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Find-a-Friend Friday: 395 Rescued Hens @ Animal Place!

April 22nd, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


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356 hens from an egg farm rescued by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch being unloaded.
CC images via Animal Place farm manager Marji Beach on Flickr.
(Please note that all of the photos featured in this post come from an earlier rescue.
These hens are not the same ones who are currently available for adoption!)

 
Founded in 1989, Animal Place is a farmed animal rescue group located in California. The group operates a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley (tours are available! or will be soon, anyhow!), as well as a 60-acre adoption center in nearby Vacaville. The Vacaville facility includes both a “Rescue Ranch” – where newly rescued farmed animals receive medical treatment and are prepared for adoption – and a “Dog Rescue” program, which provides temporary housing for canines who are headed to their forever homes.

The Rescue Ranch program is unique in that it offers farmers a chance to retire unwanted farmed animals, rather than sell them for slaughter:

 

Rescue Ranch places a special emphasis on the placement and adoption of chickens from the egg-laying industry. We work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their depopulation or slaughter-date. All farm information is confidential.

There are few programs aimed at placing needy, adoptable farmed animals into permanent homes. Animal Place is filling that niche with Rescue Ranch. […]

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry. There are more than 15 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest – we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs. We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Again, Rescue Ranch’s goal is save as many lives as possible without compromising the integrity of our organization.

 

Recently, Animal Place provided refuge to 395 such animals – all of them “spent” “laying” hens who, unlike so many of their sisters, were lucky enough to find their way to a sanctuary instead of a slaughterhouse.

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Rally to Save MO’s Prop B in Jefferson City this Wednesday!

April 18th, 2011 8:48 pm by Kelly


Just a quick note to let our local readers know that there’s a rally planned in support of Proposition B (otherwise known as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act”) planned in Jefferson City this Wednesday, April 20th. While Prop B passed with 51.6 percent of the vote, Missouri state legislators have since approved a “rewrite” of the bill, which will significant weaken the already-anemic protections afforded to dogs bred and sold in the state. Prop B proponents are now asking Governor Nixon to veto the bill.

Here are the rally deets, via Missourians for the Protection of Dogs:

Last week the Missouri House of Representatives passed its repeal legislation, and now the fate of Prop B, and of Missouri’s many suffering dogs, rests with Governor Jay Nixon.

We’re planning a rally Wednesday to get our voice out and to ask him to veto SB 113:

Rally to Save Prop B
Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
100 Madison St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Buses provided from St. Louis and Kansas City
Click here to RSVP.

Gov. Nixon needs to know that we will not sit idly by while some career politicians and their special interests try to overturn the will of the people and authorize cruel and inhumane treatment of thousands of dogs and puppies. Your attendance at this rally is critical — please RSVP.

All that is required of you is your presence. We’ll have signs and t-shirts with special messages that the Governor can’t ignore. If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City, you can jump on the free Humane Train: buses will depart at 12:30 from St. Louis and Kansas City. Please RSVP so we keep a spot for you on the bus.

If Governor Nixon signs this legislation — defying the will of the people and turning the clock back on the humane treatment of Missouri puppies and dogs — we will not back down. We will also be prepared to file a referendum to bring this issue back to Missouri voters and allow the people to have the final say. But we hope it won’t come to that — Governor Nixon can veto this bill, and come out on the side of the humane treatment of animals and the will of Missouri voters.

Please RSVP and join us on Wednesday!

Please visit missourifordogs.com for more information and email updates.

Saturday Garbage Plate: The Only To Do List That Matters!

April 16th, 2011 5:47 pm by Kelly


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Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat. (THE STORY OF MY LIFE, YO!) Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got a recipe to inspire you. Put these pies on your to do list and eat ’em!

Contests & recipes! Mercy for Animals has a free copy of Kathy Freston’s Veganist up for grabs; Experience Life has a dozen copies of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet; and you can snag a Mediterranean Bread Dipping Set at The Hungry Vegan. Finally, as part of its Vegan Bucket List giveaway series, VegNews is offering up one-year membership to Spork Online to a lucky reader.

Speaking of (ahem!) VegNews, perhaps you’ve heard about the latest controversy to rock the vegan community? This week the vegan blog QuarryGirl revealed that VegNews routinely uses stock photos in both its magazine and on its website – including photos of dishes containing dairy, eggs and meat, sometimes doctored to appear vegan. (In the most egregious example, animal bones were Photoshopped out of a photo of BBQ ribs.) Understandably, many vegans and/or foodies are pissed and offended, myself included; if I hadn’t already decided to let my subscription lapse, this kerfuffle – and VegNews’ lackluster response – might have led me to cancel it. But since I only have one issue left, the point is kind of moot.

Anyhow, I won’t get into it further – mostly because everything I have to say has already been said (and in LOL cat form, to boot) – but. I would like to take the opportunity to point you to this wonderful piece by Katrina Fox of The Scavenger: VegNews controversy offers creative opportunities, with a special emphasis on the suggestions for positive change.
 

So, to people who create vegan dishes or eat out at vegan restaurants: Take photos of vegan dishes, upload them to Flickr, drop an email to VegNews and other vegan publications offering your photos.

To photographers (vegan or otherwise): Ditto above.

To VegNews editors (and other vegan magazines): Post information on your website about specs for photographs: what you need to be able to include a good photograph of print quality. Put a callout to your readers, to photographers (vegan or otherwise) to take pics of vegan food.

Vegans are fantastic at galvanising into action. So, let’s flood Flickr with images of delicious vegan food.

Let’s make sure that vegan publications no longer need to use stock images of meat, dairy and egg dishes.

