Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

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A Florida manatee looking at the camera.
Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

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CDC investigating E. coli outbreak likely linked to salad kits

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The CDC is warning customers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits.

As of December 9, eight people from three states were infected with the strain identified in the outbreak, the CDC said. Three were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure.

There were no deaths.

This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region, which has over 100 reported cases of infection, though the CDC is investigating a link.

Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not sell or consume any of the salad kits with a best-before date up to and including December 7, 2019, and with the identification code UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, the CDC says.

You can find the code on the top right corner of the front of the bag.

If you do have the product, the CDC says to throw it away, even if some of the salad has already been eaten and nobody got sick. The health agency also recommends washing and sanitizing drawers or refrigerator shelves where the product was stored.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Some people may also get a low fever.

People usually get sick two to eight days after consuming the E. coli germ, and some infected people may get a certain type of kidney failure, as well.

The health agency recommends seeing a healthcare provider if these symptoms occur. It also says to take action by writing down what you ate the week before you got sick and reporting the illness to a local health department. Wash hand thoroughly after changing diapers, using the toilet, and before preparing food to avoid infecting others.

Investigating the outbreak

The CDC, along with the FDA and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating the outbreak, which also includes illnesses in Canada.

Officials are interviewing infected people about what they ate and were exposed to before their infection. Of those who have shared information, 100% reported eating a leafy green before the illness started, and six reported possibly eating a Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.

The investigation has not yet determined which salad ingredient was contaminated, but initial information suggests that romaine lettuce in the kits likely came from the Salinas growing region where the other existing outbreak originated.<
https://fox43.com/2019/12/10/cdc-investigating-e-coli-outbreak-likely-linked-to-salad-kits/

Cat-human Relationships Captured on Camera: Winners Announced – Katzenworld

Over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers from around the world entered this year’s International Cat Care (iCatCare) photography competition held in collaboration with Your Cat Magazine, with the hope of featuring in the charity’s popular fundraising calendar.

With a theme of ‘Cat-Human Relationships’ the judges from iCatCare, Your Cat Magazine and Ceva were looking to celebrate the incredible bond between humans have with cats and the many different forms it can take.

From veterinarian staff dedicated to their feline patients to delightful cat-child connections and memorable street cat encounters, the entries submitted offered a unique window into some truly incredible relationships between humans and cats.

To see the photos and follow the contest continue here at Katzenworld…

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/12/10/cat-human-relationships-captured-on-camera-winners-announced/

This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection
Liam Pritchett

J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida is using realistic, “SynFrogs” to replace dead animals. It is the first in the world to use synthetic frogs for ethical dissection.

Tampa-based company SynDaver specializes in cruelty-free, lifelike models. Its SynFrogs are reusable and mimic the properties of a live, female frog.

People can use the extremely realistic synthetic products for education, surgical simulation, and to test medical devices.

Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, said the Pasco County School District wants to become a “leader in innovation and opportunity for students.”

“Mitchell High School is the first in the world to use SynFrogs in science labs,” added Browning in a statement. “Giving our students a learning experience no other students have ever had.”

“We’re excited to announce our revolutionary SynFrog,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “[The SynFrog is] a far superior learning tool as it is designed to mimic living tissue.” He continued, “this makes it more like a live frog than the preserved specimens currently sold to schools for dissection labs.”

Sakezles added, “SynFrog not only looks and feels like a real frog, it’s physically safer to dissect than a real preserved frog because it doesn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals like formalin.”

SynFrogs cost $150 each. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) helped get the product on the market by offering a $150,000 grant. PETA says dissection costs millions of frogs their lives each year.
Ditching Dissection

Animal dissection is a controversial topic and many politicians are working to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives. One example of this is the popular and educational virtual dissection app called Froggipedia which was named Apple’s iPad App of 2018.

