55 posts tagged live compassionately
A Prayer for Humans on Behalf of the Animals
Happy Thanksgiving, kind friends. There is so much to be grateful for. Remember this prayer today & please take a moment to honor the animals.
"My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace & integrity of those who most need our protection.
May we have the sense of humor & liveliness of the goats.
May we have the maternal instincts & protective nature of the hens & the sassiness of the roosters.
May we have the gentleness & strength of the cattle & the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys.
May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep & choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits.
May we have the faithfulness & commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks.
May we have the intelligence, loyalty, & affection of the pigs & the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, & playfulness of the turkeys.
My hope is that we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.”
~For the animals, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
May we all live as gracefully & compassionately as the wise & inspirational, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. May you all have a peaceful & blessed Thanksgiving day.
Adopt a Turkey Project 2013
For a one-time donation gift of just $30, anyone can sponsor a turkey who lives at one of our three shelters. As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt a Turkey certificate with a color photo of & fun details about your new friend.
Turkey sponsorships also make perfect gifts, so make an even greater impact this holiday season by sharing the love with others. For a gift of $210, you can sponsor the whole flock & have adoption certificates sent to family and friends!
These beloved turkeys at Farm Sanctuary not only need your sponsorship support this Thanksgiving but also your help showing others just how wonderful farm animals really are. We are privileged to have these beautiful birds in our care, & we know you’ll love making a difference for them, too!
So don’t delay, sponsor your turkey today! Go on…gobble, gobble give!
Chickpea’s Winter Issue Out Now!!!
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Hey yall, our winter issue is here! Get toasty with lots of recipes, meal ideas, & interesting articles. This season’s got a stylish cold-weather picnic, gluten-free entertaining tips, winter cocktails gone vegan, diy kitchen gifts, a vegan’s guide to philadelphia, an interview with one of our favorite bloggers, Oh She Glows, grown up pb&j’s & lots more.
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I know I’ve been a bit absent from this blog lately, & I am hoping that “world vegan month” will be a catalyst for inspiration. There is so much going on in “my world.” Some good. Some struggles. As always…lots of change, lots of growth, & lots of potentially exciting projects too. I have been planning a personal post, & just haven’t had the words, but I am working on it though & promise to bring you all up to speed soon!
Oh & I am fast approaching my 4 year blog-o-versary. Wow. Thanks to all of you for your readership, support, & love over the years.
Infinite gratitude. xo
Thinking of moving, traveling, hitting the road, or gettin’ outta dodge? I do…all the time! But oh, where to go? Turns out there are more & more vegan-friendly cities than I ever imagined! My city certainly isn’t on this list which is a big bummer. We need to step it up, San Diego! Anyway…where would I go? Austin, Portland, or Chicago! What about you?
Go See Blackfish
"Blackfish" premiered today in San Diego’s Landmark Theaters & I rushed to the theater as soon as I got off of work to see it. Much to my surprise, & delight, the theater was packed with viewers young, old, & in between. Not a seat unfilled. I am so glad that this important film has attracted such a large audience, especially here in San Diego, where Sea World is one of our city’s main attractions.
After watching this film, through sadness, anger & many tears, I am left with only one thought. I will never support Sea World. If I have children, I will not take them there. As an educator, I will not support or participate in Sea World field trips. Yes, on the one hand, it is pretty incredible that Sea World allows us to get up lose & personal with an animal that we may never get to see with our our own eyes. Yes, children marvel with delight over the jumps, waves, & splashes, but I would not want my children to grow up believing that it is natural to see 5000-10,000 pound whales living in small pools & trained to entertain us, or that it is ok to pluck an animal out of its natural environment, taken from its familial pod, & meant to live a its life in a theme park, oscillating between performance, integration with into an artificial pod &, oftentimes, isolation. These beautiful, majestic, highly intelligent & evolved, social & family oriented beings are meant for the ocean. Not for captivity, a pool, or a theme park. Sea World is in the business of making money, not research, preservation, or education & this film makes it very clear. Shame on them.
There is so much more I could say, so many more details I could give, but I’ll refrain because I want you to see for yourselves. Please see this film. Take your kids to see it. Encourage others to see it. It’s riveting. It’s powerful. It will break your heart.
Oftentimes in the face of activism, we can be left with the feeling that the issue is bigger than us, or that we are so far removed from it that we wonder how we could possibly make a difference. But we can, & it’s so simple…do not go to Sea World. Spread the message.
Click here for screening information.
