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Dear ‘Ethical Meat Eater’, Just Stop It.

12 Dec

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Dear ‘Ethical’ Meat Eater,

Does it matter if the dead animal you are eating was factory farmed or free range?

NO. SO JUST STOP IT.

What you are eating is DEAD. No matter how it was raised it was KILLED. So you could EAT IT.

SO JUST STOP IT.

Does that dead piece of bloody flesh care whether it got to graze in a friggin field or whether it was abused in a factory farm?

NO. SO JUST STOP IT.

That animal is already dead cuz of your blood lust so if you think you are all ‘ethical’ cuz it WAS ‘free range’…

JUST STOP IT.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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CANDi.

19 Nov

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If you have ever vacationed in the Caribbean and ventured out of the beautiful resort areas you probably have seen the completely heart breaking sights of starving, abused and homeless animals.

I have experienced this all too often. My last trip to Mexico I found myself in the outskirts of Playa Del Carmen trying to get food for a starving dog I saw dying under a car. I ran around like a nut job and ended up in a shit hole Bodega scooping up mad cans of wet dog food as the locals looked at me like some ‘Senora Loca’.

Another time while in Monterrey I was taking an early morning walk and met a homeless, sick starving Chihuahua. We kicked it for hours, I brought him back to my hotel so I could feed him. I didn’t bring him inside just into the parking lot and I was asked to remove him at once. It was heart breaking. I cried for months over, Alto, that is what I named him.

I have seen the same awful sights in Dominican Republic and Jamaica and lots of other travelers have as well. So they decided to do something about it so together they started CANDi. A volunteer based animal rescue group founded and run by tourists, travelers and animal lovers that aims to clean up the stay dog/cat problem in these Caribbean nations.

This is something that is long overdue. It is wonderful and I could not be happier but it is long overdue. Americans fail to realize how impoverished these countries really are. All most of us see are the fancy resorts and the pretty beaches when in reality, the reality of these islands is nothing like that.

So yes, as a tourist and as a traveler I do feel that it is our job to help those animals in need.

Because turning a blind eye is not only wrong it is immoral. Because we are using their country for leisure even though the majority of their population couldn’t afford leisure if we bought it for them. Because when we benefit from something, it is our duty and honor to pay it forward.

Period.

Read and donate to CANDi here… http://www.candiinternational.org/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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City Kitties.

15 Feb

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City Kitties is a non for profit organization that helps to feed, care for, rescue and adopt out, the stray and feral cats that roam the streets of West Philly. This is a cause I am super active with myself and I cannot even begin to explain the time, money, effort and patience it can and does take to get a cat off the streets. These people are saints, as are most people in animal rescue, I am not discounting anyone’s efforts πŸ™‚

Feral and stray street cats are the ultimate ‘throw away’ animals. They lurk in the shadows of alley ways and garbage cans, they battle the weather, each other and sick twisted humans that are out to cause them harm. People hate them simply because of the ‘bad’ things one associates a ‘stray’ cat with. Most of the time, they lead a very sad life that is completely and utterly heart breaking to witness 😦

But every now and then a group of good people come together to help these nameless and faceless felines that live and die on the streets. The group of good people at City Kitties have rescued and adopted out 100’s of street cats and kittens. As any good rescue group does, the cats that are too wild to be adopted are spayed/neutered and put back in their habitat where they will be fed and monitored for the rest of their lives πŸ™‚

City Kittens accepts donations, volunteers and of course they are always looking for people to adopt and foster their feline rescues…

http://citykitties.org/ City Kitties Homepage.

This Is Biggie She Is Available For Adoption.

This Is Biggie She Is Available For Adoption.

For Your Monsters: Canine Caviar Dried Sweet Potatoes.

7 Feb

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Dried sweet potato seems to be making a huge push in the ‘natural’, ‘anti rawhide’ world. There are so many options these days and I know my dogs are LOVIN IT. I am a sucker too, I know, I don’t need to buy every single brand of dried sweet potato whatevers but I do, oh well, my dogs are pretty darn good and they are just so cute, so I simply cannot resist.

Anyways, back to the lecture at hand, Canine Caviar Dried Sweet Potato treats. They are a very crispy sweet potato snack and they come in big slices. For smaller dogs, you will have to break them down for safety purposes, big dogs will have a hey day with these. There is only 1 ingredient in these treats, sweet potatoes, so there are no worries there.

