Rose’s Cece, as a kitten, when she was rescued by Rose – underweight, underfed.
Cece today: the cat’s meow!
Recently, an Ohio man was feeling ill. Thinking a nap might help, he lay down. But soon, he was awakened by a scratchy tongue licking his face and paws pressing against his chest: It was Bear, the feisty longhaired black cat he had adopted from an animal shelter just over a year earlier.
According to a post by the shelter, “Bear knew something was wrong and sprang into action.” When the man woke up, he was dizzy and his vision was blurry, so he called 911. Paramedics found that his blood sugar was dangerously high — over 900 — and a doctor at the hospital where the man was admitted said that if he’d stayed asleep, he would have died. But now, the man is back home and on the mend, thanks to his feline guardian angel.
Shelters across the country are overflowing with cats like Bear who would love to be someone’s devoted — and possibly even lifesaving!! — companion. If you’re prepared to care for a cat for life, June — “Adopt a Cat” Month — might be the purrfect time to welcome a feline friend into your family.
Bear isn’t the only rescued feline who has returned the favor: In April, a Newfoundland man was awakened by his cat, Joey, standing on his chest and pawing at his cheek. Smelling smoke, the man hurried to the kitchen, where the slow cooker he had set hours earlier was burning. Thanks to Joey, disaster was averted and everyone in the house was safe — including the family’s dog, who had snoozed through the whole incident.
Adopted cats often form deep bonds with their rescuers — Joey’s guardian says that his feline firefighter likes to play fetch and follows him from room to room. And as a Canadian woman who rescued a cross-eyed cat named Mervin discovered, taking the time to understand your cat’s body language not only strengthens your connection, it could save the day.
When Mervin was unusually insistent about going for his daily stroll, meowing and scratching at the door, his guardian suspected that something was up. After she put his harness and leash on him, he led her straight to the problem: An electrical wire that was crackling and sparking near a pile of dried leaves, just inches away from her wooden deck. “He’s always seemed very smart and observant,” Mervin’s guardian remarked. “Always listen to your animals if you think they’re trying to tell you something.”
Some rescued cats have even gone on to help their guardians save other lives. After being awakened by her rescued cat, Kitty, a New York woman escaped an apartment complex blaze and helped the family in the unit above her get out safely, too, by catching their small children as they were dropped into her arms.
But amid the smoke and chaos, she became separated from Kitty, and the flames were too intense to go back inside and look for her. The next morning, the woman returned, insisting that Kitty was still alive inside the apartment. And she was. A firefighter emerged from the charred building, carrying Kitty in his arms. “She is a true miracle,” the woman said. “I saved her, and then she saved me.”
Could your miracle be waiting in a shelter? With “kitten season” in full swing, shelters everywhere are full of playful youngsters as well as affectionate adult cats of all personalities who need loving homes. Adoption fees are usually hundreds less than what pet stores and breeders charge and include spaying or neutering, microchipping, deworming and vaccinations for your new friend.
Best of all, when you adopt, you become a lifesaver. And if you ask Bear, Joey, Mervin and Kitty, that’s the greatest miracle of all.
Ol’ pal and writer Ron O’Clair sent me all this now, knowing I care, even if he is a conservative and doesn’t so much. Still, a friend of mine. – Rose T.
Super busy – I have to go to the other property out in Springfield and have no time to write anything at this point – but there was a HUGE parade of people that went by my building (The Charlton, Main South) chanting such things as: “No Justice, No peace” “Black Lives Matter” “Hands up, don’t shoot” and the other usual …
Anyway, here are some nice photos of the beginning, which I have on my security system to the end; then I got some shots of individual groups coming back in the pouring rain who were actually those who left early, as the whole rest of them came marching back after that.
I did not have the time to get any photos of the return parade. However, it is also on my security surveillance and, when I have more time, I can access it to take some stills.
