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Vegan Cinco de Mayo 🎉 … + more☮️

From PETA.ORG:

Vegan Chick’n Enchiladas

By Keegan Baur

Cinco de Mayo, how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways: guacamole, margaritas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, guacamole.

Need I say more?

This year, I decided to celebrate by rocking out to one of my all-time favorite musical duos, Rodrigo y Gabriela, while whipping up these spicy vegan enchiladas in the kitchen:
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Vegan Chick’n Enchiladas

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 bags Gardein Chick’n Scallopini Cutlets

Salt and pepper

2 tsp. cumin powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. Mexican spice blend

1 red onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

5 canned whole green chilies, seeded and coarsely chopped

4 canned chipotle chilies, seeded and minced

1 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes

1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour

16 corn tortillas

20 ounces canned enchilada sauce

1 cup vegan shredded cheese

Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, vegan sour cream, chopped tomatoes

Directions:

Coat a large sauté pan with the oil.

Season the chick’n with the salt and pepper.

Brown the chick’n over medium heat, according to package directions.

Sprinkle the chick’n with the cumin, the garlic powder, and the Mexican spices before turning. Remove the chick’n to a platter, and allow to cool.

Sauté the onion and the garlic in the same pan until tender. (You may need to add a bit more oil.) Add the corn and chilies. Stir well to combine. Add the canned tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute.

Using your hands, pull the chick’n breasts apart into shredded strips. Add the shredded chick’n to the sauté pan and combine with the vegetables. Dust the mixture with the flour to help set.

Microwave the tortillas on high for 30 seconds. This softens them and makes them more pliable. Coat the bottom of 2 13-inch-by-9-inch pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce until lightly coated. Spoon 1/4 cup of the chick’n mixture in each tortilla. Fold over the filling and place 8 enchiladas in each pan with the seam side down. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven until the cheese melts. Garnish with your choice of cilantro, scallions, vegan sour cream, and chopped tomatoes (or anything else your heart desires).

This recipe was adapted from foodnetwork.com.

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FYI:

FROM CNN:

Two more years of pandemic misery

“The virus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years – until 60% to 70% of the US population has been infected, a team of pandemic experts has warned.

“They recommended that the US prepare for a worst-case scenario that includes a second big wave of coronavirus infections in the fall and winter.

“But even in the best-case scenario, people will continue to die from the virus in the future, they said.”

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Captive Animals are in Permanent “Lockdown” …+ more 🎶

By Jennifer O’Connor

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All wild mammals must be free!

I’m a homebody, but my voluntary self-isolation and loss of freedom has been a considerable adjustment. Everyone staying home knows how quickly the walls close in on us, but we also know an end to it will eventually come. But for marine mammals in cramped tanks, elephants in chains and primates behind bars, lockdown lasts until the day they die.

How must it feel for social, intelligent, self-aware animals to spend decades inside the same four walls or the same barren tank? Judging by the behavior they typically display, many go insane.

Elephants rock and sway like mindless automatons to try to cope with their daily deprivation. Orcas in marine theme parks destroy their teeth by neurotically gnawing on the metal tank dividers. Captive tigers and bears lucky enough to be provided with some kind of natural substrate (rather than just concrete) make paw impressions in the ground where they repeatedly step with their ceaseless pacing. Birds pluck out their own feathers until they’re bald and bleeding.

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Monkeys must be free!

This abnormal, obsessive behavior is called “zoochosis” or “stereotypy.” A study conducted by researchers at Oxford University determined that large, roving predators develop stereotypical symptoms of stress in captivity because they are unable to satisfy their instinct to roam at will. The researchers determined that a typical polar bear’s enclosure, for example, is about one-millionth of his or her minimum home-range size.

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Bears must be free!

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Gus, a polar bear at New York’s Central Park Zoo, spent so much of his time swimming figure eights in his pool that he had to be put on antidepressants. At least 14 zoos have used drugs to control behavior considered “undesirable” (upsetting to visitors) in captive gorillas.