Sweet potatoes make a great alternative to raw hide because not only do dogs LOVE them, they are also fat-free, high in potassium and beta carotene and gluten-free. I cannot find Canine Caviar’s own website but of course they are for sale on Amazon. I do encourage you to look at your local, small pet store, they will most likely carry these.

http://www.amazon.com/Canine-Caviar-6-Ounce-Dried-Potato/dp/B003KUT6DY

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Bye Bye St. Ives.

28 Jan

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This is a terribly sad post for me to blog. I am a hard-core St. Ives product user. I use it all from body lotion to face scrubs, I cannot imagine my beauty routine without their products. But it looks as if I am going to have to make a change because St. Ives has been bought by Unilever and Unilever tests on animals 😦

Someone majorly dropped the ball on this move, or perhaps they simply didn’t care. Either way a whole slew of people are going to have to stop buying St. Ives products because they are no longer in line with the vegan ethic of not buying things that are tested on animals. This move was made a couple of years back but it seems as if St. Ives is just getting around to their new packaging which no longer includes, ‘Not Tested On Animals’ or ‘No Animal Ingredients.’

To add insult to injury, Unilever has also take it upon themselves to change the classic formulas we all came to love. For example. my favorite coconut/orchid body lotion formula has been changed, a down grade at that and they have also decided to add the preservative/chemical BHT to the end of the ingredients list. I will not even eat anything with BHT in it, why the hell would I rub it all over my skin, the largest organ on my body? And what about the classic apricot face scrub? Yeah well the one I use, now has lanolin in it, which comes from sheep’s wool which makes it not vegan.

So not only are St. Ives products now tested on animals but they also contain chemicals and animal ingredients. 3 strikes and you are OUT. But what did anyone really expect from Unilever? That company is a horrible, animal testing, chemical making machine, it’s just too bad they had to take St. Ives down with them.

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Tell The USFDA It Is Time To Ban Animal Testing…

9 Jan

If you are against animal testing for cosmetics then you must click on the link below.

The link will take you to The Petition Site where you can add your name to the petition being sent to the United States Food and Drug Administration. This petition is to stop animal testing for cosmetics here in the US. As many of us may know, the European Union has already taken this step as did Israel.

It is imperative we make this happen now because animal testing is not only cruel but it is unnecessary. We have way more technology then we used to so any excuse to test on animals is now futile.

Please click and sign below..

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/771/870/841/ban-cosmetic-animal-testing-in-the-us/?z00m=20477540

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What’s Up With Your Karma?

8 Jan

A couple years ago I saw a car with a bumper sticker on it, the bumper sticker was this…

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I bring this up today because lately I have been thinking about karma. Like the other day while I was driving in my car alone, I thought out loud, ‘What if you came back in your next life as a stray cat?’ The thought sent chills down my spine because in my opinion, stray cats and cows have the WORST lives EVER. I actually stopped for a second to imagine my soul being in the body of a cold, starving, scared stray cat or a cow who is en route to slaughter. It brought tears to my eyes to be honest.

I do not claim a religion but I do own my Spirituality. I FIRMLY believe in karma, I see it taking foot everyday in my life. Ever since I was young I truly felt my life was nothing but a karmatic adventure. A constant push and pull, that would all stop when I finally decided to do the right thing. And once I did, I saw that my karma was beautiful and my life was blessed. Why? Because I stopped eating animals and chose to bond with the planet and it’s furry friends. I stopped contributing to the suffering of other souls and in turn, it freed my soul.

I am not trying to be dramatic, the lows I have seen are unfathomable to most but as I look back, maybe I was my own worst enemy? Maybe since I was causing so much suffering, it was only right the Universe gave it back to me? How could I just roll along in life failing to realize that I was putting dead bodies and dead souls into my LIVING body? Who knows, but I do know, I am glad it is over.

I am starting to think that there is a underlying reason as to why vegetarians just feel better and it is simply because their souls are not tortured by the food they eat. Everything we take into our bodies has it’s own energy. How can we expect positive energy to come from something that was abused and tortured while it was alive and is now being served to us, dead? It is impossible, it will never happen. Why do you think a diet heavy in meat kills? Karma much?

With all of this said, is it time for you to take a good look at your life, your pain and your karma?

kamra

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