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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)

Julie Marshall: A child’s heart

February 26, 2018
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Source Daily Camera
By Julie Marshall

It was the usual mad morning rush to get kids with coats and shoes on, out the door, when my 10-year-old, Jazzy, asked me to sign a permission slip. It was for an excursion in a couple of days to the Denver Nature and Science Museum. The fifth-graders were going to be dissecting a pig’s heart.

“Mom, I don’t want to dissect a pig,” said my blue-eyed girl, a sensitive soul, who thinks of a pig as a pet, not a lab animal. She wants a pig this Christmas, but I told her that’s not such a great idea for a house that already has three big dogs and a kitten.

Over the past two years, I’ve watched Jazzy and her humane convictions evolve; she went from a child who relished eating a grilled steak with her dad, to announcing her plans for a meat moratorium. I attribute it to Youtube videos showing how society treats farmed animals. She’s done her research. Every day I hear something akin to, “Mom, did you know people kill baby cows?” She won’t drink cow’s milk because dairies kill those born male, as they don’t produce milk, she tells me.

Aside from a challenging trip to the grocery store for my evolving vegan, I support and applaud her convictions. Which is why on dissection day, she stayed home.

After the big day, my friend Cristen told me that her daughter was in a terrible mood that evening. The museum had switched animals to one she adored. It was one lamb for every set of kids, approximately 40 previously beating hearts. “Anna came home, went and hugged her stuffed animal, Rammy,” Cristen told me. “And cried.”

I understand it’s part of the elementary school standard curriculum for these young kids. For my generation, dissection wasn’t introduced until eighth-grade biology lab. My partner, Riley, mangled our frog before I even got a chance to explore. I was curious, then slightly annoyed at my partner, but I wasn’t headed for a science-based career, so the frog on my table died for no reason, I surmised, even though I don’t know what happened to Riley.

As a journalist, years ago, I wrote an article about Harvard Medical School, and how students protested their mandatory live dog lab, which was part of their curriculum. Dogs came from area shelters, were anesthetized, made into surgical props, then were killed at the end of class time. Student voices were so effective, that the lab was banned and today, medical schools around the country turn to virtual animal lab software programs rather than destroy live bodies for education.

In 2003, while reporting for the Daily Camera, I spent the day with freshman medical students in the human cadaver lab, a critical part of all medical schools. University of Colorado professors of medicine and philosophy, and a chaplain had crafted a marvelously thoughtful curriculum that allowed students to practice gratitude and reverence for the bodies they were about to dissect.

I know that if Jazzy does decide to go to medical school, she will be a quality doctor without having to ever cut into a live or previously live animal. The technology is so good, that killing animals for a one-time exploration seems clearly outdated, besides being cruel and wasteful. Jazzy also inspires me to rethink the commonplace idea that some animals are worthy of sharing our house, while others may be born for death and profit.

The big difference I see is that the humans who donated their bodies to science likely lived a full, happy and healthy life before they died – and decided to leave the gift of a meaningful death afterward. The millions of animals born to end up on the cutting table never had a choice in the matter.

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Compassion Project

February 19, 2018
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Here’s a sneak peak of the documentary The Compassion Project.  Dr. Will Tuttle & Victoria Moran discuss compassion as the highest form of love. Sign up for updates at: http://thecompassionprojectfilm.com/ Like and Share our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CompassionMovie Twitter: #CompassionMovie






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please be

people out there…please be kind…if you need help with anger, please please get that help before you harm another being…don’t let your inner workings destroy the world inside and outside of you.
you have one life, and it is a gift. so make your presence here a gift, not a curse, to others.
thank you to those who already get this and to those who perhaps will.
lives depend on us, what we do or do not do…

treat all others as you wish to be treated,
or you are no more than an expletive,
deleted.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 


Derrick Morgan and His Wife, Charity, Inspire Titans to Embrace Vegan Diet

February 12, 2018
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Source Bleacher Report
By Andrew Gould

The Tennessee Titans took one step closer to earning their first playoff appearance since 2008 by improving to 8-4 with a Week 13 win over the Houston Texans. Some of their players have credited a vegan diet to better results.

As detailed by ESPN.com’s Cameron Wolfe, linebacker Derrick Morgan and his chef wife, Charity, converted some of his teammates. Charity cooks lunches regularly for several players. DeMarco Murray, Rishard Matthews, Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Wesley Woodyard and Brian Orapko all hopped on board.

Woodyard called his teammates “crazy with this vegan thing” back in training camp before joining them in August. The 31-year-old linebacker has compiled 99 tackles, his highest tally since 2012.







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Ethical Investors Have Been Missing Something When It Comes To Animals, But Now It’s Here

February 5, 2018
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Source Forbes
By Katrina Fox

I’m the founder of Vegan Business Media, a content, events and training platform providing resources to vegan business owners and entrepreneurs. I’ve been a journalist for 17 years, writing for niche and mainstream media in the UK, US and Australia. I host the Vegan Business Talk podcast and am the author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business, the first book of its kind, which provides success strategies for aspiring and existing vegan business owners. I help vegan business owners and plant-based entrepreneurs across the globe to raise their profile through PR consulting and media training, including my online course and group coaching program Vegans in the Limelight. Originally from London, UK, I now live in Sydney, Australia, and am a regular speaker and MC at local and international vegfests and other events. Send me tips on vegan and plant-based businesses to katrina@veganbusinessmedia.com

Investors are starting to become more discerning about where they put their money. Richard Branson and Bill Gates are among the growing number of high-profile names investing in businesses that seek to do social good.

