So many turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving each year — about 46 million in America alone — that some Americans refer to the holiday as “Turkey Day.” They fixate on the taste of turkey flesh and place the bird’s basted corpse at the center of the table, as if the mass slaughter of an animal were integral to the celebration. Most of us agree that we should treat other sentient beings with compassion, yet for many, Thanksgiving tends to revolve around eating a slaughtered bird. This is classic cognitive dissonance — when our actions are inconsistent with our beliefs.
I get it. Like many people, I, too, “loved” animals but ate them and thought nothing of it for years. I was a meat-eater’s meat-eater, following my gourmand father’s dietary path: I was wild for liver and onions and raw oysters, balking only at tongue (because it was so obvious what it was) and calf’s brains on toast, one of his favorite dishes.
But things changed for me, thanks to a book I picked up on a vacation: Ruth Harrison’s eye-opening ANIMAL MACHINES. It laid out the horrors endured by those living beings we call “animals,” a word that often casually excludes humans as if we were in some other category of life, perhaps mini-gods.
Regardless of all that’s been written and filmed since 1980, when PETA came into existence hell-bent on exposing what turkeys go through before their drumsticks reach the table, many members of our species remain unmoved, even when they hear that their fellow animals (for we, too, are animals) are petrified when they’re grabbed in the factory-farm sheds, stuffed into crates, trucked through all weather extremes, and then hung upside-down by their legs in the slaughterhouse just before their throats are slit. Yet Ralph Waldo Emerson was right when he wrote that “however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
Turkeys on factory farms suffer, suffer, suffer …
I still haven’t nailed the perfect strategy that will change hearts, minds and old habits of convenience and let the other animals simply live. Some people go vegan for their health, some for the environment, others because they’re swayed by images of the unspeakable things we do to animals to get sausages, nuggets, omelets, cheese and turkey flesh on the table.
May I suggest that this year, we observe “Turkey Day” by focusing on turkeys’ many admirable qualities rather than on the taste of their flesh? They are caring parents and spirited explorers who enjoy moving along to music, having their feathers stroked, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and spending time with their friends. One retired poultry scientist describes turkeys as “smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings.”
And like all other animals, including humans, turkeys feel pain, grief, love and joy. Why not give them a break this November and celebrate ThanksVegan, PETA’s fresh new take on the Thanksgiving holiday? Anyone wishing to take a step or even a leap into vegan living will find free downloadable vegan starter kits, recipes, tips and much more on PETA’s website – PETA.ORG.
REMEMBER, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: OFFICE PARTY SECRET SANTA GOODIES, STOCKING STUFFERS, TEACHER APPRECIATION PRESENTS … ALL THESE CHRISTMAS GIFTS CAN BE “CRUELTY-FREE,” low-cost – AND CONVENIENTLY BOUGHT AT YOUR LOCAL CVS, WALGREENS, TARGET, TRADER JOE’S AND THE DOLLAR TREE. Here are 15 cruelty-free companies – meaning they don’t test their products – soaps, hand creams, body lotions, shampoos, cosmetics – on animals, primarily white bunnies! Also, there are no animal-derived ingredients in their personal care products. I would add DOVE and SUAVE to this list. Recently, I bought their deodorants – they’ve got THE PETA’S BUNNY LOGO AND CRUELTY-FREE STAMP OF APPROVAL! 🐇- Rose T.
Make your Christmas stocking stuffers CRUELTY-FREE! art: PETA
Two decades after an article in The Washington Post, titled “They Die Piece by Piece,” detailed the horrors animals faced in slaughterhouses and exposed federal officials’ paltry enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA), little has changed. The meat industry and the agency entrusted with regulating it continue to fail animals miserably. Clearly, the best way to prevent farmed animals from suffering is to leave meat off our plates.
The article’s headline quotes a slaughterhouse worker’s description of how still-conscious cattle were butchered in 2001. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) own reports recount how cows and other animals still endure agonizing deaths.
In Minnesota last December, workers shot a conscious cow in the head three times, slit her throat, cut into her and injected a chemical into the wounds. The cow clenched her teeth in pain until a rifle shot finally ended her suffering.
In Illinois in August 2021, a pig hanging upside down on the slaughter line was crying out after being put through a carcass-washing cabinet. A worker cut the conscious pig’s throat. Then the pig was plunged into a tank of scalding-hot water and thrashed and screamed before finally being shot.
Both slaughterhouses were allowed to resume killing animals a day after these incidents, having submitted some paperwork to the USDA to get its stamp of approval.
Meanwhile, the more than 9 billion chickens, turkeys and other birds slaughtered annually in the U.S. are not protected by the HMSA. No law requires that they even be stunned before their throats are cut. Birds are routinely drowned in scalding tanks.
Inhumane treatment of turkeys!
