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Here’s How the film “I AM GRETA” is a Call to Save our Animals, too!🐼🐪🐧🐗🐢🐘🐒🐻🐠🐬🐅

By Zachary Toliver

Greta Thunberg — the renowned climate activist, a devoted vegan, and possibly the only teenage girl driving grown men to rant and rave like children across media outlets — is now the star of her own documentary, I AM GRETA.

The film follows Greta from her lonely start protesting outside Parliament in her native country of Sweden to her speeches inspiring millions to hold strikes for climate change around the globe. While the documentary focuses on the climate crisis as a whole, there are plenty of gems that really resonate with us in the animal liberation movement.

After all, it’s impossible to eat animals and also claim to take climate change seriously.

Which brings us to the first reality check of the film:

“Adults always say one thing and then do something completely different.”

Greta’s words ring devastatingly true. It reminds us of times when folks have spouted love for animals while chowing down on flesh for dinner.

Greta isn’t a person who says one thing but does another. Her ethics shine throughout the film, most notably when she takes a small boat across the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean— instead of flying — to the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York City.

During her appearance at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, she scoffed that the only vegan options offered were rice and bulgur, while hamburger stations ran out of food. As Greta discusses in the documentary, we’re also disgusted that the top minds working on climate change would actually eat meat and dairy at events focused on saving the planet.

“[Y]ou all come to us young people for hope. How dare you.”

It’s such a cliché to place the burden of change on upcoming generations. In the face of the greatest human challenge in history, adults are forcing young people to be the ones to save civilization as we know it from a complete climate apocalypse.

Go, Prez Biden!!

But adults are the ones in charge. It’s parents who buy groceries, shop for clothing for their kids, and choose whether or not to patronize businesses that exploit animals for entertainment. They should be teaching personal responsibility by showing it.

Every time someone buys animal flesh, steals eggs from chickens, takes fish from collapsing ecosystems or filthy aquafarms, or drinks milk stolen from a mother, they further the destruction of this planet.

We can all do better by children by living vegan — right here, right now.


“Once the climate crisis has gotten your attention, you can’t look away. Once you fully understand the magnitude of the problem, then you can’t erase it.”

Like many others, Greta lived in absolute privilege — consuming tons of meat, buying lots of things, and flying all over the world. But once she learned how these choices increase our carbon footprint, she made changes. She stopped flying, stopped eating meat and dairy, and stopped buying new things.


This is why informing the masses about animal exploitation is so vital. When people finally witness video footage of farmers bludgeoning cows with sledgehammers, throwing live baby chicks into grinders, or chopping off the tails of screaming sheep, they have only two options: change their lifestyle to benefit animals (and the planet) or admit that they don’t care about these sentient beings. But they can never again claim ignorance.

“I have to get emotional once, it’s only reasonable.”

When asked what made her cry during her speech given to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Greta replied that it was talking about animals going extinct.

Family, we know this work gets hard. It’s maddening to witness animals suffering every single day because of speciesism. It’s disheartening to experience a global pandemic caused by eating animals. It’s soul-crushing to see forest fires catalyzed by the greedy meat industry destroy ecosystems and decimate wildlife populations.

To every activist out there, it’s OK to cry, take a moment for yourself, or ask for help. Burnout is real. We must take care of ourselves to continue this fight.

“We will be a pain in the ass, we will keep on striking until they do something.”

Cheers to that, Greta. For 40 years, PETA has been a proud disruptor of human speciesism around the globe. Our haters should know by now that we’ll never give up until every cage is empty and all animals are free from exploitation. And if our track record is any indication, the end of rampant animal exploitation may be here sooner than you think!

As Greta said, “[C]hange is coming, whether you like it or not.”

Be a Leader, Not a Follower! Go Vegan Today
The United Nations has stated that meat consumption must decrease by as much as 90% in order for us to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Thankfully, going vegan is easier than ever. Reduce your contribution to climate change by going vegan today. Go even further by persuading a friend or loved one to do the same!



VICTORY! Ascena Retail Bans Alpaca after Talks with PETA!

By Tara DiMaio

After PETA released our first-in-the-world undercover investigation into the alpaca industry, ascena retail group has banned alpaca and will fully eliminate the material from its product lines going forward!

This huge victory will prevent many alpacas from being roughly shorn. The company previously banned mohair and angora after PETA exposed the cruel industries that exploit goats and rabbits for their hair.

