Your Vegan Recipe of the Week No-Oil Asparagus and Pea Soup Brought to you by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

This soup is loaded with flavor and nutrients, without oil or salt!

Makes 8 1-cup servings


2 bunches fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
3 cups frozen peas
2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk
2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: 1 spaghetti squash


Whisk together the tahini, water, and lemon juice.

To make roasted spaghetti squash soup bowls, preheat oven to 375 F. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds with spoon. Brush with the lemon tahini mixture and place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. The edges should just be starting to brown.

If your oven isn’t already preheated for baking spaghetti squash bowls, preheat to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the trimmed asparagus, sliced shallots, and garlic on the baking sheet and brush with the lemon tahini mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Remove from oven and set aside. You will have leftover sauce that you can reserve for a soup drizzle.

In large pot, add vegetable stock and almond milk. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add the reserved shallots and garlic cloves along with the frozen peas and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, stirring well. Add the nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste.

Put the roasted asparagus spears in a high-speed blender. Pour the pea soup mixture on top. Blend for about 2 minutes or until thoroughly creamy.

Return to pot over low heat and adjust seasonings as you see fit.

Chef’s Notes: Fill your spaghetti squash bowls with soup and serve with a spoon and fork. Top with corn, peas, or asparagus spears, or drizzle with the remaining lemon tahini sauce.

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Per serving: Calories: 100; Fat: 3.1 g; Saturated Fat: 0.4 g; Calories from Fat: 3.1%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 6.7 g; Carbohydrate: 13.1 g; Sugar: 3.1 g; Fiber: 4.4 g; Sodium: 251 mg; Calcium: 170 mg; Iron: 2 mg; Vitamin C: 10.1 mg; Beta-Carotene: 832 mcg; Vitamin E: 2.1 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Vegan Recipe of the Week – Don’t let the word “Vegan” scare you away – These recipes are Delicious!

These recipes are graciously given to us from Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

If you haven’t baked with chai tea before, you’re in for a real treat with this perfectly balanced breakfast cake. Reminiscent of coffee cake, this one has just the right amount of sweetness and spice. 

Makes 9 servings


1 cup strong chai
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger (use more for a spicier cake)
3/4 cup vegan sugar, such as demerara sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked coconut, 2 tablespoons reserved


Prepare the chai ahead of time by steeping two chai tea bags in one cup of boiling water until cool.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Combine the dry ingredients (oatmeal through sugar) in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the chai, applesauce, vinegar, extracts, and all but 2 tablespoons of the flaked coconut. Mix well, and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the reserved coconut and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Per serving: Calories: 173; Protein: 3 g; Carbohydrates: 38 g; Sugars: 18.6 g; Total Fat: 1.7 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sodium: 285 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling.”

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine 

Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling

Dear Ms. Albanese,

Let me share a New York Times article about moving chimpanzees out of laboratories and into sanctuaries.

Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries—Slowly

Getting to this point was a big job. It actually started with a group of chimpanzees in New Mexico who were going to be taken out of retirement and put back into research. We were alerted by local activists, and we worked with then-Governor Bill Richardson and several members of Congress to halt the transfer as soon as we could. The next step was to convene an Institute of Medicine panel to opine on whether chimpanzees were needed at all in research. We had to do a lot of work behind the scenes to kick out bad panel members, buteventuallythe Institute of Medicine did indeed conclude that there was no need for experimentation on chimpanzees. With that in hand, it was reasonably easy to convince the NIH to pull the plug on its chimpanzee research, and the retirement process began.

So, in the scheme of things, it was a rather quick victory, even though each piece of it took a lot of doing. We worked a lot with the folks in New Mexico, and HSUS was helpful on Capitol Hill. So it was very much a group effort—and that includes you. We could not do this work without your generous support. Thank you!

With gratitude,

Neal Barnard, M.D.

A Happy Ending To A Tragic Tale – Skye Is Wagging His Tail

9/18/17 – Update – Skye is Wagging His Tail!
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Long Road to Happiness.

6/11/17                        6/14/17                            7/24/17

Skye is a young dog that lived in Europe and all he wanted to do was play. On one fateful day, his owner took a sharp-edged object and brought it down with so much force that he took off half of Skye’s face.  The owners no longer wanted Skye and he was rescued by an adoption center. He could not open his mouth because the nerves were damaged. He needed to be fed with a tube. The adoption center put his picture on the internet as being one of the dogs that were up for adoption.  However, the picture they displayed was of the other side of his face. He was shipped to Germany to his new owners.

A young couple had adopted him and, as you can imagine, were horrified when they saw him.  They also instantly fell in love with him. No vet would take him. All of them said to put him down. The owners would not do that. Somehow they learned of Viktor Larkhill, who lives in Spain. If anyone could help Skye, it was Viktor.

