Angora Wool

Many people love the look and feel of angora wool. Most people however would be appalled to find out how their lovely angora sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves were made.

Most animals used in our society for human consumption – be that in the meat, fashion or entertainment industries – are neglected,  ignored – treated as property.  Often they are unnecessarily abused as well. They rarely, if ever, receive veterinary treatment when they need it. They often go without food and even without water.

And these are just the basics that all creatures need.  Animals need enrichment and to socialize. Farm animals rarely are treated humanely even on so called ‘humane farms’.

Are you ready to see how angora rabbits are treated?  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently did an investigation in the UK and here is what they found:

If this upsets you, you can do something! Stop buying angora wool! Stop buying any wool.

Tell people about it!  Share this blog!

Get involved to support animals:

Let companies know that you do  not support this by taking action!

No animal should be treated in this way.  No animal should be left in a cage by itself. No animal’s injuries should ever be ignored.

Not every angora rabbit in this industry has it this bad, but they all suffer.  Ask yourself is it worth it for a piece of clothing?




Yummiest Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge Ever

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth.

One of my favorite things to make is Peanut Butter Fudge.  Before I became vegan, I made it with milk and butter.  I thought I would have to give it up forever but I just figured out an amazing vegan recipe for it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One 14 ounce can of coconut milk – I use the Aroy-D brand
  • 2 cups of organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  •  1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of natural peanut butter

Here’s what to do:

  • Mix the coconut milk and cane sugar together and bring to a boil slowly over a medium heat
  • Use a big pot so that it doesn’t overflow onto your stove!
  • Stir constantly
  • Boil and keep stirring for approximately half an hour or until hardball stage – you will know it has reached the hardball stage if you can drop a small amount of the mixture from a spoon into a cold glass of water and see it change from liquid to more of a solid as it moves through the water

When it has reached the hardball stage, take it off the heat immediately.

Fill your sink with a couple of inches of cold tap water and place the pot into the water.  Stir the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon. You will see it get thicker almost immediately.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla – it will bubble up a little and smell absolutely amazing!

Add fine sea salt to taste while the mixture is still quite hot – I add approximately 1/2 teaspoon – this replicates the buttery taste I love so much in fudge.

Add the peanut butter, 1/2 cup at a time, and keep stirring until it gets quite thick.

Spoon the mixture into a dish and place in the fridge.  It will be ready to eat very soon but quite warm.  Cut it into squares before it gets too cold with a sharp knife.

Refrigerate until hardened.

If you like your fudge creamier, simply remove the mixture from the stove a little earlier than hardball stage and add less peanut butter.  I’ve tried both ways and both are delicious!! The creamy version can be stored in, and eaten straight from, the freezer.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you won’t be able to get enough of this fudge! 🙂



Dear Justin Trudeau

I just saw a great video addressed to Justin Trudeau. It talks about he and his family being bundled up in fur coats and blankets in press photos and in a family Christmas card.

I  wrote him (well the Liberal Party) a letter supporting this video. Here it is:

Hello Mr. Trudeau,

Please take an honest look at this wonderful video that was made just for you!

This young woman speaks her heart very well and I passionately agree with her. As an animal rights activist myself, and a volunteer for an organization based in Vancouver called Fur Bearer Defenders, I also ask that you reconsider supporting this cruel industry.

In June of 2014, one of my very first blogs was about this very subject:

I am not asking that you become vegan or even vegetarian, but I am asking you to seriously think about the animals whose lives are taken needlessly for fashion. Fur is not necessary for survival here in Ottawa, nor in many parts of our country where these coats are so popular.

And as the woman in this video says, the Canada Goose company is no longer a Canadian business. So, why support them?

Please teach your children the greatest of compassion – that towards innocent animals who need us to not only protect them, but definitely to not hurt, abuse nor exploit them either.

Please stand with us as we try to protect the most innocent of creatures.

Thanks for listening,

Linda Orrell