UNBELIEVABLE!

Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET::

No, these are not cute puppies and kitties for sale.

They are very realistic toys made in China and sold in various parts of the world. I have seen them in South African shops.

They are so realistic that in all likelihood they are made from real cat and dog fur.

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Seen in a warehouse in Grafton Shopping Centre – Cambridge

A  shopper at  Grafton Shopping centre – Cambridge, saw the label on these toys stating, “Made in China your own sleeping cat/dog made out of cat/dog fur”.                                                                                                                          …

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sauteed Swiss Chard [VEGAN]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Ingredients:

  • 2 Acorn Squashes, halved with seeds scooped out.
  • Swish Chard — Soaked in Water & White Vinegar – rinse well to remove all sand ~ then chop
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils ~ rinsed
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1 Package of Ground Tofurkey *Chorizo Style*
  • 1 small can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic – smashed 3 for stuffing and 3 for sautéed Swiss Chard
  • 1-2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Cup of Panko (or bread crumbs)
  • Dash of Iodized Sea Salt ~ optional
  • Ground Black Pepper

 

Equipment & Method of Prep:

  • Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  • One Half Sheet Pan
  • Two Large Saute Pans
  1. Slice Acorn Squash in half
  2. Coat both sides with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  3. Salt and pepper the side you will be eating
  4. Place face down on 1/2 sheet pan (use a Silpat and it will make cleaning the sheet pan easier)
  5. Bake 20-30 minutes until you can pierce skin-side with a for

Meanwhile:

  1. Pre-heat large saute pan
  2. Once hot, add EVOO, diced onion and garlic – dash of Salt (or omit)
  3. Cook until onions are almost translucent
  4. Add Ground Tofurkey
  5. Saute until onions and Tofurkey start to lightly brown – eyeball it.
  6. Add 1 Cup of rinsed Red Lentils & 2 Cups of Filtered Water
  7. Add One Small Can of Tomato Paste – rinse can and dump extra water into saute pan.
  8. Add more salt if desired
  9. Give everything a good stir, allow to simmer until Red Lentils are tender, and all liquid is mostly absorbed.
  10. Check the Squash.  If you are able to pierce the skin side with a fork, they are cooked.
  11. Remove from Oven and Change Oven to Broil
  12. Using Tongs, flip the squashes over.
  13. Fill with Red Lentil/Tofurkey Mixture
  14. Sprinkle with Panko or Bread Crumbs (vegan cheese or parm cheese is an option at this point – I chose to not use vegan cheese)
  15. Lightly drizzle tops with EVOO
  16. Place squashes under broiler until Panko is lightly browned; then remove.

The Sautéed Swiss Chard:

  1. Pre-heat Saute Pan
  2. Smash Cloves of Garlic (as much or as little garlic as you like)
  3. Add 1-2 TBSPs of EVOO to hot Saute Pan
  4. Add Smashed Garlic & Swiss Chard — lightly saute until greens are wilted and garlic is golden – do not over-cook.

To SERVE:

Plate stuff Acorn Squash and serve with side of Sautéed Swiss Chard.

YUMMY and perfect for fall.

 

 

 

California horse auction owner charged with animal cruelty

Originally posted on TUESDAY'S HORSE:

Cross-posted from The Inquisitr »

One of the starving horses rescued from California auction owner. Photo Credit: Horse Plus Humane Society.

One of the starving horses rescued from California auction owner. Photo Credit: Horse Plus Humane Society.

A California horse auction owner faces felony animal cruelty charges after more than two dozen horses were found near-death or dead on his ranch. A warrant for the arrest of the Yuba County rancher Joe Cardenas was issued late last week. According to the local newspaper, the Appeal-Democrat, Cardenas said someone dropped off the ill horses at his ranch in very poor condition in August.

The probable cause court filing states that animal control officers were at Joe Cardenas’ ranch on May 13 and found at least two horses that were so underweight that the spine, ribs, and hips were clearly visible. The rancher said he took the horses in from a ranch in nearby Sutter County in March. The animal control officers maintain that photos of the horses…

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Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

Originally posted on There's an Elephant in the Room blog:

I shall start by saying that I’ve been there, I’ve been deceived – I used to follow a vegetarian diet.

