Pet Foster Care Helps To Smooth Adoption Process

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Serving as a pet foster parent is an excellent way to welcome a new animal companion into your home and help an animal in need. There are countless dogs and cats in shelters across the U.S. who need homes.

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Gruesome Photos of Japanese Whale "Processing"

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This is just yucky to look at. There's a warning that this is not for the squeamish.

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Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

They also tried to tell me that veganism is no better because of all the animals that are killed in the process of harvesting vegetables and grains. This weekend I got into a rather passionate debate with some friends of friends about animal rights.

On Veganism and Adoption

Animal Person

It's common for men--and women--to be wary about adoption, and in particular about the bonding process. The adoption process isn't easy for vegans, and it's less easy for atheist vegans who don't think the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks in the developed world in 2010.

Will You Check Out Food, Inc.?

Animal Person

less processed food and more fresh, organic fruits, veggies, grains and legumes), than I'm thrilled. Food, Inc. was at the Delray Beach Film Festival last weekend, about 30 miles south of me. But I wasn't.

The Best in Vegan Education

Animal Person

Someone has to be very, very committed to learning and to challenging their thought processes to read a book they know is in direct contrast to the way they think.

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Like American Dog Rescue, Help Pets!

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Spread the word, let’s help them reach their goal and help pets in the process! American Dog Rescue has a generous donor who is willing to give $1 to Missouri animal tornado victims for every Facebook fan up to $10,000. Will you help them reach their goal of 10,000 Facebook fans?

On Mainstreaming Veganism

Animal Person

Both are heavy on mockery, but when you look at the process of the acceptance of an idea, that period of mockery is a sign that things are moving along. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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Dogs love getting mail too! #BarkBoxGifts!

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They don’t send rawhide or anything that’s been processed with formaldehyde. They are trying to get products with minimal processing and are moving towards limited and single ingredient treats. Baby is a very picky girl, so sometimes finding a treat that she will love is hard.

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All-Purpose Salad-ish Dressing

Animal Person

In my efforts to veganize my friends and family, I've found several things almost everyone wants and that kick start their process. One is vegan dessert. But when I look at my Facebook " Scrumptious Vegan Fare " album, it looks like all I eat is dessert. And pizza with Daiya vegan cheese.

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Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago. He was particularly talented at the conversation stopper: a succinct response to something that people found so shocking that the conversation would stop. Sometimes permanently.

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Which One Cookbook Do You Recommend?

Animal Person

And some people want that; they don't necessarily want to change their current calories or fat or sugar or gluten or cooking process. A gaggle of people have asked me this question recently. They all have some sort of holiday list, money is tight, and if they could buy just one cookbook to help them in their conversion to veganism from their current omnivorous state, what should it be and why. The why part is important, as some cookbooks are a bit junk food vegan-ish.

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On PF Changs and Vegan Authors

Animal Person

And the much-larger question is the idea of animal ingredients versus non-animal ingredients that were processed using animal ingredients, and that of course expands, ad infinitum , into every area of our lives (e.g., Face it, we'd like to avoid all products with animals in them but we can't even do that realistically, and to expect ourselves to also avoid non-animal products that have been processed with animal products is a bit much.

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Ladybug Love Run to benefit Rock & Rawhide!

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Sign up for a super fun “run” anywhere in the world with other animal lovers, and help a truly great cause in the process. Do you enjoy running, biking, or walking?

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

We do it because we want to and we choose to, and we ought to think about what else we're choosing in the process, and not deny or shy away from the implications of our choices.

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Meditation on the Cheap

Animal Person

And with everything our brains are processing and attempting to cope with, we need all the help we can get. As I've written many times, one of the ways I stay centered and grounded is through meditation. I do Transcendental Meditation and other kinds, as well, and recently I've been getting requests for good meditation resources that don't cost $2,500 for a mantra (like TM).

