|Posted by Breath of Shalom on November 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
25,130 Americans asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take responsibility and halt his Bureau of Land Management's out of control wild horse program. He didn't respond and now we're calling on him to resign.We have until 5 PM ET on Thursday November 29, 2012 to get as many signatures on this petition as possible. Help us by spreading the word. Ken Salazar has been a disappointment throughout his tenure as Interior Secretary, but his recent failure to adequately address allegations that his Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was complicit in the sale of 1,700 federally protected wild horses to a known kill buyer is unacceptable.
In September, a ProPublica report exposed Salazar's BLM for selling “truckload upon truckload” of captured wild horses to the kill buyer, Tom Davis, who purchases U.S. horses and sells them to slaughterhouses in Mexico. Davis just happens to be a neighbor and business associate of Secretary Salazar and his ranching family in Colorado.
After hearing this news, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) put together an open letter signed by 25,130 Americans which that encouraged Secretary Salazar to halt the BLM's program until he could ensure that no more wild horses would ever again be sold for slaughter. On November 13, AWHPC supporters delivered the petition to Secretary Salazar's office at the Department of Interior and requested a response by November 27. AWHPC has not received a response.
The BLM's wild horse roundups continue full speed ahead, even as video has surfaced online that shows wild horses with BLM brands being offloaded at a slaughterhouse in Mexico. And Secretary Salazar continues to claim he has "no recollection" of Davis, even though they grew up in the same small town and Davis has hauled livestock for Salazar's ranch. In addition, the BLM's sales of wild horses to Davis skyrocketed after Salazar became Interior Secretary in 2009.
Even the White House responds to petitions with 25,000 or more signatures, but Secretary Salazar couldn't manage to respond to our letter signed by 25,130 Americans in a reasonable amount of time. Meanwhile, wild horses continue to be rounded up, removed from their homes on our public lands, and are in danger of being sold for slaughter. Secretary Salazaar has the power to change this out of control federal program, but he refuses to do anything about it.
Sign and share: For failing to responsibly manage his BLM's wild horse program and engage in an honest dialogue with citizens concerned about his policy judgments, I'm signing this petition calling on Ken Salazar to resign as Interior Secretary.
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|Posted by Liddy on May 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM||comments (1)|
1 1/2 cups lima beans (dried large)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves (minced)
2 onions (thinly sliced)
3 stalks celery (thinly sliced)
2 potatoes (peeled and quartered or 4 small, peeled and quartered)
2 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
1 bay leaf (crushed)
1 1/2 - 2 tbsps vegetable soup (vegetable soup mix or 5 vegetable bouillon cubes)
1 tbsp paprika (find using half smoked bittersweet, half regular, adds depth to the final flavou)
4 cups hot water
ground pepper (fresh)
Soak the beans overnight, then drain. In a large skillet, heat the oil and saute the garlic, onions and celery until tender, then put in slow cooker. Add the potatoes, carrots, beans, bay leaf and paprika. Dissolve vegetable soup mix in 1 cup of the hot water and add to the vegetables with the remaining 3 cups of water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover tightly and cook on low 18-24 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Makes four very generous servings.
|Posted by Liddy on May 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Pit Bulls are among one of the sweetest breed of dog, yet their reputation today is the exact opposite of just that. Pit Bulls have been labeled vicious, and it’s no fault of their own. People are to blame.
There are two things that can work in favor of, or against the Pit Bull:
1) The Pit Bull is an extremely powerful breed.
People who wish to exploit this aspect of the breed are not usually the types of people you’d want to be living next to. Because of the Pit Bulls incredible stamina and strength they are used as pawns in the cruel underground blood-sport of dog fighting.
2) The Pit Bull is extremely Loyal and ready to Please.
Having this quality is usually a plus in any breed of dog, but because of the Pit Bulls strength, people with bad intentions can turn a good dog into a dangerous dog, and many have done just that.
To most people, having a dog that will both protect you, and be your best friend is a treasure. But, to those who seek to exploit these qualities it can be disastrous, and it’s always the Pit Bull who pays the price. So, before you jump on the BSL bandwagon and start pointing your finger at the Pit Bull, remember that any dog, all dogs behave as they have been trained to by their Guardian.
by Lindsey A. Bradford
|Posted by Liddy on April 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
PETA may not be particularly popular because of some of their choice ADs, but their investigations have uncovered some of the most shocking cases of animal cruelty ever seen. The following is a PETA investigation on Pigeon Racing:
“In April 2012, PETA released a 15-month undercover investigation—spanning five states—into some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in the U.S. PETA documented massive casualties of birds during races and training, discovered rampant killing of unwanted birds and abusive training and racing methods and exposed a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling industry.
PETA's investigators found that in many races, which can be as long as 600 miles, more than 60 percent of the birds get lost or die as a result of extreme weather, predators, electrical lines, hunters, or exhaustion. Races that are particularly fatal—where only a minuscule percentage of birds makes it home—are referred to as "smash races." In one such race in Queens, New York, only four out of 213 birds returned. At the 2011 American Racing Pigeon Union Convention, only 827 out of the original 2,294 birds survived training flights, only 487 of whom completed the 325-mile race by nightfall.
Birds who aren't considered fast enough and aren't wanted for breeding are typically "culled"— killed by suffocation, drowning, neck-breaking, gassing, or decapitation. PETA documented one world-renowned racer as he admitted that he generally has to buy 12 pigeons for breeding before he finds one he can use in his loft and just kills the others and their offspring. Another racer told investigators that when starting out in pigeon racing, "The first thing you have to learn—how to kill pigeons."
Like cockfighting and dog fighting, pigeon racing is all about gambling. PETA penetrated racing organizations in which a quarter of a million dollars is bet on a single race and discovered that pigeon racing generates an estimated $15 million a year in illegal gambling proceeds and involves felony violations of federal gambling, racketeering, and tax-evasion laws. The high stakes also lead some flyers to cheat: Investigators found that several racers' birds tested positive for illegal performance-enhancing drugs, and one racer admitted to shooting federally protected raptors.
You can also view a video of their investigation HERE
Let’s hope that with support from the public we can put a stop to these cruel, inhumane races.
by Lindsey A. Bradford