YOU MAY HEAR ABOUT THIS SOON: Being ‘veggan’ is the latest LONDON diet trend in plant-based eating

FROM METRO UK | edX … Written by Deni Kirkovaboiled egg

The term describes a person who is largely vegan but still has eggs.

It’s generally adopted by people who like eating vegan but can’t bar to give up eggs.

They either simply enjoy eating them or believe they’d benefit from the protein content to supplement their nutrition.

Vicky Hadley, who is lifestyle features writer for Healthista, says: ‘I like the veggan diet as I prefer healthier plant-based natural food. However I will eat organic free-range eggs to get an added boost of protein.’

Each large egg contains 6g of protein, which is 13% of the RDA for women (11% for an average man).

While dairy and meat – especially processed meat – have received their fair share of flack from health authorities, eggs have enjoyed positive press after their high cholesterol content was deemed not dangerous.

The British Heart Foundation says you can eat seven eggs a week as part of a balanced diet.

But Jimmy Pierce, spokesperson for The Vegan Society, says eating eggs is not vegan.

‘Buying eggs from any source reinforces the perception that eggs are desirable and should feature in our diets, which is not the case: eggs are not ours to take, hens can’t give their consent, and nutritionally we don’t need to eat them.’

Not-quite-veganism is rife and includes terms such as flexivegans (people who eat animal-free part-time), and pegans (who cross a paleo diet with veganism).

Vegganism is the latest in these trends.


Hi all,
 
The DCR has given us an extension to Wednesday October 7 for submitting comments against the plan to kill up to 480 deer in the Blue Hills Reservation this year and hundreds more in subsequent years. (They think that this will kill 80% of the deer in the reservation but their numbers are sketchy at best. If they kill that many deer, we and others believe they will collapse the deer population.) We should demand that they stop this massacre and push for contraceptives. You can find lots of info in the previous emails below. 
 
 
To give you some idea of how important it is to send in your comments and to get anyone else you know to send in their comments, please read this quote that was in yesterday’s Patriot Ledger article about the issue:
 
“Some residents questioned the purpose of the meetings, saying it appeared as though DCR would go forward with the plan regardless of opposition. Peter Church,  DCR’s director of forest stewardship, said the public feedback is important: ‘Based on the public comments we get, we’ll be assessing whether the hunting goes forward or it doesn’t,’ Church said.”
http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20151001/NEWS/151008790/0/SEARCH (This is not poor reporting on the part of the Patriot Ledger; numerous people who were at the meeting in Quincy confirm that he said this.)
 
If you are pressed for time, simply submit a comment with your name and address and clearly state that you oppose deer hunting in the Blue Hills, now and forever, and that you recommend contraceptives. 
 
As Dane, a MARC member and Sunny Meadow volunteer, put it so well: “Your comment doesn’t have to be long, but the people responsible for this reckless atrocity need to know that not everyone is complicit in this massacre.  It’s time to stop choosing the most convenient option over the more ethical, less destructive one.  Human beings are the most intrusive species on Earth, but we can start to turn the tide, one action at a time.” 
We suggest that those of you who submitted comments already, especially if your comments were based on the erroneous information we had received initially that this would be a bow hunt this year,  send in new comments. We are afraid that they might disregard comments that are inaccurate, which would be very unfair, but it wouldn’t surprise us. We would just say that you are resubmitting it for technical reasons. We think it is also justified because DCR didn’t have a cohesive plan, didn’t give us enough time, wouldn’t let most of us speak at the meetings, and couldn’t answer most of our questions, and, therefore, we had to do tons of research that meant that our earlier comments were not complete due to DCR’s and DFW’s poor planning and arrogance.
 
Also, hats off to MARC member Cindy for speaking her mind and pushing contraceptives in that video in the newspaper article! And thanks to everyone who packed the room with deer supporters Wednesday. 
 
Lastly, they have pulled the poll; to our knowledge the deer won but we aren’t sure what the final tally was.
 
For the animals,
 
Helen & Steve
 
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Sent Friday October 2:
 
Hi all,
 
Please vote NO to killing for the Blue Hills Deer in this poll ASAP:
 
 
The poll is on the Home page of the Patriot Ledger online version; scroll down to the right to find it.)
 
Please forward this to anyone, anywhere, who will help. (FB, Twitter, Blogs, Email lists, etc..)
 
We are leaving the entire thread one this issue below for new members and as a reference.
 