It was a long road with many surgeries, but the team of veterinarians that Viktor works with will always help an animal in need.  They are some of the finest surgeons in the world.  Even knowing this, I thought, perhaps, Skye should have been put out of his misery. He looked so sad and I know he was afraid. Not to mention, the pain he must have been in. Yet, he never even whimpered. I am so happy and overjoyed to the point of tears, to say I was wrong.

Skye was taken back to the young couple that adopted him. And he already had a K-9 buddy there, a big loveable Burmese Mountain Dog, who was overjoyed to see his buddy Skye.  The young couple was crying with joy and were so gentle and loving to Skye. They could not stop kissing Skye and reassuring him  that he was home and he was so loved.

This may sound funny, but when I saw Skye go over to the bushes, lift his leg and pee, I knew that he knew he was home.  He was doing what a confident dog would do., mark his territory.

But the most joyful sight, and when I knew I had been wrong, was when I saw Skye’s little tail began to wag.  It was a visceral happiness, but that was the only kind of happiness that could have taken the visceral pain I felt for Skye.

I have to thank St. Anthony, the patron saint of finding lost objects, for leading Skye’s owners to find Viktor.  And St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the ecology, for healing Skye’s injuries, as well as his heart.

In the video, you will also see Cacao the cat, who was also miraculously saved and headed to her new home.

I hope you will be as overjoyed as I am.

Click Here To See All Of  Skye’s Updates And Videos.

Red Alert! Brazil’s Leader Wants to Sell Huge Parts of Protected Forests!

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Red Alert! Brazil’s leader is trying to sell huge chunks of protected Amazon forest to corrupt businessmen in return for political favour — the last was half the size of Germany! 

But there’s a way we can stop him. He’s already in crisis, suffering from unbelievably low approval ratings and under constant fire in the media for corruption and attacks on the environment. 

This week, he’s heading to the UN General Assembly to try and drum up a positive round of global press. Let’s ruin his plans by showing up in NYC with two million signatures and a headline-grabbing stunt, and send him home with only one option to save his political career: stop killing the Amazon. 

Don’t let Brazil kill the Amazon!

The Amazon is a living miracle. It’s home to one in ten of the species on Earth, produces more than 20% of our oxygen, and we can’t stop climate change without it. 

But right now this essential ecosystem and the indigenous people who call it home are paying the price for a dirty political game. President Temer is selling off pieces of the forest for logging and farming to gain political favour from powerful businesspeople and members of Congress. He needs their protection because he’s historically unpopular, and under investigation for corruption himself! 

Scientists say moves like this could tip the whole Amazon into catastrophic crisis — warning the whole forest ecosystem could collapse! 

Brazil will be in the spotlight as they open a UN leaders meeting in days, and we’ll pull out all the stops in New York to put Amazon protection at the top of the agenda every time Temer shows his face. Over 900,000 Brazilians have already signed on — let’s back their massive campaign: 

Don’t let Brazil kill the Amazon!

Brazilian Avaazers have a history of making miracles — we helped passed the country’s first sweeping anti-corruption reform, and we helped bring down one of the most “untouchable” politicians who tried to shield himself from public accountability. Now we’ve built one of the biggest national campaigns we’ve ever seen — so let’s take it global and save the Amazon!

With hope and determination,

Diego, Laura, Flora, Nana, and Carol, with the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Brazilian court blocks abolition of vast Amazon reserve (The Guardian)

Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years (The Guardian)

Temer pushes Amazon deforestation bill in Brazil (Financial Times)

Activists decry Temer’s Amazon deforestation bill (Al Jazeera)
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Save The Lansing Michigan Pits

Please give them a chance. These poor sweet souls are only guilty of trying to please their masters, which in this case are monsters. Give them a chance to respond to true love and kindness. They deserve, at least, that much – Tere

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Over the past month, authorities in Lansing, Michigan have seized 53 dogs who were victims of a dog fighting operation.The dogs are currently under the care of the county shelter while evidence is gathered and charges are brought against those involved with the dog fighting ring.

Animal advocates have learned that Ingham County officials have petitioned the court for permission to euthanize at least 16 of the dogs, claiming that the dogs are unadoptable. But members of the organization, “Save The Lansing Michigan Pits”, say that the dogs have already suffered enough, and that they deserve a chance at rehabilitation and if possible, adoption by a loving family.

8,000 people have signed the petition urging the court to deny the county’s request to euthanize the dogs.  If you think these dogs deserve a chance for rehabilitation and adoption, then please sign the petition today.

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Cecil is Dead & Now His Son Has Been Killed Leaving 8 Lion Cubs! Sign Veronica’s Petition!

