Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU4HAIoUdyE
Whale Call, an Australian based NGO, whale conservation and research organization, in its bid to have a halt placed against the illegal and inhumane slaughter of threatened and endangered species of whales, including 50 endangered humpbacks, an act which is under international condemnation, puts it to the Australian Prime Minister, and the Federal Minister for the Environment, what their intentions are to saving these whales, and to make a pledge, to protect them in their feeding grounds in Australian Territorial waters, which the Japanese Government's 'JARPA 2 whale research program' plans to slaughter over 1,000 whales this year.
Not only is this an illegal and inhumane act, but you cannot eat whale, or even dolphin meat for that matter. It is very poisonous, being highly toxic with methylmercury, PCB's, cadmium, and dioxins, and is unsafe for human consumption, especially pregnant women and young school children who are being fed whale, and dolphin meat, in Japan's school canteens. Also their pets health is at risk. Dog biscuits are made from whale meat and cat food from dolphin meat. The dangerous health problems caused from eating whale, or dolphin meat, is called Minamata Disease, and goes straight to the fetus of a pregnant women upon consuming whale meat. Another very good reason for Japan, and other whaling nations, to put a halt to their whaling programs.
Whale Call would appreciate your caring participation in signing this very important petiton so it can be presented to the Australian Government.
Warning; the accompanying film is very graphic and children should ask their parents to supervise any viewing.
*** If signing doesn't work please change your zip/postcode to 00000 thankyou
Meatout is an international observance helping individuals evolve to a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains. The purpose is to expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet, while promoting the availability and selection of meat and dairy alternatives in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations.
Meatout has grown explosively since its inception in 1985 to become the world's largest annual grassroots diet education campaign. Thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and a host of other countries welcome in the Spring with colorful educational events. These range from simple information tables ('steakouts', exhibits, and cooking demonstrations to elaborate receptions and festivals. Visitors are asked to "kick the meat habit on March 20 (first day of spring) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains."
Several mainstream health advocacy organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and the American Heart Association, have since launched their own campaigns to promote consumption of plant-based foods.
Meatout reflects national trends:
Mainstream health advocacy organizations and the official government publication "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" tout plant-based foods.
Over 30 million Americans have explored a meat-free diet.
One in five teens thinks vegetarianism is "cool."
National beef and veal consumption have dropped by 25 and 70%, respectively.
Major manufacturers and retailers are marketing meat-free and dairy-free meals.
Several national fast food chains are offering veggie burgers and several major baseball parks are selling veggie dogs.
Who Organizes Meatout?
Meatout was launched in 1985 and is coordinated each year by FARM, a national nonprofit, public interest organization. Headquartered in the nation's capital, FARM advocates plant-based (vegan) diets to save animals, protect the environment, and improve health.
FARM coordinates and promotes local events by:
Providing grassroots activists with a how-to guide for holding a successful event.
Producing and distributing display and handout materials.
Raw almond milk is more delicious than soy milk, healthier than cow's milk and less expensive than any kind of packaged milk.(plus it's CRUELTY FREE!) It's also loaded with healthy oils that protect cardiovascular function, boost brain function and help regulate blood sugar. That's one reason why almonds are such a big part of the Mediterranean Diet.
Almonds contain proven anti-cancer phytonutrients, as well as healthy servings of essential vitamins and minerals.
The ingredients you'll need to get started... This makes a small batch for a two people. To make more, double all the ingredients:
1 cup of raw unsalted almonds 2 glasses of water 2 tbs raw agave nectar or some dates
First, soak your raw almonds in a large bowl of water for at least 8 hours. (Overnight works best). After the almonds have soaked for 8 hours, pour out the water they soaked in then rinse and drain.
In a blender you combine the almonds, the water and the agave nectar and blend on the highest speed for about one minute, or until the nuts are well blended and the liquid has turned into a milk.
Place an empty nut milk bag in a large stainless steel salad bowl, then pour the liquid from the blender into the nut milk bag. Using one hand to hold the bag closed at the top, use your other hand to squeeze and "knead" the nut pulp in the nut milk bag, squeezing out all the milk.
When done, you're left with a bowl of raw almond milk (yum!) and a ball of almond nut pulp in your nut milk bag (also yum!).
Using a funnel, pour your raw almond milk into a container and refrigerate. I use glass containers because I like to avoid plastic.
Set aside the almond nut pulp for use later.
Usually if you remove the skins from the almonds you can keep the milk refrigerated for 2 days, if you leave the skins on you can keep the milk for 24 hours. It's so easy and so yummy! I loved it!
