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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

I (Robert Grillo) Visited A Small, Organic Dairy Farm to See If Animals Were Treated Better

April 24, 2017
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Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo



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This calf licked my hand and wanted to suckle. They should be as playful as puppies, but instead their spirits are already broken and there is a look of hopelessness in their eyes. (Photo: Robert Grillo)



While passing a small dairy farm on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore in early October, I decided to pull over and have a closer look. I saw about 60 “heifers” in one large muddy, gated enclosure, up to their ankles in mud and manure. There was a lone calf, probably a male just born to one of the heifers, placed in a holding area where some of the cows were doting over him on the other side of the steel bars of a gate. To the right of them was a “milking parlor,” consisting of an old shed where two men were bringing cows in and out to be milked and hooking up their udders to milking machines. The cows perked up as I approached the fencing and stared meekly up into my eyes. And to the right of this was a section consisting of rows of small white plastic hutches, each with a single calf inside. When I pulled up, I saw a gruff yet handsome young man walking toward his tractor. I approached him to ask if I could have a look around the dairy farm. He asked me to wait a minute as he opened the valve to let the oil drain from his tractor. “You’re giving it an oil change,” I said. “Yes,” he said, “I’ll give that a chance to drain out while I show you around.”

All the while Ernest’s matter-of-fact, business-like demeanor showed no signs of acknowledging the emotional or physical suffering of the animals in his care.


Please read the rest HERE








exploitation is
whether or not
you “euphemise”
if you even fool yourself
we would be
surprised!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

The Fearless Flock Rescue

April 17, 2017
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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Source Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Sometimes we start a day at the Sanctuary thinking it’s going to be just another day. And then we get a call…

That happened one Friday morning a few weeks ago. A rooster fighting ring was getting busted and we knew we had to act to try and save lives. (Otherwise known as cock-fighting, rooster fighting is an illegal, violent mutilation of chickens in which trained roosters are forced to fight to the death for wagers and entertainment.) This was Woodstock Sanctuary’s first rooster fighting rescue. 

The crime scene was a horror show: malnourished chickens, in many cases deprived even of water, stashed in outdoor cages with no protection from the elements; the decomposing bodies of dead rats and raccoons, probably poisoned; and the stench of ammonia filling eyes and lungs. We found disturbing training instruments and fighting paraphernalia, like a fight “pit” where the male birds were forced to fight each other

We left the crime scene with 26 scared and traumatized chickens, all having suffered either outright abuse or neglect. 

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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

We rushed them back to the Sanctuary and went into emergency response mode immediately. Our team got to work triaging the birds and transforming an old building into an emergency medical facility. A tiny hen named Ashley was the sickest and went immediately to the avian vet. Other birds have signs of ongoing trauma and neglect. 

Karuna, a lovely little girl with a twisted beak, is being hand fed by our caregivers and getting special daily care. Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means “compassion” or “an active sympathy.”

But what really struck us was how beautiful they are! They are bright eyed and so alert. These beautiful birds spent their whole lives in fear and now that they found sanctuary, that fear is receding. So, we are calling them The Fearless Flock. 

They need you now though. It will cost us $18,300 for their initial care and medical treatment and to build a new coop for properly sheltering the increased bird population. They are still in our makeshift isolation coop but we need to move them quickly outside and we need to build the coop (with plumbing, electricity, heat, fencing, etc). 

Your support is urgently needed so we can provide them the care and shelter they need. They’ve only known people to be hateful. Because of you, they are learning that people can be kind. 

Donate HERE







there is no reason
to live in fear.
you have found love,
and love is here.
so heal so sweetly
live long and well…
you have found
a heaven on earth.
forever free
from
hell.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Vegan mockumentary Carnage

April 10, 2017
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Please watch HERE (Sorry, the other videos were removed and this one only works in the UK.)

Comedy mockumentary – It’s 2067, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. (((Simon Amstell))) asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed.

With similarities to Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series for Netflix and Channel 4, the BBC previously brought the critically acclaimed Fear Itself and Adam Curtis’ HyperNormalisation.