On any given day in the ocean, orcas can travel about half the length of the entire Grand Canyon—or more than the distance from Los Angeles to Tijuana, Mexico. In marine theme parks, they’d have to swim the lengths of their tank roughly 4,348 times to cover the distance that they might in the ocean.

As one interminable day passes into the next, many animals find other ways to express their misery and frustration. An octopus in a German aquarium repeatedly shorted out the facility’s lights by climbing up the side of his tank and squirting water at the overhead spotlight. A chimpanzee in a Welch zoo used sign language to implore visitors to unlock the cage and let him out. Many animals make a break for it when the opportunity presents itself, causing widespread panic that often ends in a shooting.

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If your short-term lockdown is triggering feelings of claustrophobia and powerlessness, spare a thought for all those who have no choice in the matter. Just like us, other animals want and deserve their freedom and autonomy. When our lives go back to normal, please remember those who are in permanent lockdown — and show your support for them by steering clear of all enterprises that imprison animals for our “entertainment.”

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Obese mountain lion. Mountain lions must be free!

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Let’s get this clown outa the White House in November!!!:

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Tiger King is toast! … PPE masks in Woo … + more🎶

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A big Thank You♥️ to my art director for sewing me – by hand♥️ – this beautiful facial mask!:
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Face Masks are PPE ALL WORCESTER SMALL AND BIG BIZ EMPLOYEES MUST NOW WEAR if they deal with the public – per City of Worcester/City Manager Ed AUGUSTUS. Ed is also recommending all Worcesterites wear facial masks in crowded places where we can’t always social distance – like supermarkets and drugstores.

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… Wow. Gov. Charlie Baker refuses to give hazard pay to State of Mass hospital workers! (He’s ok’d the pay raise for nurses and medical paraprofessionals in public/state hospitals through out Massachusetts.) But the other folks – often minorities – are left out! Yet these workers are ESSENTIAL, too. Essential workers at UMass, Memorial, Family Health Center and Hahnemann hospital – they sweep the hospital floors, wash the floors, wash the windows, sanitize the inside of elevators, wash stairwells, empty the trash or sit behind the cash registers at the hospitals’ cafeteria (food handlers/cooks work for a subcontractor) or work at the hospital gift stores. These workers RISK THEIR HEALTH, THEIR LIVES, AS THEY WORK TO create a safe and sterile environment for all patients and medical staff – they INTERACT WITH THE DOCS AND NURSES IN THE CAFETERIA, throughout the hospital, during this global pandemic. Why can’t we pay them $5 more an hour? Or at the very least an additional $3? They are making little more than minimum wage now! And they are essential workers – in the thick of COVID 19!! WHY NOT RESPECT THEM FOR DOING VITAL WORK – KEEPING OUR HOSPITALS CLEAN AND SANITIZED. Keeping people safe. Helping to save lives … Gov. Baker: Pay these workers a hazard pay rate DURING this awful PANDEMIC – pay them this rate for four months … six months … a year. Or two.

– Rose T.

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A recap, from PETA.ORG:

Tim Stark of ‘Tiger King’ Just Lost a USDA Appeal — We’re Not Surprised

Published February 7, 2020, by PETA. Last Updated April 13, 2020.

Two months after a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) order revoking notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license and requiring him and his shoddy facility, Wildlife in Need, to pay a combined $340,000 in civil penalties, Stark just lost his appeal in the USDA administrative lawsuit against him and his roadside zoo.

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PETA applauds the judgment – Stark has encouraged patrons to hit tiger cubs, swing and toss monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and he bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE a federal Animal Welfare Act exhibitor’s license.

Stark has 60 days to appeal the USDA’s ruling to a federal court, and in the meantime, PETA is continuing to call for the animals in his custody to be transferred to reputable facilities — and urging everyone to stay away from roadside zoos.

Originally published February 7, 2020:

After years of PETA action, another animal abuser is in serious trouble. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just issued an order to revoke notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license permanently and ordered him and his sham “sanctuary,” Wildlife in Need, to pay a total of $340,000 in civil penalties — $40,000 of which was assessed against Stark individually. The issue will go into effect 35 days after the date of the order if Stark and Wildlife in Need don’t appeal.

