Happy Easter…

When I was young, Easter was all about Easter Egg Hunts, and Easter Baskets, and dressing up for church. But now, it is about all of the animals that will be slaughtered for someone’s ham or lamb dinner. Don’t get me wrong – before I became vegetarian I fixed Leg of Lamb plenty of times – it was my Grandfather’s favorite! And Turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas which was my Mom’s favorite. I still remember the Thanksgiving that I cooked the entire meal and then did not eat it because my friend made comments about the turkey being slaughtered. I’m surprised I didn’t become vegetarian then. I guess I was still suppressing the truth.

But when I couldn’t or wouldn’t suppress the truth any more, I made the change. And I’m trying to take it to the next step and eliminate eggs because of the horrific treatment they receive – killed in heartbreaking fashion as chicks because they don’t lay eggs and aren’t fit for meat. Apparently the males that are part of breeding programs that result in the hens laying more eggs aren’t suitable for meat. Not that that life would have been better, less terrifying, or less painful.

The thing a lot of people don’t realize is that unless you are like my Vet who doesn’t eat meat because she doesn’t like it, for people who make the choice to change based upon ethics who DO enjoy meat, every day can be difficult. We are bombarded with ads specifically styled to be as tempting as possible. And going to restaurants is a challenge. Most places still charge you the full amount for meals even though you ask them to leave off the meat, which is bullshit. And the jokes from co-workers can become painful and make work uncomfortable. The point is – it can be a difficult choice to live with. But it is a choice I make because I can’t accept the alternative. And it isn’t because someone is watching. I could slip from time to time and no one would know or care.

But I would know and I would care.

People who grew up vegetarian have it much easier. They don’t know the difference between the texture of Jackfruit barbecue and pulled pork barbecue because they have never had pork. But I do.

So on this Easter, as you sit down to eat your leg of lamb or ham or steak, take a moment to think about the animal that probably experienced a short and terrifying life before dying in a brutal manner for you to enjoy that meal.

It’s like that old joke about Eggs & Bacon for breakfast. The chicken was involved but the pig was committed.

It isn’t an easy choice to go Cruelty Free in your life. It changes how you look at everything once your eyes are opened. But I can look in the mirror and know that other sentient, living beings are not being tortured and killed so my life is easier or tastier. And that is an Easter Gift.

One site to rule them all!

OK, so if you aren’t a Lord of the Rings fan, that isn’t going to mean anything. But if you are….

I’m a huge movie fan. And I have a bunch of movies digitally. It is really cool that I can watch a high definition film on any of my devices, anywhere I am (with an internet connection….). What isn’t so cool is trying to figure out WHICH service has WHICH movies! It is absolutely CRAZY!!!!

For example, I have the complete catalog of Star Trek films, including two of the reboot films, on Vudu. But not the first one!!! I can only see that one on iTunes, where none of the others can be seen! And I have Bridget Jones Diary and Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason on Vudu but only The Edge of Reason on iTunes!!! I actually got frustrated enough to put together an Excel spreadsheet listing where which movie is located. It is absolutely absurd!

It seems as if Vudu and iTunes don’t play well together. Vudu is the digital service associated with WalMart (which is pretty much the extent of my involvement with WalMart after I almost got hit trying to park in the parking lot the first 3 times I went there – I don’t even try any more – those people are NUTS!!!). And Disney Movies Anywhere is going away, so now I can see those films and some of the others on other sites on Movies Anywhere. Of course, I can’t find an app for that on my TVs so that only helps on my iPad.

I find it ironic that digital copies are supposed to make it so much easier for us to have a library of our favorite films, but there is no central place to access all of them!

Hence, my “One site to rule them all!” I’m not asking for Gandalf to rescue us from the digital craziness (Sauron or Saruman?) but I would be happy to snuggle down in Bag End and just stream my movies from one place!!! Too much to hope for? Perhaps I’ll just be Gollum and stroke my iPad whispering “My Precious!”

Faux “No Animal Testing except where required by law”

I’ve been MIA for a while, but I promise to be better.

As someone very against Animal Testing on Consumer Products (the Medical testing conversation is best left to another day…), I’m constantly irritated by companies that try and hedge their bets (basically, snow the consumer) with their comments like “only test where required by law”. Well, there is no such law in many countries, so the bottom line is choosing dollars over animals when deciding to sell in brick and mortar stores in those countries that do require it!

Companies with a long history of not testing on animals choosing to start up again in order to enter new markets are the worst in my opinion. They made the commitment not to test at one point, and gained a large market share of business. To choose to forsake that commitment now is truly heartbreaking! And because I have to go there – part of me wonders if this is because of the “less kind, less gentle” climate in the US under the current administration.

But we have a choice! There are so very many excellent choices that don’t require pain, suffering, and death!!! It is your choice!

A friend of mine sent me an invite to a virtual party for Younique this morning. This company falls under what I consider lazy companies. They claim they do not test the “finished product” on animals – but that does not ensure in any way that animals are not tortured as part of the materials formulation! They haven’t researched their suppliers. They haven’t gotten any Cruelty-Free certification. In my opinion they are lazy or don’t care. I replied to her invite politely stating that since they are not Cruelty-Free they are not an option for me. Sadly it didn’t seem to stop anyone else since orders have rolled in.

What kind of society are we when everything we have is built on the backs of a person or animal suffering for us to have it?