vegjauntsandjourneys

Acton, MA – Vegan tour operator Veg Jaunts and Journeys is pleased to offer guided tours for vegans, and those who would like to learn more about veganism, beginning August 2016. The brand new venture will arrange tours for groups of up to 12 travelers to vegan-friendly destinations and vegan festivals in North America and Europe. “Jaunts” will be short trips, anywhere from one to four nights, usually taking advantage of a vegan festival with some sightseeing, and “Journeys” will comprise longer trips of one or two weeks to noteworthy destinations. Trips will always begin at the first accommodation booked, so a traveler living anywhere can join a tour.

On Journeys, one highlight will be connecting with local vegans, either through cooking classes, dinners with local hosts or vegan social meetings. When possible, visits to animal sanctuaries will be arranged. The reasonably-priced tours will include accommodations, all attractions and activities, local transportation, and a few meals.

“Although I’ve traveled extensively alone, I prefer the congeniality of small groups. But I never had the wish to join a mainstream group tour that included the exploitation of animals for amusement, or non-vegan meals. So I decided to start my own tours for like-minded travelers,” said Kim Giovacco, the company’s founder. “It’s also more economical to travel in a small group, sharing such costs as transportation to places off the tourist trail.”

Upcoming tours include New York City, VeganMania in Chicago and Festival végane de Montréal, as well as Barcelona at the end of December. Tours for 2017 include New York, New Mexico, Austin, Berlin, Toronto, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Added Giovacco, “My list of places to visit and revisit never gets smaller. I have enough ideas for at least the next decade, and we’re so fortunate there are now so many great new vegan restaurants and even hotels to support!”

Veg Jaunts and Journeys is a specialty tour operator helping vegans explore the world compassionately, ethically, and environmentally-responsibly. For more information please visit www.vegjauntsandjourneys.com.


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

Sweet Baby Piglets Laying TogetherBY GUISEPPE VALIENTE
THE CANADIAN PRESS
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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.


By Sherry Jepson Zitter | Vegan Villager Contributing Writer

The animal rights vegans. The health-conscious vegans. And the environmental vegans. Those are the reasons mentioned by most people for choosing veganism, and referenced by Lisa Bouley in “The many shades of vegan” in the preview issue of Vegan Villager.

I would like to highlight a fourth group that is small but undeniable: the often invisible humanitarians or social activists who choose their diet primarily, or originally, from a concern about humanity’s world hunger. As with the other groups, this initial choice is often but a step on the path into our Vegan Village, as one learns more about the other sound reasons and benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Yet each of us is unique and is compelled to give up animal products from that special tug in our own hearts, at that specific “teachable moment” in time.

I was just out of college and sharing an apartment when I began to cook daily meals for myself. I bought a copy of Diet for a Small Planet  and Recipes for a Small Planet (by Frances Moore Lappe, 1971), and what I read that summer of 1977 horrified me: each pound of meat I consumed was said to take 7 pounds of grain to produce! With 2/3 of the world going to bed hungry every night, my hamburger was using up 7 times worth of valuable grain that could potentially feed every human being on earth!

This modest figure has been found to be actually far higher:  In 1997, Cornell University’s David Pimental, professor of ecology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, reported that beef cattle production actually requires an energy input to protein output ratio of 54:1! (His analysis showed that beef uses over eight times the fossil-fuel energy of plant production, but the animal protein produced is only 1.4 times more nutritious for humans, pound for pound, than plant protein.)

Pimental went on to show that grain-fed cattle use more than 200 times the amount of water required to produce an equivalent weight in potatoes! (Unicef reported in 2005 that over 400 children die per day due to lack of safe drinking water.)

And Lappe’s 1971 analysis of how meat-eaters contribute to world hunger continues to be true: the landmark 2009 study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, World Bank Group environmental specialists, reported: “if the hundreds of thousands of acres of grassland now used to raise cattle feed were used to raise 16 times the amount of food for humans, we would sharply decrease world hunger and greatly increase self-sufficiency among poorer nations.” Catherine Badgley, et. al, in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (2007), is even more optimistic: “If the whole world moved to sustainable agriculture, a U. of Michigan study found that enough food could be grown to feed the world’s current and projected population.”

Lappe’s 1971 data was enough for me to wear off red meat that very day; yet it took me years to totally eschew all animal flesh, including fish — and decades to become completely vegan. But that’s a story for another article.

Of course, there are countless other groups of vegan villagers, each with their own reasons for being vegan: those practicing a vegan religion, such as Jainism; or those born into a vegan household who absorbed these values as they were learning about honesty and kindness, so that such a lifestyle feels natural to them. Will Tuttle, in The World Peace Diet, states that the fear, grief and anger in the enzymes of slaughtered animals causes similar emotions in humans (“you are what you eat,” literally), citing among many arguments the ancient practice of feeding animal flesh to soldiers to make them more aggressive. Those of us who prioritize world peace may be led to veganism through Will’s viewpoint.