This spoof piece of black humour parody is full of surreal moments, cookery, cooking – a cooking show – and food. It features vegetarian, vegan, animal welfare and animal rights issues. Learn-to-cook surrealism brought to you by Eris.

BBC Credits
Jeff Martin Freeman
Herself Joanna Lumley
Dorothy Eileen Atkins
Maude Lindsay Duncan
Volunteer: Joey Alex Lawther
Davina Gemma Jones
Dr Yasmine Vondenburg Linda Bassett
Freddy The Celebrity Chef Mawaan Rizwan
Troye John Macmillan
Herself Kirsty Wark
Music JME
Herself Lorraine Kelly
Herself Vanessa Feltz
Unit Manager Beth Ambrose
Production Manager Sarah Baxter
Executive Producer Victoria Jaye
Executive Producer Janet Lee
Editor Leigh Brzeski
Composer Jeremy Warmsley
Producer Daniel O’Connor
Director (((Simon Amstell)))
Writer (((Simon Amstell)))

Simon Amstell Carnage








 

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war looming in every corner
the globe a swirling mess
do we as a species really
have a future…
i am too afraid to guess.

yes peace is surely wished for
but wishing cannot make it so
we have to learn compassion
before the seeds of peace
can grow.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

April 3, 2017
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Yoga Animalia Project

Source Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

A Hail Mary Pass, they are calling it.

A last-ditch effort, but instead of a Superbowl win on the line, it was a life. A beautiful, precious, sacred life. A life that mattered dearly to the one who lived it, and to the ones who called him family.

The skinny, frightened, bruised and scarred pig was not ready to die, but the smells and sounds around him assured him that was the plan. So, when the transport truck opened, he leapt and made a break for safety. The humans went after him, yelling scarily. He scrambled, dove, spun and ran for all he was worth. They were in hot pursuit, but somehow, Grace intervened.

He lost them.

Trembling, he hid under a pile of hay, exhausted and out of options. A silent plea rose from his trembling body. “Save me,” he beseeched mutely, “Please.”

And Grace, in its unfathomable majesty, responded.

An angel whose job was to save horses found him quivering in fear. She begged the “kill buyer” in whose custody the pig had fallen, to spare his life. He heard her, and took mercy. “I’ll tell you what,” he said, “I’ll give you a grace period.” She had 24 hours to find him sanctuary.

But now what was she to do? Angels who save horses don’t necessarily know where to bring lost pigs, and 24 hours is not a lot of time to find those places. And it was Superbowl Sunday evening.  Who on earth was even going to be around to answer the phone?

But Grace does not take time off for football, as it turns out. Grace works all the time. Outside of time.

On her first call, she got through to another angel, this one at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. They were not able to take any more pigs, but the Poplar Spring angel was eager to help find this little pig safe haven.

She called more angels, from from New York to Canada, and one by one, they joined in the search.  Soon, the little pig had a whole army of angels working on his behalf. Safe haven was found for him at Indraloka, where we all cried with joy at adding another beloved to our family.

Finally, he arrived. Under the bruises and wounds, every bone was visible.  And yet, his eyes were filled with hope. I cried at the beauty of it– this pure, unadulterated Śraddhā .

Śraddhā is the intersection between faith and mindfulness.  To me, it embodies the notion that we need to take action for our own well-being, but also to remember that we are not acting alone—that there are strong forces of love that work with us and protect us even as we work on our own behalf.  So, Śraddhā is faith, hope, love, and action all in one.  And this pig, with his light-filled eyes, and his leap towards freedom, was the perfect example of this. How, I wondered, in tears again, had this pig managed to survive such brutality and still remain so beautifully pure and hopeful? The thought of it filled me with awe for this wise little soul.

He leapt from the trailer and ran into his quarantine pen without hesitation, needing no guidance to find the right pen.  After drinking several gallons of water, he munched happily on a big, fresh salad and some sweet hay before greeting us, one by one, with a sniff and a smile. As I write, he is sleeping contentedly under a big pile of hay, snoring peacefully.

