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Tomorrow! Public Outdoor Town Hall to Demand a People’s COVID-19 Bailout! … + more🌱🌞🎻

Public Outdoor Town Hall to Demand a People’s COVID-19 Bailout!

Tomorrow! July 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm

Where? East Park, 180 Shrewsbury St. Worcester!

We Want Bernie Worcester and Humanity First Movement Massachusetts, with participation from other organizations, as part of a coordinated national event organized by the Movement for a People’s Party (MPP, peoplesparty.org), will be bringing to our Representative our demands for a full “people’s stimulus” in the next Congressional Covid Stimulus Bill (see below.)

Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester has agreed to be present to hear our stories and respond to us.

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Face masks and social distancing will be expected of all participants.

This will a peaceful non-violent event in the spirit of democratic civic engagement.

The event will be live-streamed for those who can’t (or shouldn’t) attend in person.

Chris Horton of Worcester, a volunteer with We Want Bernie Worcester, said: “In the coming months, if parts of the economy fail to recover and many small business are allowed to fail, and if the extra unemployment relief payments and the moratoria on foreclosures and evictions end as scheduled, people rightly fear that their situations would become desperate.

“Congress has already authorized trillions of dollars in financial relief and assistance to large financial institutions, corporations and the very wealthy. We are asking our Representatives to firmly block any new relief package that doesn’t fully fund the needs of the people.”

The demands, in short, are:

1. Defund police and divert funds back to schools and social services

2. Medicare for all

3. Monthly $2,000 cash payments for all

4. Cover payroll to protect small business jobs

5. Suspend rent and mortgage payments

6. Suspend student and credit card loan payments

BE THERE!

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RECIPE FROM CHEF JOEY!

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America! Eat in moderation! Stop supersizing your meals! … Did you know that 1 serving of meat/protein should be the size of a deck of cards? … 🌸🌷Make this low-cal rice salad by Chef Joey and be on your way to health … Just in:
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💐Rice is not just a side starch – it makes a wonderful salad in the summertime! Nice and cold!

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Joey’s rice salad

🍀Directions:

🌷Make a homemade salad dressing with crushed cloves of garlic, Dijon mustard, oil and apple cider vinegar.

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Chopped cloves of garlic, garlic bulb

❤Then cook your rice – brown rice has protein for you vegans.

🎶Add to your rice:

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chopped cucumbers
chopped tomatoes
corn
fresh basil

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Sometimes I even add some tuna and have it as a meal! It is fast, delicious, healthy, fresh and refreshing!!

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5 Ways to Help Animals at a BBQ – + lose weight! … 🇺🇸and more🎶

Why are most Americans overweight, obese – even morbidly obese? OVER-EATING SUPER-SIZED MEALS! And not eating enough veggies and fruits; consuming way too much fat in meat, dairy products and even dessert! Too much sugar, too! A national disgrace! A national health crisis! … AMERICA: STOP SUPER-SIZING YOUR MEALS! EAT LESS!! EAT LESS MEAT! FILL UP ON FRUITS, VEGGIES AND VEGAN GOODNESS! – Rose T.

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Summer is almost here, and that means sunshine, swimming pools and social-distance socializing within small groups! Throw a grill in the mix, and you’ve got a perfect BBQ!

But if you find yourself at a cookout with omnivorous friends, have no fear: You’re in a great place to spread awareness about living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Here’s how:

🌞1. Bring Your Favorite Mock Meats

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Or make your own black bean veggie burger!

Most meat-eaters are unaware of how delicious vegan foods can be. Show them by bringing along your favorite grillable plant-based protein. There are loads of options at grocery stores, or you can get fancy and make your own.

🌞 2. Know the Facts

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By bringing your own foods to the party, you’re already opening up the conversation. The next step is to know the facts. Be ready for the “standard” questions, such as:

What do you eat?
Where do you get your protein?
Don’t we need meat, eggs, and dairy products to be healthy?
Isn’t eating meat natural?
And our favorite:

If you were starving on a boat at sea and there was an animal on board, would you eat that animal?
Answers to these and all the other “frequently asked questions” can be found here.

