September 25, 2011

Don't Hate Me......

Please consider how much joy you will bring to your home by adopting a less adoptable dog! Visit your local shelter or contact a rescue in your area and ask about animals with little to no interest. Saving a life is the best thing you will ever do!

Or try, just browse and see who is in need of a loving home right now. 

According to the American Humane Association, nearly 10 million animals are euthanized annually in the United States. That's 833,333 every month - 208,333 every week - 27,778 each day - 1,157 every hour!
Or, think of it this way - 19 companion animals are put to sleep every minute of every hour of every day each year!! 

Spay and Neuter your Pets! Don't Shop, Adopt!

September 19, 2011

Sunny Sky's Rescue Bus - saving lives!!

 "Sunny Sky's is an animal rescue organization formed in 2010 by Dr. Illina Berton. Thanks to the help of many volunteers we are now a full fledged non profit organization. Acquiring our 501(c)3 status in 2011. We rely solely on volunteers to continue on our path to saving as many four legged friends as possible. Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue believes every animal deserves to be loved and we are devoted to finding families that deserve our animals love.

Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue in conjunction with East Valley Animal Shelter, Van Nuys, CA and a team of volunteers have acquired a RESCUE BUS to rescue and transport anywhere between 60-80 shelter dogs (and sometimes cats and rabbits) per trip from Los Angeles, CA to Puyallup, WA, where the animals will be treated and offered for adoption, giving the animals another chance of life."

 These rescue operations rely entirely on donations.

Take a closer look at Sunny Sky's on their website:

August 1, 2011

Plastic Bag Ban in Long Beach ... it's great start!

Plastic bags will be a thing of the past in Long Beach beginning today, and suddenly all of those who have been using plastic will need to tote reusable and paper bags.
Under a measure passed by the Long Beach City Council, the city’s larger stores will not be allowed to pack items in plastic bags. Customers will be able to buy paper bags for 10 cents each but will be encouraged to bring in their own reusable bags when shopping.
The smaller stores will phase out the use of plastic bags and will be plastic-free by January, according to the new law.
Environmentalists have long argued that plastic bags, not being organic and biodegradeable, clog drains, clutter up the environment and even endanger fish.
Los Angeles County’s new ban took effect July 8, and the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles are considering such bans.
Copied from:  Article written by Mirna Alfonso August 01, 2011

July 29, 2010

No More Free Plastic Bags in California

No More Plastic Bag Pollution

Target: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Senate
Sponsored by:
The Pacific Garbage Patch can be found floating about 1,000 miles off the Californian coast -- this swirling mass of plastic bags and garbage has grown to be twice the size of Texas.

When it comes to the environment, California is a trendsetter. The Pacific Garbage Patch is all of our responsibilities, but we need California to put the country on the right track towards eliminating plastic waste.

Although California prides itself on its environmental initiatives, there's no way The Golden State can deserve its title as the greenest state until it addresses its plastic bag problem. At 19 billion plastic bags a year, California is currently the biggest consumer of single-use plastic bags.

Despite this, California is poised to become the first state to ban plastic bags. The California State Assembly passed a bill (AB 1998) to ban single-use plastic shopping bags on June 2, and the bill will go to the Senate mid August. Urge California legislators to support a ban on single-use grocery bags.

Please sign the PETITION here!

April 14, 2010

No More Landfills - Let's Use Trash for Energy! - The Petition Site

No More Landfills - Let's Use Trash for Energy! - The Petition Site

Target: U.S. EPA
Sponsored by:

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands are all ramping up their waste-to-energy plants. These plants use a very new and clean technology to convert non-recyclable waste into heat and energy. Some communities get as much as 80 percent of their heat from these clean incinerators.

And even more amazing, these waste-to-energy plants produce less pollutants than our current landfills due to their ability to capture pollutants.

The plants create 9 times the energy, are cleaner, and isolate toxins that are in the current system being leached into our groundwater. So why hasn't the U.S. adopted this system?

It's time the U.S. stopped lagging behind Europe in clean energy technology. Tell the EPA to start taking waste-to-energy plants seriously!

