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So How’d it All End Up?

December 4, 2010

Thanks for all your support for the City Girls Gone Hog Wild project.  We raised $600 and spent the day out of our heels and in the stalls getting dirty.


At least one of us is very popular with the animals…

September 19, 2010

The heels came off today, but I was told I still didn’t have the proper shoes…

September 19, 2010

A Cow Never Forgets

August 18, 2010

In case you haven’t checked out our Education page yet (which I encourage you to do) we wanted to share our latest educational tidbit…

A Cow Never Forgets

Research shows that cows have the intelligence close to that of a dog and slightly higher than a cat.  Published studies also report that cows have an excellent memory!  Apparently so much so that it’s not uncommon for cows to make their way back to their home farms after being sold at auction.  They remember what areas of the pasture are best for grazing as well as locations of their favorite watering holes.  Fellow cows and calves are also recognizable to each other and often work together in packs similar to dogs and wolves.  Alpha leaders are chose based on their best qualities to lead the group and strong relationships form between members of the herd.  Cows also retain memories of people and things that hurt them and cause pain.  It isn’t rare for members of the herd to have a falling out and avoid each other once it has happened.  Just like us humans, cows become stressed and unhappy when they are taken away from their families or family members are taken away from the herd.

Why does this matter if I’m not vegetarian/vegan?

Treatment of cows on feedlots and factory farms is some of the most inhumane out there.  Cows raised for both dairy and meat in large factory settings are subjected to enduring pain, both mental and physical. Considering the long memory span of cows, imagine going through the branding process, having your horns removed (all without painkillers), or having young taken away for veal.  It is not uncommon to hear mother cows bleating for days after they are separated from their calves.  In these settings cows are often not fed proper diets and are also transported several hundred miles during extreme weather conditions which leads to death and serious illnesses.  Once at the slaughterhouse cows often go to slaughter still alive.  Sick and injured cows are no different.  Not only is the sheer pain and mistreatment that these animals sustain disconcerting, but the fact that we as humans consume meat in our diets produced from mistreated cows who often have pneumonia, bloat, acidosis, diarrhea, ulcers, or even liver disease should make you stop and consider the impacts on your own health and well-being.

The best milkshake and chicpea “tuna” I’ve ever had!

August 18, 2010

I’m sure it’s no surprise that NYC is full of mouth-watering and delicious vegan and vegetarian options.  I’m always eternally grateful for this particularly when I return from trips to middle America where food options usually include beef, beef and more beef.  It’s a big part of the culture in middle America, but here in NYC I can find something friendly to my diet on just about every street corner!   This week I stumbled across one of these   Terri!  I have to admit that Angela told me about this place several months ago since it was just a few steps away from her office.  My office at the time though was all the way across town and I had my own favorites there.  Recently though my office moved and I was confronted with finding new favorite places, and lo’ and behold Terri resurfaced.

It’s a pretty unassuming place located on 23rd St and 6th Ave.  If you walk  it looks no different from many other quick stop joints with a walk up counter, a big chalkboard announcing the food, and a few stools in case you wanted to eat there.  The place was consistently busy when I stopped by with many people popping in from the gym that it’s attached to or people grabbing and going onto someplace else to enjoy their treats.  Their menu isn’t long but it covers all the bases – sandwiches, salads (including bean and quinoa varieties), smoothies (with options to add types of protein) and milkshakes (from soy or rice milk).  You can even make  your options gluten-free.  If you’re reading this and have not considered a vegetarian lifestyle I know what you’re thinking – “this place cannot be good”.  It’s ok to think that, the unknown can be scary.  Sometimes even the known can be scary too; I’ve certainly gone to places like this and left unsatisfied and seeking the next place to get my hands on something else.  This place is worth it though, trust me!

I went right for one of their mouth-watering sandwiches-the chicpea “tuna” melt- and simply couldn’t resist a strawberry soy milkshake.  Angela ordered up a gluten-free “chicken” quesadilla, and our non-vegetarian, non-fruit or vegetable eating friend ordered up “bacon chicken” cheddar ranch.  In all the orders the meat was soy based and the cheese was vegan.  The chicpea tuna was very hearty and filling, and if you like chicpeas like I do then you can’t go wrong with this option.  They were ground up a bit so that it all held together but not so much that it was smooth like hummus.  The cheese wasn’t heavy, just a fine and gooey enough layer that it didn’t overwhelm the melt but complemented it.  But if I thought the chicpea tuna was good, the soy milkshake floored me.  Hands down the best shake I’ve ever had.  I watched as the ladies behind the counter tossed everything in the blender including big, plump, fresh strawberries.  This place it worth it just for one of the shake!

So if you’re looking for a great vegetarian option in the city or are looking for a place to try out what vegetarians eat I highly recommend Terri.  Oh and remember our non-vegetarian, non-fruit or vegetable eating friend?  The bacon chicken cheddar ranch combo left her very happy!

The great goat experiment explores food…

August 16, 2010
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In case you missed my last post on the great goat experiment, in short I’ve decided to learn all it takes in order to humanely own some goats.  You know, things such as- what do they eat, how much land do they need, what health issues I need to be aware of, do they need companions, and so forth.  I should say that I decided to explore this issue because I’ve always wanted to own my own goats one day, but while doing this project with WFAS realized I know nothing about what it takes to actually care for a goat.

Today goat topic? Food!

Have you ever head that goats will each just about anything?  Seems this isn’t the case.  Common myth believes that goats will munch on what ever they can get their hands (hooves?) on including tin cans, cardboard boxes, paper, and even your mittens.  Well ask yourself this: would you eat a tin can?  The answer should be no and the same holds true for goats as well.  Goats are actually pretty selective eaters when the proper food is available for them to eat.  When goats are left to forage on garbage and tin cans rather than graze on grasses and clover they risk adequate growth and digestive health, and are more prone to contracting diseases.  Goats need the proper balance of protein, vitamins, fiber and water to live strong and healthy lives.  But what exactly do they eat?

It seems that feeding is the highest cost associated with raising and caring for goats.   Water is the cheapest aspect.  An adult goat will drink 3/4th to 1.5 gallons of water each day.  When it comes to roaming the fields, goats’ eating patterns resemble that of a deer (browsing) more than a sheep or cow (grazing).  Goats like to browse such items as millet, sorghum, clover, grass, and grain.  To keep the quality of these options high it’s important to rotate the pasture.  In the winter goats will munch on hay.

These details alone make me believe that housing a goat in the back patch of a Brooklyn home is simply not a good idea.  Stay tuned to see just how much space it’s going to take to house a few friendly and lovable “naaaaaay-sayers”.

Vote WFAS “Favote Sanctuary of the Year”

August 4, 2010

We just heard today that WFAS is up for Favorite Sanctuary of the Year at the VegNews Magazine’s 2010 Veggie Awards!  Congrats to all our friends there!  Take a minute to vote and show your support for our favorite sanctuary!