God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor, Part 2

. . . an Expansive Analysis of Eco-Trends
of the 21st Century’s 1st Decade


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New Zealand’s on-going public dialogue, posit Tobias and Morrison, is serving as a catalyst for change in individual choices and industrial change alike. The nation’s candor and clarity in addressing these complex and tightly intertwined political, industrial, fiscal and ethical issues can likewise serve as a model for other nations around the world, they assert.

Drawing on the New Zealand paradigm, Tobias and Morrison offer a practicable blueprint for change, embracing a new methodology for examining the pain and cruelty meted out by humans to other species — a veritable cartography they call “pain points.”

“New Zealand,” Tobias and Morrison observe, “has the profound opportunity to reinvent her future in every environmentally-vulnerable sector, most notably agriculture for domestic consumption and export.” In their words, “New Zealand is a country capable of anything: a new world, a revivified tenable roadmap for compassion and pragmatic idealism that could ultimately work anywhere, in every human community.”

The message in God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor is one of stark realism tempered by compassion and hope. In her introduction to the book, Ingrid Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) concludes, “Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison have a dream. The beauty of their dream is not only in the imagining, it is in knowing that it could come true. What it would take to make that happen is for a relatively small number of human beings to decide that the world need not spin out of control and that they themselves are powerful enough to help turn what is now a dream into reality, or at least move us all closer to it.”

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For further commentary by Ingrid Newkirk, please see her Blog Post on God’s Country in The PETA Files, as well as in her own blog, IngridNewkirk.com.