INTERVIEW WITH THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY CO-AUTHOR, TRACY J HOLROYD, ABOUT HER NEW ANTI-CRUELTY/CAPTIVITY TEEN BOOK SERIES, BELINDA FELLGATE.
Speciality chef, Fred the Ogre of Fred’s Gory Gobbles,
Interviews Tracy J Holroyd, Co-author of the Belinda Fellgate Fantasy Book Series.
Tracy, after yer six-year stint writin’ the award-winnin’ book series, The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy, why did yer change tack t’ write the teen fantasy, Belinda Fellgate?
Well, Fred, apart from David’s burning desire to illustrate his own books, we wanted to push our anti-captivity, anti-animal-cruelty message to a younger, up-and-coming audience - a new readership not fixated by its own importance. In other words, we wanted to reach those people who genuinely want to do something about the plight of our planet and those voiceless souls we share it with. Something we have only partly achieved, as our targeted audience for Belinda Fellgate has turned out to be much older than we originally intended, drawing in not only teens, but also their mums, dads, grandmas and granddads, too. Not a bad thing, as it works out, as these are the people with the power to bring about change.
Okay, luv! With this in mind, have yer raised the age group fer the second book in the series, Belinda Fellgate: The Kiss of Flauros? Yer know, the one I’M in!
Yes, we have, Fred. All storylines grow and mature, and Belinda Fellgate is no different. The teenage Belinda – along with many of her friends – is beginning to realise that if we continue the wanton abuse of our planet, all they will be left with is a toxic rock unable to sustain life as we know it.
Wicked! Does this mean that Belinda Fellgate: Malamok will be even darker than The Kiss of Flauros?
Most definitely. Much, much darker … and grittier - a story with a controversial twist that will quite literally have the readers wriggling in their seats. However, despite this, Fred, we never abandon our underlying message highlighting the plight of our planet and those voiceless souls we share it with. So, with this in mind, we hope that everyone gives Belinda Fellgate and her friends a chance to spread the word by reading the books. (The reason we have used a front-cover image that will attract both public and activist alike.) So, our message to everyone out there, no matter what your age, is: “Join the Mirror Army and help to save our planet!”
Well, I definitely like the sound o’ that, luv, and definitely want t’ join! Bein' one of the clown demon Malamok's minions, do yer think it’s too late fer me t’ change sides?
Interview conducted by speciality chef, Fred the Ogre of Fred’s Gory Gobbles,
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Tracy J Holroyd, Cert Ed, BA(Hons)
Member of the Society of Authors
Author - Children's History of Manchester
Author - Children's History of Lancashire
Co-author - The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy
Co-author - Belinda Fellgate Teen Fantasy Series
If you have any questions about this new anti-cruelty/captivity book series, please ask!
The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy is proud to give a platform to Captain Garry Oates, Chairman and Founder of Blue Seas Protection, as he speaks out against the horrors of the Faroe Islands’ Grind.
"THERE IS NO PLACE IN MODERN CIVILIZED SOCIETY FOR THIS BARBARIC ACT LABELLED "TRADITION" BY RICH PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO MODERN WESTERN FOOD, MCDONALDS AND COCA COLA" - Captain Garry Oates
We have written to the Danish Government, Royal family and the UK Government
"The dolphins did not escape.
The entire pod has been wiped out.
We are depending on our local Faroese friends to document this brutal slaying and sharing with us as it happens.
We are thankful that they are there and thankful that they are speaking for the dolphins.
This is the path to change.
Until the whale supporting locals speak up, this will continue to happen."
Sea Shepherd, Faroe Islands
Pictures and video courtesy of our Blue Seas Protection colleague Ken Sheahan
who witnessed first hand in 2018
Stacey Dooley did a BBC3 documentary on this and it is featured at the end of Seaspiracy
grindadrap video by Ken Sheahan2.MOV
One of our recent facebook posts:
SEPTEMBER 2021: MASS MURDER OF 1460 DOLPHINS!!! THE CRIME OF THE FAROES ISLANDS AND DENMARK, PLEASE SHARE THIS POST LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW!