April 13, 2009

Plants Poisonous to Pets

My best friend Brenda recently lost two of her pet Parakeets and just found out that their deaths were due to a houseplant (!!), please read:

Monday, April 13, 2009
Important info for animal/birds lovers!!~ Please READ!!
Current mood: sad
Category: Pets and Animals

As some of you know my 2 sweet Parakeets: Faith and Hope died suddenly March 29, 2009. I am still so very sad about their sudden death. I had 5 Parakeets,, I didn't understand why 2 died and the other 3 are ok. A few friends ask me if their food may have been poisonous. I feed them all the same food and they shared the same cage. If the food was poisonous then all 5 would had died. I had no clue why they died. I have been so worried that my other 3 will die. I am an animal lover and I pride myself on taking excellent care of all my beloved Pets. My animals are a part of our family. I get them treats for their Birthdays and Holidays. They all bring us so much joy. I change their cage everyday, if they had dropping on toys or perches thru out the day I clean them. I don't like small closed in areas.. so we bought them a huge flight cage so they had plenty of room to fly around. They have fresh food and water everyday. I talk to them, hold them, play music, let them out for exercise. I thought I took every precaution there was. I never let them out of their cage if the ceiling fans were on, I made sure the toilet seat was closed, I put the drain cover on the garbage disposal, I made sure no one would open the doors so they could not escape outside, I put my kitten Faylinn in a separate room, I never had the stove or oven on, Never had lit candles, I use only nature cleaning products, I kepted them away from drafts, I had heard that Non-Stick pans are dangerous if you use them on high heat, so we never did that. I felt I covered every area.Today I went on the Internet and began reading some information about Pet birds. I found a list of Poisonous Plants that are toxic to Pet Birds. I only have one house plant. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that the one plant I have is poisonous to my birds. The plant I have is : Philodendron. Faith and Hope loved to be out of the cage the most.. they would often times land in the plant and I always thought .. “ Oh look how cute they are perched in the plant”. Little did I know that this plant would kill my sweet birds. I am so upset at myself for not researching more information about parakeets. I would never do anything to cause harm to my animals and to think that they clearly suffered to death from my poisonous house plant just makes me feel horrible. Why didn't I look on the Internet before? WHY??? I had a complete melt down after reading this information. I don't want their death to be in vain. I then realized that I had to get this information out to other Pet Bird Owners. Some of you on My Space have pet birds.. Please look over this list to keep your birds safe. I loved you Faith and Hope: I am sorry! Protect Your Bird from Poisons and Toxic Chemicals :Print this Chart as a Reminder of What Poisonous Plants and Chemicals Can Harm Your Pet Bird:Poisonous Plants that are Harmful to Birds:Amaryllis, Avocado, Azalea, Balsam ,Pear, Baneberry Beans, Castor, Horse, Peas, Navy, Glory Bird Of Paradise, Black Locust, Blue-Green Algae, Boxwood, Calla Lily, Cherry Tree, Christmas Candle, Coral Plant, Daffodil ,Dieffenbachia, Eggplant, Elephant's Ear, Foxglove, Hemlock, Holly, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Indian Turnip, Iris Ivy ** All Types Java Bean, Jerusulem Cherry, Jimsonweed, Juniper, Larkspur, Lily of the Valley, Lobelia ,Locoweed, Marijuana, Mayapple, Mistletoe, Mock Orange, Morning Glory, Narcissus, Oak, Oleander, Philodendron, Poison Ivy & Oak, Poinsettia, Pikeweed, Potato, Privet, Rhododendron, Rhubarb, Rosary, Peas, Sandbox Tree, Skunk Cabbage, Snowdrop, Sweet Pea, Tobacco, Virginia Creeper, Wisteria, Yam Bean, Yew. Sources of Fumes that are Toxic to Birds:Asbestos Bleach, Chlorine, Carbon Monoxide, Cigarette Smoke, Diazanon, Flea Bombs and Collars, Floor Polishes, Formaldehyde, Hair Dye and Spray House, Paint, Kerosene, Matches, Moth Balls, Nail Polish & Remover Oil Paint, Oven Cleaner, Overheated Nonstick Cookware **Teflons** Paint Remover, Perfume, Permanent Wave Solution, Pesticides, Shoe Polish and Cleaners, Spot Removers, Spray Starch, Suntan Lotions, Surgical Acrylics ,Toilet Cleaners, Wax. ***This is by no means a complete list. If you are unsure, read the label, seek more information from maker. When in doubt, don't use!!*** Rest in Peace Faith and Hope.
I will get this information out.

Hope & Faith

July 19, 2008

Did You Know??

Always interested in chemical-free remedies, I tend to come across all kinds of great ideas and little wisdoms, I would like to share.
These are really useful.

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Reheating Refrigerated Bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm.
This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. As seen on the cooking channel, it really works.

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Newspaper Weeds Away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil.
Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
or *Mix 1 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup distilled water. Now add 7 drops each of: cinnamon oil and mint extract. Mix well and add to a sprayer bottle.
or*Mix thoroughly in a sprayer bottle:
1 tablespoon cedarwood fragrance oil or essential oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 drops citronella oil
2 cups water.
It's ready for use after 24 hours settling on your counter-top.

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Hair Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

*Greatest Crab Grass and Weed killer

...and it's probably in your kitchen now! Fill a large watering can with pickling white can also use the less-acidic regular white vinegar but it might take 2 applications.
Pour the vinegar directly on the crabgrass and weeds you want to get rid of. In a day or two the unwanted vegetation will turn straw yellow and will be easy to remove with a rake, etc.

