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give animals a voice. [17 Nov 2006|12:22am]

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i've decided not to post with this livejournal anymore, i'll be deleting it soon, but i'm merging it with my regular lj, lifenaturelovex & joining again under that name. i've also made a new animal rights/veg*nism community, animal_voices, so i hope you come join! it's only starting out right now, but i hope you give it a chance :)

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Burberry: Where Animals Are the Victims of Fashion [06 Sep 2006|01:10am]

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Burberry: Where Animals Are the Victims of Fashion

Burberry may be best known for its distinctive plaid, but its use of real fur is making the design house synonymous with cruelty to animals. Burberry continues to use fur in its designs despite the fact that leading clothing retailers like J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, and others have pulled fur from their stores forever.

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, where they are exposed to all weather conditions. They often go without adequate shelter, clean water, veterinary care, or the ability to engage in natural behaviors like climbing, burrowing, and swimming. The intensive confinement causes many of them to go insane.

With so many fashionable, comfortable alternatives available, there is no excuse for Burberry to continue using fur. CLICK HERE to tell her that you are outraged that Burberry still uses the skins of tortured animals in its clothing and urge her to discontinue the company's use of real fur.

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life of a dog [21 Apr 2006|01:00am]

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when i was a puppy...Collapse )

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rodney [19 Apr 2006|12:20am]

[ mood | okay ]

We called him Rodney.
He was a tall, gangly, flea-bitten shepherd mix. One ear stood up, shepherd style, and the other flopped over and bounced against his head like a rag doll when he ran. His head and feet were too big for his thin but muscular body. A stale, musty odor accompanied him from flea-infested skin and neglected ears. Altogether, he wasn't much to look at - one of thousands of dogs facing the world without the luxury of an owner.

I was in my third year of veterinary school, and he came from the local dog pound. For the next quarter, four of us students would practice surgery training. He was always happy to see us - tail thumping widly against the walls of his small steel cage.

Rodney hadn't much of a life, so a pat on the butt and a little walk around the college complex made his day.

The first thing we did was neuter him, a seemingly benign project, except it took us an hour to complete the usual 20-minute procedure, and an anesthetic overdose kept him out for 36 hours. Afterward, he recovered his strength quickly and felt good.

Two weeks later, we did an abdominal exploratory, opening his abdomen, checking his organ inventory, and closing him again.

This was the first major surgery for any of us, and, with inadequate supervision, we did not close him properly. By the next morning, his incision had opened and he was sitting on his small intestine. Hastily, we sewed him up again, and he survived. But it was a week or more before he could resume walks he had come to eagerly anticipated.

He would still wag his tail when we arrived and greet us with as much enthusiasm as he could muster.

The following week, again when he was under anesthesia, we broke his leg and repaired it with a steel pin. After this, Rodney seemed in almost constant pain, his temperature rose, and he didn't rebound as he had in the past. His resiliency gone, despite antibiotic treatment, he never recovered completely.

He could no longer manage his walks, and our visits generated only a weak thump of his tail. The shine was gone from his brown eyes. His operated leg remained stiff and swollen.

The quarter was ending, and Rodney's days were numbered. One afternoon we put him to sleep. As the life drained from his body and his eyes lost their focus, my attitude toward animal research began to change.

I am a scientist weaned on the scientific method. ... But after 15 years in the veterinary profession, I now believe there are moral and ethical considerations that outweigh benefits.

Because we happen to be the most powerful species on Earth, we humans have the ability - but not the right - to abuse the so-called lower animals. The ends do not justify the means.

(Author: Peter M. Henricksen)

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seal hunt [16 Apr 2006|03:11am]

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please join my new community:
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i was looking for an anti-seal hunting lj community, and found there wasn't one! so i decided to make one myself. it isn't much (i just started it last night), but i hope people who believe the seal hunts are wrong will join, and help make this community useful. you can post anything related to seal hunting, as long as it's not encouraging it, haha. so, please come join ♥

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[15 Apr 2006|05:11am]


This Easter, Paint a Picture of Compassion

Holidays offer the perfect opportunity to help spread a message of compassion for all animals—both human and nonhuman. Here are some recipe and gift ideas for a cruelty-free Easter celebration that everyone can enjoy.

