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At the end of April I went to Hawaii with my boyfriend and my family. We had such an amazing time, and I have meant to post some pictures ever since!  Now it’s JUNE and here I am finally doing it.  Anyway, there are still some wild chickens in Hawaii, and I snapped a few photos of them.  The first one of the hen with her chicks is my favorite–could they BE any CUTER??:

Wild hen & her babies in Haleiwa

Wild hen & her babies in Haleiwa

A gorgeous rooster in Haleiwa

A gorgeous rooster in Haleiwa

As for food, I was glad I did my research on where to find vegan food on Oahu. If I hadn’t, I would have missed out on one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Oh. my. gosh.  The last day we were there, we drove around Honolulu trying to find this hole in the wall deli called the Wellbento. I am SO glad we did, because this Cajun BBQ tempeh served with roasted root vegetables, rice & gravy, and vegan macaroni salad & coleslaw was seriously a major highlight of my trip. Forget all the beaches, bring on the tempeh! 🙂  It was ridiculously good, and I’ve since tried to recreate the tempeh with some success, though mine’s not nearly as good as theirs.  If you ever go to Honolulu (or if you live there), you HAVE to seek this place out!

Cajun BBQ tempeh with root vegetables from Wellbento in Honolulu

Cajun BBQ tempeh with root vegetables from Wellbento in Honolulu

Also, if you are a sushi fan, check out Banzai Sushi Bar in Haleiwa on the north shore. It had a few different veggie sushi options, which you could order without seaweed! This sushi was wrapped with soy paper. I can’t stand seaweed, so this was much better! I’m still not a huge sushi fan, but this was much better than a lot of other sushi I’ve had!  And it’s pretty to boot!

Veggie sushi from Banzai Sushi bar in Haleiwa

Veggie sushi from Banzai Sushi bar in Haleiwa

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All too often even the most egregious cases of animal abuse go without any substantial punishment. This seems even more true when the victim is a “food” animal.  However, I saw some good news today that gives me some hope that times may be changing (slowly, but changing nonetheless).

Around Thanksgiving last year, People for the Ethical Treatement of Animals (PETA) released undercover video footage of Aviagen Turkeys Inc. slaughterhouse employees abusing live turkeys.   I am happy to report that last week three of those workers were indicted on  19 counts of animal abuse, 11 of them felony charges that could carry significant jail time.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Each felony charge is punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. The misdemeanor charges carry possible sentences of six months and up to $2,000 in fines.”  These punishments are unusually harsh in a farm animal abuse case, but given the severity of the abuse, I think they are totally appropriate.  Until people like this are held accountable for their actions and severe punishments are the norm, the abuse will continue.  Companies engaged in any kind of animal production or handling need to make it painfully clear that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and our legal system  needs to punish people accordingly when such cases do arise.  I am glad that in this case it seems that the courts are taking this abuse seriously.

I met a few turkeys when I visited Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen.  Having heard my whole life how stupid turkeys are, I was surprised to see that they’re actually quite bright animals, and that they, like pigs, cows, dogs, and other animals, have rich emotional lives.  They are sweet, kind animals, and I am so happy I got to meet some of them. It reinforced even more why I choose not to eat them.  Look at how beautiful they are!

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When I went down to Florida to visit my sister, we made a trip to Ocala to visit the Kindred Spirits Sanctuary. Here are some of my pictures!

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I recently celebrated my 28th birthday, and one of the gifts I received was very unexpected: a pig!

