On March 12, California’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee will vote on a bill to implement a statewide fur ban, which is the first vote needed in the process of this bill becoming law. Please call and email to urge your representative to vote “Yes” on AB 44 before March 12th! (California residents only)
Find your assembly member’s contact information by entering your zip code at idausa.org/findmyrep and clicking on the “California” tab.
When you call, introduce yourself and where you are calling from, and simply say “Please vote yes on A.B. 44 to implement a statewide fur ban because California residents do not support animal cruelty for vanity.”
Visit my alert to send a letter to your representative here.
To find out how you can help make California’s statewide fur ban a reality – even if you’re not a CA resident – visit furishistory.org
Animal advocates are applauding the introduction of legislation in California that could make it the next state to end circus suffering by banning wild and exotic animal performances.
The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act (SB 313), which was just introduced by Senator Ben Hueso, would make it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling shows, and would leave anyone found breaking the law facing fines of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Not only was this bill introduced over concerns about animal welfare, but also about the threat performing animals pose to public safety.
Even though wild animals have been used as performers in circuses for decades, we now know so much more about what they need to be physically and psychologically healthy and there’s no shortage of evidence showing that circuses can never come close to meeting those needs.
Both research and undercover investigations have exposed not only the problems inherent with keeping animals this way, denying them everything they need to thrive, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuses they’re exposed to behind the scenes that range from having food withheld to being beaten and blatantly mistreated.
While a number of cities in the state have already enacted bans or restrictions on the use of wild and exotic animals, a statewide ban would go much further to protect them from cruelty and exploitation, and it would send a strong message that using them as performers isn’t acceptable.
Please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers in California to take a compassionate and common sense stand for animals by passing the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act.
There’s nothing like a nice warm, crisp pie filled with deliciously sweet fruit. This apple and pear crisp is great all year round, and it pairs perfectly with your favorite dairy-free ice cream!
Pear and Apple Crisp [Vegan]
2 bosc pears
2 granny smith apples
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegan butter, cold
powdered sugar to garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Peel, core, and dice the pears and apples into medium-sized chunks.
In a medium bowl, stir the prepared fruit with orange zest, lemon zest, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and cornstarch. Place the mixture into an 8 inch pan or dish.
Make the topping: combine rolled oats, oat flour, brown sugar, and salt. Use your hands to rub the butter into the oat mixture until crumbly. Place the topping on top of the fruit.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the topping is brown and the filling is bubbly. For a very crisp topping, switch the oven to broil for the last 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm – don’t forget the plant-based ice cream.
Hi there! I’m Jess. I’m a baker, blogger, and highly caffeinated barista with an affinity for exploring the grand outdoors, growing my food, and livi… ng minimally. One day you’ll find me on the road with my traveling confectionary. Until then, I’ll be making food and playlists to share with the world from my little apartment in Los Angeles.
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