All of ascena’s brands — including Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, and Lane Bryant — are excluding alpaca from future collections.

Why Did ascena Say Goodbye to Alpaca?

ascena joins a growing list of retailers that have banned alpaca after seeing PETA’s undercover footage of rampant abuse in Peru, the world’s top alpaca producer.

Workers at the largest privately owned alpaca farm slammed pregnant alpacas onto tables, causing many to vomit and cry out in fear. The workers strapped these sensitive beings to a device resembling a medieval torture rack before stealing their fleece, leaving some bleeding after crudely shearing them.

And the cruelty doesn’t end there. When their fleece is no longer wanted, alpacas aren’t left in peace to roam fields or spend time with their families — instead, they’re slaughtered.

Alpacas feel love, anxiety, and sadness, just like humans. They even hum when they’re curious or content. Baby alpacas, known as cria, stay with their mothers for at least six months in their natural habitat. They deserve to spend their days eating herbs and cuddling with their young, not being stretched out on a restraining device or thrown around for fashion.

Your Voice Helps Keep Baby Alpacas With Their Mothers

PETA’s undercover investigation — and more than 100,000 signatures from supporters like you — persuaded major retailers to drop alpaca, a product of fear. Valentino and ESPRIT are just a couple of the high-end designers that banned alpaca, in a move that spares the lives of gentle animals. But some companies still profit from the pain and torment of alpacas in the name of fashion.

Please urge Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People to stop selling alpaca and all other animal-derived materials now!

Make your Thanksgiving turkey-free❤! (Buy your tofurkey + other vegan holiday roasts +cake/muffin mixes at TRADER JOE’S – SHREWSBURY, rt 9, right over the bridge❤)


Celebrate ThanksVegan this Year!

thanksgiving proclamation
Turkeys are lovely birds! Spare them this holiday season! vintage postcard courtesy of Worcester Historical Museum

PETA is launching a fresh take on the traditional Thanksgiving! What is ‘ThanksVegan’?!❤

ThanksVegan is a day when compassionate people feast on meat-free roasts, mashed potatoes made with dairy-free milk and butter, stuffing and green bean casserole made with vegetable broth, and vegan pumpkin pie topped with Cool Whip whipped cream!

Tofurkey roast with fixin’s! pics/art: PETA

It’s a day to enjoy all the traditional Thanksgiving staples that we know and love — without contributing to the suffering that comes with raising and killing animals for food.

Spread Compassion: Encourage Local Restaurants to Offer ThanksVegan Meals!

This year, there’s more than one way to help animals by celebrating ThanksVegan. In addition to cooking your own Thanksgiving feast, you can make a big difference in your community by asking local restaurants to serve a vegan dish — or dishes — this Thanksgiving season.

There’s never been a better time to add festive vegan fare — the sale of vegan meat increased nearly 150% in 2019 and has continued to skyrocket during the pandemic!

With so many delicious animal-free roasts available today — including Tofurky’s Plant-Based Roast, Field Roast’s Celebration Roast, Trader Joe’s Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast, and more — it’s easy for restaurants to add a humane holiday option to menus.


Companies across the country — including MOM’s Organic Market, Veestro, and Price Chopper❤ — have already agreed to participate in ThanksVegan and will be offering plenty of festive, animal-free fare. And nearly two dozen restaurants have signed on, including Veg’n Out in La Mesa, California; Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix; Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Bandaloop in Arundel, Maine.

Why Celebrating Compassionately Matters

When given a good life at a sanctuary, turkeys often follow humans around like puppies looking for treats and affection!❤

Educate yourself!

They’ve also been known to fall asleep in people’s laps while being petted. Turkeys are caring parents and spirited explorers who can live up to 10 years, but those raised for food are normally slaughtered when they’re between 12 and 26 weeks old — and millions are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone. The young birds are hung by their feet from metal shackles and dragged through an electrified bath, and they’re often still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re dumped into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.


Cows, chickens, and other animals also suffer in order for the meat, egg, and dairy industries to produce butter, broth, and other conventional items that are used during the holidays and beyond. These animals aren’t so different from the cats and dogs with whom we lovingly share our homes and lives. It’s speciesist to act as though only certain animals experience pain and fear.






Help abused animals – no matter which continent they live on!🌍🌎🌏


Monkeys Abused for Coconut Milk!

Update: October 27, 2020 Victory!

