11 things humans do that dogs hate

This is actually really important. I know we have all been guilty of doing some of these things on occasion, totally without meaning to. 

Those “cute” gifs and photos of dogs “smiling”, licking their lips etc…these are signs of stress. Please read this article! 

MotherForker

My mom has a food blog. Which I am helping her with. :)

She is omnivorous (I’ve got her down to chicken only…it’s a start I suppose) but will be blogging about her vegan adventures with me in France, Iceland and at home. 

Are you a farmer, 4H-er, or otherwise involved with the animal agriculture business?

be-their-sound:

be-their-sound:

I am looking for 5-10 people in animal ag to help me with an article I am writing. I am trying to get the opinions of those in the animal business, vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. 

If you are willing to help me please email me at betheirsound@gmail.com. You can remain anonymous in the article if you’d like. I will send you some questions to answer (any of which you can decide to not answer) and a basic form to fill out. 

Your answers will not be edited. Feel free to send me an ask or email me if you have any questions. 

If you are vegan check out this post.

If you are vegetarian check out this post.

If you are an omnivore check out this post. ’

I have two awesome people who responded so far to this. I know there are more farmers and 4Hers out there who would love to voice their opinions. I have no intention of distorting your answers or even painting you in a negative light. This is an opinion piece, YOUR opinion! Your answers will be raw and unedited.

Just because we’re small..

thepacificparrotlet:

doesn’t mean we aren’t a lot to handle.

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that we don’t have the same health issues.image

we need lots of mental stimulation to be healthy.

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The whole world is supposed to be our cage so we deserve the best that you can afford.

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Our feet are not designed for perfect cylinders

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and without proper nutrition, we won’t live for very long.

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We are not a decoration, our size does not make up cheaper, we live for 25+ years and deserve to live the best lives possible.

(via kimblewick)

On Saturday I am leaving for vacation for two weeks with my parents. I am going to Paris, Normandy, and Brittany! Then it’s off to Iceland for 4 days. I will be posting but it’ll most likely be about the food, or lack thereof while I travel.

:)

This ice cream is so fucking good I want to cry. Plus some profits go to my friends over at MFA.

If you are in NY I highly recommend grabbing a pint of this. Holy shit.

animalplace:

This month we celebrated our 25th anniversary of Animal Place. Check out this interview with co-founder and executive director, Kim Sturla, where she explains how it all began.

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What inspired you to start Animal Place and what were you doing before?

I started Animal Place because I was saddened by the degree of suffering farmed animals experience, the lack of laws protecting them, lack of education people had about them, how few people were speaking on their behalf and because I knew that there is something every person can do to help.

Before I co-founded Animal Place, I was running Peninsula Humane Society and living in Pacifica. Starting Animal Place lead me to selling my home, changing to a job that allowed flexibility for me to work at the sanctuary, and moving to Vacaville, CA. on 60-acres of undeveloped land.

When you began, did you ever think Animal Place would grow to be what it is today? What were you originally hoping for?

No, I was hoping to have a shelter to save the animals who had nowhere else to go. We were saving animals from our local shelter, some local unwanted animals, “test animals” from UC Davis and UC San Francisco. We had no real master plan. That’s how it is with most non-profit organizations: you blindly and enthusiastically jump into the water with both feet. The key to success is just being flexible enough to evolve.

Did you have experience with animal care? How did you learn? Did you hire caregivers?

Yes, I was the Peninsula Humane Society director and our co-founder Ned was a veterinarian. We had basic knowledge of animal caregiving, but we had great access to expertise. It was just the two of us for the first ten years, and after that we hired our first employee. She was a pre-vet student who now runs her own organization and is a veterinarian for Sonoma Humane Society. She worked with us mornings and some evenings for years in exchange for free rent.

What options were there for rescued farmed animals in the early 1990s?

There were no options, really. That’s why we adopted our first sanctuary resident, Zelda, from the Peninsula Humane Society. Our adoption staff had worked tirelessly to find her a loving home, but everyone who wanted to adopt her wanted to eat her.

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How did you learn to care for individuals who have been bred for early death?

It was a lot of trial and error. Another sanctuary had started a few years before and we did a lot of networking. We often consulted large animal vets from UC Davis. Mostly, it was working through issues as they came along.

What kept you going through difficult times early on?

There was never a time when I thought, “I can’t go on”. What kept me motivated was my very strong commitment to saving animals. It was staying aware and focused on the importance of the work we were doing. I’d occasionally check in with myself to make sure that life was what I wanted, but always came back with the same thing. And here we are 25 years later.

