Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, and lasts approximately 40 days, has a profound spiritual meaning for Christians, as we honor Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice by giving up something ourselves.
And if you’re among the many people who choose to forgo meat (including fish), milk, and eggs for Lent, you’ll have a profound impact on the rest of the world. When you eat cruelty-free, you’re saving lives, fighting poverty, and curbing climate change — so your conscience will be that much clearer.
The season of abstinence is just two weeks away, and signing our Pledge to Go Vegan for Lent is the easiest way for Christians to honor God’s creatures, the world that He entrusted to us, our own bodies, and our brothers and sisters who have dangerous, bloody jobs on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.
Here are five reasons why going vegan for Lent will be one of the kindest things that you’ve ever done:
1. You’ll save 44,000 gallons of water. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, which is about equivalent to 50 full bathtubs.
2. You’ll save the lives of about 40 animals. The practices of the animal-agriculture industry are a far cry from how Christ instructed us to care for “the least of these among us.”
3. You’ll save 1,200 square feet of forest. About 260 million acres of U.S. forests have been cleared to grow crops for farmed animals.
4. You’ll prevent 800 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
5. You’ll spare the lives of large ocean animals. As many as 650,000 dolphins, whales, and seals as well as 40 million to 50 million sharks are killed every year by fishing.
Wild dolphins leaping.
To learn more about ways in which Christians can care for God’s creation, visit PETALambs.com.
Rose eats absolutely ZERO MEAT. OF ANY KIND. … Liberating! For the animals 💙- and Rose! (p.s: going meatless is an effortless way to lose 15 lbs to 20 lbs!)
When millions of Americans tune in this Sunday to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LII, millions of chickens will already have become sideline casualties.
In 2016, the National Chicken Council estimated that Americans would consume 1.3 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl 50 — that’s 162.5 million pounds of wings.
Before you place your Buffalo Wild Wings order or google the best recipes, take a moment to learn a few things about the body parts that you’re considering putting into your own body.
1. If you’re eating chicken, you’re eating poop.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study found that more than 99 percent of chicken carcasses sold in stores had detectable levels of E. coli, indicating fecal contamination. That means that you’re almost guaranteed to be ingesting actual poop every time you chow down on a dead chicken.
In March 2013, Foster Farms was forced to recall chicken products that were linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella, which had been making people sick for more than a year. According to a Washington Post article, inspection reports from the USDA included the following details:
descriptions of mold growth, cockroaches, an instance of pooling caused by a skin-clogged floor drain, fecal matter and “Unidentified Foreign Material” (which has its own acronym, UFM) on chicken carcasses, failure to implement required tests and sampling, metal pieces found in carcasses, and many more.
2. Speaking of poop …
Raising 9 billion chickens for meat on factory farms each year produces enormous amounts of excrement. Peter Cheeke, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, says that factory farming amounts to “a frontal assault on the environment” and causes widespread pollution of land and water with fecal matter.
Because chickens are often fed massive amounts of antibiotics and additives, certain chemicals are also found in high concentrations in their feces, which means that fecal pollution from chicken farms is disastrous for the environment. In Maryland and West Virginia, for example, scientists discovered that male fish are developing ovaries, and they suspect that the animals’ freakish deformities are the result of ingesting runoff from drug-laden chicken feces.
Factory farm poop run-off
3. And speaking of antibiotics and additives …
Chickens raised for their flesh are often packed by the thousands into massive sheds and fed large quantities of antibiotics and drugs to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them. This reckless use of antibiotics makes drugs less effective for treating human health conditions, as it speeds up the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
4. The NFL players aren’t the only ones being played…
If you’re planning to serve boneless chicken wings, be aware that you’re not actually offering your guests wings. According to The New York Times, “Boneless wings, increasingly promoted by restaurants, are not wings at all, but slices of breast meat deep-fried like wings and served with the same sauces — a bit like a spicy Chicken McNugget.”
5. So you’re an NFL fan?
Learn from Jared Cook‘s disturbing discovery!
On October 4, 2016, Jared Cook — a tight end for the Green Bay Packers— made an alarming discovery when he dug into his takeout chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings: a fried chicken head. The NFL player is reportedly considering adopting a vegetarian diet since the incident.
