My Beef with Meat

For the millions who are following a plant-based diet, as well as those meat-eaters who are considering it, MY BEEF WITH MEAT is the definitive guide to convincing all that it's truly the best way to eat! New York Times Bestelling author of The Engine 2 Diet and nutrition lecturer Rip Esselstyn, is back and ready to arm readers with the knowledge they need to win any argument with those who doubt the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:30 PM, 05.31.2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

My name is Kyle DiFulvio. I’m 38 years old. I was born in New York, raised in Pennsylvania and spent a large amount of time in Florida and have been in California since 2002. I became vegetarian around the age of 19 and went fully vegan last year. I spent a good 10 plus years living as a professional musician; however, I got out of the music business for personal reasons and decided to go back to school. Recently, I decided to give music a go again – though, mostly for fun. My band plans to play some shows - if all goes well - later this year.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 2:04 PM, 05.31.2013

Radio Show Mocks Abuse of Dog

On May 21st, three radio announcers from New Jersey 101.5 went on the air mocking and laughing at the torture and abuse of a dog named Sammy (see Sammys sad story here and please support this brave little cocker spaniel: And then went on to mock anyone who cared for the welfare of animals.
It is not the first time. 
Please see links provided in this post.  THANK YOU to for bringing this to the attention of HHO.

Thank you, also, to AELLA at

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:28 PM, 06.04.2013

Art Fur Animals - SATUDAY

9th ANNUAL ART AUCTION SPEAKS FOR CLEVELAND 'S HOMELESS and NEGLECTED ANIMALS   The 9th Annual “Art Fur Animals,” Benefit & Auction, will be held Saturday, May 18 to raise money for local organization Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.  The event features: ·         Event emcee: reporter Dawn Kendrick from 19 Action News ·         Live auction are custom-designed ceramic dogs by dozens of renowned Cleveland artists. ·         Silent auction featuring more than 150 local, diverse pieces of work from photography, to paint to sculpture and more! The live & silent art auction has featured individual works of art from locally and nationally recognized artists Hector Vega, Dana Depew, Janet Macoska, Michael Greenwald, Kristen Cliffel, Kirk Mangus … ·         Celebrity bartenders including DJ Tim Richards, local comedian Mike Polk, Councilmen Matt Zone and Joe Cimperman, Dr Bob Litkovitz from Gateway Animal Clinic, and many more to be announced!   Admission includes: ·         Chance to win amazing raffle baskets valued at over $150! ·         Assortment of light appetizers and desserts ·         Plenty of good wine and beer served by celebrity bartenders ·         Caricature artist and photo booth to capture your experience ·         Music provided by DJ Funk-Shway… spinning the tunes up until the live auction begins   WHAT:                 “Art Fur Animals” Benefit and Auction                                 *All proceeds go directly to the care of animals at the City of Cleveland Kennel    WHEN:                 Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 7:00-10:00pm   WHERE:               SmARTspace at West 78th Street Studios (Gordon Square Arts’ District)
1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland OH 44102.  FREE ON-SITE PARKING AVAILABLE

TICKETS:               $30 at the door; pre-sale available for $25 exclusively online at   INFO:                    For further information or to reserve tickets, please visit, call 216/274-9480 or email    SPONSORS:        Cleveland Clinic, Westminster Technologies, Coca Cola and Gray’s Auctioneers: Northern Ohio’s leading auctioneers & valuers of Fine Art, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Fine Jewelry and Watches, and Antique Rugs, Runners and Carpets.   The Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing the necessary medical & general care for the animals at the Cleveland Kennel in the hopes of giving them a second chance at a good life. Our Mission is to provide the necessary medical & general care to the homeless & abused dogs and cats, while working to raise awareness in the community by providing affordable training & education to Cleveland residents.  The City of Cleveland Kennel is the most overlooked animal facility in the Cleveland area. It is often confused with the APL or County Kennel but is an entirely separate facility. Most of the animals that arrive at the kennel have been abused or neglected; they are all very special, but they have not been the given the life that they deserve. It is the goal of the Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel to provide them hope for a new beginning.  

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 3:39 PM, 05.16.2013

Vegan Outreach: On the road with Victor Sjodin.

Victor Sjodin (32) is no stranger to road-trips. In fact, he has been on the road for months at a time since the summer of 2008. The reason? To reach as many College students as possible, and teach them about Veganism: the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals, defined by The British Vegan Society, in 1951. Veganism has also been defined as the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, while rejecting the commodity status of sentient animals. In 1960, The American Vegan Society, linked Veganism with the concept of Ahimsa: the avoidance of violence against living beings.


Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 2:05 PM, 05.31.2013

You could lose it all

Dr. Neal Barnard was recently in Cleveland speaking to a full auditorium at John Carroll University.  Dr. Barnard garnered the crowd's attention immediately by asking what was most important to us in our lives.  Answers were called out such as family, health and happiness.  He then sobered the group by asking, "What if I told you that you could lose it all?"  Dr. Barnard spoke on the threat of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and progressive memory loss that we all are susceptible to.  It is no longer believed that we are necessarily predisposed to these ailments through genetics and, that if we are, we can avoid them. It is also now known that heredity may not even be a factor, for some, in the acquisition of ailments such as Alzheimer's disease.  These problems are no longer a sentence or inevitable.  How can they be avoided?  The answer, one which we are hearing over and over again, is very basic and simple -  change our diets.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:35 AM, 05.05.2013

PCRM persuades Harvard to close primate lab

Following two years of pressure from PCRM and other groups, Harvard University announced today that it will close its primate experimentation facility where numerous monkeys have died and been seriously injured in recent years. This move is a step in the right direction—away from cruel and scientifically misguided research—and PCRM’s members played a big role by sending Harvard more than 30,000 e-mails last summer. With your help, we did it!

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:59 PM, 05.31.2013

Human Rights Campaign

Thank you and congratulation to Delaware for passing marriage equality.  Following closely behind Rhode Island's passage making Delaware the 11th state FOR marriage equality.  For more information on th eHuman Rights Campaign visit:

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 6:09 PM, 05.07.2013

Tribe of Heart

Upcoming Events


The gatherings listed below represent the best of grassroots advocacy and are proof positive that an exciting new justice movement for animals is on the way.

In recent years, a once-vibrant animal advocacy movement has been taken over by corporate organizations, which have brought with them a demoralizing wave of hierarchical control, double-speak, and back room deals with industry. But change is coming!

Coalitions guided by principles, not personalities, are now forming and bringing back the idealism and spirit that once characterized animal advocacy and fueled our work together.

Tribe of Heart and our colleagues are happy to be participating in each of the events below, and we encourage you to join us at one or more of them if you can!


Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:42 AM, 05.05.2013

Pests, be gone! Natural, cruelty free, and safe ways to rid pests.

Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 2:02 PM, 05.31.2013

How Pumping Antibiotics Into Animals Can Cause Global Warming

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of antibiotics, and like many other nations around the world, it does almost nothing to monitor the powerful medicine’s usage or impact on the environment. A study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that China’s unchecked use of antibiotics in animal production is giving rise to antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) that pose a potential worldwide human health risk.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:51 PM, 05.05.2013

Art Fur Animals - Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel


The 9th Annual “Art Fur Animals,” Benefit & Auction, will be held Saturday, May 18 to raise money for our local organization, Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.  The event features:

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:28 PM, 04.10.2013

Happy Trails

Dear Friends Of Happy Trails,

We have a little bit of everything to share this week, so....


Meet Theodore the mini-horse (charges pending against his owner)

37 cockfighting roosters from Cleveland Animal Control are recovering at Happy Trails.

- Read more on the story in the column of reporter, Donna Miller

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:30 PM, 04.10.2013

Welcome to Vine Sanctuary


VINE Sanctuary provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfighting. Sanctuary residents include chickens, cows, ducks, doves, geese, pigeons, sheep, emus and even a few parakeets.

Meet some of the sanctuary residents here.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 05.31.2013

Vim Vegan changing how people eat one customer at a time

Four years ago a mom, artist, wife and breast cancer survivor went on a whim and began a vegan prepared food stand at a small farmers market. Armed with not much more than cookbooks and a few ideas she didn't want to push anybody;instead she wanted to expose people to a new way to eat. A vegan diet was still new to her, but after her own exposure to literature on how our food choices impact the environment she had been on a personal mission to make a difference in the world.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 07.13.2013