Cecil the Lion

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Once again, and way too soon…

I find myself calling on people from around the world to ask UPS to be a responsible Business Entity, and to consider the ramifications on our world’s animals by their continuing business practice of importing Dead Animal Parts, obtained from Trophy hunting.

Our beloved Cecil, killed by a Trophy hunter, left behind a family…. and now his son, Xanda has met the same fate, a mere 2 years later, leaving 8 babies alone and defenseless.

When new rival male lions comes in to take over a broken pride, they often kill the offspring of the previous leader, and this is the uncertain future Cecil’s grandchildren now face.

The ‘wheres’… Xanda was killed just on the outskirts of the Hwange National Park. It is likely that the trophy hunter used dead meat to lure Xanda outside the border of the park where hunting is legal, just to shoot him.

And the ‘Whys’… because rich people oftentimes like to ‘kill things’.

Are not nearly as important as…. WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE SURE IT STOPS. THIS is the most important part of this entire tragedy….

Because, if we do not take a stand now, these glorious members of our world will go extinct, and how then do we then explain this to our children, and and theirs to come?

It is my hope that we can mobilize for the Lions of Africa, for ALL animals that are hunted… come together, in one voice…. and ask UPS to stop importing the remains of our beloved animals of the world, and to be a compassionate Corporation that we can continue to do business with.

Thank you for your support and please network this most important petition…. an animal’s life depends on it.

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Exclusive Interview with Equine Veterinarian Dr. Rick Arthur

I caught up with Dr. Rick Arthur at his Santa Anita based office. I found out a wealth of information about what is actually going on with medication in the racing industry.  Dr. Arthur’s title is the Medical Director at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and is assigned, fulltime, to the California Horse Racing Board as an advisor.  This position is defined by law. Dr. Arthur is the primary advisor to the board on drug testing, medication, veterinary matters and equine welfare.

!’ve known Dr. Arthur for 40 years and he has been right here, in Southern California, for all those years.

In this interview you will learn:

*What the most common medications are.

*How the most common medications work.

*What the rules are regarding usage.

*What the board is doing to align rules and regulations closer to what is best for the horse’s welfare and best for racing in general.

* How we measure up to other countries regarding the use of medications and breakdowns.

*What Dr. Arthur and the Horse Racing Board are focusing on as we speak.

*Do all horses bleed when they run?

*Do all horses need Lasix?

*Do horses run faster when on Lasix?

*What is Dr. Arthur’s professional opinion on medications and race day medications.

*What is the future of medication in racing?

*What does the racing industry need to project to the public?

*How accurately are equine fatalities recorded?

*Does the board need to be looking out for the safety of the jockeys as well?

*Should racing  go back to a time when trainers “trained out of the feed tub?”

*What is safer, turf or dirt?

*Correction: Below is one of the statistics I quoted to Dr. Arthur. In the interview, I stated that in Britain there were 65 fatal injuries per 1000. It is actually .65/1000.

  1. As reported at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, in the US there are 1.5/ fatal injuries/per 1000 starts. In Britain .65/1000 starts according to Animal Health Trust.

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Bi-Partisan Effort Ending Cruel Experiments

In a new column titled “Puppies Over Politics” published in U.S. News & World Report, PUPPERS Act co-sponsors Representatives Dave Brat (R-VA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) explain how they’ve been able to win strong bipartisan Congressional support to cut painful and wasteful dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Join them and urge your Congress members to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to end taxpayer funding for painful dog experiments at the V.A.


Congress must stop the cruel experiments the VA is conducting on dogs.

Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA) & Dina Titus (D-NV)
August 10, 2017

In an era consumed by partisanship and deep policy divides, Republicans and Democrats appear far apart on major issues dominating the headlines. But there are two notable exceptions – veterans and dogs – and we are leading a new bipartisan effort to score a win for both.

In mid-July, The New York Times noted the Veterans’ Affairs Committees in both the House and Senate were a “case study in Washington working as designed.” Veterans issues, from accountability reform and whistleblower protections to the “forever GI bill,” appear to be among the few things folks in Washington can agree on.

After learning that the Department of Veterans Affairs was using taxpayer dollars to buy dogs, breed them and subject them to painful experiments, we both agreed that something had to be done.

The result is the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act – the PUPPERS Act – to stop the VA from using taxpayer dollars for the agency’s most painful experiments on dogs.

We are proud to have introduced the bill with several of our congressional colleagues who are military veterans; and we are excited we have already had bipartisan success to cut waste and protect animals.

The House passed an amendment we sponsored in the “minibus” spending package to implement this prohibition for one year. That is a promising first step. But Congress must work to make it permanent.

Frankly, details of the VA’s dog experiments almost amount to torture. Recent and ongoing VA research on hundreds of dogs involves causing heart attacks in hound-mix puppies and giving methamphetamine to narcoleptic Dobermans. Some of these experiments are categorized by the VA as involving extreme pain and distress that is left unrelieved.

