Friday, December 31, 2010

My New Year's Wish for 2011

Thank you to all the followers of my blog. I truly appreciate your support!

With 2011 quickly approaching, I just want to look back on 2010 for a minute.

I am thankful that I went vegan on Valentine's Day 2010.  I have made many new friends in the vegan community and the animal rights community.  I have dedicated much time to helping animals and doing this blog. 

My hopes for 2011 are to be more active in my advocacy.  I look forward to continuing this blog, making more friends and followers, and hope to start a podcast.

My wish for the new year is for everyone to seriously think about it, and.................

All the best for a safe and Happy New Year!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Dinner - Vegan Style! - Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

A sumptuous, rich grain meat seasoned with toasted hazelnuts and rosemary stuffed with a sausage style mixture of Field Roast, cranberries, apples and crystallized ginger. Wrapped en croute with a rich vegan puff pastry, it is perfect as a center piece for a delicious, gourmet holiday meal.

This Christmas I will be making a Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast.  I have not tried it yet, however, everything that Field Roast makes seems to be just delicious.  So I am sure that the whole family will love it.  I will also be having garlic potatoes, carrots and peppers. Tofurkey gravy on the side for those who want to smother it. :)  For dessert I have a delicious vegan chocolate cake from Whole Foods, and some delicious almond milk to wash it down.  This is my first vegan Christmas and I am very proud to say my family will be sharing it with me.  Although I would love for there to be true "Peace On Earth" by the whole world going vegan, for now I will settle for my family being vegan for one day. 
To all celebrating, have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Heifer International ~ Compassionate Charity or Animal Slave Trade?

When I went to the post office to get my mail today I found a Special Holiday Edition catalog from “Heifer International” in my box. The cover has a picture of a sheep and the title says "The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World".

After looking at the catalog I was quite disgusted. The goal of this company is to “bring help, healing and hope to millions of impoverished families worldwide.” Basically, you (as the “gift giver”) buy an animal and they send it to a family in a third world country to use as they wish.

The catalog pulls at the heartstrings because it has photos of small children hugging the baby animals. Who doesn't love little kids and baby animals!?

Here is a list of the animals that you can buy as a gift to send to a family. 

Gift of Goats: The gift of a dairy goat is a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl on the other side of the world while sharing your caring spirit with those closest to your heart.

Pigs as Presents: Heifer animals are like “living savings accounts” for struggling families, and the pig may well be the most interest bearing. Each gift can give a valuable source of protein, income from the sale of offspring and natural fertilizer to nourish crops and soil.

Wrapping Paper, Ribbons…and Rabbits: Giving the gift of a trio of rabbits from Heifer International for the holidays is a low-cost, high yield gift that helps impoverished families increase their protein intake and income.

Other animals you can “gift” are: Sheep, Chickens, Honeybees, Llamas, Buffalos, and the “GIFT ARK” Which includes many of the animals Noah “saved”.

As you can see, this holiday season you can buy these animals and send them off to die.

Now, I’m sorry, but I do not think that animal products, milk, flesh, etc. are good for anyone, let alone people living in poverty.

Colleen Patrick –Goudrea, from
did a podcast about this topic a few years back, and this is what she recommends:

There are many other programs dedicated to providing solutions to hunger without exploiting animals. Trees for Life ( and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation ( enable you to buy a fruit tree in someone’s name, providing a food source to communities in developing countries. Every time you buy a gift from the Women’s Bean Project (, you help a woman break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by supporting their programs that provide skills and training to women. One of Plenty International’s ( programs includes training villages in soy bean agriculture and production as a way to improve nutrition, soil quality, and food security. Through Sustainable Harvest International, whose website is, you can contribute to planting trees in Central America, which has lost more than half of its rainforests in the last 50 years, and of course we know that much of this occurs to provide grazing land for cattle, who will be slaughtered and exported, so that Americans can have cheap meat. Finally, Animal Aid, a UK charity,, is supporting a tree-planting initiative in Kenya, which will provide fruit-bearing trees for local families. The aim is to help 100 families to plant 20 trees each, which will bear oranges, avocados, mangoes, and macadamia nuts, with a few additional trees for timber and firewood.

So, in conclusion, I will be making a donation to several charities this Christmas that do not exploit anyone, as well as sending a letter to Heifer International expressing my thoughts and to request that they take me off their mailing list immediately. I hope to get a response letter from them to publish on a later blog entry.

Please, for the animals, for the people, and for true PEACE ON EARTH…..Go vegan.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blue Diamond Almond Milk vs. Cow's Milk : Product Comparison

On the left, Dairy Cow's Whole Milk..........On the right, Blue Diamond "Almond Breeze" Almond Milk.
 As you can see from the carton nutrition information, Blue Diamond "Almond Breeze" Almond Milk has only 60 calories per seving, compared to 150 of cow's milk.  Less Total fat.  No Saturated fat.  No Trans fat. No Cholesterol.  Less Carbs.  Less Sugar. Less Protein.(Animal protein has been shown to leech calcium from our bones.)

Almond Breeze also has more vitamins and minerals than whole milk from a cow.

As a vegan, I enjoy Almond Breeze with my cereal, in my smoothies, and with my recipes.  It also comes in several flavors.  You can check them out @

Next time you are in the Supermarket, try some Almond Breeze.  In my estimation, it is the BEST milk available!  I know you'll like it!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Grieving Dog Drawn to Savior's Grave - by Alicia Gallegos

Marci Reed, Mishawaka, kisses her late son Joshua's dog, Zelda, on a visit to his grave near Bremen. Joshua, 15, was killed in a four-wheeler accident last year, and Zelda often runs to the cemetery to lie on his grave. Animal control officers return her free of charge. / Marcus Marter / Associated Press
 SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Since her best friend's death, Zelda has taken to wandering.