Viva, the little chicken who started it all

Buried in the trees behind the fence at the back of our yard, there was a chicken house which opened onto the cow pasture on the other side. It belonged to our landlady. When we first rented the place, I used to pass by it regularly on my way to the pond at the bottom of the pasture slope. A ramshackle structure made of wood with a door latch tied shut with a string, the chicken house sat low on the pasture side under the sky, surrounded by broken pieces of old farm equipment scattered and piled every which way. Approached from the overgrown garden path, it rested among flickering shadows of yellow and green leaves, with shafts of sunlight and small breezes filtering through. When we first moved in it was empty, and I, a lifelong suburbanite, gave scarce thought to what manner of life it had housed before our coming.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:00 PM, 05.05.2013

March Against Monsanto

Over Memorial Day weekend, hacker collective group Anonymous organized a worldwide Occupy Monsanto march to bring attention to the supposed corrupt practices and harmful GMO products the corporate giant supports. According to Anonymous' website, the protest was designed for “empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & its enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products.” Interestingly, the organizations that were protested are either governmental regulatory agencies or mega-corporations with the ability to lobby support on behalf of their cause. It is suggested that conscientious consumers should seek a federal regulatory and call upon Congress and the FDA to mandate that all foods containing GMOs should be labeled. 

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:52 PM, 05.31.2013

Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance Updates

CARA’s final installment of our Ocean Life series will be co-sponsored with the Case Animal Rights & Ethics Society (CARES). We’ll be hosting a free presentation on the Case campus with internationally-known animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe. Learn about the inner lives of fishes as Balcombe shares his eye-opening presentation on fish sentience, cognition and social behavior.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:48 PM, 04.10.2013

Horseless Carriage

NYCLASS is an animal advocacy organization committed to ending the inhumane practices of the NYC carriage horse industry. NYCLASS advocates for retiring the carriage horses to sanctuary, while modernizing the current industry with a clean and safe alternative to this outdated tradition - the 21st Century Horseless Carriage. Founded in 2008 by a coalition of prominent animal lovers and business leaders, NYCLASS has grown to over 100,000 supporters with activist chapters in all five boroughs. For more information, please visit, Twitter @nyclass

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:51 PM, 05.31.2013

Cleveland's Inaugural VegFest!

Cleveland VegFest Debuts on June 1st!

On Saturday, June 1, the inaugural Cleveland VegFest will take place at Cleveland State University’s Student Center at 2121 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.  This FREE, family-friendly event will take place from 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM and feature a screening of the award-winning film, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Homeat 11am followed by Q&A with filmmakers and film subject. The event will also feature a wide variety of local and national experts speaking on health & nutrition, environmental sustainability, and social justice/animal rights. Several top plant-based chefs will demonstrate the art of preparing delicious, wholesome food throughout the day.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:02 PM, 05.05.2013

Badges for Bullies - Happy Endings

Abandoned, alone, injured, sick, and scared. For so many homeless dogs in Cleveland, this story is all too familiar, and it usually doesn’t end well. For three very lucky dogs who are now in the care of Badges for Bullies, the future looks bright.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:40 PM, 04.10.2013

Help make the Cleveland VegFest a success!

Hey friends and family! PLEASE SHARE...This is a CALL FOR CLEVELAND VEGFEST VOLUNTEERS!! To put on this fantastic affair, we will need many dedicated volunteers!

We're looking for dedicated, dependable persons with a spirit for giving back! Join us for this incredible inaugural Cleveland VegFest event! If you have the stamina and heart to assist with a day full of activity and helping others, then we need YOU for a variety of volunteer duties prior to and on June 1. Be a part of something great!

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:58 AM, 05.06.2013

Toby Franks Rescue

From orphaned squirrels to pit bulls, Toby helps all animals in need but his focus is feral, stray & free-roaming cats. This Rescue Ink Recruit has been doing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for a decade and has humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned over 500 feral cats from neighborhoods, back alleys & vacant lots.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:43 PM, 04.10.2013

Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance

First Annual Cleveland VegFest!

When:   Saturday, June 1st from 9:30am - 7:30pm
Where:  Cleveland State University's Student Center, 2121 Euclid Ave 

CARA will have an information booth at this FREE, family-friendly event!  Cleveland VegFest will feature a screening of the award-winning film, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home at 11am followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and subject in the film, Harold Brown.  The event will also feature a wide variety of local and national experts speaking on health & nutrition, environmental sustainability, and social justice/animal rights.  Several top plant-based chefs will demonstrate the art of preparing delicious, wholesome food throughout the day.  Cleveland's favorite chefs, restaurants and confectioneries will be selling their best-selling vegan menu items plus national and local vendors will be showcasing a wide range of vegan products and resources.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:47 PM, 05.31.2013


Student Advocates for a Veg. Ethic (SAVE) recently hosted the second installment of its ongoing lecture series. Our featured speaker, registered dietician Anya Todd, gave a riveting and educational lecture entitled “The Power of Your Plate”. The lecture focused on the harmful effects animal sourced foods have on the overall health of its consumers, as well as the beneficial effects of a well rounded plant based diet. In addition to the bounty of knowledge provided, all in attendance were treated to a free plant based dinner catered by Cleveland’s own Pure & Supreme Cuisine Restaurant.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:43 PM, 05.05.2013

Renounce Research!

