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I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the past 30 years and I thank God every day that I am. I am most disturbed at how little the Catholic Church and Christian churches generally give to concern re animal suffering in their ministry. I wrote to 350 bishops in 2001 and only 10-13 responded. I feel that the very least they can do is to instruct that the priests give one sermon a year on compassion to animals. I am still waiting for that sermon. I also belong to Catholic Concern for Animals - founded in England in 1929. (They are on the internet) I recently sent a sample copy of their bi-monthly publication called the ARK to the 8 Catholic bishops of Ohio. Only ONE kindly responded. Somehow we have to reach the Christian teaching magisterium. There is next to nothing re animal concerns and compassion for them. They basically believe that animals are the lesser of God's creation and that gives us the right to do anything we want to them. Way wrong. We need to change their mindsets. The animals are God's first and He expects us to treat them compassionately.

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Mohan Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mohan- Free at Last Thank God for compassionate organizations like Wildlife SOS. They were instrumental in freeing an elephant in India from 55 years of abuse. I only hope that he will have some years left to enjoy.

Can eating less meat really tackle climate change? (Yes) Sunday, July 10, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming (Book Review) If we truly care about a healthy environment, than it behooves each one of us to look at our lifestyle to see if we are helping or hurting it. Obviously, a primarily meat eating diet is not conducive to a healthy environment.

Veal Crates Tuesday, July 5, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Male Calf Cruelty We make choices every day. We have to admit that not all of them are wise. We have to admit that regarding animals- not all of our decisions are compassionate. If you don't eat veal, then you have made at least one wise and compassionate decision.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Meat and the Environment This is a topic which sadly most people would rather not address since for so many- meat is important to their dining lifestyles. Hopefully, some will at least realize that for a healthy environment we should at least try to curb eating meat as much as possible.

Friday, June 17, 2016 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do You Still Drink Milk? I hope that people who become aware of cow suffering will try to become dairy free. After all, there are many alternatives today that should satisfy even the most discriminating palate.

Eye to eye Sunday, June 12, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Does Farm Animal Cruelty Persist? As often as I read these exposes of cruelty to farm animals, I still read them with incredulity. Why aren't humane changes being made? I'm afraid that it must be a general lack of concern from most of us.

Monday, May 30, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Right to Farm or Right to Harm? I believe any thinking person will be astounded at the degree which some animal farm corporations will go to insure that they are not policed. To me it says something about their lack of humane compassion for their farm animals.

Monday, May 9, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Inspirational Romanian Grandmother Sadly, Gandhi was so right about judging a nation by the way it treats its animals. Unfortunately Romania isn't the only country that could learn to be more compassionate to animals. However, the grandmother in this post could well teach her fellow Romanians and us a thing or two about compassion.

Mother dog Feeding pups Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Puppy Mill Mothers Mother's Day should be celebrated for ALL mothers including the animal ones. Why not? Are only human mothers endowed with motherly instincts?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thank You Nicholas Kristof I know that Nicholas Kristof is a well-known writer. My hope is that I may have included something new and interesting about him.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Angel, a Coyote in Need If you like accounts with happy endings, this one will suit you. Julia Di Sieno and her helpers made a big difference for a coyote whose sufferings were acute, but with their help she overcame all her adversities.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Power of Love Life is often hard and taxing. What sometimes gets us through difficult times is not only the love and support of family and friends, but the love of companion animals.

Friday, March 25, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russell Simmons, A Happy Vegan and Others In the Mercy for Animals magazine Compassionate Living, I found wonderful examples of why some have become vegan. For Russell Simmons it was a karmic experience. For others it was an answer to weight and health problems. And for many of us -it is the only diet lifestyle which is compassionate.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
USDA's Short Supply of Empathy When information requires us to tap into our empathy -do we rise to the occasion and process it or do we retreat into our comfort zone? Kate Medlock on Care2 asked us to examine ourselves in this regard. Self-knowledge is a good thing. Let's be honest.

Herd_of_wild_horses_at_the_the_Nevada_Test_Site_3.jpg: Herd of wild horses Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BLM Complicity in sale of 1,794 Wild Horses Many of us love the wild horses of the West. They seem to embody the American spirit -free to run at will and unimpeded by constraints. Well, not so any more. The BLM is rounding them up with helicopters which force these beautiful animals to run for their lives and some will lose them in these cruel roundups and in future cruel sales.