At one slaughterhouse, workers left 25,867 chickens overnight on trailers in an open shed as the windchill plummeted to minus 32 degrees. More than 9,000 of the birds died, and many were frozen to metal cages. At another facility, more than 30,000 chickens were denied food and water for more than 24 hours, killing more than 1,600 birds.
But USDA leadership took no enforcement action in their behalf.
What The Washington Post reported three presidencies ago remains true: The USDA makes rare use of the serious sanctions at its disposal. Since 1978, HMSA violations have been punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, the USDA has evidently never filed criminal charges against a licensed slaughterhouse.
As a result, one slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania continues to operate despite 20 violations of law since February 2018. In June 2019, workers there shot a conscious cow three times in the head. In January 2020, a cow who had been shot three times and was hanging on the slaughter line was crying out loudly and looking around. A worker ignored that and cut her throat.
In August 2020, another cow at the same facility endured three rifle shots to the head. Three months later, yet another cow was still standing and looking around after two blasts to the skull. In June 2021, the victim was a pig who remained standing after being shot between the eyes.
Business continues as usual at that slaughterhouse — with the USDA’s blessing — and at others where animals suffer and die in violation of the HMSA. Former USDA Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer Lester Friedlander said in 2001 that violations were “out of control.” They still are. And chronic violators, emboldened by the agency’s toothless responses, have no reason to expect significant consequences.
Any hope that “humane slaughter” might be something other than an oxymoron should fade given the USDA’s abysmal failure to enforce the HMSA in meaningful ways. If you don’t want sensitive, intelligent animals to keep dying “piece by piece,” please stop eating them.
This Thanksgiving try a holiday roll … skip the turkey!
Vegan holiday roast with sage stuffing. Trader Joe’s grocery store in Shrewsbury has many kinds of vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas “roasts” for you to discover! art: PETA
The Dutch city of Haarlem, which is home to about 160,000 people, is set to become the first city in the world to ban meat advertisements in public places in an attempt to reduce meat consumption and combat the climate catastrophe.
This move begs the question: “What are U.S. cities waiting for?” The average American eats about four times as much beef as people in the rest of the world, and beef production alone causes massive amounts of greenhouse-gas emissions.
Help slow down climate change, eat way less meat and way more vegan and vegetarian meals!
Do we really need to be bombarded with billboards, commercials and other advertisements prompting us to eat cruelly produced, cholesterol-laden foods that cause climate change and other environmental problems?
Global food production generates 35% of all planet-warming emissions, with animal agriculture, including organic, pasture-fed beef and lamb, causing twice the amount of greenhouse gases as fruit, grain and other vegan foods.
That’s largely because farmed animals produce a lot of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. A United Nations report states that reducing methane emissions is one of the easiest ways to curb climate change and urges meat-eaters to choose vegan meat rather than animal flesh.
Studies have found that that vegan meat has a 93% smaller carbon footprint than beef, and researchers estimate that consuming vegan beef rather than cow flesh could reduce the number of cows raised for meat by up to 12 million.
Switching to vegan beef would also reduce the carbon footprint of food production in the U.S. alone by as much as 13.5%. And that’s not all. Scientists predict that a 50% reduction in the consumption of chickens and pigs by 2040 would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road for a year.
The University of Oxford estimated the environmental impact of 57,000 different foods in the U.K. and Ireland and concluded that vegan foods tend to be 10 times better for the planet than animal-derived ones, not to mention that they’re often more sustainable as well.
There’s no question that vegan foods are healthy and nutritious, whereas animal flesh, eggs and dairy are high in unhealthy cholesterol and saturated fat. And animal-based foods are also devoid of fiber, complex carbohydrates and other nutrients essential to good health.
Going vegan means pigs, chickens, chicks, lambs and cows don’t lead horrific lives on American factory farms, many abused and tortured.
As Haarlem clearly realizes, raising cows, pigs, chickens and other animals for food exacerbates the climate catastrophe. With the Earth in crisis, the last thing we should do is encourage people to eat more animal flesh. That’s as counterproductive as advertising liquor at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
For the sake of our planet and our health — and the animals who suffer immensely when raised and killed for food — U.S. cities should follow Haarlem’s lead and prohibit companies from advertising meat.
Americans don’t need ads that will prompt us to eat unhealthy, environmentally destructive and inhumanely produced foods. We need ads that will prompt us to eat nutritious earth- and animal-friendly foods — vegan ones.
THERE’S AN INFINTE NUMBER OF DELICIOUS VEGAN RECIPES TO TRY!
THE HAPPY PEAR are twin brothers from Ireland who are amazing vegan chefs! Check out their cooking and baking tutorials on YouTube – and be amazed!
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Increase Veterans Service Dog Program Funding By $2 Million
editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved last week a bipartisan measure from Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) to increase funding for the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program by $2 million.