🌞3. Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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If bringing your own faux meat doesn’t do it, then a stylish and poignant T-shirt from the PETA Catalog will definitely get the conversation started. Check out our selection of animal rights tees to see if there’s something that speaks to you — so that you can speak to them.

❤ 4. Don’t Forget the Sides

Why stop at the burgers and dogs when there are so many delicious classic summer sides that you can veganize? Try PETA’s recipes for coleslaw, pasta salad, baked beans, potato salad, and chocolate pudding to get conversations going and mouths watering.

❤ 5. Set a Good Example

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It’s important that we set a good example whenever we’re advocating for animals. We don’t want to give meat-eaters any excuse not to take us seriously, so beware of some common pitfalls:

Don’t accost people with your points. Try and work animal rights into the conversation subtly. People are generally curious and will ask about it.
Build people up! Instead of telling them how many animals they harm each year, tell them how many animals they could save (200 each year if they go vegan).
Leave the “meat is murder” talk out of it. This will likely start a heated argument, and you don’t want to be that vegan who ruined the party.

If the cook uses the same utensils to cook both meat and veggie options, don’t make a huge issue out of it. Remember: It’s not about personal purity. It’s about advocating for the animals who are suffering on factory farms.

Be yourself! You’re not talking to a group of strangers, you’re talking to friends. Appeal gently to them as individuals. For example, if you know that a family member is trying to get healthy, tell that person about the health benefits of going vegan. If a bacon-loving friend has a dog, tell that person that pigs are smarter than dogs.

❤Remember: You’re right. The facts, scientific studies, and ethics are on your side, so don’t get frustrated. Just by chatting casually about animals rights, you’re making a huge difference for animals.

Every interaction starts conversations, opens hearts, and changes minds. Even a few words can start people on the path to making the kind choice for themselves, the planet, and animals: going vegan. Good luck!

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Which Foods Can Best Prepare you for the Novel Coronavirus’s “Second Wave”?

By Heather Moore

COVID-19 cases are rising in many parts of America as our states are relaxing lockdown measures … and we’re still months, if not years, away from a vaccine.

Health experts are still warning that a larger, second wave of COVID 19 infections could hit us later this year. But let’s not despair — we can still take steps to help stave off the virus and other health problems.

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In addition to social distancing, hand-washing and wearing face masks, let’s eat more immune-boosting veggies, fruits and foods to stay healthy:

While wholesome vegan foods won’t cure COVID-19 if you become infected, they can help strengthen your immune system so you’re less susceptible to viruses in the first place. Corinne Bush, science director for the American Nutrition Association and a member of the Personalized Nutrition and COVID-19 Task Force, told The Washington Post that one of the best ways to bolster our immune systems is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and other plant foods are nutritional powerhouses — and they’re tasty, too. They’re cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, rich in fiber and other nutrients, and have been shown to prevent — and, in some cases, reverse — chronic ailments, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The American Cancer Society recently released new guidelines encouraging people to eat plant foods rather than red and processed meats. This is especially timely advice considering that research suggests that cancer patients and survivors who get COVID-19 are more likely to succumb to the virus than people who have never had cancer.

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Overall, people with chronic diseases are more vulnerable to COVID-19, which is worrisome since approximately 133 million Americans — more than 40% of the U.S. population — suffer from at least one chronic disease.

Health experts encourage everyone to eat foods that contain flavonoids — nutrients found in citrus fruits, berries, apples, broccoli, legumes and other plant foods—to help protect against the novel coronavirus and other pathogens. While we can’t prevent or cure COVID-19 with produce, we can maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce our risk for chronic illnesses that would make us more susceptible to it.