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Stark is well known to animal advocates and the USDA. The agency filed an administrative lawsuit against Wildlife in Need (based in Charlestown, Indiana), alleging more than 120 willful violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act between 2012 and 2016. These include when Stark instructed patrons to hit big-cat cubs during “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, swung and tossed monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat.

The court also found that he went months without an attending veterinarian and provided a USDA inspector with an official document bearing the forged signature of a veterinarianwho hadn’t been the facility’s attending vet in years. Numerous animals died at the facility of preventable causes, including a kangaroo and three otters who were denied veterinary care, big-cat cubs who were declawed and later died of their injuries, and 41 animals who died in a fire.

“The USDA has effectively cut Stark off at the knees, preventing him from continuing to torment and exploit vulnerable lemurs, sloths, dogs, and other animals for a quick buck,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA looks forward to seeing this terrible place shut down and the animals moved to reputable facilities where they’ll never again be used for photo ops.”

The ruling is a historic victory for animals. PETA is pressing forward with our pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against Stark and Wildlife in Need, aiming to get endangered and threatened animals out of his hands and into reputable facilities.

PETA won a preliminary injunction early in the case that prevents Stark from carrying out abusive activities — including declawing big cats, prematurely separating cubs from their mothers without medical necessity, and holding “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, in which cubs can be subjected to hours of direct contact with the public — while the case is being decided. A second PETA lawsuit against the sham sanctuary’s attending veterinarian resulted in a first-of-its-kind agreed-upon ruling holding that declawing ESA-protected big cats without medical necessity violates the ESA.

We’ll continue working until every animal at Wildlife in Need is in a reputable facility.

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TIGERS, ALL BIG CATS, MUST BE FREE IN THEIR NATURAL HABITATS – NOT DISTRESSED IN CAGES OR TORTURED BY TIM STARK. HE’S NO KING. HE’S SH*T!

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Another great MICHAEL MOORE-RUMBLE PODCAST episode:

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This past Saturday: CAMBRIDGE STREET, empty playground (brand new, too!) and park:
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pic: Rose T.

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Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn! I saw her with the old beau several years ago in Webster. She was in her 70s – and still sounded INCREDIBLE. She wore this hot red taffetta gown, and when she sat in her chair to sing, it puffed up all around her creating this tomato effect. Beautiful♥️
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Passover teaches us that ALL suffering matters to God! … + more☮️🎶

From PETA.ORG:

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Passover—the universal story of dignity, hope, and freedom—teaches that all suffering matters to God. And that means, of course, that it should matter to us as well. It is odd to celebrate freedom if we still dine on the flesh of animals who spend their lives caged in cement stalls no bigger than their own bodies, never able to look up at the sky or feel grass beneath their feet. The very premises that lead many to conclude that it is permissible to eat meat—that animals have no merit beyond how they might taste and that animal suffering is of no consequence—are antithetical to the humanity and compassion of Judaism.

Refusing to have a hand in that suffering is especially timely at Passover, for in commemorating the escape of the Jews from Egyptian bondage, the holiday reminds us of the importance of continuing the battle for freedom. Prayers said on Passover call on us to be kind to those who are now oppressed and to deepen our commitment to liberty today. What better time than Passover to extend our compassion to every living being? And what better way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday than by practicing vegetarianism?

“It appears that the first intention of the Maker was to have men live on a strictly vegetarian diet. The very earliest periods of Jewish history are marked with humanitarian conduct towards the lower animal kingdom. … It is clearly established that the ancient Hebrews knew and perhaps were the first among men to know, that animals feel and suffer pain.”

—Rabbi Simon Glazer

We hope that you will start a new Passover tradition this year by adding kindness to the plate. Traditionally, most Jews include an egg on the ritual seder plate—to symbolize spring and life—but many now replace it with a flower. Using an egg from a chicken who spent her short life in death-like conditions—squeezed inside a tiny, crowded cage, barely able to move—mocks that symbolism. In place of the shank bone set on the seder plate to remind us of “the mighty arm of God,” many Jews use a beet, as allowed in the Talmud. And the cholesterol-laden array of animal foods often found on the Passover table can easily be replaced with delicious, healthful, and humane dishes. Check out our favorite Passover recipes to get started.

