Greetings From the Prairie
With winter nearly behind us, we are ready to welcome spring to the prairie. No more frozen hoses and water spigots, no more icy and treacherous road trips to pick up hay and feed, no more snow shoveling to get to barns and feed storage areas.
Fortunately, the animals kept warm and dry in their barns – thanks to the help of several dedicated volunteers and supporters. Greg Litus and Scott Keating donated supplies and their expert labor while working in bitter cold and snow to winterize the main barn. The goats, chickens, ducks, geese, swan, and potbellied pigs stayed cozy and dry thanks to Scott & Greg.
Many of you also donated blankets for the Peaceful Prairie pot bellied pigs. The PB pigs love to burrow into big soft blankets to stay extra warm on cold nights. Thanks to ALL of you for your generous donations and to “blanket couriers” who collected blankets and delivered the warm fuzzies to PPS.
One Sanctuary For All
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary is currently the only all farmed animal sanctuary of its kind in Colorado as well as surrounding states. We are the only 501(c ) 3 organization which follows this code of ethics- fundamental to our core mission as a farmed animal sanctuary:
1. Promote the vegan lifestyle through advocacy and outreach while never serving animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) at its events and functions.
2.Never Breed or sell farmed animals.
3. Never engage in behavior harmful to farmed animals. The demand for Peaceful Prairie’s services and facility is overwhelming. Farmed animals comprise over 98% of ALL animals abused and killed in this country, yet the sanctuaries and resources that exist to provide shelter and advocacy for them are very few.
We are often asked where our funding comes from. Many people assume that we receive grants and/or government funding. Not true. Although there are millions of dollars available in grant monies, the foundations which make grants primarily fund organizations who work on wildlife and companion animal issues. Even though farmed animals make up over 89% of all animals abused and killed, the grant money available to them is disproportionately low. The government provides no funding whatsoever.
We and the billions of animal for whom we advocate rely ENTIRELY on YOUR support and generosity. We have dedicated all of our own resources as well as our blood sweat and tears- literally- to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary and our mission, but we need your continued support which will enable us to provide our UNIQUE and crucial care for animals who have nowhere else to go for protection and care.
Please support our tireless efforts to protect, provide for, and continuously advocate for the billions of farmed animal victims.
Meet The Newest Residents
Rowdy - a former 4-H project. Rowdy was on his way to slaughter after having been raised by children who were taught to love and care for him as an individual while at the same time preparing to dispense with him as a commodity. Like all 4-H victims, Rowdy’s trust was about to be betrayed by the children he had grown to love, under direction of adults encouraging them to do so despite the bonds of friendship that had been formed.When the family realized the hypocrisy of such a program and the mixed messages it teaches their children, they agreed to sign the “5-H” Pledge : Head Heart Hands Health and Humane Choices - developed by Animal Place.
The family agreed to never participate in any cruel and needless 4-H program again.Here at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary Rowdy has formed a strong bond with his newfound herd mates and family. He will have the opportunity to live out the rest of his natural life knowing that we will never betray his trust and will always r(pic of Petunia)
Petunia’s turbulent life is finally going to be stable and peaceful.
Petunia has had her ears notched and tail clipped - common practice mutilations inflicted by large factory farms as well as small family farms.
As a piglet, she was tormented by high school students and rescued by a teacher. The teacher thought she had found a safe home for Petunia, but the home ended up to be a concentration camp of sorts. Petunia was starved, abused and neglected. Because the woman who had Petunia also had horses and dogs who had been neglected, the case was brought to the attention of state cruelty investigators.
After months of one volunteer's valiant efforts to nurse Petunia back to health, she was in need of a safe and permanent home. One of the women involved with rescuing the horses contacted us and we immediately offered to give Petunia what she had waited her whole for, a home - a place where she will be loved, respected, and surrounded by an extended family made up of other pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, and other deserving beings. Petunia will finally know true peace, security, and happiness.
Six roosters literally thrown away by a family farm egg producer. ** Please remember** no matter how or where eggs are produced and sold for human consumption whether it be factory farmed, “free-range”, or family farmed – ALL male chicks /Roosters are unwanted and disposed of or killed. So…for every egg laying hen a farm or business has, a rooster has been killed. Please do not buy eggs or products made with eggs, egg whites or albumin. There is simply NO humane way to produce eggs.