Earlier this year, California moved to ban all school dissection in the state. Assemblymember Ash Kalra introduced AB-1586, the Replacing Animals in Science Education (RAISE) Act. The bill would replace animal dissections with modern, humane alternatives such as SynFrog or Froggipedia.

“Learning about anatomy in schools is important scientific pedagogy,” said Kalra. “But dissection presents a significant impact on the environment and our fragile ecosystems. Advancements in educational technology have expanded access to this important scientific instructional methodology without having to rely on animals.”

https://www.livekindly.co/school-first-synthetic-frogs-dissection/

Petition · DISH Network: Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show · Change.org

Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show
Melissa Moris started this petition to DISH Network and 1 other

Tell DirectTV and Dish Network that animal torture is not entertainment! Steel-jaw traps are indiscriminate, catching any animal that is unfortunate enough to encounter one. These traps are set on public lands where they pose a threat to wildlife, domestic animals and even young children. Many states have banned these torture devices and many more will follow.
I have seen the damage these traps cause to their victims. Too often, the regulations are ignored and these poor animals are left to suffer for days, dying from thirst and exhaustion, dislocating and even attempting to chew their leg off to escape.
Tell Dish Network and DirectTV that this shameful, cowardly practice is no longer acceptable in this modern world. Tell them to cancel this show and be on the right side of history!

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PA Department of Agriculture warns dog owners of website selling fake dog licenses

HARRISBURG – Dog owners beware if you’re looking to buy new or renew dog licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warns of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Officials said http://www.padoglicense.online sells fake PA dog licenses and pays search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.

The department offered some tips to help dog owners identify an official website:

Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type http://www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov directly into your browser’s address bar.
Call your county treasurer’s office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.

For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit agriculture.pa.gov or licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.

If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

https://fox43.com/2019/11/22/pa-department-of-agriculture-warns-dog-owners-of-website-selling-fake-dog-licenses/

Consumer BPA Exposure Much Higher than Originally Thought

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Thousands of scientific studies have linked the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) common in U.S. food packaging and consumer products to a host of very serious health problems for both children and adults.  Despite the scientific evidence of the link between BPA and serious health concerns*, U.S. regulators such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have maintained that the BPA levels consumers are exposed to is “safe” and that the chemical therefore does not need to be banned or further regulated in the U.S. as it is in some other industrialized nations.

But now the position that current BPA exposure levels for U.S. consumers is “safe” has been empirically challenged.  Using new direct testing methods, scientific experts on the chemical BPA have made a new discovery: Previous estimates of the levels of BPA consumers are exposed to each day have been based on flawed, inaccurate testing methods…

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FBI: Working with Presumption that Saudi Attack in Pensacola was Act of Terrorism; No “Credible Threat” to Pensacola; No Missing Saudi Students from NAS Pensacola

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The FBI’s Rachel Rojas says there is no “credible threat to our community“, which presumably means Pensacola, from the context. Who thought there was still a threat to Pensacola? What about the rest of the country? The majority of Americans want to know if there is a credible threat to the country, not if there is a threat to Pensacola! Pensacola is a miniscule 52,590 people. If there had been an additional credible threat to Pensacola, wouldn’t the credible threats have attacked already and/or fled to other parts by now? She says that no international students are missing from the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, according to the Navy, but are any missing from elsewhere? She says that their Saudi commanding officer is restricting them to base! Shouldn’t the US restrict them to base? It’s unclear if her emphasis has meaning, or is simply an effort to enunciate…

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URGENT – Call US Congress to Stop HR 5038: Amnesties Illegal Farmworkers; H-2A Visas Still Unlimited for Seasonal Work; Adds Year-Round Work Category for Dairies; Food Processing & More

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Americans Call Congress: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative THE US HOUSE IS TRYING TO SNEAK THROUGH AN AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL FARMWORKERS AS HR 5038 AND IMPORT MORE FOREIGN WORKERS TO TAKE AMERICA’S FEW REMAINING WORKING CLASS JOBS.