 
For the animals,
 
Helen & Steve
 
 
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Sent Wednesday, September 30:
 
REPORT ON BLUE HILLS MEETING IN MILTON YESTERDAY (TUESDAY):
 
Quite a few folks have reported in about their notes and recollections about yesterday’s meeting in Milton. We are going to summarize the main points:
 
1. Overwhelmingly, people say that the meetings have been very biased on the part of the DCR and F&W. The DCR and F&W talk took up the vast majority of the time. Only 35 minutes per meeting is allotted for public comment. Generally, in MA the public is given HOURS to comment at meetings. Two women who support the hunt and are from Friends of The Blue Hills were part of the official presentation both times and were given the chance to talk at length. This resulted in DCR and DFW are allowing non-scientists to present data that is completely anecdotal. At both meetings, many people were unable to make comments due to this. We agree with everyone that the

 way to go now is to question the secret process, the extremely limited opportunity for public comment, and the rush to put this plan into effect before the public can organize to oppose it. People should state this and seek a delay.  We would really like DCR and DFW to defend their study methodology and sample size, and also to be very specific about how they investigated alternatives, especially contraceptives (on which there are organizations looking to partner with them), who worked on the plan, etc..  Not one of these officials has explained or justified why this killing has to be done SO fast (80% deer reduction in four years). These are all reasons for delay.
 
2. Focus on the agony and terror the deer will face being hunted down, running for their lives, being wounded and in horrific pain, etc. 
3. Be relentless about public safety. Be sure to mention that these bullets can travel over a mile. (Back up reference for this is below.) Last evening a very worried abbutter who had been in the Army  said a controlled hunt is impossible b/c the command hierarchy will break down and communication will be all but impossible. He is concerned, like many abbutters about their houses, cars and families being shot. The DCR themselves said in regard to the policing issue that each agency has different communication systems and that it IS hard to coordinate communications between them. Try to get names and contact info for those cops, hunters and abutters who are either opposed or very worried.
 
4. We have it on good authority that The Patriot Ledger, the highest circulated local newspaper on the South Shore, will be covering the hearing tomorrow night, so again we need to emphasize the importance of showing up. They were at the first meeting in Canton.
5. Keep stressing that killing the deer will not stop ticks/Lymes Disease. Please note that NO public health or medical agencies were included in the process and the only medical professional who spoke was against the hunt and challenged the whole Lymes Disease argument. (See below for details and facts about Lymes Disease.)
 
6. If you are not allowed to speak, please consider standing up at the meeting and saying that you were denied the chance to speak; make it clear that public comment is being extremely limited.
 
7. A few people brought up, given the public safety concerns, whether there may be some legal action that could be taken that may at least put any action off for some time so that alternative solutions could be explored more fully. We don’t know know of any but if anyone does, please let us know.
 
8. Feel free to visit the Facebook page of The Friends of Blue Hills who support this massacre. And the official DCR/F&W propaganda site is here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/news/public-meetings/materials/parklands/blue-hills-draft-deer-management-plan.pdf
9. We have it on good authority that The Patriot Ledger, the highest circulated local newspaper on the South Shore, will be covering the hearing tomorrow night, so again we need to emphasize the importance of showing up. They were at the first meeting in Canton.
 
Please send us feedback after the meeting.
 
For the animals,
 
Helen & Steve
 
 
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This morning’s message:
 
 
Hi all,
 
We are still getting information in from the wonderful folks who attended last night’s meeting in Milton. We will send a report as soon as we can; it will be similar to the one we sent about the Canton meeting, below.
 
However, initial info suggests that there may be a growing awareness of the problems associated with this planned massacre of the poor, unsuspecting deer in the Blue Hill Reservation. One hunter, who, after establishing that he believed hunting could be a viable solution, argued that people on both sides of the aisle deserved more time to discuss the issue.  Surprisingly, the hunter advised the DCR to “wait until next year.” 
 
That would be a good thing to ask for in Quincy, which is where the last meeting will be held tomorrow evening. But to do that we desperately need folks to actually attend the Quincy meeting! 
 
So if you have not attended one of the meetings yet, we beg you to attend this last one and please send us your notes and impressions of the meeting’s events and tone. And if you would please let us know you are going that would be great. We will have the report on last evening’s meeting as soon as we get more info in from the people who attended. (So please send in your reports as soon as you can, Milton attendees.)
 
For new members, we are in the middle of trying to stop state officials from killing most of the deer currently living in what for 100 years has been a protected, nonhunting reservation for animals and people. For more info, please see below, starting from the bottom.
 
Again, please please please stand up for these innocent deer by going to the Quincy meeting. (See below for meeting location and time.)
 
