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A Vegan Guide to ThanksLiving

November 7, 2014
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Source Gentle World

As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. While the rest of the country looks forward in eager anticipation to a day of feast and celebration, we vegans tend to be seen as a thorn in the side of the collective consciousness. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending massacre, preferring to ignore it altogether, and some use the date as an opportunity to try and shine a little light on the reality of what Thanksgiving means for those whose bodies are to become centerpieces on the tables of over 45 million American homes.

Despite their reputation, anyone familiar with animal sanctuary operations can confirm that turkeys are intelligent, social beings who nurture and protect their young and thrive in their natural habitat. Even when they are stressed and confined in concentration camps (whether “free-range” or otherwise), they have an amazing will to live, as do all sentient beings.

Following is a collection of some of our favorite Thanksgiving links. Some are from Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, where turkeys are celebrated as the unique individuals that they are, and some are from our own collection. We hope our readers will use them to make their own Thanksgiving experience more meaningful, and hopefully to share with others the truth about who turkeys could be to us, if we would only open our hearts to them: Friends to be thankful for.

 

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free Range Turkeys

Increasingly, as consumers are becoming more aware of the extreme cruelty of animal farming, free-range, organic and ‘natural’ animal products are gaining popularity. What many people don’t realize, however, is that animals raised under these labels frequently suffer through much of the same torment as those in standard factory farming operations.

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: Sun Day

Melvin has been strutting up and down the hallway since dawn… After a while, he turns around slowly, laboriously, toilsomely, and drags himself back to the kitchen, heaving, and wheezing and staggering on gouty legs, then embarks again on the arduous, 20 step trek to the front door, parading in full celebration gear, big as a carnival float and as jubilantly bedecked as one It’s Sunday. At least that’s what our calendars say – Sunday, the cusp of a new week – but, to Melvin, in Melvin’s sense of time, it’s something else, something brighter and luckier.

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: What We’re Thankful For

Melvin and I have much to be thankful for. I for one am thankful for Melvin’s presence next to me today, for his life, for this moment of connection we are sharing under the wide open sky. And for the luminous memory of his five brothers: George, Stanley, Alfred, Elmer and Archie… As a group, they were a slow motion parade – an extravagant display of panache, moxie, charisma, flamboyance, and supreme self-confidence. Not a group of mere mortals to know and love, but a magnificent cavalcade of richly feathered tails, quivering wings, shifting color, triumphant song and vibrant dance to experience and be awed by.

And as vegans around the world can attest to, there’s no reason that holiday meals can’t be ‘veganized’ and transformed into a true celebration of peace and gratitude, as we replace the traditional fare with clean, wholesome foods that are animal-free and incredibly delicious.

Vegan Menu for a Gentle Thanksgiving

For a truly delicious vegan Thanksgiving meal, it’s easy to replicate traditional dishes. There’s also great enjoyment to be found in incorporating non-traditional, festive holiday recipes to add some originality to the Thanksgiving table… Many people know that it’s now possible to buy a ready-made vegan substitute to imitate the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. But with a little imagination, there are many other ways to leave the turkey alone, and create a delicious centerpiece using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Vegan Delights for the Holiday Table

There’s no reason that holiday meals have to resemble the old traditions that center around practices many of us consider quite barbaric. This holiday, why not dress up your table with some festive delights that have nothing to do with the traditional menu? As long as the foods are beautiful and delicious, who’s to say what a holiday table should contain?

Vegans At The Family Holiday

When a vegan is willing to take the time and effort to help their family and loved ones incorporate delicious vegan food into the menu, and non-vegans are open-minded and even enthusiastic about trying something new, everyone can enjoy a magnificent, cruelty-free meal, and ‘veganism’ can actually become a part of the celebration.

Whatever vegan dishes you enjoy on Thanksgiving, or even if you decide to fast in protest, remember that there is still much to be thankful for. As expressed so eloquently in the writing above, we agree with the sentiment of Joanna Lucas when she acknowledges “the growing number of hearts who refuse to ignore this atrocity, refuse to support it, refuse to perpetuate it, and certainly, refuse to give thanks for it.”

Amen.

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LiveSafe: Mobile App to Report Animal Cruelty

November 5, 2014
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(Animals have voices, we just don’t listen to them.)

Source ALDF

LiveSafe is designed to help animals by letting you report abuse and neglect right from your phone. Your animal abuse crime tips will immediately alert your local law enforcement when animals are in need of help—and justice. Join forces with ALDF in protecting animals and stopping animal abusers! Here’s how it works.