Did you know that if you eat cod it probably has the blood of dolphins and whales on it?!!! Our own UK government did a trade deal with the Faroes in 2019 to import £200 million worth of fish from them. Check the "origin" country label in supermarkets before you buy, sign our petition, https://www.change.org/.../robert-goodwill-uk-fishing...
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THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY IS DELIGHTED TO PRESENT "fOX CUBBING" BLOG BY HELEN SEDDON, AUTHOR OF "WHY HAVE ALL THE ANIMALS GONE?"
Allowing the hunt’s hounds to kill defenceless fox cubs is to ‘give them a taste of blood’! That’s it in a nutshell. The vile activity that fox hunting wants to keep covered up and out of sight. It’s been going on since hunting foxes began. The hunts meet from 6-6.30 am in August and then later in the morning during September and October as the days grow shorter. They can also meet in the evenings.
Apparently these are the times to maximise scenting conditions. This helps young hounds to follow trails when the main season starts. Oh come on! Have any of the hunts actually laid down honest trails for hounds to follow during any hunting season since the ban was implemented?
Some people have suggested it’s held so early in the morning or during the evening so the hunt is not seen to be carrying out ‘real life hunting’. Well it is definitely hunting, made worse by chasing off the vixen so the young hounds can kill her defenceless fox cubs. Yes the hounds are allowed to rip them to pieces.
Apparently it’s all about educating and teaching the hounds the smell and taste of foxes. You may ask why does this disgusting ritual of training young hounds to kill defenceless fox cubs go on? Wasn’t this banned back in February 2005? Yes it was, is the absolute resolute answer to that question. Hunts think it’s their right to break the law….but it’s not and people are becoming more disgruntled by their criminal activities.
The Countryside Alliance came up with the term ‘Autumn Hunting’ to replace the term ‘cubbing’ after the ban. Horse & Hound likes to describe it as “Autumn hunting is a gentle introduction for young hounds, new hunt staff, horses and followers to the forthcoming season.”
Yet cubbing is a very grotesque illegal activity so you can see how the hunting fraternity are trying to give it a softer approach. Let’s cut out the small talk then! It’s actually about ripping up baby foxes so their hounds can know their smell and taste of them.
Fox cubbing goes on for multiple days each week during every season. So what does it entail out there in the woods? Well the huntsmen, their terriermen, farmers and gamekeepers will have made it their business to find out where vixens and their cubs are living.
The hunt and hunt supporters will surround the area and if the cubs try to escape they will make loud noises to make them scared so they go back to the hounds. Usually all the fox cubs are killed. Any that do escape will probably end up being hunted at a later date. Some young hounds have been known to be killed if they are not aggressive enough to want to kill a fox cub.
It seems cubbing is a necessary evil for the purpose of hunting foxes. But hunting and killing wild mammals with a pack of dogs is illegal!! I think it’s worth reminding ourselves what the late 10th Duke of Beaufort wrote in his book “Fox-Hunting”:
“The object of cub-hunting is to educate both young hounds and fox-cubs. As was said earlier, it is not until he has been hunted that the fox draws fully on his resources of sagacity and cunning so that he is able to provide a really good run….I try to be out cub-hunting as often as possible myself, and the ideal thing is for the Master to be out every day….Never lose sight of the fact that one really well-beaten cub killed fair and square is worth half a dozen fresh ones killed the moment they are found without hounds having to exert themselves in their task. It is essential that hounds should have their blood up and learn to be savage with their fox before he is killed.”
It’s was no different then, and before that and today fox cubbing is just the same. They say the more hardcore people in fox hunting enjoy the slaughter of baby foxes. In my mind they must be all hardcore to have anything to do with hunting and killing wildlife for fun.
Please take note of this telephone number. We need to get the message out that breaking the law should not be tolerated. Calling the tip-off line could save our vulnerable wildlife!