CALL YOUR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE TO STOP IT! With such mass migration – exemption here, exemption there; amnesty here; amnesty there; a few million here; a few million there – there will be no country to save. It will take a dictator and mass surveillance to keep order, and the entire country will become a desert due to overpopulation.

Stop HR 5038: Amnesties Illegal Farmworkers, H-2A Still Unlimited for Seasonal Work and Creates a New Work Category so that Foreign Workers can Work Year-Round in Dairies, Food-Processing (e.g. Meat-Packing plants, Fish Canneries), Nurseries, and More. This bill also seems to provide funding for housing for the foreign workers, while many Americans remain homeless. This is for…

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Do not allow Michael Vick to be honored in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl

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joanna lind started this petition to NFL

Just saw this on Facebook and was absolutely disgusted. When is the NFL going to take any responsibility for the behavior of it’s current and former players? To honor a man who had zero regard for animals is unacceptable and I would like your help to make sure he is NOT honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl.

Elizabeth Marie 14 hrs
Just heard that the NFL announced Michael Vick will be one of four “legends captains” at the 2020 Pro Bowl. Does anyone else find it exhausting that the NFL constantly ignores their players criminal behavior?!

Below is a snippet of The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

“And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of of bruising on all four ankles and all along its side. Brownie had said that all the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.
As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So [they] slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.”

https://www.change.org/p/nfl-do-not-allow-michael-vick-to-be-honored-in-the-2020-nfl-pro-bowl

When Shopping for Christmas Gifts… Please Make Cruelty Free Choices. 🎁

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World Aids Day

These dolphins are stolen from the wild and sold to aquariums around the world! Please do not support this cruel to tradition!!

Trophy Hunters think we are bullying them….

Trophy Hunters are not Conservationist

15 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Need a Christmas gift for a pup in your life or your family and Friends? Every purchase you make a donation goes to feed a shelter dog, take advantage of this weekend sale and the donation will be doubled!

The fur remover is an excellent gift for cat lovers

There’s a gift for every dog lover out there from earrings to socks.

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New strain of canine distemper virus arrives in North America | Cornell Chronicle

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New strain of canine distemper virus arrives in North America | Cornell Chronicle
By Patricia Waldron |
5-7 minutes

A young dog imported from South Korea into western Canada last October brought along a dangerous hitchhiker: the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which until then had not been reported in North America.

Scientists at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) identified the virus in samples from the dog, which they suspect was part of a shipment of animals rescued from a Korean meat market by an animal welfare organization. Dogs that are already immunized against CDV likely are not at risk from the Asian strain, but if the virus comes into contact with wildlife, it may take a serious toll on wild carnivore populations.

“Well-meaning people are trying to save animals, but when you move animals, you move their infectious disease,” said Edward Dubovi, director of the virology laboratory at the AHDC and a professor of population medicine and diagnostic sciences. “If this particular Asia-1 strain got out into the wildlife population, then it’s here forever, because you can’t get rid of it once it hits wildlife.”

About two weeks after the sick dog’s arrival in Canada, it developed a cough and was lethargic. Ten days later, it developed muscle twitches, then seizures and ultimately was euthanized. The AHDC tested samples collected from the animal; they were negative for canine influenza virus but gave strong positive results for CDV. Genetic analysis by Randall Renshaw, Ph.D. ’92, a research associate at the AHDC, indicated that the virus was nearly identical to the Asia-1 strain of CDV circulating throughout East Asia.

Canine distemper virus is highly contagious and commonly travels between hosts through the aerosols emitted when dogs bark and cough and through urine and feces. The disease starts with respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and pneumonia, and progresses into gastrointestinal illness and neurological problems. Most dogs in the United States receive vaccines for CDV to protect against native North American strains.

Though CDV outbreaks occasionally pop up in animal shelters, the virus persists primarily in wildlife populations, particularly in the Northeast where canine cases of CDV are extremely rare. It circulates among numerous carnivore species, causing die-offs of raccoons, grey foxes, skunks, coyotes, wolves and other animals.

