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Too funny not to share…

I was just browsing the internet today and thought this was too funny not to share. It’s so true 😉



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Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. I just found this article in the NY Times and thought I would share. Here is part of it, and you can read the whole article here.

There are 41,000 dairy cows in Brown County, which includes Morrison, and they produce more than 260 million gallons of manure each year, much of which is spread on nearby grain fields. Other farmers receive fees to cover their land with slaughterhouse waste and treated sewage.

In measured amounts, that waste acts as fertilizer. But if the amounts are excessive, bacteria and chemicals can flow into the ground and contaminate residents’ tap water.

In Morrison, more than 100 wells were polluted by agricultural runoff within a few months, according to local officials. As parasites and bacteria seeped into drinking water, residents suffered from chronic diarrhea, stomach illnesses and severe ear infections.

“Sometimes it smells like a barn coming out of the faucet,” said Lisa Barnard, who lives a few towns over, and just 15 miles from the city of Green Bay.

Tests of her water showed it contained E. coli, coliform bacteria and other contaminants found in manure. Last year, her 5-year-old son developed ear infections that eventually required an operation. Her doctor told her they were most likely caused by bathing in polluted water, she said.

Yet runoff from all but the largest farms is essentially unregulated by many of the federal laws intended to prevent pollution and protect drinking water sources. The Clean Water Act of 1972 largely regulates only chemicals or contaminants that move through pipes or ditches, which means it does not typically apply to waste that is sprayed on a field and seeps into groundwater.

As a result, many of the agricultural pollutants that contaminate drinking water sources are often subject only to state or county regulations. And those laws have failed to protect some residents living nearby.

To address this problem, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has created special rules for the biggest farms, like those with at least 700 cows.

But thousands of large animal feedlots that should be regulated by those rules are effectively ignored because farmers never file paperwork, E.P.A. officials say.

And regulations passed during the administration of President George W. Bush allow many of those farms to self-certify that they will not pollute, and thereby largely escape regulation.

In a statement, the E.P.A. wrote that officials were working closely with the Agriculture Department and other federal agencies to reduce pollution and bring large farms into compliance.

Agricultural runoff is the single largest source of water pollution in the nation’s rivers and streams, according to the E.P.A. An estimated 19.5 million Americans fall ill each year from waterborne parasites, viruses or bacteria, including those stemming from human and animal waste, according to a study published last year in the scientific journal Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

The problem is not limited to Wisconsin. In California, up to 15 percent of wells in agricultural areas exceed a federal contaminant threshold, according to studies. Major waterways like the Chesapeake Bay have been seriously damaged by agricultural pollution, according to government reports.

In Arkansas and Maryland, residents have accused chicken farm owners of polluting drinking water. In 2005, Oklahoma’s attorney general sued 13 poultry companies, claiming they had damaged one of the state’s most important watersheds.

It is often difficult to definitively link a specific instance of disease to one particular cause, like water pollution. Even when tests show that drinking water is polluted, it can be hard to pinpoint the source of the contamination….

This is GEEEE-ROSSSS! Yet another reason to cut meat from your diet and go veg.  Factory farming is making you, your family, your friends sick. Not to mention, look at these poor cows!


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This just leaves me sad and disgusted.

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IFAW Under One Sky Campaign

IFAW Under One Sky Campaign

I just received this lovely email from none other than Leonardo DiCaprio himself  (I’m sure) through the IFAW organization regarding Animal Action Week. I thought this would probably be the best way to share the information!

Imagine a day in a world without animals… An ocean with no life beneath the waves… Skies where the only wings are on planes…

Animals have fascinated and inspired us since the earliest years of human civilization. They are an integral part of the web of life. Yet today, animals and their vital habitat face more threats than ever before.

That’s why I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Animal Action theme, “Under One Sky”. One of the world’s largest environmental education programs, this year’s Animal Action Week highlights the importance of protecting biodiversity, habitat and ecosystems and I want you to be a part of it with me.

Not a Pretty Picture

Whaling ships armed with exploding harpoons hunt whales in defiance of international treaties … baby elephants are orphaned and left to die when their entire family is wiped out by poachers for ivory trinkets … and as the icecaps continue to melt, polar bear habitats shrink, leaving them to starve or drown as they search in vain for their next meal.

It’s not a pretty picture, and certainly not the way we want to envision our shared world. So what can we do to protect animals around the world and in our own backyards? How can we solve the urgent problems threatening the planet we all call home?

Turn Awareness into Action

Like me, IFAW is committed to saving animals and habitat by educating the environmental leaders of tomorrow and encouraging them to act now to forge a better future for animals and people. You can join me in these 3 easy actions:
ifaw.org/animalaction to learn more about Animal Action Week, the largest animal-focused educational event in the world;
-Take the
Habitat Protection Pledge to help protect the homes that are vital to animals everywhere;
And spread the word by forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Animals, like people, need a home that provides food, water, shelter and space. It’s our responsibility to protect animals and our planet’s vital ecosystems if we want to leave a better world for future generations. I hope you’ll join me.

Leonardo DiCaprio
IFAW Honorary Board Member

Well…what are you waiting for. Get to it!

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I was just sitting here thinking about this wonderful place and I thought I would give them a shoutout and let those of you that are here in the NY area in on a wonderfully awesome place to visit for the day or volunteer your time. Scott and I had the opportunity this summer to go up for an afternoon and hang out with the animals. It was a really amazing experience and we learned sooo much. When we left the farm that afternoon, we knew we were going to cut eggs and dairy out of our already vegetarian diets and go full vegan. If you have a chance, I highly recommend spending an afternoon there. The animals are so wonderful and friendly, and Doug & Jenny are great and helpful and so knowledgable. All of the staff is great, actually.

Here’s a snippit from their home page to tell you a little bit more about the farm. I’m also including the link to their home page here in the post and I’ll put it in my favorite links as well for easy access. Don’t be afraid to take a look around their website. There is all kinds of useful information for vegetarians, vegans, and animal lovers alike! http://www.woodstockfas.org

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as “dinner” and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farm animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised in large, industrial factory farm systems.

Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all of animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.

WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free of fear and suffering.

Me and a super sweet goat at Woodstock FAS

Me and a super sweet goat at Woodstock FAS

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