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Cookbook! June 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — hmosenthal @ 5:12 am

My Mom just sent me a pic saying she made something from our Vegetarian Cookbook, which I gave her for mothers day, Spicy Peanut Noodles!

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She said it was delicious, and I am so glad our cookbook is being used. Last week I made the Vegan Banana Bread with my roommate, So Good! For those of you who haven’t been following AFA’s activities this past semester, we created and sold a Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbook in Walla Walla and were able to donate almost two hundred dollars in proceeds to the Blue Mountain Humane Society!

 

Kitty Tattoos: Are Pets our Companions or our Accessories? January 29, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — krazykaitie @ 1:22 am

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http://www.chillhour.com/tattooed-cat

 

According to this article, a tattoo artist wanted to supplement his own tattoo with a tattoo on his cat. I’m sure the artist felt it was meaningful, but it has been generally negatively received.

They did put the cat under general anesthesia and a veterinarian was present, but I’m not sure it excuses the situation. The cat could definitely not give consent, and this to me seems inhumane. Not only does the cat have to endure the healing process, but he also is stuck with this for the rest of his life! (I suppose that’s a little irrelevant because he probably won’t notice it after a while.)

It comes down to a question of what place pets have in our lives. Are they fellow creatures that we share our spaces with, or are they accessories to express ourselves? Did this man take the cat’s concerns into consideration when he adorned him with permanent ink, or did he think only of his own self-expression? I would argue that this cat deserves to be treated with care and respect, not as a canvas that he can experiment on.

I hope the kitty is happier now than he was in these pictures!

 

The vegetarian and vegan label January 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — krazykaitie @ 12:41 am

It’s a new year and around this time people start making their new year’s resolutions. A common resolution is to eat better, especially following the holiday season. For some people now is the time to go vegetarian or vegan, a great way to start off the new year. Unfortunately, new year’s resolutions have a reputation of being short-lived, with a lot of enthusiasm for the first month and as the weeks go by commitment falters.

Something I’ve commonly heard from those who stopped being vegetarian is that they made a mistake and didn’t feel justified calling themselves a vegetarian afterwards. After that it’s easy to give up. Others feel like they could be vegetarian but they could never give up chicken, so what’s the point.

This comes down to our need to fit a label, to justify our choices with a name that summarizes them. Too often I hear that someone could never go vegan because they simply couldn’t give up cheese. To that I respond that they should do so! If you can give up everything except cheese, that’s a huge step and you’re still saving many lives. Just because you can’t call yourself “vegan” doesn’t mean you aren’t taking steps to affect the lives of others.

So for those of you who are recent vegetarians or an omnivore that could give up everything except chicken, I challenge you to ignore labels and make choices based on your own comfort level and values. If you slip up, get right back in there! No one (who matters) will judge you for trying.

Good luck to you all!

 

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Target and McDonald’s terminate realtionship with egg supplier after videos depicting animal cruelty surface. November 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — tompkikn @ 9:18 pm

Here’s a link to the Huffington Post article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/20/target-mcdonalds-egg-supplier_n_1103770.html%253Fncid%253Dedlinkusaolp00000008

 

October 20, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — mboothbalk @ 9:02 pm

Yummmmm… Can you believe these are vegan? They are Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream-Cheese Frosting and are absolutely perfect for making Halloween a little more vegan friendly!

Here is the recipe:

Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes
makes 12

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 cup soy milk
1/3 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree, unsweetened
optional: replace 1/3 cup of soy milk with 1 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer + 1/4 cup water (fold in last if adding)

Vegan Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting 

1/2 cup soy cream cheese
1/2 cup vegan butter (1 stick)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup soy creamer (or coconut milk)
pinch of vanilla bean granules or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon

To make:

1. Using a hand beater, mix the frosting ingredients together until fluffy. Place in fridge to chill.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tins with liners.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cupcake ingredients. Gently mix or stir in the liquid ingredients. Mix until well combined. The pumpkin should make the batter nice and thick – yet still wet enough to spoon into muffin cups.
4. Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes.
5. Cool cupcakes completely before piping icing on top.
6. Add frosting to a large plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner – pipe into a swirl on top of the cupcakes (or use a pastry bag for icing).
7. Feel free to add festive orange sugar sprinkles or other Halloween decorations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto Restricts Sales of Cats and Dogs (From NPR) September 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — atstrong @ 5:50 am

Toronto Restricts Sales Of Cats And Dogs

by Dan Karpenchuk

September 22, 2011

Toronto’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban pet shops from selling dogs and cats unless the animals come from shelters or rescue groups.

The move comes after authorities seized more than 500 dogs from a Quebec puppy mill in what could represent the largest case of animal cruelty in Quebec’s history.

The animals are now in the care of the Humane Society. Many of them are suffering from skin and respiratory problems. A representative of the society said the operation involved some of the worst conditions she’d ever seen.

Under the new rule, pet shops in the city can no longer sell dogs or cats unless the animals come from a shelter, the Humane Society or a registered rescue group.

Many animal-rights activists hope the action by the country’s largest city will further the movement to ban or restrict pets being sold in shops across Canada.

 

To see the original article, click here: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/22/140708335/toronto-restricts-sales-of-cats-and-dogs

 

Belgian city plans ‘veggie’ days

Filed under: Uncategorized — atstrong @ 5:43 am

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week.

Check out the article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8046970.stm

There’s also an audio clip of the mayor of Ghent discussing the reason’s for the citie’s vegetarian day!!

 

 
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