Unfortunately, some people aren’t buying produce now that they need it the most, because prices have gone up, likely because of an initial surge in demand (as restaurants closed and more people began buying fruits and vegetables to prepare at home). Retail experts predict that higher farm labor costs are also driving up the cost of fresh produce.

No one wants to pay extra, especially since so many of us are unemployed or seeing our savings take a nosedive—or both. But we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by skimping on important nutrients and buying cheap fast food or processed junk food.

Vegan foods—such as beans, rice, tofu and pasta—still tend to cost less than animal-derived foods. The price of tofu, for example, currently averages about $2.66 per pound. Not bad for a versatile food that’s associated with lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

A pre-pandemic study involving more than 1,000 people around the nation found that meat-eaters spend an average of $23 more per week on groceries than those who don’t eat meat. In the long run, I suspect they spend a lot more if you factor in the medical bills you can rack up if you eat unhealthy animal-based foods.

Last year, researchers at Tufts University suggested subsidizing fruits and vegetables, saying they could prevent millions of cases of chronic disease and save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs. Food is powerful medicine, according to the researchers, who say it should be treated as a key element in healthcare.

Perhaps now, the pandemic will force us to revisit that idea or at least give us all the impetus to eat more produce and other healthy vegan foods. Because, while fruits and veggies won’t stop the novel coronavirus, eating healthy can certainly help bolster our defenses against it.

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From Chef Joey🇫🇷: Homemade Syrian Bread💙! … + more🇺🇸🎵

MAKE YOUR OWN SYRIAN BREAD!

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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The key to making homemade Syrian bread is a HOT oven and a pizza stone or a cookie sheet that does not warp: a thicker one. The oven needs to get hotter a good 15 minutes before you bake it!

For the bread:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 packet yeast

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1/8 cup oil

1/2 cup (or a tad more ) water

Add the yeast to a shallow dish and add the sugar.

Add a little bit of very warm – not hot, it will kill the yeast – water. As it bubbles, mix it well with the other ingredients and form into a smooth ball.

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Add a tad water until dough is nice and smooth and firm – just like regular bread dough. Cover and let double – about an hour.

After dough has doubled, flour clean surface …

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Make small, golf-ball-sized circles and roll them out with a rolling pin or a glass bottle. Toss them in the oven on the hot pizza stone or cookie sheet …

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… and literally in a couple of minutes, once they puff up, they are done!

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It’s time to see ourselves in everyone else … + more😊🎶🎵

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

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I was in Washington, D.C., when 14th Street burned, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like many of us, I went on to witness more riots and rampages when other outrages against black men and women sparked that desperate need to take to the streets to say, “Listen to us! Stop this!”

Now it’s happening again. On June 1, I watched as, only blocks from my office, rubber bullets and tear gas were used against peaceful protesters trying to exercise their First Amendment rights by holding signs and chanting outside the White House. A few days later, I found myself marching yet again.

Perhaps other quietly executed presidential acts should come as no surprise when, instead of condemning the police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died — calling for his mother and pleading that he couldn’t breathe — and instead of expressing empathy for those seeking an end to racial injustice, the president condemns the protesters and called out the military. I say that because, last month, the president legalized acts of violence against others who have committed the “crime” of not only failing to be born white but also failing to be born human.

The Trump administration not only reversed police reform advanced by President Obama, but has rolled back that president’s protection of federal lands and wildlife. A new ruling allows hunters in Alaska — mostly privileged white men like Mr. Trump’s trophy-hunting sons, who kill for the sheer pleasure of it — to lure black bears, including mothers and their cubs, out of their dens with artificial light; to use bait to attract black and brown bears; to hunt wolves and coyotes during the denning season; and to shoot caribou while they’re swimming or from motorboats.

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Bears must be FREE and not exhibited in roadside zoos or county fairs! President Trump recently made it legal to KILL MORE BEARS BY luring black bears, including mothers and their cubs, out of their dens with artificial light and to use bait to attract the black and brown bears.

