Sunday, February 9, 2014

Easy dog treat recipes

Sorry I haven't posted anything in awhile for some reason blogger wasn't letting me log in. 

I know this isn't related to animal cruelty or anything but since valentines day is coming why not spoil you pet with a tasty homemade treat? Here's some recipes-

Peanut Butter Treats 

• 2 tablespoons corn oil 
• 1/2 cup peanut butter 
• 1 cup water 
• 1 cup whole wheat flour 
• 2 cups white flour 

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oil, peanut butter and water in a bowl. Add Flour 1 cup at a time, then knead into firm dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with small bone shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

Plain biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour 
1 cup rolled oats 
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (or 2 tbl fresh chopped parsley) 
2 large eggs 
1/2 cup water (+2 more tablespoons if dough is too dry) 
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk 
1 cup peanut butter 
Preheat oven to 150° C. 
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add water and peanut butter. Gently combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. 
Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. 
Take a rolling pin and flatten out the dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes. If you’re feeling lazy, just leave the dough as is, and bake it like one whole cookie. You can always break them up after they’re cooked. 
Make sure you’re using a non-stick baking sheet or spray 
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden. If you want the dog treats to be softer, take them out 10 minutes earlie 

Plain biscuits 2

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
1 tsp. salt (or less)
1 egg
1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
½ cup hot water
Optional Add ins
Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Dissolve bouillon in hot water
Add remaining ingredients
Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
Roll dough until ½ inch thick
Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
Cook for 30 minutes


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spaying And Neutering Pets

Spaying and neutering saves lives, and it is considered cruelty if you do not spay your dog or cat, even rabbit. Why? Three to four million homeless cats and dogs are euthanized every year in the United States. These animals are just as loving, playful and loyal as your own and would’ve made wonderful companions, if given the chance.

Unfortunately, US shelters cannot save and support the large numbers of animals brought to their door every day. This is a tragedy that each of us can help prevent by having our own pets spayed or neutered.

Many people think their pets should have a litter before they are spayed or neutered and that they will be able to find homes for the litter. There are no proven medical benefits to allowing a female dog or cat to have a litter prior to spaying them. Finding lifelong homes for these kittens and puppies can prove more difficult than people realize and every new litter has an impact on the number of homeless pets in your community.

Some people think they don’t need to spay or neuter because they keep their pets inside but accidental litters can happen any time your pet slips under the fence or darts out the door. It only takes a very short while for this to happen. Unexpected litters can account for a huge number of homeless pets in the community, who end up lonely and suffering on the streets and sitting in shelters waiting for a home which may never come.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will often prevent some serious medical problems that can occur in animals, such as some types of cancers and infections. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the potential medical benefits spaying or neutering may provide your pet.

Everyone can help prevent the tragedy of companion animal euthanasia by spaying and neutering their pets and you’ll be helping your pet stay healthier in the process.

 ~ Julia

Our presentation

Last night and this morning Julia and I worked on our presentation! It was really good and the topics we covered were- animal testing, animal cruelty,  pitbulls, fur, meat, animal ownership, and shelters.  We showed the presentation to our moms and hopefully more people soon.  It went better then expected (when we showed it to our moms) and at the end we handed out papers with popular brands that don't test.  Unfortunately there is no way we can upload it on here:(


Monday, January 20, 2014

Zoo cruelty

Zoos.... So fun to watch the elephants, giraffes and other cool animals but are the animals really happy at the zoos? No they are not, often if the signs you will see animals constantly showing sign of stress. For an example an animal will show stress by pacing back and forth.

Look at this elephant, does he look happy? Nope didn't think so. Elephants in the wild travel many miles a day with at least ten other elephants. They are very sociable animals. In zoos they are kept in only pairs or even isolated in small enclosures. And it's not just elephants it's every single animal in the zoo. Still think zoos are fun and the animals are happy? 

Many zoo animals even die because of the tortue. 

Also if an animal misbehaves they are beaten.

PetSmart Cruelty

Here I'm going to talk a little bit about PetSmart cruelty, a common topic brought up by animal enthusiasts at some point - perhaps when they have discovered it. That's what I'm here to do, explain to you what really goes on behind closed doors. PetSmart (and other lesser-known pet stores) has a secret - the pets they sell have often experienced cruelty before they are sold. Babies are torn from their mother's side as soon as they can open their eyes, often still needing mom's milk. Escapees are smashed, crushed, and discarded. Pets they do not sell in a week are thrown away, still very alive.

Below are thousands of animals in these crates, ready for weekly shipment.

These animals are often crammed in tiny cages, which leads to cannibalization of their own kind due to stress.  These are all Syrian hamsters. These hamsters should be kept solely alone, or will kill and attack the other hamster.

This gerbil was not so lucky. He may have died because of an illness, or just lack of care.

Thousands of PetSmart animals die in store, and the must-have is a freezer in the back room to put all of the dead animals. No kidding!!

The cruelty doesn't always happen in-store. It's actually Rainbow World Exotic's fault, the largest and leading animal supplier in the USA.

So, after reading this, do you feel a little guilty? Maybe you bought a pet from PetSmart before. 
It's best not to support this pet store, even by buying things from it. There are countless photos like these where people pledge to not buy pets from PetSmart so we can end all PetSmart and REW sales NOW. Will you pledge? Print off this picture from and take a photo of yourself with your pet. Instagram it, put it on FaceBook, or blog about it. Let's help stop PetSmart sales.

Say no to dog and cat meat

Dog and cat meat... sound appetizing? if it does it wont after you read this post. 
These are dogs crammed together into way to small cages on their way to a factory to get killed for their meat, the same thing happens with cats. 
Yes that is cat meat. Looks just like beef or pork doesn't it? According to a lover of cat meat "it tastes different from dog meat or pork... It's a little like red meat but tastes much better."It's amazing at how many people actually eat it, fully aware of the cruelty behind the meat. 

Here are the countries that eat and sell dog and cat meat: 

* China (although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food in China for hundreds of years.)
* Indonesia
* Korea 
* Mexico
* Philippines
* Switzerland
* Taiwan 
* Vietnam


Angora Rabbit Fur

Angora rabbits are fluffy bunnies with lots of soft fur. Some people think that the fur is so soft it belongs on themselves, not the rabbits.
Angora rabbits are cruelly killed, just to give people a fashionable look. The places are called fur farms, and this is what it looks like inside:
Instead of shearing the wool away, they will snap the rabbit's neck, or gas them so it will not bleed, then remove it by machinery. A humane way to harvest angora fur is to shear the fur off with a quiet shearer, but apparently this takes too long.

So, would you rather wear fur that wasn't yours in the first place, but was cruelly taken from a living being that owned it? I'll let you decide, but I personally would not put fashion over the life of an animal.