Anyway I know this is an issue you care deeply about and thought you would like to have the photos at the very least. I really have to get out to Springfield, so I will see you another time. Perhaps I can write a story on my take on this when I come home.
At least, unlike other places, we don’t usually get the violence, looting and burning that other communities have after these “peaceful protests.”
They did try that at Clark a few nights ago, lighting fires and such, but our police put a stop to that REAL quick. The Dean of Clark was pissed at our WPDepartment, but I am glad we will not allow our city to burn because of these people and their mistaken belief that starting destruction will ever take root here. It is not going to be allowed to get to that point.
NYC Rife With Filthy Live-Animal Markets! PETA Says Close Them Today!!
By Zachary Toliver
Raising and killing animals to eat their flesh breeds disease — it’s what caused the current COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the obvious need to close live-animal markets and slaughterhouses, many of these dirty places are still open for business, including more than 80 in New York City.
Slaughter Free NYC obtained inspection reports from several of New York City’s live-animal markets and slaughterhouses and gave them to PETA.These reports shed light on the poorly regulated, disgusting conditions in New York City’s live-animal markets and provide further reasons for shutting them down.
Inspectors routinely noted that birds escaped and roamed around in all areas of the live-animal markets. Wild pigeons were also seen inside, wandering around with the chickens slated to be slaughtered and creating more opportunities for disease to spread. Birds were reportedly held in cramped, soiled cages. A dead bird was left in a cage with live birds.
Workers often had no hair restraints and ate or drank inside the evisceration room, where animals are gutted and cut up. It was common for there to be no soap or sanitary drying devices in the hand-washing facilities.
Typically, no proper chlorine sanitizer tests or devices were available on site, and the knife sanitizer concentration was often weak. Equipment and working tables had a buildup of grime or what was described as “slimy material.”
The markets were found deficient for walls, floors, and ceilings that were soiled and covered with a buildup of “dried matter.” Cobwebs and flies were present. Many places were excessively dusty and lacked proper ventilation. Floors often had a buildup of feathers and feces.
These were the top 10 recurring deficiencies uncovered in the reports:
😢Workers lacked hair restraints.
Workers ate and drank in the evisceration room.
😢There were no chlorine sanitizer tests or devices on site.
Flies were present.
Rat and mouse droppings were present.
😢There was no hand soap or sanitary drying device in the hand-washing facility.
😢Walls, floors, and ceilings were soiled.
😢Cobwebs were present.
😢Dust was present.
😢There was a buildup of grime or “slimy material” on equipment.
Just as we don’t want to become infected with or die of COVID-19, animals don’t want to suffer or be killed for food.
😢At least 10 different types of animals — including ducks, chickens, lambs, and rabbits — are trucked into New York City to these markets. These are sentient beings — with emotions and feelings — confined to disgusting cages and then slaughtered.
😢😢😢Many starved, stressed animals resort to cannibalism inside their cramped cages, which are stacked on top of each other. Animal waste falls through the top cages onto the animals in the lower enclosures. Imagine living every day of your life in these conditions.
😢A hen just wants to live in peace so that she can familiarize her chicks with her voice before they hatch (just like human mothers who talk to their babies in the womb). Rabbits just want to be left alone to protect their young, build nests, and hop around in freedom.
Yet we take their lives without mercy. And for what? We don’t need to eat meat. We can enjoy healthy, cruelty-free lives by going vegan, which saves nearly 200 animals each year.
People must realize that society’s addiction to animal flesh puts everyone in danger of future global pandemics and environmental catastrophes. It’s that simple.
So many great-tasting MOCK MEATS to enjoy! NO ANIMALS KILLED! 100% cruelty-free!! … A HUGE SELECTION AT TRADER JOES, SHREWSBURY!:
Add 1/2 cup water and cover. As water evaporates, add 1/2 pound or a little more of lean ground beef or turkey. If you want a vegan or vegetarian meal, omit meat, follow these steps, and at the end, add 1 1/4 cup cooked lentils or quinoa.
