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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)

What the ban on slaughtering cats and dogs says about our legal system

December 31, 2018
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Source Free From Harm.  Painting by Dana Ellyn. See more of her work at http://www.danaellyn.com/


Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo



Last week Trump signed into law the 2019 Farm Bill which included a provision for banning the slaughter of dogs and cats for meat in the U.S. Let’s put aside the fact that it is a cultural taboo to eat cats and dogs in the U.S. and therefore the market for dog and cat meat is essentially nonexistent. I would instead like to direct our attention at what this law reveals about our legal system which we should not overlook: it is an embarrassing reminder that laws can be illogical and can even institutionalize prejudice and oppression of some over others.

A ban on exploiting cats and dogs for food begs a bigger question:

If it’s wrong to exploit and kill puppies and kittens for palate pleasure and profit, then how is it justifiable that the very same Farm Bill allocates billions of our tax dollars to assist in the ruthless exploitation and slaughter of other species (namely chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs) who are at least as sentient and capable of suffering as cats and dogs?

How can a law be considered just if it punishes billions of individuals just for being born the “wrong” species — a fact over which they have no control — and therefore dooms them to a terrible fate?

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with all our technosavvy ways…
it seems so many humans are
in a daze
wrapped in all their this that
and then…
we need kindness STAT
if not now,
when!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson






A Man Walks Into a Restaurant

December 21, 2018
by

Originally posted June 26, 2013

Source Huffington Post
By Ari Solomon

 
This is a test.

A man walks into a restaurant.

Well, actually a man and his dog, a cute-as-hell black Labrador pup… one of those dogs you can’t help but stop to pet on the street or in a park. A young hostess approaches and tells the man that dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, not even on the patio. Then the dog licks her hand. “He’s soooo adorable,” she quickly melts, and tells the man that just this once he can keep the dog with him, as long as the puppy stays in his lap. The man smiles and she shows him to his table.

After a minute, a waiter approaches. He also notices the puppy, but tells the man the owner won’t mind; the restaurant is brand-new and different. “We’re a cutting-edge, eco-friendly establishment,” the waiter says proudly, explaining that the only food they serve is sustainable and humanely-raised. The man says that’s why he’s dining there; as an environmentalist, he loves the concept.

The waiter gives his customer a few minutes and then returns: “Have you decided?” The man, who has never even looked at the menu, smiles, “Yes, I’d like you to cook him,” he says, indicating his little dog.

The waiter laughs nervously: “We don’t serve dog in this restaurant. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal.” “No,” the customer happily corrects him, “it’s quite legal here, as it is in several other states. Besides, dog, particularly black dog, is considered especially delicious in some cultures. And,” the man adds, “it’s the most eco-friendly meat around.”

The waiter winces, confused, as the customer continues: “You’re all about sustainable food, right?” The waiter nods. The man explains that five million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year, their meat just tossed away. A shelter is where he got this dog. “If you’re gonna go local and sustainable, eating shelter animals beats the hell out of raising animals on farms, killing them, and trucking their meat around. Just kill the dog humanely — you know, like how you say the other animals served here are killed.”

“It’s a dog,” the waiter stares at the man, “eating them is totally different and disgusting. Dogs are like family members, they’re smart, they’re affectionate, they’re like us.” The man quickly counters, “But pigs are smarter than dogs. In fact, they’re as aware and intelligent as a four-year-old child. Chickens display striking personality traits from being curious, to shy, to proud, and they form extremely complicated social structures. Cows also have individual personalities. They actually lick you, just like dogs do, to show affection. And I’m sure we can agree that with regards to things like fear and suffering, that dogs, pigs, chickens, and cows are certainly equals.”

“So considering all that,” the man asks, “what’s really the difference if I want to eat this dog?”

Your assignment: Answer the man’s question.





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cultural choices to
discriminate
what we do or do
not eat on our plates
perhaps the culture
of kindness rule.
ALL animals are off
limits..
the most golden of rules!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson






Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices (2018) Full documentary

December 17, 2018
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Source YouTube, Plant Based News, Let us be Heroes



We all want to be healthy. We all want to protect the planet and we all want to be kind. Yet today we are facing a health crisis, an environmental crisis and an ethical crisis affecting people and the economy. How much difference can one person make? Let us be Heroes explores the impact of our food and lifestyle choices on our health, our home planet and our values with athletes, digital, food and fashion entrepreneurs, a public speaker and an ocean warrior fighting to protect people, planet and animals.