The measure was passed as part of the FY 2018 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill and was also led by Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ).
“With so many veterans returning from war bearing both physical and emotional scars, we must do all we can to provide treatment that works. The Wounded Warrior Service Dog program has helped countless veterans and military families. Providing grant opportunities for groups professionally engaged in this field is critical to ensuring that our military and veterans receive the care they deserve,” Rep. McGovern said. “I am proud to join with Republicans and Democrats on this bipartisan measure to increase funding for this program and continue to support our veterans as they come home from serving our country.”
“Those who know and love animals like I do understand that they have a unique ability to bring service and healing to our wounded warriors,” Rep. McSally said. “Therapeutic service dog training program is an important program, and by increasing funding more service dogs will be placed with veterans. I was pleased to support this amendment.”
“For many service members suffering from PTSD and TBI, training service dogs to help other service members and veterans can be an effective, non-pharmaceutical therapy that gives comfort and purpose,” said Rep. Shea-Porter. “I am happy our bipartisan work has secured $2 million to expand this and other programs, which are having a positive impact on so many lives.”
“Our men and women in uniform deserve the best care when they return home from service,” said Rep. Jones. “By individually training service dogs for the physical or emotional needs of an individual veteran, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program has helped countless service members and military families with their transition and healing process – I could not think of a better program to support. Thank you to all of my colleagues for backing this exceptional program that helps our nation’s heroes.”
“Service dogs have a proven therapeutic role in helping wounded warriors heal. As a representative of military communities in South Jersey and proud dog owner, I applaud this bipartisan effort to fund a program that provides our heroes access to the care they deserve and the treatments they need,” Rep. LoBiondo said.
Administered by the Department of Defense, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Grant Program supports non-profit organizations whose mission is to address physical and mental health needs of service members and veterans with assistance from service dogs. This program was funded at $1 million in Fiscal Year 2015, $5 million in Fiscal Year 2016, and $5 million in Fiscal Year 2017. With the passage of this amendment, the House bill aims to fund this program at $7 million for Fiscal Year 2018.
Many of our service members and veterans return home from the battlefield suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), blindness or impaired vision, the loss of a limb, paralysis, impaired mobility, loss of hearing, and other mental and physical disabilities. Sadly, too many also struggle with suicidal thoughts and the inability to reintegrate into the social framework of their families and communities. Working with a trained service dog is a promising form of therapy and assistance for these veterans and service members, one that has already been proven to help civilians who confront similar mental and physical disabilities.
Through a highly technical regimen that can take up to two years, non-profit organizations customize the training of each dog to assist its future owner. Depending on the owner’s needs, these dogs can be trained to retrieve medicine from a refrigerator, turn the lights on and scan an empty house before the owner enters, guard an owner’s back in a public setting, and even wake an owner up from a nightmare.
In its three years of existence, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program has allowed non-profit organizations to train and pair over 250 highly sophisticated service dogs with veterans in need. The additional $2 million would help place an additional 45 to 60 service dogs with veterans industry wide.
Make America great: follow Canada’s recommendations!
By Heather Moore
Know what would really make America great? If we followed in Canada’s footsteps and revised our national food guidelines to favor plant-based over animal-based protein.
Our neighbor to the north’s new dietary recommendations, which will likely be issued by Health Canada next year, are expected to specify plant-based foods as the preferred source of protein and to call for the regular consumption of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and other vegan foods.
At least one news outlet has speculated that — because Canada is so culturally diverse, much like the U.S., and because many ethnic groups can’t digest cow’s milk — dairy products won’t be included in the new recommendations at all.
While it remains to be seen if the Canadian government will officially urge citizens to eat beans not beef, many media outlets have already reported on one anticipated — and sensible — guideline: Don’t eat foods that contain mostly saturated fat (i.e., meat, eggs and dairy products) and opt instead for healthy plant-based foods, which also tend to be more environmentally friendly.
That’s sound, science-based advice — not industry-pandering. Canada is one of the world’s largest beef producers, and ranchers and feedlot operators likely didn’t break into a chorus of “O Canada” when they heard that government officials were planning to promote plant-based foods. But it’s the right thing to do, and hopefully Health Canada will hold firm to its mission.
I also hope the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will implement strong guidelines favoring plant-based foods. America’s fruited plains and amber waves of grain are overrun with animal factories and slaughterhouses, and we’ll all be healthier if we stop eating animal-based foods.
We know this. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Chicago — the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals — has pointed out that people who eat mostly plant-based foods are less likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
A 2016 position statement by the academy revealed that people can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 62 percent, suffering from heart disease by 29 percent and succumbing to any form of cancer by 18 percent just by going vegan. Vegan men reduce their likelihood of developing prostate cancer by 35 percent.