Beyond the upsetting details of the actual experiments, new exposes of these cruel and unnecessary experiments have identified animal welfare violations, oversight failures and accountability lapses. Many of these abuses and missteps were only brought to light through repeated requests from a tenacious nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group called White Coat Waste Project.

A new VA oversight report prompted by complaints from advocates and Congress members found the Richmond VA Medical Center approved questionable, painful heart failure experiments on dogs without adequate justifications. It also shows researchers killed dogs with botched surgeries and conducted unapproved procedures on dogs. Moreover, for years staff routinely failed to keep accurate records of how many dogs were used, whether sick dogs were provided with medical care and how dogs died.

In Los Angeles, the Greater LA VA secretively bred and experimented on narcoleptic Dobermans for more than 20 years until members of Congress helped expose the laboratory and its misleading public statements that the experiments were just “observational.” In this case, the VA announced that it intends to end the program.

Unlike many other problems in Washington, this is one that is easy to grasp and tackle. After LA’s announcement, only 3 out of the 74 VA animal research facilities still perform painful experiments on dogs: Those situated in Richmond, Virginia as well as Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Animal experiments are notoriously wasteful, and we are making technological advancements to move toward alternative methods of experimentation. The National Institutes of Health has acknowledged, “animal models often fail to provide good ways to mimic disease or predict how drugs will work in humans, resulting in much wasted time and money while patients wait for therapies.”

The NIH has ended chimpanzee research, and has said that available technologies are more accurate, faster and less expensive than animal testing. The U.S. military is moving away from using live animals in trauma medical training and the U.S. Coast Guard recently announced it was suspending its live tissue training program.

In a recent Pew poll, 80 percent of Americans stated that they do not trust lawmakers in Washington to do the right thing on most issues. Nearly the same number of Americans – 75 percent – oppose experiments on dogs, according to a national poll by Lincoln Park Strategies. Dogs are cherished pets, members of the family, faithful partners to servicemen and women on the battlefield and sources of comfort and healing to those who have returned home from war.

Passing the PUPPERS Act will protect dogs from painful experiments, trim waste and implement a change that both Democrats and Republicans can agree upon.


Tell Neutrogena to Stop Testing on Animals!

Petitioning Neutrogena President Jan Hall (Neutrogena President) and 3 others

Tell Neutrogena to stop all animal testing

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I’m an animal lover and a student at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, CA. I’ve always loved animals and try to do everything I can to protect them. That instinct grew stronger after I stumbled upon videos of lab animals in captivity. I saw screaming rabbits, limping rats, badly burned mice, and many more horrifying conditions.

I don’t believe animals should suffer just so we can feel more beautiful.

After watching those videos, I was determined to do anything I could to stop these practices. I started to write letters to these companies, including Neutrogena, after I learned that PETA had blacklisted the company for its animal testing practices.Neutrogena is one of the largest and most influential beauty care companies in the world.

These beauty care company labs apply and inject chemicals into the animal’s skin or eyes to test the reaction of the substance to skin and organs. These badly damaged lab animals rarely receive any care for the injuries inflicted upon them during the testing process, and all are killed when they are no longer considered useful — usually by asphyxiation (suffocation), or decapitation.

This gruesome reality is part of the reason why 50% of U.S. adults are against animal research testing — according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. But none of it is necessary. Beauty companies can use some of the many chemicals that have already been proven safe. Or, they can choose to use non-animal testing methods.

Many of these non-animal testing methods are actually cheaper, quicker, and more reliable than animal testing. This is why so many companies have made the switch from animal testing to non-animal testing. It’s time for Neutrogena to join other beauty care companies and take the next step.

Help send an important message today by signing this petition and telling Neutrogena it’s time to end its cruel animal testing programs.


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  • Neutrogena President
    Jan Hall (Neutrogena President)
  • NeutBrand manager
    Salini Bowen
  • Neutrogena Director, Marketing
    Jose Bimont

  • Animal rights

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Reasons for Signing

It’s absolutely incredible that a brand that advertises its products as all natural and healthy barbarically tests its products on helpless, innocent animals when it’s been proven that it’s absolutely unnecessary. Animal testing should be abolished totally everywhere and everyone should boycott Neutrogena products until they announce that they’ve done so permanently.

Kristine Tait, Toronto, Canada
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I’m horrified that I have purchased your products, thinking them ethically responsible. Please discontinue animal testing immediately- there are alternatives!

Randi Scher, Frenchtown, NJ
Jan 6, 2017

stop torturing , killing and using animals in your testing…use humans, they are going to be using the damn stuff!

Heather Hintz, Wheat Ridge, CO
Jan 6, 2017