Laika Mag Issue 2
It was a great mail day today! The 2nd issue of Laika Magazine arrived in all of it’s glossy glory! For those of you who missed out on the first issue, or are just hearing about Laika for the first time, here is the 411:
LAIKA is a magazine. You could say it’s a quarterly vegan lifestyle magazine. Or you could say it is simply a clear assertion that a full, vibrant, exciting, interesting & satisfying life can be had — without ever having to inflict harm on another. This is not a hypothetical notion. This is the reality. And LAIKA MAGAZINE is a reflection of this undeniable reality. It is the place where compassion & innovation intersect. Ground-breaking thinkers & doers, visionary fashion & beauty, inventive food, transformative travel experiences, stories of courageous activists & the animals they defend — are all told with uncompromising dedication & presented in a visually dynamic way. It is new & yet also familiar… familiar, because it shows what we’ve known about ourselves all along: our capacity for kindness is infinite.
It is truly a gorgeous magazine full of inspiring interviews, fashion, beauty, recipes, travel & more. The 2nd issue theme is “Summer Abundance Issue” & features cover girl Clara Polito, the sixteen year old maven behind Clara Cakes; a stunning 8 page feature on vegan & ethical fashion, styled by Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute; a photo essay & exclusive narrative from groundbreaking photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. We also get a peak into the homes & lives of triathlete & Vega founder Brendan Brazier; & Chef & restaurateur Makini Howell of the celebrated Plum Bistro. Plus so much more.
Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t already, & subscribe! I cannot wait to have a cup of tea on the porch & dive into this beautifully styled vegan guide to living fabulously & compassionately.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the sweet, caring & nurturing mamas!
This is the harsh truth about what really happens in the dairy industry. Not only do dairy cows & their offspring endure an incomprehensible amount of suffering, there is absolutely no reason for humans to consume cow’s milk. Read on, & if you haven’t already - ditch the dairy!
Here’s a euphemism, one that’s widely used within the dairy industry. Because cows’ milk is a secretion that oozes from the udder, it’s filled with a “somatic cell count,” commonly known as pus, with the national average hovering around 350 million pus cells per liter. Basically, this means that each glass of milk in America can have around an eye-dropper full of pus. Over the years, The Hoard’s Dairyman & other dairy industry trade journals have run a few articles about the pus content in milk.
When machines are hooked up to the udders three times a day to suck the cows dry, the machines, & the countless drugs & myriad injections of Bovine Growth Hormone, cause mastitis, & irritate & infect the udders. Pus, mucus, & infections are sucked out with the milk, & pasteurization—which cleans the pus, but does not eliminate it from the milk—creates a concoction of sanitized pus. Organic, chemical-free cow milk is not pus-free either. It actually has more pus than non-organic milk because when cows come down with infections, as they always do, chemicals are not being used to treat the infection. Thus, more pus accumulates in the system. Soy, rice, almond, hemp, coconut, oat & hazelnut milks (the vegan ones)—along with human breast milk—are the only pus-free milks.
Moreover, mother cows make milk for THEIR babies & for THEIR babies alone. That case is closed forever. No debate. No discussion. The jury is in. They don’t make milk for baby humans, adolescents humans or adult humans. The human body has absolutely no need for cow milk, just as it has absolutely no need for dog milk, giraffe milk, zebra milk, camel milk, goat milk or rhinoceros milk. This is why dairy is responsible for most allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, childhood ear infections, acne, & breast, ovarian, colon, prostate & pancreatic cancers.
Cows, like every other female mammal, only produce milk during & after pregnancy. Cows, therefore, are artificially impregnated (raped) once a year to keep the milk-flow going. Within moments after giving birth, babies are stolen from their mothers. From a business standpoint, the dairy industry has to steal babies because it can’t have calves sucking up all that milk that was meant for them when they would rather sell it to humans instead. Every time humans have a glass of cow milk, some calf is not!
Like male chicks on an egg farm, male calves are useless by-products of the dairy industry. Unlike the chicks who are killed at birth, calves are sent to veal farms and put in tiny crates with ropes and chains around their necks to completely immobilize them. No movement is ever allowed because no muscle development is allowed. The veal industry is only in existence because of the dairy industry. If you don’t eat veal, but still consume dairy, it doesn’t alleviate the suffering of enslaved male calves, or mother cows! When cows no longer produce huge amounts of quality milk after 3-7 years, they’re killed. There are no cow sanctuaries in the dairy industry. Ninety percent of hamburger flesh in America comes from the dairy industry. For some amazing info about the scams & cruelty of the dairy industry, please check outwww.NotMilk.com, www.coalitionforcancerprevention.org, andwww.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html?src=me&ref=general.