Stop Spain's Yearly Greyhound Holocaust Sunday, February 28, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Greyhound Holocaust Greyhound dog racing is certainly not a great sport for the poor greyhounds who are forced to compete. They are also used in Spain for hunting. Are they treated well there? Sadly, not at all and probably worse.

Kate Smith Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America-We Can Do Better Thank God that there are people like Will Potter. He found out that even distributing animal right leaflets can bring the FBI to your doors- especially if you are a well known reporter.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
One Brave Chicken Farmer Will there ever be a time when the nation as a whole will say as did chicken farmer Craig Watts - enough is enough? Will we ever as a people rise up and speak for the farm animals we brutalize and say enough is enough? Sadly, at my age I don't feel at all optimistic that this will ever happen.

Black Beauty Saturday, January 30, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Horse Drawn Carriages in New York City is Animal Cruelty Should New York City keep their horse drawn carriages? Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks that it should not. I do not and people of compassion to the suffering of the horses do not. Yes, there are many viewpoints, but somehow I hope it will work out- not only for the long-suffering horses, but for their owners as well.

Banjo Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
News that Brings Smiles and Tears to this Animal Lover There is something to be said for living in simpler times when there were no TV's nor computers. At least for me this is true. I lived when radio and newspapers were the chief dispensers of news. We survived.

A pear and an act of kindness. Sharing moments to remember. Thursday, December 31, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Pear - An Act of Kindness Are you glad 2015 has finally come to an end? I hope it hasn't been all that bad, and if you try really hard, you may find some redeeming aspects to it. I had to do the same. Lucky you if it was all great. I hope the new year will be great too for all of us.

Christmas Saturday, December 26, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gifts of Inestimable Value, A Christmas Story I think we sometimes lose site of what Christmas is all about. I think it would be nice if we gave gifts to the Christ Child instead of each other. However, it is still not too late to incorporate that mindset this Christmas even though we have already exchanged gifts. This post may give you some ideas in this regard.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Beautiful Soul I am always enamored by reading the lives of some special people who thankfully become aware of injustices - whether to animals or to people and try to rectify them. Elizabeth Fink would turn her gifts to trying to address what she perceived as an injustice to the Atticus prisoners after the revolt of 1971.

Free Cookbook Saturday, December 12, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Farm Animals and Climate Change Will the Global Warming talks in Paris produce fruit? Yes, if they realize that fruit, veggies, and grain are more important to curb global warming, to ensure better health for us, and not least of all- to hopefully open the doors of the cruel factory farms and let the animals out to live and breathe as we do.

Rainforest Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Thanksgiving Reflections I don't often write reflections re Thanksgiving but somehow this Thanksgiving I've found quite a few reasons to be grateful. Even trees have become a source of gratitude for me,thanks to something the Rainforest Alliance sent and which I have shared here.

My Plate logo Thursday, November 19, 2015 (30 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
USDA - Wrong About Dairy How much stock do you put in the USDA's Food Guidelines? I hope very little- if anything at all. Why would they promote dairy when people like Dr. Willet of Harvard warned about the dangers associated with it?

There are too many countries with deep cultural ties to animal cruelty. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cruel Cultural "Prerogatives" Fortunate the countries whose culture is not linked with cruelty to either humans or animals. Sadly, there are some countries with ties to animal cruelty. We are reminded of them in this blog.

Dairy CAFO - EPA Thursday, October 29, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Death of a Dairy Cow If more people would recognize the horrors experienced by those poor cows who find themselves in the never ending milk lines of Cafo dairies and decide to give up dairy, hopefully one day those Cafos from hell will be dismantled. and the cows would be freed from suffering bondage.

Miep Gies: Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank Monday, October 12, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Walk Down Memory Lane Where were you on August 15, 1996? It probably doesn't ring a bell or mean anything to you -simply because it's not a date which had particular significance to you. However, this date was important to me as it was my retirement day.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Worthy of Praise We all have heroes I am sure, and not surprisingly, the kind of heroes we have will reveal much about our character. While mine leaves much to desire, my concern for lessoning animal suffering is my saving grace. I hope it is yours too.