Though Dubovi was unable to find out more information about how the dog arrived in Canada, he expects that it came from a Korean dog meat farm. Animal rescue organizations have worked for years to remove dogs from farms that supply dog meat markets in South Korea and other Asian countries. Due to changing attitudes toward dogs, the demand for dog meat is dropping, which enables animal welfare groups to buy out farms and help farmers to transition to new careers.

Though well-intentioned, these efforts place animals in North America at risk for foreign strains of disease. The United States receives rescued companion animals from all over the world, and any of these animals could be carrying viruses, bacteria and parasites not commonly seen in North America. Animals raised for meat in countries with lax antibiotics regulations are at especially high risk of carrying drug-resistant strains of bacteria.

The canine influenza virus that first appeared in the Chicago area in 2015 was traced back to rescued Korean dogs.

“The genetic analysis clearly linked the virus to recent Korean H3N2 influenza strains,” said Dubovi. “That particular strain of flu had been circulating in Asia, China and Korea for probably 10 years prior to its arrival in the U.S.”

Dubovi estimates that the recent canine influenza outbreak has cost U.S. dog owners up to $75 million nationwide for diagnostic testing and vaccinations.

Keeping new infectious organisms out of the U.S. is challenging because there is virtually no federal oversight of imported companion animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees only the trade of livestock products to protect U.S. ranching and dairy operations.

For dogs entering the United States and Canada, a rabies certificate is the sole requirement. In some countries, however, people buy fake certificates, as indicated by a handful of rabies-infected dogs that arrived from India, Iraq and Egypt in the last two decades.

Rescue dogs flown in from other countries frequently pass through airports in New York City and Los Angeles. In theory, California and New York could pass regulations for importing companion animals, but these laws would not apply to border crossing in other states.

“It’s a 50-state free-for-all with regard to companion animals,” Dubovi said. “It’s a very unsatisfactory situation if you’re trying to control infectious diseases in our domestic cats and dogs.”

Concerned pet owners could also pressure rescue groups to enact better testing and quarantine protocols when transporting foreign animals to the United States, Dubovi said.

It is not yet known whether the Asia-1 strain of the canine distemper virus has been contained or if it is here to stay in North America. This case is “the canary in the mineshaft,” Dubovi said.

“There’s probably a whole host of other things we haven’t tested for,” he said. “If we aren’t looking for it, we aren’t going to find it until it’s too late.”

Patricia Waldron is a freelance writer for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/03/new-strain-canine-distemper-virus-arrives-north-america#

UK Environment Agency Allowing for Increasing Radioactive Discharges to the Irish Sea by Sellafield in Violation of OSPAR: Comment Deadline 1st December 2019

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17,000,000,000,000 (17 trillion) radioactive shots per second (Bq) of Caesium 137 (Cs-137) is the lower limit of what the UK Environment Agency proposes to allow Sellafield to send out to the Irish Sea per year. The upper limit is 24,000,000,000,000 Bq. Any one of these shots could cause genetic damage leading to life-shortening cancers or other disabilities. This is but one type of radioactive material which Sellafield Nuclear Site is discharging to sea and air, which we are using as an example. The impacts upon fisheries beyond the Irish Sea are made clear by the map, further below. Caesium 137 (Cs-137) discharges to the Irish sea have actually increased by 69% from 2014-2018. Between 2017-2018, alone, they have increased by 33%. The proposed limit would allow an increase in discharge more than five times greater than the current discharge – in violation of the OSPAR convention, as is the increase…

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ACT HERE 👉 Demand sanctuary for survivors of live export disaster

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These animals were destined for the Middle East, where they would be slaughtered while fully conscious, but their nightmare started minutes into their journey. Only moments after departing Romania, the ship began to sink, drowning many who were trapped under water, and crushing thousands more as the vessel lay stricken on its side in the water.