Many brands label themselves ‘ethical’ because of their commitment to initiatives that include supporting human rights, fair labor conditions and sustainability, but there’s a gap in the environmental, social and government criteria (ESG) that’s used to identify socially responsible companies. At the moment these criteria don’t include animal cruelty, exploitation or abuse.

Cruelty Free Investing, a 501C3 non-profit organization launched today, aims to fill that gap by providing resources for individual and institutional investors and financial advisors to help them make decisions in line with their values.

 Every single publicly-traded corporation on NASDAQ, NYSE and NYSE American (formerly AMEX) appears in one of two lists on Cruelty Free Investing’s website: Companies that do exploit animals, and companies that don’t.

Businesses are judged on whether they manufacture or serve food or drink items that contain animal products; make or sell clothing that involves killing or harming animals, such as leather or fur; manufacture or sell products that involve animal testing; or breed animals for food production and/or animal testing. Investors can click on the name of each company to find out how it does or doesn’t exploit animals.

The good news is that most companies are doing the right thing. Out of a total of 4,911 companies researched and listed on the site, 3,870 are cited as not exploiting animals, while 1,041 are deemed to exploit them.

While many investors prefer to buy shares in mutual funds instead of picking individual stock options, there are currently no mutual funds with a focus on the rights of animals. Cruelty Free Investing, which was founded by former journalist Dave Brett Wasser, hopes that its research will encourage the creation of such funds, which will then be added in a new section on the website.

As animal cruelty and exploitation continues to be exposed in the media, as well as on social media, we are seeing a new generation of investors and finance industry professionals seeking truly ethical options. These include the ‘vegan mafia’, a network of investors from companies including PowerPlant Ventures, VegInvest and Stray Dog Capital; the Glass Wall Syndicate of plant-based investors; and Baleine & Bjorn Capital, headed up by Smarties co-president Liz Dee, as well as financial planning firms such as Humane Investing. The tide is turning. Make sure you’re on the right list.

Katrina Fox is the founder oVeganBusinessMedia.com, author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business and host of the Vegan Business Talk podcast.

 





to invest in ways
that save this
earth where
we dwell
is the sweetest
and most soft
of sells

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

VEGAN 2017 – The Film

January 29, 2018
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fooled are we not
by the cruel and greedy
tall we stand
and stand up
for
the
needy!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 


Do You Suffer From Vystopia?

January 22, 2018
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in our current world of dystopia
those who have compassion
experience vystopia
isolated in the truths
we share.
as we seek out those
who care.
but joy can indeed be found
at all the lives saved,
those precious lives,
still around!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Help Raise Funds for Animal Adoption in South Florida

January 16, 2018
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Brook Katz, a 32 year vegan, activist and advocate, is trying to obtain land to create a unique vegan animal sanctuary. In Florida, he found a huge need to help abandoned animals from being killed by shelters. He voluntarily started what has become the largest animal adoption event in Florida, the annual “Animal Adoption Fair” which has just completed it’s 7th year. He has gotten over 2,000 animals adopted and has been granted his 501c3 status from the government, as a non-profit organization.

Brook works for free with charities creating vegan food for their events. He hosts and caters a FREE vegan buffet/lecture every month turning on thousands of people to delicious and healthy vegan food and the principles behind the vegan way of life. He has authored several vegan cookbooks, and has lectured and demonstrated the advantages of a vegan lifestyle, worldwide.

He has a unique idea that will need the support of the vegan community (as well as others) to make a reality. “Brookhaven Animal Sanctuary”.

His vision is to have a totally vegan animal sanctuary and supporting community. It will be unique in that it will only be accepting animals from rescues and shelters. Brook works with hundreds of rescues and shelters in South Florida and he sees that every one of them have animals that will never be adopted. These animals take up space, food, meds, funding, etc. that most of these facilities can’t afford. His vision is to take all these animals and free up these rescues and shelters to be able to take in adoptable animals; whereby more animals can be saved. These “non-adoptable” animals would be able to live out their lives in comfort and dignity. In addition, the sanctuary would have it’s own hospice with a full time live-in veterinarian. The vegan staff would also live on the sanctuary and he plans to also start a veterinary intern program. (This will provide extra care for the animals while teaching new vets about veganism). The plan is also to make this sanctuary as self-sustaining as possible. (alternative energy, it’s own well, veganic gardens, etc.)

He need’s your help to make this happen. He need’s rural land (10 acres or more) in South Florida. He is asking for donations large and small. Everything will help! All donations made are tax deductible, and will go to the creation of this sanctuary, and to the costs of re-homing animals in South Florida at Brook’s ‘Animal Adoption Fair’ – Animal Adoption Fair. For further information go to www.brookhavenanimalsanctuary.org or www.brookkatz.com or contact him directly at brookkatz@hotmail.com or phone 954-971-4432.

Thank you for your help and generosity.

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more heroes, less zeros!

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