Dominic, we named him, and he is full of Grace.

Many, many thanks to: all of you who make it possible to rescue and care for our beloveds, Kelly from Omega Horse Rescue, Terry from Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Monica from Esther’s Army, the person who chose to spare his life, and to Cameron O’Steen from the Yoga Animalia Project for his beautiful photos, and to Grace.br







the heart
has chambers
it beats
to maintain
but it is love
that drives the
heart,
and
by this love,
we are sustained.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

We’re Still Asleep and We May Never Wake Up

March 27, 2017
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Commentary by Paul Watson
Source Exposing the Big Game

How many more wake-up calls do we need before the human race actually wakes up if we ever do?

A thousand kilometres of Australian coastal mangrove forests have died and once again we hear another expert say it’s a ‘wake-up call for humanity.’

“The Gulf dieback has been a wake-up call for action on shoreline monitoring,” says Dr. Norman Duke, head of the Mangrove Research hub at James Cook University.

The ice has disappeared from the Gulf of St. Lawrence – another wake-up call for humanity.

Fukushima, mass fish die-offs in Chile, whales dying with stomachs full of plastic, groundwater diminishment, major droughts, superstorms, a 40% diminishment in phytoplankton populations, on and on and on it goes, one bloody ‘wake-up’ call after another and yet we don’t wake up.

We’re wide awake if Kim what’s her name gets robbed in Paris. We’re wide awake when Angelina and Brad file for divorce. We’re wide awake when some celebrity has a ‘wardrobe malfunction’.

Yet when any news bulletin is issued about how our very life support systems are collapsing, we as a species are comatose.

What is it going to take? One more major nuclear meltdown, or two or three more? Or maybe another major fishery collapse? Perhaps a super, super storm?

Dr. Duke added, “The mangrove wipeout could have multiple impacts, including the loss of fisheries worth hundreds of millions of dollars, more coastal erosion because of the loss of forest protection, and poorer water quality given the filtering role the trees play”

Some attention will be given to that statement I’m sure the reaction being, “what a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars?” And the reaction will be, “let’s catch more fish soon before they’re all gone.”

I mean you can’t shut down progress but the rub is this, progress can shut down the human species.

If the Mangrove forests are diminished, we are diminished, if the Ocean dies, we die!

The hands of the Doomsday clock move closer to human extinction every year. It is now 2.5 minutes to midnight and it has not been this close for 64 years when the Soviet U.S. nuclear arms race and the cold war had the world in a grip of fear.

Today it seems nobody actually cares enough to be afraid,

The circuses keep pitching their tents electronically, keeping us happily distracted from a world that is sliding towards disaster.

Now we have conspiracy cameras in microwave units to distract us from a government that absolutely denies there is a climate change problem.

Religion, sports, fantasies, politics, non-reality TV, celebrities, petty scandals, and an endless stream of circuses to keep us from thinking, to keep us from caring, to keep us from acting and to keep us in our place as mindless consumers marching like lemmings towards a future that is rapidly fading into it’s never going to happen, the real ‘end of days,’ and the demise of the human race due to extreme ecological stupidity.

Really, a new Zombie apocalypse movie? Cool!

‘They died of thirst’: Extreme conditions wipe out forest over 1000 kilometres

 The unprecedented death of Australia’s northern mangrove forests has been put down to a lack of water.
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we sleep, not

we sleep not
nor slumber
with hearts,
unencumbered,
by truths
sometimes
lacking
or denials
of
lies
stacking.
surrounded
by that which
is too strong
to see
but sadly reveals
the weakness
part of humanity.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

IF POPE FRANCIS WATCHES EARTHLINGS POSTED BELOW IN THREE LANGUAGES HE WILL DEFINITELY BECOME A VEGAN AND SO WILL MANY OF THE POPE’S CLOSEST RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATES.

