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'I can't believe they used to eat animals'- Future Generations

In this edition...

Editor's Note
  My ethical dilemma

Health and Environment
  How therapy chickens are helping patients with anxiety
  How I went from cancer patient to Ironman Triathlete
  Introducing the Kempner Rice diet
  Video: Fish in danger of being eaten to extinction
  13 celebrities who prove veganism is the fountain of youth

Lifestyles and Trends
  Meet Monique, the hen who is sailing around the world
  More Australians are becoming vegetarians
  Venus Williams discusses her path to plants
  Sydney Morning Times
  Five tips for becoming a frugal vegan gourmet
  Vegan weddings 2016

Signs of the Times
  Taco Bell goes after vegetarians
  First party dedicated to animal rights launched in Taiwan
  New course at Canadian university to teach animal rights law

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  In historical first U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton includes animal issues on official site
  Mothers explain why they're saying NO to dairy
  How eggs became a victory for the animal welfare movement
  Video: Wayne Pacelle talks with Oprah: 'Animals have lives that matter to them'
 

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  Editor's Note    


My ethical dilemma

I am a vegan. My cat Ollie - my dear, sweet companion for ten years - is not. (We tried early on but he was determined not to eat the special vegan cat food on offer.)

As I have opened his pre-packaged food over the years, I have managed to willfully ignore its content. Recently, Ollie developed a terrible skin condition and it turns out he has a severe allergy to most vegetables and grains. Only meat is possible. Home-cooked meat to avoid any additives; the vet recommended chicken and fish, not beef, due to his age. No way around it, I would have to cook for him.

The first few weeks I bought the best fish and chicken pieces I could find - organic chicken, hoping at least the hens would be a little more humanely raised. I dutifully cooked, packaged and froze individual meals. Then one day, there was only a whole chicken available. As I prepared her for the oven, I discovered undigested corn kernels, which I found heart wrenching, but at least I knew she had been fed. When packaged, she created enough meals for exactly seven days.

That's when my ethical dilemma really hit me. One chicken - one week. Fifty-two hens a year that are sensitive and intelligent, could enjoy their lives, would make fine pets (see the stories below) - for one cat's life.

I thought of free-range eggs as a less harmful alternative and do use them to supplement, but apparently it is not good for Ollie to live solely on eggs. And that is just one year. In five years it will be 260 chickens, or perhaps 130 chickens and 130 fish. Fish that are also intelligent, feel pain, suffer when they die.

As I look at Ollie peacefully sleeping by the computer (his skin is now cured and he is his old, mouthy, demanding, playful self), I wish fervently there were a solution.

 
  Health and Environment    

How therapy chickens are helping patients with anxiety
Full story: Care2

Mountain House, a Santa Barbara [California]-based adult residential facility, has recently implemented a program that uses chickens to help comfort their patients who have been diagnosed with mental illness and high anxiety.   Read more...

Care2 - August 17

How I went from cancer patient to Ironman Triathlete
Full story: Forks Over Knives

[By Ruth Heidrich, PhD] One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, What inspired you to do an Ironman Triathlon right after being diagnosed with breast cancer? The answer is that I stumbled onto some powerful information on both the role of diet and exercise on vibrant health and decided I had to spread the word. Thus, I began my mission to prove the powerful benefits of a low-fat vegan diet and rigorous exercise. [Ruth is the author of Lifelong Running, A Race for Life, CHEF, and Senior Fitness, all available through her website, ruthheidrich.com.]   Read more...

Forks Over Knives - June 26

Introducing the Kempner Rice diet
Full story: NutritionFacts.org

A physician-scientist, Kempner trained with the best, fled Nazi Germany and set up shop at Duke, where he began treating malignant hypertension patients with a radical diet consisting of only white rice and fruit, with strikingly favorable results: a rapid reduction in blood pressure, rapid improvement in kidney failure, eye pressure, heart failure and other manifestations of this previously fatal illness.   Read more...