Virgil Butler Interview
by Sarah Florez, cont.
As you probably remember from our last issue of the Prairie Progress, we were lucky to catch up with slaughterhouse worker-turned-animal rights activist, Virgil Butler.
PPS: How has your relationship with Laura influenced you in your life and in your activism?
VB: Well, if she hadn't come along, I figure I would still be down there at Tyson. I had tried several times through the years to escape that place, finding other jobs and swearing I would never return, but the possibility was always there, and I did return a number of times.
When we first got together Laura was reading a bunch of spiritual healing books, working at learning more about holistic health, especially with regard to herbs and Healing Touch. She had just taken her first class and passed level one in that modality of energy healing. She is a chronic pain patient that was unsatisfied with the results she was getting from traditional medicine, so she was looking at alternative medicine for relief from her pain. As alternative medicine deals with mind, body, and spirit, she was reading more on meditation and spiritual healing as a part of the treatment process.
She was examining her life and the choices she was making in depth and making some changes for the better. She started reading pieces of those books to me, and we discussed much of that information for hours at a time, sometimes staying up all night doing so.
I guess it was about that time that I started really opening up and allowing myself to really feel again. After closing off feelings and emotions for so many years in order to do such a cold, heartless job at Tyson, I started regaining the ability to care and love, and to hurt. To say that it was a rocky time for us would be an understatement. She really had to love me a lot and have an endless amount of patience to deal with me when I was going through that crisis of conscience. She told people then (and has told me since) that I was "the most tormented soul that she had ever seen" and that she just couldn't walk away, that she had to do whatever she could to help me heal. She told me that she loved me unconditionally, no matter what, and wasn't going to give up on me, no matter what. I guess she meant it, too, because she is still here. I am so thankful for that. She is indeed a very loving and kind soul. No wonder so many animals seek her out wherever she goes, just like they have since she was just a kid and brought home the first scraggly little kitten.
Through all of this, we became very close. We have shared the secrets and "dark nights of the soul" and were lucky enough to come out the other side better people and with a burning desire to make things better, to make a difference in this world. We want to help others feel what we do - this interconnection with all living things, this love of life, this burning need to help heal the world and make it better.
I have learned that it takes much more strength and courage to care that it does to pretend not to care. I have learned that it isn't the strong who can do cruel things, but the weak. But, most important of all, I have learned that one person can indeed make a difference!”
Stay tuned for more in our next issue!
For more on Virgil’s story, opinions, and inspiring activism in the Ozarks, visit his blog at www.cyberactivist.blogspot.com
Peaceful Prairie Care-a-van
As Stock Show attendees walked from their cars to the complex, they were passed by a caravan of vehicles topped with giant, double sided posters created by Denver artist and Peaceful Prairie Board member Joanna Lucas.
The posters asked the questions: What does it feel like to a sensitive, intelligent individual to be loved, To be safe, To be at peace, To be seen as SOMEONE - the way all Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary residents are - and what must it feel like to the same individual to be treated as a mere SOMETHING? What must it feel like to be separated from family, confined, mutilated, crammed into trucks, and slaughtered?
At Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, we know that each animal is an individual with his or her own mind and personality. As free beings who have been given a chance to simply live, sanctuary residents are given an opportunity to show their truly unique selves, unlike the individuals presented and exploited at the Stock Show who will all end up brutally slaughtered - a fact the Stock Show had purposefully omitted from their production
As the Care-A-Van made its way along the route, pedestrians and passing motorists couldn’t help but look. The Care-A-Van ran all three weekends of the Stock Show and even took a few detours along Denver streets.
To compliment the Care-a–Van’s impact for the animals, Peaceful Prairie volunteers also handed out hundreds of Vegan Living brochures during the Downtown Denver Stock Show Parade.
Look for the PPS Care-A-Van throughout the summer at other events and venues. We are very excited to use the compelling outreach tool combined with vegan food give-a-ways, cooking demos and informative free literature and video screenings.
