Free Turkeys!

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As I was thinking of a title for this post, I simply looked at the photo. I could have chosen Wild Turkeys but more appropriate was ‘Free’ Turkeys. I’m sure there are those who thought the post was about free turkeys to eat. Turkeys in their nonliving and non-feathered state. On the contrary, it’s about freedom. Being free to live!

We are almost two months away from Thanksgiving. We look forward to family and friends, being thankful and for…..food! When I became Vegetarian one might say I went cold ‘turkey’. Except that for several years afterward, I would eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Tradition and taste was a hard thing to give up! But the year came when I finally saw the living bird as wanting to live! I stopped excluding the turkey from deserving to live it’s life as all other animals deserved. There comes a day when one sees not life on their plate, but death. And it’s not happy, nor joyful, nor thankful. The turkey’s in the photo are getting their nutrients from the green living grass and plants. Plants are nutritious! Vegetation doesn’t cry out to us if cut or eaten, but an animal will. There is a vast difference there.

With Thanksgiving around the bend, let’s take a little time to comprehend life and how precious it is to all who have it. Shouldn’t animals have the right to be happy? For those who say “okay, I don’t want to eat precious birds any longer at Thanksgiving, but what do I do?” You have options: Health food stores sell a bean based food called Tofurkey! Look it up. You can try a nice homemade veggie loaf. They are usually bean based. Grape Nuts Roast is another alternative. I’ll include the recipe below. In the meantime, if you’re struggling between meat eating versus becoming Vegetarian or Vegan, please know this: even cutting back on eating animals will help to save them. It may not have saved the ones you ate, but it helps to save the ones you haven’t. Take it a step at a time and it gets easier with each step you take. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may our meal consist of kind food.

Grape Nuts Roast

 

 

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See Clearly Without Blinders

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Pluck a berry from a bush or an ear of corn from the stalk. You will hear no complaint, no cries of pain. The tree, bush or plant are stationary in the ground. On the other hand, to eat an animal one must first catch him or her. For if they know your plan they will run for their life! And if caught and struck with a blow or with a killing instrument…they will cry in pain. Yes, there certainly IS a difference in our food choices.

No matter the food choices of others, these innocent animals will be defended by me as best as I can. Although people may know they are eating meat, some are symbolically eating with blinders on…..not understanding they are eating a being that was killed. For if a child was never introduced to meat, he or she may become bewildered that a person would eat a beings’ BODY! Perhaps go as far as to think of their own body. A child accustomed to gardening may understand that food to them has mud, not blood.

Animals need our love and they need our help. I have been Vegetarian for sixteen years and a part-time Vegan. People transition in their own time. I educate and make people aware of the plights of animals on factory farms. I suppose one could say that I take people’s blinders off. Surely it’s better to see your food than to eat in the dark! Please treat animals kindly. Defend them all. Go beyond loving and defending the pets at home. For an animal is an animal, no matter the color, or size or shape. Kindness does the heart and conscience good.

 

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Rethink Legality

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It is illogical to protect some animals and yet eat others. Cut the line that divides them. An animal is an animal. They ought to be able to enjoy life like any other creature or person given life. People can do a tremendous good and save many, many of these animals by simply eating less meat. Consider the good that our health and conscience would feel just by doing so. It’s worth a try for everyone involved: the person and the animal. They are precious and we can all help them. Try….

Google ‘Factory Farms’ for some sad education on what life is like for the precious innocent animals there. It’s time that change comes to them. The animals on factory farms is the new face of slavery. In time, it too will be abolished, by the brave and by the sheer number of those of us opposing it.

 

All Who Have Life

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My heart is inspired. It does my heart good to know that there are others out in our world fighting for animals. Sometimes I get depressed and feel despair to think of all the precious animals killed to eat or abused or chained. So much sadness, madness and cruelty.

But we are making headway! I don’t have statistics but I have a theory. When more and more people come together because they are outraged and those people make others aware of the outrage, then the movement grows, people and government listens and change happens. And change IS happening.

I wish more people would think about this question: “Just because one is used to eating animals, or just because the inside of the animal taste good, does that make it right to kill it and eat it?”

Children care. Most children don’t get a choice of what they eat. They eat the food placed before them. They get ‘used’ to eating meat, disassociating it from the living, loving animal who had feelings. The innocent child eating the innocent animal. One must ask themselves: “When is it no longer innocent to eat the innocent?”

It is not that this animal’s life is worth more or less than that animal’s life. It’s that life  IN GENERAL is a gift to ALL who have life. There is no difference.

