"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men." Alice Walker, American author

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Choose Compassionate Consumption this Holiday Season..

The Unitarian Universalist Social Committee currently has an online pledge, asking holiday shoppers to spend at least 10% of their gift-giving money on ethically produced/responsible goods.

The pledge is called Choose Compassionate Consumption.

This is really not a hard thing to do, now that items like fair-trade chocolate, coffee, and fruits are more readily available at places like Whole Foods and online venues.  Our own congregation at Countryside will host a Fair Trade Fair on Sunday, December 4.  You can purchase the above foodstuffs, as well as handmade jewelry, crafts, Christmas ornaments, etc.

More information on the Fair Trade Fair to come.
Remember, many vegan-owned businesses also use organic and fair trade ingredients, too.

Consider signing the pledge, and commit to supporting businesses that support the happiness of people, animals, and the planet.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eaglets rescued at Mooseheart released at Starved Rock


Daily Herald reported today about the release of two bald eaglets that had been rescued and  nursed back  to health, by Flint Creek Wildlife Rehab Center in Barrington, after the young birds fell 85 feet from their nest, last May. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

'Lazy' pigeons flock to ride Stockholm metro


I love this story about a flock of pigeons - not just one or two - who have discovered they can ride the subway to their favorite eateries at an indoor food court.  Smart birds!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Save-a-Pet Supply Drive now through Dec. 31, 2011

Save-a-Pet is a local (Grayslake IL) no-kill shelter.  Please consider donating to their supply drive this holiday season.


Click on the link above to see a list of items needed by the shelter.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meatless Monday recipes

Vegetarian Times is a great source of meatless recipes.  Here are a couple featured on their Facebook page this week:

Pita Quesadillas with Cilantro Hummus

My family often makes quesadillas with store-bought hummus, sliced tomato and black olives.  Just assemble and heat on the stove.  Or follow the VT recipe above.

Vegetable Pot Pies

If I were making these myself, I'd add a 14 oz. can of white beans or chickpeas, or some small cubes of tofu, for extra protein and fiber.

More about Meatless Monday tomorrow...

Goals and Objectives of Countryside Animal Friends

We are a new chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry.  The link to their website is listed on the right sidebar.  I encourage you to visit their page and their links.

We are called "Countryside Animal Friends" because we are a part of the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, in Palatine IL.  CCUU's link is on the right sidebar, as well.  You can learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our own local congregation on the CCUU website.  CCUU also has a Green Sanctuary committee, and many of Animal Friend's activities and initiatives overlap with Green Sanctuary and vice versa.  Not all, but many...

We have only had a few meetings since February 2010, when Erv Toth and Belinda Robinson first formed the group and joined the UUAM.  During those few meetings, we have eventually come up with a few objectives and projects to implement and maintain at Countryside Church:

1.  Raise funds for local non-profit organizations that are dedicated to animal welfare issues.

2.  Participate in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, every year in early May, to raise awareness about "factory farming", especially the deplorable conditions found in most egg-laying facilities; and to promote a cruelty-free, plant-based diet.  We may also have vegan bake sales throughout the year.  This event also ties in with the above objective.

3.  Promote the Meatless Monday campaign and pledge.  We plan to do this by posting a pledge sheet, info sheet, and recipes on the church bulletin board; by posting recipes and info on our Facebook page; and by submitting recipes to the weekly Sunday newsletter.

4.  Maintain a Facebook community page, called "Countryside Animal Friends", accessible to the general public.  On this page, we will share current news stories, petitions, and announcements about local, national, and worldwide animal welfare and conservation issues.  We will also provide Meatless Monday recipes every week.

5.  Promote CCUU Green Sanctuary events that coincide with animal welfare and conservation issues.

We have already met one of these goals already this year - in September, CAF hosted a vegan bake sale,  in conjunction with the Suburban Vegetarian Meetup Group.  We raised over 261.00 for Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Barrington IL.  (See link at right sidebar.)

We hope to have another bake sale in May to coincide with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale that is international.

We are in the process of encouraging the congregation and community to pledge to Meatless Monday.  Hopefully, next Sunday there will be a meatless recipe in the Sunday newsletter.  There will definitely be one (or two, or three) on our FB page, and here, on this blog.

If you are interested in following this blog, please submit your e-mail on the right sidebar.

To visit our Facebook page, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/CountrysideAnimalFriends.