Neighbors spot the one-eyed, rust-colored dog roaming the farm roads near her home, heading in the direction of the cemetery.

Animal control officers say that's where the dog was found recently, roving the grounds of a brick church on Bremen Highway, yards from her owner's grave.

"She's without her boy," said mom Marci Reed. "She just sniffs all over, looking for her boy."

Zelda and her owner, Joshua Reed, 15, had been inseparable ever since Joshua rescued the dog three years earlier, when she was hit by a car.

It had been nightfall when the family drove past the dog lying in the road. Joshua "jumped out of the moving van," Marci Reed recalled. "He yelled, 'Stop! We have to get the dog!' "

The teen brought the bleeding animal into the van, wrapping the dog in his jacket.

The child stayed up all night talking to the dog, his mother remembered with tears in her eyes. "He kept saying, 'I love you. I love you. You'll be all right. I'll take care of you.' "

Zelda lost an eye in the accident, and her tail was broken in several places, but the dog flourished at the Reed home.

Zelda followed Joshua everywhere, waiting for him every day when he got off the school bus.

Zelda and Joshua would roll around in the grass outside the family's Mishawaka farm. They would race down the gravel drive, with the boy on his bike and Zelda sprinting beside him.

So Zelda, along with the rest of the Reed family, entered a world of emptiness last year when, one day, Joshua didn't come home.

When Joshua asked his parents for a four-wheeler, they first said no. But he promised to earn half the money for the vehicle himself, said his dad, and worked extra-hard on the farm to make the wish a reality.

The Penn High School freshman loved his new ATV, riding it with a group of four-wheeling friends in the summer of 2009.

The Reeds will never know why Joshua didn't stop and look when he approached the intersection of Pierce Road and Ind. 331 on the evening of Sept. 3. It might have been because the road had previously been closed and only recently opened for traffic.

State Police said the pickup truck driver reported that he didn't see the boy on the ATV until it was too late.

Joshua was thrown 120 feet, his dad said, and died instantly.

Joshua, the middle of five brothers ranging in age from 11 to 31, is remembered most by friends and family as a great friend and lover of all animals, especially ones like Zelda who needed extra care.

For days after the funeral, Zelda wandered up and down the farm, searching high and low for her boy.

Zelda had never run away before the accident, but now, the Reeds say, the dog takes to the road any chance she gets.

She was taken to the cemetery only once by the family. Marci Reed brought Zelda to St. John's Cemetery on Bremen Highway after the first time she ran away.

Since visiting the graveyard that first time, the dog has been caught twice more near the cemetery route.

"They always say that animals have that extra sense," said Jordan McGuire, with the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. "It's obvious (the dog) is grieving."

"We're going to get a fence," Reed said. "I can't let something happen to her."

I couldn't help but tear up as I read this story.  So tragic, so beautiful.

"Animal CSI"- UF Program Teaches Investigators How to Solve Crimes Against Animals - By Mitch Stacy

When federal investigators working the Michael Vick dogfighting case needed someone to dig up and analyze the remains of eight pit bulls buried on the football star’s Virginia property, they summoned Melinda Merck.

The nation’s top forensic veterinarian, Merck was one of the few specialists trained in processing crime scenes involving animals. Her job at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals involves helping prosecutors build court cases, and she saw that there weren’t nearly enough vets and other professionals with those skills.

Merck, 46, is trying to change that, co-founding a first-of-its-kind veterinary forensic science training program at the University of Florida. She and scientists from the university’s human forensics lab are sharing their expertise with animal-cruelty investigators, police and veterinarians who come to Gainesville from around the world.

In a nod to the popular TV shows, it’s already being called “Animal CSI.”

Demand for forensic veterinarians has been growing as many states have toughened their animal cruelty laws. And law enforcement agencies nationwide have increasingly recognized that people who abuse animals are more likely to commit crimes against people.

Hands-on seminars teach participants crime-scene processing and the preservation of evidence in cases of animal abuse and neglect such as those involving puppy mills, dogfighting and animal hoarding. Elements include exhuming remains, analyzing hair, fibers and blood splatter and even how insect life cycles and plant growth can yield clues about an animal’s death.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Shop Online - Free Donation to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!

Please download the Good Search Toolbar before doing your holiday shopping online & make money for WFAS every time you shop! It really works! Each time you search the Internet or shop online at one of their participating stores, a donation will be made to WFAS at no cost to you! Thanks!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving - "Let's Talk Turkey" - Video by Ciddy Fonteboa

Ciddy Fonteboa  put together a wonderful PSA to help you make a decision to have a cruelty-free Thanksgiving.  Please take a look at this wonderful video she made, directed by Gabriel Sabloff, and choose to have a compassionate, cruelty free Thanksgiving!  I will be having a Field Roast Celebration Roast myself. :)

As a vegan, I say THANK YOU! 

Disney World Trades McDonald's for Vegan Cupcakes

Just when you thought DISNEY WORLD could not get anymore magical. VEGAN cupcakes! Taking the place of McDonald's!

I am very happy to see the change.  I know that they will sell like crazy and hopefully WDW will then open up a few vegan restaurants in their hotels and parks. 

Thank you WDW!

Please click here for the full story:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Take a Ride on the Turkey Express!

Follow along as Farm Sanctuary makes a stop on our Turkey Express to deliver two rescued turkeys to a loving adoptive family in Connecticut. Since 1986, this annual adoption event, held as part of our Adopt-A-Turkey Project, has been pairing turkeys in need of permanent refuge with adopters nationwide, giving hundreds of these sensitive, social birds a precious second chance at life. (2:23 min.)

