Our attention to animal cruelty is often limited. We primarily focus on dogs and horses – maybe cats. We might stress over elephants being mercilessly slaughtered for their tusks, but that’s happening in Africa, too far away to really ensnare our deepest feelings. 
PETA keeps us informed of vicious farm workers who brutalize cows, pigs, and chickens causing some to become vegetarians for humanitarian reasons. But basically, in this country we are probably moved the most by the wrong done to dogs and horses. However, the number of people worldwide who are concerned about whales and dolphins is escalating dramatically.
Not everyone realizes that the killer whale (orca) is actually a very, very large dolphin. So when we fume over the slaughter of whales by the Japanese, the Icelanders, and the Faroe Island whale hunters, we tend to forget about the merciless slaughter, sale, and captivity of dolphins primarily by the Japanese.
The Japanese look to be the most brutal killers of whales and…

How Many More Must Die?

How many more orcas will be killed due to human interference and brazen greed?

SeaWorld recently announced the death of Kayla, a 30-year-old orca, who apparently died of “unknown causes” after handlers noticed her not feeling well for two days. Orcas can live to be 90 or better if left in the wild. A necropsy will be performed to see what made Kayla fall ill and die. Perhaps if someone with a bit of sensitivity and half-witted intelligence at SeaWorld recognized that these creatures arenot meant to be imprisoned in tanks and forced into performing for crowds unaware of orcas’ keen intelligence and sensitivity, Kayla would still be alive. 
There are still 20 whales in captivity remaining in SeaWorld parks. Five are held captive in Orlando, five in San Antonio, and ten are in San Diego. Likely they will all die unnatural deaths too.
An organization with even half a heart would release these orcas to a sanctuary where they could be rehabilitated back to the environment they’ve been deni…

It's Time to Enact the Rights of Nature

It’s Time to Enact the “Rights of Nature”
Recent headlines forewarned that two more Southern Resident orcas appear to be dying of malnutrition. That will leave the pod ever closer to extinction with only 72 whales remaining. Whales are not the only species heading toward extinction. It’s way past time for this government, for every government in the world, to enact the “Rights of Nature.”
“Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined” (
“It’s Likely There Aren’t More Than 411 Right Whales Left, New Estimate Finds.” Headlines like this…

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling

Japan is dropping its membership in the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an international group composed of 89 member nations, and will resume commercial whaling in July, 2019.
Although hugely disappointing, the decision comes as no surprise. Japan attended the 2018 IWC meeting in Brazil with the intention of persuading member nations to vote to drop the moratorium on commercial whaling and to resume the cruel, barbaric practice. Japan's motion did not receive the required votes and was defeated.
Japan alone is responsible for the slaughter of over 1,000,000 whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the last 70 years. Whether this insane slaughter continues to this day, is difficult to ascertain due to limited publication of the facts. However, according to, the Japanese kill 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales every year. The slaughter of dolphins occurs in the  Taiji bay, which was made known to the world in the documentary film The Cove. Thos…

Row, Row, Row Your Boat!!


Moonlight Mesa Announces Release of E-Book

In a surprise move, Moonlight Mesa Associates publisher Becky Coffield announced  that one of the company's nonfiction titles will be released as an e-book very soon.

Coffield, unhappy with the title of the company's rowing publication, will be releasing it as an e-book under a new title. The Old Folks in the Boat will be available in January under a NEW ISBN and a NEW TITLE: Rowing for Health.

The original title will be kept as part of the subtitle.

"We made a mistake choosing the title for the book," Coffield admits. "We spent months - no, two years - throwing titles around. Seriously. I don't know how that happened as much time as we spent talking about titles."

Coffield feels that the book should be doing better than it is. "We didn't expect a barn-burner with a niche book, and we've sold copies every month, but I truly think the book should be selling better. We talked about just re-issuing it as a trade paperback under the new title an…

We Still LOVE Our Westerns!

The award-winning historical nonfiction Some Gave All by J.R. Sanders is our December special.  Stoke up the fire and sit back and read about old west lawmen who died with their boots on!

Sanders does a masterful job of not only describing the horrific murders of the lawmen, but he also gives intriguing accounts of the criminals, the lawmen themselves, and the court proceedings that follow the crimes.

The book contains over 40 original tintypes and photos that enhance the accounts of the heroic men who died in the line of duty but, for whatever reason, failed to become the familiar household and Hollywood names most people have come to know.

This book normally retails for $19.95. It's available from Moonlight Mesa for $16.95 with FREE SHIPPING. Email us here at Moonlight Mesa to place your order.