Costco — one of the largest grocery chains in the U.S. — has cut ties with Chaokoh coconut milk brand after discussions with PETA and hearing from thousands of concerned shoppers like you. …


Were monkeys forced to pick coconuts for your milk?

Many kind people choose coconut milk instead of cow’s milk because they don’t want to support cruelty to animals. But a disturbing PETA Asia investigation reveals that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, abusively trained, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts that are used to make coconut milk, meat, flour, oil, and other products.


PETA Asia investigators visited eight farms where monkeys are forced to pick coconuts — including those for one of Thailand’s major coconut milk producers, Chaokoh — as well as several monkey-training facilities and a coconut-picking competition. At each one, they documented that these sensitive animals were abused and exploited.

Many monkeys, typically pigtail macaques, are illegally abducted from their families and homes when they’re just babies. They’re fitted with rigid metal collars and kept chained or tethered for extended periods.

Wild pigtail macaques live in large family groups. Females stay with their families their entire lives. Mothers are highly protective of their babies, and the little ones rarely leave their mother’s side in the early weeks. While they have the ability to move silently through the tree canopies, pigtail macaques have a wide range of calls and vocalizations to communicate over large distances.

When forced to harvest coconuts, they are denied the freedom to move around, socialize with others, or do anything else that’s meaningful to them. These intelligent primates slowly lose their minds. Driven to desperation, they pace and circle endlessly on the barren, trash-strewn patches of dirt where they’re chained.

❤Grocers Take a Stand❤

Despite being alerted to the ugly origins of Chaokoh coconut milk, major grocery chains Publix, Albertsons, Kroger, Wegmans, Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market, Jewel-Osco, Save Mart, Woodman’s Market, Tony’s Fresh Market, and Super King Markets continue to sell these products.

This refusal to take a position against cruelty to animals is in contrast to the more than 25,000 other stores that have pledged not to purchase products from Chaokoh, and the majority will not buy any coconut products derived from monkey labor in Thailand.

Grocery chains around the world are taking a stand. Walgreens Boots Alliance — with nearly 10,000 stores in the U.S., the U.K., and Thailand — has committed to not stocking Chaokoh products and not knowingly selling any own-brand coconut food or drink products of Thai origin.

Cost Plus World Market, Food Lion, H-E-B, Sears, ShopRite, and Smart & Final in the U.S. and Albert Heijn in the Netherlands have changed their purchasing decisions after being informed of the cruelty behind Thai coconut products.

No Tropical Paradise

Other coconut-growing regions —Bincluding Brazil, Colombia, and Hawaii — harvest coconuts using humane, non-animal methods such as tractor-mounted hydraulic elevators, willing human tree-climbers, rope or platform systems, or ladders, or they plant dwarf coconut trees. Studies have shown that these methods are superior to using monkeys, who can’t distinguish between ripe and unripe fruit, and the ripe coconuts get bruised when the animals drop them to the ground.

Coconut water typically comes from coconuts grown on dwarf trees, including the Nam Hom variety, so harvesting them doesn’t require monkey labor. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that monkeys won’t be used. PETA has confirmed, however, that Harmless Harvest is among the companies that don’t use monkey labor for coconut water.

Take Action!!!❤

Please, next time you shop for groceries, if you see Chaokoh coconut milk on the shelves, talk to the store’s manager and ask them to reconsider their relationship with these brands.

Send polite e-mails to the following companies urging them to stop selling these products:

Colleen Wegman at

Personalized letters always work best! (A Worcester Public Schools WRITING ASSIGNMENT??? – Rose)

PETA Wins Over Winners — TJX-Owned Companies Are All Finally Fur-Free!



By Elena Waldman

And don’t forget – REFRAIN FROM BUYING WOOL SWEATERS, SCARVES ETC THIS WINTER! Man-made fibers/material are just as cozy and warm!

After years of massive pressure from PETA and other activists — including hearing from more than 90,000 of our members and supporters worldwide — the Canadian department store chain Winners, which is owned by TJX Companies, is now fur-free!

Since 2001, PETA has been turning up the heat on TJX Companies — the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Winners, and others — with a fiery campaign.

Over the last two decades, we and other animal rights activists haven’t let up — using everything from passionate demonstrations to behind-the-scenes talks with company leadership to our many efforts on social media to call TJX out.