If you witness any illegal cub hunting please contact The Hunt Saboteurs Association by phoning the TIP-OFF HOTLINE 07443 148 426 They have been very successful getting Sabs out to the hunts at short notice and it can save the lives of defenceless fox cubs. Don’t hesitate to call the Police on 101. Ask for your call to be logged as a hunting incident and request an incident number.
LINK TO ORIGINAL BLOG: Fox Cubbing | The Ageing Warrior
Click on image to buy from Amazon.
Impressive and engaging - a must-read for anyone who cares about our precious wildlife
Helen's research is excellent and she gets straight to the point. Nothing dry and boring like you find in many academic books. This would make a great handbook for keyboard warriors on Twitter or Facebook, and for those attending demos. Tells them all they need to know without their having to dig the info out for themselves.
Tracy J Holroyd, Cert Ed, BA(Hons), Member of the Society of Authors
Co-author of The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy and The Belinda Fellgate Fantasy Series.
THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT AUTHOR MOOKY COLT: Canada allows Orca to Suffer
MookyColt @taxmadnessgov #Don'tbuyaTicket #CetaceanCruelty #OceanInfluences #OCEANTHUNDER #ORCALOVE #PreservationOfWildlife #SayNotoSeaWorld #SeaShepherdHeroes #StolenSeas #TalkinginRealTime #JustinTrudeau #Kiska #LastOrcainCaptivity #Marineland #ReleaseHertothewild or #Sanctuary
#FreeKiska the female Orca alone and exposed to the hot sun, without cover in a shallow tank waiting and calling.
All her 5 calves died in Niagara Falls through captivity.
The age of Kiska is reported to be approximately 39 years old.
Ongoing protests, petitions and more have helped lead to new legislation such as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, passed in 2019, but the 60-year-old park still remains open, to much controversy.
Newly-released footage of one of the most well-known animals in the zoo, a lonely killer whale named Kiska, has reignited the indignation of those who believe such creatures deserve a far better quality of life — ideally, one in the wild — than Marineland can provide.
Hopefully the renewed calls to action, as well as the findings of the welfare inspection, will mean that Kiska and other tenured Marineland residents can be relocated to a sanctuary or otherwise have their environment and quality of life improved in some major ways.
Marineland did not say in the documents how many whales have died. Both the province and Marineland did not answer questions about the deaths.
How long has Kiska been alone? Emaciated, toothless, isolated for 7 years at Marineland in Canada, Kiska lost her five children, her companion and her friend. The brain gnawed by memories, she gradually immerses herself into madness. Nov. 29, 2018
Marineland owns the vast majority of living whales and dolphins in Canada, according to the whale-tracking site Cetabase. The park has an estimated 51 beluga whales, five bottlenose dolphins and a 40-year-old killer whale at its facility in Niagara Falls, according to Cetabase data and media reports. The park has not confirmed those exact numbers.
Marineland says it remains confident that it complies with all aspects of the new bill, which is awaiting royal assent. The park claims the exemption for its whales “acknowledged Marineland’s role as a custodian for the cetacean populations that call Marineland home, and specifically acknowledged that Marineland Canada’s actions are not inherently animal cruelty.”
The bill passed by the Senate does not explicitly mention Marineland or animal cruelty.
Please feel free to make comment on this blog, which was originally published by manvsspecies.wordpress.com
The Works of Leotien Parlevliet
For those who don’t know me from my first blog on The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy website, here’s a quick recap.
I am a former French teacher and published my first novel, Eleonore, in 2007.
Following a course in screenwriting, I embarked on several scripts, two of which are now finished. Being a keen environmental activist, I wished to use my work to raise public awareness about the threat to life on our planet. To this end, I wrote The Sign and Heaven’s Revolution. My work addresses social topics centred on mutual human relations … with just a touch of magic!
Get the picture? Okay! Here is the plot of The Sign set in scenes.
Genre: Comedy. It’s inspirational and female driven.
Log line: A team of oceanographers are involved in an unprecedented marine animal protest action, which takes a sudden turn.