NutritionFacts.org - August 16

Video: Fish in danger of being eaten to extinction
Watch video: Huffington Post

We need to be careful about our salmon, cod, shrimp and tuna consumption - for the sake of our oceans.   Read more...

Huffington Post - August

13 celebrities who prove veganism is the fountain of youth
Full story: Mercy for Animals

These celebrities are proof that a healthy vegan diet can help keep you feeling youthful!   Read more...

Mercy for Animals - August 25

More Health News:
Check out more vegan celebs
Flaming Vegan (Archives)
Video: Animal protein compared to cigarette smoking
NutritionFacts.org (August 22)
How Big Food twists the Science
NutritionFacts.org (August 18)

 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Meet Monique, the hen who is sailing around the world
Full story: New York Daily News

A red hen named Monique has spent the past two years sailing across the globe with her human companion, Guirec Soudee. He plucked Monique from the Canary Islands when she was four or five months old, and says it was love at first flight. "It's amazing how attached I am to her now. We share everything together," he said. "She likes being with me all the time, and she is very curious." Monique loves hugging and cuddling with Soudee, and even sleeps on his pillow sometimes. "She is never in a bad mood - not like women," he joked.   Read more...

New York Daily News - June 14

More Australians are becoming vegetarians
Full story: Business Insider, Australia

The latest research shows Australians increasingly turning away from meat and toward vegetables. The number of Australian adults whose diet is all or almost vegetarian has risen to almost 2.1 million or 11.2 per cent of the population this year from 1.7 million people (or 9.7 per cent) in 2012. The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show the shift towards vegetarianism has been most striking in New South Wales where there has been 30 per cent growth in this kind of diet.   Read more...

Business Insider, Australia - August 17

Venus Williams discusses her path to plants
Full story: VegNews

n a newly released video for dairy alternative company Silk, tennis champion Venus Williams discusses her path toward veganism. Williams opens the video with the question, "What led me to a vegan lifestyle?" to which she responds, "Honestly, my sisters."   Read more...

VegNews - August 1

Sydney Morning Times
Full story: Aussie Olympic sprinter credits vegan diet for success

[Morgan Mitchell, who competes in the 400 metres says,] "I have been vegan for a year and a half. That's really helped with everything: energy, health, the environment... I love it because you can always eat when you are a vegan," Mitchell laughs. "It's quite funny thinking about the amount of food I eat. I went from being an elephant to this toned athlete who can still eat as much as she wants as long it is the right food."   Read more...

Aussie Olympic sprinter credits vegan diet for success -

Five tips for becoming a frugal vegan gourmet
Full story: VegNews

Enjoying a delicious and nutritious plant-based diet on a budget is easy with the proper know-how. Here are five tips to help you become an economical epicurean...   Read more...

VegNews - August 9

Vegan weddings 2016
Full story: VegNews

From an art-gallery fiesta to a bucolic celebration at an animal sanctuary, our six couples give the traditional "I do" a contemporary twist. As these six stylish couples illustrate, vegan vows are in vogue, while "compromise" need never enter the matrimonial vernacular. [The menus prove veganism is not boring!]   Read more...

VegNews - August 15

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
Mixed-diet dating can be hard on the heart and stomach
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (August 23)
Jackfruit - the new veg staple - what the heck is it?
ChooseVeg (September 1)

 
  Signs of the Times    

Taco Bell goes after vegetarians
Full story: Business Insider

Taco Bell wants to win over vegetarian customers. The fast-food chain [recently] published a blog post on how to eat vegetarian and meatless at Taco Bell. "Taco Bell sells 350 million vegetarian items a year and about seven per cent of all items ordered at Taco Bell are either vegetarian-friendly or made vegetarian-friendly by substitution or removal."   Read more...