Rabbit Hunting: A Sickeness that is Going, Going, and Almost Gone Friday, September 25, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In Memory of Jack, my Rabbit Hunting by its very name is frightening. Who of us wants to be hunted? Of course -none of us. So the question arises - why do some people find pleasure in hunting defenseless animals? And, of course, worse yet -why do they find pleasure in killing them?

Love Thursday, September 17, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No More Pity Parties for Me As we go through life, we will meet an assortment of people. Some will inspire. Some will disgust you. I think I have captured some of them in this post, and not surprisingly, the ones who inspire do not waste time indulging in pity parties.

dogs Monday, September 7, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Remembering Some Special Dogs on Labor Day I think animals need to celebrate a Labor Day too. Its too bad that we don't let them out of their cages, crates, and factory farms. But sadly, it's always about us. This post is about dogs who I find to be so loving and loyal. Could we but learn from them, this world would be a better place.

Taking care of wounded animals - sometimes you're able to save a life. Monday, August 31, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Bald Eagle and a Ground Hog Two different species - an eagle and a ground hog. Both ended up in precarious positions, but only one would survive though each had people who cared about them.

Adopt A Horse Friday, August 21, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Animal Stories With A Wide Range of Emotions Who of us as a child didn't wish that they could have either a pony or horse? This 8 year old wanted a horse and she tried her level best to convince the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center that she deserved one.

Pope Francis and Lamb Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Torture of Patagonia's Lambs I think all animals are special in their own way, but there is just something very beautiful about a lamb. No wonder Jesus called Himself the Lamb of God. Sadly, these dear innocent creatures are being violated in the most cruel way for their wool. I can't understand how we can treat them so horribly.

Pig in barn Monday, August 17, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Subsidizing Big Pork No matter where you are on the spectrum of animal welfare, I think you will agree that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) acted selfishly and irresponsibly in using funds supposed to promote the sale of farm products generally.

Steve's Dogs Friday, August 14, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beautiful People If you are into animal welfare, you will be often deluged with accounts of animal cruelty. So, whenever you find an account of love and goodness for animals, it brings one great joy. This story did that for me.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Judge of Compassion I shall never forget the name - Judge B. Lynn Winmill - for I find him to be a man of compassion. Seven states passed Ag-gag laws and none had a judge of the stature of Judge Winmill, who was brave enough to say the ag-gag law in Idaho was unconstitutional.

Olympic Winter Games Sunday, August 2, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Need New Olympic Committee I was crestfallen when I heard that the Olympic Committee had chosen Beijing again for the Winter Olympics in 2022. In my opinion, they don't do their homework, unless of course choosing a country with a poor record of humane treatment of animals is not important to them.

The HSUS works to protect our rights. Do you? Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In Praise of the HSUS Recently, in a post re animals, some people decided to find fault with the HSUS -one of my favorite animal right organizations. I found this incredible. Did they bother to do any research on the HSUS? If they had, I doubt they would have been so negative.

International Business Times Sunday, July 26, 2015 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dairy Farm Cruelty At one time I was very proud to be American. Sadly today - looking at how we treat our farm animals generally makes me realize that America has lost its way. How can we treat fellow living beings with the same basic needs as our own -the way we allow the cows in this Wisconsin dairy be treated?

Saturday, July 18, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In the Footsteps of St. Francis It is not news that America no longer has a true middle class. So much of our wealth has gone to the top 1 percenters. As there are givers and there are takers--these 1 percenters are clearly takers. They could learn from people of compassion like Chip Paillex.

Veterinarians - not just for house pets. Friday, July 17, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Those Amazing Wild Life Veterinarians Sometimes we forget that animals have the same basic needs as our own. To their credit "animal" doctors realize this, and here are some accounts where they show their wonderful healing skills in often challenging subjects.

Abandoned dogs are seen in "Dead Dog Beach," an area that has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets in Yabucoa, Puer Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Island Paradise for Dogs I am grateful to the New York Times for recently exposing the cruelty to dogs and cats in Puerto Rico. Hopefully, this will result in much needed concern, reform, and care for their poor ill- treated dogs and cats.

Take horse urine out of hormone medication Monday, July 6, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Premarin Again Where are the voices of protest re the tethering of pregnant mares for the whole of their pregnancy so that their urine can be harvested? Why are we so indifferent to their suffering and for what - vaginal cream?

