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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happier Animals = Healthier Earth!

This is a not so pretty picture of a battery cage. I know the industry wants us to believe that their products come from happy, free-range animals, but in most cases they're not. Think about it!

No worries, I’m not trying to convert you into a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, even though I very much support it, being a vegetarian myself.

BUT, and this is a big but, I strongly believe that we do need to change our attitude about animal products – we’re overusing them, in every aspect of our lives.
We all know how devastating factory farming is for the environment. Yet, most of us still don’t give it a second thought when it comes to consuming animal products every single day of our lives. We don’t want to be cruel, but with our lifestyle we support the cruelty of animal agriculture: overfeeding animals so that they contain more meat, produce more eggs and milk; separating them from their mothers, transporting them long distances in inhumane conditions or amputating body parts without painkillers are just a few examples.
In addition, animals raised for mass consumption, contribute more greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions than all the world's automobiles combined!
So what can one do to make things better?
There’s a worldwide vegan bake sale going on from April 24th to May 2nd to support animal issues. All proceeds go to different organizations to help support animal issues.
If you live close to Montclair, swing by the go lightly store on Fullerton Ave on Saturday May 1st from 11am – 4pm to be part of a fun global event that helps people, animals and the planet. All proceeds from this bake sale will go to for the animals sanctuary in Blairstown, NJ and PAWPAC, political action committee for animal legislation support.
I will support the event with homemade crackers (it will be the next recipe for the week!)
Other things to consider:
  • Skip animal products for at least one day per week
  • Buy only organic meats, dairy and eggs
  • Buy from local farms, if possible those that you can go visit
  • Especially when it comes to baking, be open for vegan recipes, there’s a ton out there and they’re really delicious and in most cases healthier than their non-vegan counterparts

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