Those of you who have done so already and will do so tomorrow are our heroes. But more importantly, you are the deer’s heroes!
 
If you have any questions, please email us anytime at: rayshick@msn.com 
 
For the animals,
 
Helen & Steve
 
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REPORT ON BLUE HILLS MEETING IN CANTON LAST WEDNESDAY:
The meeting about the plan to kill the poor, unsuspecting deer who have made Blue Hills Reservation their safe home for decades last Wednesday was incredibly biased. Which is why we hope and pray many of you will attend the next one tomorrow in Milton. (See our original notice, below, for details on tomorrow’s meeting.)
There were tons of hunters in Canton but all but one of them didn’t have the courage to get up and speak and he just wanted to bowhunt .There may be fewer hunters from now on because our hunter contact told us they were really pushing the first one.
Department of Fish and Wildlife (DPW) and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have a real slick presentation which will take up a lot of time. But you will be allowed to speak.
Just to clarify, DCR manages the park and is the ultimate decision maker. DPW are the people who issue hunting and fishing licenses and their salaries are dependent on increasing hunting and fishing. DCR is almost as bad ideologically but they are at least not financially dependent on killing more animals. The two groups worked together on this plan and have in the past for horrible wildlife killing plans.
Numbered below are some things that were said by officials in Canton that we hope you will refute Tuesday.
1. Environmental Damage: Their biggest focus Tuesday was on the environmental damage that the deer have done in Blue Hills. So we think we should focus on contraception which they will say is expensive and takes too long to start working. DFW won’t pay for contraception and sterilization studies or trials.  They make money by selling hunting licenses and if they funded alternatives, the hunters would scream bloody murder and DFW would risk losing money. Dr. Allan T. Rutberg at Tufts Vet School is one of the world’s leading experts in immunocontraception; the state should be working with him to create a non-violent solution to the problem.
Here are three cases of positive use of contraceptives:
a. The town of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY has initiated the use of  immunocontraception with success to date.
b. The federal National Institute of Standards has successfully used PZP, an immunocontraceptive for years:  http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/factsheet/deer.cfm
c.  Other contraceptives are being developed: “The most notable of these (contraceptives) is GonaConTM, which was developed by the USDA/APHIS National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo., and registered for use as a contraceptive on white-tailed deer by EPA in September 2009. GonaConTM is a vaccine that shuts down the reproductive processes of both males and females. It has been successfully tested on captive animals of many species, including deer, elk and pigs, and field testing on deer, wild horses, and other animals is proceeding”. HSUS website about immunocontraception.
But DFW always supports killing deer as the only option.
2. Public Safety: A State Police Official at the meeting said that the bullets used for hunting deer can only travel 500 yards and therefore they have set up a 500 yard set back to protect people outside the reservation. Our hunter said and continues to say that is wrong; that shotgun slugs can go a mile or more and this source confirms that:  http://www.ihea.com/_assets/documents/AFWA_Presentation_9-18-07.pdf  It is from Penn State professor Todd Bacastow in a study funded by the PA Game Commission. It shows clearly that a shotgun slug can travel a mile. Dr. Bacastow is a professor of geospatial intelligence.
Even the Field & Stream Firearms Safety Handbook admits that they can travel 800 yards which is further than the 500 yard  set back DCR has set up:

https://books.google.com/books?id=yMV3nzz8ZjsC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=maximum+distance++A+shotgun+slug+12+gauge+will+travel+miles&source=bl&ots=PrJgzxCE_M&sig=Ne9RaJaFoD-tC0ihBc7QLehwJMU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMImtjGk8WXyAIVQtOACh2U4A2e#v=onepage&q=maximum%20distance%20%20A%20shotgun%20slug%2012%20gauge%20will%20travel%20miles&f=false

3. Herd Health: State Senator Brian Joyce said Tuesday that killing the deer would “improve herd health”. The proposal involves killing 80% of the deer in 4 years, which is very unhealthy. Killing 80% of the deer could leave the remaining deer very vulnerable to ticks and other threats. (And that is based on their estimates of the number of deer in the reservation which is highly debatable).
DFW and DCR are risking deer population collapse in the area. DFW is claiming that the 2014 Environmental bond bill requires “lowering deer populations” and that moving deer is “illegal”, both of which are true. But they worked to get those laws passed, and it’s dishonest to now hide behind them as if they can’t do anything about it. They will also say that moving animals can be harmful to them; killing them is a lot more harmful.4. Lyme Disease: They are blaming the deer for Lyme’s Disease and acting as if killing the deer will get rid of Lyme Disease. There are no medical or public health agencies supporting this claim. People from the Friends of Blue Hills (a non-profit arguing for the hunt) are saying that people are “afraid to go the park” because of Lyme Disease, but DCR is saying thousands of people use the park daily.  The claim that people are afraid is anecdotal and exaggerated. (There is more info about this issue in our original notice, below.)5. Permanent Hunting: For this proposal to work, deer hunting would have to be permanent in the Blue Hills  because if they stopped killing, deer populations would rebound and other deer would move in.  Any claims to the contrary are misleading. They are instituting permanent deer hunting in a park 10 miles from Boston on deer who have been born on a so-called reservation.

