All posts tagged: Animal Welfare

important event for you Boston animal lovers

A while back, I wrote about my experience at True Bistro (complete with bad Blackberry photos, as that is the only camera I had at the moment).  Click here to read that post.  It is one of the best restaurants in the Boston area and what a bonus that it is also vegan. This week, you are invited to a really great fundraising event at this fabulous restaurant, which just so happens to be Boston Magazine’s chosen Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2011.   You’ll get to meet Jason Lewis, a representative that deserves a ton of support and applause because HE stands up for animals.  He is the lead sponsor of Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (there is an informative article here that tells you more about this wonderful bill) which would ban inhumane factory farming practices in our state. He is also a co-sponsor of a vital bill that will update Massachusetts’ antiquated animal control statutes and a bill that would protect pets from domestic violence. Another special guest at this event will …

cage free is the way to be

“They will come running when they think you might have a treat, learn to eat out of your hand and some may even allow you to stroke them. If you talk to them, treat them well and handle them gently you’ll have faithful followers. However, for a truly bonded pet that will seek out your company, follow you around the yard and nestle in your lap for a nap you may want to hand-raise a baby…” Sounds like a cat or any other normal domestic pet doesn’t it?  Guess what? The excerpt above (from this article) is actually talking about chickens.  Yes, I wrote that right–chickens.  According to more sources than I could list here, chickens do have emotional capacity.  In this article from Psychology Today, hens showed signs of distress and fear when a mere puff of air was blown on them.  When this same activity was performed on their chicks, their heart rate went up and they became more vocal.  They are intelligent, empathetic, and according to my own father (who spent lots of time …

where furry animal toys really come from

Someone please tell me the logic in skinning an animal to make toys for other animals to play with.  I can’t wrap my head around this and I know if you are reading this blog, you likely feel the same way I do. The other day, I received an email as part of PETA’s Skinned Alive campaign.  They were preaching to the choir.  Just a few months ago, my fellow animal-lovin’ friend Elinor called to my attention the grotesque fur-wearing “high fashion” models peppering the pages of  Allure Magazine. We both took it upon ourselves to post our disgust on their Facebook page and I wrote a letter to the magazine indicating their irresponsible and uncompassionate behavior has caused them to lose at least one reader.  When the first PETA note came through, like most people, I signed the petition and made the decision to move on and forget about it for both self preservation and truthfully (and shamefully) because I didn’t have a lot of time to think about the issue at that moment.  …