Okay, so I didn’t actually PHYSICALLY get a pig (I wish!), but my wonderful friend Becky sponsored a pig at Farm Sanctuary in our names. It was such a wonderful gift (THANK YOU, BECKY!). Anyway, this week I received my “adoption” packet about Hazel, a floppy-eared pig. She is hilarious looking (no offense, Hazel), but in the most adorable way. I loved reading about Hazel and her companion Harry’s journey to Farm Sanctuary. An excerpt:

Like their offspring, Hazel and Harry were destined to be killed for pork, but every time Cem tried to load the willful pigs onto a slaughterhouse-bound truck, they would run away and hide, always eluding capture….Formerly of the mind that farm animals raised and treated as humanely as possible returned the favor to the farmer in their deaths, the [farmers] became increasingly troubled and slowly started to phase out their supplemental operation….Harry and Hazel were not only [their] friends, but creatures with desires all their own, namely the chance to hold onto their dignity and their lives.

The couple committed to a vegetarian lifestyle and vowed to find these two pigs a place where they could live out the rest of their lives in peace. Because of Hazel and Harry’s big personalities and determination to live, these former farmers completely changed their lives – how inspiring is that?!

So, thanks to Becky for giving me such a wonderful gift and for helping Farm Sanctuary to do its amazing work; and thank you to Hazel for making such an huge difference in the lives of the people you’ve touched. I hope I get to meet you someday. Oh, and if you get a chance, go say hello to my buddy Goodwin!

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I am back from a wonderful weekend at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. What an adventure we had. I finally got to meet the goat I sponsored, Goodwin. This is him:

Goodwin
Goodwin

He is just the cutest little goat I’ve ever seen. Apparently his growth was stunted due to malnutrition or something, so he is only about half the size of the other pygmy goats. Since he is still pretty new there, he is terribly shy, and not sure what he thinks of humans yet. You can’t really blame him since he probably had never been treated kindly before now. In addition, he’s still trying to figure out where he fits in the pygmy goat herd. Despite his shyness, you could tell he has a lot of personality. He is cautious and wants to check things out, but to me it just seemed like you could tell he had a gentle, kind little personality. I think he’s feisty too underneath it all. I will be interested to see how he develops over time – yes, I’ll definitely go back there someday!

Here are some more of my pictures. If you haven’t been to a farmed animal sanctuary, I cannot recommend it enough. It was such a beautiful experience to connect with animals who have escaped slaughter, abuse, and neglect, and now are happy, sweet creatures who have learned to forgive humans, despite what they’ve been through. And for selfish reasons, it was just plain fun to give a pig a belly rub!

Turkey

Happy pigRoseFennel, the roosterHappy pig

Maya, the friendly cow

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Goodwin the goatNext weekend I will be in upstate New York to visit Farm Sanctuary. I am so excited I could pee my pants. I won’t do that, however, because I’m sitting on my couch and there are only so many times a couch can be peed on without having to throw it out (so I’m told). Anyway, I simply cannot wait. I’ve sponsored a goat there – his name is Goodwin, and he is just a little guy, a pygmy goat. I’ll get to meet him and hang out with him and pet him and probably not ride him or anything since he’s so little.

Farm Sanctuary does some amazing work in rescuing and rehabilitating farmed animals, not to mention all the great campaigning they’ve done to improve conditions and reduce suffering for animals raised in horrific factory farm conditions. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time, and I’m so happy it’s only a few days away now – it’s going to be SO FUN. I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures next week!

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NortonIn my infinite quest to be The World’s Strangest Person Ever, I have stumbled upon (ok, a friend sent me) an animal rescue website that has webcams on some of the animals who live there! The place is called Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is haven for hundreds of abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, pigs, ducks and other farm animals. The ranch is one of the most comprehensive horse and farm animal care and rehabilitation centers in the country.

In my infinite boredom at work, I have been spending some time checking up on the resident pig, Snortin’ Norton. He is awesome. I mean, 99% of the time he’s sleeping, but sometimes he wakes up and yawns, or he decides he’s not the most comfortable he could possibly be and he rearranges his hay and then goes right back to sleep. Basically: adorable.

Anyway, it is nice to see a former factory farm pig now enjoying the good life in a clean stall with lots of people to look after him! Check it out if you need a pick-me-up and/or you’re just weird like me.

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