*Eco-friendly Shower/Bath Cleaner
Mix in a large sprayer bottle: 2 cups plain white vinegar, 3 tablespoons of your fave Method (or other earth-friendly dish soap), and a few drops of your fave essential oil. Mix thoroughly and allow to stand for an hour or so.
After you shower, spray your shower walls and glass liberally with this wonderful spray. Your walls will stay shiny and clean and the limescale will be a thing of the past! This costs about 50 cents to make and will last weeks. The one you can buy at the store costs $4.00 and is not earth-friendly!

* Special thanks to "Auntie Barbara", my most innovative Yahoo!360 friend!

July 1, 2008

Do Not Kill Wild Horses!!

Wild Horses and Burros are being round-up by the Bureau of Land Management in several western states and considered to be euthanized if not adopted by the public. This is grotesque mis-management and should not be allowed.
The BLM decided that Wild Horses and Burros were multiplying too fast for their taste, so they came up with the idea of reducing numbers by capturing thousands of the beautiful wild animals, corralling them in crowded holding places and put them up for adoption.
Being as "smart" as they are, they went and captured about 30,000!!!
Now suddenly they realize it costs a lot of money to feed all these imprisoned animals, and guess what? they put them up for adoption, and if there aren't enough takers, well, the will just kill the rest!?!

Please save them, click here & here to protest BLM's idiotic practices.
Thank you!
For more information please go to :
PBS Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns
Wild Horse Roundups: Why are they conducted?

June 30, 2008

why cruelty-free?

(Warning! Contains graphic descriptions)
Because of animal testing. You may or may not be aware that the majority of everyday-use consumer products in your supermarket, chain-store, convenience store, drugstore are produced by big companies like Proctor and Gamble (P&G), Colgate-Palmolive, SC Johnson, Johnson and Johnson, Unilever. Check the labels, you may be surprised how many brands are owned by these companies.
That is the first surprise, now on to the second.
All these everyday items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, dish-soap, laundry detergent, etc. that you use on a daily basis, are very likely to be produced by these companies, and before they are stocked on shelves, were Tested On Animals.
The same is true for cosmetics. Popular drugstore brands like CoverGirl (P&G), Maybelline, Neutrogena, Max Factor (P&G) and L'Oreal DO TEST their products on Animals.

How do they test, you wonder. Do they wash a dog with human shampoo? Do they put lipstick on a monkey?
No. In their test labs they keep rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs and primates in small cages, ready to be exposed to all types of chemicals and products to see if these items will cause irritations or worse reactions.
All these animals have furs, so to get to their skin, some are shaved, often ruthlessly, exposing not only skin, but raw flesh. The animals do not like these tortures, so they are tied or screwed down to keep them still.
So you don't like your shampoo or lotion stinging your eyes, you look for gentle products. How do they know these products are gentle? They do because they already tested it on bunnies or monkeys by sewing their eyelids open and dripping or spraying liquid into their eyes, possibly blinding the animals, and certainly exposing them to pain.
Now, these are just examples of common procedures, there are many more methods the so-called researchers or scientists come up with, you may want to do some reading to find out more specifically.

Where do these animals come from?
Most are bred just for this purpose (think puppy-mills for different animals species), for experiments, for torture, and ultimately euthanasia if the animals do not die of exposure and injury.
Some are obtained from animals shelters.

So, this is why I refuse to buy anything manufactured by a company that does or approves of Animal Testing.
Companies that apply humane methods will proudly state so on their products, look for the Leaping Bunny logo, and beware of products stating "End-Product Not Tested on Animals" or "We Do Not Test on Animals", it just means that they test the ingredients seperately, or have other companies do their dirty work.

Please think about this, do your own research, just enter "animal testing" into any search engine, you will find an amazing amount of information.
You don't have to be an animal lover, pet-owner, tree-hugger or hippie to find Animal Testing disgusting.

Because of Factory Farming. Again, many people may be unaware of the cruelty and suffering of animals involved in food production. I was not for most of my life.
I thought (or did not give too much thought to it, actually), that cows give milk and chickens lay eggs for us to eat, just like it was quite normal to have beef, pork, chicken and seafood in my diet, just trying not to think of how these animals' lives ended.
But I could not have imagined the uninterrupted suffering which is the norm for these creatures' entire lives, they are bred for the only purpose of filling our grocery stores.