Sauté, add 28 oz stewed tomatoes (chopped tomatoes work fine too)
1 tbsp oregano and
1 tsp cinnamon
Add 1 cup rice (I used basmati) that’s been soaking in water (just a smidge over the top of the rice).
As the first thing you do before cooking. Add rice – and a few tablespoons of tomato concentrate (kind of optional but makes for a richer flavor).
Cover and stir every few minutes for about 15 mins – salt and pepper.
I pre-boil the peppers for about 8 mins until slightly soft. Keep the pepper water handy if you have to add a little to the mix.
When your rice is 90% done or completely done for faster oven time – pour some of the sauté in the bottom of the pan.
Stuff your peppers with your mix, top with parsley and bake about a 1/2 hour – uncovered if you like a crunchy top, covered if you like all soft. Easy! Everything takes just one hour!
I hope you enjoy this dish – and anyone else you share this with too! Tonight Joey, Gigi and Grandma sheltered in place while eating their dinner – made by Joe Joe!
Months into this pandemic and with only a dim light at the end of the tunnel, if that, all it took was an ad by Tyson to put yet more vulnerable people — and animals — at risk. After the second-largest meat producer in the U.S. warned of “disruptions,”
President Trump signed an executive order to compel meat-processing plants to remain open. With the swipe of a pen, the order erases the liability that the plants face if workers get sick or hurt. This reckless decision will cost the lives not just of countless animals — in terrible ways — but possibly also of the workers, whom the meat industry already stands accused of viewing as disposable, as well as their families. Slaughterhouses are among the least safe workplaces in the world in the best of times.
No one needs meat. And filthy, blood-soaked slaughterhouses are, like “wet markets,” well-established breeding grounds for disease. Deadly outbreaks of mad cow disease, swine flu, avian flu, SARS, hoof-and-mouth disease and other zoonotic diseases have come from treating animals like commodities, depriving them of almost everything that’s natural to them, and penning, caging and factory-farming them for food.
The sheer number of animals on the slaughter line and the speed with which they travel down it toward the workers who will slit their throats or shoot a captive-bolt through their brains does not allow for safety. Federal guidelines now call on companies to encourage single-file movement throughout their plants and have workers spaced 6 feet apart. However, those are suggestions, not regulations. One labor advocate stated it plainly: “The people are still standing next to one another in these plants. They’re still getting sick.”
Lax laws cause immeasurable animal suffering. Another recent Trump administration rule largely deregulated pig slaughter and increased kill speeds. In a sworn statement, a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector reported an increase in pig carcasses with scalding-tank water in their lungs—an indication that the animals were still breathing when they were dropped into scalding-hot water to remove their hair and soften their skin. The inspector said that she regularly observed workers threatening pigs with raised paddles, ready to strike the terrified animals. During her inspections, she said, she often hears stressed, frightened pigs screaming. These intelligent, inquisitive, friendly animals sense they are doomed.
And birds have no federal legal protection — they are exempt from the meager protections of the Humane Slaughter Act. At Tyson, where PETA conducted multiple eyewitness investigations, workers stabbed birds, slammed them into hanging shackles, breaking their limbs, and were told by a supervisor that it was acceptable to rip the heads off live birds who had been improperly shackled.
As if cruelty weren’t reason enough to stop eating pigs’ body parts, under the deregulated system, the inspector noted that “toenails, hair, and abscesses are routinely allowed in meat intended for human consumption.”
It’s not a matter of whether using and killing animals for food will give rise to another disease outbreak — it’s a matter of when.
For the sake of migrant and other workers who are treated like scum in these slaughterhouses and on behalf of the animals who struggle desperately not to die, these plants must remain closed.
