Enjoy a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving!
By Jeffrey Richard, Jameson Humane Volunteer
As you prepare for your gathering of family and friends and the shared thankfulness that marks Thanksgiving Day, consider the lives of turkeys and opt for a delicious and satisfying plant-based meal instead (see suggestions below).
Turkeys are living, feeling beings. Just like our pets, they are gentle and sociable, and always curious. According to the Animal Outlook blog “Under the Feathers: The Curiosity, Intelligence and Personality of Turkeys,” they are playful birds with unique personalities (Animal Outlook). However, in recent years, their explorative nature is being restricted and controlled to accelerate their availability for human consumption. The cruelty experienced by turkeys in most farm settings is well-documented. (See, e.g., https://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/12-reasons-you-may-never-want-eat-turkey-again/)According to a study at the University of Illinois, 46 million turkeys were killed for Thanksgiving in 2020 (Time Magazine). The Animal Outlook article notes:
“In the 1960s, it took 220 days to raise a 35-pound turkey. Due to selective breeding and growth-promoting drugs, it now takes only 132 days. Such fast growth causes turkeys to suffer from a number of chronic health problems,” (Ibid).
The same Animal Outlook article details their intelligence and other admirable characteristics. “Referring to them as ‘birds of courage,’ Benjamin Franklin believed the turkey should be named the national bird of the United States (instead of the bald eagle). Perhaps he admired the intelligence, beauty or resourcefulness of turkeys – these are characteristics unknown to most Americans who, today, often view turkeys as little more than the center of the holiday dinner table,” (Ibid).
Scrumptious Turkey-Free Alternatives
This year, we ask you to consider the many delicious alternatives to consuming turkeys or other animals on Thanksgiving. Below you’ll find a link to a website full of amazing plant-based Thanksgiving recipes, which will happily fill the bellies of loved ones around your table. The recipes come from some of the hottest vegan chefs in the country such as vegan icon Matthew Kenney, popular chef and author Ellen Charlotte Marie, and Los Angeles’ Crossroads Kitchen founder Tal Ronnen. (Seven Top Plant-Based Chefs Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes).
The Bigger Picture of Veganic Living
This plea to switch to a meatless celebration at your Thanksgiving table is part of Jameson Humane’s campaign to support veganic living. We assist people in transitioning to a veganic lifestyle at their own pace. In our approach, veganics is a holistic, plant-based way of living — one which excludes the consumption of all animal products including food, cosmetics, and clothing. And Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for omnivorous folks to experience the pleasures – and to help achieve global benefits – of a vegan diet. Such benefits of reducing meat consumption are well-known. Here are just a few:
- Reducing even a portion of one’s meat-eating results in less greenhouse gas emissions and saves water.
- Studies reported by the National Institutes of Health support the conclusion that switching to a flexitarian, or reduced-meat, diet benefits body weight, metabolic health, and blood pressure. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5216044/
- The Meatless Monday website notes that skipping even a half serving of meat every day and replacing it with a plant protein like beans or tofu can decrease your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. https://www.mondaycampaigns.org/meatless-monday/benefits
Jameson Humane’s advocacy of veganics promotes broad protection of animals by implementing changes in the way we live our lives – without consuming animals or otherwise treating them or their by-products as property, commodities or raw materials to be used for financial gain. At Jameson Humane, we encourage a plant-based veganic lifestyle and educate those who want to learn more about how we can foster harmony between animals, humans, and our planet one meal at a time.
You can find more plant-based Thanksgiving recipes and other helpful resources on Jameson Humane’s Veganic webpage:
Does Your Horse Have Colic?
