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Today I was alert to the reside all-morning advertisement of celebrations in Wageningen, the Netherlands, commemorating Victory in Europe – accepted as VE Day. May 5th, 1945 was the day that Canadian armament stormed and defeated the Nazi troops on the heather amplitude amid the abutting towns of Ede and Wageningen. It was actual affecting for me to watch this for several reasons. The Lord reminded me of how he brought about one amazing accompaniment afterwards the added apropos my ancestors during the war!

Born in 1940, I grew up in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, beside the bigger accepted sister island of Aruba. I do not bethink abundant about the war except that at night no lights were lit. My father, who was in allegation of the Home Defence League, explained that this was so that the adversary planes and boats would not ascertain the island. Of advance I could not accept any of that at the time.

Approximately 20 years later, my aboriginal job happened to be at the Department of National Defence annex in Prescott, Ontario, Canada. As a absolutely abrupt accompaniment would accept it, Mr. J. Sidney Barrick, the Director (I do not bethink his exact title) told me how he had adequate me and my ancestors during the war! OMG, I just googled, and begin out that he was on the minesweeper: HMCS Suderoy VI – J05! If he apparent that I had lived in Curacao, Mr. Barrick told me that if he was in the Navy during the war, they patrolled all about Curacao and Aruba watching for, and torpedoing German u-boats that approved to cut off aliment to the islands. What are the affairs that I would anytime accept met one of the crew, and begin out about this fact!

Not abundant grows on these islands as they are bouldered with actual little rain fall. Truly, we could accept fatigued if it weren’t for the Canadian Forces! I was so afraid to apprehend that the war came that far – acutely out of the way of area the angry was, or that the Germans would even affliction about tiny islands like ours! I do bethink my mother cogent me that we ate a lot of rice and spinach. I aswell bethink dancing in the artery with music and amusement everywhere and humans shouting: “the war is over; we are free!” Again it was packing time. My mother beatific abounding boxes of canned food, soap and added aliment to ancestors associates in Holland.

Meanwhile, in Holland – it was not yet alleged The Netherlands at that time – my auntie Ann and grandmother assuredly alternate to their affiliated home in Ede, which had been active by Nazi commanders. It was anchored in a cardinal area overlooking a little esplanade which connected into a artery culminating at the alley bond Ede and Wageningen. At the top of that alley still are the admirable heather fields area the allies landed, and for weeks on end connected to “rain” down accoutrements of aliment and provision. Is it a accompaniment that the Germans, 5 years afterwards demography over the house, would in fact see their enemies dive down on them? I don’t know, but would not be afraid that the administrator in Auntie Ann’s home was by accompaniment ability be the actual one who active the acceding to end the war at Hotel De Wereld down the artery in Wageningen – as I saw on the reportage this morning!

Our ancestors spent six months in Holland in 1946, and afresh in 1951. Although I was affected to the amount seeing all of the city-limits and anchorage of Rotterdam in absolute ruins, as able-bodied as abounding added ravages, I alone bethink how anybody was happy, warm-hearted and jovial. Virtually no one batten about the war and what they had suffered. Alone years afterwards a accessory told me how the Nazis had taken over their acreage and collapsed all their livestock for their own consumption, while they were craving to the point that they ate rats to survive! In academy I apprehend and heard of how abounding Dutch humans hid their Jewish neighbours and friends. I was abnormally addled by this adulation and apathy for their own assurance if I visited the Anne Frank home in Amsterdam, and heard about Corrie ten Boom’s family’s beat to the Jewish association and consecutive imprisonment themselves.

Auntie Ann told me the adventure of how a adolescent German soldier al of a sudden affective her bike from her. She in fact had tears in her eyes as she related: “ach, he was so actual young; he could not accept been added than 16!” This was abreast the end of the war, if they enlisted even the actual young. She absolutely acquainted apologetic for the teen, who had been so misdirected and alone abject orders.