Please Give VEGAN a chance.  Thank you!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Help Animals With Cash Back From Online Shopping!

I am an online shopper. I signed up for Ebates a few years ago and have been donating  my CASH BACK earnings to my favorite Vegan and Animal Charities!  Please take a moment to check out the site.  Sign up, and start earning cash back so you can donate to your favorite animal charity, buy leaflets, food for shelters, whatever!  Make a difference in the lives of animals today with the cash you get back!   As always, thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and thanks for caring about the animals! - Michael

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Janet Jackson Talks Vegan With Jay Leno

On a recent episode of The Tonight Show, Janet Jackson talked with Jay Leno about some of her favorite vegan foods and restaurants. In Los Angeles, Janet likes Vegan Glory for the “great tacos and chicken McNuggets.” In New York, she likes Red Bamboo (which is my favorite restaurant in NYC) for the chicken Parmesan, which is really made of soy.

I am very happy to see Janet talking about  veganism and I certainly hope she does more with her celebrity for animal rights and veganism.  She needs to give up the fur endorsement though, see my last post on Janet here :

CHINA: Vending Machine Dispenses Live Crabs (Video)

Speciesism at it's best.  Go Vegan! - Or one day it may be us in the vending machine.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rough Sailing Put Down After Fall in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. - By David Steele

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rough Sailing, running in the first race of the second day of the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, fell on the first turn, suffered a fractured right humerus in his upper right front leg and had to be put down.

"It's not a fracture that's repairable in an adult horse,'' said on-site veterinarian C. Wayne McIlwraith, about an hour after the end of the Juvenile Turf Saturday. He said he did not know if the fatal injury occurred when Rough Sailing fell or after he regained his footing.

The 2-year-old, running in his fourth career race, apparently hit a soft spot on the first turn of the turf course, went down on his left side and threw jockey Rosie Napravnik. Rough Sailing jumped back up and ran to the midway point of the backstretch before falling again. Napravnik left the track under her own power.

The initial report on Rough Sailing's injury did not seem catastrophic. He was taken back to his barn after the on-track examination. The decision to euthanize him came after a later examination there, McIlwraith said.

A 2 year old horse.  Horses can live to be 20 - 30 years old.  Just like all animals that are exploited for HUMANS, this is a tragedy.  Do not support this or any other exploitation.   Go Vegan! 
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Let's Give Thanksgiving To The Birds!

This Thanksgiving, please give thanks for your LIFE, by granting LIFE to the animal that is the centerpiece of most family dinners on Thanksgiving, the turkey.  Please consider trying  alternatives like Tofurky® Feast or my personal favorite, Field Roast Celebration Roast!  These are great items to have if you want to be cruelty free this Thanksgiving, or anytime!  (I have actually served the Celebration Roast to non-vegan friends, and they could not tell the difference compared to meat!)

The truth is that we don't need animal products to live a healthy life.  It's because of taste that  most people choose to continue eating them.  The fact is that there are so many great tasting alternatives that it is easier than ever to go vegan! - I am proof!

Please view the video which shows Thanksgiving's toll on turkeys and help save a life this holiday season.  Do it for the animals, do it for your health.  Thank You!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Va. woman's pet fox held at animal shelter

Sitterson told The Post's Paul Duggan late Monday that animal-control officials have agreed to give her back her fox. She said she successfully argued that the licensing requirement does not apply to foxes purchased from breeders outside Virginia. She said she bought her fox from a breeder in the Midwest about seven months ago.

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Swiper, the Silver Cross Fox, is being held at an animal shelter after his owner dressed him up in a skeleton costume on Halloween and took him for a walk, WTOP reports.

Fairfax County Police say Alayna Sitterson didn't have the proper permits to own the fox, whom she took for a walk at Reston Town Center Sunday morning. Sitterson has been charged with unlawful possession of wildlife.

Swiper is 7-months-old, neutered, litter-box trained and vaccinated for rabies, according to Sitterson. He will remain at the animal shelter until the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries decides whether it will issue a special permit.

Wild animals should stay that way.  WILD

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Encouraging delegates to make an ethical lifestyle choice for world health, for the environment and for the animals.

According to a new report from the UN. The report, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Production and Consumption: Priority Products and Materials from the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP), found that consuming a diet free of meat and dairy will be the best approach to dealing with climate change and its consequences.

So despite all the science pointing to animal agriculture being the largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, inter-governmental talks do not even include on their agenda the discussion of the meat and livestock industries. The facts clearly demonstrate animal products are unsustainable and truly detrimental.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

New York City Teams Up with NBA Champion John Salley for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals

NEW YORK, NY – October 8, 2010 – On October 24, New York City and NBA champion and wellness guru John Salley will host the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event taking place in more than 75 cities across the United States and Canada to celebrate and promote compassion for farm animals and raise vital funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. This year’s national Walk spokesperson is celebrity trainer and television personality Bob Harper from NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser.”

“Farm animals are smart, friendly animals who experience fear, pain and suffering just like cats, dogs and all other living beings do,” says Salley. “The cruel conditions endured by billions of farm animals annually on factory farms all across North America is an issue that affects all of us. As a proud Brooklyn native who believes all animals should be treated with compassion, I am honored to be back in my hometown leading the 2010 New York City Walk for Farm Animals. I encourage all New Yorkers to join me on Sunday, October 24 to spread a critical message of hope for farm animals. I’ll see YOU at the Walk!”