Alec Baldwin – defender of animals and PETA star supporter!:
Here we are the second Sunday in May, and the Untied States is celebrating Mother’s Day. It was proclaimed to me “Mother” day individually, so each one is recognized. The foundress of this American holiday was Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Her intention was to honor her mother by continuing the work she started, thus creating a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”
Anna was born in 1832 and had the usual life: her father was a Methodist Minister and had her marry off to the son of a Baptist Minister in 1850. Two years later they moved away and started their business which was quite successful from the start. He was a successful merchant then started a mercantile business.
Anna worked on the family side and over the course of the next 17 years she gave birth to 11 to 13 children, of which only 4 survived to become adults. Tragedy and loss like this was not uncommon, and having experienced the demise of her children because of measles, diphtheria, typhoid fever and other Appalachian circumstances, she was inspired to help the community take a stance and correct the circumstances that took her and others children’s lives.
This all started during her pregnancy with her sixth child in 1858. She started the “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to improve sanitary conditions and create health awareness. These clubs were a catalyst to educate families to reduce infant mortality and disease. Additionally, they raised money to purchase medications and hire women to work in families to help the mothers who were now suffering from Tuberculosis or other health issues. With the assistance of her brother, James who just happened to be a physician and was instrumental with his work in the typhoid fever epidemics at the time.
We are miserable with Covid 19, but they had it bad! Anna, alongside her brother James and her new founded club members, created inspections for milk long before it became the norm. Club members also started programs to visit homes and educate mothers and their families about improving sanitation and overall health.
She was indeed a pioneer (no pun intended). However, across the pond in Europe, there already existed celebrations honoring the mother of the family. Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of February to June. It also has ties to similar celebrations that recognize family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and even Grandparents Day.
Being European, of course these holidays generally had religion behind them. Like Virgin Mary Day and events that were basically honoring motherhood. With the influence of the United States official holiday all became known eventually as Mother’s Day.
The British with their Church of England had “Mothering Sunday” on the 4th Sunday of Lent. The European’s generally celebrate the second Sunday of May, while a few other countries, France being one of them, celebrate the last Sunday of May. My friend P.J who is from Bolivia told me that Mother’s Day is always the 27th of May, a date that women went to battle to defend their children in 1812. Russians celebrate it as International Woman’s Day – March 8th, every year.
The irony here is Ann Reeve Jarvis’ daughter Ann Marie Jarvis (her namesake) spearheaded the day by holding a memorial Mass for her mother in 1907 on the 2nd Sunday of May, two years after her mom had passed away. After the death, Anna was determined to honor her mother’s accomplishments! And to make that day a holiday – not just for her mother, but for all mothers. After the Mass, she gave each attendant a white carnation, Anna Maria’s favorite flower. She held another the following year as well. So that is the “unofficial” original date of Mother’s Day.
Like her mother, Ann Jarvis was also an activist. She was the 9th child and actually went to university and received a degree. She, however, was more concerned with creating peace. She treated and helped wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and also created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day to be held on the second Sunday of May. Much to Ann’s chagrin it took off as a money-making holiday! By the 1920’s Hallmark and other companies were selling cards like hotcakes. Ann organized boycotts, wanted handwritten letters only (that lead to Valentines Day cards – another story). Jarvis was convinced they were not representing her original wishes, and she lost it when white carnations were being sold by the American War Mothers! Ann was so angry she got arrested for disturbing the peace!!
Ann Maria Jarvis gained nothing from creating this holiday, Mother’s Day. She attempted to have Mother’s Day rescinded, to no avail. She died alone in 1948 in a sanitarium, at 84 years old. The karma here is that all her medical bills were paid by people in the floral and greeting card industries.
So now that you have your morning read! Although it is a holiday of sorts, these two remarkable women changed the lives of many with a single outcome – stay alive and healthy. Kind of ironic as here we are 160 years later trying to do the same thing.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Animal Moms: Portraits of Compassion
According to writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the trials of motherhood make moms the great vacationless class. Although she may have been talking about the human variety — the moms who are near and dear to us — other animals show the same tireless dedication to their children. PETA hopes that this Mother’s Day, while you are praising your family’s matriarch, you’ll also remember that some of the best moms in the world are found in the animal kingdom!:
♥️Northern Fur Seals
Fresh from foraging for food, moms have to find their young quickly in a sea of hundreds — or possibly thousands — of seals, so both mother and pup depend on their uncanny powers of vocal recognition to find one another. Both will call out and answer, responding selectively to one another until they are reunited.
