Break Out Of The Mold

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It takes courage to face reality. To see things as they truly are. To be awake and not asleep. It even takes courage to escape. You may ask, “escape from what? To what?” If only people could see more clearly, to think differently than what they were taught as children. To unlearn and have courage to break out of the mold. Parents in general are well meaning, but let’s follow what is right. Don’t follow just to follow.

Would children truly want to eat the inside of an animal if they never had started? And even if they tasted it but once, would they then start killing animals for the taste of them? Would it not be unlike them? There is something more to the packages of meat people buy in the grocery stores. There was the death of a cow, a pig, a chicken, a turkey and others in ABUNDANCE. Animals who could have had a happy life otherwise.

I grew up eating meat until the Summer of 2000. Now I see a hot dog or packaged meat for what it truly IS and WAS. It is now the inside of a dead animal that was once a living being who desired love and care from us. If people could start over, would they have the desire to eat the inside of animals? Or would it seem horrid?

Being an animal lover should go beyond just our pets. Who says a pet HAS to be a dog or cat or horse? If we love animals we need to realize that pets have always been…..animals.

Save them, don’t eat them. Be their hero. You do have a choice. I hope we all choose kindness over killing.

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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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Factory Farming Awareness

If you would like to know more about factory farming without the gore, check out this video in cartoon form. Please be part of the solution to factory farming. Please eat conscientiously. What a blessing to both your health and animals lives by doing so.

People Don’t Want To Look

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People don’t want to look at the similarities between people and animals. They want to look at the differences.

There was a time in my life when I ate animals. I asked my Aunt one day why she was Vegetarian and she said it was those big brown eyes of the cows. She saw the connection, the similarity. She knew they had feelings and that the spark of life that was in her was in them as well. She knew they felt fear and pain and sadness. She knew they were innocent. To her they were like a friend. How could she hurt a friend, much less kill a friend?!

When we look into the eyes of our pets, think about a cow or a pig or a chicken. Love those eyes as much as your pet. See the feelings and similarities behind the eyes.

Children love animals, but are brought up to eat them. They are taught the differences and not the similarities. The children though are innocent. And the animals too are innocent. As I worded it in a previous post, “when is it no longer innocent to eat the innocent?”

So the ‘eyes’ have it!  Let’s not quench the spark of life, whether person or animal. For all those who have this spark of life….it is a most precious treasure to each one.

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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.

 

A Sense Of Kindness

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Have you ever thought about all the differences in our world? The different colors, different animals, different shapes, different fish, etc,etc! People have differences in size, hair color, religion, what hand they write with, etc, etc. We live in a world of VAST differences. Some people can see or hear better than others. Since this is true, it is equally as true that some people have a stronger sense of smell than others.

That brings us to the precious canary photo above: Years ago in coal mines they used a canary to determine if their air supply was toxic. The toxic gasses would kill the canary first, alerting the miners to get out! There is a growing disease called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, abbreviated MCS. People who have this disease are referred to as ‘Canaries’. I, myself, have this. There is a difference though. The canary in the coal mine had no smell of warning or danger. Most of the time ‘we’ do. It’s well known as fragrance. It makes people with MCS very ill. It’s not the odor itself because some fragrance is pleasant. It’s the chemicals IN and sometimes OF the fragrance. Just because you don’t smell danger and I do, doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous to our health. I feel like those movie actors who try to warn the officials of coming danger, but am unheeded until it’s too late.

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Fragrance is found in SO many products. Soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, the list goes on and on. The problem for sufferers of MCS is that it takes just a small amount or a small whiff of these chemicals to make us terribly ill. The off-gases of things like paint can do the same thing. A dear friend of mine was trying to think of a solution for me, when she suggested I wear a mask. Some people actually do wear masks. I’m not to that point and I hope I never am. I told her that it was a funny thought that I could be out shopping wearing a mask and people thinking I had some awful and contagious disease, when it actuality it was I who was protecting myself from ‘them’! You may be wondering at this point what you can do to help people who have MCS. Maybe you have a friend or family member with it. Here are some tips:

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Educate yourself about MCS and chemicals. These products affect our environment we all  live in! They are not healthy for any of us. It’s all about money making for the companies who make products with these chemicals for the consumer to buy. Please don’t buy poison, no matter how great it smells or how pretty the bottle is. Follow environmental social medias.

When you visit someone who has MCS, please wear no fragrance. An alternative may be a light essential oil based fragrance. They shouldn’t have chemicals. And pre-wash your clothes in a fragrance free detergent. Yes, I can even smell fragrance in clothes.

If a person with MCS is visiting your home, please do not light any fragrant candles or use any air freshener spray. When my daughter was young she told me how she loved that our home had a neutral smell. I use baking soda with a natural lemon dish soap to clean most things. And Murphy’s Oil Soap (99% natural) on our wood floors/cabinets. Try shopping for products at your local natural foods store or Co-op. I don’t use bleach at all. I’ve read that a great substitute for bleach is hydrogen peroxide. 🙂

I hope I’ve helped someone out there to understand MCS a little better. Getting away from chemicals and fragrance is healthy for the environment, for you and for those you are around, whether friend, family or the general public. Going natural is a kind way to be. May we have a ‘sense of kindness’ to those around us.

Kind Food, Kind YOU.

 

 

The Bird We Call Chicken

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Who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It has eyes, nose holes, feet, ears and more! I happen to have chickens and have seen their ears. Right behind their eyes there are tiny feathers that when pulled back slightly reveal a ‘hole’! So their ears are protected by God-given ear muffs! Unlike hairy animals it has feathers. It’s different. But different doesn’t mean ‘less’ than other animals. Just as people are different from one another..not ‘less’ than one another. There is too much looking down on or fear of what is different.

Notice the photo of the mother hen and her babies. I’ve had hens that hatched baby chicks and the photo is very precise. When I try to pick up a chick, the babies see my hand reaching and they run to the safety of their mother and peek out. The mother clucks as well for the babies to return to her. You’ll notice under her left wing a chick. You can only see the feet. The baby is probably extra scared. Only the inquisitive ones peek out though they are still frightened.

Chickens who are commercially raised for eggs and for people to eat live a life of misery. Usually never seeing grass. Always in a cage their entire life and then to be killed. So first misery, then frightened as they are being killed or perhaps watching others being killed. Remember the photo? They do feel scared and they do love. As noted above: who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It should be no easier to eat a chicken than it does to eat a cow. And actually it shouldn’t be easy to eat any animal. Unfortunately, eating animals has been taught from generation to generation, but we can now stop the cycle, as individuals.

As far as buying ‘free range’ eggs. Take a look at free range:

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For buying eggs try to find a local farm who lets their chickens roam free on plenty of grass. Or look into a local co-op or health food store and find out about where they get their eggs. I like The Happy Egg Company. Look them up on Youtube. If you eat eggs, that is the company I recommend at the moment. They cost more, but my peace of mind is worth the price. Also consider that cutting down on eating eggs and chickens can save many of their lives. That’s because the more we eat them, the more that end up in miserable conditions I’ve mentioned above. It just takes a little educating ourselves about these issues. Look into different types of Vegetarians and look into Vegan as well.  If you can work toward any of them then it’s a kind thing to do for animals and yourself as well. Kind Food, Kind You.