Last year’s New York City Walk was the biggest ever with almost 800 registered participants. This year, attendance is expected to exceed that number. The Walk in scenic Central Park will be led by NBA champion, wellness guru and proud Brooklyn native John Salley, the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams, and will feature inspiring speakers, including Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, a bagged vegan lunch, raffle and special musical performance by singer/songwriter Jenn London.

“Animals raised for food in the U.S. spend their entire lives in filth and darkness, kept in such severe confinement they cannot turn around, lie down or extend their limbs,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “No one likes cruelty and when people learn about the abusive conditions inside factory farms, they are appalled and a growing number are getting active to raise awareness about these intolerable cruelties and put an end to the unnecessary suffering. For nearly 25 years, Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals has provided a forum for people from all walks of life to spread a powerful message of compassion for farm animals in their own cities and hometowns. The exponential growth of the Walks is a very positive sign. This year, we are thrilled to have the support of John Salley as our New York City grand marshal and Bob Harper as our national spokesperson for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals. Both are as passionate about animal protection as they are about health and fitness, and with their support, the biggest winners this year will be farm animals.”

The 2010 Walk for Farm Animals is sponsored nationally by Boston Baked Bonz.

The New York City Walk for Farm Animals is on October 24 in Central Park. Participants are asked to meet at Merchants Gate (Central Park West at 59th Street). Registration is at 10 a.m. and the Walk begins at 12 p.m. Those interested in registering for the 2010 Walk can learn more at All participants will receive a special limited-edition 2010 Walk t-shirt designed by vegan fashion house Vaute Couture, and special prizes will be awarded to walkers who reach fundraising milestones.

NOTE TO MEDIA: If you would like to attend the Walk and speak with NBA champion John Salley or Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or

Photos of last year’s NYC Walk for Farm Animals, an approved image of 2010 host John Salley, or 2010 national spokesperson Bob Harper from NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser” are available upon request.

Photo: John Salley, courtesy of

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Review : The World Peace Diet - by Will Tuttle, Ph.D.

I recently finished reading The World Peace Diet.  I thought it was extremely well written, and very informative.  In this book, Dr. Will Tuttle talks about our relationship with our food from different angles.  Morals, religion, ethics, traditions, etc. and our inter-connectedness we have with the animals that end up on our plates as well as with  other humans. This book describes what changes we can make for ourselves, the animals, and the planet if we open our eyes to a new way of living through a compassionate diet. Whether you are religious or spiritual, if you are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, if care about animals, or if you just want a very informative book that will give you quite a few aha! moments that may make you think twice about the foods you serve your family, this book is a must read.  There are also several heart-warming personal stories Dr. Tuttle shares.  I highly recommend this book.

Here is a small excerpt from The World Peace Diet:

"When we cultivate mindful awareness of the consequences of our food choices and conscientiously adopt a plant-based way of eating, refusing to participate in the domination of animals and the dulling of awareness this requires, we make a profound statement that both flows from and reinforces our ability to make connections.  We become a force of sensitivity, healing, and compassion.  We become a revolution of one, contributing to the foundation of a new world with every meal we eat.  As we share our ideas with others, we promote what may be the most uplifting and healing revolution our culture has ever experienced."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Activist Interview - Manuela Rodrigues

Manuela Rodrigues is an animal activist originally from Brazil, now living in the United States.  She is the Assistant to the Director @ Amazon CARES (Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety).  I first met Manuela via the website and have become friends in the fight for animal rights.

What got you into activism?
I have been working as a volunteer since I was 16 years old. Back in 1996 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where I used to teach Physical Education classes in poor communities, also helping taking care of abandoned/abused babies in a kindergarten in the slam. In 2002 I adopted my first dog, Biggie. He is still with me today. He was being sold on the streets, and the guy who was selling puppies had just Biggie left... He was going to leave him on the street at only 7-8 weeks old. I could NEVER leave him there, turn my back and sleep well, so I took Biggie to my home to stay with me. That's when I started with animal rights activism. In 2004 I came to live in US and brought Biggie with me. Animal rights activism here is much more intense than in Brazil, and I believe that is because Brazil has so much poverty that they don't think about the animals first. I love anything related to animal rights, and it has become ME, my life.

Are you vegan? If so, what caused the change?
 No. I am vegetarian but not vegan. Also usually I do not consume any milk derivatives, I have a high intolerance to lactose.

Could you tell us about what Amazon Cares does , how you got involved with them and what people can do to help the cause?

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (CARES) was founded in 2004 by citizens with a desire to protect the countless stray animals that roam the streets and villages of Peru. Amazon CARES has received international recognition as an innovative charity based in the US and operating in the Peruvian Amazon region. Amazon CARES seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings of the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

I used to help Amazon CARES on, and I have been working as a volunteer for them since May 2009, and officially as a team member since last month!

Amazon CARES just released a new website (which we are still working on it) -

Anyone who wishes to help can join as a Supporting member (which we are giving a Free membership kit), or if you donate $25 or more you will receive a Deluxe membership kit (including the new 2011 Amazon CARES Wall sized Calendar) - Link: ;. We are selling the new 2011 Amazon CARES Calendar, for $15 + $2 Shipping, and every dollar donated will be used to continue our journey in rescuing animals from the streets, giving them appropriated medical treatment, and then placing them in a lovely home. Any donation, of any amount, will help.

When you aren't doing animal activism activities, what do you enjoy doing?
 I love outdoor sports, taking my dogs for a long and nice walk in the park, love watching movies - I am a movies addict... I probably have 500+ DVDs at home! I also love cooking, trying new recipes.