The U.S. advisory committee has acknowledged that a diet high in plant-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact.”
But meat industry groups spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting to keep “eat less meat” from appearing in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — that’s why they allow fatty, cholesterol-laden animal-based foods.
Other countries have already taken steps to promote more nutritious, vegan foods. Last year, for example, the Netherlands began advising people to eat a lot less meat — no more than two servings per week — and to replace it with plant foods. The United Kingdom also encourages residents to cut back on animal protein. Brazil puts an emphasis on native plants and minimally processed foods.
The U.S. will have to consider similar guidelines as public-health problems — and Americans’ waistlines — continue to expand. Let’s all avoid the “red tape” and opt for vegan foods well before our dietary guidelines are scheduled to be revised.
Doing so will help local farmers who grow flavorful, health-promoting fruits and vegetables — like red delicious apples, sweet white corn and juicy blueberries. It will also support innovative vegan businesses, such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Memphis Meats, three California companies that have made headlines for producing mouthwatering plant-based meats. Most of all, it will benefit our health, the environment and animals — and that will help make America a truly great nation.
TRADER JOE’S GROCERY STORE ON ROUTE 9 IN SHREWSBURY – just over the bridge – is a GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN YOUR VEGGIE ADVENTURES! Organic fruits and vegetables, nondairy icecream and yogurt that is SO TASTY💙, frozen dinners, sauces, mock meats, spices, cakes, cookies … ALL SO INEXPENSIVE and yummy! Love shopping here! – Rose T.
Trader Joe crackers – $1.39 – a staple at Rose’s shack. Center: Vintage thermos David C. gave Rose. She’s made a centerpiece of it so Davey is always hanging out in her kitchen☕☕! pics: R.T.
Rose today! She lost 30+ pounds by cutting ALL meat out of her diet – go vegetarian! – and working hard for her biz and around her apartment! Get moving!!😄 pic: R.T.
By Heather Moore
Population growth has taken on a whole new meaning: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight and that about 10 percent is obese. A global group of researchers crunched the numbers and found that obesity contributed to 4 million deaths, primarily from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer, in 2015 alone.
To put it another way, a recent Vox article estimates that obesity now kills more people than do terror attacks, traffic accidents and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Experts predict that it could also someday account for more cancer deaths than smoking.
That is, unless more people go vegan.
Obesity and obesity-related diseases can largely be attributed to the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods. That’s partly why the population of the U.S., where oversized burgers, chicken nuggets and cheese-laden pizzas reign supreme, has an ever-growing girth. According to the study, which spanned 195 countries, America has the most obese adults, at 79.4 million, and the highest percentage of obese children and young adults. So much for treading lightly on the planet.
Hopefully, these findings will prompt more Americans to eat healthy vegan foods. Researchers have pointed out that our eating habits are the primary problem, not our inactivity. It certainly won’t kill us to move a little more, but we really need to eat a lot less.
Obesity has become the new normal in America, and it’s causing a health-care crisis. Despite what many people want to believe, there is no such thing as “fat but fit.” Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that overweight people are much more likely to suffer from heart attacks or strokes—even if they’re “metabolically healthy,” meaning that their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are in the “safe” range.
Double chin up, though! Two new studies show that people can lose weight just by eating plant-based foods. One study of diabetic patients, conducted by researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., suggests that by eating almost exclusively vegan foods, people can lose twice as much weight as those who follow the typical low-calorie diets recommended for diabetics.
After six months, participants who ate almost all vegan foods had also boosted their metabolism and reduced the amount of fat around their muscles, which is significant for those with diabetes.
Another study, carried out by researchers at Spain’s University of Navarra, found that people who eat plant-based foods can almost halve their risk of becoming obese compared with those who eat animal-derived foods.
The study participants — 16,000 healthy adults, who were tracked for an average of 10 years — completed food questionnaires and were scored on the types of food that they ate. Points were awarded to those who ate vegetables, fruits, grains and other plant-based foods and subtracted from those who ate meat, dairy, eggs and other animal-derived foods. Participants who ate the most plant-based foods were the least likely to become obese.
The results of these studies aren’t exactly surprising. Vegan foods tend to be low in fat and calories and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, which help boost metabolism, so you can burn more calories, making it easier both to shed pounds and to maintain a healthy weight.
So if your heft is weighing heavily on your mind, try this tasty, simple solution: Go vegan!
Here is another quick dinner recipe sure to please anyone in your family. I chose the vegetarian, gluten-free version, which is also vegan, actually. However, with a switch from lentils to hamburger it can be the traditional pasta dish you all know and love.
1 box pasta (Penne works great!)
