Two Heartwarming Dog Stories – Pamela Anderson & US Army Sergeant Nick B.

The first of two doggie tales is about Pamela Anderson’s newest addition to her family, a homeless puppy from India she has named Pyari, meaning “Loved One.”

The former “Baywatch” star, who is also a vegetarian and an honorary director for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), couldn’t forget the plight of the stray city dogs she had seen during a recent trip to India. So when she found out that an Indian representative of PETA would be coming to the US, Anderson asked her to bring one with her.

Pyari, who had been rescued from a construction site in Mumbai. His new mom said, ”I’m thrilled to be able to give Pyari a loving home. I already have rescued dogs, and I urge everyone to join me in adopting a homeless dog from their local animal shelter or the streets instead of buying a so-called ‘pedigree’.”

Prior to this, Pamela had helped out in New Orleans to relocate dogs that were given up by families who were affected by the oil spill and could no longer care for them. While there, she was a great example and adopted two of the abandoned dogs.

She had said, “There are so many more pets than homes, but we think that by bringing attention to it, people are going to be inspired to help and adopt some.”

While stationed in Afghanistan, US Army Sergeant Nick B. spotted a skinny Shepherd mix tied up and caked in mud, with ears and tails cut off. Nick asked the local residents if he could take the pitiable dog to care for him.

He found out that the owners were planning to use the canine for grisly “entertainment” purposes. They said they would give him away only in return for cigarettes. Sergeant Nick paid the price asked for immediately, and soon, Bodhi learned to trust his tough, tattooed rescuer, who approached him gently with treats. Eventually, he stole the hearts of Nick’s entire unit.

The rescue of the beloved companion took place in faraway Afghanistan. But Nick made all plans necessary to have Bodhi flown to the US coinciding with the end of his tour. With the help of a group called Puppy Rescue Mission, in May, the two were joyfully reunited at the airport in Pensacola, Florida.

Aww…!! Our touched thanks, Pamela and Nick, for your love in action for the welfare of the helpless canines. Whether near or far, may all innocent animal friends someday live with all the love and dignity they so deserve.

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“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” Star Goes Vegan!

We posted before about Ozzy Osbourne, Russell Brand (another “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star), Eliza Dushku turning vegan. Now, since January, the lovely Kristen Bell – who appears in the new whale-lovers’ movie “Big Miracle” – has joined the vegan bandwagon after watching the awesome documentary “Forks Over Knives.”

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Kristen, who’s avoided meat since age 11, decided to say no to all animal products, along with her dashing fiancé Dax Shepard, after learning about the undeniable links between chronic disease and meat/dairy. The 31-year-old actress told “Women’s Health Magazine” that the health benefits are “compounded by the fact that I love animals and feel better not eating them.”

Kristen has a tremendous affection for one particular animal – the adorable sloth. Watch her exude her love on “Ellen.”

Kristin is a bona-fide foodie who compares herself to “a little Italian grandmother.” “Cooking is my love language,” she said, “where there’s the most amount of giving selflessly.” There’s certainly a lot of love bound to come from her cruelty-free kitchen. As she introduced the flourishing members of her organic veggie garden: “There’s cilantro, sage, baby greens. Carrots, broccoli, kale, potatoes, cauliflower. These are strawberries. Romaine, butter lettuce, thyme… Ooh, the spinach is coming up real nice.” She explained that the organic tomatoes are eaten all the time “like potato chips” owing to their intense sweet-n-juiciness.

Cheers! To your health, Bell and beau, and a wonderful vegan life ahead together! ❤

It’s Meatout Day! (Plus 7 Reasons to “Kick the Meat Habit”)

Today, March 20, is Meatout Day, the world’s largest annual grassroots information campaigns regarding the plant-based diet!

Thousands of people throughout all 50 states plus two dozen other countries are out there encouraging their friends, family and communities to “kick the meat habit” and explore the healthy, caring and eco diet of vegetarian/vegan fare!

Going veg a great way to start off the spring season : ) Here’s 7 awesome reasons why, according to Meatout’s founder, FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement):

Kicking the meat habit reduces our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases that cripple and kill nearly 1.4 million Americans annually.

Kicking the meat habit decreases our exposure to infectious pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter, which kill several thousand Americans annually and sicken millions more.

Kicking the meat habit raises our energy level, lowers our food budget, and simplifies food preparation and cleanup.

Kicking the meat habit frees up grains and other foods that can be used to feed the world’s hungry. Animals are extremely inefficient “protein converters;” it can take up to 16 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef.

Kicking the meat habit preserves our topsoil, water, and other food production resources vital to the survival of our children and their children.

Kicking the meat habit protects our forests, grasslands, and other wildlife habitats from encroachment by cattle ranchers while reducing the polluting effects of methane, soil particles, manure, and pesticides on our air and water.

Kicking the meat habit saves animals from caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging, mutilation, manhandling, and agonizing slaughter. Each person who adopts a plant-based diet saves over 80 innocent, sentient animals each year. Over a lifetime, an individual can save more than 6,000 animals just by going vegan.