Protesting against injustice should lead to a table free of cruelty, as people of all religions begin to recognize that suffering is suffering-no matter who is experiencing it.

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HOW TO SET A VEGAN SEDER PLATE (a tad late)

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This is traditionally a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, honey, spices, and wine. Check out our delicious, honey-free version.

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Red beet is permitted on the Seder plate in lieu of a lamb shank.

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The Torah commands that “bitter herbs” be eaten. Romaine lettuce, horseradish, and celery all suffice as bitter herbs.

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You can substitute an egg with an avocado, a flower, or a white eggplant (without the stem).

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Any green will do, but spring parsley is a popular choice. Dip the green in saltwater or vinegar (depending on your tradition) before consuming.

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Chef Joey’s Stuffed Eggplant recipe + more … 🎶

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Text, pics and recipe by Chef Joey

Eggplant is the one vegetable that has the most nicotine in it!! and the matter that it tastes good – here’s a very simple recipe that’s healthy, nutritious and very quick to make.  

Take two eggplants cut them in half wash the skins scoop the middle out and place the shells to the side. 
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Take a large skillet and add one large onion chopped very fine. Place in the pan with the center scraps from the eggplant, chopped, as well …
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… – add to the pan, then take six cloves of garlic chopped fine and add it to your pan as well.

Add a little bit of sunflower oil and water so nothing burns.

Stir until everything is cooked – add some Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Then add 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes to the mix.
Here is where the recipe can be modified – you can add ground beef or tofu if you choose and a tablespoon of ground Parmesan or Romano.
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Stuff the eggplants – top with the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, place in a baking pan. Add 1/2 inch of water and bake 350 for 1 hour. Serve with a nice salad: arugula with a lemon dressing!
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Chef Joey is in 🇫🇷 … Covid-19, French edition … Stay healthy – try this recipe♥️

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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Bonjour … Just to keep you posted … What’s happening here in France: Everything is cancelled. The Cannes Film festival is the largest anual event in the world, and they can’t decide and are waiting. It’s in May, so they are optimistic. Meanwhile, the USA is closing things left and right -Massachusetts seems to have a 5 day delay on what’s happening here.

They started closing restaurants last week here in France. Nothing is open, except banks that are all automated. There have not been tellers for four or five years – just a receptionist to assist.

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Joey is cooking, eating well and caring for family.

It is work from home everywhere else. Medical offices here have no magazines! There is special protocol. Markets – pharmacies and, being France (the French love their cigarettes) tobacco stores. But they all have gas,-station-like windows – gas stations have been automated here forever in France. But this is now creating a new niche: at the markets for Prepared Foods. Take out. This will be an interesting turn for France!

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Healthy greens keep your immune system strong!

By 7 am all services are done, including the emptying of many public trash receptacles throughout France, ensuring a clean beginning each and eveey. This is sanitary and eliminates an ugly urban landscape. This also happens in all major and minor cities in Italy!
The Italians have a week on us as far as Covid-19 goes: they sing from their balconies and respect the ban!


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The French already have gated properties. Condo/apartment high rise living is the issue, but most buildings are older and windows are open. They are working on filtration for glass high rise, newer buildings with central air and heating. As a parent … it is extra scary – I have my daughter Gigi with me. And, hopefully, the virus does not mutate to hit ourfur babies!

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RECIPE: VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE TABOULEH

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Here is an easy, healthy recipe that lasts for days and is so good!! You can make it vegetarian by adding goat cheese. It comes out nice!

By using quinoa, you eliminate the gluten and add good grains to your diet as well. All quinoa has different sizes, so follow the directions on the box for cooking. One and 1/2 cups is all you need for this recipe for 4.

List of ingredients:

1 1/2 cups worth of raw quinoa, cooked and chilled

1/2 English cuke, peeled, seeded and cut into fine pieces

10 to 15 grape tomatoes cut into 4

2 scallions cut in half, then small pieces

Handful of flat parsley leaves chopped fine

Handful chopped mint, chopped fine

1 small can chic peas, drained

2 lemons juiced

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4 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil

Salt and pepperto mix.