Where do you see the animal rights movement in 10 years?
Great awareness in many countries about animal abuse, cruelty and neglect. Hopefully spaying and neutering will become more and more accessible, so less stray dogs and cats on the streets. Last but not least - people becoming less and less meat eaters.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?
I am proud of people whom fight for animal rights, and for those whom fight for good and needy causes - It surely is making a huge difference in the world!

It was my pleasure to have Manuela featured on my blog, as the first Animal Activist Interview!  She is a very passionate activist that I am proud to call my friend.  Thank you Manuela, for your time to do this interview, and for all you do to help animals all over the world.

Manuela, with a few of her best friends!

Animal vet Esther, with "Manuela", who was abandoned
in front of the Amazon Cares shelter.
The cutie was named in Manuela's honor.

For more information: Amazon CARES:

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Support animals whenever you shop online! We-Care Reminder Turns Shopping Into Giving

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres Urges Public to Save a Life This Thanksgiving by Adopting a Turkey Instead of Eating One

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – October 1, 2010 – Thanksgiving is a time of great warmth, gratitude and the comfort of being surrounded by family and friends — unless you’re a turkey. That’s why beloved talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres is stepping up to serve as the 2010 spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, an annual program, launching today, that seeks to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving.

Says DeGeneres, "Save a life this Thanksgiving, and join me in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project."

Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, has organized the annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project since 1986. This Thanksgiving, with Ellen’s help, thousands of families will save turkeys, instead of eating them, by adopting a feathered friend who lives at Farm Sanctuary’s New York or California Shelter. For a one-time donation gift of just $30, adopters will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate, featuring a color photo of and fun details about their new friend, and the great feeling of knowing they are sponsoring the care of a turkey who has been rescued from cruelty. These donations help Farm Sanctuary educate and advocate for turkeys, and other farm animals, everywhere. This year’s “adoptable” turkeys include: Velma, Daphne, Kima, Harley, Reese and Jordan.

Through the Adopt-A-Turkey Project, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through their annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about the plight of these friendly, intelligent birds on factory farms and provided resources and recipes for a plant-based holiday. The organization also hosts two Celebrations FOR the Turkeys at their New York and California shelters where the birds are the guests of honor and are treated to a buffet of squash, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Compassionate guests come from all over the country to attend these popular sanctuary events.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen’s support as this year’s Adopt-A-Turkey spokesperson,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “Through her trademark blend of humor and warmth, she is reaching millions of people with a critical message of compassion for all animals that is as contagious as her laughter and her dancing. Ellen’s positive energy and zest for life make her the perfect ambassador for these charismatic birds, who also possess a strong desire to enjoy life. The important thing to realize about the Adopt-A-Turkey Project is that it’s not about giving anything up — it’s about embracing your deepest values and celebrating in a way that is consistent with those values. No one likes cruelty to animals, and when people learn about what happens to turkeys on factory farms, the decision to skip the turkey in favor of compassionate plant-based options, is an easy one to make.”

Between 250 to 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year in the U.S. — more than 46 million alone for Thanksgiving. Birds are typically packed by the thousands into dark, filthy factory farm warehouses, where they are allotted approximately three square feet of space in which to live. Debeaked and detoed without any pain relief, these birds are bred to reach a crippling weight at an unnaturally fast rate. When turkeys reach only 14 to 18 weeks of age they are transported to slaughter, often under harrowing conditions. Because turkeys and other birds are specifically excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act, which requires that animals be stunned prior to slaughter, their deaths are a brutal end to a miserable existence.

You can learn more about Thanksgiving’s toll on turkeys here.

To join Ellen DeGeneres in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one, visit or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

To speak with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, receive images of this year's “adoptable” turkeys, as well as industry b-roll and images, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or

When you sit down at Thanskgiving dinner this year, do so with compassion.  Spare the turkey!  There are many other options to consider.  Tofurky has a vegetarian feast and Field Roast has a celebration roast that is too yummy for words!  Try one and see that you can still eat delicious food, without the suffering of animals.  Thanks!

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Attention Non-Vegans : Viva! Vegan Basics Guide

If you are a non-vegan, please look at this very informative guide to the basics of veganism.  It's definately something that may make you reconsider trying veganism.  This guide is filled with information and great recipes to get you started on a new way of eating that will be healthier for you, the earth and definately the animals!  If you learn anything from this, please email me or send a comment.  I would love to hear from you.  Thanks!

Viva Vegan Basics

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

“Biggest Loser” Star Bob Harper Makes Record-Breaking Gains for Farm Animals

In an Exclusive Interview with Farm Sanctuary, 2010 Walk for Farm Animals Spokesperson Bob Harper Proclaims “…we can no longer have blinders on...”

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – September 21, 2010 – On “The Biggest Loser,” celebrity trainer Bob Harper helps people lose weight and break the bad habits that are holding them back. But as the first-ever celebrity spokesperson for the Walk for Farm Animals, a national event to celebrate and promote compassion for farm animals and raise money to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, he has become the biggest gainer for farm animals. Thanks in part to his star-power, the annual event has gained a record-breaking 78 participating cities across the U.S. and Canada (up 10 from last year) and a steadily growing list of registrants (nearly double last year’s participants), making the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals the largest organized North American event for farm animals in history.

With eight Walks already down in Michigan, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Missouri, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida, and 70 more still to go throughout the remainder of September and October (including a virtual “No Walk” Walk), the 2010 Walk is proof that the cruel treatment of animals raised for food has become an issue of national concern. This year’s addition of Harper as celebrity spokesperson, a first in the event’s nearly 25 year history, further demonstrates the mainstreaming of a movement that began in large part with the factory farm investigations and legal reforms initiated by Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder Gene Baur.