1 small can tomato paste
4 cloves garlic
1 cup red wine
salt and pepper
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 ½ cups cooked lentils or ½ pound lean ground beef
Here is how fast and easy this recipe
Take 3 good sized carrots, chop and add 1 cup of water to a food processor and 4 whole cloves of garlic.
Pulse until you have a thick puree.
Add some olive oil to a thick seep pan and sauté on a medium fire until the water starts to evaporate and the carrots become soft.
In the meantime, take a large onion and chop it fine and add to the carrot mixture.
Stir constantly and add 1 cup of water.
As the water reduces – keep an eye on it – add 3 tablespoons of sugar to caramelize the carrots and onions.
As the onions get soft, add 1 cup of red wine (anything works) slowly and stir.
As the sauce starts to smell delicious, add 1 can of tomato paste and another cup of water and stir.
Let this cook for about 20 minutes and add a few basil leaves for flavor.
In the meantime cook your pasta.
This is where you go vegan or carnivore. For meat lovers, add a ½ pound of LEAN ground beef; for vegans, add 1 ½ cups cooked lentils.
When the meat/lentils are warm (5-10 mins) pour the sauce over the pasta. Stir and serve.
Sprinkle with cheese, garnish and add a parsley or basil leaf. ENJOY!
P.S. Don’t forget! You can buy mock “hamburger” at Trader Joe’s…
This is not a cat bed? Joey loves animals – he built a snug little house in his backyard for the feral cats he feeds and cares for. Shelter in stormy weather.
Try this yum yum for dessert – vegan icecream! Trader Joe’s is sooo tastee!💜
On Monday, July 3, at 10:30 am Leaders and Members of Christian Community
Church will gather to present “Project LOVE BURUNDI” a launch of an extension of their missions abroad work.
LOVE is at the center of the biblical mandate of the Great Commandment
found in Matthew 22:36-40 which is to LOVE God above all things and to LOVE your neighbor as yourself.
At Christian Community Church we are committed to expressing that LOVE through our urban mission work in the city of Worcester but also through our mission’s abroad work globally.
Currently we have global mission works through Project LOVE HAITI and Project LOVE GUATEMALA …
… and now we proudly launch Project LOVE BURUNDI.
This summer, Christian Community Church will be traveling to Burundi, a small country located in the heart of
the African continent.
The purpose of our trip is to establish
a new affiliation with a local Ministry located in the capital. city of Bujumbura, who is doing relief work with various communities in several provinces throughout the country.
Burundi has seen on-off armed violence for more than 40 years since gaining independence in 1962. Its conflict issues, rooted in political and historical tensions between different
social groups, has killed more than 300,000 people, many of them civilians.
Mass killings in 1972 and 1993 are
considered to be acts of genocide.
Although much of the violence has subsided in recent years, extreme poverty, a lack of law and order and
ongoing human right violations, as well as the difficulty of integrating former rebels into state institutions, continue to be major barriers to stability and sustainable peace in the country.
In April 2015, protests began
against the president’s decision to run for a contested third consecutive term. Since then, the security situation
has deteriorated, with more than 400 people killed and 200,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. We will be
connecting with the church with the intent of not only to establishing a new relationship, but also to provide
assistance and assess the needs of the people after years of war, violence, and ethnic conflict.
We are collecting monetary donations, in which 100 % of all proceeds will go to purchasing food, and supporting programs working with children and survivors of sexual exploitation.
For more info: 774-239-6584
Kids Can’t Fly!
In response to the ongoing tragedy of children falling out of windows, the Kids Can’t Fly campaign educates communities about window falls prevention and promotes the use of child safety window guards.
Falls are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under. It only takes seconds for a fall to occur. Window falls can cause serious injuries, yet they can be prevented. By combining education and engineering, we protect children from dangerous falls.
Kids Can’t Fly Safety Tips:
Lock all unopened doors and windows
Keep beds, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows
Open windows from the top, not from the bottom.
Install child safety window guards
Be sure children are always supervised
Child safety window guards:
Aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four inch spacing that are installed in the window frame.
Designed and tested to withstand 150 pounds of pressure.
Recommended for the second story and above and for the first floor if the window is over 12 feet high.
Not required by law in Massachusetts but are recommended in homes with children age six and under.
Cannot be substituted with window screens, which are designed to keep out insects and bugs but are NOT strong enough to keep a child from falling out.
Operable window guards:
Releasable or removable from the inside without the use of separate tools, a key, or excessive force.
Can be installed on all windows, including those on which fixed window guards cannot be used.
Recommended by the Boston Fire Department because they have a release feature that allows escape in case of an emergency.
Fixed (permanent) guards or window locks can also be used to restrict the window openings to less than four inches. One window in each room needs to be free of these devices in order to allow for emergency escape.
Child safety window guards are NOT the same as burglar/security bars. Security bars are wide enough to allow a child to slip through and should not be used as a safety window guard. Child safety window guards are not designed to protect against intruders.