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Literally, add everything to a bowl and mix!

Serve with a parsley garnish – this dish will keep for up to a week!

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We all miss Chef Joey, (right)! Richard and Gigi …

The cruel “Kitten Season”: feral, stray – thousands of kittens – suffer and die! SPAY/NEUTER CATS!

From PETA.ORG:

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

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So many feral and stray kittens are born in spring! End the overpopulation – and suffering – spay or neuter your cat/s!

As surely as April showers bring May flowers, spring’s longer days bring kittens — lots and lots of them. Animal shelters from Massachusetts to California brace for what the sheltering community calls “kitten season.”

It’s the time of year, starting in early spring and extending through the fall, when litter after litter of homeless kittens and pregnant cats come pouring in, and shelters scramble to accommodate them all.

Kittens may be cute, but the consequences of their overpopulation are anything but. Many are born on the streets — behind dumpsters or in dirty alleys — while others get their ill-fated start in life in rural areas. Unless they are rescued, most of these kittens will suffer and die young after being hit by a car, getting attacked by predators or cruel people, succumbing to weather extremes, contracting deadly diseases or suffering some other cruel fate.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 75 percent of free-roaming kittens disappear or die before they are 6 months old. The 25 percent who manage to survive to this age will likely have litters of their own, creating even more kittens with nowhere to go.

Some lucky kittens end up in animal shelters, but often this means that older cats who have been there for a while must be euthanized in order to make room for the newcomers. Limited-admission shelters avoid this scenario only by turning animals away when they reach capacity, leaving it to open-admission shelters to accommodate the overwhelming influx.

Neonatal kittens who come in without mothers must be bottle-fed around the clock—a demanding task that most shelters can’t manage without help from volunteers. Some shelters hold training sessions for foster families who take kittens home and care for them until they can be adopted. Others even throw “kitten showers” to stock up on kitten milk replacer, cat litter and other necessities.

But the most important thing any of us can do to alleviate kitten season is to prevent more kittens from being born in the first place by making sure that our own cats — and the cats of our friends, family members and neighbors — are spayed or neutered.

Putting off spaying and neutering can result in “oops” litters: Kittens can become mothers themselves when they’re as young as 4 months of age. And even if they are kept indoors (as all cats should be, to protect them from the many dangers that lurk outside), their raging hormones can compel even the most docile among them to bolt through an unattended doorway in search of a mate.

One unspayed female cat and her offspring can lead to a staggering 370,000 kittens in just seven years. Guardians of male cats aren’t off the hook, either: Males can become fathers at just 5 months of age, and one male can impregnate countless females.

Many communities operate low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics that make it easy to do the right thing. Having cats “fixed” also has many health benefits: It eliminates females’ risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces their risk of mammary cancer, and it prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate cancer in males. Sterilized cats are also much less likely to roam, fight or spray.

So this spring, let’s make sure that every cat is spayed or neutered before those May flowers start blooming — and snip kitten season in the bud!

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STOP the Iditarod! Save the huskies!!

The race began March 7 and goes on for weeks. SO brutal on the dogs who are owned by unscrupulous mushers! Many die, many suffer, pushed beyond their physical limits. – Rose T.

From PETA.ORG:

Here are eight reasons why the Iditarod is a deadly nightmare for dogs forced to race.

😢1. Dog deaths in the Iditarod are so routine that the official rules call some of them an “Unpreventable Hazard.”

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The Iditarod has killed more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. Five died in 2017 alone. In just the last five years, dogs competing in the event have died from myriad causes, including being hit by a car, being struck by a snowmobile, being buried in snow, heart attacks, excessive fluid in the lungs, and acute aspiration pneumonia — caused by inhaling vomit.

😢2. If the dogs don’t die on the trail, they’re still left permanently scarred.

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The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported that more than 80 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod sustain persistent lung damage. A separate study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine showed that dogs forced to take part in endurance racing had a 61% higher rate of stomach erosions or ulcers.

