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A New Pledge of Allegiance
The Vegan’s Loyalty to Our Precious Biosphere
More than seven billion people live on Earth today. But our ecological footprint is far bigger, because we also breed billions of farm animals. All those meat and dairy processing plants emit more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. Plus, cows and other ruminant animals directly emit the potent greenhouse gas methane when they digest plant protein.
This 60-second film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3LKLwQ8lPA concerns the yearly ritual of Kaporos, in which certain Jewish groups needlessly and cruelly sacrifice chickens for human sin in the days preceding Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, who created this film, was formed in 2010 as a project of United Poultry Concerns comprising individuals and groups who seek to replace the use of chickens in Kaporos rituals with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement. To learn more, please visit the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos.
By allowing his chickens to live 5 weeks longer than those raised on factory farms and by allowing them a few hours a day to forage on a pasture, the farmer interviewed in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkB1NRr2JfI claims that he raises “happy chickens.” He is practically deified by enthusiastic YouTube followers who are naively seduced into believing that chickens are simple-minded animals who can actually live fulfilling lives if only we allow them to be raised on a bucolic-looking family farm by a nice-looking, smiley-faced farmer. But the sanitized slice of reality presented here could not be more staged and shallow.
Veal, without the cruelty
We import thousands of tons of veal each year. The calves are kept in close confinement in the dark and fed nothing but milk. But, says Allegra McEvedy British organic farmers are now producing the meat humanely, and the good news is it's just as tasty.
I have come to know the following men, and feel honored to call them "friend". Through my involvement with them I realized that they all had something in common, that I had, formerly, not known. Yes, they are all vegans. Yes, they have all accomplished wonderful things. Yes, they all exude compassion and decency. Yes, they are all staunchly dedicated to promoting the vegan ethic and saving animals lives. But, I noticed, that they are, also, very musically gifted, and that they have a strong appreciation of music and for their talent. Their musicality is deeply rooted. I wanted to share their stories with those of you who may not know that these men possess yet another attribute to add to the long list they each, already, possess. Thank you Harold Brown, Jerry Cook, Zach Freidhof, Opossum, Daniel Redwood, and Will Tuttle.
"I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of you (especially our flock members) by way of email and social networking. It’s a definite perk of doing what I do, and I am constantly inspired by the work you do to change the world for animals.
Sentience in nonhuman animals (animals) is a "hot" topic receiving attention from a wide range of researchers with different interests and agendas. For the purpose of this essay and as I've done before, I'm defining "sentience" as "the ability to feel, perceive, or be conscious, or to experience subjectivity" (for wide-ranging discussion please click here.)
This is a very brief synopsis of the new film, Speciesism: The Movie.
"Speciesism: The Movie is a forthcoming documentary film by American director Mark Devries. It explores the concept and practice of speciesism, the assignment of value to beings on the basis of species membership.
Easy barbecued eggplant steaks. Eggplant absorbs flavors beautifully; in this recipe it is paired with barbecue sauce to create the perfect side dish or entrée.
I love vegans, first and foremost, for their heightened sense of justice and compassion, in choosing to avoid, as far as possible, products and businesses that exploit anyone’s body, in any way, for any reason.
Kind Vegan World is a Vegan organization creating a community of kindness and compassion through education, advocacy, and community support.
Tami is an area resident, and a published author of some excellent cookbooks - something for everyone and every occassion. Daily meals, holiday, bakery, and special occassions. Here is just one of her deilicious dishes!
TOLEDO -- A new business is moving into the Westfield Franklin Park Mall. It's a puppy store, but not everyone is happy, in fact some are hoping to stop the doors from opening.
In October, pet retailer "The Family Puppy" will open at Westfield Franklin Park Mall. But dog advocate Jean Keating - with "The Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates" - says potential shoppers aren't just getting a pet."They're supporting people who run puppy mills, which is nothing more than a large scale breeding facility where it's for money," explains Keating.
If you want to get information about "The Ohio Coalition for Dog Advocates visit their website.