It was some time afterwards VE day – at which time the war was still angry in Japan and the East – that my mother’s brother and ancestors alternate to Holland. They had been active in Indonesia – which was again the Dutch East Indies. We apperceive that they had been interred in a Japanese absorption camp. From history and books I accept read, I apperceive that altitude in these camps were atrocious. However, even if prodded, they banned to anytime say one chat about what they had endured. They were consistently actual affable and balmy at heart.

Talking about coincidences, I can’t but be afraid that the allies landed on “my” admired heather. I just admired traveling there, and smelling the ablaze amethyst flowers. It is like something admirable has covered the affliction and accident – somewhat like the poppies in Flanders’ Fields not far abroad in neighbouring Belgium. If talking with a attend on the heather in Ede on one of my trips, I apparent that, if it were not for the sheep agriculture there, the heather would overgrow into annoying bushes! It paints a admirable account of sheep – the attribute of accord and abasement – appropriately afterward the shepherd, accidentally allowance to restore and advance adorableness and dignity!

Holland was beat by the Nazis after any admonishing in one anniversary in 1940. But, in one fell dive on May 5, 1945 their bondage was chaotic – I am appreciative to say – by the Canadian forces. Was it a accompaniment that Queen Juliana chose Canada as her anchorage from the storm? Thank you, Canada, and absolve you, The Netherlands!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in blooming pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul” (Ps. 23: 1-3)


5 Ways Hunting Is Actually Environmentally Friendly

Slow down. Afore you alarm PETA to appeal they forward a hitman, apprehend me out. A majority of humans eat meat, so why is agriculture a bigger antecedent of meat than hunting? Turns out it’s not, at atomic in agreement of their corresponding “green” scores. If done for sustenance and not just for sport, hunting can in fact be an environmentally affable activity.

Let’s be bright – this annual alone applies if you are afterward a specific set of guidelines. You are arresting or application every allotment of the beastly you kill, to the best of your ability, and are not just killing for the annual of killing. The citizenry of animals you are hunting is one that in fact requires control, and that ascendancy is professionally and/or appropriately managed. You are aswell authoritative every accomplishment to ensure the beastly is dead humanely and that the weapon you use to do so is efficient.

Think Jake from Avatar, not Uncle Jimbo from South Park.

With all that in mind, accede that hunting has been allotment of the beastly adventure for endless generations. It is an age-old antecedent of nourishment, abutting us to our wilder selves, and to nature. It ability be surprising, but actuality are 5 means hunting is in fact environmentally friendly.

1. It Maintains and Controls Beastly Populations

In the US at least, hunting is a awful adapted activity. Laws are in abode at local, state, and federal levels that accumulate numbers of casualty animals in check. These efforts advice us do things like cut down on deer-car collisions and assure our agronomical articles from agriculture wildlife, allowance us co-exist. At the aforementioned time, the all-embracing bloom of the breed is aswell adequate in a lot of places because of attention laws attached which animals can be hunted, if and breadth you can accompany them, and how abounding you are accustomed to take.

The action has and will consistently charge connected management, so beastly populations that are accepted with hunters may accept a leg up, aback they will be added agilely monitored for attention as able-bodied as for the annual of attention the sport.

2. It Bypasses Livestock Agriculture Practices

Entire books accept been accounting about the ecology beating of all-embracing livestock farming. Let’s just awning the basics. We use 30% of the acreage on Earth to abound vegetables acclimated to augment livestock like cattle, chicken, and pigs. We alone use 10% to augment ourselves directly. We aswell use one third of the Earth’s beginning baptize hydrating our acreage animals. Not to acknowledgment that methane emissions from livestock farming, produced as a by-product of digestion, annual for at atomic one-third of all agriculture-related greenhouse gases.

Just like any added banal food, commercially farmed meat generally goes to waste. Supermarkets, restaurants, and consumers akin acquirement added than they charge and end up throwing too abundant of it away. And clashing the habitats of animals in the wild, livestock agriculture has already appropriate the abolition of millions of acreage of carbon-absorbing forests worldwide, accounting for as abundant as 15% of all-around carbon emissions.

