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Blue jean boppin’!!

From PETA.ORG. Cruelty-free fashion! No animals were  killed/harmed to make these adorable denim pieces…

Click on the UNDERLINED names, following the numerals, to order the clothing and to see more fall fashion!

– R. Tirella

Denim is a true-blue, all-American classic. It became popular in the 1840s among people mining for gold, who depended on the sturdy cotton weave to withstand all types of weather. Since then, it’s made appearances in major fashion trends, from bell-bottoms to acid wash denim to skinny jeans.

Denim is always in style, and it’s always vegan. That’s our favorite part. Here are some ideas for how to wear it this fall, as the weather cools down:

1. MOTO Authentic Denim Borg Western Jacket by Topshop

Denim Jacket

This jacket is 100 percent cotton, with a plush lining that can stand up to brisk fall weather.

2. Life in Progress Buttoned A-Line Denim Skirt by Forever 21

Denim skirt F21

This A-line miniskirt would look perfect with a pair of thick tights.

3. Skinny High Ankle Jeans by H&M

Jeans H&M

The 1 percent spandex gives these jeans the flexibility to make them super-comfortable.

4. Denim A-Line Pinafore Dress by ASOS

asos pinafore denim dress

How cute is this pinafore dress? It comes in washed black, has adjustable straps, and would look fabulous if worn with a long-sleeve fitted shirt.

5. Pet Perceives Top by ModCloth

pet perceives denim shirt modcloth

Keep kittens close to your heart with this loose-fitting, button-up shirt.

6. MOTO Tie-Waist Jumpsuit by Topshop

denim jumpsuit

This looks so comfortable, we want it now. Whoever invented mechanic-chic deserves a genius award.

7. Pieces Denim Skirt by ASOS

white skirt ASOS

A white skirt may remind you of the ’80s but just a touch—after all, it’s not acid wash.

8. Boxy Denim Shirt by Forever 21

Denim shirt F21

This light-colored utility-inspired shirt reminds us of those bright summer days as we fade into fall.

9. Denim Shirt in Dark Wash by ASOS

Asos shirt

If you’re looking for a classic button-up denim shirt for fall, this is it.

10. Light Wash Denim Trucker Jacket by Calvin Klein

light jean jacket calvin klein

This trucker jacket is great for layering and has a nice fade at the shoulders. It also comes in a darker shade.

11. Women’s Denim Overall by Mossimo


Did you get the memo? Women’s denim overalls are back in style. Grab yourself a cute, affordable pair by Mossimo, available at Target stores.

12. High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Black by Forever 21

black skinny jeans

Why not invest in some black denim, too?

Now that you’ve chosen your favorite denim look for fall, add an outer layer to the mix with our recommendations forthe season’s cutest vegan coats. Happy shopping!

I passed on the DCU event for the sake of animals

By Mike Germain

Last week I was offered four free admission tickets to an upcoming event at the DCU Convention Center for myself, my girlfriend, her son and my son.

The event is a sort of travelling carnival, complete with kiddie rides, refreshments, raffles and, of course, the obligatory kiddie zoo.

The zoo was listed as complete with a bull, camel rides, monkeys, and a petting zoo, etc.

Ah, Yes! The annual travelling zoo and carnival is making its way back to these parts!

Because the offer of the free tickets was thoughtful and made with all good intentions, I accepted the tickets and thanked my friend. But we didn’t go. The tickets  brought back memories …

Three years ago I had a very similar experience. I came across tickets to this very same event with pretty much the same advertising : “kiddie rides, petting zoo, camel rides, live animals” etc. I thought to myself, this may be a great way to spend some quality time with my girlfriend and her 4-year-old son.

So off we went for the afternoon to the so-called carnival and traveling zoo. Upon arrival, my girlfriend’s son sprinted through the doors! His first experience was some sort of bull, the biggest bull you can imagine, lying in a pile of hay enclosed by a metal fence. The area that this bull was in was barely large enough for him to stand up and turn around. Our four year old was cognizant enough about the situation to ask me: “Is the cow OK? He can’t get much exercise!”

The cage the bull (cow) was kept in to transport when not on display was just as compact as this fencing area – if not smaller.

Next we moved on to the area that had some monkeys. They were displayed in another small cage, and the number of monkeys housed in it seemed substantial to me.

I saw the look on our once excited four year old become very confused. He asked us: “Why can’t the monkeys move?”

This definitely tempered our enthusiasm for the day.

At that point I looked around and saw what seemed to be similar situations at most of the other exhibits: Animals caged or housed in enclosures that seemed much too small for their size or housing too many animals.

My girlfriend’s son was visibly upset and we decided it would be best to just leave.

He thought the animals were “unhappy.”

I love animals of all different kinds, and I love to watch them in their natural environment. I’m not a follower of PETA and quite frankly I think they go a bit too far. However, this experience opened my eyes to the traveling zoo culture, and it certainly made me more sympathetic to the plight of these animals.

I urge others not to attend this event.

If you want to satisfy your love for animals in their natural environment and enjoy the beauty of their existence, I suggest tuning into The Animal Planet on cable network.

Michael (Mike) Germain is a former Worcester City Councilor, a Worcester small biz owner, supporter of the Worcester Friendly House, kids ice hockey teams and other Worcester youth sports teams. He owns a very large parrot!