EU reaffirms ban on animal testing for cosmetics Friday, July 3, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cosmetic Testing Rearing Its Ugly Head in the U.S. When other countries are banning cosmetic testing on animals, I was quite shocked to read in an In Defense of Animals post that Senator Diane Feinstein of California introduced a bill which would require cosmetic testing on animals. In my opinion, this is unbelievable that in this day and age we should be moving away from animal cruelty - not embracing it for this or any other reason.

Girls in Nigeria will be saved from genital cutting. Thursday, July 2, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Good News for Nigerian Girls Someone commented on my last post re the cruel Yulin, China Meat-eating festival that it would be nice if we would concern ourselves with human suffering. In fact, I told him that I felt that we who care about animal suffering also do care about human suffering. I think this post exemplifies well this compassionate duality.

Saturday, June 27, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Price of Fashion Sadly, there is much suffering in our world. But whether the suffering is to humans or animals, we should try to do what we can to alleviate it. One thing for sure - we have to be aware of it first. The post I read on TAKE PART brought home another incident of needless animal cruelty.

CHINA: This Dog Meat Festival In Yulin Needs To End Every year in Yulin, China, a Saturday, June 20, 2015 (25 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Needed Miracle for Yulin, China's Dog Eating Festival We need a miracle to stop the Dog Meat Eating Festival in Yulin, China this Sunday. If there are Catholics among this populace, then hopefully they will have read and studied Pope Francis' encyclical "Praise be to you: On Care for Our Common Home" and take it to heart. Killing innocent dogs cruelly for a meal can never be construed as caring or humane.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
China's Horrific Treatment of Dogs I can't help thinking about the expression - if I live to be 100 and then expressing a hope. My hope is that if I live to be a 100 the world will become more compassionate. Yes, there is a lot of human suffering, but even more - much more animal suffering for which we are the cause. We should be ashamed.

Poultry farmer Craig Watts explains why he donates to RAFI .I preach to my kids ab Sunday, May 31, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who's to Blame for Poultry Suffering? We all have made mistakes in our lives. Thankfully, they were usually not serious ones. But causing harm and suffering- whether to humans or animals is inexcusable. One conscientious poultry farmer came to this realization and did something about it. His name is Craig Watts.

Patterdale terrier (not Pudding) Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Special Forgiving Dog I have been lucky. The 7 dogs in my life were special - some more so than the others. But none were tested by fire as was Pudding, and she came through it with amazing grace and love despite it. I believe I will meet her and the rest of my animal family at world's end. Something to look forward to.

When children ask questions we can learn important answers. Friday, May 22, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Octupus Gnocchi- Anyone? This may be the shortest post on why we should adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, but I believe it's the most honest and sincere one you will ever read because it comes from the heart of a 3-year old.

Best friends. Saturday, May 16, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Special People Among Us Resurrecting an old unfinished post from 2007 seems to be as relevant today as it was when first penned. I hope you agree.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ohio's Sister State of South Korea You may be surprised as I that there are laws in South Korea banning the cruel killing of dogs and cats for food. The question has to be - why is this horror continuing in this country to this day?

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Goodness-the Most Powerful Force in the World I think we Depression babies had something going for us. Most of us didn't even know what a depression was - so we were the lucky ones. And then with normality came the joy of going to the movies. They were always close by. For a dime we learned how the rest of the world lived - from the rich and famous to other average people like ourselves. Here I recall one movie which impressed me greatly.

Monday, April 6, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Some People Would Not Understand Is it okay to continually employ sharp shooters to rid us of a supposed deer problem? Is it all right to keep cows in darkened factory enclosures where they are milked day in and day out without any respite? If you said yes to both of these questions, then you are a person who just doesn't understand.

chicken Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Are We Still Eating Chicken? Of course -I know the answer to my question - "Why Are We Still Eating Chicken?" I heard a very honest reply to my question many years ago from a fellow City of Cleveland employee. She simply answered -"I have to have my meat." To tell you the truth, I was a bit shocked, but have come to realize that she has giving an all too common reason shared by many, many people.

St. Francesco d'Assisi and Wolf, Monterosso al Mare, Italy Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Power of Empathy I felt so much joy in reading Roman Krznaric's post about the lives of five extraordinary people who had what he called "experiential empathy." I think you will also enjoy reading about these five special people. We need many more like them in our world today.

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