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I don’t purposely seek out undercover animal cruelty videos (due to the fact that I do not enjoy watching them and already know, in general, what goes on at meat plants), but recently posted one involving the animal abuse crackdown at the Westfield Meat Co. in California.

A recent visitor to Veg Lawyer also has some eye opening video posted on the main page of her web log. It involves Tyson Foods.

Caution: It is disturbing, and in my opinion, not for little eyes.

I am posting this because of the various private comments I have received on the Westfield story, which basically can be summed up with, “I had no idea!”

I’m all for education.

You may view the video here. *You need to scroll down on the home page until you see the video link on the right.

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The USDA has shut down the Westland Meat Company due to numerous egregious violations.  The Chino, California meat company was suspended from doing business after the Humane Society released a horrifying video of animal cruelty at the company. The USDA suspended inspection at Westland Meat Company based on the establishment’s clear violation of federal regulations and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

The video footage was obtained by an employee of the Humane Society who had gone  undercover at the company and recorded the tortuous acts committed on the animals.

Westland Meat Company and sister company Hallmark Meat are one of the largest suppliers of beef to the USDA.  The USDA distributes the meat to school lunch programs, the elderly and American Indians.

To view the video, please click here or hereWARNING: it is horrific and in my opinion, not appropriate for children to view.

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I think my dentist may think I am a total weirdo. I hope not.

I had a routine check up/cleaning this morning, during which, she advised me to start using something called MI Paste. I have always had sensitive teeth. So I can’t bite right on into my popsicle. It’s OK. My quality of life is unhindered…

She really wanted me to start using it. She is all for my dental health. I am all for avoiding anything I can’t buy at Whole Foods or make myself. I never-the-less looked at the bottle. It looked natural-ish I guess. So I took the bottle and started to read the ingredients. Hmmm….

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It was, in fact, that certain day of the year where yours truly turns a year younger. Yesterday, Veg Lawyer celebrated her birthday. It was a wonderful day, in part, because I had my favorite cupcakes in the world from one of my favorite places in the world. Babycakes, in NYC, makes the most delicious vegan, refined sugar free desserts. Veg Lawyer was in heaven.

The day concluded with a big family dinner, which is always something I love.

So, in light of birthdays and the New Year, may this one be your best yet!

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Veg Lawyer was very honored when she was asked to attend a dinner Thursday evening to speak to others interested in becoming vegetarians or vegans. Veg Lawyer answered an array of questions ranging from how vegetarianism benefits the environment to how it benefits your health to the more basic of what you eat.

It was wonderful to see so many people interested in a veg lifestyle; and I was truly delighted at the invitation and opportunity to speak to everyone who attended.

I think the information that surprised most was the positive relationship between vegetarianism and the environment, so I wanted to post a few facts regarding the relationship:

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vegan child custody battle

This was the first time I had heard of a custody battle involving a vegan diet. I have read numerous cases on various other custody issues, but this was a first for me.

Jeff and Gayle Nelson-Folkerson married and had quintuplets. They subsequently divorced and Jeff is suing for custody citing the primary reason as the children’s vegan lifestyle. The quint’s father states he should have custody based on the imposition of a strict vegan diet by their mother, Gayle.

Florida, my home state, and coincidently the state in which this custody battle has brewed, encourages shared parental responsibility. Florida also focuses on the best interest of the child.

I could find no information on the web that indicated the children were suffering from abuse or malnourishment.

To view more information on the article reviewed and utilized for this post, please visit The St. Petersburg Times.

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Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness

I had house guests several weeks ago. They came and went and I happened to be showering in the guest bath the other day (painting extravaganza in the master bath) when I noticed they had left behind their shampoo and conditioner.

I- being the voracious label reader that I am- started to mull over the ingredient list. And viola… Veg Lawyer happens to run across the recently mentioned carmine. Carmine , also known as Red 4, is a coloring additive derived from beetle carcasses and is used in various foods. It is also apparently in shampoo and conditioner.

Clairol Herbal Essences “None of Your Frizzness Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner” both contain Red 4.

I guess you never know where these additives will show up.

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