Animal-Friendly Easter Menu

  • Egg-Free Breakfast Scramble
  • Missing Egg Sandwich
  • Lots of Layers Lasagna
  • Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Treats to Fill Your Easter Basket with Joy

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victory! [11 Apr 2006|01:26am]

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VICTORY! Starbucks ends financial support of Rodeos!

Animal Advocates Declare Victory Over Starbucks

Coffee Giant Agrees to End Financial Sponsorship of Rodeos

After taking hits from a national anti-cruelty campaign spearheaded by Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), coffee conglomerate Starbucks has agreed to create a corporate policy that will end their direct financial support for rodeos. This comes as great news to animal advocates and animal protection groups everywhere. IDA is proud to have played a supportive role in the struggle to hold Starbucks accountable for promoting animal cruelty. As part of our joint campaign, IDA and SHARK co-coordinated several successful San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon demonstrations against the coffee giant's rodeo support. We would like to congratulate SHARK and everyone involved in the campaign on a job well done.

While agreeing to no longer take out ads that financially support rodeos, Starbucks still plans to give away free beverages at these inhumane events. This decision lends their tacit support to the rodeo, and amounts to a de facto form of advertising that will continue to taint their self-styled image as a responsible corporation. Nonetheless, because Starbucks has agreed to withdraw direct financial support from the rodeo industry, SHARK will discontinue actively campaigning against the company. The group has agreed to recall from the campaign trail its "Tiger" video truck, which is equipped with four large-screen TVs. SHARK has used the truck to bring graphic rodeo video footage to Starbucks shops in fifteen different metropolitan areas between Chicago and Seattle over the past four months.

Because Starbucks continues to condone animal cruelty by giving rodeo spectators free coffee, SHARK will maintain its anti-Starbucks website, www.buckstarbucks.com, and discourage compassionate people from buying their coffee for as long as the company associates itself with the rodeo. "We think Starbucks' customers deserve to know what Starbucks considers acceptable treatment of animals," explains SHARK president Steve Hindi. "A truly ethical and socially responsible company would not be involved with rodeos or any form of animal abuse in any way whatsoever."

What You Can Do
Please write a short, polite letter to Starbucks thanking them for no longer financially supporting rodeos and urging them not to donate its products to rodeos.

Howard Schultz, Chairman
Jim Donald, CEO
Starbucks Corp.
P.O. Box 3717
Seattle, WA 98124
Tel: (206) 447-1575
Fax: (206) 447-0828
Starbucks Corp.

thank you nowah for replying to my last post, giving me this info!

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urge strabucks to buck the rodeo [10 Apr 2006|02:06am]

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Urge Starbucks to Buck the Rodeo!

Starbucks Corporation has faced intense public scrutiny recently for sponsoring various rodeos and rodeo organizations, including Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, the Miss Rodeo Washington Association, the PRCA Belton Rodeo, and the Calgary Stampede. In some instances, Starbucks sponsored rodeos by paying for advertisements; in others, it donated beverages. Regardless of the nature of the donation, the company that's been heralded for its progressive policies and hot coffee is suddenly alienating consumers through its affiliation with cruelty to animals.

Rodeos are a cruel form of "entertainment." Every national animal protection organization opposes rodeos because of the events' inherent cruelty. Rodeo promoters say that the animals are wild and rough, but without the use of spurs, tail-twisting, and bucking straps cinched around their abdomens, these frightened and usually docile animals wouldn’t even buck. They are often terrorized when participants shock them with electric prods, twist their necks, yank them by their tails or legs, slam them to the ground, or otherwise batter them. Following a life of confinement, abuse, pain, and fear, the final destination for most of these animals is the slaughterhouse.

The Calgary Stampede, a 10-day annual rodeo and exhibition that boasts hideous events such as chuckwagon races, bears responsibility for the deaths of at least nine horses in July 2005 alone. Animals have fallen, drowned, jumped to their deaths, and sustained injuries severe enough to require euthanasia.

