Whole Foods Launches Nationwide Holiday Vegan Menu!!!

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If you’re a frequent Whole Foods shopper, you probably know that they offer some pretty tasty vegan options at their hot bar. If you haven’t tried their chicken fried tofu, please put that at the top of your To-Do list!

Last week, Whole Foods announced that they will be launching a new, vegan menu for the holidays! The festive dishes were created by Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, the culinary plant-based geniuses behind the super swanky VEDGE restaurant in Philadelphia.

According to VegNews, this special holiday menu will include “mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil-mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee miniature cake. The vegan menu will also be available to order online from November 1 until November 6, and the promo code “VEGAN” will discount the price by $5.”

I don’t know about you, but I would love to have some unique dishes this holiday season…

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Pictures of Wildlife Items Illuminate the World of Contraband

Arresting Photos Illuminate the World of Wildlife Contraband
A photographer uses artful styling to bring attention to human demand for wildlife products.
Picture of a zebra

A taxidermied zebra head confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers is one of the roughly 1.5 million items housed at the National Wildlife Repository in Colorado.
Photograph by Britta Jaschinski
By Alexa Keefe
Photographs by Britta Jaschinski

PUBLISHED October 27, 2017

A pair of footstools made from elephant feet. A coat with matching shoes, hat, and purse made from the pelts of 20 leopards. Crates filled with bags and bags of dessicated seahorses. Britta Jaschinski’s photographs of items seized at airports and border crossings are a quest to understand what it is about the human psyche that fuels a demand for wildlife products, even as this causes suffering and, in some cases, pushes animals to the brink of extinction.

“The problem right now is the rarer the species, the more profitable they are when they are dead,” she says. “People want that last rhino because it is worth so much more money. If were unable to take photographs, I would still find a way to tell the story. What comes first is the mission. I try to be a voice for animals that cannot be heard otherwise.”

Jaschinski’s styling of these objects is intentionally artful, but the true mission is to convey this dark side of humans interactions with the natural world in a way that makes us pay attention to what we have to lose. “The public gets used to pictures of burning ivory. We need another wake up call,” she says.
                                                             Leopards    
                                                          Rhino atray

                                              Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Though the kill-or-be-killed nature of our interaction with wildlife is a thing of the past, a primal instinct remains, Jaschinski theorizes, finding expression through trophy hunting and traditional medical practices founded on the idea that consuming parts of certain animals can endow humans with their essence of strength and vitality. “I think humans have a primitive need to dominate,” she says. “When we lived in tribes it was about survival. Human evolution has gone wrong here.”

                                                        Tiger Fetus

Out of Six Crates With Bags of Seahorses
Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Jaschinksi photographed the items against a hand-painted backdrop that she carried with her to the back rooms of Heathrow airport in London and the National Wildlife Property Repository in Colorado, which houses some 1.5 million items. Rather than being destroyed, they are kept for education and research, and in the case of Jaschinski’s project, a way to deliver a powerful message.

                                                  Endangered Monkeys

                                                          Hornbill
Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Pangolin Scales

                                                      Bear Paw Slipper
.                                          Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

“Wherever I’ve been, I’ve felt the security officers have a lot of respect for these items,” she says. “It is time consuming for them to get these off the shelf and unwrap them. Every time I hear, ‘We are so glad you are here.’”

Jaschinski is currently working on a book with twenty other wildlife photographers, including National Geographic photographers Charlie Hamilton James, Klaus Nigge, Michael “Nick” Nichols, Brian Skerry, and Brent Stirton. They hope to raise awareness and help end demand for wildlife products.

“If every photographer just delivers a handful of photos than we’ve done what we need to do,” Jaschinksi says. “Let your heart speak.”
                                                      Elephant stools

Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Britta Jaschinski has been named one of the two European Wildlife Photographers of the Year by the Society of German Wildlife Photographers. The other recipient is Erlend Haarberg, whose work has been featured several times in National Geographic magazine.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/10/britta-jaschinski-wildlife-trafficking/?utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=pom_20171029&utm_campaign=engagement&utm_rd=13280708075

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Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Wayne Pacelle as published on A Humane Nation

“A new study in six Mexican cities has found horsemeat in nearly 10 percent of meat products that are being sold as beef…”

American horses and burros, both wild and domestic, are NOT food animals. – photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens and pigs in small confinement cages and crates. Our Humane Society International/Mexico office and partner organizations are working hard to keep this important and strategic country trending in the right direction and to also crack down on other abuses of animals.