6. Can we trust their studies and logic?: Only five years ago, DCR was testifying at legislative hearings that they needed moose hunting at the Quabbin Reservoir because moose were “out of control”; since then the moose population has collapsed nationwide. Obviously, they exaggerate.  They cannot know what will happen to the deer if they kill 80% of the herd based on their mistake with their moose predictions.

Please send us any feedback on the meeting you can.
 
For the animals,
Helen & Steve

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[Below is our original message.]
 
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Hi all,

 

We need to act now to save the deer in Blue Hills Reservation! 
Located only minutes from downtown Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph. The state calls it a green oasis in an urban environment. Hunting there has been prohibited for more than 100 years.
 But, horribly, now the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding hearings and taking public comments about whether or not to allow bow hunting to “cull the deer herd” (kill deer) in Blue Hills Reservation. 
Please attend one of the 3 public hearings listed below OR submit comments at the link listed below to express your opposition. The deadline for comments is October 2nd so please take action ASAP!
Here are some key talking points:
Deer are not a “pest”; they are magnificent and beloved animals who are native to the state and do not deserve to be killed off as a quick fix to human problems.
Hunting deer does not guarantee control of their populations. Scientific studies have shown that, after hunting occurs, remaining deer have increased food supplies which means the rate of twins and triplets being born increases significantly. This can lead to actual increases in population as a result of hunting.
Deer hunting does not control Lyme’s Disease. Neither the American Lyme’s Foundation nor any major medical association supports deer hunting as a method of Lyme’s Disease control. Hunting does not control ticks, who can be found on all species of mammals and at least 29 species of birds. If deer are killed, ticks will simply find other hosts.
Deer hunting does not decrease car accidents. Car insurance company studies have shown that deer-car accidents INCREASE during hunting season because hunters chase frightened deer into roadways and kill adult deer, leaving young deer alive and alone with no adult guidance about how to avoid and navigate roads.
The overwhelming majority of state residents do not hunt and enjoy nature through hiking, photography, and other non-lethal activities. We do not want to spend our recreation hours worrying about being shot with arrows or about seeing dead and dying animals.
Other non-lethal methods exist to help control deer populations and manage or avoid human-deer conflicts. Contraception works when there is deer overpopulation so there is no excuse for this massacre. The state should embrace non-lethal methods so that deer can continue to thrive and humans can continue to enjoy their grace and beauty. 
Please asap submit your public comment in opposition to this here:
Here is the hearing schedule:
  • Sept. 24 at Ponkapoag Golf Course, 2167 Washington St., Canton
  • Sept. 29 at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton
  • Oct. 1 in the auditorium of the Lincoln-Hancock Elementary School, 300 Granite St., Quincy
Each meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meetings are held by the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.
And please remember this wonderful quote: 

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

 

For the animals,

 

Helen & Steve

LET’S FILE THIS UNDER “Maybe a STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION” … 

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Enjoy!

From PULSE.NG


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.

How to play GHOST GEAR DODGE:

  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
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Getty photo

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.


FROM VOGUE AUSTRALIA

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

Frosting

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)

METHOD:

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.


Vegan ice cream is everywhere!

Vegan ice cream is everywhere!

HOW VEGAN HIPSTERS MIGHT save New York

FROM WENDY JOAN BIDDLECOMBE
METRO US

Vegan ice cream, gluten free bread and homemade salsas could be the boost that New York City’s manufacturing has been looking for.

Although the overall manufacturing market has plunged over the last decade, the specialty food market, propelled by the “hipster economy,” has grown 27 percent over the past five years, and paying their small number of employees better than minimum wage, according to a recent report by Evergreen and the Pratt Center for Community Development that was funded by the New York Community Trust.

The study found that many of these companies were started by young entrepreneurs — who did not have a food background — during the recession. The businesses are now reaching the critical three-to-five year mark, and need more help growing their companies and incentives to stay in the Big Apple.