By now I have seen extremely graphic pictures and video clips depicting common practices in the modern farming industry. Cattle that has never seen grass or breathed fresh air, let alone grazed in a meadow. Chickens who's beaks are chopped off without anesthesia, living out their whole lives in shoebox sized cages, not able to stand or move. Calves taken from their mothers a day after birth to be put into wooden crates so small, they cannot turn; being fed steroid-enriched feed to make them grow fast for veal.
Ducks and geese being force-fed through tubes several times a day to make their liver swell, and produce Foei Gras, the so-called delicacy.
All this made me very sad and sick with disgust, and it also made me a vegetarian.
But I had no illusions as to my vegetarian diet saving any animals from suffering, it will take much more than me and a few hippies , so I decided to start writing to tell of my own experiences, voice my opinion and attempt to spread awareness.
(you can find my maybe somewhat bumpy start on Yahoo!360° - see link on sidebar)
In the process I have found many people who have been vegetarians or vegans for many years or even all their lives, and it seems that there is hope, modern society, celebrities included, is starting to realize the need to put an end to cruelty to animals in the name of greed and ignorance.

June 27, 2008

Dairy and Factory Farming

This one is for the cows and calves, yes they are big, loud and poop a lot, but they are still cute, aren't they?
Not all, not in factory farms; some are gross, dirty, sick, deformed, over-fed, over-medicated and have to stand, or lie in their own excrement their entire lives.
No such thing as California Happy Cows in Factory Farming!
Sure, there are clean farms, of course! No grass or soil, all tile, scrubbed daily, and the cows are clean too, they just don't have a life. Milk, milk, milk... and then the slaughterhouse.
And I am not talking about traditional farmers, however few may be left, they are a dying breed, and those who are trying to survive by treating their life-stock in a humane way, are to be respected.
But many of us do not have access to cruelty-free dairy products, and many have never seen a cow up close and personal. What we are familiar with is the dairy aisle at the grocery store, and the foods we were raised on.
Medical research and expert opinions on nutrition have come a long way, more and more studies have shown that dairy is not a healthy part of the human diet, and certainly not healthy to the producer - the cow.
Then there are the many people who are lactose-intolerant - for good reason! We were meant to drink our mother's milk to feed us as babies; not Mama cow's, or Mama horse's, or Mama doggie's, or any other animal's mother-milk, which in turn is meant for their babies.
My reason to avoid dairy products is inhumane treatment of animals, but there are other arguments against dairy consumption, and you might agree with one as well:

(Excerpts from on-line information on Modern Dairy Production and your Health)

Milk Myths
The Dark Side Of Dairy
"Despite the myth of contentment, a dairy cow is the hardest worked of all farmed animals. She nurtures a growing baby inside her while simultaneously producing milk - up to 120 pints a day. To keep the flow going, she is forcibly impregnated every year and her babies are taken away a day or two after birth – year, after year."

Dawn Watch
Cows for Dairy
"In the United States, a huge proportion of hamburger meat, estimated between 20 and 40 percent and as high as 75% in New York state, comes from dairy cows."

Calves for Veal
"When veal calves are slaughtered at 16 weeks they are often too sick to walk. One out of every ten veal calves dies in confinement."

Robert M. Kradjian, MDBreast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery, Seton Medical Centre #302 - 1800 Sullivan Ave. Daly City, CA 94015 USA

"Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2,000 pounds of milk per year. Today the top producers give 50,000 pounds! How was this accomplished? Drugs, antibiotics, hormones, forced feeding plans and specialized breeding; that's how."

Try Veg - Compassion over Killing - Cows
"As with all mammals, cows produce milk for their babies. To ensure the highest milk yield possible, U.S. factory farmers artificially inseminate dairy cows every year and keep them pumped full of steroids and other hormones."
"One byproduct of the dairy industry is a calf per year per cow. A calf’s fate depends on his or her gender: If female, she will likely join her mother on the dairy line. If male, he will be sold to beef or veal farmers, often before he is a week old."

Farm Sanctuary
Factory Dairy Production
"Traditional small dairies, located primarily in the Northeast and Midwest, are going out of business. They are being replaced by intensive 'dry lot' dairies, which are typically located in the Southwest U.S."
"Although the dairy industry is familiar with the cows' health problems and suffering associated with intensive milk production, it continues to subject cows to even worse abuses in the name of increased profit. Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), a synthetic hormone, is now being injected into cows to get them to produce even more milk. Besides adversely affecting the cows' health, BGH also increases birth defects in their calves."

Information Directory on Dairy and Health:

Alternatives / Substitutes:
Tofutti - Ice Cream, Cookies, Cheese and much more!
Silk - Soymilk, Creamer and Yogurt!
Follow Your Heart Natural Foods - Cheese Alternatives, Veganaise, Salad Dressing

Vegan Wolf - make your own substitutions!
Vegan substitutions and converting any recipe to a vegan one.

Goat Milk - National Geographic Green Guide
A more humane alternative since goats are generally treated much better than cows.

Modern Factory Farms:

Seared tenderloin filets of Veal

Is it worth it???