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Cameras In Slaughterhouses – Well Done France!

I heard today that France has passed a bill that there are to be cameras in all their slaughterhouses.

Which got me remembering all the other things that France has done.  So I have made a list (as I do).

  1. They have introduced incentives to embed sustainability into French urban planning.
  2. They are encouraging  alternatives to conventional means of transportation such as self-service bike rental stations and car sharing.  They are also encouraging the use and maintenance of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the necessary infrastructure to power them.
  3. France became the 1st country to totally ban Neonicotinoids – the bee-killing component in pesticides.  This measure goes above and beyond the E.U. ban put in place in 2013.  The German company Bayer is not happy and, in fact, has a lawsuit pending against the E.U. Learn more  It’s almost like France has put up its middle finger to Bayer.
  4. France is the first country to ban plastic cups and plates and utensils –  French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials. read more.   And on the subject of plastic, they have also banned the common plastic bag – that’s the smaller and thinner type used in supermarkets.  They will still have plastic bags, but they must be reusable ones which should cut down the numbers.
    You know those little plastic bags you put the veggies/fruit in? well they’ve been phased out as of the start of this year (2017) The law also currently plans to have domestically compostable bags which should replace plastic fruit and vegetable bags too.  Did you know:  An average plastic bag takes one second to make, is used for roughly 20 minutes and takes up to 400 years to degrade naturally.
  5. Food – The have become the world’s first country to ban supermarket waste and compel large retailers to donate unsold food.  Let’s face it – there’s heaps of places that will take donated food, not just the homeless shelters – what about schools, orphanages, old folk homes .
  6. All the new buildings in commercial zones must now comply and have green roofs – that is to say the rooftops must be partially covered in plants or solar panels by law.
  7. And now – the cameras in slaughterhouses.  Although France’s history of animal welfare is lacking compare to other countries, at least this is a real start.  It did come about by the release of hidden video as well as a fair amount of protesting.  Read more  To top this off a coalition of 26 French animal protection associations have combined to make sure that animal welfare is on the political agenda for the next presidential and legislative elections.

Our animals and our planet need us to get behind countries that are actually doing something.  Yes we need the “something” to be way more than what’s being done, and way faster

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My Partner Is A Full On Meat Eater And I Want To Go Veg

Is this where you’re at?  Your partner is full on meat eater and you’re wanting to go veg.

Or, perhaps you know some-one who is in this situation and you’re not sure how to help them.  Well, I’ve set out a few ideas below and hopefully they’ll be of some benefit.

You see, I’ve pretty much heard all the excuses, in fact I wrote a book about it Why

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Melon & Curry Sauce

Oh this is simply divine – a melon and curry sauce that can be used over anything!

You will need a good food processor/blender and:

How To Make:

  • 1 cup of cashews soaked and drained. (for optimum result soak overnight).

Blend these nuts until really, really creamy then add:

  • 1 Tblsp Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Blend these with the nut cream then add:
  • The flesh of 1/2 a Rock Melon (for a more traditional taste use a Mango).
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons Curry powder – add enough curry powder to your taste.

Blend until smooth tasting as you go so you don’t over-do the curry.   You want the flavour of the Melon to come through.

Once the sauce is blended to a creamy consistency, put

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How To Make Vegan Boursin Cheese

As it’s one of my favourites, I thought I’d show you how to make vegan Boursin cheese.

This is something that is a cross between a soft cheese and a spread.  You need to keep it in the refrigerator to keep it firm-ish.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup + 2 Tblsp of cashews soak overnight and rinsed thoroughly.
  • 12.3 oz box extra firm silken tofu – drain as much water out as possible.
  • 2 Tblsp fresh lemon juice.
  • ¾ teaspoon salt.
  • ½ teaspoon light miso.

Blend the above ingredients until really, really smooth.

Then add:

  • 1 – 2 medium cloves crushed garlic.
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives.
  • 1 Tblsp chopped fresh parsley.
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper.

Blend again until smooth or pulse to have more “chopped” bits.

Scoop into 2 cup

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What Is A Vegavore?

Exactly … what is a Vegavore?  Think that’s odd – try Carnesparian

These are just two of the new buzz words out there and, add to that Sustainatarian and Reducetarian and you have a miriad of words that now define the nuances from the standard Carnivore, vegetarian and vegan.

You see, vegetarians can be those who don’t consume the flesh on animals (including seafood

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The Wins Of 2016

Looking back on 2016 … it wasn’t too bad a year and we did have some wins.

There were some wonderful moments for the animals such as a group of little ducklings were saved by awesome firemen after they fell down a grate.  Mumma duck was sooooo thrilled to have her babies back.  And, firemen rescued swans from freezing on ice, not just once, but three times.

However, I want

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Back In Town

Hello world!

The Story About A Sheep

Once upon a time there was a sheep who was all alone.

Well, the story goes like this.  While I was in the country (yes, I’m back in the city now), I would take a morning perambulation to survey the countryside around me and take in the beautiful refreshing air.

In the paddock that ran alongside the road, the sheep meandered, munching on grass

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Harbourmaster Uses Council Boat To Free Orca – Stood Down

A Coromandel (N.Z.) Harbourmaster has been stood down because he used a Council boat to go and free an Orca.

A breeding female orca was trapped in a cray pot line for 16 hours – Yup 16 HOURS!!!! and the DOC (Department of Conservation) peeps were “too busy” to go and free her.  So, in the end the Harbourmaster along with a volunteer who had training in Dolphin and Whale rescue went out

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How To Make A Chestnut Wellington (Vegan)

This Chestnut Wellington is wonderful for any celebration.

Adapted from a recipe by Rose Elliot in her Fast, Fresh and Fabulous vegetarian cookbook.

I have broken this into parts to make it easier

Set the oven to 200°C – 400°F

Ingredients:

2 sheets Vegetarian Pastry – or make your own.

Group 1.

  1. 1 Tblsp olive oil.
  2. 1 onion finely chopped.
  3. 4 baby leeks finely chopped.
  4. 50gm mushrooms finely chopped.
  5. 1 clove garlic finely chopped.

Group 2:

  1. 50ml Red wine.
  2. 1 teaspoon Marmite.

Group 3:

  1. 200gm roasted (or jar) chestnuts chopped.
  2. Zest of one orange (organic and unwaxed).
  3. 1 teaspoon dried sage.
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.
  5. Sea salt to taste.

Method:

  • Saute the ingredients in Group 1 until the onions are soft.
  • Lower the heat.
  • Add in Group 2, wine and Marmite and keep stirring until the wine has reduced.
  • Add in Group 3 and cook for a further 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • The mixture should thicken.
  • Take off the heat and allow to cool.

Put the two sheets of pastry together

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