WHAT: Vegan Leafleting @ the Boston Common.

WHEN: This coming Saturday August 15th, 2:00-4:00pm.

WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the  Park Street T stop.(See Directions, below.)

RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.com or just answer this email or just show  up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement  email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of protest.) Leaflets and banner provided. 

WHY: For the pigs, chickens, cows, dairy calves, lambs, sheep, goats and water living creatures. Worldwide, 51 billion farmed animals are killed each year. The suffering this represents is staggering. Hidden away, animals are abused and neglected in factory and family farms throughout the U.S. Female pigs, egg laying hens, and veal calves are kept in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around. Common practices include tail docking, beak cutting, castration, branding, and forced impregnation, all without anesthesia. Starvation for 7-14 days (forced molting) is routinely practiced on laying hens. Animals’ deaths are just as bad. They are dragged, terrified, to their deaths. They are often skinned while still alive. Chickens and other birds are killed without even the most lenient protections. Most “food animals” are killed at such young ages, that if they were dogs or cats, they would still be called puppies or kittens, and farmers would be called animal abusers.


You’re invited to a Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck tomorrow, Saturday July 25th from noon to 7:00, and we hope you can make it! 
If you can’t make it then, but can help some other day, just let us know that as well. We are happy to set up individual volunteering times.


Jobs include carpentry repairs, barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup/maintenance; animal care, etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed!

If you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston; 25 minutes or so from Worcester.)This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation due to inclement weather. It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us if you are staying for the potluck and what you will be bringing.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at 5:45.Produce for the animals is also needed; we really need organic apples, organic carrots, and butternut squash but all veggies are essential to the animals well-being. 
No dogs please.
To make a vital donation for hay for the animals this winter via check rather than PayPal (PayPal takes a part of your donation), here is our PO Box address:


Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279


WHAT: A public demonstration to support the EU’s ban on animal testing for cosmetics that went into effect recently. This is an historic step, and now we must push for it to happen in the US too!

WHEN: This coming Saturday, July 18th, 2:00-4:00pm.
WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the  Park Street T stop. (See Directions, below.) RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.com or just answer this email or just show  up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement  email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of protest.) Leaflets, signs, and banner provided. 
WHY: Whenever we speak to the general public about animal testing, folks are amazed that it is still going on. Over 100 million animals at least are tortured every year in labs. Help us let the public know the awful truth about animal testing. Our signs and literature will expose the cruelty of the 3 main animal tests used on millions of animals each year: (1) the Eye Irritancy Test, which is also called the Draize Test, which forces chemicals into the eyes of fully conscious, restrained rabbits. No pain relievers or anesthetics of any kind are used. The extreme pain often causes them to struggle so severely that they break their own backs, dying in agony needlessly. (2) The Skin Irritancy Testing, which places corrosive chemicals onto the shaved/raw skin of rabbits and guinea pigs. The caustic nature of these substances causes severe injuries to the animals. Gaping wounds and bleeding are common. (3) The Oral Toxicity Testing, the LD50, which force-feeds strong chemicals to fully conscious animals for 14-28 days until they die.
Animal testing doesn’t make products safe. For example, according to animal tests, cigarette smoke, asbestos, arsenic, benzene, and glass fibers were all found to be safe to ingest. Many household products, all tested on animals, are unsafe for us and our environment. And inaccuracies in cancer-causing tests occur up to 70% of the time. Animal testing only provides a legal defense for companies whose products could still harm humans. Test results are used to win lawsuits, not protect people. Some of these tests are over 50 years old and have never been required to be scientifically validated.In February 2008, 3 agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health – signed a “Memorandum of understanding” to develop and implement new methods that could lead to the end of animal testing to evaluate the safety for humans of new chemicals and drugs. Source:
http://tinyurl.com/2jup69This change is the result of scientific findings that animal tests do not work to protect humans. In 2007, the National Research Council (a committee of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences) reported that the US government must develop new testing to assess the effects of chemicals on human health.