By Jeffrey Richard, Jameson Humane Volunteer
Cary Grant Takes a Road Trip
Jameson Humane’s caretaking of its many rescued animals includes maintaining their health and providing veterinary treatment whenever needed. Recently, one of Jameson’s equine residents, Cary Grant, went to U.C. Davis for specialized diagnosis and treatment for a condition that Jameson’s veterinarian suspected was colic – a general label describing gastrointestinal distress or pain in horses and cattle that covers a variety of causes. On two occasions, Cary had exhibited signs of colic by lying down and biting at his belly shortly after feedings. The veterinary staff at U.C. Davis narrowed down the cause of Cary’s distress -- eliminating sand impaction, kidney stones or gall stones, and ulcers as possible causes -- and prescribed a change in Cary’s diet.
The Importance of Treating Colic Immediately
Since colic is often a sign of serious, life-threatening health conditions, the diagnosis of Cary Grant’s symptoms was a great relief to Jameson’s staff and volunteers who care for him. Colic in horses may result from intestinal twisting or blockage (requiring immediate surgery) to more easily addressed issues such as, in Cary Grant’s case, a need for dietary adjustment. But according to U.C. Davis’s Center for Equine Health in its article, Colic: An Age-Old Problem, colic is considered the most common cause of death in adult horses. A 2014 article published by BMC Veterinary Research noted research findings that colic-caused losses cost the U.S. equine industry more than $115 million per year. The article states that prompt veterinary treatment of colic is essential: “Additionally, veterinary attendance can alleviate pain with prompt treatment; therefore, it is important that horse-owners/primary-caretakers are aware of colic signs as they play a critical role in initiating veterinary intervention.” The full article provides insight into colic, its symptoms and its treatment: https://bmcvetres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1746-6148-10-S1-S1
How Can You Tell If Your Horse Suffers from Colic?
You should seek veterinary attention if your horse exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Pawing at the ground
- Flank watching
- Kicking or biting at the belly
- Repeated lying down
- Holding head in unusual position
- Repeated curling back of upper lip
- Stretching out as if to urinate
- Dog sitting
- Lying on back
- Poor appetite
Tule Elk on the brink of extinction due to the devastation of local cattle ranching enterprises in Point Reyes, California
The Tule Elk, native to California, are on the brink of extinction. Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, is the only national park where you can view these animals, but not for long. Local cattle ranching enterprises, which lease nearly 30% of the park, are pressuring the National Park Service to “manage” the wild, free-roaming elk by capping their population to 120 individuals with clearance to kill them. At a time when so much wildlife is already at stake, we call on the Park to protect the elk and their habitat and NOT cave to industry pressure.
Some SF Bay Area notables are taking a stand and using social media to bring awareness to the situation. Monica Stevens (Jameson Humane), Tracy Vogt, (Charlies Acre's), Deborah Blum (Goatlandia), Sherri Franklin (Muttville), and Marcy Berman (SaveABunny), Miyoko Schinner (Rancho Compasión), and other leading animal welfare pioneers, have come together to spread the word about the destruction of our land and the plight of these majestic animals. Importantly, they understand the power of working together to help create change.
“Most people are not aware of the destruction of Point Reyes; however, once it’s brought to their attention, they are outraged," says Monica Stevens, Jameson Animal Ranch Rescue CoFounder and CEO.
To be clear, this is public land not private land. The endangerment of the Tule Elk is just one more example of the decades of evidence of environmental destruction caused by these cattle ranching enterprises on behalf of local beef and dairy operations. In fact, the waterways of Point Reyes are ranked in the top 10 of the worst polluted in the CA. (Center for Biological Diversity)
“Our beautiful seashore is being destroyed due to cattle over-grazing, and the Tule Elk are once again in danger of being killed. Yet, Democratic Congressman and, Environmental Lawyer, Jared Huffman is complicit in supporting the cattle ranchers 20-year land leases at the expense of Tule elk lives. This is why Miyoko, Monica, Marcy, Tracy, Sherri and, I have come together to ask our social media followers to view our 90 second video,” says Deborah Blum, Wildseed Restaurant, Goatlandia Sanctuary.
Time is running out. The National Park Service decision is due Spring of this year so the debate among these leading ladies, politicians, activists and, the National Park Service, is heating up.
