Sharon Shapiro, loving wife of Dr. Ahmed Halima, unexpectedly
passed away on November 20, 2003. Dr. Halima has been a long time
supporter and activist in the animal rights and social justice movements.
Sharon shared his philosophy and commitment to bringing about a more
compassionate world for all. As a couple, they epitomized what multi-cultural
peace means: Sharon was born Jewish and Ahmed was born Muslim, and
they respected and loved each other. If only the world would follow
their way. Although she was from New York City, Sharon chose New
Paltz, an area that she loved, to be her eternal resting place. We
thank Ahmed for his memorial gift to C.A.S.H. Please know, Ahmed,
that Sharon will be missed by all.
Ursa was from Plainfield, NJ. She was a long time member
of NJARA, New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. The newspaper obituary
stated: “She shunned hatred and injustice and loved all living things.” Sadly
posthumously, we thank Ursa for being a shining light. We’ve no doubt
that her life influenced many.
Micky Gunnerson and Stan Pajewski were our staunch
supporters in the Clarkstown, NY Goose Wars in the early to mid 1990s.
Without Micky’s and Stan’s help and support, we would not have been
as successful. We were saddened to hear of Micky’s passing through
the contribution that Stan made in her memory. We will never forget
Following another hellish fall and winter of legal
killing and attacks on wild animals, we wish to include in this column
all of the nameless victims who died an untimely and brutal death
caused by hunters, the weapons industry, and wildlife management
In this memorial section, Shanley represents all who’ve
been killed. As you can see, he was a hero to the little doe who
was watching him.
A.G. took this photo right before hunting “season.” She
knew Shanley from the time he was a fawn. Every autumn she worried,
for she had no way to communicate to him that if he left her property,
he could be doomed.
With a heavy heart, she greeted him, watched him romp
and enjoy being alive, observed his friendship with the others, gave
him a name, and knew that once hunting started, she might never see
him alive again. This year, Shanley was killed by a hunter who saw
him as a mere trophy. The hunter took Shanley from his family, his
friend A.G., and all of us forever.
We know that there will come a time when the link between
lethal weapons and wildlife management is severed and wild animals
protected from the ravages of brutal businesses, instincts, and governance