Their report, which was requested by the EPA, suggested the use of new technologies such as biomonitoring–analyzing chemical levels in blood, urine, breast milk and human tissue–and high-throughput assays. Other alternatives include in vitro testing and computer modeling techniques. We will identify the companies that still use animal testing (including Proctor and Gamble) and give contact info, and also identify the companies that do not animal test.

DIRECTIONS:From The Boston Common Parking Garage:We will be near the fountain and Park Street Subway Station near the corners of Park and Tremont Streets. Public transportation is best and cheapest but the entrance to the Boston Common Garage is on Charles St. directly across from the Public Gardens. There are also passenger elevators down to the garage from four pedestrian kiosks within the Common. Cost=$10 all day. When you exit the garage at ground level, find the tree lined sidewalks and walk on them with the hill on your left, then pass the bandstand area, and continue to the corner of Park and Tremont. Brewer’s Fountain is near that corner. You can always ask passersby where the Park Street T Stop or fountain are. Here’s a map of the T system:
http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/boston_maps.htmlThe Common is the big green oblong in the middle and Park Street Station is in the upper right hand corner of that oblong. Here is a map of Boston: http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/big.html

From the T:

Exit the Green or Red Line at Park Street then walk towards the middle of the park. You will see us near the fountain and on the sidewalks going into the park.

Driving Directions to the Commons Parking Garage:

From the Mass Pike:Take Mass Pike Eastbound

Take the Copley Place/Prudential Exit

Stay right for Copley Place
You will exit the tunnel onto Stuart Street; go straight on Stuart and take left on Charles St. South which will turn into Charles St after the first traffic light. Garage entrance is on right. From the Southeast Expressway (I 93/RT. 3 North):Take exit 20 toward I-90, Airport & South Station
Take a left toward South Station
At the light, Turn LEFT (West) onto Kneeland St
Kneeland St becomes Stuart St
Turn RIGHT (North) onto Charles St, South; follow it to Charles St [1 block] From 93 South:Take exit 26 toward Storrow Drive-North Station
Follow Storrow Drive Heading Westbound
Take the Back Bay/Copley Square exit (be sure to stay in the left lane, since it’s a left lane exit)
Once off the exit, take a left at light
Take first right onto Arlington Street
Proceed through set of lights
At second light, take a left onto Boylston Street
Go straight through lights
At second light, take a left onto Charles Street
Take a right into Boston Common Garage (Below the Boston Common Park)From Storrow Drive Heading Eastbound:
Take the Downtown Boston exit (right lane exit)
Follow the direction above from westbound


Unfortunately, thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon here at the sanctuary so we are cancelling today’s tour. We have contacted everyone who signed up privately but want to be sure that we have reached everyone so we are sending this notice out.
The next tour is Sunday July 5th and we will be putting out the full July/early August Tour Schedule this week.
We have met so many wonderful folks at the tours so far and look forward to seeing you at one in the future!
For the animals,
Helen & Steve

Vegan Chocolate Cake


1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened 100% cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
5 tablespoons canola oil
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or white vinegar
½ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks, dusted with 1 teaspoon flour (optional)
Powdered sugar for dusting or frosting (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.

In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt. Sift. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, oil, vanilla and vinegar.

Whisk together wet and dry mixtures. If lumpy, whisk until smooth, or pour through a strainer into a bowl and break up lumps, pressing them through.

Mix again, stir in chips if you are using them, and pour into prepared pan. Tap edge of pan against the counter, or drop from 6 inches to the floor several times to pop air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until top springs back when pressed gently. Cool before removing from pan. Dust with powdered sugar, or frost, if desired.


Before we get to their announcement about vegan ice cream, let’s look at the ingredients that are now in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that were not there before the company was sold to corporate glom Unilever. The new ingredients are in bold: Cream, Skim Milk, Liquid Sugar, Water, Cherries, Egg Yolks, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Coconut Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Cocoa, Natural Flavors, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Caramel And Red Cabbage Juice Extract (For Color), Guar Gum, Milkfat, Soya Lecithin, Carrageenan.

Okay, Ben & Jerry’s is releasing a vegan ice cream next spring. They’re saying they plan to use either coconut milk or almond milk as as base.

