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Kenneth Joseph Ares Pearce, ex-special forces soldier extraordinaire discovers a war going on right under his nose.  It’s global and ubiquitous, claiming 30,000,000 casualties a day – every day, seven days a week. Despite the staggering numbers, this war remains largely invisible to the masses. Something must be done.

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The Cover

Don’t freak out over the SWASTIKA. It should grab your attention by the scruff of the neck and hold it still until you focus on the pictures contained in it. What on earth is a grizzly bear and her cub doing in the picture? – and with a bullseye on her head no less. How about the cow? The monkey in a cage? Since the second World War, the Swastika has been associated with the infamous Third Reich, Hitler’s regime of death and destruction from 1933 to 1945, which resulted in about 12,000,000 human casualties. How does that relate to mankind’s treatment of grizzly bears, cows, monkeys and other animals? Could there be a connection, a remote analogy perhaps?

Every single day

Did you know that people kill 30,000,000 animals a DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, in North America alone? (animalclock.org) That is a fact, not just a catchy phrase gracing the back cover of the book. An estimated 26,000,000 animals a year in the US alone are tortured to death for medical research and product testing. At more than 1,000 laboratories across the country, monkeys are addicted to drugs, sheep and pigs have their skin burned off, and rats have their spinal cords crushed. Tiny mice are made to grow tumors nearly as large as their entire bodies, kittens are purposely blinded, and rats are made to suffer seizures. Dogs are intentionally poisoned with experimental drugs, and rabbits have grotesque devices implanted into their bodies. There’s likely a hellish laboratory like these right in your city (www.peta.org)

Trophy hunting

Endangered species like tigers, elephants, gorillas and rhinos are STILL being hunted for sport (and if not hunted, then poached) despite their dwindling numbers! In “supernatural” British Columbia, Canada, trophy hunting of grizzly bears has just been banned after years of opposition from over 80% of the residents of the province, except for First Nations, who unbelievably get a pass to “harvest” grizzlies for “food, social, or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights.” (CBC, Province Ends Grizzly Bear Hunt) This is just the tip of the iceberg and its largely INVISIBLE to the masses! Hmmm, maybe that analogy is not so remote after all!

Towards a kinder future

Prior to being appropriated by the Nazis, the SWASTIKA was a positive symbol of hope and prosperity for many different cultures for almost 12,000 years! Can it ever be rehabilitated and returned to its former glory? Good question – can human beings turn over a new leaf and start appreciating the fact that we share the planet with about 2,000,000 other species and some 3,000,000,000,000 ocean creatures who were not put there solely for our use?

About The Author

Kenneth Allan Pazder is an action-adventure writer from Vancouver, British Columbia. His interest in animal welfare inspired his debut work, The Invisible Reich. The book is a fast-paced, action-packed journey that follows one man’s quest to change the world for the millions of animals that are exploited, tortured and killed every day at the hands of human beings. This page-turner thoroughly entertains, while confronting one of the toughest issues of our time. The incident that commanded that pen be put to paper was an article a few years ago about medical experimentation on dogs at George Regents University in Atlanta (which forms the basis of the first chapter). How could one person make any difference in the war on animals which was invisible to most?  This fictional work draws the roadmap. Apart from writing, Ken is founding partner of Pazder Law Corporation, a leading British Columbia law firm specializing in real estate. He is also the pioneer behind LAWNET BC, British Columbia’s only lawyer-driven, digital network for sharing and referring legal files. He lives in White, Rock, BC with his two Afghan hounds, Rafa and Spirit and two jet-black cats, Tarot and Chi (coincidentally, the silent partners in Tarot & Chi Publishing Inc., the publishers of The Invisible Reich!)

The Invisible Reich

Why should you read this book?

All change starts with a conversation – with yourself or someone else. Hopefully THE INVISIBLE REICH will get you thinking about your relationship with animals the world over. We share the planet with about 2,000,000 other species but mankind has managed to wipe out almost half of the world’s wildlife in the past forty years. This alarming trend is actually accelerating!

Are we the masters of the animal kingdom, or its stewards?

Do ALL LIVES MATTER (including those that are not human)? Is it important to know how the food on your plate wound up there? You wouldn’t want your dog, cat, rabbit or hamster to be eaten, experimented on or turned into an item of clothing, so is it okay for another animal to suffer such a gruesome fate?

Animal rights and the rule of law

Under Canadian and US law animals are considered “chattels” or “personal property” which can be owned, bought and sold as well as killed (humanely of course) at the behest of their owners. “…..in Pearce’s view when man-made law was patently unjust, unfair or immoral it was to be con­sidered subordinate to natural law,” (law which is in accordance with nature, existing in all, unchangeable, eternal, commanding us to do what is right, forbidding us to do what is wrong –Cicero, De Republica). Should animals have rights or quasi-rights? (at least the right not to be tortured and killed) Can rights ever be acquired other than by force? Is it okay to flout an immoral law?

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