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Breeders of dogs used in sledding have freely admitted that “surplus” dogs are killed. They may be killed if they aren’t fast or fit enough for competition or if they don’t meet certain aesthetic standards — for example, if they have white paw pads. Dogs who finish the race but are no longer useful to the industry may be shot, drowned, or abandoned to starve.

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😢4. Dogs pull mushers’ sleds up to 100 miles a day.

During the race, they’re expected to run approximately 1,000 miles in less than two weeks, and race rules mandate only 40 hours of rest over the entire span of the race. They’re prohibited from taking shelter during any part of the race, except for veterinary exams or treatment.

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😢5. As many as half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish.

Injured, sick, and exhausted dogs are often “dropped” at checkpoints, but event rules require that only dogs who started the race be allowed to finish, meaning that the remaining animals must work under even more grueling circumstances, pulling even more weight.

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😢6. No dog would choose to run in this arctic nightmare.

Orthopedic injuries are the number one reason that dogs are “dropped” from the Iditarod — which makes it clear that no dog, regardless of breed, is capable of handling the grueling race on ice, through wind, snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Even wearing booties, many incur bruised, cut, or swollen feet. They also suffer from bleeding stomach ulcers, pull or strain muscles, and sustain other injuries.

😢7. Thousands of dogs are bred each year for sled racing.

While only a few dozen dogs raised for the race will ultimately be deemed fit enough to compete, many more will be kept tethered and chained for most of their lives, some with nothing more than dilapidated plastic crates as their shelter.

😢8. Dogs at sled-dog breeding compounds have died of numerous ailments.

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Some have frozen to death, while others have died of complications from eating rocks — presumably a result of the intense frustration of spending years on a chain.

Dogs Deserve Far Better Than a Lifetime of Isolation, Cruelty, Suffering, and Death on the Iditarod Trail!!!!

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By Rosalie Tirella

Back to Elliott Smith tonight, after a day of working around the apartment and listening to Aimee Mann, Beatles, Fats Domino. All great artists but, I don’t know, at this point in my life, Smith’s melodies are the most beautiful and addictive to and for me. I love his lyrics, too! – so sweet and cutting. And true. Elliott puts it all out there in his songs. That is so hard to do! Strangers read/listen to your essays/songs! They learn your deepest pain – or joy!

Yesterday was the day my late mom, CECELIA, was born. Yesterday, was her birthday, and I worked to see her before me, in her prime, for me. Ma in her early 40s, a single working mom but with energy, hope, great love for her three girls – good girls who always make her proud. She is standing before me, a half hour before parent teacher night at Lamartine Street School, where she will learn how I am doing in sixth grade, Mr. Chickarian’s class. She is heading out the door – and looks so pretty! She us happy and excited because she knows I am an all A student – and she will hear nothing but accolades about her first born, me. Her favorite child. Her shining star – the girl who trims her 60 hour work week ar the dry cleaners with magic! Beautiful book reports that she has read and loved. English grammar work sheets that her Rosalie finishes in 10 minutes flat. So smart she gets extra work, special assignments for a special student … Tonight she cannot hear: HEY, MULE! HEY, F**K NUT! from the bedroom, my father closed off, mean and miserable. Daddy never goes to our parent teacher nights, but admits, grudgingly, that “the kid is smart.”

🌷Ma’s fine naturally black hair is in a soft curly perm, her Elizabeth Arden classic red lipstick on her pretty mouth with its perfect, white teeth, her thick eye brows black and exotic looking … her pretty figure looking a little matronly in her special Marcus dress (she is 42, after all) but still attractive. I love this dress! It is a nubby, short sleeved, cocoa-colored number that skims Ma’s pretty knees. It has white trim along the hem, around its round neckline and sleeves. A thin matching white belt tied around Ma’s waist makes her look like a model to me. Basic high heels – black – and a new pair of No Nonsense Panty Hose – nude – from White’s Five and Ten on Millbury Street, bought special for tonight, round out the outfit. Ma is also wearing her good jewelry: costume jewelry she’s had since her early working days – when she was a maid/housekeeper, along with her two older sisters, for the Bishop of Sprinfield. Single and free and young she loved to buy nice clothes and good costume jewelry at Springfield’s Steadglitz (I think) Department Store in downtown Springfield. Tonight she is wearing my fave fancy jewelry: big pink stones set in shiny silver-plated necklace. Matching earrings! Ma’s perfect white teeth sparkle against her Elizabeth Arden red lipstick, her Heaven Scent perfume (her fave) fills our Lafayette Street kitchen. We kids are clamoring about her – our beautiful mother-rock-star walking by our old gas stove, to make sure the gas knogs are all on off before walking out the door to make the short walks to my favorite school where my fall leaves drawing, along with my classmates’, adorns our big classroom windows – taped up by another grade 6 star student, Mary A.

