Try Veganuary

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Why love a dog but eat a pig?  Try eating a vegan diet this January.

Veganuary aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January

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A Year in Foster Care

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Look at these cutie patooties 😍

Three Irish Cats

Last January, Rescue Angels of Southern Maryland picked up 13 cats from our local kill shelter. Many were ear tipped, some were sick, and others had been branded as “feral.” Without rescue, they would have died in the shelter.

But there’s a happy ending for most of the group. In the past year, some of them have been adopted (hooray!), and others are happily living in a managed cat colony.

But there are three who are still waiting for their family to come along: Cinderella, Jack, and Anna. While in foster care, Anna has met Billy, and the who have become quite fond of each other. They’re a bonded pair.

We’re sharing their pictures here because we hope you’ll share their post. Rescue Angels knows these guys’ forever homes are out there, and maybe your share on social media will reach the perfect person!

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Jack

Anna and Billy

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Words from the Heart

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I wonder how my life would be if we had stayed together.

Is it better now that you are gone or am I worse off?

Without even realising, you made me who I am today.

You brought compassion into my life, we call her Winkle 🐱

 

I am grateful for what I learned from you, but boy do I wonder.

Would I have made the connection if you had stuck around?

I wish you hadn’t left, I wish you’d speak to me now.

Baby then you’d see my heart aches for you and maybe you would love me again.

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Vegan Brownies

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Here is the recipe I followed for making vegan chocolate & almond brownies.

No animals were harmed in making of this product 😉

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Hands for Compassion 

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Hands for Compassion

Heart of Ganesh has launched a new Humane Tourism campaign #NotOnMyBucketList to raise awareness for elephant cruelty in tourism.
Tell travelers that elephant cruelty disguised as entertainment needs to be taken off the Bucket List! 

Here is what you have to do:
1. WRITE #NotOnMyBucketList on your hand (or a paper hand) and take a picture.

2. Share your “hashtag hand” on social media with this message: “Elephant Cruelty is #NotOnMyBucketList! Join me in reaching your hand in Compassion for Elephants!”

3. TAG Heart of Ganesh in your post (@heartofganesh), and SHARE far and wide!

If you tag your location, Heart of Ganesh will post your hand to our map. 

Learn more about #NotOnMyBucketList at Heart of Ganesh website. 

Psychology & Veganism

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I am taking an Edx course called “UQx: Think101x The Science of Everyday Thinking”. Lesson 7 of this course discusses why it is hard to change people’s minds about various things, particularly when it comes to long held beliefs. I thought this is particularly relevant to veganism as we know how frustrating it is to hear the same motivational excuses repeated over and over again as the basis for carnism.

Why it is hard to change people’s minds? The Edx course says that it’s because of the following two things:

1) Source amnesia. We have difficulty remembering why it is we believe in something. Think about this. What makes you think you have access, that you can instantly recall the exact basis for why you believe something?

2) It is hard to reconcile what it is you believed previously with this new data. It’s cognitive difficulty. You can’t replace your former belief in the heat of the moment. It takes some work and time to put new wealth of evidence.

Evidence alone is not enough to get people to change their minds. We need evidence and a good story to show people what they can change their minds to.  The course suggests the following 6 leads for prompting opinion change.

6 Leads of Opinion Change

1) Ask yourself “what do you really believe anyway?”

2) How well based is the opinion that you already hold?

3) How good is the evidence for changing your opinion? Is it based on experiments or appropriate research?

4) Does the evidence really contradict what you already believe?

5) If the answer to question 4) is “no”, then what would be enough evidence to contradict what you already believe?

6) Is it worth finding out about? Why or why not? What is the cost of changing your belief?

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