Monday, October 31, 2011

World Vegan Day 2011

I live my life with the belief that all animals, both human and non - human should be allowed to live their life in peace.  Free of pain, suffering and exploitation.  This is why I am VEGAN.  Novemeber 1st is WORLD VEGAN DAY. 

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society UK.
2011 marks the 67th anniversary of the term 'vegan' (and thus the verbally clarified concept of 'veganism' and of the Vegan Society).

There are many things you can do to help promote VEGANISM all throughout the year!  A few things that I like to do are:

* Cook vegan meals for family and friends

* Bake vegan cookies for co-workers

* Take friends and family to sanctuaries for farmed animals

* Speak openly and honestly about why I'm vegan.  And why it's the right thing to do by the animals

* Leave information flyers on message boards at the supermarket and other public settings

* Try new vegan restaurants and invite friends to come along to see what their missing

* Wear message gear (T-shirts, caps) that have a vegan message on them

These are just a few of the things I like to do to get the VEGAN word out there and try to inspire people to look deep inside themselves and make a change.  For themselves and for the animals we share this world with.  Follow the link to my personal message for World Vegan Day 2011.  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ellen DeGeneres Wants You to “Adopt” a Turkey This Thanksgiving

Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project celebrates 25 years of changing the way America thinks about turkeys

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.October 25, 2011 – Who can resist the adorable faces of turkeys gobbling for compassion at Thanksgiving? Not Ellen DeGeneres. That’s why she’s back for the second year in a row to serve as Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson, inviting everyone to save, not eat, a turkey this holiday season.

Says DeGeneres: "Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone. So, this Thanksgiving instead of eating a turkey, please join me in adopting one from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and you can give a turkey something to be thankful for."

For 25 years, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has put smiles on the faces of both carnivores and vegetarians alike, while providing support for the care of more than 1,000 rescued turkeys and inspiring people everywhere to make more compassionate choices. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters or a recipient of their choice will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters and fun details about their adopted turkey.

This year’s irresistible flock of “adoptable” turkeys include Skip, who advises prospective adopters “When preparing Thanksgiving dinner, skip the turkey!;” Antoinette, who declares ”Let them eat squash!;” Elizabeth, who demurs “This Thanksgiving, give a turkey the royal treatment;” Victoria, who proclaims ”A holiday feast that’s cruelty-free is one fit for a queen;” Payton, who counsels “In a ton of ways, compassion pays;” Amelinda, who reveals “I’ll be having a happy Thanksgiving, thanks to kind people like you;” and Raphael, who pleads “Picture a more compassionate world. Start with Thanksgiving.”

“We’re thrilled to have Ellen’s support again this year,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “Here at Farm Sanctuary, we live with turkeys, so we know they are interesting and intelligent and have complex emotional lives like dogs, cats and other animals. Sadly, the meat industry subjects turkeys to intolerable cruelty and treats them like inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities. Fortunately, each one of us can choose not to support this cruelty by adopting a turkey at Thanksgiving instead of eating one.”

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 and to view this year’s “adoptable” turkeys, visit or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Voice 4 Animals Podcast - Episode 9 - Smoking

Second-hand smoke and it's affects on the innocent lives of children and animals.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Vireo Rescue Story - by Michael Tiedemann

On October 1st, I found this little bird waiting for me as I got home from work. He was shivering and wouldn't fly away when I tried to coax him to. There were no visible signs of injury that I could see, so I sat with him for about an hour. Then decided to put him in a shoe box, brought him inside the warm house and called the wildlife people. They told me that it is the time of year when the Vireos (I didn't know what kind of bird he was) are migrating and sometimes they fly into windows and get concussions. After a 2 and a half hour wait, going outside every half hour to see if he will fly, my little friend pecked at me and flew away. THIS is why I'm VEGAN. 

Below are pictures of my new friend and the website to the Animal Kingdom USA Wildlife Rescue.

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