Thanks to Canadian activists, including Len Goldberg, Ashley Ollie, and Mary Chris-Staples for their instrumental help in achieving this victory with an on the ground campaign — consisting of daring disruptions, protests, in-store discussions with managers, phone blitzes that bombarded TJX with hundreds of calls, an e-mail campaign that saturated TJX with almost 10,000 emails, and social media memes shared thousands of times — this latest ban marks TJX Companies’ transition to being 100% fur-free.

PETA has also released a number of investigative videos exposing fur-farm cruelty all around the globe, such as in China, where animals are often hung up by their legs or tail and sometimes even skinned alive, and recently in Russia, where screaming chinchillas are electrocuted and rabbits are bludgeoned and decapitated for their fur.

Now that TJX Companies has arrived into the 21st century by banning fur products from all its 4,500 global locations, we can finally celebrate!!




Try these terrific fall recipes! (yes, they’re veggie!❤)



Try these terrific fall recipes from PETA:



2 oz. vegan margarine, plus extra for brushing the squash

2 Tbsp. maple syrup, plus extra for brushing the squash

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 1-lb. squash (acorn or winter squash work well), cut in half lengthwise and seeded

2 vegan sausages, sliced

1 green apple, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Melt the vegan margarine in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave and stir in the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Spoon into the seeded squash halves and bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can pierce the skin with a fork.

Pour the margarine mixture from the center into a medium bowl.

Scoop out some of the cooked squash flesh with a spoon, making sure to leave enough at the bottom so that the squash hold their shape, and add to the bowl.

Add the vegan sausages, apples and walnuts and mix until well combined.

Fill each squash half with the mixture, then brush with vegan margarine and maple syrup.

Cover with foil and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes.

Makes 4 servings





2 Tbsp. vegan margarine (try Earth Balance brand)

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cumin

Dash white or black pepper

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup ground cashews

1 cup pumpkin purée

8 fresh premade lasagna sheets


Melt the vegan margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, sea salt and cashews and stir until well combined.

Add in the pumpkin purée and continue stirring and mashing until the consistency resembles that of mashed potatoes.

Lay the fresh lasagna sheets on a flat surface and place a dollop of the pumpkin-cashew mixture every 2 inches.

Lay another lasagna sheet on top and press down around the filling. Cut into squares, using a fork to seal the edges.

Gently add to a pot of boiling water and cook for 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sauce for the perfect pumpkin dinner!

Makes 4 servings




1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 bay leaf

6 sprigs fresh parsley

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 Tbsp. whole peppercorns

1 cup white wine

5 cups water

2 large onions, diced, with 1/4 cup reserved

3 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pinch of nutmeg, to taste

1/4 cup Corn Nuts snack, plain flavor, coarsely crushed, for garnish


Place the carrot, celery, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, white wine, water and all but 1/4 cup of the onions in a large pot, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

Strain the soup, discard the pulp, and return the liquid to the pot.

Add the squash and remaining onion to the pot and cook over medium heat until the squash is tender.

Transfer the squash, onion, and one cup of the liquid (reserving the remaining liquid in a separate container) to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season it with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Pour the purée back into the pot and add some of the reserved liquid, stirring to achieve desired consistency. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle Corn Nuts over each.

Makes 4 servings








Pick your own this fall!


1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

2 Tbsp. vinegar

1 cup pumpkin purée

2 Tbsp. vegan margarine, melted (try Earth Balance brand)

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla syrup

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


Combine the almond milk, vinegar, pumpkin purée, vegan margarine, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet.

When the batter starts to bubble, flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve with maple syrup and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice for a delicious breakfast!

Makes 12 Servings!



Their beaks are seared off, they’re crammed into teeny cages…they sit in their own excrement … PLEASE! FORGO THE TURKEYS AT YOUR HARVEST FEASTS! – Rose T.




Meet 6 Black Vegan YouTubers who prove veganism protects animals, keeps you healthy – and reflects the best versions of US!❤💃



With new vegan YouTube channels popping up every day, it never hurts to add more content creators to your subscription list. There are so many different ways to promote animal rights, from vegan fitness to cruelty-free beauty. These Black vegan YouTubers prove that being vegan is the best way to protect animals while achieving the best versions of ourselves.


SweetPotatoSoul is just as sweet as her name suggests. She’s a bright, energetic mom-on-the-go with dozens of vegan recipes and life hacks that will make your day-to-day regimen simple. Her vegan soul food series features a classic buttermilk waffles recipe, so you can indulge in your favorite breakfast treat without supporting the dairy industry. Cows have strong emotional bonds with their calves, who are torn away from them on dairy farms, so follow SweetPotatoSoul for some great vegan options.

