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Oct 6, 2009

Despite growing awareness of the ethical and environmental implications of animal exploitation, the dialogue of our society continues to revolve around just about anything other than the need to change our eating habits. Ironically, it may well be that the survival of our species, and perhaps even life as we know it, is dependent upon learning the very lessons of empathy, responsibility and self-control that the vegan ideal embodies, and that our society seems so reluctant to embrace.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2009 7:23am
Oct 5, 2009

The vegan ideal embodies the highest of ethical aspirations – non-violence, justice and compassion toward the innocent. Yet this deep and powerful value system continues to be marginalized by society. The example set by those who embrace these principles is too often vehemently opposed, trivialized or simply ignored. But the effects of this paradigm shift in perception are far-reaching, and the rewards beyond measure.

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Posted: Oct 5, 2009 7:58pm
Sep 24, 2009

(yields 9-10 small pancakes)

1 1/4 C. whole wheat (or spelt) pastry flour

1/2 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbsp. dry sweetener

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 C. soy or rice milk

2 T. safflower oil

1. Sift all dry ingredients, except sweetener, into a bowl and stir well.

2. Combine sweetener and liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir well.

3. Pour dry mixture into liquid mixture and stir until smooth. Do not over-mix.

4. Drop a spoonful of batter (at first, to test grill) onto a hot oiled or non-stick skillet. Important: When edges turn brown and bubbles form and remain open in the middle (approximately 1-2 minutes), flip over for another minute or two until done.

Recipe from Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm, by Gentle World.

Available at www.gentleworld.org

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Posted: Sep 24, 2009 7:02am
Sep 23, 2009

(yields 6-8 pancakes)

1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

1/4 C. warm water

1 tsp. dry sweetener

2 C. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 Tbsp. egg replacer*

2 1/2 C. soy or rice milk

1 Tbsp. dry sweetener

1/8 C. organic sunflower oil (or other cooking oil)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

* Egg replacer is a white powder made from potato and tapioca starch, that when mixed with water, creates a sticky paste that acts as a binding agent to replace eggs in baking. It can be found at health food stores, online, and even in some supermarkets.

1. Place yeast in warm water with 1 tsp. sweetener. Let rise in a warm spot until it bubbles up, doubling in size.

2. Sift dry ingredients, except sweetener, into a bowl, and stir.

3. In a separate bowl, beat egg replacer with 1/2 C. milk until frothy. Add sweetener, remaining milk, oil and vanilla. Stir well.

4. Pour wet into dry and mix until smooth. Add froth from risen yeast (without adding all the water). Mix until batter is smooth yet not thin, adding more milk if needed.

5. Pour batter to desired size onto an oiled hot grill, cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan.

6. (Important) When edges turn brown and bubbles form and remain open in the middle (approximately 1-2 minutes), flip over for another minute or two until golden-brown.

Recipe from Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm, by Gentle World. Available at www.gentleworld.org

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Posted: Sep 23, 2009 7:05pm
Sep 5, 2009

It is wrong when animals are crowded into factories, treated like machines and killed using extremely brutal methods. It is wrong when animals are free to roam, treated kindly, and killed using relatively painless methods. It would be wrong if I treated my family pet like royalty and killed him swiftly and painlessly while he was sleeping, to cook his flesh and serve it for a Sunday meal with my family.

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Posted: Sep 5, 2009 8:31am
Aug 26, 2009

In February of this year, a resident of Auckland, New Zealand killed his family dog and barbecued the body. Concerned neighbors informed the SPCA, who arrived at the man's home to find the dog's body roasting over an outdoor fire.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2009 7:19am
Aug 20, 2009

When we cast stones at Elizabeth Carlisle and Co, we should remember that these abuses exist as a result of something much bigger than one person taking delight in cruelty. Petland, puppy mills, slaughterhouses and other animal abuse factories exist because regular people believe they have a right to buy and own an animal's life. As long as people maintain such a belief, our society will continue to manufacture cold-hearted killers, like Teressa Groenewald-Hagerman, Michael Vick, Sarah Palin, and most recently, Elizabeth Carlisle.

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Posted: Aug 20, 2009 7:10pm
Aug 11, 2009

Many of the animals at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary were rescued from 'cage-free' and 'free-range' facilities, small family farms, and other food production situations that are typically considered 'humane'. The stories of these animals, lovingly shared by sanctuary volunteer Joanna Lucas, tell the truth about these methods of food production...

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Posted: Aug 11, 2009 12:47pm
Jun 17, 2009

WE ARE THE LIVING GRAVE OF MURDERED BEASTS 
by George Bernard Shaw 

We are the living graves of murdered beasts 
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites 
We never pause to wonder at our feasts 
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights 
We pray on Sundays that we may have light 
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread 
We're sick of war We do not want to fight 
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread 
And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead 
Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat 
Regardless of the suffering and pain 
We cause by doing so. If thus we treat 
Defenseless animals for sport or gain 
How can we hope in this world to attain 
the PEACE we say we are so anxious for 
We pray for it o'er hecatombs of slain 
To God, while outraging the moral law 
Thus cruelty begets its offspring: war.

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Posted: Jun 17, 2009 10:50am
May 26, 2009

The following poem was written by a woman named Ella Wheeler Wilcox. She was writing around the turn of the 20th century, but her words clearly indicate that she was way beyond her time. 

 

So many gods, so many creeds, 
So many paths that wind and wind, 
While just the art of being kind 
Is all the sad world needs. 

I am the voice of the voiceless: 
Through me, their hearts shall speak; 
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear 
The cry of the wordless weak. 

From lab, from cage and from forests,
From slaughterhouse stalls, come the wail
Of my tortured kin. They proclaim the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

For love is the true religion, 
And love is the law sublime; 
And all that is wrought, where love is not 
Will die at the touch of time. 

Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals 
Who have not stopped to teach 
Of the sorrow that lies in an animal's eyes, 
The sorrow that has no speech. 

The same Power formed the sparrow 
That fashioned man - the King; 
The God of the whole gave a living soul 
To furred and to feathered thing. 

And I am my brother's keeper, 
And I will fight his fight; 
And speak the word for beast and bird 
Till the world shall set things right. 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)

This is the most simple version, with slight edits for clarity. There are two other (longer) versions available online that are well worth checking out also: Voice_Of_The Voiceless

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