What advice would you give others wanting to start their own farmed animal sanctuary?

I’d advise anyone hoping to start their own sanctuary to spend a lot of time at other sanctuaries. Then, develop a business plan, knowing the initial costs will all come from your own pocket. Mostly, know that this will be a life-long commitment and see it as such.

What are you hoping for the future of Animal Place?

I hope that it continues to grow, save as many lives as possible, and change many hearts and minds. I also hope that we never compromise our core mission of humane education and saving lives.

What are some amazing animal bonds that you’ve witnessed?

A few that stand out are: The way Joe, who was a Jersey steer, would regularly nuzzle and groom Lulu the Pig.

The way Norm (goat) would wait for his elderly goat companion to catch up with the herd. His pal was arthritic and slow-moving and Norm would never leave him.

The way Aloha and Bruce (pigs) would sleep together every single night.

To me, that’s like asking if I have ever witnessed any amazing human bonds — they’re bonding all the time, it’s that basic.

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Any favorite rescue stories that moved you?

Yes, in that they are all wonderful. Any large scare rescue is powerful. In 2005 we conducted our first one, and I helped remove 2000+ hens from feces-encrusted cages. In 2013 we liberated 3000 hens and then charted a cargo plane to fly 1100 to east coast sanctuaries. During Katrina, I scooped up hundreds of frail little bodies scattered over destroyed farms. We save 1100 chickens in three nights on Mississippi farms.

I remember it as if it were yesterday, jumping over a fence and trespassing onto an abandoned farm only to document and photograph dying sheep and goats. That was where I saved Sebastian - a sickly week old goat. He was one of the few who made it out of there alive.

When I first saw Bruce, the pig, while investigating a local cruelty case, he was just a skeleton living in mud and muck. Cruelty charges were filed and within 48 hours we received custody and coaxed him into our stock trailer with a bucket of fruit and pastries.

My memories would be far fewer if it was not for you. Thank you for being a part of the awesome work we accomplish together.

Oh, and if you are trying to think of that one special birthday present to give to the animals in celebration of our 25th - try a vegan diet! That is just about the best gift they could ask for!

Anonymous: What are 4Hers?

4H is a youth program that has clubs, after school activities and camps that center around agriculture, gardening, health, science etc. They have a lot of programs that involve farm animal production. It’s actually generally a great program, although I obviously disagree with the animals for food aspect of it. :/ 

Are you a farmer, 4H-er, or otherwise involved with the animal agriculture business?

be-their-sound:

I am looking for 5-10 people in animal ag to help me with an article I am writing. I am trying to get the opinions of those in the animal business, vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. 

If you are willing to help me please email me at betheirsound@gmail.com. You can remain anonymous in the article if you’d like. I will send you some questions to answer (any of which you can decide to not answer) and a basic form to fill out. 

Your answers will not be edited. Feel free to send me an ask or email me if you have any questions. 

If you are vegan check out this post.

If you are vegetarian check out this post.

If you are an omnivore check out this post. ’

I have two awesome people who responded so far to this. I know there are more farmers and 4Hers out there who would love to voice their opinions. I have no intention of distorting your answers or even painting you in a negative light. This is an opinion piece, YOUR opinion! Your answers will be raw and unedited.

Are you an omnivore?

be-their-sound:

be-their-sound:

I am looking for 5-10 omnivorous people to help me with an article I am writing. I am trying to get the opinions of those in the animal business, vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. 

If you are willing to help me please email me at betheirsound@gmail.com. You can remain anonymous in the article if you’d like. I will send you some questions to answer (any of which you can decide to not answer) and a basic form to fill out. 

Your answers will not be edited. Feel free to send me an ask or email me if you have any questions. 

If you are vegan check out this post. Done!

If you are vegetarian check out this postDone!

If you are an animal farmer/4H-er check out this post

I need 9 more omnivores! I am trying to get your honest opinions. I would really appreciate the help and remember you can be anon if you want. :) 

I still need 9 more omnivores! Please email me if you are interested. keep sharing!

SFWC Rescues Mottled Ducklings from Storm Drain : The Humane Society of the United States

Happy they were able to save these ducklings. But when we called them to take in the Muscovy ducks we rescued they rejected them because they aren’t native. We later learned that they did a favor by rejecting them as apparently Muscovys are often killed. So what gives HSUS? Why do some species deserve protection while others don’t?