It’s time to begin your journey to healthy, compassionate eating.
Order your FREE Veg Starter Kit to find out how!

Hooray for Meatout Day and a shoutout for everyone who’s pledging to be veg today! : )

Find out more at www.meatout.org

Carrie Underwood – A “Good Girl’s” Vegan Diet

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With five Grammys, multi-platinum records, American Idol winner-turned-country music superstar Carrie Underwood has accomplished a lifetime’s worth of treasures in just a handful of years. The radiant 28-year-old began singing in her childhood growing up in rural Oklahoma. She also stopped eating red meat as a young teen because of her love for the animals. “I grew up on a farm,” she said. “Once I learned why we had a farm, that was that.”

She has always been veg-leaning, and put her compassion into practice through rescuing stray animals.

Then, in 2011, Carrie became a vegan for health reasons. She found out that she was lactose intolerant, or unable to digest animal-derived milk – as are a majority of us/as are 60% of us adults, according to one study.

In a recent interview with Ecorazzi.com, the gifted and hard-working singer/songwriter/actress talked about the effort she puts in to stay fit amidst her busy schedule, which shows no sign of slowing down!

“I do my best to eat healthy and work out. I am a vegan, so that certainly helps. It’s hard to be vegan and not stay pretty lean.”

The health-conscious Carrie loves her snacks, saying, “I eat almonds, apples, dried fruit (with no added sugar … [I] don’t understand why they add sugar to fruit), raw fruit and nut bars, maybe a few squares of super dark chocolate, and veggies and hummus… I am such a label reader and always take my food with me everywhere.”

Carrie added that most of the time, it’s hard for her to find quick and nutritious food to eat in her busy life. Her solution?

“I always make my own food ahead of time and take it with me. That way, I know exactly what’s in it and I can still stay healthy and satisfied when I’m working.”

With such a wholesome lifestyle, it’ll be no surprise to see this vegan star soar ever higher in success for many more years to come, especially with her fantastic new single out called “Good Girl”.

We wish Carrie a very happy birthday!

Veg for Lent

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For millions of people around the world, Lent is a sacred time of prayer, reflection, and fasting, to remember Jesus Christ and develop greater empathy with the Lord’s merciful example. Many choose to demonstrate this by refraining from meat or dairy products during the Lenten period, which lasts forty days up to Easter Sunday. Some, like those of the “Veg4Lent” movement, believe it revives an ancient Christian tradition of vegetarianism as a way of showing love, justice and peace for all God’s creatures.

A New York Times blog, “Going Vegan for Lent,” says that Lent is “the perfect time to try new vegan dishes” and presents some hearty, flavorful meat-free recipes.

And here’s an interesting blog by one thoughtful Texan guy who explains why he “felt fantastic” ever since giving up meat for Lent a year ago.

Kudos to all the faithful for their commitment to kinder diets this Lenten season. And of course, expanding our neighborly love for all the species is a great way to create a sacred occasion any time of the year.

New Year’s Eve

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Hallo Friends!

What’s everyone doing for New Year’s Eve? Hope everyone will have a safe and compassionate celebration!

What are your green resolutions for 2012? We’d love to hear them!

In the new year, we hope many people will resolve to be vegan, whatever reason that may be: health, animals, ethics, or the planet! If anyone needs any help or resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a ton of materials on the plant-based lifestyle and One Veg World can help feed you with yummy vegan food as well 🙂

Wishing this New Year brings much peace, happiness, blessings and love to all–humans and animals alike!

❤ ❤ ❤

Vegan Diet Given a Second Look

To accompany yesterday’s post about meat consumption on the decline, here’s another great year-end news, as reported on US  News, no less!

But today, a growing number of people are giving vegan diets a second look, and nutritionists now believe that a well-thought-out vegan eating plan could be the most healthy way to live for most people.

This article also lists out some of the benefits of a plant-based diet:

Research has found that people who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle enjoy a number of health benefits, Sheth said. These include:

  • Lower cholesterol levels.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • A healthier body mass index.
  • Decreased risk for heart disease.
  • Decreased risk for cancer.
  • Better control and prevention of diabetes.

Another great thing about this write-up is that it actually rebuts all of the common misconceptions of an animal-free diet.

Sheth added that research has found vegan diets to be appropriate for people at all stages of the life cycle — even people at crucial stages, such as growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and highly active athletes.

If you’re on the fence yourself or know anyone who needs some encouragement to switch to a kinder, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle, this article is a great starting point. And of course, having delicious vegan options to try is a big plus and that’s what One Veg World is here for. 🙂 Our international dishes recreate many of your favorites – just with no animal products.

Here’s one of our crowd favorites, the “Enchanted Garden”. This refreshing salad comes with grilled veggie (soy) chicken and a dairy-free, creamy cucumber dressing.

Have a healthy and happy day!