banain; he stood almost eighteen hands high and weighed over eight hundred kilograms.

“I am Star, formerly of Lord Erador’s cavalry. I thank you for setting me and my kin free, Banain. I pledge my service to you for life and share the breath of friendship with you.” Star trotted up and lowered his nose to within centimetres of Banain’s, and then he exhaled in the traditional horse greeting.

“I thank you Star and accept your pledge. I would be honoured to ride with you,” Banain said, breathing in the air of the big horse and returning his own. “You understand that this is a dangerous quest and that I cannot guarantee your safety,” Banain said, looking for any doubt in the horse. He found none.

“My kind welcome danger; it is where we differ from our wild cousins. We charge in, whilst they charge away,” Star said, a deep sense of pride evident in his words.

“Do you require a saddle and bridle to ride me, Banain?” he asked.

“No, thank you. I think I will be fine.” With that, Banain leapt nimbly onto Star’s back.

“I think you will!” Star said, amazed. He could hardly feel the well-positioned and balanced rider. “If Grindor is to ride me again, perhaps you could give him lessons, Banain.” Star gave the equivalent of a horse chuckle.

“I heard that, horse,” Grindor said, his sadness turning to indignation.

“I am only joking, Grindor. You rode well…for an ape!” Star replied as he disappeared from view, following the messenger.

Could a Golden Eagle take a baby?

In AWAKENING The Chronicles of Banain, Krys, a golden Eagle who is twenty-five percent larger than the species of today, rescues Banain from the Jaws of Honi. She is an Arctic Wolf, also hugely developed both mentally and physically from the wolves found on earth today. 

If this video is real, a Golden Eagle manages to lift a baby from the ground. Do you think its true?

This is the part in AWAKENING when Krys rescues the child, Banain:

Running flat out, with her head slightly cocked to one side so she could hear both in front and behind, Honi sensed a human closing in on the baby. She calculated that they would reach it before she did, so she changed her direction to intercept. She caught the human just before it reached the child, hitting from behind and to the right. The force of the attack knocked the human to the ground. Because of the last minute change in direction, Honi only managed to get her teeth into its arm. Just as she was about to go for the neck, she heard renewed cries from the child, which reminded her of her original objective. Dropping Nimean’s arm, Honi moved in for the kill.

A little distance away, Judoc had managed to crawl from where Bodolf and the other starving wolves were feasting on the soldiers. He propped himself upright just in time to see Honi’s attack on Nimean. He still had the bow and arrows. A bow was not his best tool, but he knew how to use one. Selecting a shaft as fast as he could, he let fly at the wolf attacking his partner. Just as the arrow left the bow, the wolf leapt from Nimean and started towards Banain again. The arrow passed dangerously close to Nimean as she rose to protect her son.

Judoc fitted another arrow and fired. As he followed the flight of the arrow towards the target, a golden brown apparition appeared from above, wings beating furiously to slow its descent and talons outstretched. Almost in slow motion, Judoc watched in horror as a massive eagle grabbed hold of his baby and flew back into the air. He saw the arrow glance off the side of the wolf’s head just as it lunged for Banain and deflect into the eagle’s left wing, passing through and exiting the other side. 

The excruciating pain in her wing caused Krys to tilt crazily to the left and start to drop towards the ground. Drawing on every fibre of her reserve, she forced the wing to extend and, with centimeters to spare, managed to work it again. Then she started to ascend. 

Read AWAKENING The Chronicles of Banain, for an exiting tale, set in a time where super large and intelligent animals fight for their right to survive.

Immortal Creatures Do Exist!

Turr is one of the main characters in AWAKENING, The Chronicles of Banain and is based on a real sea creature.

It (they have no gender) represents millions of Turritopsis Dohrnii, better known as Immortal Jellyfish. 

In their linked collective memory, they have witnessed  the devastation wrought on the earth by man, and with the help of Banain, the child warrior, they are determined to stop it from happening again. 

Have a look at the video below from Epic Wildlife

Here is a short excerpt from the book regarding the Immortals.

“Please sit here.” Grindor’s deep gravelly voice pulled Banain out of his trance. He sat on the seat sculpted out of the floor of the cave as indicated by the ape.

“Banain, this is Turritopsis. It is your point of contact to the immortals. You are seeing a much-enlarged view of it provided by the magnification qualities of the water in the column. I will leave you,” Grindor said, turning to leave the cave.

“Why do you call Turritopsis ‘it’, Grindor, and how do I talk to it?” Bodolf enquired, mesmerised by the floating entity.

“The immortals have no gender, Banain; they are neither male nor female. Turritopsis will explain everything to you,” Grindor said, not pausing or looking back.

 Banain sat waiting for some time before the mesmerising chanting swelled, becoming louder, and then a strange sensation came over him. Unlike outside, in the cavern the immortals were able to create a time bubble which encompassed the whole area, allowing communication and movement to whomever was within. It required a tremendous amount of power, supplied by millions of immortals, linked together in an underwater chamber below the cavern.

“Welcome Banain,” a new, more focused, single voice sang in his head. “I am Turritopsis. Think of me as your connection to the immortals. You are very special, Banain, and we need you very much.”

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