We are the leaders of the world we want to live in. #letusbeheroes

A documentary by Rebecca Cappelli (Subtitles: EN, FR, ES, IT, DE, ZH, HI)

Featuring: Rime Arodaky – Owner & Designer, Maison Rime Arodaky

Rebecca Cappelli – Public Speaker & Filmmaker

Vikas Garg – Founder abillionveg.com

Peter Hammarstedt – Director of Campaigns, Sea Shepherd Global

Luke Tan – Strength Athlete, Author, and Entrepreneur

Emilie Tan – Ultra Endurance Runner

David Yeung – Founder Green Monday

For more, visit www.letusbeheroes.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/letusbeheroes/

To end the destruction of habitat and killing of wildlife in the world’s oceans, please donate and support https://seashepherd.org

Cinematography & Editing: Abhi Anchliya (IgniteChange)

Special thanks to Sea Shepherd Global, Dominion, Land of Hope and Glory, Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals for sharing their footage, and Plant Based News for distribution






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there is grace in kindness
compassion and caring
there is grace in loving,
reaching out and sharing
there is grace is all that
god has given
there is grace in being
by ones heart,
driven.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 



Cruelty-Free Mobile Apps – Find Products Not Tested on Animals

December 10, 2018
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Source Ethical Elephant
By Vicky Ly

 



We all want quick and easy solutions to help us make better and informed consumer choices, and thankfully there are some helpful tools we can use that are available right at our fingertips – literally!

Currently there are 3 mobile apps available on the market to assist you in the wonderful world of cruelty-free shopping. Whether you’re looking for a new deodorant, dish detergent, or even furniture polish… these apps will help you out immensely, saving you time and energy!

In this post, I’m going to share with you my review and ratings of each app’s features!

 

 

CRUELTY-FREE BY LEAPING BUNNY

The Cruelty-Free app is very straight-forward to use and it’s available for FREE on both Androids and iPhones.

The Cruelty-Free app alphabetically lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian companies that are certified under the Leaping Bunny ProgramYou can also use the search bar at the top and type in a brand name.

There is another list available on this cruelty-free app where you can find cruelty-free brands within a product’s category like nail care, dish detergent, self-tanners, and more.

The Cruelty-Free app also lets users scan a product’s barcode to instantly know whether the brand is certified by Leaping Bunny.

 The Cruelty-Free app is perfect for someone who swears by the Leaping Bunny program since it only lists brands that are certified under their accreditation. This app doesn’t say which brands are not cruelty-free. It’s based on the assumption that if the brand is not listed, then it’s not considered cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. The app also doesn’t let you filter to know which brands offer vegan products or tell you where we can buy from the brand. 



BUNNY FREE BY PETA

The Bunny Free app allows users to check to see if a company is cruelty-free using one of their three features; (1) Typing the company’s name in the search box (2) Scan a product’s barcode (3) Browse their alphabetically ordered brand list.  It also provides you with the company’s details like address, phone number, website, products and availability.

The app is FREE and is available for both Androids and iPhones. Bunny Free uses data from PETA’s cruelty-free shopping guide.

 Loving the simplicity of this app, it’s great for consumers who want to quickly find out about a company’s cruelty-free status. I especially love how this app tells you which brands are notcruelty-free and therefore should be avoided. There’s also a filter option to only show companies that are vegan!

The Bunny Free app doesn’t let you browse by product category. For example, if I was looking for a cruelty-free nail polish brand.. I’d have to go through the entire alphabetical list and click on each one to see if “Nail Polish” is listed under their Products description.



CRUELTY-CUTTER BY THE BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT

Cruelty-Cutter is my all-time favourite cruelty-free mobile app in which I had to write a separate blog post outlining the many cool features provided by the app and that you can click here to read.

In short, Cruelty-Cutter combines all the features available from both the Cruelty-Free and Bunny Free apps, and then some.

  • Scan a product
  • Search by company’s name
  • Cruelty-Free directory list by company’s name
  • Cruelty-Free directory list by category like nail care, dish detergent, self-tanners, and more.
  • Provides company’s information like direct link to website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Some additional features:

  • Keeps a log in your ‘History’ of all the products you scanned
  • You can add a product that you’ve scanned to your list of‘Favourites’
  • Ability to
  • share your results with friends on social media with ease
  • Earn ‘Doggie Dollars’ when you take action which you can redeem them for deals on cruelty-free products

Cruelty-Cutter is available to download for a donation of $2.99 to the Beagle Freedom Project and available for iPhone and Android users.

Everything about this app is amazing!  Sometimes the data is questionable… this app includes companies that are not certified by either Leaping Bunny or PETA’s Cruelty-Free Programs.


So there you have it! Three great tools to help you shop cruelty-free because what you buy DOES make a difference!




Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.― Marc Bekoff




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most high tech i think is crap
but bless these kind and
wonderful apps!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 




Customers of the Hottest New Vegan Fast Food Chain Are Mostly Omnivores

December 3, 2018
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Source Some Vegan Girl
By Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief



The future of food is vegan — and omnivores are driving the change.

Just ask the founders of Plant Power Fast Food, the world’s hottest new vegan fast food chain.

A vast majority of the company’s customers are meat eaters — and the concept is wildly successful.

With three locations (and more to come soon), Plant Power Fast Food currently has the fourth highest average per unit annual sales numbers of any restaurant chain in the fast food segment — trailing only giants Chik-fil-A, Panera and McDonalds.