Co-founder Jerry Greenfield was quoted recently, “In the US there are [dairy-free] alternatives from smaller companies but Ben & Jerry’s will be the first mainstream company that will do that and will also do it in a really delicious way.” The company was apparently chided to create a vegan ice cream after a petition asking the company to serve the vegan community received 27,000 signatures.

Chickpeas form the savory base of this sweet cookie, imparting a hearty texture and plenty of high-quality protein to the recipe.

Double Chocolate Protein Cookies

Chickpeas form the savory base of this sweet cookie, imparting a hearty texture and plenty of high-quality protein to the recipe.

Its vegan, gluten free, with no sugar added.

Double Rich Chocolate Protein Cookies

This recipe makes 12 golf ball size cookies


1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and peeled
2-3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon plant based protein powder
3/4 cup chocolate chunks


In food processor or blender, puree chickpeas. Add water and protein powder, blend. It should form a ball of dough, if it is still crumbly, add a tiny amount of water, a teaspoon at a time.

Process – it should quickly form a dough ball.

Stirring by hand, add chocolate chunks.

Form into 1-inch balls.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.



GHOST GEAR DODGE puts players in the body of a dolphin trying to traverse the perils of discarded fishing gear in our oceans

NEW YORK, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, World Animal Protection launched its first online game GHOST GEAR DODGE – aimed at educating and engaging people to make a Sea Change for marine animals and create safer, cleaner oceans. According to UN agencies, some 640,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or discarded in our oceans every year. This ‘ghost gear’ has a devastating effect on marine animals, injuring, entangling, and killing millions of seals, whales, turtles, seabirds, and other species.

“We wanted to offer an educational tool that will help inform people about this issue and create a wider movement of people seeking change for the oceans and the animals that live in them,” said Priscilla Ma, U.S. Executive Director of World Animal Protection. “As people become the dolphin in the game’s story, they must dodge some of the most common types of ghost fishing gear that affect the welfare of marine animals, including abandoned, lost or discarded fishing pots, traps and nets.”

GHOST GEAR DODGE includes key factoids about the ghost gear problem and its impact on animals; these are shown during the game when the dolphin collides with ghost gear. Players are encouraged to share the game on their personal social media pages, join the Sea Change movement to see how they can activate their local communities, or donate to help World Animal Protection reduce and remove ghost gear and rescue entangled animals.


  1. Visit http://ghostgear.worldanimalprotection.org and play on your computer or your mobile phone
  2. Click/tap to swim up & release to swim down to avoid getting caught in ghost gear
  3. Sign up at the end of the game to learn more about Sea Change initiatives happening locally and share the game with your family and friends to help build the Sea Change movement

World Animal Protection’s Sea Change Campaign aims to save one million marine animals from the impact of ghost gear by 2018.

Note to editors:

About ghost gear
Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear known as ‘ghost’ gear is found in every ocean and sea on the planet. It continues to fish indiscriminately, killing millions of marine animals every year, including seals, dolphins, whales, turtles and birds. It destroys marine habitats and costs governments and marine industries millions of dollars in clean-up costs and lost revenue each year. Made mostly of plastic, this phantom menace will persist in our oceans for centuries.

About World Animal Protection
World Animal Protection, formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), is active in more than 50 countries. From our offices around the world, we work with businesses, governments, local partners and animal welfare organizations. We help people to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. We collaborate with national governments, and we have formal relationships with international bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Council of Europe and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). We seek national and international policy change to improve the lives of millions of animals, because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future.

Source: World Animal Protection

Sweet Baby Piglets Laying TogetherBY GUISEPPE VALIENTE
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MONTREAL — Proposed Quebec legislation would impose heavy fines and jail time for serial animal abusers and go so far as to criminalize flushing live goldfish down the toilet.

“If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it,” said Quebec Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis, who tabled the legislation Friday. “Don’t get a goldfish if you don’t want to take care of it.”

The bill states that “animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.”

For many people, that might seem obvious, but in Quebec an animal currently has the same legal rights as a piece of furniture.