6. A farmed chicken’s life is not a life worth living…
More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined. Birds raised for their flesh are bred to grow so large so fast that some have difficulty even walking under their body’s unnatural weight. Many are never allowed to go outside or do any of the things that are natural and important to them, such as establishing a pecking order and nesting comfortably.
7. There’s nothing “humane” about American Humane Certified farms.
Only seven weeks after they hatch, chickens are crowded onto trucks that transport them to the slaughterhouse. Once there, they’re shackled upside down by their legs, their throats are slit while they’re still conscious, and many are scalded to death…
Stop eating so much meat! While you’re masticating, think: Cruel Factory Farms. Millions of animals suffering and dying horrific deaths!
Look at the meat eaters: Saddled with high cholesterol/health problems…chunky/fat looking human beings. Bleh!
America, 2018! We are no longer cutting-edge Elvis cool! As Jon Oliver says: We’re in our Fat Elvis phase! … Goodbye to being on top of our global game! We’re about to fall off the toilet, dead as a door nail, still clutching our jelly doughnut!!
Remember when we were lean? Not super-sized? An attractive-looking country? A country filled with people – often our parents and loved ones! – who were willing to take us to task if we overindulged? Today it’s called “fat shaming,” and no one can say anything to make anybody feel bad about their rotund bod. A country in total denial! A people obsessed with food! Crap food! Unable to make rational decisions around eating! Living to eat, not eating to live!!
As our OBESE President Rumpo Trumpo would opine: SAD!
– Rose T.
Text and recipes by Chef Joey
The Super Bowl is here, and the big game has traditionally been, and will continue to be, a good excuse to get together to “snack/eat” (and drink).
Did you know that during the winter of 1960 a contest was put out to locals to submit ideas for the Boston football team’s official name?
The most popular choice — and the one that Billy Sullivan – who was the franchise developer selected — was “Boston Patriots.” Immediately thereafter, The Boston Globe artist Phil Bissell developed the “Pat Patriot” logo.
Football munching has transformed over the years – from bags of chips and orange-coated curls to a whole new level of snacks. Albeit we still have the traditional nachos and salsa, but now we have the birth of gastro-apps. These fancier apps look festive, allow a new dimension to the food category and are not limited to sports. They can carry over to small gatherings or cocktail parties.🍸🍸
MASHED POTATO PUFFS;
This recipe makes 12 to 24 puffs, depending on the size of the pan used.
2 cups mashed potatoes
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup grated cheese such as Parmesan or Swiss or, for a strong flavor Gruyere, divided
1/4 cup minced chives
1/4 cup diced cooked mock-bacon or mock-ham (purchase at your local Trader Joe’s) – optional
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Sour cream, to serve – also optional
Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease the cups of a mini-muffin tin.
Whisk together the mashed potatoes, the eggs, 3/4 cup of cheese, the chives and mock-meat.
Season, if necessary, with salt and pepper. (The seasoning will depend on how seasoned your mashed potatoes were to begin with.)
Mound a spoonful of the mixture into each muffin cup.
Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the potato cups are set, browned on top and hot through.
Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then use a spoon or knife to gently release them from the pan.
Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream, if desired.
Zucchini and Onion Pizza Puffs!!!
nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 10-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
3/4 cup garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Boursin or Alouette), divided
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
1 small red onion
1 zucchini (7/8 inches long – yellow or green). Cut it crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds – divide it
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper…spray with nonstick spray.
Unroll dough onto parchment.
Spread half of herb cheese over 1 long half of dough, leaving 1/2-inch plain border.
Sprinkle with half of Parmesan and 2 tablespoons parsley.
Using parchment as aid, fold plain half of dough over filled half (do not seal edges!!).
Spread remaining herb cheese over top
Then sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
Remove enough outer layers of onion to yield 2-inch-diameter core… cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange one row of zucchini down one long side of dough.
Arrange onion rounds in row alongside zucchini. Arrange 1 more row of zucchini alongside onion.
Brush vegetables with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake bread until puffed and deep brown at edges – about 24 minutes.
Soup is the least expensive and easiest meal to make. I had a CECELIA reader run into me – her name is Dottie. She raved about my vegan chili, posted here and published in CECELIA! So a big shout out to Dottie!!
I had some butternut squashes laying around that I bought in the fall from a local farm because they keep very well in my garage and said to myself … “Time to make soup!”