“The astounding growth of the Walk for Farm Animals is an encouraging sign that we are getting closer to the day when agribusiness’ treatment of living, breathing animals like unfeeling machinery is a thing of the past,” said Baur. “Through the vast resources of the Internet, undercover investigations, public education campaigns and popular films like ‘Food Inc.,’ people are learning in record numbers about the intolerable abuse, neglect and confinement endured by billions of animals raised for food on factory farms throughout North America, and they are increasingly rejecting these abhorrent practices in favor of mercy and compassion. No one likes cruelty to animals and the Walk provides a terrific opportunity to spread a message of hope for farm animals in your own hometown.”

Farm Sanctuary recently sat down with Harper on the set of “The Biggest Loser” in Los Angeles, where he credited the Walk with “getting people to think” and for initiating a “conversation that sparks change.”

Here are highlights from Farm Sanctuary’s exclusive interview with Bob Harper:

On getting involved with Farm Sanctuary and the Walk for Farm Animals:

“Well, I’ve got to tell you, when I was first approached about Farm Sanctuary, I was very, very excited. I knew that this was going to be a movement that I wanted to be a part of. It just all made sense to me. The lifestyle I live right now, my history, where I’ve grown up – so me being able to be a part of Farm Sanctuary is like having a badge of honor. I wanted to be able to talk about what I know and be a part of an organization that I believe so wholeheartedly in.”

On going vegan:

“It was actually pretty seamless. I was on vacation a couple of years ago and a friend of mine gave me a book called Skinny Bitch, and that started the ball rolling. But it wasn’t until I read T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study that my life absolutely changed. And bringing in the connection of ‘you are what you eat,’ that old adage our mothers have always taught us, it just started to make even more sense.”

On how his life has changed since going vegan:

“Well, it’s interesting because one thing I’ve really been able to do is talk to so many people about what they eat and their diet, for lack of a better word. I’ve worked with overweight Americans for such a long time and it’s about a stepping process … every day is a step because I get people I’ve worked with before saying to me now “What? Are you just going to take out all my meat and dairy?” I want to say “yes” immediately, but I know it’s about getting them to take steps. It’s a process for all of us, but I just get very excited about the platform I’ve been given and the information I now have to give out.”

On myths about vegan nutrition:

“I’ve really had to do my homework because my work is all about informing people and giving them the right information. One thing that I’ve realized is that, yes, our bodies need protein, but we don’t need as much as all these websites out there tell us that we do. And there are definitely ways to get all your nutrients within a plant-based diet.”

On how growing up on a cattle farm in Tennessee shaped the way he views farm animals:

“I have to tell you that because I grew up on this cattle farm it was just the way of life then. On the farm I grew up on the cows were treated relatively respectfully. They had pastures, they lived a good quality of life, of course until their death. To me there was more compassion back then because now … the thing that really pains me … is that these factory farms are just treating these animals like they’re light fixtures, like they’re not real and don’t have blood running through them. It’s just shocking to me.”

On the egregious abuses of modern farming:

“Well, I think the biggest thing is that animals are treated like they are not real. But these animals have emotions; they can be afraid; they can be happy. It’s like people tend to forget about that and that scares me when I think about slaughterhouses and what goes on in these places. When I started getting more and more informed about farm animals and how they were treated it made me feel like I needed to do whatever I could to help.”

On how people can make a difference for farm animals in their daily lives:

“They need to get involved, get informed and get their voices heard. To me, that is the number one step. One thing I tell people all the time when it comes to going to the grocery store, it’s like you are making a vote. Everything you get is a vote … it’s all about the foods you are eating. And I think you got to know what is going on out there … because we can no longer have blinders on; we can no longer just think ‘okay, well it doesn’t affect me,’ because these issues affect us all.”

The full interview can be viewed here:

Bob Harper’s PSA for the Walk for Farm Animals can be viewed here:

In July, when Harper was first named national Walk spokesperson, he spoke about the added health benefits of farm animal advocacy. “Getting and staying physically fit is a lot easier when you have a powerful motivation, and I can’t think of a better reason to get moving this fall than to raise vital funds and awareness for farm animals,” said Harper, who states that since he adopted a plant-based diet he has felt “more clear headed and strong” and that his genetically high cholesterol dropped more than 100 points. “When I think about the billions of sensitive, intelligent beings who are confined and mistreated on factory farms to produce foods linked with obesity, heart disease, cancer, and stroke — that is all the motivation I need to make healthier, more conscientious choices. I am honored to be the national spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 Walk for Farm Animals.”

Participating Walk cities are: Albany, NY; Amsterdam, NY; Ann Arbor, MI; Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Bangor, PA; Berkeley, CA; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Calgary, AB; Cape Cod, MA; Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Chicago, IL; Chico, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Claremont, CA; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Door County, WI; Durham, NC; Fort Wayne, IN; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Glasgow, DE; Halifax, NS; Hartford, CT; Ithaca, NY; Jacksonville, FL; Johnston, RI; Kalamazoo, MI; Kansas City, MO; Kingston, ON; Lancaster, PA; Lisbon, CT; Long Beach, CA; Louisville, KY; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; North Augusta, SC; Northport, NY; New York City, NY; Orlando, FL; Ottawa, ON; Palm Springs, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Princeton, NJ; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Richmond, VA; Rochester, NY; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Luis Obispo, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Sarasota, FL; Seattle, WA; State College, PA; St. Catharines, ON; St. Louis, MO; Syracuse, NY; Tampa, FL; Toronto, ON; Truckee, CA; Tulsa, OK; Vancouver, BC; Ventura, CA; Washington DC, Wichita Falls, TX; Wilmington, NC; Youngstown, OH.