Business Insider - August 3

First party dedicated to animal rights launched in Taiwan
Full story: Taipei Times

The Taiwan Animal Protection Party, the nation's first political party dedicated to advocating animal rights, [has been] founded in Taipei, in a bid to make the animal rights movement a part of the political scene. Hundreds of people, including Buddhist monks and their followers, politicians and businesspeople, attended the party's inauguration, at which a vote for a party leader was held.   Read more...

Taipei Times - August 9

New course at Canadian university to teach animal rights law
Full story: City News, Ottawa, Canada

A new course being taught this fall at the University of Ottawa is an indication that attitudes toward animal rights are changing, say activists. The course, called Animals and the Law, will be offered to students at the university's francophone faculty of civil law and will examine the most current legislation on animal rights, such as a recent Quebec bill that granted animals the status of sentient beings.   Read more...

City News, Ottawa, Canada - August 9

More Signs of the Times:
Google to switch to vegan shrimp on campus
VegNews (July 27)
The veggie burgerís ascent
NYT (August 30)

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

In historical first U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton includes animal issues on official site
Full story: World Animal News

For the first time in history, a United States presidential candidate of a major party has included animal welfare and protection on their official website. Hillary Clinton launched "Protecting animals and wildlife" in the "Issues" section of her official website.   Read more...

World Animal News - May 4

Mothers explain why they're saying NO to dairy
Full story: Free From Harm

[By Ashley Capps.] I am frequently privy to comments and messages from mothers relating how the process of becoming a mother led them to see the dairy industry for what it truly is: an assault on motherhood and bodily sovereignty. The poignant insights these mothers relate articulate a uniquely powerful perspective. And so I am grateful to announce the launch of the Mothers Against Dairy campaign, devoted to elevating the stories of vegan mothers for whom motherhood influenced their decision to reject dairy and go vegan, as well as reflections from mothers who were already vegan before becoming a parent, but whose mothering relationship deeply reinforced for them the injustice of dairy. Here are 10 thoughtful and heartfelt reflections from vegan mothers...   Read more...

Free From Harm - May 6

How eggs became a victory for the animal welfare movement
Full story: Washington Post

Fifteen years ago, few Americans other than farmers seemed to be thinking much about hens. No longer. In recent years, there has been a veritable revolution in public attention to eggs and the chickens that produce them. In the past two years, nearly 200 U.S. companies - including every major grocery and fast-food chain - that together buy half of the 7 billion eggs laid monthly have pledged to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. Grudgingly, the industry group that represents 95 per cent of domestic egg producers says a cage-free future is a fait accompli.   Read more...

Washington Post - August 6

Video: Wayne Pacelle talks with Oprah: 'Animals have lives that matter to them'
Video source: Animal Place Sanctuary

It's an age-old question: Are human beings and animals equal? Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, and author of The Humane Economy says that while there are traits that distinguish humans from animals, there's one thing he knows for sure: we are equal in our suffering. "[Animals] are our equals in their capacity to suffer, they feel," he says. "If they do just live in the moment, then that makes their moment so important to them." [Watch several clips at the link.]   Watch video...

Animal Place Sanctuary - August 7

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
The movement to free hens from cages may be going global
Washington Post (July 25)
Major U.S. newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed
A Humane Nation Wayne Pacelle's Blog, HSUS (August 8)
Second thoughts of an animal researcher
NYT Sunday Review (September 2)
Eight-part exposť: The price of pork
Chicago Tribune (August)
Moby's new video Don't Leave Me shows meat's cruel reality
Moby/YouTube (August 23)
Another group that loses if Trump wins? Animals
Washington Post (September 6)


Also of interest:

Events
PlantPure Online Summit - six speakers a day, September 7 - 16
World Day for Farmed Animals - October 2
Complete list of global VegFests - thanks to Meatout Mondays for this!

Sites/Petitions:
New! 24/7 animal activist support line
Farm Sanctuary's New Shop
RescueDiaries on YouTube
Petition to Italian parliament re criminalization of feeding children a vegan diet
Petition to save Amur leopards - only 57 remain

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