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Risky Infant Cereal Contains High Levels of Mercury, say Scientists

mercury-in-infant-rice-cereal.jpgThe American Chemical Society is reporting that scientists have uncovered high levels of methylmercury in some types of infant cereals. This presents a potential health risk to infants whose brains…

Source: Risky Infant Cereal Contains High Levels of Mercury, say Scientists

Arsenic uncovered in Big Food brands of baby food

Another distressing finding during testing of the most popular Big Food brands of baby food:  arsenic. . The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit group that works for clarity in labeling, tested a wide…

Source: Arsenic uncovered in Big Food brands of baby food

Petition · Toà án nhân dân tỉnh Kiên Giang: Vietnam dog, Mina – A petition for Mina’s owner to give up her rights to Mina. · Change.org

 Showing her cutting off the right paw 

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Petition · Pass the Big Cat Safety Act to End Cruel Backyard Confinement of Tigers and Lions · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/pass-the-big-cat-safety-act-to-end-cruel-backyard-confinement-of-tigers-and-lions

Petition · Sign: Ban Cruelly Chaining Up Dogs in Texas · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/sign-ban-cruelly-chaining-up-dogs-in-texas

Petition · Pass a Virginia law to protect dogs in harsh weather · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/pass-a-virginia-law-to-protect-dogs-in-harsh-weather?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=recommended_share&grid_position=12

Petition · End the Horrific Dog and Cat Meat Trade of Nagaland · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/end-the-horrific-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-of-nagaland?source_location=community_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJEKvwAAAAAAWfeWFTynacdmNjQyMTU2ZQ%3D%3D

Petition · Mayor New York City Dogs and Cats Should allowed in all apartments in New York City · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/mayor-new-york-city?source_location=community_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uANrDqwAAAAAAWfeUhfaVKjU1OGY4NDRlOA%3D%3D

Petition · Implement FEMA’s PETS Act & lift the airline pet-travel restrictions in Puerto Rico · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/implement-fema-s-pets-act-lift-the-airline-pet-travel-restrictions-in-puerto-rico?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAITcwAAAAAAAWfeRrXB7DIE4YTg0MjRiMQ%3D%3D

Petition · Bureau of Land Management: Save the Onaqui wild horses · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/bureau-of-land-management-save-the-onaqui-wild-horses?source_location=community_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uALO2wAAAAAAAWfeRnGDAiHA4MWNmMzMyNg%3D%3D

Petition · Bourne Leisure: Warner Hotels Must Ditch the Cages! · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/bourne-leisure-warner-hotels-must-ditch-the-cages?read_more=true

Halloween and Fireworks Safety Snaps – Fun Giveaway Competition – Katzenworld

Halloween and Fireworks Safety Snaps – Fun Giveaway Competition Like most folks, we love the fun and festivities of Halloween and November 5th Bonfire Night celebrations in the UK. But our cats don’t – at all.… More

Source: Halloween and Fireworks Safety Snaps – Fun Giveaway Competition – Katzenworld

JFK FILES: MYSTERY CALL TO NEWSPAPER BEFORE ASSASSINATION; OSWALD AND US COMMUNISTS COMMUNICATION

The 22.2 million acres of Herd Areas that the BLM took away from wild horses & burros

Straight from the Horse's Heart

SOURCE:  Animal Welfare Institute

AWI has repeatedly questioned the decisions to permanently remove all wild horses and burros from the range – decisions that continue to be made – without an area-by-area analysis it is impossible to verify the scientific, land use, legal, or other evidence relied on by the BLM to support its decisions.