Please write a short, polite letter to Starbucks and urge the company to live up to its socially responsible reputation by adopting a company-wide policy prohibiting rodeo sponsorships:

Jim Donald, CEO
Starbucks Corp.
P.O. Box 3717
Seattle, WA 98124

206-447-0828 (fax)


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help your local animal shelter ♥ [06 Apr 2006|07:05pm]

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Help out your local pet shelter! Most of them could use an extra hand with supplies now and then:

  • dry and wet food
  • litter
  • pet beds
  • toys
  • treats
  • kitten formula (milk replacer)
  • cleaning supplies
  • food dishes
  • litter boxes

Volunteer and help out. Take the dogs for a walk, cuddle with the cats, feed the bunnies. They need your love!


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don currie [01 Apr 2006|06:53am]

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Yesterday Don Currie was remanded in custody on charges of arson in relation to PDP Couriers who are a major supplier to Huntingdon Life Sciences and the Wilton Box Company who make lab animal transportation boxes. Please write letters of support to Don to show that he is not alone. If you do not know Don then don't worry - your letters are still more than welcome. Just write about general things you do or demos you have been on. If you are really not a big writer then just send a card in support
Thank you.

Please bear in mind that all letters are read by the prison so do not put in anything that could get you or others into trouble.

Donald Currie, TN 4593,
HMP Woodhill,
Tattenhoe Street,
Milton Keynes,
Bucks, MK4 4DA


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[30 Mar 2006|05:28pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Cat Stuck in Wall Waves Paw For HelpCollapse )

Airline Sued Over Dog's DeathCollapse )

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pam anderson asks pm for seal hunt meeting [29 Mar 2006|05:11am]

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Pamela Anderson Asks PM For Seal Hunt MeetingCollapse )

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morrissey boycotts canada over seal hunt [28 Mar 2006|08:44pm]

[ mood | tired ]

Morrissey Boycotts Canada Over Seal Hunt


TORONTO (CP) - Morrissey has joined with protesters of the seal hunt, saying he won't tour Canada until the "barbaric slaughter" ends.

"I fully realize that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter," the former Smiths front man wrote in a statement posted on his website.

"As the world knows, this slaughter is about one thing only: making money."

Morrissey is the latest celebrity to voice his dissent. Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills ignited a firestorm when they visited Atlantic Canada in early March urging officials to step in to stop the annual seal hunt.

Soon after, 1960s sex kitten Brigitte Bardot followed with a visit to Ottawa.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has defended the seal hunt saying that Canada is the "victim of a bit of an international propaganda campaign."

Said Harper: "We believe the country is acting responsibly and we'll make sure all rules are enforced."

Aside from not including Canada on his upcoming tour, Morrissey asked fans to boycott Canadian goods.

"It WILL make a difference. As things stand, Canada has placed itself alongside China as the cruelest and most self-serving nation," he wrote.

The hunt officially began last weekend in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.



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you've got to be kidding me... [17 Mar 2006|03:43am]

[ mood | angry ]

Canada Defends Seal Hunt As Humane


TORONTO (AP) - Canada's contentious seal hunt will soon start, the government announced Wednesday, despite protests by Paul McCartney and other animal-rights activists who condemn the killing of the pups as inhumane.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn charged that the media have misrepresented the hunt, and said Canada is committed to ensuring the seals are killed by humane methods.

``Canada's harp seal herd is a conservation success story,'' Hearn said in Ottawa. ``We continue our surveillance and monitoring to make sure that Canada's is the most tightly regulated, closely watched and, above all, most humane seal hunt in the world.''

Registered sealers will be allowed to kill up to 325,000 pups in the ice floes off the Atlantic when the annual season opens, up from the quota of 320,000 last year, Hearn said.

Aboriginal and Inuit hunters begin the commercial kill in November in Canada's frozen Arctic waters. The spring leg is slated to begin in the Gulf of St. Lawrence next week and move later to an arc about 30 to 40 miles from Newfoundland.

Hearn said Canada's harp seal population is ``healthy and thriving'' at nearly 6 million, a threefold increase since the 1980s.

McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills McCartney, took to the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence two weeks ago to frolic with the doe-eyed pups to garner international support to end the hunt. He called the practice a ``stain on the character of the Canadian people.''

The Humane Society and International Fund for Animal Welfare have posted gruesome videos on their Web sites that show the pups being clubbed to death, some left choking on their own vomit or being skinned alive.