"SAVE (Student Advocate for a Veg Ethic) is a student organization at CSU dedicated to improving the quality of life for humans, animals and the environment, through education and advocacy of a plant-based diet.
SAVE shows movies, sponsors speakers, hosts monthly tabling events, all while having fun!"
Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends, founded and run by Jill Kirsch, has been practicing animal rescue for many years. Jill dedicates nearly all her time to the rescue and care of abandoned, neglected, abused, unwanted, strays and ferals. She devotes quite a bit of her efforts to other animals as well, and has saved many lives. Thank you, Jill for all you do. Please visit her page at: https://www.facebook.com/CrippleCreekFeralsAndFriends
The Tofurky Company, a global leader in plant based proteins, recently celebrated the opening of their new LEED Platinum manufacturing plant on the waterfront in Hood River, Oregon. The new plant, which will come on line early in 2014, is only the second LEED Platinum food processing plant in the USA and the sixth in the world. Environmental features of the new building include a roof top array of 400 solar panels capable of producing over 100 kWh of electricity per year, a free solar powered electric car charging station, green roof with a bocce court, Recycled materials are used throughout the building which is 34% more efficient than Oregon Code in energy efficiency and 40% more efficient in its use of water.
WHAT MENTOR RESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT “ORGANIZED DEER KILLING”
Hunting to “control deer populations” is a manufactured myth used to justify hunting…PERIOD. Hunting does not serve to control the growth of a deer population due to the well‐documented and undeniable compensatory rebound effect that occurs following a kill. This helps explain why, even after decades of hunting, deer numbers remain high in much of the country. After killing a significant number of deer they speed up their reproductive rate and, as a result, rebound to an even higher number than before the hunt.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently in the process of trying to ram through passage of a new "modernization" rule for conventional poultry production that would eliminate a large percentage of USDA inspectors and speed up the factory production process. And existing safeguards, as minimally effective as they currently are, would also be eroded, allowing for more hidden feces, pus, bacteria and chemical contaminants to persist in conventional chicken and turkey meat.
Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) is made from soybeans and makes a quick, delicious, and protein-packed taco filling. This is a perfect recipe to use if you have not tried this product before! TVP is available at natural food stores and in some supermarkets.
Makes 12 tacos
1 1/2 cups water
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/2 small bell pepper, finely diced
3/4 cup dry texturized vegetable protein
1 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
12 corn tortillas
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
4 green onions, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 avocado, cut into strips (optional)
1/2 cup salsa or taco sauce
Heat 1/2 cup water in a large pot or skillet. Cook onion, garlic, and bell pepper until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add textured vegetable protein, remaining 1 cup of water, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, nutritional yeast (if using), and soy sauce. Cook over low heat until mixture is fairly dry, about 15 minutes.
Heat a tortilla in a dry skillet until soft and pliable. Top with about 1/4 cup of filling and fold in half. Cook 1 minute on each side. Garnish with lettuce, green onions, tomato, avocado (if using), and salsa or taco sauce. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Per taco: 91 calories; 1 g fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 9.5% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 5.2 g protein; 16.9 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g sugar; 3.3 g fiber; 235 mg sodium; 52 mg calcium; 1.5 mg iron; 7.7 mg vitamin C; 344 mcg Beta Carotene; 0.7 mg vitamin E
“Unique among all God’s creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species.”
Ooey Gooey Baked Ziti from the archive of recipes found on The "V" Word!
An Orwellian Society? The American Public's Shocking Lack of Policy Knowledge is a Threat to Progress and Democracy
With implementation of the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally upon us, pollsters have been busy soliciting current public opinion of the law, as the fanatical Republican Party continues its quixotic mission to destroy it. Ludicrous though it is to subject such a complex and multi-dimensional law to an up-or-down, binary referendum, the American people continue to "disapprove" of the ACA by a modest margin; this polling dynamic has been relatively consistent since 2010.
THANK YOU AND WELL DONE, NY!