I chose my words there with care; vegetarianism is a diet and the significance of this will, I hope, become clear as you read on. Until I found out about veganism, I had a nagging but unexamined notion that my consumption of eggs and dairy had to be done in an ethical manner, so I always chose ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’.  Looking back, it will always mystify me why I was able to recognise the moral significance of my victims to the extent that I realised the need to try to reduce their suffering, but I was somehow incapable of doing the tiny amount of research that it eventually took in this age of Google to realise that:

  • contrary to what many believe, all ‘products’ derived from the bodies of sentient creatures result in…

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No Empathy? Sign Up for Torture Studies at a University

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker

Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker

Update: Please sign the petition on change.org by Dr. Ruth Decker, thank you!

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-wisconsin-cancel-the-unethical-torture-and-killing-of-baby-monkeys

For those planning to work under such conditions as described in the following articles, it might seem natural to never express any kind of empathy. For other sentient beings knowingly administering pain to a living being feels torturous at both ends. Many experiments have been going on for centuries and no essentially new findings have come about in any recent experiments.

“Scientists at the University of Wisconsin plan to torture defenseless baby monkeys for cruel psychiatric experimentation. Newborn rhesus macaque monkeys will be traumatically torn away from their mothers and then sent into solitary confinement without nurturing. There, the isolated monkeys will be subjected to various threatening maneuvers and stimuli including live large king snakes all intended to terrorize the infants. The baby monkeys are killed by the age of two and their…

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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

Originally posted on Our Compass:



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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research…

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‘No-Kill’ Label Slowly Killing Animals | PETA

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

When “no-kill” animal shelters and rescue groups are filled to capacity, which is almost always, they are left with two options: turn away more animals than they take in or warehouse animals, often in substandard, filthy, and severely crowded conditions, for weeks, months, or even years on end. Most, if not all, of the animals who are turned away from such facilities still face untimely deaths—just not at these facilities.

Instead they are cruelly killed by people who don’t want them, are dumped on roadsides and left to die from starvation or being hit by a car, or spend their short lives homeless, unwanted, and producing more litters of animals for whom no homes exist.

The lucky ones are taken to well-run open-admission animal shelters, where they either find a well-screened, permanent home or are painlessly euthanized in the arms of professionally trained, compassionate people. Here are some of…

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Killing Wolves

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Earth Island Journal Stands Up For Wolves

Earth Island Journal Stands Up For Wolves

Summer is almost over and instead of wolves being allowed to raise their young pups in peace they’re being subjected to pain, suffering and death because wolf hunting season is upon them once more.  This will be the fourth wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, there would have been five but Judge Molloy relisted wolves in the Northern Rockies in 2010, stopping the fall hunt. It was a short-lived victory because Senate Democrats passed a wolf delisting rider (with no judicial review) in the Spring of 2011. The rider was sneakily tacked onto a budget bill and all Democrat Senators, save three, voted for it. Obama signed it into law, effectively ending the ability of advocates to fight the delisting in court.

Here are the links to  fish and game agencies who promote and profit off the killing of wolves for sport.  The Idaho…

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~READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY…….AND THEN SHARE! ~

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

LOOK AT THE NAMES.
REMEMBER THE NAMES.
DO NOT SUPPORT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS TROPHY HUNTING!
THIS IS WHY IT IS SO HARD TO STOP THIS….BECAUSE OF THE EVIL THAT IS HIDING BEHIND THESE NAMES..
THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW THESE NAMES SO PLEASE SHARE!!! ~
Greatcatsofthe”World”

So very sad to see respected conservationists supporting the slaughter of Africa’s wildlife. It makes sense when you see where a lot of their funding comes from. Much like the US Govt will fail in enforcing gun control in the USA because of lobbying by vested interests such as the NRA (and the US firearms & weapons industry.)

