Deaths of rescued slaughter bound horses a painful reminder not much has changed

HORSE SLAUGHTER (by Vivian Grant Farrell) — 2017 has been a tough year for many reasons. The toughest for me personally has been the deaths of two beloved horses.

Fourteen years ago, when Texans for Horses became the Fund for Horses I rescued four slaughter bound Quarter horses from a Texas feedlot. They had no papers. No one could or would tell us where they were from or how they had gotten in this hellish place.

Many of the horses in the feedlot had given up. They would not eat or drink, just crowded together for comfort staring vacantly ahead.

There were some however who still showed signs of hope crammed around the fence with terrified eyes beseeching someone anyone to help them. I picked four. It was all I could afford to transport home and care for. I named them after Texas cities — Houston, Austin, Amarillo and Sweetwater.

Turning my back on the others and walking away from them knowing the horrific sufferings and deaths they were about to face haunts me to this day. And for what? So human beings can dine on their dead flesh.

I can feel the awful pain and anguish of that moment just as keenly now as I did that day, and I still hate that I did not find a way to help every pleading one of them.

Two of the four horses I rescued, the mares Houston and Sweetwater, passed away a few years ago. Austin died in February of this year and Amarillo died last month in November. Both geldings, they had made friends in that grisly pasture 14 years ago, ending up spending the rest of their lives together.

Their deaths seem to signal an end for me but of what I am not certain. At first I thought that it might be hope. Very little to nothing has changed. Slaughter continues to thrive on the horses it brutally preys on.

I wish I could say with the passing of those horses that I rescued that day and escaped slaughter, that slaughter had finally been outlawed and no longer threatened any horse.

God knows we have worked as smartly and diligently as we know how to ban horse slaughter as have many, many others. However, it still exists to satisfy the human appetite for horse flesh, and making the people who supply it for them very wealthy.

My Christmas wish this year is that you will do any or all of the following to bring an end to horse slaughter in honour of horses past, present and future.

Continue to work or take up the cause to bring an end to horse slaughter. It does not matter how or where or what. Please take every action you know and hear to bring it to an end.

Support those who rescue horses from slaughter. Adopt a rescued horse yourself or sponsor one. Pledge or make a monthly donation, any amount. Find your local horse rescue and ask them what is on their Wish List — many have one — and gift them something on their list, either individually or with family and friends. Deliver it to the rescue and meet and greet the horses you are benefiting. It will make you feel like a million dollars. I promise.

Make a pledge in your heart right now that this time next year horses will no longer be slaughtered where you live and take action inn support of that pledge every opportunity you get.

We can do this. You can be sure that Houston, Austin, Amarillo and Sweetwater, and all horses like them, will be cheering you on.

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Top Five Recommended Vegan Cookbooks for Yourself and for Gifting

by VIVIAN

There are so very many awe inspiring Vegan cooks. Many of them have tremendously popular cooking blogs that make you feel you could do nothing but cook and bake the rest of your days.

Before we get started did you know that Vegan chefs are currently the most sought after, as are cooking students to study and become vegan chefs. No fooling.

However, that’s not why we are here. Prepared to be inspired. These are in my order of preference. They are all solid, great cookbooks. Truly.

Here are My Top Five Recommended Vegan Cookbooks.

1. VEGAN RICHA’S INDIAN KITCHEN — Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook
by Richa Hingle

Richa Hingle
Richa Hingle

The ultimate plant-based Indian cookbook by the creator of VeganRicha.com.

From delicious dals to rich curries, flat breads, savory breakfasts, snacks, and much more, this book brings you Richa Hingle’s collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, local foods, and proven methods.

Whether you want to enjoy Indian cooking, try some new spices, or add more protein to your meals using legumes and lentils, this book has got it covered. You’ll explore some well-known and new Indian flavors that are easy to make in your own kitchen.

Learn the secrets of eclectic Indian taste and textures, and discover meals in which pulses and vegetables are the stars of the dish.

And once you taste Richa’s mouth-watering desserts, they will likely become your new favorites.

The recipes have been designed to simplify complex procedures, and Richa’s workflow tips incorporate modern appliances and techniques from other cuisines to reduce cooking times.