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that will require those that violate Buster’s Law by abusing animals register their name and address with the division of criminal justice services, undergo a psychiatric evaluation and will also ban them from ever owning a pet again, Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) announced.
Just in time for the holidays! Brougt to us by Vegan Coach, Patty Knutson http://www.vegancoach.com/vegan-dessert.html
So this really should be called "Baklava...kind of", because while it is very similar, I'm quite sure those who make traditional Baklava would burn me at the stake for making the comparison.
It is not news to me, after practicing criminal defense and teaching in law schools for over 25 years, that the police don’t always follow the letter of the law. But somehow…when four uniformed police officers appeared at my back door, I rather naively assumed that I could keep them from entering my kitchen if I just told them that they could not come in. I was wrong.
About 30 million fish and other creatures are caught annually to supply the home aquarium market, taking a toll on some reef ecosystems. But conservationists are working to improve the industry by ending destructive practices and encouraging aquaculture.
Imagine, just for a moment, being locked in a barren cage, being socially isolated, psychologically traumatized, having a hole cut in your head and electrodes implanted in your brain. While this sounds like a scene from a horror movie, these are conditions in which over 100 million animals are forced to live their entire lives inside of universities, private corporations, hospitals and government laboratories.
Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance upcoming events On Wednesday, October 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Cleveland Vegan Book Club will be meeting at Visible Voice Books (upstairs) to discuss Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals.
We will be the advocating voice for companion animals who have been neglected, abused, abandoned,forgotten, or surrendered. We will ensure amazing forever homes through education, collaboration, community outreach, intervention, and political reform.
We’re all on a journey.
Eventually we all reach the same destination. All of our paths, though, are unique. They all wind around, drift in and out, get obscured by obstacles and weather. Sometimes, they seem so clear, so pronounced. Other times, we spend all day just circling around the field our path simply petered out in.
When most people think of fashion, they usually don't imagine it as ethical. Between using fur, sweatshop labor, and non-sustainable materials, high fashion comes at a high price for the planet.
Rachel Kibbe is trying to change all that. She's founded HELPSY, a website featuring top designers in the world of ethical fashion.
If I’m not cooking, I’m quilting. With my books, I give a percentage of profits to sanctuaries and other pro-vegan projects, but I wanted to find a way to use my quilting to support the vegan cause as well.
Hopefully you are on the road to a new you. I’ve stressed the importance of recreating your health and wellness and in the long run your body is going to reward you. A leafy, green diet? Yes. Freshly prepared vegetables without sauces, creams, and dressings? Check. Fun choices for substitutions of dairy and meat? Absolutely. Respecting your intake of sugar and sodium? Of course. Hydration – drinking liquids that benefit your physical and mental well being? Yes, Mike, yes.
This month, in recognition of Primate Liberation Week, we will be holding our monthly laboratory protest in front of the Lerner Research Institute on October 18th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. There will be signs, although please feel free to make signs that pertain to primate experimentation.
Many people are now becoming aware that the circus in not a place for animals. Parents and guardians are thinking twice, and often choosing a more compassionate family outing. This is, in part, due to undercover photos, videos, and statements from former circus employees or from what attendees have seen when attendign the smaller traveling circuses such as Kelly Miller, Carson Barnes and Piccadilly.
1st Annual South Euclid Humane Society Halloween Bash by South Euclid Humane Society
Please join us for the first Annual Halloween Bash to benefit the South Euclid Humane Society. There will be Dinner, Cash bar, a Silent Auction and pets will be available for adoption on site. Tickets are 25$ for Adults and 15$ for 15 years and under. Costumes (human) are encouraged. Further details can be found on our website at cityofsoutheuclid.com/humane-society
ADOPT A PET, SAVE A LIFE!!
509 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm Open 7 days a week!
“But how do you get your protein?” Yeah, yeah. It’s the most common questions asked of vegans. It’s also the most annoying question asked of vegans. Uh, like, you know, legumes and vegetables and tofu?