I used the nut pulp to make raw vegan tzatziki! I added some salt & pepper, cucumber, garlic and mixed everything in the food processor. The tzatziki is so yummy too ~ i used it in wraps and it was delish!
ps. You can make raw milk from all nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazilian nuts etc I just like almond better cause it's sweeter.
With so many attractive and sensible alternatives available, fur is simply unnecessary. Even purchasing the tiniest bit of fur trim supports a cruel industry.
Every year, more than 50 million animals are violently killed in the name of "fashion." Some fall victim to barbaric traps. Others spend the entirety of their lives in grim conditions in fur farms across the globe before being slaughtered. Another source of fur is Canada's government-sanctioned seal slaughter, in which hundreds of thousands of seals, many just weeks old, are brutally killed. This is the reality that the fur industry wants so desperately to hide from the buying public.
You Can Help
With the help of compassionate consumers, API works to end the senseless suffering caused by the fur industry.
Since no market or product can profit without customers, API focuses its efforts in the fight against fur on consumer education — letting people know that the way they spend their money makes a difference in the lives of animals. We provide valuable educational materials about how to see through the fur industry's marketing ploys, how to determine if the fur on store shelves is real or faux, how to most effectively speak out against the fur trade, and how to gently educate others. We're also a major partner in an international coalition, the Fur Free Alliance, which gets the message out to countless consumers around the world that compassion is always in style.
The fur industry works hard to mislead consumers about fur and fur trim. It fights against labeling laws that could help shoppers make informed decisions about what to buy. Its aggressive public relations efforts falsely claim that fur is a "fabric" and that fur trim is a "byproduct." The fur trade will say anything to persuade consumers to dissociate its product from the actual animals who die to create it.
Deceptive fur industry marketing has led to a surge in the popularity of fur trim, now commonly found on inexpensive clothing, accessories, and even toys, and to increased markets overseas.
But just because there is a small bit of "fluffy pink trim" on a jacket cuff or scarf tassel, doesn't mean it isn't the same grisly product of animal suffering and death. Designers who choose to use fur are relying on novel ways to incorporate fur into their clothing lines and designs. Fur is now being dyed bright colors, braided or beaded for a unique texture or exotic look, or clipped down to imitate the feel of velvet fabric.
Compassion Is Always in Fashion
Informed consumers will choose compassion and forego fur. More and more markets are embracing the ideology of ethical consumerism, as can be seen in the popularity of products ranging from hybrid cars to free trade coffee to sweat-shop free clothing and cosmetics and household products not tested on animals — all of which are experiencing measurable success. Fashion will follow suit as consumers refuse to buy apparel containing even the smallest bit of fur or fur trim.
The grim reality remains — fur kills animals. The fur trade may work hard to peddle its wares. But API will work even harder to shine a spotlight on the practices of this cruel industry and to spread the word that there's simply no excuse for wearing fur. We're helping consumers use the unique power that only they have — the power to close down a cruel and unnecessary industry.
Compassion is always in fashion. Choosing to not wear fur or fur trim is simple — and saves animals' lives.
Sauté the mushrooms and garlic over medium heat in the 2 tbsp. water until tender; cover between stirring to keep them from drying out. Remove from heat and add the spaghetti sauce.
Place the tofu and thawed spinach in the food processor and process briefly. Add the remaining filling ingredients to the processor and blend until smooth. (You may do this without a food processor by using a potato masher on the tofu.)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Spread half of the sauce in the bottom of a 9x12-inch pan. Place a layer of noodles over the sauce, using three dry noodles and leaving a little space in between them. Spread half of the tofu mixture on the noodles (I drop it by spoonfuls and then spread it). Cover with another layer of 3 noodles and then spread the remaining tofu mixture over them. Top with a final layer of noodles, and pour the remaining sauce over this. Cover the dish tightly with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with soy Parmesan and sliced black olives if you want. The lasagna will cut better if you allow it to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Several Animal Equality activists rescued six pigs from an intensive farm in central Spain. With unmasked faces and in broad daylight they were able to give a new life to these small creatures who had only ever known fear, deprivation, suffering and death.
I have had a few conversations recently regarding dietary needs within a vegan diet. Two that generally arise are how do you source protein, b-vitimans, calcium and essential amino acids. In a basic answer they all can be found within the plant kingdom, they are readily available. Animals products are simply a middle man to these nutrients.
For now I'll tackle calcium. Answer. Sesame Seeds. Along with this list. Sesame seed (100g) calcium content is 35 times that of 100g of human breat milk. I have found the sesame seeds may have the highest calcium content per 100g in both animal and plant based foods.
Sorry to preach to the choir for some of my friends.
Plant Foods High in Calcium Content
Some plant foods are naturally high in calcium content.
"Calcium content of foods (per 100-gram portion) (100 grams equals around 3.5 ounces):
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