Fur Around The Collar

Please check your products for animal usage, the winter season is usually full of furry collars and you don’t want to be wearing cat or dog or any animal who died a cruel painful death.

Fur is sexy, beautiful, sensuous and luxurious. Nothing feels better against your skin, and beautiful, sexy, successful people wear it. Fur is also environmentally friendly and is therefore a sustainable resource.

These are the campaigns the fur industry uses to get people to commit the ultimate atrocities permitted against animals. Consumers are misled by retailers who assure them that animals used for fur are humanely euthanized, intentionally hiding the reality of how the animals are hideously killed. Understand what makes this savage industry tick and what it will take to change it. Here is a mild video with people talking about the industry.

Skin Trade The Movie interviews insiders, designers, leaders and celebrities compiled in a heart-punching documentary directed and produced by award-winning director Shannon Keith.Whether you are a fan of fur or repulsed by the thought, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie.

The Canadian Seal Hunt is actually happening in Canada, yes this is for real. Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. 275,000 will be killed this spring. 45 million of animals are killed in  farms each year 5 million are captured or killed in the nature (seals, wolves, tigers, etc) each year

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What does it take? The Food Connection

I often wondered why everyone wasn’t jumping on my band wagon of deciding to cut out meat and dairy and look for alternatives to leather and wool. I blog, I post articles, videos, pictures anything to get the word out. Wanting so desperately to share what I have learned, I tell all my friends. Not everyone makes the connection and not everyone is willing to learn. So what does it take? It’s different for everyone.

When we are young, someone else is making our food choices then as adults we are influenced by ad’s and commercials, sometimes it’s religion or family tradition. Whatever the reason it’s you who needs to take control of the food you eat. Make the connection. Create new traditions. Question the information that is being presented to you, even mine!

“The most important part of vegetarianism  for me was the shift in consciousness that takes place. There is a true correlation between our food choices and violence in the world. The only person who would disagree with that is a meat-eater”

I know what you’re thinking: “more vegan propaganda to make you feel guilty” How do I know? That’s how I used to react to it too. You see, without being properly educated and aware I too was using my body as a burial ground for dead meat. Even when I thought about giving it up, I made up the same excuses as many others do. I’m even a huge animal lover and I still couldn’t make the connection.

It wasn’t until I got sick and had no choice but to make a change. Then I wondered how can we be a truly compassionate and go along with the mass terror inflicted on millions of animals a year and the unnatural treatment of animals. How can you say you love animals but then separate them for food? You may turn your head from the “ugly” material that is out there proving this, but that doesn’t eliminate the ugliness.

I have experienced a much wider variety of food than I thought possible without meat. Food without chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and who knows what else. I say get creative with your cooking. I feel as though I’ve started to learn how to eat all over again, and it’s FUN. I say enjoy the inner peace that WILL come to you as your body gets healthier and in tune with the natural world from the inside out.

Look for recipes and sites, locals who are getting involved in the food revolution. Try The Vegan Project, Liberation BC, Vegan Yum Yum, Tal Ronnen, The Thrive Diet , Diet For A New America, there are so many outlets for making the change, providing you with recipes, inspiration and informed information. You WILL feel the change, the more knowledge you gain the deeper the connection.

Plant-Based Nutrition represents a forward-looking view of nutrition, it not only contributes to your health but you will look and feel better. By going plant-based you will be taking responsibility for your self the animals and the environment.

I added this short video about and escaped slaughter cow, in this video a woman describes her awakened connection between what she eats and the cow that stands before her. It’s a beautiful video and it really touched my heart. I hope it touches yours.

Maxine’s Dash For Freedom

“When one becomes a vegetarian, it purifies the soul” – Isaac Bashevis Singer


The Food Revolution, John Robbins “Is it ok to eat animals?”

John Robbins thinks it’s wrong to eat animals, on a number of levels.

