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Help Protect Farm Animals in Iowa

I received an email this morning from PETA. They are again combating a law that would prevent people from filming or photographing the interior of factory farms. It is too dangerous for these farms you see, rather than treat their animals humanely they would prefer to keep whistle blowers and their cameras out. Is humane treatment of farm animals too much to ask for? Apparently it is— so much to ask for in fact that these farmers are actually wasting the people of Iowa as well as their law makers time and money with attempts to legally ban these defenders of these abused farm animals. Wouldn’t it be much easier to comply with the fair treatment and regulations created for these poor animals who already have a one way ticket to having their throats slit at the slaughterhouse? I’ve posted the contents of the email below and already contacted the governor to urge him not to enact this absurdity into law. I hope you will sign too. Shame on these farmers!

“We urgently need your help to stop House File (H.F.) 589, which has just passed in the Iowa legislature and has reached the governor’s desk, from being signed into law. If signed, the measure would in effect prevent citizens from photographing or filming a farm without the farmer’s consent and could stop vital undercover work that exposes routine abuse of animals in the factory-farming industry. This absurd bill is a fast and sly rewrite of a bill that was the subject of massive public outcry because it would have criminalized filming without a farmer’s consent outright, and it is no more than a desperate attempt by agriculture industry giants to prevent consumers from learning the truth about the lives and deaths of animals on factory farms.

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Residual Pain

Last night, I volunteered at the animal shelter. I always loved animals but started volunteering around the time I began attending rape counseling. Those memories had long been suppressed and by the time I finally got around to speaking to someone about them, I was in bad shape. I was definitely suffering from some sort of PTSD and was terrified of people as well as the most benign circumstances. In counseling, I talked about being date raped. I felt better after talking to someone and being validated. You see, I blamed myself for being raped, because I willingly entered the situation: I went over my “friends” house to watch the Superbowl and have a few beers. That was twelve Superbowls ago. A night that started off fun ended with a lot of memory loss, inability to determine sequence of events, physical pain, and then a loss of said friends -but not before an inquisition from said friends in which they slyly tried to determine what I remembered of the night, if anything at all.

For the next decade I did what I wanted to do fearlessly. I did not worry about consequences. I did not care. It wasn’t until after rape counseling that I developed a new and unsightly complex. Though I expected the counseling to make things better it did and it didn’t. Though I now felt validated, receiving formal counseling and talking about what happened opened up a can of worms. After going on a date or hanging out with a man alone, I would go home and scrutinize the night’s events, piecing them together again and again worrying to myself about whether or not something happened. The basis for this fear was a fear that during the date, I had some sort of memory loss, though I was fully conscious and sober the entire time. I would agree with most people, that this is pretty nutty, however, the fear was very real and debilitating. Once the anxiety began it took off like a speeding train. It could go on and on for hours and sometimes days. God bless the people around me who patiently listened to me and reassured me that it was unlikely that anything happened, and reassured me that I would remember it.

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Rescue Animal of the Week

Milo- one of the new kitties

Last night when I was volunteering at the animal shelter, I heard some very sad stories about how we acquired two lovely new cats. I will not tell you the story, it is heartbreaking. Just know that they are happy, healthy and safe now. People can be really terrible when it comes to animals. Just hearing about those cats and other stories reminded me of why I started The Veggie Stand in the first place…though it is closed until further notice, I felt the need to perpetuate the awareness of adopting and rescuing animals.

So now that The Veggie Stand has officially moved back to Hayley’s Comments, in honor of this merger, I would like to continue a weekly column from The Veggie Stand called “Rescue Animal of the Week.” Each week we will feature a different rescue animal- if you’d like to see your pet or a friend’s as the next Rescue Animal of the Week on Hayley’s Comments, please provide the following information by emailing it to me at HRH@HayleysComments.com

A picture of your pet

Your pet’s name

Your name, city and state

Where did your pet come from?

How did you come to adopt/ rescue your animal?

And anything else you would like us to include about your animal.

Check out past Rescue Animals of the Week here

I hope to hear from you and your pet soon!

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A “Playscape” for Cats

What a day! A new box AND a new bag! My rescue cat, Squeaky By Hayley Rose 2012

 

A “Playscape” for Cats

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What’s New This Week on The Veggie Stand?

Meet Kya our first Rescue Animal of the Week An inspirational short story detailing how one little yorkie went from puppy mill to pent house

Enter your pet to be our next Rescue Animal of the WeekDid you or one of your friends rescue an animal? Enter your animal here and maybe you will see him featured soon on The Veggie Stand

Does Eating Soy Cause Breast Cancer? There’s been lots of controversy on this topic lately. I did some research and dug deep- take a look at what I found.

Recipe Wednesday: Buffalofu! This week on Recipe Wednesday, we’re featuring one of my favorites, Buffalofu, my meet-free take on boneless buffalo wings- YUM!

 
 


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Meet Kya! Our First Rescue Animal of the Week on The Veggie Stand

Meet Kya, an 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier from Hawaii. Kya was born in a puppy mill in Hawaii. She was purchased by a tourist who brought her back to Washington to use her for breeding. After years of breeding, Kya’s owner gave her away to a new owner who also planned to continue breeding her.

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Rescue Animal of the Week on The Veggie Stand

At The Veggie Stand, we’re creating a new weekly feature “Rescue Animal of the Week.” If you (or any of your friends) would like your pet to be our next Rescue Animal of the Week, please provide us with the following information by emailing it to me at HRH@TheVeggieStand.com

A picture of your pet

Your pet’s name

Your name, city and state

Where did your pet come from?

How did you come to adopt/ rescue your animal?

And anything else you would like us to include about your animal.

Come back on Monday to meet our first Rescue Animal of the Week, Kya, a Yorkshire terrier from Vancouver, Washington!

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New on The Veggie Stand

Help the Humane Society ban puppy mill imports by signing their petition.

According to the Humane Society, “For decades, unscrupulous pet dealers have imported thousands of young, often unweaned and unvaccinated puppies from foreign puppy mills for resale in the U.S. These puppies often suffer harsh, long-distance transport, exposed to extreme temperatures and infectious diseases along the way. Many of them die.”

Help extend the European Union’s ban on animal tested cosmetics

The EU may not be extending their ban on animal tested products. The deadline is coming up and if they do not extend the ban animals will be subjected to this type of cruel testing- and it’s not just make up that they will be testing on them, but drugs and chemicals too.

Vegan Pizza Recipe

Coincidentally as I was writing this posting this recipe, I heard Dr. Oz on TV speaking about three foods that work wonders for improving your memory- three foods that all happen to be in this delicious recipe!

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Faux Fur: Not Always Faux on The Veggie Stand

Think twice before you think about purchasing an item of clothing with “faux” fur adornments because it turns out fake fur isn’t always made from synthetic fibers. In fact, much of the fake fur on the clothing racks today often originate from raccoon dogs, an animal native to Asia. One group sampled the fake fur clothing from a variety of US department stores. They found that 96% of fur sampled was actually real fur. So how do they get away with putting “fake” on the label?

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