The world is in the grip of the terrible Covid-19 pandemic. On a craggy cliff in the desolate East Cape of South Africa, Mary Anne, a young female oceanographer, peers at the ocean through her video camera. She is a member of the Australian Ocean Institute who carry out research in the Indian ocean. The sudden appearance of a few pods of dolphins, followed by a number of humpback whales, surprises her, but she’s stupefied and appalled when a pod of orcas surfaces, too, as this is not the time for dolphins and other marine animals to join their enemies for a feeding frenzy on migrating sardines.
Troubled, Mary Anne telephones her team-mate, Malcolm, to share her observations. Malcolm is sailing along Kwa-Zulu-Natal’s coast with his two mates, John and newcomer Mark. Malcolm, like John, is a real old hand. As he prepares for his investigation of the coral reefs, a few humpbacks swim to his boat and force him to change his plan.
Mark is a handsome young man who seems to live for his job, but he has a gloomy demeanour. John, who registers the sounds of whales, has the appearance and air of a real craggy seafarer with his captain’s cap, side whiskers and weathered face.
As more humpback whales speed towards the boat, threatening to encircle it, the crew attempt to make their escape. However, they are quickly surrounded within a heart-shaped formation of cetaceans and other marine life. From the vantage point of the cliff, Mary Anne watches in amusement as the intention of the marine animals becomes clear.
Unexpectedly, the cetaceans suddenly break formation and approach the boat to spit a plethora of plastic junk onto the deck. Malcolm and John are shocked when Mark reacts angrily, throwing the sea junk back at them. Undeterred, the cetaceans respond by again throwing it onto the deck and clicking at him loudly.
This is the beginning of a change in their relationship. The marine animals suddenly fall silent and retreat to re-form their heart-shaped formation. In the distance, there is a huge ripple cutting the water – and it’s approaching the boat. The mood of the team immediately changes to one of anxiety and fear. This sinister turn of events increases the suspense of the unfolding scene.
Then, it appears: an enormous white shark. Mark, consumed by panic, produces a gun, which he aims at the monstrous shape swimming just beneath the surface. Immediately, conflict consumes the team as Malcolm and John shout at their teammate to stand down.
Incredibly, the great white shark mimics the cetaceans’ act by throwing rubbish onto the boat’s deck. A confused Mark again interprets these actions as hostile, so aims his gun at the shark’s head.
John and Malcolm fail to recognise Mark’s fear and confusion, and the situation deteriorates further when Malcolm expresses deep disdain for Mark’s father, a trawler fisherman who gifted Mark the gun. A screaming row develops, causing Mark to drop the gun into the water next to the monstrous shark. The two men square up for a fight, but John intervenes, reproaching them for breaking Covid social distancing regulations. Meanwhile, Mary Anne, still watching from the cliff, becomes afraid for the team's safety, so tries to contact the coast guard.
Unexpectedly, the huge shark uses its snout to hurl Mark’s gun back onto the deck, before plunging beneath the surface.
Mark stands muttering from a safe distance, whilst John attempts to justify his behaviour to Malcolm, clearly illustrating Malcolm’s stubbornness and John’s calmness.
An impasse follows as the two men put their conflict behind them to watch the white shark join its fellow sea creatures in their protest action.
After a chaotic rescue, the three men return to the Australian Ocean Institute headquarters, where they are joined by Mary Anne, who attempts to calm the two quarrelling men. However, her gentle approach fails, causing Mark to resign and walk out. This action leaves his teammates in utter consternation.
Now one man down, they reluctantly accept the invitation of a colleague, Pete, to view a news flash on TV: a phenomenon is taking place, as world media covers what appears to be a global protest by marine animals about humankind’s disrespect towards Earth’s oceans and its citizens. Coast Guards and rescue teams all over the world suddenly find themselves embarking on missions to rescue seagoers held hostage by concerned marine life. So widespread is this event that even the space station, ISS, has sent images of the protest to NASA.
As the team members watch the TV, transfixed, Mark re-enters the room. Having watched the newsreels on his tablet, he has re-thought his actions and repented. Hence, their joy is complete.
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