“The biggest change (in the bill) is that up to now, an animal in Quebec is considered as a movable, like a piece of equipment,” Paradis said. “It goes from that to being a sentient being.”

Paradis believes his bill will transform Quebec from the jurisdiction with some of the least strict animal-welfare rules in North America — it is considered the puppy-mill capital of the continent — to one with some of the toughest.

He said he was inspired by Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, which he noted have the strongest animal-welfare laws in the country.

Paradis also looked to France, which updated its own laws last January to change the status of animals to sentient beings from their prior status of movable property.

The bill has separate rules for pet owners, farmers with livestock, owners of pet shops, or people who sell animal-based products such as furs.

Pet owners “must ensure that the animal’s welfare and safety are not compromised,” meaning domesticated animals have to receive “care that is consistent with (their) biological needs,” the bill states.

Farmers must guarantee that their animals are “treated with dignity as much as possible” from the moment they are born to the day they are slaughtered.

But farm animals don’t get the same protection as pets. They must be treated “in accordance with generally recognized rules,” the bill reads.

That, says the head of animal advocacy for the SPCA in Montreal, means chickens, will still be allowed to be kept in enclosures no wider than a sheet of paper — called battery cages — for their entire lives.

“Whatever the (food) industry does on a wide scale is exempt,” said Alanna Devine.

“I don’t know if this means they’ll be treated with dignity and respect.”

She said the bill is unclear regarding the status of many wild and exotic animals and those found in zoos.

Devine’s interpretation of the bill is that someone who shoots a squirrel in a park, for instance, is not covered in the legislation.

Despite wondering about how the bill be enforced, Devine called the legislation a “positive step.”

Paradis said there will be no new money for inspectors but that his department has enough people to ensure the bill’s provisions can be enforced.

The legislation gives inspectors the power to demand to see an animal if they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the pet is being mistreated.

They can also obtain a warrant from a judge to enter a home and seize animals.

First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.

The fines can double and triple for repeat offenders. Judges will have the discretion to sentence serial violators of the proposed law to jail for up to 18 months.

Devine agrees with the fact that even goldfish owners should be subject to the law.

“We know scientifically that fish are sentient and can feel pain,” she said. “If animals are capable of suffering then they should be included (in the bill).”

First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.

Paradis says the fines can double and triple for repeat offenders. Judges will have the discretion to sentence serial violators of the proposed law to jail for up to 18 months.


Vegan Chocolate Cake with Cashew Cream FrostingINGREDIENTS:

extra virgin olive oil, for greasing 1⁄2 cup (50 g) walnuts
12⁄3 cups (210 g) gluten-free self-raising flour
1⁄2 cup (50 g) gluten-free cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of sea salt
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) agave syrup
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) pure maple syrup
sliced strawberries or roughly chopped walnuts, to serve

Cashew cream

3⁄4 cup (115 g) unsalted raw cashews 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar pinch of sea salt


95 g gluten-free dark chocolate, chopped and melted
2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
finely grated zest of 1⁄2 orange or mandarin (optional)


To make the cashew cream, pop the cashews in a bowl, add enough water to cover them completely and set aside for about 4 hours to soak.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 25 cm springform cake tin with a little extra virgin olive oil and line the base with baking paper. Grease the paper.

Drain and rinse the soaked cashews, then place in a food processor with
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) water, the lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Process until smooth and thick. Transfer to a bowl, then wash and dry the food processor.

Blitz the walnuts in the food processor until finely chopped, with a consistency similar to almond meal. Add the gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and pulse a few times, until well combined.

Place the olive oil, agave syrup, maple syrup, cashew cream and 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) water in a bowl and use an electric mixer on low speed to beat
until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and leave for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, to make the frosting, put the melted chocolate, coconut oil, vanilla and orange or mandarin zest, if using, in a bowl and use hand-held electric beaters to beat until thick and creamy. Cover and place in the fridge for about 5 minutes to firm up to a spreadable consistency.

Remove the cooled cake from the tin, place on a serving plate and use
a spatula to cover with the frosting. Serve with the strawberries or walnuts.

TIP The cake will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container.