My friend Dana just pointed me in the direction of this great Guide to Meat Free from HSUS. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing all these pages in a past issue of the magazine that HSUS sends to donors but I love that they put all these pages into a book and made it available in pdf via a quick download!
There are some delicious looking recipes, tips for dining out, tips for taking steps to going meat-free, info on the health benefits and more!
I just read this from HSUS…even if you don’t live in Missouri, contact the governor (I did) and tell him that these changes affect those of us in other states as Missouri ships their puppy mills dogs all over the country. The people of Missouri voted in favor of Prop B and now the House is trying to take it aaw
Since nearly 1 million Missourians voted to crack down on puppy mill abuses by passing Prop B in November, I’ve tried to keep you informed about the dealings of a number of state lawmakers who are trying to gut this measure. The debate in Jefferson City is nothing but a rehash of the public discussion over Prop B; these lawmakers haven’t brought any new ideas or arguments to the table. The people of Missouri heard these same baseless and doomsday arguments and in spite of that, they made a judgment to approve Prop B to help dogs. The measure passed by 61,000 votes, and won in a majority of state senate, state house, and congressional districts.
Michelle Riley/The HSUS
One of the 70 dogs HSUS transported from a commercial
breeder in Missouri in January 2011.
Prop B applies only to large commercial dog breeding operations, and it makes modest reforms, including provisions to allow dogs to have access to an exercise area, to require that each animal has an annual veterinary examination, and to make sure that dogs are not bred every single heat cycle. It bears repeating that under the existing Missouri law (pre-Prop B) breeding dogs can legally be kept in wire-floored cages not much larger than their bodies for their whole lives, they can be bred continuously without rest, they can be kept outside in freezing cold temperatures, and they aren’t required to receive individual veterinary care.
Time and again, we see that so many puppy mill operators cut corners and don’t want to comply even with the minimal standards of the law. Here’s the bottom line: the reason they oppose Prop B is because profits are more important to them than the welfare of the animals.
Next week(this week – I received this email last week, so act now!), the Missouri Senate is expected to take up SB 113, which its author somehow casts as a compromise, but which in fact repeals every core provision of Prop B. The Missouri House is also expected to consider HB 131, another bill that guts Prop B, in the coming weeks. If you have not yet contacted Gov. Jay Nixon to ask him to veto any anti-Prop B legislation, please take a moment to do so today online or by phone at (573) 751-3222. And if you live in Missouri, contact your legislators and ask them to uphold Prop B. You can send an e-card to friends and family in Missouri here.
Today is the 17th annual Spay Day — with critical spay/neuter events taking place across the nation and abroad. More than 50,000 animals were reported spayed or neutered in 2010! Help support the hundreds of organizations helping to fight pet overpopulation this year as part of Spay Day 2011.
Please plan to attend tomorrow – all money raised from tips, raffle and silent auction will go to End Dog Fighting Chicago! We’ve got some amazing items for the raffle and auction….
Bar Louie gift cardChicago Soy Dairy – Teese & DandiesComedy Sportz ticketsJosie Maran CosmeticsLive Like a Dog – signed by the author Anne CalcagnoPlayground Theater tickets100% Pure Cosmetics/Body Care
Be at Irish Eyes from 7-10pm – silent auction will close at 9pm at which time the raffle will also be done.
Every year, millions of people consider adopting a shelter dog or cat, but many don’t follow through because they assume there’s something wrong with shelter pets. So let’s show them how wonderful shelter pets really are!
Join The Shelter Pet Project in asking animal lovers to post to Facebook telling the world about a great shelter pet you’ve known and loved.
Share your pet’s name and story, your favorite memories, or how you met and fell in love with your shelter pet. Just be sure to tag The Shelter Pet Project in your post, or come over and post it to our wall, or both.
Photo taken by our awesome wedding photographer - Kelly Sweet
This is my little Wins-man. Eric and I adopted our little angel Winston just over five years ago from the Los Angeles County Shelter in Baldwin Park after he’d been found on the streets of Azusa. He was only about 3-4 months old and was terribly sick with kennel cough. When I first met him he was back in the corner of his cage and wouldn’t come to the front. The little girl who was a similar age and size was full of life, playful and super sweet but I found that she already had 2 people on her waiting list (at that shelter they spay/neuter after one person shows interest in adopting but allows one other person to be on the list just in case the first person doesn’t take the dog after all). Winston however only had one person on his list, so I figured I’d put my name down and if he even were to come available (providing that other family didn’t take him), then I’d go back to play with him and make a decision. Five days later I called and Winston was mine for the taking. I hopped in the car for the one hour drive out to Baldwin Park, feeling reserved about meeting with this little guy who had not even looked in my direction at our first encounter. When I arrived I walked up to his cage where he stood on his hind legs, up against the chain link fence whimpering and yelping. I took one look at him, stuck a few fingers through the fence to touch his nose and told him I’d be back in a flash. I just KNEW he was the one for me. I seriously didn’t even take the time to have a worker pull him out to get to know him. I just HAD to rescue him as fast as I could. While inside I discovered he’d been sick and apparently it started the day I’d first met him – which explains why he wouldn’t even get up to greet me – he was feeling miserable! Unfortunately it was a rough start for him but after a couple of weeks we nursed him to health. His little five pound body quickly grew bigger and stronger. Winston is the sweetest little guy. Every day when I get home from work I sit on the couch while he covers me in kisses and snuggles up close making me feel so glad to be home. We’re so blessed to have him in our lives. If you haven’t already discovered the unconditional love of a shelter dog, I highly suggest you do. There are far too many dogs and cats in shelters that desperately need homes. Opt to adopt – please don’t buy a dog from a breeder and especially not a pet store!
Dog fighting is absolutely DISGUSTING. I just cannot grasp the mentality of someone involved in this horrid act. I’ve read so much about it and have seen some horrible footage that made me realize I had to do something. I recently got involved with HSUS’s End Dog Fighting Campaign here in Chicago and am planning an event at Irish Eyes on January 20 – I’ll keep you posted with more details, but for now, please save the date. I just came across this video from HSUS about the campaign and would love to share it with you it is totally safe to watch – there isn’t anything graphic at all