“Research shows that hunting male lions at least five years of age has no negative effect on populations,” said Ben Carter, Dallas Safari Club executive director. “We adopted a six-year rule because we recognize the difficulties in judging age, especially…

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One Dogs Life In Mexico City

Originally posted on One Person, One World.:

Fresa-the-DogMeet Fresa, she is a 5-year old dog living in a shelter in Mexico city. She was found wandering the streets and rescued after the previous owner decided to get rid of her and hacked off half her snout with a machete. Unable to breathe some neighbours took her to Santuario Milagros Caninos shelter in the Mexican capital where the Surgeon Jesus Paredes performed a 3 hour emergency surgery. He helped her to breathe again through her trashed nostrils, removed her protruding jaw and reconstructed her lips with flaps of skin and mucous so she can drink and feed. Fresa-the-Dog (2)

1409816851155_wps_5_Fresa_5_drinks_water_insiShe is now recovering at the shelter and are said to be doing really well thank’s to the kindness of strangers and a brilliant surgeon. And did you know that her name means Strawberry in English? Fresa-the-Dog (1)
Photos are from Reuters.

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Scratch a Fundamentalist Christian and You’ll Find an Islamic Extremist

Originally posted on Woodgate's View:

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At first glance this photo may come across as someone of the “radical Islam” persuasion.  You wouldn’t be too far off the mark in thinking this.

Sadly it’s just Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty reality TV show on A&E gaining  a bit more notoriety for saying small-minded stuff that essentially makes him no better than the Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Talking to Sean Hannity on the FOX network, Roberston said, referring to radical Islam, that “you either have to convert them … or kill them”.

The convert or die ultimatum has for the most part been the cry of extremists within the Islamic faith, by so-called jihadists who take passages from the Quran to a literal state that many Muslims do not agree with.

The horrible executions of American journalists recently by ISIS is unsettling to say the least and demands that this cruelty be dealt with…

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‘Tipping Point’ for Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

Rhino tipping point

What does this mean? The rate of rhino deaths has surpassed the rate of births.

Poaching and hunting of rhinos has been going on for years. But the difference now is the pace has accelerated to a dangerous level. With deaths outweighing births, it puts their species just a few short years away from extinction.Rhino hourglass

It is no exaggeration to say 2014 must be the year the world collectively takes action to stop the poaching and trafficking. This doesn’t mean we can’t, it means we have to; a serious shift in momentum is necessary.

There is reason to remain optimistic.

Rhinos Without Borders has committed to moving 100 rhinos from existing high density populations in South Africa, and releasing them into the wild in various parts of Botswana, a country with traditionally low rhino densities and stringent anti-poaching measures.

The Rhino Rescue Project who started infusing horns with toxins is still a very…

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The Will to Change

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Stephen Capra

It’s ironic in so many ways; we live in a time where the earth as we know it is literally crying out in pain. The pain which comes from a human race at war with nature, a place that once was such a part of people’s lives is now something that stands in the way of profits, lifestyles beyond measure, and helps to define a world lacking in love and in need of therapy. For nature is perhaps our best reflection of love on earth.

It is not that it cannot be cruel or unforgiving; it is that in its purest form, it perfectly reflects harmony, life, evolution and beauty. Nothing synthesizes wild nature more than the wolf. It is the perdurable life force which reveals that nature is alive!

Today we confront not just ranchers, who since their first steps in the new world have killed, trapped…

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

DeathThink it’s not your problem?

Poaching is killing our planet.

Each year over 35,000 elephants and 1000 rhinos are slaughtered. Poaching has become a pandemic; animals are killed in Africa, India, Asia…and demand for their parts spans across the globe. If we don’t act NOW, we will lose them all within a few short years.

We must restore the balance.

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Funeral of a ranger after eight were killed in Virunga National Park.

Poaching is killing people. 

Each year poachers AND rangers are killed in the line of fire. People are also killed and hurt from terrorist attacks fundedby poaching. From the Westgate Mall attack to the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls, to the loss of lives during the 9/11 attacks in New York.

We must stop the blood flow.

As devastating as this is, there is hope. The good news is that YOU can do something about it. Yes, YOU!…

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WTF HSUS?

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

You could say that I am more than a bit peeved at the HSUS these days. Their shameless promotion of meat-eating—especially their sponsoring the hedonistic “Hoofin’ It” event—has me downright pissed off. 