One injustice cannot be allowed to fly under the radar while another, often more personal injustice, remains to be urgently corrected. If you are my age, you may remember the LIFE magazine picture of young white men and women who were boarding buses to go to Southern states to help black people there register to vote. They were being screamed at, called “white n*****s,” and told to go fix poverty among “their own kind” in Appalachia. It made me wonder what my own kind was, exactly. Where were the lines drawn?

I believe that injustice is one big rotten mass, and just as Mr. Floyd showed us that he loved his mother, and just as my mother loved me, if we really look, we can see what President Trump cannot: that a mother bear loves her babies, too. She will guard them with her life. But now she will lose that life—and in her own home, a place no longer sacred but instead “fair game” to anyone who values putting animals’ heads on the wall over sparing their lives.

Those of us who champion animal rights believe with all our hearts in civil rights because, to us, it is one big struggle against all the ugly “-isms,” all hate, all bias, all injustice. We united for civil rights in the ’60s, and now everyone with an open heart must unite again to fight continuing injustice. At this moment in time, the focus must be on demanding an end to racism — we get that — but, in due time, we must work together to end all oppression.

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RESCUE ALL ANIMALS WHO SUFFER!

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How to help baby animals this spring — and when not to!🦉 … + more🇺🇸🎶

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Protests over the death of George Floyd have spread through the US for six straight days now, culminating in both peaceful demonstrations and violent, fiery clashes between police and civilians. Over the weekend, ugly scenes unfolded in cities from coast to coast. Video from New York City appears to show a New York City Police Department truck plowing into a crowd. In Minnesota, a man who drove a tanker truck through a crowd of protesters has been charged with assault. Journalists in multiple cities have been arrested or assaulted while covering the protests. Businesses and buildings have gone up in flames. Widespread injuries have been reported, including at least seven police officers hurt in Boston. In Detroit, a 21-year-old man was shot and killed during a protest, though police couldn’t confirm the victim was participating at the time. As a result, at least 40 cities have imposed curfews, and National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC. Around 4,000 people have been arrested since the first ripples of outrage over Floyd’s death began last week.

Meanwhile, the former officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – two felonies in which intent is a key element. Derek Chauvin’s first court appearance is now scheduled for June 8. …

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How to help baby animals this spring …

By Kristin Rickman

As many of us now try to venture out of our homes safely, we will see one of the most welcome signs of spring: baby animals. Every year around this time, PETA fields countless calls about possibly injured or orphaned animals who need help. Sometimes they do. But more often than not, the animal is OK. While the caller’s intentions are admirable, human interference will do more harm than good.

Here’s how to tell whether to intervene:

In most cases, young wildlife should be left alone. Resist the urge to “rescue” a wild animal unless you see an obvious injury such as a broken wing or leg; the animal has been caught by a cat, dog or other predator; he or she is trembling or acting weak and lethargic; a still-dependent baby’s parent was killed nearby; or the animal is in immediate obvious danger in some other way. In these situations, call a wildlife rehabilitator to find out what to do and where to take the animal. PETA offers a state-by-state list at PETA.org.

Many of the calls we receive are about birds. It is not true that birds will abandon their babies if a human has touched them. If you find a fallen nestling (a baby with fuzzy feathers or none at all), place him or her back in the nest. If you can’t reach it, make a substitute nest out of a basket or a paper cup with holes in the bottom in case of rain. Place it close to the original nest out of reach of cats and dogs and check to ensure that the parents return within a few hours. If they don’t, call a rehabber for assistance.

Fledglings — birds who have most of their feathers and are out of the nest learning to fly — stay close to their parents and need to learn from them how to survive. If they are in imminent danger, they can be moved to a safer spot close by.

Many of us spot fawns in the spring. Most fawns who are alone have not been orphaned. Mother deer leave their babies in safe places while they find food, returning several times a day. Deer have an acute sense of smell and are alarmed when their babies carry a human’s scent. Fawns should not be disturbed unless they show obvious signs of injury or are wandering alone and calling.

