Ektek activists insist on their right to survive, their right to quality of life and their right to liberty.
How far will they go? How far can they go?
How can they improve their conflict resolution skills?
Who will save the animals?
Or die trying.
The Ektek Trilogy by V M Osborne covers a sentient struggle for survival in 3 parts:
Animals around the world recognise they are endangered, threatened and may not survive beyond the walls of zoos. Working together, they create an organisation called Ektek to help other endangered animals.
Ektek is a blend of ecology and technology created by animal activists to provide international support to threatened creatures.
In Last chance to eat, Ektek attempts to rescue endangered animals destined for the gourmet table. They do not succeed and Ektek’s philosophy of peaceful activism is rocked.
The majority of Ektek agree they must not resort to violence. Yet some animals despair that animals must run, hide, cower and slither into corners that knives, nets and poisons cannot reach. Why, they ask, must they become creatures of the shadows, powerlines and drains, running always from the pets of men who delight in killing for blood lust?
In Out of spite, out of mind, the pressures of confinement have given the animals another kind of way out. Some animals have found their own personal escape from the gaols that surround them – mentally.
Ektek believe killing for the sake of killing is vile. But some begin to question; surely it is right to kill them before they kill us? Do we not have a right to live? Were we not created before men?
But other animals believe in a more forceful way out – animals should kill other creatures if they invade their territory – and that includes humans. Finish them before they finish us.
Some think that it need not be wasteful death; they can easily eat the bodies of men.
Ektek believe it better that animals should die in dignity and honour, knowing they have tried every other way to survive, without resorting to human-like war or genocidal tactics.
Ektek asks what right animals have to survive if we are such loathsome characters that all we can do is kill other creatures? For humans are mere animals after all. Are they not as mortal as we? Also, in a battle, who would win? Who holds all the weapons?
And there are those who say, if we are to stand upon an earth with no humans left, then we must seek them everywhere. Not one human will survive, not in a cave, not in a sliver of space between forest trees, not in a submarine in the depths of the ocean, not in a space ship sailing between the stars. We will find them and we will finish them and we will never let the great apes rise again. For they spell death and destruction. Their daily activities despoil the land, the sky above, the sea below and clog the pores of the earth itself as they mine the ground for their short lived riches.
In Kill the pandas, the animals with war on their mind over-run the peacemakers. Kill the pandas is a plea for empathy for our fellow creatures on this planet. How is it that humans, one species alone among millions, have the power to destroy our home many times over and can choose to select the creatures (not just beast or plant but the very DNA) they think worthy to survive? When did humans rise so far above their animal station?
Humans have changed the course of evolution. Now, it’s time for the animals to do their own choosing.
Kill the pandas means survival of the meanest.