The secret to any good meal, I learned young from my Greek grandfather, is onions! It does not matter the batch size – just double the onions! For this particular soup, I went vegan for my daughter Gigi’s sake so she is used to flavors. I buy large bags of onions because they are easier to work with and less expensive. A 10-pound bag is $3 and one 20-pound bag is $5 … and you always need onions! In this soup, there are also 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and the squash. Water and curry powder round things out nicely – and a can of beer, if you have it.☺ It’s my new bouillon!
Onions, 2 large – peeled
Garlic, 2 or 3 cloves – chopped
TWO or THREE cloves of garlic for this recipe! pic: R.T.
2 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 can beer
3 tbsp oil
1 bouillon cube, veggie or chicken stock
In a large pot, add the chopped onions and garlic. Toss around in the oil and cover.
After 2 minutes, add 6 oz. of beer.
If you don’t have any beer, add club soda and 1 more bouillon cube of your choice – veggie or chicken.
Now add 8 cups of water and simmer until the squash is soft (about 15 minutes).
Add 1 tsp of curry powder, and then mash the squash like potatoes (You can use a mixer. Just don’t splash!)
Salt and pepper to taste – and there you have it! You can add a nice dollop of sour cream to your bowl of soup to enhance it!
The onion base is good for any soup!
You can use potatoes, broccoli or whatever you want for veggies, if making a pureed soup.
Enjoy and stay warm!
Little known fact: The word “supper” is derived for “souper,” which means “soup dinner” in French. It’s what the peasants normally ate, while the aristocrats dined!.
Like the Hindu temple near Capesterre, Guadeloupe, the curry mixture called Colombo is a legacy of indentured servants who came there from coastal India in the last century.
Since then Colombo has taken a bit from the French and a bit from the African to become truly Creole!
Vinny wants his homemade yum yums!
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 fresh thyme sprigs
2 medium tomatoespeeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Scotch bonnet chile, pricked with a fork
In a fry pan, toast the coriander, allspice, cumin and peppercorns over moderately high heat, shaking the pan, until fragrant, about 40 seconds.
Transfer to a plate to cool, then finely grind in a grinder or food processor, if you have a mortar and pestle use that! Add the turmeric.
Then in a large bowl, toss the chicken with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter in the oil. Add the chicken and cook over moderately high heat without turning, until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Turn the chicken and add the onion, scallions and shallot.
Reduce the heat to moderate and cook until the chicken is browned, about 5 more minutes. Add the ground spices and the garlic, parsley and thyme and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add the remaining 1 lime juice and 2 cups or so of water to just cover the chicken. Simmer over very low heat for 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes, eggplant and chile and season with salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Boil the stew over moderately high heat until the liquid is slightly reduced, around 4 or 5 minutes. Discard the thyme. Return the chicken to the casserole, season with salt and pepper and serve with rice.
Happy 2018!, straight from the coyote heart of the J-dog! pics: R.T.
7 gifts your animals are wishing for in the New Year!🐶
By Lindsay Pollard-Post
The decorations have come down, kids are back at school and gyms are packed with people trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions: Another holiday season is a wrap. But did your animal companions get everything on their wish list? Sure, squeaky toys and catnip mice are fun, but if dogs and cats could send letters to Santa, their lists would likely include a few items that we’ve overlooked. Are your animals still wishing for these things?
A new outfit: That old choke chain, prong collar or shock collar isn’t just unsightly—it’s insufferable. These collars can cause all kinds of harm—from thyroid injuries to neck damage to fear and anxiety. Your pups would love a humane “wardrobe refresh” of a simple nylon buckle collar and a comfortable harness for walks. And make sure that your cats wear a breakaway safety collar that allows them to escape if it becomes snagged on something.
A vacation: You don’t have to book a trip to Tahiti to satisfy your dogs’ desire for a change of scenery. Visiting a local dog park, beach or hiking trail a couple of times a week, in addition to daily walks, can lift your dogs’ spirits and provide the mental and social stimulation that they need. Spice up your cats’ lives with a window perch for watching the birds and squirrels (“cat TV”), or treat them to a “catio”—an outdoor enclosure just for felines. Some cats also enjoy exploring the outdoors safely on a harness and leash after being introduced to them gradually and patiently. Just be sure to supervise your animals closely whenever they’re outside.