A 200-square foot kitchen at the Organic Food Incubator in Long Island City pumps out 70 gallons of Alchemy Creamery vegan ice cream a week. The company, started by three college friends who studied acting together at the University of Connecticut, officially launched in March 2012.

Two months later, in what co-owner J.D. Gross describes as a “shotgun wedding,” they were selling their ice cream — both traditional and dairy-free options at Smorgasburg.

“The market spoke — the vegan ice cream sold better,” Gross said. Since then, they’ve hired six seasonal employees they pay just above minimum wage, started selling pints at neighborhood stores and are planning West Coast distribution. When asked where they’d like to be in a year, Giuseppe Maione, co-founder and chef, said they’d like to have a store in a state where it’s warm all year, with low operational costs.

Karen Freer, who also works out of the Queens incubator, started her gluten-free bread business, Free Bread, three years ago after raising $13,000 on IndieGogo and a family loan. She now has 11 employees and sells her bread at at restaurants such as Le Bernardin.

“I hit it at the right time,” Freer said. “I wasn’t after the market; I started making bread and never stopped.”

Freer said her operation is still very “scrappy,” and she is looking for the city for support for her to grow her business.

“The city would help manufacturers by providing us some sort of reason to stay, either through subsidized rent, or an area of town just zoned, or help on insurance if you employ a certain amount of people,” Freer said. “[This business] has given me an incredible amount of joy, despite all of the pitfalls and being poor.”

“This is when everybody starts to hit challenges,” said Caitlin Dourmashkin, co-author of the Evergreen report and director of planning and community development at the agency. “The city needs to do more to protect manufacturing and ensure there is space for these businesses to grow … and maintaining the commitment that you can start a business in New York City.”

One of the report’s conclusions is that the city’s “vast and complex network of workforce development and job placement programs … is not adequately connected to the specialty food and beverage manufacturing sector.”

Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, told Metro in a statement that the city is committed to supporting food manufacturing, and last year helped connect industrial and manufacturing businesses to $12 million in financing and $18 million in incentive programs.


Make a statement against Gun Violence

Make a statement against Gun Violence

FROM CREDO ACTION

Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, with 88 people killed by gun violence every day. There are countless common sense strategies to help end this epidemic, but the NRA has a chokehold on Congress, as well as many state legislatures, so change won’t come without a fight.

One powerful way to join the fight is to help make clear to lawmakers and the media that a majority of Americans want an end to gun violence.

That’s why CREDO has joined forces with our friends at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety to participate in the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. Next Tuesday, people who believe we must do more to end gun violence in our country will wear orange to be seen and heard in every community across America.

Hunters wear orange for gun safety, as a way to protect their own lives and the lives of others. It’s a symbol for the value of human life. Wearing orange next Tuesday is a visual affirmation of the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence.

Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Prevention Day were inspired by teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend — Hadiya Pendleton — by wearing orange. Hadiya marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013 and was shot and killed a week later in a park near her home in Chicago. June 2 would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.

Gun violence touches every corner of America — in fact, just last weekend 33 people were shot in Chicago alone. We don’t have to live in a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.

Thank you for being part of this movement.


A DIY RECIPE FROM PULSE NIGERIA

If you’re trying to save on calories, fat, and cholesterol, then veggie burgers are the way to go.

If you’re trying to save on calories, fat, and cholesterol, then veggie burgers are the way to go.

Completely vegan and easier to make than you think, they’re flavored with baked sweet potato, cumin, and fresh parsley.

Since most of the ones you find in the freezer section tend to be pretty flavorless, whip up this recipe that will knock your socks off.

Just whip up the mixture, heat up the patties, and they’re ready to serve to impress your vegetarian and meat-eating friends alike.

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato, baked
1/4 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup dry barley
15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 fresh red peppers

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake the sweet potato for 45-60 minutes or until soft.

  2. While the sweet potato is baking, cook the quinoa and barley in separate pots until soft, about 30-60 minutes (barley takes a little longer).

  3. Remove the stem and seeds from the red peppers. Cut the whole pepper in quarters and the half a pepper in half, and roast all six pieces in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

  4. Once the sweet potato is baked and cooled, combine garbanzo beans, sweet potato, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, flour, and one tablespoon oil in a food processor.

  5. Allow the grains to cool, and then in a separate bowl, mix the bean mixture with the quinoa and barley.

  6. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Place heaping spoonfuls of the mixture onto the hot pan, and use the back of the spoon to pat them flat and form four-inch diameter patties. Brown both sides of each burger. Serve on a bun with one piece of the roasted pepper, sliced into thirds.