Window guard availability:
Many local hardware stores and home improvement stores carry window guards
Cece playing in her new bed, a gift from one of her “aunties”! Thank you, nice auntie! Thank you, good gal pals, for all your support! – Rose T.
Your Hot Dog Is Made of WHAT?!
I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.
Written by Zachary Toliver
In one episode of the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made — which is so disgusting that one has to wonder if producers of the show made it as a parody — the mystery of hot dogs is finally revealed … sort of.
From grinding up meat “trimmings” from pigs, chickens, and cows to pumping out brown sludge that’s eventually formed into a phallic-shaped monstrosity, every stage of production leaves watchers wondering how in the world hot dogs are legal to sell — let alone classified as “food.”
Hot dogs are made of “mechanically separated meat,” defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones with attached edible meat under high pressure through a sieve or similar device.”
When they chow down on a hot dog, consumers also get much more than they bargained for — including glass, plastic, metal, bone, rodents, and other miscellaneous objects.
It’s no surprise that the World Health Organization now classifies hot dogs and other processed meats as carcinogenic — in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.
It takes a liquid smoke bath, a salt-water treatment, and many other flavorings to make consumers forget that they’re eating runny flesh trimmings that — let’s be honest — resemble an alarming case of diarrhea.
Perhaps the most genuine reaction to learning how hot dogs are made came from the legendary Snoop Dogg, who, after watching footage of hot dog production, exclaimed, “Every time I see a motherf*cker at a barbecue with a plate with a hot dog on it, I’m knockin’ that sh*t out his hands.”
Before animals’ body parts are pulverized into paste, they live short, miserable lives.
Mother pigs — who account for almost 6 million of the pigs in the U.S. — spend most of their lives in individual gestation crates that are so small that they can’t even turn around.
In nature, after piglets are born, their mothers clean them and make a nest. But on factory farms, mother pigs are locked inside farrowing crates, which are barely wide enough for them to lie down and nurse their babies. The crates also prevent them from performing any other natural maternal behavior.
Chickens raised for their flesh — called “broilers” by the chicken industry — spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, and the intense crowding and confinement lead to injuries and outbreaks of disease.
When still very young, many cows are branded, dehorned, and castrated — all without painkillers. Then cows raised for beef are sent to massive, filthy outdoor feedlots, where they’re fattened for slaughter.
Save animals by leaving this repulsive food off your plate.
You can help animals — including pigs, cows, and others whose body parts might end up in hot dogs — every day by choosing to go vegan.
TRY THE MOCK HOT DOGS AND MEAT AT TRADER JOE’S IN SHREWSBURY! The grocery store is located on Rt 9 – right over the bridge…
Are you concerned about animal welfare? Do you believe that “cage-free” eggs and “free-range” chicken are humane options? Then you’ll be interested in a recent Popular Science article revealing that up to 86 percent of hens on “free-range” egg farms incur broken breast bones – largely because “cage-free” birds are about as “free” as the inmates at the county jail.
It turns out that even so-called “cage-free” birds spend much of their time in crowded sheds with no access to the outdoors — they aren’t given the space they need to develop strong bones and muscles.
And farmers manipulate their food and the lighting in the warehouses to force their bodies to produce more eggs than they would naturally.
Eggshells require calcium, so the nutrient is leached from their bones, which become brittle as a result. Both of these factors lead to weak, fragile bones that break easily.
Scientists are looking for a solution to this problem, but I’ve already got one: Stop eating chicken eggs and flesh.
The market research firm Packaged Facts apparently agrees, saying that the food industry can’t ignore animal-welfare concerns and should invest in plant-based meats.
Memphis Meats comes to mind. The Bay Area startup recently unveiled the world’s first chicken strip that was grown in a laboratory. Laboratory-grown meat requires only 1 percent of the land and 4 percent of the water that conventional meat uses, and it produces up to 96 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions. Clean meat, as it’s sometimes called, is also expected to help stop the spread of bird flu and other animal-borne diseases, which flourish on filthy, crowded chicken and turkey farms.
This is promising news that will benefit us all — but especially the chickens who would otherwise be confined, killed and devoured.
Chickens aren’t even included in the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, the only federal law that offers any sort of protection to farmed animals.
They’re often scalded and dismembered while they’re still conscious. And that goes for “cage-free” birds as well as those raised on conventional factory farms.
But many people are beginning to understand that chickens need space and have interests and feelings that must be protected. Hopefully soon, everyone will realize that there’s no good reason to eat them at all.
Chickens are self-aware and have complex social structures, empathy for one another and distinct personalities, just as humans do. Male chickens often strut around trying to impress females and show other males who’s boss.