We encourage all advocates, both new advocates and longtime advocates, to be sure to read this Animal Welfare Institute report (2012) Overview of the Management of Wild Horses & Burros.  AWI presented this to the National Academy of Science.  Although this report was issued in 2012, the issues are all current.  This report gives an excellent overview of wild horse & burro issues and the mismanagement of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.  We will be pulling out a few excerpts for some articles, since this report…

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TOXIC FOOD is killing humanity: One-fifth of global deaths now linked to processed junk food and toxic ingredients

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A new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (HealthData.org) and published in The Lancet medical journal finds that a shocking 20 percent of global deaths are caused by toxic foods, junk foods, processed foods and harmful food ingredients. Once again, the science confirms Natural News as being scientifically correct and way ahead of the curve. We’ve been warning readers about these foods for almost 15 years, even as the corrupt food industry attempted to discredit anyone who dared report the truth about toxic ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils.

Natural News A new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (HealthData.org) and published in The Lancet medical journal finds that a shocking 20 percent of global deaths are caused by toxic foods, junk foods, processed foods and…

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“A Roaring Trade?”

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Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere

Back in August 2017, IWB and the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) questioned if the Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) could provide conclusive science that showed its “800 skeletons” lion bone trade quota does not pose a continent wide threat to wild lions in their home ranges (and wild tiger species in Asia), by perpetuating the demand for these species for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

In a research study published on 24 October 2017 – “A roaring trade? The legal trade in Panthera leo bones from Africa to East-Southeast Asiathe researchers have investigated the formation and the murky (criminal syndicate ridden) history of the lion bone trade’s growth, concluding:

In African lion range states with no farmed lions, and/or those with smaller and/or less protected wild populations, vulnerability to poaching is…

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Trump delays release of hundreds of remaining JFK assassination documents, bowing to national security concerns

Nwo Report

President Trump delayed on Thursday evening the release of hundreds of classified documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination, bowing to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other federal agencies still seeking to keep some final secrets from the nearly 54-year-old investigation.

The president allowed the immediate release of 2,800 records by the National Archives, following a last-minute scramble to meet a 25-year legal deadline. Following lobbying by national security officials, the remaining documents will be reviewed during a 180-day period. In a memo released by the White House, Trump said: “I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted. At the same time, executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions…

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Petition: Haribo Needs to Ditch the Animal Cruelty and Slave Labor

Tell Haribo to commit to paying workers fairly and switch to vegan gelatin now

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/585/282/563/haribo-needs-to-ditch-the-animal-cruelty-and-slave-labor/

Petition: End the Senseless Slaughter of Hundreds of Yellowstone Bison

Federal state and tribal officials overseeing the Interagency Bison Management Plan for Yellowstone bison, now plan to kill as many as 1,250 Yellowstone bison this winter.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/860/065/398/end-the-senseless-slaughter-of-yellowstone%E2%80%99s-bison-hundreds-of-animals-could-die/

Petition: Bring Hossein Soudy Golabchi, the US Snow Leopard POACHER to justice

111531-1508806255-wide(3).jpgNowhere in the entire Western Hemisphere (and the rest of the world) that allows anyone to go to Central Asia to poach A.K.A. “trophy hunt” a snow leopard.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/111/531/275/bring-hossein-quotsoldyquot-golabchi-the-us-snow-leopard-poacher-to-justice/

Baking Soda Best Pesticide Remover, say Scientists

 

We have offered this DIY solution for pesticide removal on produce for a number of years and now the effectiveness has been scientifically demonstrated: Scientists have now shown that baking soda i…

Source: Baking Soda Best Pesticide Remover, say Scientists

Blockade Stops Logging, Forest Protectors Need Help | Global Justice Ecology Project


Blockade Stops Logging, Forest Protectors Need Help

Posted on October 25, 2017 by GJEP staff
McKENZIE BRIDGE, OR – On October 23, Cascadia Forest Defenders [CFD] erected a road blockade at the entrance to the “W” Timber Sale to protest the current logging on National Forest Land. Already clashes have resulted in one protester sustaining minor injuries.

The protesters aim to end Seneca Jones Timber Company plan to destroy thousands of acres in the McKenzie River watershed. The road blockade consists of large slash piles, multiple cars, and a refrigerator – all serving as an anchor for a human-occupied platform suspended 80 feet up a Douglas fir tree.

