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My Favorite Vegan Foods

Published 07/23/08
By Diana Oliver, Development Associate

As a lacto/ovo vegetarian I was hard pressed to find some vegan food I like or let alone love. What some of our readers might not know is that we, Born Free USA united with API staff, have an office tradition that has been going on for over 30 years now — group lunches. Each month we take turns cooking lunch for each other. It was during these vegan lunches that I’ve discovered some delicious recipes I thought I’d share. Here are a few. Enjoy!

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Wild — Not Free!

Published 07/22/08
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Born Free — those first two words of our organization’s name are powerful and if you stop to think about them, you’ll understand why we’re so committed to preserving and protecting wild creatures in their natural habitats.

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Why condone hurting the babies of other Mothers?

Published 07/18/08
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

My Mom gave me the coolest reason for her becoming a vegetarian that I had ever heard.

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Fur is for Losers

Published 07/09/08
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

One of my favorite quotes by U.S. essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is one that sets out the requisites for "success" in life.

By Emerson's standards designers who use fur are failures on several counts.

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Politics is too serious to be left to the politicians

Published 07/04/08
By Barbara Schmitz, Senior Program Associate

It’s official. I am in mourning.

Today, I testified against legislation that will harm wildlife, and family dogs and cats. The legislation is vague, poorly worded and will have broad ramifications, some of which we can’t anticipate. My testimony was relevant and succinct. But my points were not truly heard by the committee members — because they were in a hurry.

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Keeping primates as “pets”

Published 07/02/08
By Sarah Kite, Co-director. Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

Like many of you I watched with dismay ABC’s Primetime last night which covered the widespread practice of keeping nonhuman primates as “pets” and the shameful defense of this practice.

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Free to Move About the Country?

Published 06/25/08
By Sandy Haynes, Grassroots Coordinator

Almost nothing instills more fear in me than the term “jaws of life.” Being pinned into the wreckage of my vehicle as firefighters struggle to pull me free before the engine blows and I’m engulfed in flames is one of many of my “worst nightmare”–type moments.

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Sinking to a new low

Published 06/23/08
By Barbara Schmitz, Senior Program Associate

When we received a call from one of our members letting us know that about 200 feral cats were going to be trapped with leghold traps and hunted with dogs, I was shocked. I actually thought that the caller had misunderstood the situation. I was even more surprised when I was told that the cats were here in California. After all, we banned leghold traps in California 10 years ago.

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