❤Toni Mitchell

If you’re working on a glow-up and you need some healthy vegan recipes and a killer workout regimen, Toni Mitchell has the perfect channel for you. Her 25-minute HIIT workout will leave you sweaty and hungry for one of her delicious, easy vegan meals. She also has plenty of tips and tricks for staying vegan on a busy schedule as well as meal prep ideas so that your meals are never boring!

❤Rachel Ama

If your vegan plate is looking a bit drab lately, Rachel Ama is here to help. Her channel is packed to the brim with colorful, exciting meals that are fun to prepare and even more fun to eat! Her epic vegan mac and cheese recipe is loaded with a savory sauce and vegan bacon bits—a delectable dish that protects pigs and cows from the cruel industries that harm these kind, empathetic animals every day.


If you’re ready to bulk up, SoTrueQ has you covered with vegan bodybuilding information that will help you achieve your fitness goals. His vegan high protein eating and workout videos illustrate how being vegan is the best way to maintain long-term results.

❤The Urban Black Vegan

The Urban Black Vegan is entertaining, to say the least. His videos are full of passionate rants about vegan ethics, food, and health that are amusing and informative. His channel is a necessary addition to your subscription list if you’re in need of some inspiration.


Youngmedusa wears many hats. Her channel features spiritual reflections, discussions about being part of the LGBTQ+ community and Black, fun tags and challenges, and animal-friendly beauty tips—all with a vegan perspective.


As more parents teach their kids at home, why not teach THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS?


The Hidden Lives of Pigs


When in their natural surroundings—not on factory farms—pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, and relax in the sun. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names, learn “tricks” like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. They’ve been seen showing empathy for other pigs who are happy or distressed. Many even sleep in “pig piles,” much like dogs sleep nestled together. Some love to cuddle, while others prefer space. And they don’t “sweat like pigs.” They’re actually unable to sweat, and they like to bathe in water or mud in order to keep cool.


People who run animal sanctuaries that include pigs note that they’re more similar to us than you might guess. Like humans, they enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages. They can even play video games! Read more inspiring stories and learn more fascinating facts about animals like pigs in the bestselling book Animalkind.

What the Experts Say:

Pigs communicate constantly with one another. More than 20 types of oinks, grunts, and squeals have been identified, which they use for different situations — from wooing their mates to expressing hunger. Newborn piglets learn to run toward their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

They also have very long memories. Dr. Stanley Curtis, formerly of Penn State University, put a ball, a Frisbee, and a dumbbell in front of several pigs and was able to teach them to jump over, sit next to, or fetch any of the objects when asked to—and they could distinguish between the objects three years later.

Biologist Tina Widowski studies pigs and marvels at their intelligence: “When I was working with the monkeys, I used to look at them and say: ‘If you were a pig, you would have this figured out by now.’”

Scientists at the University of Illinois have learned that pigs not only have temperature preferences, they can also figure out through trial and error how to turn on the heat in a cold barn and turn it off again when they get too warm.

Pig Prowess:

Pigs have been known to save the lives of others, including their human friends. According to BBC News, a pig named Pru saved her guardian’s life by dragging her out of a muddy bog. “I was panicking. I didn’t know what to do and I think the pig sensed this,” she said. “Without Pru I wouldn’t have been able to get out of the mire.”

In addition to Pru, there’s Priscilla, a pig who saved a young boy from drowning, and Spammy, who led firefighters to a burning shed to save her calf friend Spot. Lulu found help for her human companion, who had collapsed from a heart attack. A pig named Tunia chased away an intruder, and another, named Mona, held onto the leg of a suspect attempting to flee until the police arrived.

Many who have ended up in sanctuaries found their new homes after jumping off slaughterhouse-bound trucks and escaping. And in England, a stone carving of a pig named Butch was placed upon a historic cathedral after he and his friend Sundance escaped from a slaughterhouse and roamed the country for several days before being captured. Fortunately, a national outcry against slaughter allowed the duo to go to a sanctuary.

Sweet🐾 column from Edith!🐹🐀🐿🐾

🐿Turnabout is Fair Play!🐀

🌻By Edith Morgan🌻

Edith is a great gardener!

We humans have pretty much invaded and taken over most animals’ habitats. Many species just gave up the ghost before the advancing human hordes. They gradually died out, or moved, until there was nowhere else to go.