The 2010 Walk for Farm Animals is sponsored nationally by Boston Baked Bonz, a unique company of imaginative artisan/bakers offering tasty and healthy baked goodies and gift baskets for the wonderful doggies that share and enrich our lives.

To learn more about the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals and register for the Walk nearest you, please visit

If you would like to speak with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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My First Animal Rights Video Slideshow

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hundreds of Animals Seized From Research Facility - By: Elise Roberts

GREENSBORO — Guilford County's Animal Shelter is housing 19 animals seized from the Professional Laboratory and Research Services facility. The Greensboro shelter has been at capacity for quite some time but staff pulled together to find space after learning of the animal abuse.

"We knew it was the right thing to help the animals in Gates County. When the Humane Society of the United States called and asked us to help, we knew that we could not say no," said Executive Director Marsha Williams.

The animals came from a testing site in Gates County. The research center was supposed to be using the cats and dogs to test different products. But undercover video shows that the center was doing much more than that.

"These animals were being abused by the staff at the lab," said Williams.

An undercover PETA investigator shot video showing employees of PLRS abusing some of its animals. It is abuse that shelter leaders say may have scarred these animals for life.

"They are skittish, they are afraid that every time we put our hands on them that we are going to do something to harm them," said Williams.

For nine months the PETA representative worked inside the research facility that tests insecticides and other chemicals used in animal products. However, the investigation found that the cats and dogs were abused and neglected which caused a number of health problems.

"We see a lot of parasite, worms, ear infections because the ears need to be cleaned but our main concern is the condition of their paw pads where they have infection and they are beginning to swell up and get red and raw," said Williams.

PETA's investigation and complaint to the USDA forced the Gates County Company to shut it's doors for good, sending hundreds of animals to a number of shelters across the country.

For the rest of the story and video, please click here :

Friday, September 17, 2010

Video Spotlight : Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary - Ep. 2: Chicken Nutrition

National Shelter Director Susie Coston answers a commonly asked question: What do we do with our chicken residents’ eggs? Watch now to meet a few of the happy hens who reside at the New York Shelter and learn more about the nutritional needs of our feathered friends.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Backyard Wildlife Series : Raccoon

This beautiful raccoon was climbing a tree in the backyard this morning.  I am guessing it is a nursing mother foraging for food.  Although I wanted to get closer, I kept my distance as to not scare her.  She climbed a tree and was reaching for the newest leaves to nibble on.  When she was finished, she came down the tree and posed for a few pictures before she wandered back into the bushes and disappeared.  Nature is beautiful when we leave the animals alone.

If you want more information on raccoons, please visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Milk Recall

NEW YORK -- Milk sold in five Northeastern states has been recalled because it might not have been properly pasteurized.

New York regulators say the milk was marketed under the brand names Midland Farms, Corrado's Market, Jersey Dairy Farms and Trade Fair Premium. It went in sizes from pints to gallons to stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Inspectors found failed pasteurization equipment at the Midlands Farm plant near Albany on Sept. 7. The company agreed to the voluntary recall as a precaution against bacterial contaminants like listeria and salmonella. There have been no reports of illness as of Thursday.

Consumers should look for the plant code 36-1661 and a Sept. 24 date code. Milk should be returned to the place it was bought


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lion Attacks Trainer At MGM Las Vegas

I did not put the news report with this video.  Simply because the attack would not have happened if the animals were not used as an attraction in captivity.  GO VEGAN and leave the animals alone!!!

Lion Attacks Trainer At MGM Las Vegas - Watch more Funny Videos

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Crow and a Kitten...Best of Friends?!

This is just a beautiful story of two very unlikely friends...A crow and a kitten.  We humans can learn something from these natural enemies. 

Website Spotlight : Animal Legal Defense Fund

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:

Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.

Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.

Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.

Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.

Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.

Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.

In addition to our national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.

If you care about animals and the rights that they should have as sentient beings, please join the Animal Legal Defense Fund today and let's make it a better world for the animals!

Watch a short video about the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Try a Non-Dairy Milk, and Help Farmed Animals!

These days, milk can be made from almost anything — soy, rice, almonds, hemp, oats, coconut, the list goes on and on — and with so many healthy and delicious nondairy milks available for purchase in mainstream supermarkets, more and more Americans are making these cruelty-free choices. Now through September 30, Oregon-based natural foods company Turtle Mountain, a pioneer in the creation and production of natural dairy-free products, has teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to ensure that every creamy, delicious sip will go even further toward ending the abuse of farm animals by donating $1.00 (up to $5,000) to the nonprofit organization for every UPC that is cut out and sent to them from any flavor of So Delicious™ Dairy Free Coconut Milk.

What a great deal.  Pick up one of these delicious non-dairy milks and send the upc in. That's DOUBLE the compassion! 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bob Barker and Mercy For Animals Exposes Veal Industry

Newly released hidden camera video secretly shot by an investigator with Mercy For Animals at one of the nation's top veal producers exposes baby calves covered in feces and chained by their necks in narrow stalls, where they cannot even turn around or walk.

The covert footage was recorded at Buckeye Veal Farm in Apple Creek, Ohio, and reveals baby calves chained inside 2-feet wide wooden stalls – so narrow they cannot turn around, walk, run, play, socialize with other animals, or engage in other basic natural behaviors. In such tight confinement, the animals are unable to lie down comfortably, breathe fresh air, see sunlight, clean themselves or bond with their mothers.

Sadly, the majority of calves raised for veal in the United States are subjected to this harsh and intensive confinement for their entire 18 to 20-week lives.