Replacement spices are indicated wherever possible, and Richa also provides alternatives and variations that allow people to be playful and creative with the spices called for in the recipes.*

Get your copy of this cookbook here »

2. HEALTHY HAPPY VEGAN KITCHEN
by Kathy Patalsky

Kathy Patalsky
Kathy Patalsky

Over 220 amazing vegan recipes from the author behind the blog HealthyHappyLife.com.

More and more people are going vegan, realizing that doing so can mean being healthier and happier.

A diet free of animal products also means living a greener life and changing the world for the better—one plate at a time.

Kathy Patalsky, creator of the popular vegan food blog Healthy.Happy.Life, read by millions, makes sure eating vegan is fun and delicious too.

In Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen, it’s hard to believe that some of the flavor-packed recipes, like the Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich and Ultra Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie, are actually vegan.

Along with the inventive recipes, the book also includes guides to help “veganize” your kitchen, cooking techniques for vegan staples, and wellness tips, making it the perfect book for both long-time vegans and newcomers alike.*

Get this cookbook here »

3. THE OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK — Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
by Angela Liddon

Angela Liddon
Angela Liddon

After a decade of struggling with an eating disorder and subsisting on diet, low-calorie processed foods, Angela Liddon vowed to get healthy once and for all.

Done with feeling sick and tired, she threw out her fat-free butter spray and low-calorie frozen dinners.

Instead, Angela embraced whole foods that made her glow from the inside out. But first, she had to learn to cook and eat right.

Five years ago, Angela started a blog, ohsheglows.com, to spread the word about her journey to health and the powerful transformation that food can make in our lives.

Almost overnight, her energy and authenticity attracted readers eager to create their own positive life changes.

Today, Oh She Glows attracts millions of visitors every month, making it one of the most popular vegan recipe blogs on the Internet.*

Get your cookbook here »

4. BUT I COULD NEVER GO VEGAN! — 125 Recipes that prove you can live without cheese, it’s not rabbit food, and your friends will still come over for dinner
by Kristy Turner

Kristy Turner. Photo by Chris Miller.
Kristy Turner. Photo by Chris Miller.

Kristy used to utter five little words that so many others have as well: “I could never go vegan!” And it is with those words in mind that she started down the path of creating this cookbook.

If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts.

You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)

As a former fromagier, Kristy knows a thing or two about cheese. Giving up cheese probably presents the biggest challenge to the would be vegan. The “I Could Never Give Up Cheese” Chapter will change that, particularly a recipe called “Tofu Chévre”. I can see you shaking your head, like — no way. I double dog dare you to try it.

Order this cookbook here »

PLANT-POWERED FAMILIES — Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
by Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton. Photo by Ben Bella Books (cropped).
Dreena Burton. Photo by Ben Bella Books (cropped).

Get your whole family excited about eating healthy!

Veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton shows a whole foods, plant-based diet can be easy, delicious, and healthy for your entire family.

In Plant-Powered Families, Burton shares over 100 whole-food, vegan recipes—tested and approved by her own three children. Your family will love the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and snacks.

With tips for handling challenges that come with every age and stage—from toddler to teen years —Plant-Powered Families is a perfect reference for parents raising “weegans” or families looking to transition to a vegan diet.

Burton shares advice and solutions from her own experience for everything from pleasing picky eaters and stocking a vegan pantry to packing school lunches and dealing with challenging social situations.

Plant-Powered Families also includes nutritionist-approved references for dietary concerns that will ensure a smooth and successful transition for your own plant-powered family!

Buy this cookbook here »

May your days be vegan and bright!


*Book Descriptions via Amazon.com, except for “I Could Never Go Vegan” where I injected a bit of my own so italicized it.

Author photos via their websites except for two — Kristy Turner’s photo is by Chris Miller (cropped); Dreen Burton’s belongs to Ben Bella Books (cropped).

Featured Image: VeganRicha.com

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AFYP: Baked Rice Pudding

Baked rice pudding. Google image.

Welcome to another “Advocate From Your Plate” recommended Vegan recipe.

Do you have a couple of hours to bake something scrumptious?

Sound too long? It needn’t be.