Cute squirrel. pics: PETA

But there are the survivors … They have adapted beautifully and are thriving in the city surroundings.

My best friends have a big yard, and work very hard to raise fresh vegetables and herbs which they consume and also share. I have enjoyed many a bag full of tomatoes, cukes and even plums and peaches, until their trees gave out.

But this year they are having to share their garden with some unwelcome visitors: the one or two rabbits that used to visit them in years past have done what rabbits are so well known for: they have multiplied and were eating to the ground every bit of green they could find.

Adorable chipmunk!

In desperation, our friends erected a high mesh fence around their second planting, figuring the rabbits could not get over or under that. But word must have gotten out in the animal world, because, while the fence seems to have slowed down the rabbits, it seems to have been less of a deterrent to the chipmunks, who can squeeze through most any opening. And to add insult to injury, a ground hog found its way to their garden, requiring a much bigger “have-a-heart “ cage to be transported far away to a new home in a park.

I have been lucky so far this summer. I do fed the squirrels daily, and I notice now that there are bids also eating the peanut-bread treats I put out. But so far they have left my newly constructed garden alone. I feel we have a deal: I feed them beside the porch, and they leave my tomatoes, peppersand herbs alone.

I don’t have a problem sharing my food with wildlife; after all, we invaded the animals’ territory. It only seems fair to let them return and get a little of their own back!



The outbreak next door? … and more🇺🇸🎶

By Gemma Vaughan

Long before the novel coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, presumably in a live-animal market, people were getting sick from animals right in their own homes. People who feel the need to obtain an exotic “pet” are putting themselves at risk — from E. coli, salmonella, ringworm, campylobacter and other pathogens — and relegating wild animals to an unnatural and miserable existence.

Zoonoses — diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals — make up approximately three-quarters of today’s emerging infectious diseases, and many of them have originated in exotic animals, including those sold as pets. Wild animals imported into the United States for the pet trade may harbor a host of unknown viral, bacterial or parasitic pathogens. Most imported animals are not quarantined and are minimally screened for disease. After a 2003 outbreak of monkeypox that sickened dozens of people across multiple states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked the source to a legal shipment of African rodents intended for the pet trade.

Removing wild animals from their native habitats and forcing them to live in an artificial environment — our homes — is an outbreak waiting to happen. As a CDC scientist put it, “A wild animal will be in the bush, and in less than a week it’s in a little girl’s bedroom.”

Even animals thought to be innocuous pose serious risks. While they don’t show any symptoms of illness, an estimated 90% of reptiles harbor salmonella, which is a nasty type of bacteria. Typical symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Other complications can include sepsis, septic arthritis, meningitis — and even death. Attempts to eliminate salmonella in reptiles with antibiotics have been unsuccessful and have led to increased antibiotic resistance.

Herpesviruses, tuberculosis and rabies have been found in many different species of primates. “Pocket pets” like sugar gliders can harbor giardiasis, leptospirosis, clostridiosis and toxoplasmosis. Seemingly benign hedgehogs carry a variety of external and internal parasites, including ringworm.

The exotic pet trade is deadly for animals, too. A study published by the U.K.’s Society of Biology found that at least 75% of pet snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles die within one year of being acquired — likely from the stress of captivity.

Animals suffer long before they find themselves in someone’s home. International dealers who supply animal “inventory” to U.S. pet store chains often house animals in huge, dark, rank warehouses. One massive exotic-animal wholesale facility in Texas stored tens of thousands of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arachnids in severely crowded and filthy boxes, bins, troughs and even soda bottles. Treated like car parts, they were denied food, water and veterinary care. Authorities shut this outfit down after a PETA undercover investigation exposed the appalling conditions.

PETA also documented conditions at a reptile breeding mill in Ohio that supplies frogs, lizards, turtles and other animals to pet store chains. Animals there were deprived of water for days or even weeks. Sick and injured animals never received veterinary care, even when their injured limbs were rotting off or they had wounds full of maggots. At a massive Pennsylvania dealer that supplies hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S., the stench of ammonia was so strong that it burned federal agents’ eyes and noses, and staff admitted that they had learned to kill unwanted animals “on the internet.”

Allowing the public to buy, sell, breed and keep exotic species is dangerous to us and harmful to the animals. The time for the federal government to impose laws to end this deadly cycle is long overdue. If not now, with the coronavirus running rampant, when?





One of my fave lps:

♥️ pic: Rose T.