Like us, chickens form strong family ties and mourn when they lose a loved one. When they’re not confined to filthy egg farms, hens will lovingly tend to their eggs and “talk” to their chicks, who chirp back, while they’re still in the shell.
A scientific review published earlier this year illustrates that chickens are a lot smarter than most people realize. They communicate constantly and have at least 24 distinct calls to convey information and warn one another of predators. Researchers have found that they can count, anticipate the future and demonstrate self-control. I can’t say that for some humans I know!
When undergraduates at the University of Adelaide were instructed to train chickens as a way to learn about psychology and cognition, one student commented, “Chickens are a lot smarter than I originally thought.”
So the next time someone calls you a “bird brain,” take it as a compliment. And when you’re grocery shopping, make the smart choice: Opt for healthy vegan foods. If you want something that “tastes like chicken,” try Beyond Meat’s vegan chicken strips or Gardein’s meat-free “chick’n.”
Because no one who believes that kindness is a virtue, as we all say we do, can argue that it’s acceptable to be cruel when we have the option to be kind.
De-escalating Interactions between the Police and People with Mental Illness who are in Crisis
May 16 – from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Bridge of Central MA
4 Mann St., Worcester
Lead by Sergeant William Chanis, Officer James Hodgerney and Officer Angel Rivera – The Worcester Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Families, Friends and People Living with Mental Illness will learn:
Overview of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
How the CIT partners with the community
What families, friends and people living with mental illness can expect
The Worcester Police Department is a partner with NAMI Massachusetts Criminal Justice Diversion Project (CJDP) aims to prevent the unnecessary arrest and detention of individuals with mental illness.
The CJDP supports police departments and other first responders in engaging with individuals experiencing mental health crisis, and fosters connections between law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and other community stakeholders.
Parking in back entrance of The Bridge of Central MA
NAMI members will greet you at the door.
Questions: email email@example.com
AT THE FRIENDLY HOUSE!💚
At the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Great Brook Valley:
19 Tacoma St., 3rd Floor Conference Room
Refugee Health Groups in ARABIC
Thursday, May 18
At 11 a.m
Important information to keep you and your family healthy!
This group will discuss healthy tips for the summer and summer programs for youth.
Arabic interpreter available
Bus passes provided
Please call Sousn Imam for more information:
508-852-1805 TTY 800-439-0183
This program is sponsored by Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. This program is funded by the Office of Refugees and Immigrants Massachusetts Refugee Health Promotion Program.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Class of 2017.
This is a great opportunity for young people…
In its 18th year, YCI is a youth led program focused on creating change through Worcester County through grantmaking in their communities.
High school sophomores and juniors from across Worcester County sit on a youth committee of on average 18 youth, in which they solely decide upon how to distribute funds provided to them of about $20,000 in grants to support community initiatives.
Which programs and how much funding each program will receive is determined by the committee.
Throughout the program, teens enhance and develop skills in leadership, facilitation, negotiation, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.
Committee members are in charge of facilitating conversations, researching community assets and challenges, developing a request for proposals and evaluating applications, and together reaching decisions on how to best utilize their grant dollars.
From the beginning of the program to the end, participants gain a better understanding of grantmaking, redefine their own definition of community, and develop a new passion for work in nonprofits and philanthropy.
This is a great opportunity for any sophomore and junior interested in service, leadership, nonprofits and fundraising, and who is looking to expand their network beyond their school.
We encourage students of all skill and experience level to apply.
We do have limited spots available for this upcoming year and an application and interview are required.
Applications must be received by Friday, June 2.
YCI meets every Wednesday once a week from 4-7pm from September- December at the GWCF office in Worcester.
As the advisor to this program, I am happy to chat and answer any questions! Many thanks for your time and assistance in helping connect YCI with our talented and passionate future leaders!
-Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer
An Irresistible New Guide to Vegan Love and Dating!
Have you recently adopted a vegan lifestyle? A new book by Maya Gottfried explores the intricacies of the love-and-dating side of things. This guide explains everything about vegan dating, from whether you should crush on a nonvegan, to where to go on a first date. Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, With Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips is the tool you need to navigate the world of vegan relationships!
Vegan Love is a practical guide for single vegan women who are looking for love, but it’s also a means of support for those already in committed relationships. However, the deeper purpose of the book is key: It will help you develop the skills to give love, compassion, and respect on every level, and this will spill over into your romantic life. Plus, Vegan Love includes guides to shopping for vegan and cruelty-free makeup and clothing.
In the book, author Maya Gottfried discusses the personal health crisis that led her to realize that going vegan would save both the lives of animals and her own. Insights from animal rights filmmakers and authors are featured throughout the text. Some of the bright minds who weigh in include Marisa Miller Wolfson of the film Vegucated, as well as Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough, and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author and host of the Food for Thought podcast.
Cece!🐺 Trader Joe’s sells cat and dog food! pic: R.T.