Don’t learn a lesson at your cat’s expense

By Teresa Chagrin

When Jacksonville, Fla., resident Adam Arendell opened the door and let his cat, Camus, outside, he had no idea that he would never see her alive again. Camus’ body was found several days later lying in a nearby alley, burned almost beyond recognition. She had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. The alleged perpetrator—a 14-year-old boy who was reportedly found with two severely injured cats in his backpack and who admitted to killing at least five other cats—told the police, “Killing a cat is like killing a sheet of paper. It is nothing to kill a cat.”

Mr. Arendell probably thought he lived in a “nice” neighborhood, where people don’t do things like setting helpless animals on fire. But cruelty and intolerance are not defined by zip code: Terrible things happen to stray, feral and “indoor-outdoor” cats every day.

PETA receives hundreds of reports of abuse every month. Many cats “disappear” and are never found—most, no doubt, victims of foul play. During the past month alone, dozens of cats across the country were abused and/or killed by cruel humans, including some cats in Antioch, Calif.; Jefferson, Ohio; and Houston, Texas, who were found suffering from severe burns after apparently being intentionally set on fire.

Unknown assailants armed with guns, arrows and even blow darts shot cats in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Washington. The remains of dismembered cats were found in El Paso and Houston, Texas, and in Wilmington, N.C. Two cats in Dallas were found impaled on a fence, with the spikes protruding through their hind legs. One cat had to be euthanized because of the severity of the injuries, and the other cat escaped while being freed from the fence

Other cats are poisoned by intolerant neighbors who view them as “pests” and don’t want them digging in their yards or climbing on their cars. Cats in a Reeds Spring, Mo., trailer park were found dead after residents received letters from an anonymous person urging them to set out antifreeze to kill free-roaming cats.

And still other cats are attacked and killed by wildlife, including a cat in North Carolina who was killed by coyotes in an attack witnessed by a horrified neighbor who described seeing the coyotes corral and kill the cat, taking turns grabbing and shaking the cat with their mouths. In Palo Alto, Calif., coyote attacks are so common that animal control officials report picking up feline victims nearly every day.

Could your cat be the next victim? If you allow your cat to roam outdoors unsupervised, he or she certainly could be.

There’s no question about it: Cats are safest and happiest living indoors. The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 12 years, versus just 2 to 3 years for cats who live outdoors. Not only are indoor cats safe from the dangers posed by two- and four-legged predators, they are also safe from traffic, and they’re far less likely to contract deadly contagious diseases and parasites.

Local birds, bunnies and chipmunks breathe more easily as well when cats stay indoors: Every year, free-roaming cats terrorize, maim and kill billions of native birds and other small animals who aren’t equipped to defend themselves against these non-native predators and are already struggling to survive because of human activity and population encroachment.

“Camus was a sweet and friendly cat; she was a part of our family and we’ll forever regret not bringing her inside that day,” Adam Arendell told a reporter.

Don’t learn a hard lesson at your cat’s expense! Keep your cat indoors!

re-posting … Kind poetry …

Written by Gretchen Primack … a powerful poem on circus elephants.

Please! Don’t go to Ringling – or any wild animal circus!

–  R. T.



Maybe someday you will trick

for me.

Maybe I will find value in you

on one foot.

I will take you from family,


so I can watch you


Will you bore me? I bore myself

now, reduced

to your conditions, cut off

from my life

and language. None of me

is left; still

you found something

to waste.

Boycott Southwick’s Wild Animal Farm! In Defense of Animals urges feds to investigate Elephant Death at Southwick’s Zoo

(Southwick’s Zoo urged to publicly release Dondi the elephant’s veterinary records)

editor’s note: For years Southwick’s has been nothing but an exotic animal death camp PRETENDING to care for animals. 15 or 20 years ago, they made the news (they have made the news several times) for their shitty wild animal housing. I went down there and saw: a chimp in a fake circus train car sitting on a bale of hay! That was it! That was its home! Their lion? In a fenced in bit of concrete sitting in the middle of the dump – all ribs, all hip joints. No shade – no “habitat.”

A crime! A crime they had to pay for: they were ordered to build more suitable habitats for the poor animals that “live” tragic lives at the Southwick “zoo.” Do not kid yourself! There are no real vets/experts there. There is no one who is a true biologist/scientest caring for the animals. This place is strictly a money maker – no better than Barnum and Bailey’s.

Let’s work to free Dondi’s “vet” records. I bet they did little for that poor creature!

Boycott Southwick’s in Mendon, Massachusetts!

– Rosalie Tirella

now the article:

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging an investigation into the death of Dondi, an Asian elephant held at the Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. Dondi died on Wednesday, after suffering an unidentified illness.

“Dondi’s unexpected death raises a red flag because at age 36 she should have been in the prime of life,” said Catherine Doyle, IDA Elephant Campaign director. “We are asking the USDA to investigate the circumstances surrounding Dondi’s death as a matter of public interest and public safety.”

In a separate letter sent to Southwick’s Zoo president Justine Brewer, IDA urged the zoo to publicly release Dondi’s veterinary records and necropsy reports, saying, “The public has a right to know the cause of Dondi’s death.”

Dondi was in direct contact with the public at the Southwick’s Zoo, where she gave rides during the summer months; she performed circus tricks and gave rides during the winter at various locations in Florida. Elephants can harbor diseases transmissible to humans, including tuberculosis, which can be difficult to detect. Release of the records would hopefully allay any public health concerns. Continue reading Boycott Southwick’s Wild Animal Farm! In Defense of Animals urges feds to investigate Elephant Death at Southwick’s Zoo