Install LiveSafe and Connect to ALDF

First, install LiveSafe. If you are using an iPhone or other Apple device, install from iTunes:

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If you are using an Android device, install via the Google Play store:

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After installing, connect the app to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. When you open the app for the first time you will be asked if you want to “connect with and submit tips to” LiveSafe. Choose “Change”

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and type “Animal Legal Defense Fund” in the following prompt.

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That’s it! LiveSafe is now configured to report crimes against animals. Select a tip type to report a crime, and attach a photo or video along with your detailed observation.

How It Works

When you submit a tip, a GPS embedded text, photo, video, or audio report is sent to your local authorities via the LiveSafe app. If you live in a jurisdiction that is already connected with LiveSafe—many jurisdictions across the nation already are—then the tip goes direct to your local law enforcement. If your local authorities are not yet connected with the app, then the tip goes to a call center staffed with individuals who will quickly locate the appropriate local authorities and forward the tips to the correct contact for your jurisdiction. Because the app was built by the same developers who created an already-established national app for general crime reporting, there is already a well-established infrastructure in place that makes sure tips about animal abuse submitted through LiveSafe will quickly and seamlessly get to your local authorities.

LiveSafe has been downloaded by over 36,000 users, and community shelters are getting on board, too! The app is a unique resource for local humane societies and law enforcement. Groups like the Houston Humane Society, Vermont Humane Federation, Dutchess County SPCA, and Delaware SPCA are encouraging their communities to report animal cruelty using LiveSafe. Check out the Houston Humane Society’s website. If your organization is interested in partnering with us, please contact us at info@aldf.org.

Help the Animal Legal Defense Fund win the case against cruelty. Install LiveSafe today!

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If you think it’s wrong to hurt animals, you already believe in veganism: Why veganism?

November 3, 2014
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Source The Abolitionist Vegan Society

Do you think it’s wrong to hurt animals unnecessarily? If so, please watch this short video. There is no graphic imagery.

Topics covered:

What is VEGANISM?

What is SENTIENCE?

How many animals do we KILL per year?

Is a VEGETARIAN diet the solution?

Are “HUMANE” or “ORGANIC” animal products the solution?

What DO vegans eat? What do vegans NOT eat?

What DO vegans wear? What do vegans NOT wear?

What else do vegans DO or NOT do?

How can I learn more about veganism?

And more!

Why veganism?
www.WhyVeganism.com

The Abolitionist Vegan Society
www.AbolitionistVeganSociety.org

Register with The Abolitionist Vegan Society (and get FREE leaflets!)
www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/other/forms/register/#.VD76JhaQk1Y

The Abolitionist Vegan Society on Facebook
www.facebook.com/abolitionistvegansociety

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2.7 BILLION VEGANS BY 2020—IMAGINE HOW THIS COULD EASILY HAPPEN

October 31, 2014
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By Arthur Poletti

This message will be sent to Pope Francis In English, Spanish, and Italian continually, until his 78th birthday celebration on December 17th. Hopefully a large number of vegans will share this message with their vegan friends and other religious leaders they may know.

Vegans, please send your own messages to The Pope at the e-mail addresses and or the postal address below requesting that His Holiness, go against the status quo, and tell the World on his birthday that he recently decided to become a vegan.

WHERE TO SEND MESSAGES

papafrancesco01@gmail.com, famigliacristiana@stpauls.it

WORLDWIDE VEGAN ALERT

2,781,000,000,VEGANS IN THE WORLD BY THE END OF 2019

HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN FOR SURE!!



“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

IMAGINE THIS THE POPE’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON HIS BIRTHDAY DECEMBER 17TH A GENUINE EXPRESSION OF LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF EVERY PERSON AND EVERY ANIMAL ON EARTH?

On Sunday, October 19th, Pope Francis said he wanted a more merciful and less rigid Church, and also said the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. The Pope made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter’s Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. “God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways,” the pope said.

Reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/19/pope-homosexuality-church-gay_n_6010904.html

On December 17th His Holiness Pope Francis will celebrate his birthday. The following message to Pope Francis includes a very conservative and realistic prediction of what will happen If Pope Francis announces to the World in St. Peter’s Square, on His Birthday, that he recently decided to become a vegan, for his personal health and welfare. Hoping that the precedent that he sets will also help to improve and protect the health and welfare of billions of people, and billions of animals throughout the World, as well as to help improve and maintain the health and welfare of the Earth. The only home that all humans and animals have to live on.