We do our grocery shopping here and love it! Open ALL DAY, 7 days a week. Fun!💋 They’re located in Shrewsbury, Rt. 9, just over the Worcester line, just over the cool bridge! They sell EVERYTHING, including organic, veggie fare – cheap! Plus plants, cut flowers, greeting cards, soaps, lotions, personal care products – all BEAUTIFULLY PRICED! CHECK ‘EM OUT!
Whether you’re brand new to vegan eating or a seasoned pro looking for extra inspiration, we’re here to help you find great food.
The wide array of vegan products at Trader Joe’s, for example, makes finding plant-based foods especially easy and convenient.
Check out the sample meal plan we’ve laid out below based on vegan items at Trader Joe’s, where one-stop shopping for an entire week’s worth of dinners is a snap.
Monday: Meatless Meatball Subs
Tuesday: Black Bean and Beefless Crumble Tacos
Wednesday: Sriracha Baked Tofu Stir-Fry
Thursday: Cashew Cream Tomato Pasta
Friday: BBQ Tofu Sliders with Broccoli Slaw
Sunday: Corndog Muffins
Monday: Meatless Meatball Subs
Costs approximately $1.85 per serving
These four ingredients will cure your case of the Mondays.
1 pkg. frozen Meatless Meatballs
1 jar Traditional Marinara Sauce
1 pkg. vegan hot dog buns
1/2 pkg. Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds
Prepare the vegan meatballs according to the package instructions.
Add the marinara sauce to a skillet and heat over medium heat until warmed through.
Toast the buns and fill with the vegan meatballs (about 6 per bun). Top with the sauce and vegan cheese shreds and, if desired, toast in a toaster oven for 5 minutes or until the “cheese” melts.
Makes up to 5 subs
Tuesday: Black Bean and Beefless Crumble Tacos
Costs approximately $3.50 per serving (2 or 3 tacos), not including toppings
Grab your favorite oil and fry up these ingredients.
1 pkg. Beef-Less Ground Beef
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning Mix
1 jar Traditional Marinara Sauce
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 taco shells
1 avocado, sliced
Salsa, shredded lettuce, and vegan cheese (optional)
Prepare the beefless ground beef according to the package instructions and transfer to a skillet. Add the taco seasoning mix and tomato sauce and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in the black beans and cook until warmed through.
Fill the taco shells with the beefless crumble mixture, avocado, and any other toppings of your choice.
Makes 5 tacos
Wednesday: Sriracha Baked Tofu Stir-Fry
Costs approximately $2.36 per serving
Warning: You may get addicted to this Sriracha tofu!!
Combine all the ingredients in a lightly oiled pan and cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Makes 3 to 4 servings
Thursday: Cashew Cream Tomato Pasta
Costs approximately 65 cents per serving
Your friends won’t believe how easy this dish is to make.
1 16-oz. pkg. penne or rigatoni pasta
1 jar Organic Tomato Basil Marinara
1 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup almond milk
Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.
Blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Add the pasta and the sauce mixture to a large saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until warmed through.
Makes 8 servings
Friday: Tofu Sliders with Broccoli Slaw
Costs approximately $2 per serving
These vegan sliders are the perfect potluck dish.
1 pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 cup Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade
1 pkg. Organic Broccoli Slaw
3/4 to 1 cup Vegan Spread & Dressing
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
1 pkg. Mini Hamburger Buns
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Coat the tofu with the BBQ sauce and bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 20 to 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, vegan spread, sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, and raisins or dried cranberries, if using.
Toast the buns and layer on the baked tofu and broccoli slaw.
Makes 5 servings
Costs approximately $1 per serving, not including extra toppings
This is what pizza should look like.
1 pkg. Regular, Whole Wheat, or Garlic & Herb refrigerated pizza dough
Flour, for dusting the work surface and baking sheet
1 jar pizza sauce
1/2 pkg. Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds (optional)
Toppings of your choice (mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts, etc.)
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Knead the pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and then flatten onto a floured baking sheet.
Spread the pizza sauce evenly on top and add the vegan cheese, if using, as well as your favorite toppings. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Sunday: Corndog Muffins
Costs approximately $2.22 per serving
We’ve got a recipe video ready to help you throw these together.
And of course, Trader Joe’s has plenty of other vegan products that aren’t on this list, too — including fresh produce and beverages.
This list is just a template to help you get started, but there are thousands of recipes on PETA.org, if you want to swap anything out. And if you’re ever feeling stuck in a rut, cooking the same foods over and over again, just pop by the PETA Living food page for some new inspiration.
You can go vegan, and we can help you eat all the same foods that you ate before, just without the animal-derived ingredients. Help create a compassionate, sustainable future by always opting for vegan products when you dine out and shop for groceries!