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Apr 23, 2010

Thousand of 'hunting' tourists from Europe and the USA travel to South Africa to bring home dead animals instead of photos as souvenirs.
Canned Hunting
The most extreme variety of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”...
...the animals are locked up in a cage and then simply shot.
Born to be killed – Lion hunting in South Africa
The lions are bred on farms and hand-raised, so they aren't very shy of humans. Anyone can hunt lions in South Africa – a hunting licence or proven hunting experience is not usually necessary. This means that many lions experience an agonising death.
For trophy hunting in South Africa, lions are bred on more than 160 farms, usually raised by hand and accustomed to humans.
In the last six years, the number of farm lions has risen by 250%.
Today, more than 3,500 captive animals are threatened with the same fate. From 2006-2008 lion shootings in S'Africa has tripled:
 - 322 lions were shot in 2006
 - 700 lions were shot in 2007
 - 1,050 lions were shot in 2008
These figures are confirmed by the export of lion trophies.
Aww, so cute!
Many of the young animals start life as tourist attractions. Unwitting tourists pay to pat the lion cubs, take photos and take them for walks...they don't realise they are supporting a horrific industry.
Then shoot...
When the lions reach the 'trophy' age (4-7 yo) they are offered to wealthy clients for shooting.
'Trophies' include:
 - Male Lions (€25,000 to €45,000)
 - Lionesses (€5,000 or less)
 - Some farms also offer Lion Cubs and Tigers (even though Tigers are not indigenous to South Africa.)
Experts estimate that there are only 23,000 lions living in the wild on the African continent.
 - Sign the petition asking for a ban and help FOUR PAWS influence South African decision makers!
 - Refuse to visit any breeding of hunting farms.
 - Avoid tourist attractions in which young animals are exposed to direct contact with humans.
 - Inform your travel agent, friends and family about South Africa’s lion industry’s background and Canned Hunting.
 - Be careful in the choice of jobs or work experience in South Africa (Volunteering).
 - Make sure that you are not giving your support to institutions that raise lions and other animals by hand for commercial purposes.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2010 9:24am
Dec 7, 2009

7 Whole Grains to Add to Your Diet
posted in care2 by Michelle Schoffro Cook(doctor of natural medicine) Dec 3, 2009
Many people simply avoid whole grains because they don’t know what to do with them or how to prepare them. Here are seven whole grains to get you started:
Health benefits: High in both soluble and insoluble fibre so aids bowel regularity; contains 96 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of fibre per half-cup of cooked barley. Unrefined barley is very high in potassium; high in magnesium, manganese, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, zinc, copper, iron, calcium, protein, sulfur, and phosphorus. Use in soups, stews, cereal, salads, pilaf, or ground into flour for baked goods or desserts.
Health benefits: vitamin E (important for healthy immunity, skin, and many essential functions in your body); high in fibre; high in manganese, magnesium, and selenium; contains tryptophan; excellent for those who are gluten-sensitive or celiac
Use in soups, stews, and pilafs.
SPELT and KAMUT (pronounced ka-moot)
Both are ancient, tasty, and part of the wheat family.
Health benefits: Sometimes people with wheat allergies can tolerate kamut or spelt. Both have higher nutritional value than whole wheat; high in protein. SPELT - high in manganese, magnesium, and copper, B-vitamins [niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin].
Use in making bread and pasta.
Health benefits: stabilizes blood sugar; lowers cholesterol; reduces heart disease risk; good source of manganese, selenium, magnesium, and tryptophan; high in protein and fibre.
Forms: instant, steel-cut, rolled, bran, groats, flakes, and flour. [Best options are underlined.]
Oat flour is an excellent substitute for wheat flour in baking recipes.
QUINOA (pronounced "keen-wah")
Not a true grain, but a herb.
A complete protein; high in iron, magnesium, B-vitamins and fibre.
Health benefits: is a proven aid for migraine sufferers; lessens the risk for heart disease; contains the building blocks for superoxide dismutase-an important antioxidant that helps protect the energy centres of your cells from free radical damage.
Not a true grain, it is a type of aquatic grass seed
Health benefits: High protein, high fibre, low calorie (83 = 1/2cup cooked) An excellent choice for people with CELIAC disease or those on GLUTEN-free or WHEAT-free diets.
Add wild rice to soups, stews, salads, and pilaf; nutty flavour. 
N.B. Avoid the many blends of white and wild rice.
As for all whole grains, add water and grain in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat to simmer for the amount of cooking time specified.
For 1 cup of grain
BARLEY (pearled) 3 cups water, 15 mins cooking time
BROWN RICE 2 cups water, 35 to 40 mins cooking time
OATS (quick cooking) 2-3 cups water, 12 to 20 mins cooking time
OATS (rolled) 2-3 cups water, 40 to 50 mins cooking time
QUINOA 2 cups water, 15 mins cooking time
WILD RICE 3 cups water, 50 to 60 mins cooking time
KAMUT and SPELT can be cooked as whole grains but are most commonly used as whole grain flour in breads and other baked goods.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at: 

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Sep 26, 2009

From Stop the California Pet Ban (Animal Rights -

Fish and Game Commission hearings on October 1 are reviewing regulations that will enable the state and local animal regulation to seize your pets, force you to provide containment systems that most people cannot meet, and eliminate the need to prove that the animal is the regulated species.

State hearings on October 1, 2009 could eliminate due process and allow officers to seize pets if they “look” like a wild animal.

These “hybrid defense” regulations specifically authorize the officers and wardens to determine whether your pet is a regulated species without the burden of proof, and require the application of the “most protective” standard.

For our loved ones, this means that your pet can be determined to be a wild animal — such as wolf, coyote, or other — simply by visual inspection.  No scientific standards or tests are required — in fact, the regulations are written in order to “relieve the burden” of proof.   Your 99% Malamute may be subjectively determined to be 1% wolf, so full wolf rules would apply.

Sign Petition and learn more about the proposed law at


This is a one-time pledge that must be fulfilled before Nov 30, 2009

Jenny Dooley

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