Similarly, mother rabbits tuck their babies into covered ground nests while they look for food, only returning a couple of times a day so as not to tip off predators. If you see a nest that has been disturbed, place the babies back in it and leave them there unless you are certain that the mother has been killed. One way to find out is to place a string loosely over the nest and check back to see if it has been moved. Babies who are 5 inches long are old enough to be on their own.

Squirrels’ nests are occasionally blown out of trees, but mothers usually have a backup nest. If you find a fallen nest, place what remains of it with the babies in a shallow box at the base of the tree. Place a hot water bottle inside as the babies can become chilled. Keep an eye on the babies from as far away as possible. The mother will not return if she sees humans, so resist the temptation to repeatedly approach the box. If the mother has not returned within a few hours, contact your local rehabber.

Never try to care for wildlife yourself. Always leave it to the experts: the baby animals’ parents or a licensed rehabilitator. Humans with the best of intentions can accidentally harm vulnerable wildlife. For that reason, many species—including nearly all birds—are protected by federal or state laws prohibiting unlicensed people from attempting to care for them.

Keep a rehabber’s contact information handy, and pack a towel, gloves, a net and a carrier in the car as you set out to enjoy hikes and nature walks this spring.

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New Chef Joey recipe🌼🌸 …+ more🌃

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SPRING PASTA RECIPE🌼🌸

It is finally springtime and the flowers are popping, birds are singing, and farm stands are starting to have spring veggies, including of course “Spring Mix” of lettuce and other delicious spring veggies, radish and onions among my favorite.

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Having just bought a bunch of spring onions, I thought what better thing to do than to make an onion sauce for pasta?  It’s incredibly easy and you can add things to it like beans or tofu – or if you want chicken or even sausage!  The base is all vegetables and because it is all sautéed slow the flavor is incredible.  I make the base sauce and if I decide to add meat – I cook it separate to avoid excess oils and then add it as a topping when serving.

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In a large sauté pad add a tad of sunflower or other high heat oil – add 3 spring onions chopped up small (you can sub leeks for this too – make sure they are super clean, they can have a lot of dirt in them). Add 4 or 5 cloves of fresh garlic that is chopped, salted and turned into a paste with the back of your knife by going over it several times. 

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Then get a pint of cherry tomatoes and cut into small pieces.  Heat the oil and add the onions and garlic and heat until the aroma fills the room, add the tomatoes and stir.
Add a handful of fresh chopped parsley and basil and when it is all cooked through – it is done – you may need to add a ½ to a full cup of water while this is cooking so you develop a broth – at this point you can add a can of beans or chic peas, juice included or add your tofu so it all heats through = Boil your favorite pasta or ravioli while this is going on – this whole thing takes 10 to 15 mins tops.

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Give me meat and give me death? …+ more🎶

By Michelle Kretzer

If your memory of Patrick Henry is hazy, ask your kids going to school in the other room for a refresher. He was the Founding Father who wrote the famed “give me liberty or give me death” speech of the American Revolution.

I was reminded of his words last weekend in the place most people go to contemplate gifted orators of the past: the grocery store. Watching people wearing facemasks and gloves lining up 6 feet apart at the meat counter, I was gobsmacked by the irony.

Eating animals is what got us into this mess. It’s believed that the novel coronavirus originated in a “wet market,” where living and dead animals are sold side by side. There are 80 of these live-animal markets, with butchering on the premises, in New York City alone. But while most meat sold in this country comes from filthy factory farms and bloody slaughterhouses, not wet markets, calling them any “safer” would be like Henry calling the war “a bit of a disagreement.”

By now, we all know that the disgusting feces-filled pens and warehouses reeking of ammonia that are the hallmarks of animal agriculture are breeding grounds for disease. As biologist Rob Wallace put it, “Factory farms are the best way to select for the most dangerous pathogens possible.” Just look at SARS, MERS, avian flu and swine flu — they’re all linked to confining animals as closely together as possible and then killing them for food.