There may be many other paths that lead people to choose this way of living, and we would love to hear from you about your journey and what put you on the path to becoming a vegan villager.

Sherry Jeppson Zitter is a vegan activist and writer who, with her wife Sarah, keeps working on shrinking her global footprint in creative and zany ways. She is a singer-songwriter, an eco-biker, and a clinical social worker in Maynard MA who loves to help people free their spirits. She can be reached at sherry@gnomesteading.com 

 

 


Book to be released 10/15

Book to be released 10/15

BY M. D’ESTRIES from Mother Nature Network

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579656234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579656232
  • AMAZON PRE-ORDER PRICE: $15.14
Haven’t heard of Tracey Stewart? That’s all about to change. The former veterinary technician and animal advocate, who also happens to be married to “Daily Show” comedian Jon Stewart, is quickly rising in the world of animal welfare thanks to a new book, online magazine, and a new rescue farm.
Artisan Books announced this week that it will publish Stewart’s first book, “Do Unto Animals,” this October. In addition to over 300 pages of beautiful illustrations by celebrated artist Lisel Ashlock, the book will give readers “insights into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.”
The release states that everything from learning how to speak “cat-ese” and “dog-ese” to building backyard bee houses and humanely dealing with yard pests will be explored. Stewart will also share experiences from the farm that she, Jon, and their two kids currently own in New Jersey. The couple reportedly are working towards turning the property into a “a home for farm animals rescued from cruelty.”
“Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, ‘Do Unto Animals’ is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes,” the publisher’s press release reads.
In addition to her upcoming book, Stewart owns and manages the online magazine Moomah, which provides kids and parents fun and effective ways to become involved in and give back to non-profits. This month’s issue, dedicated entirely to veganism, spotlights Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur and his organization’s mission to rescue abused animals.
“Over the past year in the course of researching my own book I’ve been inspired to transition from vegetarian to a completely whole foods plant-based diet,” reveals Stewart in an interview with Baur. “Life just keeps getting better.”

FROM HELEN AND STEVE …

PLEASE HELP FIND AND SAVE THIS GOAT BEFORE THE STORM HITS!

The most recent photo of the "Lowell goat"

The most recent photo of the “Lowell goat”

You may have read that a poor goat escaped a “backyard slaughterhouse” in Tewksbury on Dec. 26th. At the slaughterhouse, goats’ throats are slit and then the poor animals are hung in trees to bleed out. We are sure the goat that escaped is very frightened. He had a long rope leash attached to him but at least part if not all of it has fallen off and been found.

After escaping the slaughterhouse and wandering around Lowell (which is why you will often see him called The Lowell Goat), he was seen several times in Chelmsford. He was running from a pack of coyotes in Chelmsford, though, and we think that prompted him to leave.

 

He was spotted last Sunday, January 26th on the shoulder of Rt. 495 between Exits 31 and 32, which is in Westford, possibly on the southbound side. Reports of sightings have come in as recently as TODAY.
The slaughterhouse owner has said he is willing to give up the goat (we hope he sticks to that) and the Animal Rescue League is planning on setting up a trap, or hopefully traps, for him.
But they require numerous sightings to establish a pattern for trap placement. This is where you can help.
If you live in any of those towns or are passing by and see the goat, please alert the Animal Rescue League at (657) 777-2752 and (617) 426-9170 and the local Animal Control Officer, who can be reached via the local police station. 
Get as many details as you can – where exactly he is, time, date, and take photos if you can. We will also greatly appreciate if you let us know after you make the calls – we are also mapping his movements.

Don’t follow or chase him – the idea is to keep him in an area so the ARL will set up traps.


WHAT: A Pro-Vegan, Pro-Earth Reachout in Worcester outside Greendale Mall. Please join us to present the truth of farmed animal suffering, the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture, and the easy, healthy vegan solution!WHEN: This Saturday November 8th, 1:00-2:30pm.

WHERE: Outside Greendale Mall, 7 Neponset St, Worcester, MA 01606.

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 event.) Literature, signs, 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, forced impregnation, and dehorning, 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.  And ”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.

A MESSAGE FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK

Hi all,

We are having a Work Day and Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, May 27th, from noon to 7-ish and we hope you can make it!

If you need or can give other members a ride, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing, netting repair, etc. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed!

So if you would like to come help out at the Work Day, 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.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell – 978-257-7062 – or on the morning of the event for possible cancellation due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck so just let us what you would like to bring. We are providing vegan hot dogs and burgers.

We will be eating at about 5:45 PM. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you like as well.

Treats for the animals are also needed; they love organic carrots, organic apples, broccoli, cabbage, butternut squash, and organic spinach and lettuce. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) Everyone will really appreciate treats and basically any veggies are loved.

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of dogs. Plus our yard is full of rabbits (working with a licensed rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

And if you would like to make a MUCH needed donation for the new bunnies we are welcoming to Sunny Meadow the day after the Work Day, and all the other critters, go to:

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/

or you can send checks to:

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

Any help is greatly appreciated! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

For the animals,

Helen & Steve