Ma has another dress just like this one, the same style – but in a bright yellow, with black trim and belt. She wears this dress to our school plays and musicals. Same hair do and shoes. New panty hose and different Springfield jewelry. Always the same because we are poor – but always beautiful because she is Ma♥️.

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Delivering new issue of CECELIA … This Season of ♥️: Show cats and dogs some ♥️ – get them “fixed”! + more🌷

If you love animals, here’s what you should do this February♥️

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

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Rose’s Cece is “fixed,” as well as Jett and Lilac. pics: Rose T.

If you love animals, here’s what you should do this February♥️: Make a date with your veterinarian. No, not for dinner and a movie – a date to have your pets “snipped.”

February may be associated with romance, thanks to Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and if you have an animal friend who still hasn’t been “fixed,” there’s no better time to do it. Many veterinarians, spay/neuter clinics and animal shelters offer special deals on spaying and neutering in February, helping you save a little cash. But more importantly, having your animals fixed can save countless lives.

In many parts of the country, February is the last chance to “beat the heat” and get cats spayed before longer daylight hours shift their breeding cycles into overdrive. “Kitten season” begins in early spring and, for many shelters, brings a big influx of felines and a mad scramble to accommodate them all.

As cute as kittens may be …

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A few years back: kitten Cece♥️

… the consequences of their overpopulation are anything but. Many shelters have no choice but to make room by euthanizing older cats who’ve been there a while and are less likely to be adopted. Other facilities turn away newcomers — leaving them in the hands of people who can’t or won’t take care of them. Many end up on the street, forced to fend for themselves.

Sterilizing cats before kitten season strikes can prevent a catastrophe. And that goes for dogs, too. An “oops” litter of puppies can happen just as quickly as unplanned kittens can. And unless those pups are fixed, they can soon go on to have litters of their own, further worsening the problem.

Spaying and neutering aren’t just vital to ending animal overpopulation and homelessness, though—they’re also one of the best decisions you can make to protect your animal companions’ health.

Spaying spares female animals the stress and discomfort of heat periods, greatly reduces their risk of mammary cancer and eliminates their risk of diseases of the ovaries and uterus—including cancer. Early “fixing” is a good thing: Females who are spayed before their first heat cycle not only avoid pregnancy but also have one-seventh the risk of developing mammary cancer.

Giving males the “snip” cuts their risk of prostate cancer and eliminates any chance of testicular cancer. It also helps keep the boys out of trouble: Neutered males have less of an urge to roam or fight. And altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia, which are spread through bodily fluids.

If your animal companions are already fixed, give yourself a pat on the back—and then get to work finding another animal who needs to be “snipped.” Chances are, each of us knows someone—perhaps a family member, neighbor or colleague—who just hasn’t gotten around to making that appointment yet or who can’t afford it.

We can make a world of difference by encouraging those people to have their animals sterilized, offering to drive their animals to and from their appointments or even paying for the surgery ourselves. It’s money well spent: Spaying one female dog can prevent the births of 67,000 puppies over the course of six years, and fixing one female cat can prevent 370,000 kittens from being born in seven years.

A trip to the vet to have a cat or dog “snipped” may not be the most romantic thing you can do this month, but it’s one of the best ways to show animals that you love them.♥️♥️♥️♥️

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Yesterday, delivering new CECELIA … Presidents Day, winter vacation/schools out, a quiet Kelley Square/Green Island. A few pics by Rose:

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GREEN ISLAND BOULEVARD?!?!!!!

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Wish I had seen Marc Bolan: