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

From PETA.ORG:

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. …

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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.


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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.

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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 colleen.wegman@wegmans.com

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

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

GREAT NEWS!

From PETA.ORG:

By Elena Waldman

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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!!

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NEVER BUY/WEAR REAL FUR! THERE ARE PLENTY OF COOL FAKE-FUR OPTIONS AVAILABLE! – Rose

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

FORGO THE TURKEY THIS AUTUMN … STOP THE TORTURE ON FACTORY FARMS – CUT BACK ON YOUR POULTRY, BEEF, LAMB AT YOUR HARVEST FEASTS!

EAT YOUR VEGGIES!

Try these terrific fall recipes from PETA:

❤SAVORY STUFFED SQUASH

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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❤BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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❤PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES

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Pick your own this fall!

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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!

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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.


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

From PETA.ORG:

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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

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.

❤SoTrueQ

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

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.

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

From PETA.ORG:

The Hidden Lives of Pigs

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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.

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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.

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🐿Turnabout is Fair Play!🐀

🌻By Edith Morgan🌻

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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Offsetting back-to-work carbon emissions – at every meal! … recipes + more🌸

By Jessica Bellamy

Now that many states are reopening for business, it feels like we are returning to some semblance of normalcy.

Scratch the surface of this new normal, however, and we find cause for concern: Greenhouse-gas emissions are creeping back up dangerously fast, partly because people are shunning public transportation in favor of private cars in order to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

How can we, as individuals, ease the pressure on our planet, while still social distancing? By going vegan.

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In April, daily fossil fuel emissions around the world were 17% lower than in the previous year, and U.S. vehicle use dropped by around half.

Now that productivity is climbing back up, transportation-related emissions are doing the same. Many workers are driving their own cars to work — instead of taking the bus or train — to limit their risk of contracting COVID-19. The London School of Economics warned Britons that if they start relying on private transportation, they may see emissions exceed pre-pandemic levels. The U.S. faces a similar predicament: Bloomberg analysis found that public transportation ridership in major cities dropped by 50 to 90% from pre-coronavirus levels.

Climate change experts say that moving forward, the government must incentivize greener forms of technology, such as electric vehicles. These are important reforms, but they take time and money, and Americans facing economic insecurity do not necessarily have readily available funds to buy a new car. So, while we wait for our policymakers to do their part, we, too, can make a major difference at home, through our choice of food.

A study by the University of Oxford concluded that eating vegan might be the single biggest way we can reduce our climate impact: “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.” Going vegan would not just reduce our carbon footprint: It would also reduce emissions of highly potent greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide. New Scientist reported that producing just over 2 pounds of beef caused more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving a car for three hours!

Worldwide adoption of vegan foods would reduce contamination of the air and waterways with antibiotic-laden animal manure. Farm owners often spray this waste into the air, which can sicken people living near the facilities. Nitrogen-rich waste that washes into bodies of water causes algal blooms and large “dead zones” in our oceans and rivers, which is disastrous for marine health.

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Try vegan ice-cream this summer! At Trader Joes in Shrewsbury, Rt 9, right over the bridge.

Vegan foods require less land to produce than meat and dairy, because rather than growing crops to feed animals and then eating those animals, we can simply eat the crops ourselves. This presents a compelling solution to world hunger. Currently, meat and dairy production uses 83% of farmland and generates 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse-gas emissions, only to provide people with just 18% of all calories and 37% of all protein.

Going vegan avoids the deforestation — and subsequent habitat and biodiversity loss — that comes with animal agriculture. This is a particularly pressing concern during a pandemic that originated in an animal host: Destroying forests forces wild animals into close proximity with humans, making us vulnerable to new and unprecedented diseases.

Let’s not forget the other concern in a post-coronavirus economy: finances. For those of us needing to tighten our purse strings while the economy recovers, there are notable economic advantages to going vegan. A study of over 1,000 Americans found that meat-eaters spent around $23 more on groceries per week than vegetarians or vegans, who also save plenty in health costs: The Guardian reported that every year, about $285 billion is spent treating illnesses caused by eating red meat.

Most significantly, going vegan saves scores of animals from a life of intensive confinement — cut off from everything that would make their lives natural and meaningful — and a violent, painful death. Let’s show kindness to animals, our planet and our bank accounts by going vegan today and encouraging our friends and family to do the same.

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❤❤Yummy Vegan Recipes❤❤:

Get your blender ready! Cool Blender Smoothies:

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PLEASE HAVE A LISTEN! EXCELLENT MICHAEL MOORE RUMBLE PODCAST, #95. – Rose T:

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:
– Rose

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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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Chef Joey!😊😊😊😊

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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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From PETA.ORG:

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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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