Hopefully, after reading the following message, and messages from vegans throughout the World, His Holiness Pope Francis will decide that he is also not afraid of new things, and announces to the World on his birthday that he is a vegan.


His Holiness, Pope Francis PP

00120 Via del Pellegrino

Citta de Vaticano

Dear Most Holy Father,

Your amazing life changing birthday message on December 17th, announcing to the world that you are a vegan will be remembered, and will forever be celebrated every December 17th. Designated as CELEBRATION OF LIFE DAY promoting the health and welfare of every person and animal in the World so they may all live full and safe lives in peace and harmony with the Earth. Holy Father, as the leader of an estimated 1.2 to 1.3 billion Catholics, and one of the most respected and influential religious leaders in the world, you now have the power to dramatically improve the world like no one has ever done before. For the urgently needed benefits of billions of humans, and billions of animals. Which would also contribute substantially to the improved health and welfare of the Earth. The only home all humans and animals have to live on.

Your Holiness, following is a conservative prediction of how one of the most important announcements ever made in history by a religious leader could easily result in the creation of a minimum of at least 2,781,000,000,VEGANS IN THE WORLD BY THE END OF 2019 reported early in 2020 FOR SURE!!

The following publication reveals that currently about 2% to 3% of the population in the world is vegan: http://www.answers.com/Q/How_many_vegans_are_there_in_the_world

The next publication reveals there are actually an estimated 7.3 billion people in the world: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

2% to 3% of 7.3 billion people means there are an estimated 146 to 219 million vegans.

There are a number of publications that estimate that there are between 1.2 and 1.3 billion Catholics in the World.

Holy Father, imagine how many Catholics in the World could and would become vegans in the next five years?

The predictions below will begin with using the lower estimate of current vegans in the world which equals 146 million. Beginning on December 17th, continuous worldwide news flashes lasting many weeks

broadcasting the incredible announcement and power of suggestion by The First Vegan Pope will definitely persuade millions of Catholics and millions of people of many religious faiths to become vegans within a relatively short period of time.

The world population clock below reveals that now there are about 7.3 billion people in the world and in 2020 there will be an estimated 7.7 billion people in the world. The predictions below about how many vegans there will be in the world include the estimated addition of 1 million people in the world population each year from 2015 ending in 2019.

The projections also include a 1% increase each year in the number of new vegans. From (5%) of (7,300,000,000 people in 2015) to (9%) of (7,700,000,000) in 2019.

Ref: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

Your Holiness, hopefully you and your closest advisers will agree that the predictions below of how many vegans there will be are very conservative, and how wonderful it will be, God willing, when the final totals are much higher each year because Your Holiness is a vegan and many other religious leaders become vegans during the next five years.

Estimated:

Current number of Vegans in the world = 146,000,000

5% of 7,300,000,000 people in 2015 = 365,000 000 New Vegans

6% of 7,400,000 000 people in 2016 = 444,000,000 New Vegans

7% of 7,500,000,000 people in 2017 = 525,000,000 New Vegans

8% Of 7,600,000,000 people in 2018 = 608,000,000 New Vegans In 2018

9% Of 7,700,000,000 people in 2019 = 693,000,000 New Vegans in 2019

Total estimated number of Vegans in the world by or in the year 2020 = 2,781,000,000 In World

The largest number of new vegans will probably be in Latin America, India, Europe, Africa, Asia, And North America.

Holy Father, sooner or later someone will be the first vegan Pope! Millions of vegans throughout the world will be hoping and praying that, by the grace of God, that someone is you!!

Your Holiness, please do not be afraid of change and new challenges. Please do not be afraid of being a vegan!!

Be a powerful voice for the voiceless. Choose and promote kindness and life for all of God’s precious animals, and renounce cruelty and death!

In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace for all people and animals.

