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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


August 28, 2006

Shelley Sawhook

President, United Equine Foundation

Today’s Date: 28 August 2006

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

I learn something from animals every day, but there is one that means more than all the others. I had back surgery and it went badly. There was a time that the possibility was that I might not walk. I was bedridden and one day while working on the computer I found out about some horses that were facing death if enough homes and funds were raised to help them. I worked day and night on the issue and even was able to adopt 2 of the horses myself. I worked very hard to get up and be able to walk to the pasture to care for them. I may have saved them, but they saved me as well.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Walking in the woods.

Now? Any contact with nature, the backyard after dark with the night birds and nature sounds are my favorite.

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is, and why?

I have so many favorites, but the top is the American Mustang. Watching a herd of mustangs running free is one of the most beautiful uplifting sights any human can experience.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Environmentally we are faced with so many challenges, and I can't say that any one is more pressing than any other. I do feel that most of it boils down to man's greed. We are willing to sell out another species' existence (and even our own) for such a low price and we lose our souls in the process.

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

I find that often I am not as articulate as I should be, but there are many quotes that sum it up well. One of my favorites is "Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." Albert Schweitzer

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