“We’re protecting drinking water, biodiversity, a stable climate, and – ultimately – our own survival,” said Scrimshaw Forest, of Cascadia Forest Defenders. “We oppose resource extraction and deforestation.”

 

The sale is part of the 2000+ acre Goose Project in the Willamette National Forest just a few miles from McKenzie Bridge. Logging began on October 16.

CFD states that this blockade isn’t about stripping Oregonians of jobs but stopping the destruction of one of the last intact roadless areas. The group hopes the companies the loggers work for are paying their employees for a full days work and the loggers can take the day off to go enjoy life away from the chainsaws.

Folks are needed ASAP at the blockade to help out the folks there. There is currently many Law Enforcement Officers present. If they leave, those there might be vulnerable to other attacks from violent yahoos. For directions call the phone number below.

Phone. 541-554-2519

Email  keepgoosewild@protonmail.com

Contact Cascadia Forest Defenders

Category: Bioenergy, Climate Justice, Featured, Social Media News Tags: Blockade, Cascadia Forest Defenders, CFD, Goose, logging, McKenzie River

https://globaljusticeecology.org/blockade-stops-logging-forest-protectors-need-help/

Petition · I want to help save Pit Bulls in Lowell. · Change.org

Massachusetts wants to put a ban on pitbulls.

https://www.change.org/p/i-want-to-help-save-pit-bulls-in-lowell?source_location=update_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uABuIwAAAAAAAWfI3XlAfol8zMDA0ZThmYg%3D%3D

Trump Nominee Chemical Safety Office Recommended Allowing Amounts Of Toxic Chemicals That Were 10s, 100s, 1000s Of Times Higher Than US EPA Standards; Most Troubling Nominee Ever Considered Says US Senator Carper

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Dourson, and presumably the others, got out of the committee but the US Senate must still vote.
That brings me to the most troubling nominee before us today.  In fact, he is one of the most troubling nominees I have ever considered during my time on this Committee – Dr. Michael Dourson. In 2016, many members of this committee – Democrat and Republican alike – came together to finally pass badly-needed reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act after working to find common ground for years. Across the board, stakeholders enthusiastically supported our efforts because they saw the need for a credible, impartial and strong chemical safety regulator at EPA who could provide certainty and predictability, while also inspiring public confidence in the safety of the products that families use every day.

“Unfortunately, the nomination of Michael Dourson to lead EPA’s chemical safety office and implement TSCA reform makes…

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Dourson, An Industry Hired Gun, Would Undermine Landmark Bipartisan Chemical Safety Law; US Senator Udall Urges Full Senate To Reject Him

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OCTOBER 25, 2017
Udall Statement on EPW Committee Vote for Michael Dourson to Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau, Urges Full Senate to Reject Him
Dourson, an industry hired gun, would undermine the landmark bipartisan chemical safety law

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety. Michael Dourson has made a career of creating junk science for industry, and his work has been used to justify egregiously weak chemical safety standards that put people’s lives at risk. The EPA’s toxics office is supposed to be a…

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Amendment Stripping Protections from Endangered Species Defeated in US Senate; Trump Admin Removed Some Protections After US Court Upheld Protection of Endangered Utah Prairie Dog; Thus Trump Admin Ignores The Intent of Congress and the Courts

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The US Congress voted to keep protections of endangered species residing in only one state, despite efforts by Utah Senator Mike Lee to end protections. Utah Prairie Dogs live only in a few Utah counties. The US Court of Appeals ruled that Utah Prairie dogs have to be protected on both Federal and non-Federal lands. So, the USFWS currently led by Gred Sheehan of Utah decided that they would unprotect them by allowing them to be killed anyway!
In short, the Trump administration in the form of Ryan Zinke (Dept. of Interior) and Greg Sheehan (USFWS) are destroying the intent of the other two branches of government. Isn’t that called Dictatorship? An Executive Coup d’Etat appears to be ongoing. See for instance: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/trump-administration-must-answer-why-nominees-are-serving-without-senate-confirmation-write-us-senators-udall-leahy-feinstein-blumenthal/

A no-brainer that the Utah Prairie Dog is at least one of the endangered species in Utah Senator Mike Lee’s sights, probably literally so. The Trump administration…

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