Let’s do a right thing. A thing that will make us happy and make animals happy. Let’s get them out of cages, off of chains, out of laboratories, out of factories that kill and abuse them, and away from abusers. How? Fight for them, speak up for them, sign petitions for them, do not eat them…….care for them and love them. Please oh please, love them!

The New Face Of Slavery

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Meet the new face of slavery. Or should I say meat….the new face of slavery. We can fight for their freedom by simply not eating them. I tried Vegetarianism in 2000 and have remained one ever since. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Stopping slavery takes a group effort. And it starts with just one person at a time. Please be a part of their freedom and not their oppression. Kindness begins by being determined to make tenderhearted decisions. Take a stand against all forms of slavery. You CAN make a difference. Please try.

My Kind Of Activism

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In my previous post I promised to tell you why I post BOTH Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. It has much to do with my kind of activism.

My goal, like many others, is to make a difference for change. A change for the good of people, animals, plants and air, etc. The way that people do this varies between persons, groups, companies, etc. It’s important that when I post or say something that it is heard and received well enough to make one ‘think’. I believe being kind, patient and respectful of my audience’s intelligence is a far better way and far better reach.

There are many activists with fire in their veins. Their hearts are just as passionate as mine and there are those who will listen to them. I won’t judge them and say that their way has  less of an impact than mine. What I will say is that we both have a place in activism. Someone who will not listen to who they consider extremists WILL listen to me. On the other hand, there will be those who may say I have little passion and will listen to those with fire in their veins. But what people DON’T see are the hearts of activists. They beat the same. The passion the same. They both want change. They just take two different roads leading to the same destination. Activists shouldn’t criticize each others approach, but be encouraging what ever path they’ve chosen.

On the flip side of this activism coin is the uninformed or unaware public or ‘individual’. Just as one cannot see the heart of the activist, one cannot see the heart of the individual. To reach the top of a ladder one must climb. So too, to reach a better state one must progress. People all over the world are in different places in their progression. Some may be at the bottom, some in the middle, some at top and others in between. We MUST have patience with anyone who is even ON the ladder! We shouldn’t look down on the beginner, for we were once a beginner. We don’t know if a person will make it to the top or stay where they are all their life. But for me to have peace in my heart, I must be patient and love people where they are. I can’t climb the ladder for anyone except myself.Yet I can encourage those on the ladder without condemnation for where they’re at nor do I condemn them if they’ve stopped moving. Hence…..I post both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. Where some may see Vegan as superior is not my argument here. It’s the fact that I want to celebrate ALL those who are on the ladder, the ladder with it’s mission to save the world!! ❤

Easy Lentil Meatballs

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Until today I’ve only posted Vegetarian recipes. Today I’ll post my first Vegan one! It looks really wonderful. It’s also gluten free. There is a reason that I post BOTH Vegetarian and Vegan recipes, but I’ll save that for my next post. In the meantime, I’ll post the link below for this recipe and if anyone tries it, do let me know what you think! 😀 I love the way the meatballs are a tad over-browned! It makes it look more authentic, not like retouched photography. Yet the photo itself is crisp and well done!

Easy Lentil Meatballs

It’s A Bug’s LIFE!

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Today, as I was snacking on my beloved Raisinets, I looked at the ingredients list. People really do need to look at ingredients. They would learn a whole lot; things that would shock them into cooking more at home and be careful what they eat. One of the ingredients in Raisinets is Lac-Resin. I looked it up and here is what I found: “Shellac or lac resin is a product that is imported from India and is used in waxes for citrus fruits, apples and pears. It is a product that is derived from the secretions of the tiny lac insect. The lac insect secretes “lacresin” from its glands onto a host tree. I found an image of the insect and posted it above. The insect is called a kerria lacca. Cute little thing, but nothing of it do I want to ingest! I’m sure there are avid meat eaters who stick to steaks but would become nauseous at the thought of eating anything to do with insects! As far as harvesting, it depends on the use. If it’s a candy coating they harvest the secretion of the insect. If it’s a dye wanted, they kill the insect for it’s red color. For some, this article and realization of this bug’s life and what they’re eating won’t matter a bit. But for others it does. For me it does. If there are other means without using animals and insects I’m all for it! I know plants have lives too they say, but plants remain in the ground. Just sit and watch animals and insects, the way they roam and MOVE! They are meant to be happy and FREE…even the tiny insect. There is a difference between killing a plant versus an animal. One will cry out. I want to practice compassion and do the least harm. I hope many others will adopt that concept too. Goodbye Raisinets…

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