Why You Should Celebrate a Cruelty-Free Easter
As Christians remember Christ’s crucifixion as the final sacrifice and celebrate His victory over death in the resurrection, let us resolve to emulate His compassion in our own lives by showing mercy to animals.
There’s no better place to begin than the dinner table. As we break bread, let’s break ties with some of the most violent and ungodly places on Earth — slaughterhouses and factory farms.
Before they become Sunday’s centerpiece, animals on factory farms are denied everything that God designed them to want and do. They never breathe fresh air, nurture their young, play with other animals, or do anything to live out the biblical concept that “God’s mercy is over all His creatures.”
For example, pigs spend their entire lives in filthy concrete pens, and cruelty is rampant, as witnessed by PETA investigators.
PETA’s investigation of Belcross Farm, a pig-breeding facility in North Carolina, resulted in the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to animals by farm workers in the U.S.
PETA’s undercover investigation at Seaboard Farms, Inc. has resulted in the filing of felony cruelty-to-animals charges against a former manager at the facility.
Easter is also no celebration for hens on egg farms, who suffer constant confinement to tiny, filthy wire cages. Male chicks are killed — often through suffocation — since they don’t produce eggs, and female chicks have their beaks painfully seared off to keep them from pecking one another.
Cows on dairy farms are kept continually impregnated, and their calves are snatched away just after birth so that their mothers’ milk can be consumed by humans.
At the end of their short, miserable lives, these animals are crammed into trucks, with little protection from the elements, to suffer the ultimate terror of the slaughterhouse, where workers hang them upside-down and slit their throats.
What You Can Do
Plant-based foods can be found in supermarkets (editor’s note: check out TRADER JOE’S in Shrewsbury, Rt 9, just over the bridge) and on the menus of many chain restaurants.
Since eating vegan is easier than ever, there’s simply no reason for any animals to end up on our plates!
Homemade Vegan Easter Eggs!🐰🐰
There are a variety of places online where you can order vegan Easter candy, and finding vegan chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, or jelly beans — just like those you remember filling your Easter basket with as a child — is no longer difficult. However, if you’re like me and you’ve waited until the last minute to plan for the sugar fest that often comes with the holiday, finding these goodies won’t be quite as easy.
But don’t fear! Those of us who tend to procrastinate — or are just super-crafty — can go the homemade route!
Below is a recipe for basic chocolate eggs, which you can then turn into a variety of designs.
1 8-oz. package nondairy cream cheese, softened at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Decorations, e.g., chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, toasted flaked coconut
Beat the nondairy cream cheese in a mixing bowl until it is smooth.
Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until it is well blended.
Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and mix well.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls or egg shapes and roll them in the nuts, cocoa, or coconut.
Store the finished chocolates in the refrigerator.
Makes approximately 5 dozen chocolates
🌷🌼Some “eggs-traordinary” ideas!!🌼🌷:
Roll egg-shaped chocolate in chopped nuts.
If you can find a cute Easter-themed mold, simply fill it with the chocolate and refrigerate.
Allow the chocolate to cool in a thin layer, then cut out your favorite shape with Easter-themed cookie cutters.
Decorate egg-shaped chocolate with dyed coconut. I recommend adding a few drops of food coloring to water and then adding your coconut. Allow to soak for a few minutes in the water, then remove and allow to dry completely before using to decorate.
Use plastic Easter eggs to get your desired shape, scoop out the center, and fill with peanut butter, nuts, or another favorite candy.
Close the plastic egg and refrigerate until both sides are firm and have joined together.
Cover egg-shaped chocolate with holiday color foils or ribbons.
Cover egg-shaped chocolate with vegan nonpareils or another small vegan candy.
You can shape and decorate the chocolate any way you’d like, so get creative with it!