On Foundation Beyond Belief

Animal Person

I think I'll join today, as I'm not sure I can make a fair judgment on the process and the structure (and the success, whatever that means) from the outside. It's officially Day 2 for Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), and I'm watching carefully. Here are my initial thoughts, though: "Animal Protection." Uh-oh. On the upside, you don't have to give any money to animal protection if your beliefs aren't represented by the choice of groups being supported.

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On Atheism and Veganism, Part Deux

Animal Person

Again, I was making a personal observation about the evolution of my own thought process and asking if anyone else saw things similarly. If I'm speaking with an atheist I might use my personal thought process in my vegan advocacy, but if someone wants to believe there is a god, and that belief is helpful to them, and they're not hurting anyone because of that belief, I have no problem with that.

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On "Evil"

Animal Person

Do you use the idea of "evil" in your thinking and processing of animal rights and veganism? A couple of days ago, Gingerlks commented (in part): " anyone who could watch Earthlings & not be moved is the same kind of evil.heartless. First, I do think people can either be desensitized to the rampant cruelty depicted in Earthlings, or so terrified of what might happen if they let it affect them that they simply shut down.

1001 Journals-Rescue Dogs

Animal Person

Here's the process: 1 - Register with 1001journals.com. Check out the Facebook page for 1001 Journals--Rescue Dogs. This is from Kate Merriman: "I would LOVE your contribution to this traveling journal. Don't worry if your first response is "but I'm not an artist" (I know some of you may be thinking that) - you can contribute a poem, some collage, stickers, journal entries, a drawing.". Here 's the page for the project on the 1001 Journals site.

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For the Budding Vegan Author

Animal Person

I have an unusual number of e-mails from individuals who have written, are writing, or would like to write a book about animals and asked about various steps in the publishing process. All kinds of things happen during the writing process because it is organic. Because I've been writing other people's books and helping them get published for 20 years, and I've written my own that I'm putting the final touches on, I'm in a decent position to deliver some advice.

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Rocky & Bella, Inc. earns National Animal Supplement Quality Seal

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Rocky & Bella is demonstrating its commitment to quality ingredients and manufacturing processes with its new, natural pet supplement, Spark,” Howard said. “It’s Dr. Jordan said that most pet foods are highly processed and lack vital nutrients pets need to thrive.

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Guest Post: Understanding Pet Food Labels

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Pet food may be highly processed and still be considered “natural”. Minimize Processed Foods – Every processing step reduces the nutritional value of the ingredient, and introduces risk of contamination. Processed foods are more difficult to digest and contribute to a variety of health issues including allergies, sensitive stomachs, etc. Canned food is highly processed, but may not contain the high levels of preservatives found in dry food.

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On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

Charles the lame greyhound doesn't process grains well at all. We have a request, and it's an issue I've written about a handful of times but never had this particular question answered by readers: How do you talk with your vet--who is against feeding your dog vegan food--about your choice to do so? What do you say? I'm fortunate to have a regular (non-specialist) vet who has no problem at all with a vegan diet for dogs.

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On Keeping "Vegan" Pure

Animal Person

Maybe sugar processed with bone char isn't worth boycotting a restaurant over. Kelly wondered whether the term "vegan" is " worth fighting for " given the latest trend of seemingly oxymoronish (waiting for that one to hit Webster's) terminology from the mouths of people who want to find a way to use animals, yet make it appear that they're not. Okay, that's not what she wrote, but that does seem to be what's occurring.

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

There's no "compassion" in the process. Stephanie's post about " The Compassionate Hypocrite " on Saturday reminded me of what Catherine Friend and other " compassionate carnivores " are doing in addition to twisting the definition of compassionate beyond recognition. Their claim is that what has become the customary way to take sentient nonhumans from babyhood to untimely death is not humane. It's cruel. It's impersonal and hideously ugly and the animals suffer greatly. No argument here.

Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

And is video of a cow being pummeled to death with a bat worse than a cow being "processed" in a slaughterhouse? Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, takes me back to graduate school when he writes of the importance of the stories we tell ourselves in " Use Free Speech to Celebrate Animal Life, Not to Enjoy Their Suffering."