Deep within the mind, people are compassionate. So, are they really sad about the way food animals are reared and killed. or are they trained from childhood onwards to suppress that sadness and keep on eating meat. Further, are they  brainwashed as to the nutrition and value of meat, which is a myth. This makes people insensitive to cruelty. The inherent human compassion and love for living beings, including fellow humans, thus, disappear. The whole thing is a matter of individual psychology.

This is an excerpt from the new documentary PROCESSED PEOPLE.

Find our how your food choices affect your health, happiness and the future of life on Earth so hopefully the next time you’ll be passing McDonalds you’ll just keep walking on – it’s worth every step you take away from it. 1h long. A must see for everyone.

Diet for A New America by John Robbins

Diet For A New America – How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth, is widely considered to be one of the most influential books on health, compassion, and the environment ever written in the English language. It has sold more than 1,000,000 copies, and at the turn of the century, it was heralded as among the ten most important books of the 20th century by numerous organizations working for a joyous, fair, and sustainable world.

Robbins, the author of bestselling book Diet for a New America, decided to completely change the way he lived and set out to explore a way to live with nature in harmony and also grow his own food without eating meat. His classic book awakened the conscience of a nation and since its first publication in 1987 beef consumption in the United States has fallen a remarkable 19%. Diet for a New America is a startling examination of the food Americans currently buy and eat in the United States, and the shocking moral, economic, and emotional price we pay for it. John Robbins takes an extraordinary look at our dependence on animals for food and the inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised.

Although it is commonly known today that meat and dairy products are one of the primary causes for heart and other deadly diseases, people are living (and dying) with them every day.  Diet For A New America is  a well-documented expose of America’s “factory farms” and should prompt even die-hard meat-and-potatoes lovers to reevaluate their diets. Asserting that “we are ingesting nightmares for breakfast, lunch and dinner,”

Robbins details how livestock is raised under increasingly industrialized conditions by “agribusiness oligopolies.” Grazing and foraging have given way to debeaking, tail-docking, dehorning and castration, and treatment with pesticides, hormones, growth and appetite stimulants, tranquilizers and antibiotics which, in turn, are assimilated by humans who then suddenly become sick.

Robbins correlates our “protein obsessed” society with a higher incidence of arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer and other degenerative diseases, as well as freakish occurrences like premature puberty from estrogen contamination. As Robbins debunks nutritional myths perpetuated by the powerful meat and dairy industries (indicting as well his family’s Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire), this is sure to prove controversial.

It becomes clear that the price we pay for our eating habits is measured in the suffering of animals, a suffering so extreme and needless that it disrupts our very place in the web of life. Robbins then challenges the belief that consuming meat is a requirement for health by pointing our the vastly increased rate of disease caused by pesticides, hormones, additives, and other chemicals now a routine part of our food production.

Robbins shows us that the high health risk is unnecessary, and that the production, preparation, and consumption of food can once again be a healthy process. He also looks at the global implications of a meat-based diet and concludes that the consumption of the resources necessary to produce meat is a major factor in our ecological crisis. Or read the book.

Listen to Animal Voices at Noon tomorrow (Oct 22, 2010) for an interview with John Robbins (yep, he gave up his Baskin-Robbins inheritance to be a vegan activist!

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God And Dog (For Chico)

I am not a religious person. I am passion, compassion, love and give. My dog is the most wonderful gift and I couldn’t imagine that one day he will not be by my side.

I believe in a higher power called the universe and I’m pretty sure that the universe conspired to give me the gift of having Chico the dog. He came to me around 9 months old, defeated and in desperate need of a bath and a good home. I don’t know what his life was like for that 9 months, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t kind. today is his 7th birthday. I dedicate this song to my best friend. I love you Chico, Happy 7th Birthday. I love you.

This video is really cute and reminds me of him, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

by WJ Francisco

Chef Tal Ronnen’s “The Conscious Cook”

The Conscious Cook shows that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste and appetite.

I tried this recipe, It’s really great. I did decide to switch my “Chicken” to the Eves Veggie Skewers because of the taste. I prefer these much better. I just wish they made them bigger!

Earthings A Life Changing Documentary

EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made.

EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”