I have to wonder if they can even see above the bullshit they’ve sunk into this time. 

For years I was an ardent supporter of their policies—until they went out of their way to join Whole Foods in perpetuating the myth of “humane” meat. Instead of sticking to their guns and helping to usher in an era of evolution that takes us beyond animal agriculture, they’re bent on reviving the “Old McDonald’s Farm” fantasy.

I live next door to Old McDonald, and I’ve seen how he treats his farm animals. It isn’t pretty.

One of the flesh food purveyors featured in the “Hoofin’ It” event (the ranch that raises bison) waxes poetic about their “product”…

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Gaza’s zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/18/world/meast/gaza-zoo-destroyed/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2

By Frederik Pleitgen, CNN
updated 8:34 AM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014

Jabalya, Gaza (CNN) — The sights at the Gaza zoo couldn’t be sadder.

In a tiny cage, a baboon sits, picking seeds off the floor, desperately eating whatever he can find. Next to the baboon, the carcass of his mate and five offspring lay in the pen, decomposing in the August heat.

“Eight to 10 monkeys were killed,” says Abu Sameer, the zoo’s chief veterinarian. “Also a peacock, a gazelle, a lion, and a fox.”

The carcasses of dead animals, mostly monkeys, lay scattered across the scorched grass between the pens. In one of the cages, a dead peacock lays in front of two hungry lions. In another, a crocodile lounges in the hot sun; there is almost no water in the enclosure, which also holds a pelican and a duck.

The zoo, part of the Al-Bisan…

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18 Things Only A Vegan Will Understand

 

Today I happened across this article: “17 Things Only GF People Will Understand” by Kirstin Carey, Owner of Nourish, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, & GF Since 2007 http://www.nourish123.com/blog/17-things-only-gf-people-will-understand/#comment-22811

I chuckled as I read this because I could easily swap out *Gluten Free* for *Vegan*.

To that end, I decided to copy Kirstin’s idea, only in this case I am applying it to vegans.

  1. You have a fear of dining out in restaurants with your non-vegan friends
  2. You have a fear of restaurants you have never been to.
  3. You have a fear of BBQs, Buffets, and Banquets (love the Oxford Comma, btw!)
  4. You mistrust nearly all wait staff even when the executive chef himself/herself assures you are safe. You’re still unsure.
  5. You use phrase(s) like: Is this Certified Vegan?
  6. You have to explain “’Natural flavors’ does not necessarily mean vegan”
  7. You’ve given up on the concept of recreating vegan versions of Marshmallow Fluff, Nutella, and Caesar dressing.
  8. You’ve heard the words, “Oh, there was only a little bit of [insert animal products here]. That won’t hurt you, right?”
  9. You’ve had people look at you like you were insane when you’ve tried to explain to them that no, picking out the chicken and shredded cheese from a salad or removing the chicken and/or melted cheese from a sandwich will not erase the taste of dead animal from your food.
  10. You have zero problems bringing your own food to any event, including a wedding.
  11. You go everywhere assuming there will nothing for you to eat.
  12. You’ve been given a “Gluten Free Meal” or a “Kosher Meal” at group events, because the caterer decided that gluten-free/kosher is synonymous with vegan.
  13. People ask you all the time if you eat “fish”.
  14. You’ve explained at least 100 times that “Fish, eggs, butter, marshmallows, fluff, honey, and most commercially sold chocolate” is in fact NOT
  15. You closest friends still get rattled when you come to dinner because they haven’t quite wrapped their heads around how easy it is to make delicious food that does not contain animal bits in it.
  16. You’re tired of people saying, “So what DO you eat?” or “I could never do that?” or “What do you do for protein” or “What if you were stuck on a deserted island and the only thing to eat were bunny rabbits?” And then there is my all time favorite: “Isn’t eating vegetables murder?”
  17. You wonder why people become so concerned about your protein intake once you’ve informed them that you are  a vegan. Meanwhile, you’ll see someone smoking and wonder why no one asks if they are concerned about lung cancer.
  18. Every week I have to travel into Boston with a Whole Foods bag filled with grocery items that are vegan, included are the meals I made for the week that I cooked from scratch in the safety of my kitchen.