Always ready to give an affectionate caress, a gentle nudge in the right direction, or a cool bath to help their babies beat the heat, doting elephant moms maintain constant touch with their young ones, never allowing them to stray too far from their side. Mothers even stay in touch with their adult kids and enjoy close relationships with their daughters that can last up to 50 years.
For cows and their calves, it’s love at first sight. The first minutes after birth are spent developing a bond that will last a lifetime. Throughout life, mother and child maintain social contact and regularly enjoy each other’s companionship. Their attachment and affection for each other is so deep that if they are forced apart, they both suffer severe stress. Moms have been known to escape their enclosures and travel for miles looking for their calves.
Dolphins are known for graceful synchronized swimming, but dolphin mothers and their babies also synchronize their breathing for the first few weeks following the babies’ birth. These dedicated moms may nurse their young for up to 10 years and will also mentor less experienced females by allowing them to babysit as practice for when they have babies of their own.
Let’s hear it for single moms! These lightning-fast felines have their paws full caring for their cubs all on their own. Not only does mom protect her children from predators while she is nursing them, she also hunts for them from the time they are weaned until they are 14 to 18 months old. Overly active offspring can make the task of hunting even harder: Cubs often scare hunted animals away with their animated antics, leaving mom so worn out that she sometimes falls asleep in the middle of a hunt.
Nurturing begins in the nest for these caring moms. Mother hens will turn their eggs as many as five times an hour and cluck softly to their chicks, who chirp back to her and to one another from within their shells! Once chicks hatch, devoted moms use their wings to shield their babies from predators and have been known to refuse to leave their nests during a fire if they have newly hatched peeps.
♥️This Mother’s Day, please take a moment to recognize the unique bond between mothers and children of all species!
♥️To support all moms, go vegan, wear vegan fashion, use cruelty-free products, and never exploit animals in any other way!!!
Cinco de Mayo is a great day to celebrate Mexico’s commemoration of a victory by Mexican troops in La Batalla de Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle was against the French Empire no less and lasted a day! Over 500 Frenchmen and fewer than 100 Mexicans perished in the ordeal.
On a separate note, Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Migel Hilado y Costillas “Cry against Dolores” – the war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.
Cinco de Mayo really did not become anything important until the 1960’s in the United States, but who says we have to eat Mexican? It really is one of those close to mid-year celebrations that occasionally comes with a tad of debauchery.
So because it was a battle with the French, let me share a few French favorites, starting with Ratatouille!
This is a vegetable-based delicious concoction that can have other things added to it like peppers or mushrooms. Traditionally served at room temperature, it makes a great dip with pita chips or crackers. And a few veggies and make a nice size dish.
4 cloves garlic
4 large tomatoes or 1 basket (8 oz) cherry tomatoes
Fresh parsley and basil, if you have it.
You can also add Herbes de Provence a blend of Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Basil, Oregano and Sage – available at your local grocers.
The above ingredients are cooked in a little sunflower oil and cooked separately.
Start with the Eggplant it takes a while and may require a tad of water as it will absorb all the oil at first. After you Saute each veggie until done (soft and tender).
Layer each veggie in a bowl and, when everything is cooked, add the chopped parsley and herbes de Provence and mix well. Voila it I done! This dish keeps for a couple of days and is an awesome alternative to salsa. You can make it without tomatoes and veggies but you want to keep it soft with summer veggies. Winter items like cabbage and squash don’t play well.
You will be serving up something different and at the same time something nutritious. Not fattening and healthy! Enjoy!