When I know I am going to be occupied on a project or with a program for a couple of hours, I mix this up, stick it in the oven, and two hours later voila! One of the most comforting comfort foods there is. This rice pudding recipe bakes at 30-minute intervals where all you need is jump up and give it a quick stir every 30 minutes, then back to business, or the show.

TIME: About 2 hours, mostly unattended
MAKES: At least 4 servings

PREHEAT OVEN TO 300°F

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup any white rice
1/3 cup Sugar in the Raw
Pinch salt
4 cups Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond milk – Silk almond milk is yummy too.
(Note: If you want to add vanilla this should be done after baking)

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine the rice, sugar, salt, and milk in a large gratin dish that holds at least 6 cups. Stir a couple of times and put it in the oven, uncovered. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir. Bake for 30 minutes longer, then stir again; at this point the rice might be swelling up and the milk should begin to develop a bubbly skin (if so, stir it back into the mixture).
2. Cook until the rice plumps and starts to become a more noticeable part of the mixture and the skin becomes more visible and darker, about 30 minutes more. Now the pudding is getting close to done, so check on it every 10 minutes, stirring each time (it should reach the right texture in 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the kind of rice you used).
3. The pudding will be done before you think it’s done. The rice should be really swollen and the milk thickened considerably but still pretty fluid (it will thicken more as it cools). Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold.

TIPS
You must use white rice in this recipe, but you have some choices: long-grain aromatic rice (like basmati or jasmine) will deliver the most delicate texture and fragrance. Short- or medium-grain white rice (like Arborio) will be more thick and chewy. Supermarket long-grain rices will be somewhere in between.

VARIATIONS
5 Ways to Change the Flavor:
1. Substitute coconut, soy, rice, or nut milk for the milk.
2. Stir in a piece or two of whole spice (cinnamon sticks, cloves, or nutmeg) at the beginning of cooking.
3. Stir in a teaspoon of grated citrus zest at the beginning of cooking.
4. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract after cooking.
5. Add up to 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts right before serving.

Vegan Recipes are part of the The Horse Fund’s Advocate From Your Plate campaign.

Happy Birthday to me and the Fund

Cakes by Emery. Found this at HorseNation.com.
Cakes by Emery. Found this at HorseNation.com.

It’s my birthday Friday, and the Fund’s birthday Monday.

The Fund is officially 10 years old on that day, and I am, well . . . let’s say several times that.

Like to make a gift? We would be so delighted if you would donate $1 for each of our 10 years – or $10.00. Click here to get it started!

Or, if you like, how about joining us. Become a Member.

Membership is still $24.00 a year. That would make my birthday – and the Fund’s – very happy indeed, to have you with us.

Or how about volunteering?

Warning Premarin Contains Horse Urine billboard.
Warning signs about Premarin are being placed in and around medical centers in the US by the Fund for Horses. Source image.

PREMARIN HORSES

A colleague from the Fund and I did some awareness raising about Premarin and Prempro in and around the hospitals in downtown Louisville recently. We gave nearly all of our 500 informational postcards out, and we were there only for a few hours.

Please, we must remember these horses.

“Pee farming” has downsized in North America, yes, but Pfizer is still making a killing selling these drugs in NA, carrying on the deadly legacy that began decades ago with Wyeth-Ayerst, endangering the lives of women, killing innocent foals; confining mares to a life of abuse until they can no longer become pregnant and “milked” for their estrogen rich urine, then cast aside.

PMU farming is chiefly done now outside NA in other countries, not known for treating animals particularly well. We may no longer be able to help Premarin mares and foals directly because of the distance between us now, but we can make a difference. We can alert doctors to refuse to prescribe these drugs and women to refuse to take them.

Please volunteer. The job is simple. It calls for a little research and preparing mailings. Done in numbers this campaign has already shown an amazingly significant impact.

Email vivian at horsefund.org with your number and a time to call, and either Candace or I will telephone you to discuss.

If you would like to support PremStoppers financially, please use this link. Donations are used for billboards, printed materials, mailings and postage.

If you love interacting on behalf of horses on Facebook, please let me know. We are trying to put together a special event there in October, and we would like some expert assistance.

Thank you so much for helping.

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