On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

Animal Person

Riddle me this: If you're in camp #3, do you think it's bad to pursue personhood for individual species, or is it just something you're not going to spend your time on because of the various problems with the process (e.g., My life-as-a-tweeter is less and less significant these days. It's just not all that interesting to me. Something about jockeying for position in 140 characters or less, rather than interacting and sharing, I guess.

On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

Butcher (no joke) from Montana: " “No one has to send a horse to a processing plant. " Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Let's deconstruct: The facts of the case: "Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. Horses subsisting on feces, walking among carcasses.

On Quieting the Mind

Animal Person

There's more on learning how to do TM, including discounts on the process here. I've been using Transcendental Meditation (TM) as my meditation technique for over a decade. I still do some Mindfulness Meditation a la John Kabat-Zinn , but TM is what I do regularly. There's been a fair amount of controversy, though less nowadays, regarding TM's founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (who passed away over a year ago), and his followers.

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November is. Awareness Month

Animal Person

As far as the origin of the child goes, everyone who begins the adoption journey quickly discovers the many details that become important--and even decisive--to the process. My inbox this month has informed me that November is Vegan Awareness Month! And Diabetes Awareness Month. And Adoption Awareness Month. Who knew November was such a potentially-informative month? Here's my attempt to bring it all together in an Animal Person post.

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

Critter News

At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. Supreme Court rules on health care challenge| GPS tracking "The Federal Meat Inspection Act regulates slaughterhouses' handling and treatment of non-ambulatory pigs from the moment of their delivery through the end of the meat production process," wrote Justice Elena Kagan.

Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

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For an adopter, it makes the process a little easier. A patient and loving foster home can help them through this process. NEW JERSEY – Animal shelters are full, they have no space, they often have no money, and they have a small amount of dedicated volunteers.

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Help SeaWorld Orlando Name Gentoo Chick

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Many of the chicks are currently residing behind-the-scenes in a penguin nursery until they fledge, which is the process of losing their baby down and growing their waterproof feathers.

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Kermie

Animal Person

Before I could even process his presence and figure out what to do, I heard the scrapes of Emily’s paws on her litter box in the guest room bathroom. Kermie. One of the reasons my marriage to a carnivorous Republican worked so well, at least for the first four years, was that he traveled a lot. He unwittingly afforded me the luxury of many weekends spent hanging out with subversives of all kinds to support their causes and quietly planning the overthrow of the government.

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Animals as Inputs in Accounting

Critter News

Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process. I'm studying for the CPA exam and am working through Becker's online course review for the business section. The meat packing industry takes a single input, a steer, and produces many different final products.

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On Vegan Devastation at PF Chang's

Animal Person

Vegans are people who don't eat any animal products, and that includes foods that have been processed with sugar that is made with bone char. From VegCooking , courtesy of PeTA: The vegan-friendly attitude of P.F. Chang's is largely due to the number of requests that management receives for meatless cuisine. Vegan dishes are among the bestsellers. One manager told PETA Eats that most people prefer the vegetarian lettuce wraps over those with chicken.

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Majority Rules in the Language of Animal Rights

Animal Person

What's interesting to me today, however, is the process of "the flip" (my term). I recently read " ORIGINS OF THE SPECIOUS: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language ," By Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman. I was already partial to O'Conner from WOE IS I , which I highly recommend, though it also has a hokey, punny style that some might find annoying. ORIGINS includes items I didn't know about, and I've read far more about misconceptions of English than the average person.

“OCEANS” opens on Earth Day!

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While the movie, “OCEANS” won’t open till Earth Day, 400,000 moviegoers have already bought tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and protect coral reefs in the process. “OCEANS” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

Publish Your Own AR Book or Magazine

Animal Person

They have already negotiated prices for you, they have designers and editors, and links and articles that answer every possible question you'd have about the self-publishing process for every kind of book you'd want to produce. As you may know, I'm a writer/ghostwriter/editor. That's how I've made my living for over 20 years.

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