We ask you to take action now by calling Congressman Huffman at 415-258-9657 and asking him to tell Stanley Austin (National Park Service) to choose Alternative F (do not privatize our land), and restore Point Reyes.
You can also please sign the petition below to help us save the lives of the Tule Elk.
Jameson Seeks Social Media Intern
Position Title: Communications Social Media Intern
Job Type: Internship
Hours: 10-15 hours per week
Location: 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa, unless otherwise specified
Reports to: Communications Director as well as Social Media & Content Development Consultant
About Jameson Humane
Founded in 2014 by David and Monica Stevens (proprietors of 750 Wines), Jameson Humane (Jameson Humane) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that is transforming the way we think about animal welfare and advocacy. Seeking to engender systemic change in the outdated industry of animal rescue, which suffers from a significant lack of transparency and accountability, Jameson Humane is committed to ending animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation. To do so, Jameson Humane offers a variety of programs and services to stem the tide of animal deaths from euthanasia; and solve some of the most pressing problems regarding animal abandonment, maltreatment, and negative environmental impact. Jameson Humane also collaborates with and acts as a liaison for various animal welfare groups locally and statewide.
About the Communications Social Media Internship
Jameson Humane exists to foster harmony between humans, animals, and the environment to create a kinder, more compassionate world. We invite you to come with us along this journey. Working to affect real change in the world, you will help us by translating your passion for animal welfare and advocacy into our communication social media efforts. This internship is also the perfect opportunity to build your resume. There’s room for you to collaborate with pioneers and luminaries, with vast and powerful networks.
Work hand-in-hand with the Communications Director and Social Media Consultant to help drive our mission forward through story telling via social media and other channels, as well as thru communication management activities
Leverage your excellent knowledge of social media platforms (FB, IG, Twitter, etc.) and their associated photo/video specs (i.e., square and stories):
Assist with post development for social media
Prepare visual content for posts
Shadow leads for story content development
Perform social media administrative tasks (i.e., consent form signature acquisition, photo categorization, etc.)
Be onsite at our Ranch to facilitate your efforts
Dedicate 10 to 20 hours per week to accomplishing the job
If applicable: Earn internship credits through your school’s department
One year minimum experience using social media in a professional or academic setting
Patience and ability to work in tight turnaround, high-stress settings and emotional situations
Good communication skills
Oral Communication – Engaging effectively in dialogue
Writing – Communicating effectively in writing, editing, and proofing
Passion for helping animals and people, a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace and a commitment to Jameson Humane’s mission and brand attributes
Strong desire to learn the ins and outs of communication management
Duration: 6 months; or, if applicable, semester long
Due to the ongoing fires, Napa CART hotline for animal evacuation and sheltering needs has been established: 707-299-1501.
Please follow all evacuation orders. Evacuate early if you have time. If you have an emergency or you or your animals are in eminent danger, please call 911 for assistance or evacuate immediately.
If you are facing mandatory evacuation and can transport your animals, the large animal shelter sites are as follows (please bring at least 3 days of food for your animals, if possible):
- Valleybrook Equestrian Center -- 1132 El Centro Avenue Napa, CA 94558
- Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association -- 1200 Foster Road, Napa, CA 94558
Small animals are being accepted at:
- Napa Valley College -- 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558
- Crosswalk Community Church -- 2590 - 1st Street, Napa, CA 94558
For NapaCART evacuation assistance please call: 707-299-1593. These calls may be handled by county staff or they may be dispatched to NapaCART.
If you are concerned about smoke inhalation and have the option to shelter your animals in an area with better air quality during this event, we recommend that you do so until the smoke clears. We recommend checking with friends, relatives, or boarding facilities out of area who may be able to accommodate caring for your animals for a period of time.
If you need assistance with wildlife, please call: Napa Wildlife Rescue at 707-224-HAWK
Stay safe out there.