(Lynn’s announcement) Care-A-Van Summer Tour & Mini Veg Fests
The minute we saw Joanna Lucas' evocative posters for the Stock Show Care-A-Van, we began thinking of other venues where her magnificent pictures could be
displayed. We particularly wanted opportunities where we could augment the animals' message with further information, food samples and video viewing. A quick cruise through Cheeseman Park on an unseasonably warm January day at the end of our stock show
tour confirmed the notion that busy Denver parks during the spring and summer could
be one such venue. The park was crowded with people walking dogs, tossing frisbees, barbecuing
and just hanging out. Our impromptu parade attracted the curiosity of many onlookers as we drove slowly around the park a few times before heading back to dismantle the
signs. We vowed to return fully prepared to host a series of mini vegetarian festivals.
The plan is to mount the rooftop signs on several cars and park them in a row at popular Denver parks on beautiful summer days and evenings. We'll distribute delicious
food samples, easy recipes, shopping & dining guides and veg starter kits. We'll show high-impact, moving
video footage. Those wanting a little exercise with their activism can circle the park on decorated bicycles and rollerblades encouraging people to check out our exhibit for free food samples and more. Cheeseman, Washington and City Parks immediately come to mind as good
candidates. Other suggestions are welcome.
Please check out our website or email us for the summer schedule and make plans to join us.
Calendar Of Events
-We are still looking for volunteers to stock Vegetarian Starter Guide Newsstands in their community. Currently PPS has newsstands in Boulder, Aurora, and Ft. Collins. There is always room for more in each community. If you know of a high foot traffic area near your home school or workplace that would be ideal for offering Free Veg Starter Guides, please contact us about getting one set up in your area. It’s easy, free, and has the potential to help thousands of animals relying on us to tell their stories.
Weekly tabling at CU
Debuted the Body –TV at the Gold finger concert
Co-hosted our 7th Peaceable Kingdom screening
Daisy's Meatout recipes
Our recipes in this issue honor Daisy, a recent arrival at the sanctuary, by offering cow-friendly versions of two classics – beef stew and spaghetti bolognese.
The beefy stew recipe introduces seitan or “wheat meat” - a hearty, low-fat, high-protein food made from wheat protein. It can be used in many recipes in place of meat. Cut into strips and cubes for stir-fries, fajitas, soups, and stews or slice into steaks and pan-fry in marsala, scallopini, and “parmesan”. Find it in the refrigerated section of natural food stores and mainstream groceries or make it yourself from Vital instant wheat gluten flour. Recipes and instructions can be found on the internet.Do a Google search on “seitan” and “recipes” or check out http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/index.php?RecipeID=112
The spaghetti recipe can be made using one of the many ground beef analogues available such as Morningstar Farms Griller Crumbles, Boca Burger Crumbles, or Yves Ground Round.
For a more economical option just use TVP (textured vegetable protein) – soak 1 cup of TVP in ¾ cup vegetable broth or water. These can all be used in chili, tacos, burritos
or any other recipe calling for ground meat. Try Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage or Tofurkey Italian Sausage where the spaghetti recipe calls for sausage.
Both recipes were converted from recipes found on the internet by simply substituting vegetarian protein alternatives to the meat called for in the original recipes.
Vegetarian “Beefy” Stew
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 lb seitan or other beef substitute, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 (14.5 ounces) can diced tomatoes
2 cups of vegetarian beef-style broth
1/2 cup dark red wine (cabernet, merlot, etc.)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp each dried oregano & thyme
4 medium red potatoes, cut into bitesize cubes (leave skin on)
2 cups sliced carrots
3/4 cup frozen peas
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Brown the seitan and remove. Saute onion in pan until soft.
Add carrots, potatoes, garlic and herbs and saute for a few more minutes. Add the remainder of the ingredients except the peas and cornstarch. Cover and simmer over low heat for about an hour and a half or until the potatoes are cooked. Add the peas.
Mix cornstarch with a few tablespoons of cornstarch. Add to the stew. Stir until the stew thickens.
Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
¾ cup diced carrots
¾ cup diced celery
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tsp ground fennel seed
1 lb vegetarian ground beef substitute
1/2 lb vegetarian sausage
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine
2 (14.5 ounces) cans crushed tomatoes, and their juice
1 (14.5 ounces) can tomato sauce
1 cup vegetarian beef-style broth
2 teaspoons sugar
Heat the oil in a pan. Brown the veggie beef and sausage and remove. Saute onion, carrots and celery in pan until soft. Add garlic and saute for a few more minutes. Add the remainder of the ingredients. Cover and simmer over low heat for about an hour. Serve on top of spaghetti and sprinkle with Vegan Parmesan.
Visitors Views - experienced by Michael Laureano
(retold by us - with far less verve and humor - to fit this page)
When was the last time you saw a pig chase a horse? I don't mean on TV or in a movie, but in real life? Imagine a small pig with an attitude the size of Godzilla deciding that he is going to win a race with a horse and his rider. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes. I am sure the rider was just as stunned as I was to see Lucas tearing after his galloping horse, certain that he would be able to catch them before they got to I-70. Sometimes I think he might have. He certainly had the spirit for it.
Or when was the last time you were chased into a camper shell in mock fear of your life by an irate Rooster? I was, and lived to tell the tale.
You might find the image of a pig trying to outrun a horse amusing, and the site of a grown man running away from a Rooster even more so. I do too. But what I took from these experiences was far better than a chuckle. What I got from Lucas' pursuit of athletic excellence, and Dagwood's irrepressible pursuit of me was the astonishingly simple realization that ALL of us sentient creatures are individuals with unique experiences of the world around us.
The environment I grew up in didn't encourage me to see animals as individuals but rather to think of them as undifferentiated beings, to be used as I saw fit, when I saw fit. Not worthy of my respect as a "superior" being.
During my time at PPS I have come to know that each Pig, Sheep, Goat, Cow and Rooster has his or her own story to tell. They each have unique personalities and unique experiences of joy and pain, hope and loss, love and sorrow.
It's humbling to be among them. It's good to be humble. To my friends at the sanctuary, thank you for showing me how much humbler I needed to be to become a better human being. I still have a long way to go, but this long process started with one short drive out of town.
How many life-changing experiences are that easy to access?
How many afternoons can you really say made your life richer?
Picnic on the Prairie
Saturday May 21st
This is your chance to come out and meet all of the wonderful residents of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.
Walk through the fields with the goats & sheep, sit by the pond with the ducks & geese, and “Cock-a doodle-doo” along with the talkative roosters. Give a pig a belly rub, compliment the turkeys as they proudly display their spring plumage.
Three Little Figs catering will have veggie dogs and burgers and lots of other yummy picnic fare for sale**with all proceeds going to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary**
-- We’ll have great food, fun, a silent auction, and raffle. Join us for a day of smiles at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.
the Bible say we should be eating animals?
There are many different interpretations
of the Bible. Among them is the view that
Eden was the state-of-being that God desired
for humanity, and in this state, Adam and
Eve ate no animal products. Whatever the
case, nowhere in the Bible does it say
people are required to eat animal products.
There are plenty of devout Christians and
Jews who are vegan, and most theologians
would agree that a benevolent God is not
going to send someone to hell for being
compassionate to animals. For a collection
of religious perspectives, visit this site
it hard to go vegan?
It can be, especially if you hold yourself
to too high a standard at first. The
important thing is to make changes you feel
comfortable with, at your own pace.
While reducing your consumption of animal
products completely may be ideal, any reduction
is a step in the right direction. Here's
what Matt Ball, a long-time vegan advocate
lifestyle is an ongoing progression.
Everyone should go at their own pace and
remember that all steps towards veganism
are positive. It is most important to focus
on avoiding the products for which animals
are bred and slaughtered. Animal by-products
will exist as long as there is a demand
for primary meat and dairy products. When
it comes to avoiding items that contain
small amounts of byproducts, vegans must
decide for themselves where to draw the
line. Some vegans will adjust their level
of abstinence according to the circumstances.
For example, as a consumer, you might make
sure the bread you buy is not made with
whey; but as a dinner guest, you may accept
bread without asking to see the ingredients.
These types of compromises can actually
hasten the spread of veganism, in that they
help counter the attitude that it's very
hard to be vegan."