We know that when animals are pumped full of antibiotics in order to keep them alive in filthy conditions and to make them grow much larger and faster than they would in nature, pathogens mutate to become antibiotic-resistant. The CDC estimates that about 75% of new infectious diseases affecting humans originated in animals and that 2.8 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, with 35,000 of them dying.

So why do we keep eating meat? Well, for one thing — subsidies.

Meatonomic$ reports that the U.S. government spends $38 billion of our tax money every year to subsidize meat and dairy business interests but only a fraction of that amount on fruits and vegetables. Meat and dairy received billions more dollars in response to COVID-19. Subsidies keep prices low and keep people buying. Or now, with slaughterhouses remaining open, it’s more like “keep prices low and keep people dying.”

“But the economy!” some will howl. Yes, of course.

But consider this: A study by Carnegie Mellon researchers found that animal agriculture costs the U.S. economy more in health and environmental damage than it contributes.

The average American now eats a whopping 222 pounds of meat a year. The average for the rest of the world is about 96 pounds — still a large amount. Hundreds of studies draw clear connections between our meat addiction and the fact that we have twice the obesity rate, twice the diabetes rate and three times the cancer rate of the rest of the world. Give me meat and give me death indeed.

To stray from Henry for a moment, though, here’s a thought:

Those billions of government subsidies could be going toward helping slaughterhouses switch to producing healthy, safe vegan meats and nondairy products and helping farmers in the supply chain switch to growing the crops to produce them.

Nielsen reports that sales of fresh vegan meats have been growing 158% year-on-year and have shot up 454% during the coronavirus crisis. Oat milk sales surged 686% last year and another 476% because of COVID-19. Bills being introduced in the House and Senate would phase out factory farms by 2040, and there is strong bipartisan support for a global shutdown of live-animal markets.

For now, we’re stuck with the consequences of meat addiction: failing businesses, unemployment, shuttered churches, and many, many terrible deaths — for pigs, chickens, cows and humans alike.

Watching the mask-and-glove crowd at the meat counter, I wondered: Would Patrick Henry call this “liberty”? Maybe our next American Revolution should revolutionize how we eat.

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These Facts About Tigers Will Have You Ordering ‘Animalkind’ Today!

Before you begin your next Netflix binge, tigers have a bone to pick with humans who think they know everything about their striped brothers and sisters. The docuseries Tiger King has focused the public’s attention on big cats living in deplorable conditions at roadside zoos across the U.S. But you may also be wondering about these animals’ natural instincts, abilities, needs, and personalities

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Fortunately, PETA founder and President Ingrid Newkirk and bestselling author Gene Stone have just the book to scratch the itch of curiosity!

In Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, they present awe-inspiring examples of ways in which animals create deep connections, develop communication networks, and possess various remarkable abilities. For a taste of the book’s thorough study of animals, below are some tiger facts that demonstrate their emotional and intelligent nature.

🐯Fact: tigers play in water

Tiger Facts That Inspire Compassion
When tigers mate, they perform a courtship ritual in which a male and a female circle each other while growling or roaring. The two will continue this “circle of love” until they have established trust and will then commit to grooming each other.

A cat who loves water? Tigers can swim up to 18 miles a day, and they enjoy luxurious baths in ponds, lakes, and rivers. While cubs play by splashing in the water, adults relax in the heat of the day.

🐯Tigers are happily introverted and prefer to be on their own, except when females are raising their cubs.

Tigers have their own territories and choose to visit each other on their way to hunt or when looking for mates. When they do band together, the group is called a “streak” of tigers.

🐯Tigers’ front legs are shorter than their hind legs, which helps them leap great distances—up to 10 meters forward—to tackle prey or pounce on their playmates.

