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.

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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?




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


Plant Strong


If big, strong men do it (, and big, strong animals do it (, why don’t you do it?

Be Plant Strong today!!!

It’s (surprisingly) easy, delicious and when you need it, totally decadent!!

With a few simple changes to what you have in your fridge and pantry, you can do it!

Do it for yourself. Do it for the planet. Do it for the animals.



Get Uncomfortable about Animal Rights

boy an drabbit

I saw a photo today of a little boy sleeping with a rabbit. I thought at first how beautiful it was, and then I thought of that boy older, eating rabbit and wearing their fur on his fashionable coat. I was sad because truly the boy, and each of us, probably genuinely cares about animals – we love them even-but there is a strong and intentional disconnect so that our world can be sanitized of the reality these animals face and we can eat them and wear them without thinking about what is really happening.

We don’t know about the reality, and definitely don’t want to see it either as it would be far too uncomfortable. When you are thinking about how awful it would be to read articles and to look at the pictures and videos or watch the films put out by animal rights activists, please think about how uncomfortable the animal is when it’s leg is caught in a trap and it’s left for days so you can have their fur on your coat or on your boots, or when it is kept in a tiny cage for the few months of its life it’s allowed to live with no room to move about and no others to socialize with. Or worse, put into tiny cages with so many others that they literally kill and maim each other. Or, when it gets an infection and is not provided veterinary care, but left to rot instead. When it’s stuck in a contraption so tight it cannot move, so that a scientist can pour random solutions into its eyes to see if it’s going to cause blindness or not, or when it is forced to live in its own filth, urine and feces, until it’s put out of its misery. Think about the last days of its life spent in a truck travelling across the country in such freezing cold weather that its sides literally freeze to the sides of the truck. Think about it in equally hot weather without food or water for days on end.


These innocent animals undergo all of this for us. And for things we do not even need. We don’t need fur, we don’t need meat and we don’t need dairy. And we don’t need animal testing for cosmetics or medicines. It’s just our culture that says so. We can change-we can grow to learn a different way of life. It’s not difficult.

Make a change. Even a small one. Protect the animals we care about. Go vegan or vegetarian. Buy products that are not tested on animals. Don’t buy fur. Fight for the animals who can’t fight for themselves.

Look at the realities that they face every day.

Get uncomfortable-they sure are.







Bill Gates is Talking about Veganism


Here is what Bill Gates is saying:

And he’s investing in a vegan start-up:

He talks about the sustainability issue – as good a reason to go vegan as any I think. He also talks about fake meat (meat and dairy created by scientists to mimic the real thing) which I don’t go for – who knows how food made in a laboratory environment will hurt us in the long run? But the sustainability issue is a big one.

More and more countries that historically did not eat meat and dairy are starting to. Studies show that the consumption of meat and dairy in developing countries is rising to an astonishing level and in conjunction with rising income levels:

Depleting the land of the earth in the way that we do for food consumption cannot continue forever even if we want it to and even if more and more of us can afford to.  Using up the land hurts the animals and plants that live on it, but it hurts us ultimately too.

Animal agriculture is causing huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions which is hurting our planet.

If we cannot live without the earth, we’d better think about making some changes.

Animals need so much food to grow to the sizes we want them to be before we slaughter them for food. Doesn’t it make more sense for us to simply eat the plants and grains they eat in the first place and also save them from the suffering they have to go through for us?

The UN is recommending global dietary changes as a means to our survival:

Some people are looking at a vegetarian diet-a good place to start in reducing humankind’s reliance on animals.

‘Meatless Mondays’ have been around for a while encouraging people to try a day a week without meat.

Bill Gates is talking about ‘fake meat’.

Whatever small steps we can take will be a huge help in healing our planet and our lives.

I prefer a plant-based diet with vegetables balanced with legumes, nuts and grains. It’s surprisingly easy once you let go of your pre-conceived notions of what you need to be healthy and happy.

Veganism – the way of the future!

The Hunter and The Vegan


My partner is considering getting a hunting license.

It may seem strange that he is thinking of hunting and killing animals for meat when I am now vegan but I can respect his choice. He chooses to remain a carnivore but is willing to consider doing something difficult – getting his own meat rather than simply buying the prepared and packaged meat ready for pick up at the supermarket.

Currently, he buys meat from local farmers he researches and visits – he gets to know the farmers and the animals that way.

He says that ultimately though, he would like to be part of the whole process – from seeing the live animal, to killing it and to preparing it for eating.  He also acknowledges that quite possibly at his first try at hunting, he may decide that he too wants to be vegan!  Looking into an animal’s eyes and killing it will be a tough challenge that he readily acknowledges.

Hunting and killing an animal in its natural habitat rather than have them live in the horrid conditions they must endure on farms and on route to slaughterhouses is definitely a step up from what most people do to get their meat.

It shows me that he is aware of the reality of eating meat or at least much more than most people who buy their meat cleaned, packaged and ready to eat. Buying it like that can remove the reality of the situation and can easily have you in denial — before it was in the package, it was an animal alive, with eyes that could look into yours and an instinct to survive  –  just like yours.

Don is also thinking of preparing his own meat as well – from the hunt to the table.  I think that if more people decided to do this themselves, there would definitely be more vegetarians and vegans!

Similarly if we saw what happens on farms and in slaughterhouses, many, if not most of us, would not be able to continue our blind meat-eating, animal using lifestyles.

Things have become far too removed from their realities  – too sterile and packaged – making it easy for us to remain in denial.

Animals have it pretty bad out there but we don’t see it. It’s too ugly to look at so we don’t look and it is hidden from us with ad-gag legislation such as is occurring in the U.S. Here is one of many online articles about this:

If we are brave and look closer at the realities of the meat and dairy industries, we will, as caring animals ourselves, choose to change our eating habits.

And although I wouldn’t personally choose to kill an animal for food in any way, I can respect others who choose to.