Hearn said these are isolated incidents and federal marine monitors have verified that most of the seal pups that are killed have lost their fluffy white fur as required by law since 1987 and are quickly jabbed through the brain with picks or shot with one quick bullet.

He said fishing communities of Quebec and Newfoundland, whose livelihoods were devastated when the Atlantic cod stocks dried up in the mid-1990s, earn 25 percent to 40 percent of their annual income by selling the seal pelts and blubber for about $70 each.

The pelts used in the fashion industry are mostly sold to Norway, China and Russia. The United States has banned Canadian seal products since 1972 and the European Union banned white baby seal pelts in 1983.

Last spring marked the final season for a three-year federal plan that allowed sealers to take 975,000 seals - most of them harp seals between 12 days and 3 months old.

03-16-06 15:29 EST



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peta lawsuit dismissed [15 Mar 2006|11:00pm]

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PETA Lawsuit Against Circus Boss Dismissed


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A $1.8 million lawsuit accusing a circus boss of a spy campaign against animal-rights groups was rejected by jurors Wednesday.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had brought the civil lawsuit against Kenneth Feld, the president of Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the Ringling Bros. circus and numerous other high-profile entertainment acts, including Disney on Ice.

The lawsuit contended Feld and other company executives stole sensitive documents and wiretapped the activities of Norfolk-based PETA and other groups.

Feld said after the verdict that PETA's accusation "flies in the face of logic."

PETA lawyer Philip Hirschkop called the outcome a "terrible injustice" and said he would appeal.

The two sides have been at odds for years. In opening arguments last month, PETA's lawyer contended Feld was in charge of an espionage campaign and stole items including donor lists. Feld's lawyer said nothing illegal was done, PETA was never harmed by any alleged actions, and the group was hypocritical because it frequently uses undercover operatives.

On the Net:

Feld Entertainment: http://www.feldentertainment.com

PETA: http://www.peta.org


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vegan cheesecakes ♥ [15 Mar 2006|03:03am]

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Vegan Cheesecake

For the Crust
11 graham crackers, ground into fine crumbs (about 1 1/4 cups)
3 Tbsp. granulated cane juice
5 Tbsp. margarine

For the Filling
1 1/2 lbs. tofu cream cheese
10.5 oz. silken tofu
3/4 cup granulated cane juice
2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pint strawberries, stems removed and sliced thin (or substitute your fave fruit)

• For the crust, preheat the oven to 325°F.
• Mix the graham cracker crumbs and granulated cane juice in a medium bowl. Add a dollop of margarine to the mixture and stir with a fork until well blended.
• Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan and make the crust by evenly pressing the crumb mixture across the surface of the pan.
• Bake until lightly browned and firm, about 15 to 20 minutes.
• Let the crust cool completely before adding the filling.
• For the filling, preheat the oven to 350°F.
• Place the tofu cream cheese, silken tofu, granulated cane juice, arrowroot powder, lemon zest, and vanilla in a food processor. Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour the filling into the cooled crust.
• Bake for 50 minutes.
• Turn the heat off, but leave the cheesecake in the oven until the edges are set and lightly browned but the center still wiggles just a bit, about an hour. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
• Wrap tightly and chill at least 4 hours.
• Remove from the fridge and add strawberries on top right before serving.

Makes 8-10 servings


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yummy free stuff ♥ [14 Mar 2006|10:49pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

some free stuff (thought you'd enjoy!):


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[12 Jan 2006|12:55am]
God hates PETA!
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Would you eat your dog if someone said it tasted like chicken? [25 Mar 2005|10:38pm]

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Does anybody ever post in this community? It seems kinda dumb to be in it and not post.

Why do you like PETA? I'm a vegan. If I had a job, I would donate money to PETA because it's a worthy cause.

I got kind of confused when I saw someone say that they eat meat and dairy, but they believe in animal rights. Does that mean that they want their hamburger to be treated nice before it's slaughtered to feed them when they could eat something just as filling, but more humane? Does that mean you're only into Animal Liberation? I'd really like that cleared up because it's been getting to me. How can you love animals and eat them?


~Love me? Love you, too.~

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