Respectfully,

Yours in Christ
Arthur Poletti

Writer
Author
Vegan
USA

aapolet@aol.com

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What do you really possess, and what have you gained? What pearls have you brought up from the depths of the sea? On the day of death, bodily senses will vanish. Do you have the spiritual light to accompany your heart? When dust fills these eyes in the grave, will your grave shine bright? Rumi


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“All creatures are deserving of a life free from fear and pain” ~ Maura Cummings




the creator built an eden
for all to share.
all beings all lifeforms
everywhere.
and in that most holy
and gentle spirit.
we spread our
message of
compassion…
wish all would
truly
hear
it.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


Supreme Court of India Intervenes to Save Thousands of Animals from Nepal’s Brutal Gadhimai Festival Sacrifice

October 29, 2014
by
Manoj Gautam/Animal Welfare Network Nepal

Manoj Gautam/Animal Welfare Network Nepal

Source HSI/India

The Supreme Court of India passed an interim order directing the Union of India to prevent the illegal movement of animals across the border from India to Nepal, to be sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival, scheduled to be held on 28-29 November. Approximately 70 percent of the animals to be sacrificed at the festival will come from India, so the immediate implementation of this order could have a significant impact on the event, even leading to the entire sacrifice being abandoned.

The animal movements are in violation of the Export-Import Policy of India and the Foreign Trade Act (Development and Regulation) Act 1992, which categorically places live cattle and buffalo in the restricted export category, requiring a license to legally export them. This rule is being openly flouted as the majority of animals are transported illegally across the border without an export license. The Court’s order was passed in direct response to an urgent petition submitted by Smt. Gauri Maulekhi, consultant to Humane Society International/India and Trustee of People for Animals.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of Humane Society International/India, said: “The Gadhimai Festival’s massacre of innocent animals is an unholy bloodbath that has no place whatsoever in religion. This mass slaughter of animals is not part of Hinduism and has been thoroughly and rightly rejected by the Hindu Council of Britain. The Supreme Court of India’s order offers a vital lifeline to the hundreds of thousands of animals being illegally taken across the border to be killed, and there is every chance that with this action we can prevent the killing going ahead this year. In a modern, civilised society we cannot continue to sanction the death of animals in the name of religion.”

The Festival is held in Nepal every five years and involves the barbaric ritual sacrifice of 500,000 animals including water buffalo, sheep, pigs, rats, pigeons and chickens over a two day period. The animals are killed in front of each other, using blunt knives and swords to cut their throats.

Justice Kehar of the Supreme Court of India observed that the sacrifice of animals at the Gadhimai Festival was “demeaning and cruel” and that such brutal treatment must not be meted out on India’s animals, referring to the fact that 70 percent of the animals sacrificed at the festival come from India.

The Court notice affects the Union of India and the four border States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, from where a majority of the animals are transported illegally.

Media Contact:
Navamita Mukherjee: +919985472760, nmukherjee@hsi.org

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Indian City Becomes First Vegetarian City in the World

October 27, 2014
by
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Wikimedia Commons

Source MFA Blog
By Sarah Von Alt

Worldcrunch reports a historic change in Palitana, an Indian city, which has become the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.
About 5 million people in India practice Jainism and agree with the ban.
Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk, says, “Everyone in this world – whether animal or human being or a very small creature – has all been given the right to live by God.”
As individuals, the best thing you can do to protect animals is to adopt a kind vegan lifestyle. For more information and tips for transitioning to a vegan diet, check out ChooseVeg.com.

 

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The humane animal farming myth

October 24, 2014
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Source Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

After years of exposés about the horrors of factory farming, many people want to believe that, as long as they buy “local”, “organic”, “family farmed”, “free-range” animal products, they are making a “humane” choice. These days, we hear all too often, “Well, not all farms are like that, or, “I only buy eggs, milk, or meat from my local farmer where the animals are happy and well cared for“.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, no matter how “humane” the farm may appear through human eyes, it remains a death camp for the animals who are bought, sold, kept, bred, used, and violently killed there. Those of us who rescue, provide sanctuary to, and advocate for the animals who are freed from the very farms that the public wants to believe are “humane”, know first hand how destructive the “humane” farming deception, and self-deception, can be.

As you read and view The Humane Animal Farming Myth, please understand that the cruelties and injustices discussed in its pages are inherent in ALL egg, dairy and flesh production.

From backyard operations, to factory farms:
• All male chicks are killed in the course of egg production, whether at the hatchery or on the farm, because they do not lay eggs.
• All females used for eggs, milk, or breeding are killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan when their “productivity” declines.
• All females used for eggs, milk or breeding have their reproductive systems violated, manipulated and exploited.
• All animals exploited for eggs, milk or flesh have been genetically manipulated to increase their “productivity”.

• All animals raised for flesh are barely adolescent when they are violently killed.
• All animals used for human purposes are denied a natural life.

No matter how friendly the farmer is, or how bucolic the farm may appear, to the animals whose lives are manipulated and destroyed there, there is no such thing as “humane” farming.

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