Housecleaning service: OK, not really, but what cat wouldn’t appreciate a tidier litterbox? Felines are fastidious. Having to tiptoe through a dirty box is detrimental to their well-being and can lead to house soiling. Keep your cats’ bathrooms squeaky clean by scooping them at least twice daily and providing at least one box per cat.
A beauty treatment, in the comfort of their own home: Grooming isn’t a luxury—it’s essential for animals’ health. Regular, gentle brushing will keep their coats mat- and tangle-free. Frequent nail trims are vital, too, in order to prevent painful overgrown nails and to keep cats from shredding the couch. And don’t forget dental care: Put a dab of specially formulated animal toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it along your animals’ teeth. Once they accept this, try using a soft toothbrush, moving in gentle circles.
Better health: No one enjoys feeling sick, and dogs and cats can be masters of disguise when it comes to hiding illness and injuries. So if your pals haven’t been to the veterinarian recently, schedule a checkup, and have them spayed or neutered, too—it protects them from several types of cancer of the reproductive system and prevents them from bringing more animals into a world that’s already short on good homes.
Cece’s most fun “toy”? Look directly behind her!
A surprise: Skip the pricey subscription boxes and use an empty cardboard box to create a fun kitty toy. Cut several holes in the top and sides, insert a rolled-up ball of foil or a catnip toy and tape it shut for hours of feline entertainment. Or thrill your cats with free finds from the outdoors, such as fallen feathers, crunchy leaves (nonpoisonous, of course), dried seaweed or other bits of nature.
Time with the ones they love most: Dogs and cats are social beings who crave attention and interaction with their families. So set down the smartphone, put your chores on hold and make time every day to play with, cuddle, walk, groom and dote on your animals. It’s a gift for you, too.
New film can’t whitewash the sordid story: P.T. Barnum exploited animals and humans!
By John Di Leonardo
Make-believe is Hollywood’s stock-in-trade, but the producers of The Greatest Showman are spending $84 million on a lie — that the life of P.T. Barnum, the con man who ushered cruelty to animals in to American circuses, is something to celebrate.
Who are they kidding?
A movie sanitizing Barnum’s sordid legacy won’t fool anyone who cares about animals, and although Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been consigned to its rightful place in the dustbin of history, other circuses still adhere to the business model that he created more than a century ago: Chaining, caging and beating animals until they perform.
That’s one reason why I won’t go see The Greatest Showman and why I’ll urge my family and friends to skip it, too. The other is that Barnum would stoop to any level to fatten his wallet, including exploiting humans. It was all in a day’s work.
Before waking up to the suffering of nonhuman animals and joining People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, I managed programs for people with developmental disabilities on Long Island, New York. I was drawn to psychology because one of my best friends since kindergarten has cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. We met on the playground one day, when I saw some bullies knock him down and kick sand on him and I made them stop.
Nearly all of my clients had multiple disabilities. Most were autistic, and many also suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or a combination of mental illnesses. In other words, had they lived in a different time, they could have been fodder for P.T. Barnum’s exploitative shows.
Although the movie tells a very different story, P.T. Barnum was more like the playground bully than the hero that Hollywood is making him out to be.
Here’s what didn’t make the final cut: Using the tagline “What is it?” and hyping him as “the connecting link between man and monkey,” Barnum, who also performed in blackface for minstrel shows and exploited African-Americans, exhibited a caged human with microcephaly, in addition to exploiting conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker and even a distant cousin who had dwarfism, General Tom Thumb, who was 25 inches tall and accounted for nearly a quarter of the 82 million tickets that Barnum sold in his lifetime.
He had the same disdain for animals.
After chartering a ship and abducting nine elephants, including a calf, from their families in Sri Lanka, he imprisoned them in the cargo hold for four months.
The elephants got no fresh air, and it was so crowded they couldn’t take a single step in any direction. One elephant reportedly died.
To break their will and make them complacent, handlers shoved a hot poker up their trunks.
Barnum didn’t stop there: He was known to have beaten elephants with sharp, metal-tipped bullhooks until they cried out in pain.
Circuses still use bullhooks today.
Barnum also confined animals to the basement of his New York museum, including two beluga whales who were boiled alive in their tanks alongside other trapped animals during a fire.
P.T. Barnum was no humanitarian, and for a movie to try and portray him as anything other than what he was — a cruel manipulator whose sole motivation was cold, hard cash
— is outrageous.