Let’s take this unfortunate incident and turn it into an opportunity that will benefit everyone – most of all the animals we seek to protect from suffering.

 
How about it, vegans? If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s food! Making food, eating food, discussing food, fantasizing about food. AND TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES OF IT ALL! Hey, I’ll start! Here’s my food (not-)porn collection on Flickr, with a set each dedicated to human food, dog food, and – the most important food group of them all – PIZZA! Yum, I’m getting hungry just typing about it. (What did I say about us vegans, hmmmm?)
 

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I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Need another tumblog to follow? (Probably not, but roll with me here.) Pizza in the movies FTW!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City sterilized 106 dogs and cats this week and distributed 810 pounds of dog and cat food through its community food pantry. Check out SNKC’s weekly recap for more, including an update on Queenie and instructions for those wishing to donate money or volunteer their time to help the companion animals of Kansas City!

Dooley, Libby and Suzie Loo are this week’s Waifs of the Week! Visit Wayside Waifs to see all the lovely nonhumans who are waiting to meet you RIGHT NOW!

Hey, pro-choice Missouri! NARAL is holding a lobby day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Here are the deets:
 

Last week, your Missouri House spent hours debating and passing HB28, which allows any pharmacy to refuse to sell emergency contraception. It also places new restrictions on medical abortion – as if we didn’t have enough already!

Contrary to all reason and scientific evidence, the House declared that emergency contraception causes abortion, and therefore, pharmacies can refuse to provide this type of birth control if they don’t want to. Clearly, the Missouri House has little respect for women. They have decided that women can’t think for themselves and that endangering women’s health is OK in the service of “pro-life” politics.

Seriously, could they be any more offensive?

This is your last chance to tell lawmakers in person that they have it all wrong. We need your voice in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Your representatives need to know that women can and do think for themselves, that pharmacists should dispense prescriptions, not moral judgments, and that women’s health is more important than political posturing.

Will you please join us, along with our coalition partners Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud, for our final lobby day of the year?

What: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Lobby Day
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 2:30p.m.
Where: Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
(Free bus available from St. Louis!)

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Give us a call (314.531.8616) or send us an email at info@prochoicemissouri.org

Psst: We need Lobby Team Leaders too! Let us know if you’re interested!

 
Be there if you can! AND TAKE SOME VEGAN PIZZA ROLLS TO SHARE!
 

Find-a-Friend Friday: Lily

April 15th, 2011 3:37 pm by Kelly


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Lily the fluffy white rabbit gazes past the camera, seemingly entreating the cameraperson for a bowl of freshly picked veggies. You can come over and sneak carrots from my crisper any time, Lily!
Images courtesy of the Missouri House Rabbit Society, Kansas City chapter.

OMD Lily, what a gorgeous girl! Such long, fluffy white fur, with just a hint of pink skin showing through. And the veins in her ears – they almost look like ginormous pink leaves of lettuce! Super-adorable, all around. And it’s your lucky day, ’cause the lady would love to come home with you!

 

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Lily
Lionhead: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Small • Adult • Female

Lily is a beautiful white lady with an energetic spirit! She just loves digging in boxes, rearranging her pen area, and running around to share her joy with everyone in the room! She also has a sweet, snuggly side and will love cuddling up beside you for some nose and cheek nuzzles. Lily was found running outside and rescued by a good Samaritan. She is a friendly and outgoing girl, but still a little nervous about being picked up and handled too much. She has lived in a foster home with cats and very much enjoys their company as well. Please consider giving this lovely lady a forever home with you!

Lily is staying with the KC chapter of the MO House Rabbit Society, so give ’em a holler if you’re interested in maybe adopting her – or any of their other bunny charges, for that matter. Rabbits don’t seem to be adopted quickly, or at least not around these parts, which is is shame. So sweet and cuddly!

Happy Friday folks, and don’t forget: rabbits are for hugging, not eating! Ditto: dogs, pigs, cows and mice!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Onion Rings & Shiny Things

April 9th, 2011 4:23 pm by Kelly


DIY Vegan Pizza
 

A DIY thin crust vegan pizza with tomato paste, nutritional yeast, chopped garlic, chilli flakes, pepper, salt, courgette, oyster mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. YUM.
CC image via flickr user Si!.

Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got you covered with a delicious vegan pizza recipe for every day of the week. NOM!

Contests and giveaways! The Feminist Majority Foundation is holding a Ms. Fan Raffle – enter to win a “This is what a feminist looks like” tee, as well as other gear and merch. Pinnacle: Reinvent the Icon – which vegansaurus! describes as an “anti-fur fashion movement” (I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!) – is holding a logo design contest; the winner gets 100 pins sporting their design and, I assume, fame and fortune. Finally, Savvy Chic has $1 off coupons for Lightlife, FREE TO ALL!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City has its latest weekly recap up. This week, SNKC spayed and neutered 121 dogs and cats and distributed 1,500 lbs. of food to animals in need. Awesomeness! Show them some love (as in money!) here.

Murphy, Sir Fancy Pants & Sam are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week. Get to know them. Love them. AND TAKE THEM HOME!

In honor of spring’s arrival, the Urban Vegan has 101 fast recipes for inspired picnics! Picnics rock! Take me on one please?

Hey, animal peeps! Vegan outreach on Earth Day. DO IT! with some free materials from FARM. Deets here.

The Sexy Vegan has devised a way to make Onion Ring Encrusted Onion Rings! And he totally wants to teach it to you!
 


 
I bet they taste awesome on pizza!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.perfectpizzapress.com