March 20, 2017
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By Arthur Poletti

Please click HERE to buy or rent Earthlings

Pope Francis will immediately stop eating animal flesh and dairy products obtained from the bodies of God’s beloved tortured and murdered animals.

Using hidden cameras, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which inflict tremendous animal trauma, suffering, and murder.  The most powerful and convincing movie of its kind, Earthlings is narrated separately on the same web site above in English, French, and German.
Earthlings proves why there are no factory farms or slaughterhouses in Heaven as it should be on Earth.
Watch and share Earthlings above with everyone, especially religious leaders who may be able to convince the Pope to watch it.
YOU COULD BE THE ONE THAT HELPS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF BILLIONS OF ANIMALS BY PERSUADING POPE FRANCIS TO WATCH EARTHLINGS!!
There are no factory farms or slaughterhouses in Heaven as it should be on Earth.
God does not eat animal flesh or dairy products and neither should Pope Francis.
The first vegan Pope will promote kindness and love for all of God’s precious animals like never before, which eventually will save the lives of billions of animals and dramatically improve the heath and welfare of the Earth – the only home all humans and animals share.
Respectfully,
Arthur Poletti
Writer
Author
USA
Vegan

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when the mind is open
and the heart can see
there is hope for
all humanity.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

It’s never too late!

March 13, 2017
by
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Maple Farm Sanctuary

Source Maple Farm Sanctuary

Read Lee’s inspiring story, in her own words, about why she decided to become a vegan at the age of 68!

I am 68 years old and worked for many years as a visiting nurse and later as a family nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of the elderly, folks with dementia and folks at end-of-life. I have always cared for and about people of all ages and their pets. Our family has always adopted pets from local animal shelters.

One Sunday in the spring of 2016, I was having dinner at my brother’s house and my niece, Katie, mentioned an article she had found online about artificial insemination of dairy cows and how the calves were taken from their mothers at birth. I found it difficult to believe and decided to research it for myself. Once I learned the truth, I was horrified at the treatment of farm and dairy animals.

In my research, I came across the website for Maple Farm Sanctuary (MFS) and read Cheri and Jim’s story. I decided at that time I would not be the cause of suffering for any animal. Katie and I visited MFS a short time later and had a chance to see firsthand the compassionate care and treatment of the animals there.

During my research, I also came across an article about the mayor of Marshall, Texas, reversing his high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and prostate cancer by working with his doctor and changing to a whole food, plant-based diet. I am diabetic and have high blood pressure and thought a change to this kind of diet might help me as well.

I won’t say becoming vegan was easy. I didn’t eat that much meat at home. As a single person with a very small kitchen, I was the queen of the microwave frozen dinner. For me, the most difficult thing to give up was cheese. I read books, I studied, and I decided to move outside my comfort zone. I soon learned about the negative aspects of processed foods and the positive benefits of unprocessed, whole foods and plants. I started cooking soups for myself and created my own recipe for no fat, no salt, pasta e fagiole and minestrone. I bought a pressure cooker and later a food processor.

I discovered vegan alternatives such as Gardein, Field Roast, and Chao cheese. I got my chocolate cravings satisfied with Silk Cashew chocolate milk and love Silk Original Soy milk on oatmeal. I discovered vegan Parmesan cheese and often take that with me when I go out to eat at a restaurant. I have worked closely with my primary care physician and found her very supportive. Her only concern was Vitamin B12 deficiency so we keep an eye on that and I take a supplement.

My family is not ready to make the change but are very supportive. My first Thanksgiving, I took Gardein’s individual serving Sage Turkey and gravy. My sister-in-law made delicious vegetables and used almond milk in the mashed potatoes. When we go out to eat, I study the menu ahead of time and call the restaurant if I have any questions.

This past Thanksgiving it was my delight to be able to meet Cheri in person and thank her and Jim for their story and the inspiration to become vegan. We are so blessed to have MFS in our area. We can all learn a lot from Cheri and Jim about compassion for all!

Lee Holfelder, Blackstone, MA








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as long as life breathes
within your heart
and that heart is open….
not too late to start

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

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