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400 Million Fewer Animals Killed in the US in 2014

Food Revolution Cow

Great news for the meatless and animal rights movements!  According to this Food Revolution Network article, people in developed  countries are eating less meat, and it’s already starting to show.  In 2014, 400 million fewer animals were subjected to industrial farming and slaughter.

I like meat, but I’ m trying to do my part for these animals and for the environment.  When I was in Wooster for the past two years, I bought very little meat, and what I did buy was from local sources.  I also found out last night that I can’t eat a huge steak (conventionally-raised beef) without feeling nauseous, though I’m not sure if that’s due to my feelings about factory farming or to a smaller appetite from dieting.

Whatever the reason, here’s hoping I can keep it up.

(The picture was originally taken from the article).

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Zoo Animal Pictures

I love animals, and I love taking pictures of animals.   Since now I have a new camera with a nice zoom feature, I had a great time taking photos at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last Saturday.  My best pictures are below.2015 African Stork 2015 Cockatoo 2015 Giraffe 5 2015 Orangutan 1 2015 Ostriches 1 2015 Pigeon 2015 Polar Bear 1 2015 Rainbow Lorikeets 4 2015 Tiger 2 2015 Water Monitor

Factory Farms and Chicken Abuse

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a shocking article about how Perdue, a company which puts a “humanely raised” label on its chicken products, really raises its chickens.

Spoiler alert: it’s not humane, and it’s not pretty.  See this link for details.  It just goes to show that when it comes to buying humanely raised meats, it’s always best to do your research first.

Bee-Killing Pesticides

All over the country, bee populations have declined due to toxic insecticides called neonicotinoids.  In fact, at least 40 pollinator species are threatened or endangered.  We need healthy bees to have healthy crops.  Leave a comment for the Pollinator Health Task Force at the link below.  Let them know you support saving our bees!

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15171

Did you know…

…that in France, a turkey is called a “chicken from India”?

…that the shape of turkey droppings indicates a turkey’s gender?

…that dinosaurs like T-rex and Velociraptor had wishbones?

Neither did I.  Read more interesting facts about turkeys at this link to the Compassion in World Farming website:

http://ciwf.com/blog/2014/11/eleven-lesser-known-turkey-facts/