Capsized live export ship – causing unimaginable pain and suffering.

While the crew all escaped unharmed, the sheep were left stranded on board. The fear and panic these animals would have experienced is unimaginable.

After international outcry, welfare groups were finally allowed to return. A dedicated and painstaking rescue effort saw 254 survivors rescued from the wreckage.

Rescued but grievously injured sheep in a lifeboat.

But as the rescue mission wraps up, the future of these sheep remains uncertain.
Help save the survivors from being sent back to a live export ship.

The live export trade is cruel, unnecessary and inherently risk-laden – as this appalling disaster has once again revealed.

For an industry who sees animals as nothing more than ‘cargo’, it is a tragic but familiar scene. Left to sink with the ship, these gentle animals didn’t stand a chance from the moment they were sold into the live export trade.

With your help, we will call for justice for these animals, and hold those responsible to account.

Rescued and terribly injured sheep resting on the dock.

This tragedy occurred only a few months after the Romanian government approved a shipment of thousands of sheep to the Middle East – despite searing summer temperatures that put these animals at risk of cooking alive.

Over 14,000 sheep were trapped and drowned.Cooking alive: The heat these gentle sheep are forced to endure onboard live export ships is unimaginable and excruciating.Deaths onboard ships and trucks are commonplace for the animal victims of the live export trade.

Cooking alive: The heat these gentle sheep are forced to endure onboard live export ships is unimaginable and excruciating.

Every one of the animals who has suffered and died on board this ship, deserves a voice. Because unless this industry is stopped, these ‘ships of death’ will continue to sail, and animals will continue to suffer in the very worst ways imaginable.

For now, we must ensure the surviving sheep are given a life of safety – they’ve endured too much suffering already. Beyond this disaster, our work remains to prevent more animals suffering this cruel fate, or worse, in the live export trade.

SAVE THE SHEEP: Please, take action now on their behalf, and urge the Romanian Prime Minister and Romanian Veterinary Authority to end live animal exports.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/romania-capsized-ship/int?r=5de1f41cbc9891575089180&amp;ua_s=e-mail

Updated 29/11/2019

Please Do Not Support the Ivory Trade‼️

The Life of Nicholas Winton and How He Saved the Life of 669 Children

Do Not Disturbed 🐝

Stolen from the wild

A warm hug is always welcomed

How to Make a Christmas Cat Movie – Katzenworld

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Christmas is the season to have some festive fun and try your hand at a Christmas cat movie. Nubia is already road-testing cat toys for Katzenworld, and I wonder if you know how easy it would be to film your own cat at Christmas? Let’s find out!

Don’t worry about being an ‘expert’ at making movies on your smartphone, just grab a coffee or a glass of wine and check out these cool tips for making your own Christmas cat movie.

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🍁 HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🍁

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Two Powerful Storms Hammering the U.S.

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A powerful storm will move from the Central Plains into the upper Midwest bringing a swath of heavy snow, damaging winds and significant travel impacts today, warns the National Weather Service.

The Western U.S. is also being impacted by another powerful storm with heavy mountain snow and strong winds continuing into Thursday.

Heavy snows, reaching 30 inches (75 cm) in some areas, disrupted travel across the center of the United States, stranding thousands of travelers at airports, and forcing closure of stretches of major highways due to near-zero visibility.

Heavy snow has been falling across Colorado since Tuesday morning, with 10 to 14 inches already reported in parts of the state and a blizzard warning was issued for the Eastern Plains.

The strong winter storm was expected to drop up to a foot (30 cm) of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming and prompted the National Weather Service to…

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Super-Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie in 3 Easy Steps | PETA

Three-Step Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

1 15 oz. can puréed pumpkin
3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 store-bought vegan pie crust, prepared according to package directions

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a bowl, combine the puréed pumpkin, coconut milk, brown sugar, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and blend using a hand mixer until smooth.
Pour into the pie crust and follow the baking instructions on the pie crust package.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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