🐯Female tigers protect their cubs alone, as single mothers, until their children are around 2 years old. That’s when the cubs can start fending for themselves.

🐯Tigers communicate with other animals through tasting pheromones. Once their upper lips pick up a scent, they inhale. A pouch-like organ on the roof of their mouth then identifies another being so that they can decide whether they’re friend, foe, or food.

🐯A tiger’s stripes are like a fingerprint — no two have the same pattern. Their stripes are more than a fur pattern — they even appear on their skin. Tigers’ stripes help them hide in the shadows when they hunt at night.

🐯A “keystone species,” tigers protect their local ecosystems by hunting prey who would otherwise destroy an area’s vegetation, which is actually a vital part of keeping streams and air clean.

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While Americans wait for mental health therapists, government labs terrorize animals! … + more🎶

By Emily Trunnell, Ph.D.

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to recognize that millions of Americans are suffering in silence during the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only are Americans sharing in the collective anxiety of a viral pandemic and the negative effects of a prolonged quarantine, tens of millions are also experiencing the shock and mounting stress arising from a sudden loss of income and, importantly, employer-provided health insurance.

Even before the current crisis, a staggering number of Americans suffered with mental health challenges. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 17 million people 18 years and older had had at least one episode of major depression in the previous year. And in the years 2011–2014, nearly 13% of those 12 and older reported having taken antidepressants in the previous month. The importance of adequate, effective, available mental health treatment has never been more acute.

So what is the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the “lead federal agency for research on mental disorders,” doing to address this? It’s spending millions of dollars on experiments that hurt animals. This is money wasted on atrocities, and it needs to stop now.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals obtained videos shot by NIMH experimenters in which they forced mice to swim for their lives in inescapable beakers of water to keep from drowning. The videos also show mice suspended upside down by their sensitive tails, which were taped to a bar, and others in a chamber with an electrified floor that gave them repeated shocks to the feet.

Experimenters call these pathologically cruel experiments on mice the “forced swim test,” the “tail suspension test” and the “foot shock” test. They’re designed to induce or measure extreme fear, panic, despair, terror, trauma and a sense of helplessness in the animals—all in pursuit of mental health treatments for humans. Joshua Gordon, NIMH’s director, has personally subjected mice to these tests and to another experiment called “social defeat,” in which one animal is repeatedly attacked by another.

The tests are scientifically flawed. Forcing animals to swim in a beaker of water or hang by their tail does not recreate the complex interplay of psychological, physiological and social conditions that give rise to human depression. The data indicate that these tests have failed to identify new treatments for humans. Foot shock and social defeat are thought to mimic human life stressors, but the types of stress experienced by most humans—including financial struggles, job dissatisfaction and familial problems — don’t involve physical pain like being electrically shocked.

Experimenters at NIMH also torment monkeys, purportedly to shed light on human neuropsychiatric disorders. In one set of experiments, led by NIMH’s Elisabeth Murray, staffers carve out a section of a monkey’s skull and inject toxins into the brain, causing grievous and permanent damage. Each monkey is then put in a small metal cage. A guillotine-like door at the front is suddenly raised to reveal a realistic-looking snake or spider, some of which can slither or jump. Monkeys, like all primates, innately fear snakes. Some respond defensively — freezing and looking or turning away. Others shake their cages. Some show signs of submission by grimacing or smacking their lips.

PETA has released video footage of these bizarre fright sessions, which have gone on for more than three decades and have cost taxpayers $36 million in the last 13 years alone. Unsurprisingly, they have not produced a single treatment for humans in 30 years.

Neither mice nor monkeys are humans. Species differences make applying information from other animals to humans entirely unreliable. This hurdle is reflected in the disappointing failure of more than 95% of clinical trials.

Mental health treatments are needed now more than ever before but are being demonstrably hindered by animal experiments that overwhelmingly fail to produce results for humans. Tax dollars should be spent on modern, human-relevant research methods that offer real hope, not on senselessly terrorizing animals.

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