While smaller-scale and “backyard” farms are abundant alternatives to all-embracing bartering sources of meat, hunting is aswell a applicable option. Deer, elk, agrarian hog, duck, and aerial are all acceptable substitutes for acceptable livestock.

3. No Added Ingredients

One of the best things about bistro bold meat is alive that it tastes just how attributes intended. And you ability be afraid to apprentice that abundant of our commercially-raised livestock in fact does accept added ingredients.

Agricultural livestock animals are generally accustomed baby doses of antibiotics. Not to avoid off infection, as you ability think, but to advance growth, an adventitious ancillary aftereffect apparent in the 1940s. This is a botheration because the convenance leads to the actualization of antibiotic-resistance bacterial strains. Though the abeyant appulse on beastly bloom hasn’t yet been quantified, the achievability of a approaching beginning absolutely exists.

US farmers generally accord livestock animals steroid hormones or constructed equivalents to advance advance and metabolism of augment into meat. The FDA claims these chemicals are safe for beastly consumption, but studies accept apparent they are excreted in feces, breadth they can accomplish their way into the baptize systems, causing endocrine disruption for angle and added wildlife, and possibly award their way to us.

Unless you’re affairs amoebic or grass-fed, the meat you acquirement at the abundance was acceptable aloft on GMO feed. Genetically adapted beastly augment is fabricated from plants that either aftermath pesticides themselves or are bred to bear abundant applications of awful chemicals advised to annihilate bugs. Those chemicals aren’t getting removed from the plants afore they’re accustomed to livestock. Instead, they’re accession in the animals’ fat, which we again baker up and eat, advertisement ourselves to substances that could cause cancer, changeable problems, and abounding added bloom issues.

As continued as you aren’t hunting in an breadth with a accepted ecology contamination, you will not accept to anguish if your bold meat is abounding of awful things whose names you can’t even spell. Nope, just pure, natural, chemical-free cuts of appetizing goodness.

4. The Action Keeps Itself Wild

Hunters are a part of the a lot of alive conservationists. It’s analytic – in adjustment to adore hunting as a sport, the acreage needs to break wild. Without a well-preserved habitat, bold breed artlessly will not thrive, and admission to them will become limited.

People who acquirement hunting accessory aswell accomplish a huge banking addition to aegis of hunting habitats. In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt active into law the Pittman-Robertson Act, acceptance an 11% tax on firearms, ammunition, bows, and arrows. The section of able legislation has been a abiding and ceaseless antecedent of attention allotment anytime since, accession over $18 billion total. The money is broadcast annual to states to absorb how they accept – education, research, restoration, or about they see fit. The results, such as the improvement of bighorn sheep populations in the southern Rockies, accept been able-bodied account it.

Fees paid for accepting a hunting authorization or tag aswell abetment in attention efforts. States use the acquirement to charter acreage for hunters to access, befitting it at atomic briefly undeveloped. They aswell use it to run angle hatcheries, action invasive species, accumulate wildlife populations healthy, and to action appropriate programs and education. In Colorado, the Parks & Wildlife Department estimates that 62% of its funds committed to wildlife efforts appear from licensing fees, with all taxes and grants accumulated alone accidental 34% (donations and absolute sales fabricated up the rest).

In short, hunting pays for itself. Hunters as a accumulation accord aback added than they yield by paying college taxes and fees on articles and casework associated with hunting, and by announcement a use of the acreage that requires it break just the way it is.

5. It Creates a Lifetime Acknowledgment of Nature

Learning to coursing with accomplishment can accord you a solid acknowledgment of both beastly behavior and the rules of the wild. It teaches you account of the acreage and the animal, of the aeon of activity and death, of our assurance on added activity forms for survival.

Hunting a deer is an all-day endeavor, at minimum. It just isn’t accessible to absorb that abundant time in attributes and not affix acutely with it. Hunters apprentice to plan with the land, instead of adjoin it, to accomplish their goals, and their amusement of their time outdoors leads to a naturalist affection that knows no bounds.

Are you a hunter? Has hunting brought you afterpiece to nature? What added means do you anticipate hunting can be environmentally friendly?