“We estimate that between 80% and 90% of our customers are omnivores,” co-founder, co-CEO and Chief Marketing and Communications officer Jeff Harris tells Some Vegan Girl.

That’s a lot of meat eaters opting into plants.

“Our customer base comprises more non-vegans than vegans,” adds co-founder, co-CEO, and Chief Operations Officer Zach Vouga. “Part of that is because of how accessible our menu options are. Our traditional fast food analogues are so authentic that some guests don’t realize we’re a plant-based restaurant until their third or fourth visit, if at all.”

Harris says that while the data is anecdotal at the moment, they’ve approached lots of customers and asked them about their eating habits. Most of them are just traditional diners looking for something new, he says.

The idea behind Plant Power is to offer healthy, delicious, affordable options that appeal to everyone. Basically, the brand is building a bridge for people to easily transition into eating more plant-based foods. Prices range from $5.95 to $8.95 for entrees, so the options are extremely accessible.

Plant Power is also unique among other vegan chains in that it has drive-through/drive-up service and features a breakfast menu.

Mouthwatering menu choices include the Big Zac (named for co-founder Zach Vouga) with two ‘beefy’ style patties, special sauce, American ‘cheese’, lettuce, onions and pickles; the Buffalo ’66 Sandwich with crispy battered buffalo ‘chicken’ breast, ‘ranch’ dressing, lettuce and tomato; the ‘Fish’ Filet Sandwich with crispy breaded ‘fish’, American ‘cheese’, tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato; the Chicken’ and Waffle Sandwich with crispy breaded ‘chicken’ smothered in maple ‘aioli’, ‘bacon’, and two crispy waffles — plus non-dairy milkshakes, kombucha, soft serve “ice cream” and more.

Plant Power is an impressive testament to the growing popularity of plant-based eating.

The first location opened in 2016 in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California, followed by a second in Encinitas (San Diego) in 2017. A third location just opened in Redlands; a Long Beach location is opening soon, and more are slated for 2018 and 2019.

The first two locations have seen record sales. It’s all those omnivores!

“While we obviously have many die-hard fans in the vegan community, we designed our brand and our menu to be accessible to everyone,” says Harris. “We want people who have never considered a plant-based diet or thought about the impact of animal agriculture to walk into a Plant Power restaurant knowing that they’re welcome with love and that the food they’re about to eat isn’t going to hurt their health. Plant Power is for everybody.”

As far as why Plant Power is seeing so much success, the facts show that people are increasingly seeking “better” versions of their favorite foods for health, environmental, and ethical reasons.

“More and more people are gaining an awareness about the plight of our planet with regard to global warming, a scarcity of resources and higher levels of pollution,” adds co-founder co-CEO and President Mitch Wallis. “They’re starting to understand that there is a connection between our food choices and the effect that those choices have on our world.”

Recent Nielsen data shows that plant-based meat demand has increased by 6% in 2017 and 24% in 2018.

“Mitch, Zach and I see a future where the very paradigm of what we think of as fast-food is transformed,” Harris adds. We didn’t start this to open 10 or 20 restaurants. We have a much bigger vision that that.”

Long-term, the team would like to see hundreds or even thousands of locations all over the world.

A Big Zac in every hand? Yes, please.

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Ah, some news compassionate and sweet
People are learning that kind food
Tastes better than meat!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 





Dominion

November 26, 2018
by

Dominion trailer

Source Dominion Movement

Please watch full-length documentary for free HERE



Dominion is a feature-length documentary presenting an uncompromising, damning exploration of the various ways animals are used and abused by humans, particularly in the meat, dairy, egg, clothing and entertainment industries.

Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research, to convey both the terrifying scale of an empire built on secrecy – and the individual stories of its victims.

Focusing on the legal, industry-standard practices that occur all over the world, the film questions the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom, advocating not for minor improvements to their welfare but for a deeper conversation about our right to exploit those we deem inferior to ourselves.

Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink and Kat Von D, and co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson.

Filmed in Australia with a global message.

Watch the film at watch.dominionmovement.com.

Song: “Descent” by Lawless (feat. Dawn Golden)
itunes.apple.com/au/album/lawless-ep/id1082011103





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As in the sand some bury their heads,
Innocents are tormented and dead
But for the cruel there is
No place to go.
We will share and
Let all the world
Know

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Happy ThanksLiving

November 20, 2018
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On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:

Life, not death
Empathy, not indifference
Acknowledgement, not self-imposed ignorance
Admission, not denial
Equality, not superiority
Animals, their wonder, their beauty, their uniqueness, their sentience, their worthiness, their innocence, and their inherent right to live free from exploitation, objectification, suffering, torture, murder
Hope, that one day all will embrace these truths

SL






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we are grateful to be,
a part of earth and its
beautiful family.
we share this planet
with humans, too
we would be grateful
if they would share,
with kindness
this world in which
we all grew.
so thank you people
in advance
for moving forward and
taking
a humane stance.

signed,
the animals of the kingdom

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

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