After viewing the footage, Dr. Marc Bekoff, an animal behavior expert at the University of Colorado, Boulder, stated: "Frankly, the treatment of these calves is disgusting, horrific, and reprehensible."

Yet, Costco and Giant Eagle grocery stores around the nation continue to sell veal from calves raised in this inhumane manner.

Due to its inherent cruelty, the American Veterinary Medical Association opposes chaining calves in restrictive crates and five U.S. states, as well as all 27 countries in the European Union, have outlawed their use.

Sickened by the conditions endured by these baby animals, Bob Barker, Emmy Award-winning host of Price is Right and longtime animal advocate, is joining MFA in urging consumers nationwide to boycott dairy and veal and Costco and Giant Eagle to immediately end the sale of veal – much of which comes from the facility investigated.

In letters sent to CEOs of both companies, Mr. Barker wrote: "As a civilized society, it's our moral obligation to prevent needless animal cruelty. Chaining baby calves in crates where they cannot even turn around is abusive and totally unacceptable."

While veal production represents one of the most abusive forms of animal agriculture, animal suffering is also widespread throughout the meat, dairy, and egg industries. Undercover investigations by MFA at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries, and slaughterhouses have all exposed cruelty and violence to farmed animals.

Compassionate consumers can end their direct financial support of farmed animal abuse by rejecting veal, and other animal products, and adopting a vegan diet.

Please go vegan.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

9 Year Old Activist Says LET LOLITA LIVE! (LLL)

Save Lolita!  Please join the cause!

Trevor and Capt. Watson of the Sea Shepherd

"The reason I started this page was because I watche a video of Lolita and I thought that no more whales should be treated like crud anymore! And I thought of the protest in Seattle that I am going to with my mom and brother and sister and dad, and I wanted to make sure she lives, so I thought of LLL which stands for Let Lolita Live! so please help Lolita live with her family!"

These were the words of a nine year old boy, Trevor, who "gets it".  Animals that are wild, should be left alone in the wild. Save Lolita!  What an amazing young activist.  Please join his facebook page HERE, and please help Lolita by visiting WWW.SAVELOLITA.COM

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blood Dolphins: Return to The Cove - Animal Planet New Series

Ric O'Barry is back! Animal Planet picks up where the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove" left off as Ric and his son Lincoln expose dolphin hunting in Japan and around the world.

Please follow the link to see a preview of this new series that I certainly hope, along with the documentary, "THE COVE" will help bring about change!

And if you are unfamiliar with "THE COVE", please see my previous post here:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ohio Animal Caretaker Killed During Bear Feeding

Ayinde O. Chase - AHN News Editor

Columbia Station, OH, United States (AHN) - An Ohio animal caretaker was mauled to death while feeding a bear. The victim, 24-year-old Brent Kandra, was an employee of Sam Mazzola, an exhibitor of exotic animals.

Investigators are looking into the incident to ascertain what may have provoked the attack.

However it appears the bear was out of its enclosure for the feeding and police were reportedly told that was routine. After the attack authorities were able to get the bear back in its cage without further incident.

News of the attack reached the Lorain County Sheriff's Office about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday via a 911 call. Hours later a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner confirmed Kandra died Friday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Mazzola was also rushed to a medical care facility after the attack to be treated for an unspecified medical condition.

Previously he's come under fire from animal-rights groups for his unconventional business practices.

PETA went after Mazzola 4 years ago for his practice of letting paying customers wrestle his
black bears according to reports.

Also an inquiry by the Department of Agriculture led to Mazzola losing his license to exhibit exotic animals. Additionally he faced a $13,950 fine for his bear-wrestling act since he didn’t have the proper licensing

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58 Pilot Whales Die In New Zealand Beach Stranding

Fifty-eight pilot whales died after they washed onto an isolated beach in northern New Zealand and rescue volunteers' initial efforts to refloat 15 others that survived failed Friday.

A fresh attempt to save the 15 beached sea mammals — which weigh up to 3,300 pounds each — will be made early Saturday, using machinery including a crane and transporter, said Department of Conservation acting area manager Mike Davies.

The 73 pilot whales probably stranded during the night on remote Karikari Beach which is why so many died before they were discovered, said the department's community relations manager, Carolyn Smith.

New Zealand frequently sees several mass whale strandings around its coastline, mainly each summer as whales pass by on their migration to and from Antarctic waters. Scientists have not been able to determine why whales become stranded.

A pod of 101 pilot whales stranded on the same beach in 2007.

Kimberly Muncaster, chief executive of the Project Jonah whale aid group, said the 15 surviving whales were in "fairly poor condition."

About 40 people tried to refloat them at high tide on Friday. Among those helping the department were trained volunteers from the Far North Whale Rescue group.

Davies said the 15 whales would not need to be sedated for Saturday's second rescue attempt using the heavy equipment as they were already in quite a docile state.

"The plan at first light will be to remove the whales across about half a mile of road by transporter and refloat them in nearby Matai Bay," he said, where sea conditions would be easier and the bay more sheltered.

New Zealand has one of the world's highest rates of whale strandings, according to the Department of Conservation. Since 1840, more than 5,000 strandings of whales and dolphins have been recorded around the New Zealand coast.

This is just so difficult to watch.  I don't know why this happens, but I am certainly sure that oil spills, global warming, and other factors lend a hand in this.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Singer Colbie Caillat Visits Farm Sanctuary

On Friday, August 13, Grammy award-winning “Bubbly” singer Colbie Caillat and members of her band, including guitarist Justin Young, took a break from their busy schedule touring with Sheryl Crow to visit the upstate New York Shelter of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, where they spent time “falling” for farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect.

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