Dear Animal Advocates,

Every year milions of animals are maliciously tortured and killed in laboratories for reasons unjustified in today's modern world. Their deaths must not pass unnoticed and unmentioned! Please join us on in a peaceful demo at the corner of Auburn Road and Crile Road, Painesville, Ohio from 11:00am to 12:30pm. We will set this day aside to remember their deaths and resolve to take meaningful action on behalf of ALL of the animals still imprisoned in Ricerca Biosciences and laboratories across the U.S. and around the world.

We welcome everyone to also join us in a demonstration that will be held following this rally at the Lerner Research Institutea facility notorious for cruel and archaic vivisection—located at the corner of E. 100th Street and Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. We will demonstrate there from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:46 PM, 05.31.2013

Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance Updates

Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance 

  On Wednesday, May 15th from 6 to 8pm, the Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance will be holding our next book club meeting.  The book we're reading for May is "Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight" by Timothy Pachirat.  The book is a riveting, first-hand account of a professor's undercover work in a slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed every day -- one every 12 seconds.  With much to say about issues ranging from the sociology of violence and modern food production to animal rights and welfare, "Every Twelve Seconds" is an important work which has been highly praised by critics including The Atlantic, as "a very good book if not a flawless one".    

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:11 PM, 05.05.2013

NRI Manufacturing

NRI Manufacturing Inc. was founded with the idea that the time has come for a more efficient, reliable, cost effective, energy saving and environmentally friendly products that are not dependent on the volatility and whims of the fossil fueled based industry of today. Our products are not a hybrid product, copy of another or any mixture of these at all. We are on the forefront of providing this technology in an efficient, reliable, cost effective, energy saving and environmentally friendly manner. 

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:45 PM, 05.31.2013

A Note from the Publisher and Editor

The publisher of the Healthy and Humane Observer, John Copic and I, Gia Campola, editor in chief, would like to inform our readers that we are attempting to obtain a 501C3 status and become a nonprofit organization.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:15 PM, 05.05.2013

Happy Trails

First of all, we had one of the best volunteer crews ever this past weekend and we kicked butt as we cleaned shelters, raked yards, put things away, finished projects, raked some more, nailed up siding, put up fencing, organized the office, cut of the tops of uneven fence posts, picked up debris, hauled away aluminum cans, and tons more!  We are on the road to looking mahvelous! You guys ROCK!!!  Thanks to everyone who was at the sanctuary this weekend helping out!

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:16 PM, 05.05.2013

The Wonderful World of Garlic

History shows that garlic dates back to 4000 BC and is native to Central Asia. The word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning "spear leek"and is part of the lily family.  This pungent bulbous herb has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region and used generously as a seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Egyptians worshipped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of King Tut. Garlic was so highly regarded that it was even used as currency. Last but not least, garlic is also known for its aphrodisiacal properties, which have been extolled through the ages in literature, cooking recipes, and medical journals. 

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:59 PM, 04.10.2013

Please, May I Keep the Donkey?

A Collection of Animal Rescue Stories by the Massachusetts School of Law Community

The importance of pets in our daily lives is difficult to overestimate. Yet it is surprising to learn that each and every day ordinary people across the nation are rescuing animals from death, disease and homelessness. When law school professor and animal rights activist Diane Sullivan asked her students if they had ever rescued an animal in need, she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of stories her students shared. She quickly amassed over 100 stories from her law students and colleagues at the Massachusetts School of Law. These law students, easily preoccupied with pressing academic deadlines, took time out of their lives to write about the animals they rescued.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:48 PM, 05.05.2013

Purr-fect Companions

Artful Cats, a fund raising event for Purr-fect Companions Sanctuary, the oldest no-kill, no-cage shelter in Cleveland for abused, abandoned and special needs adult cats, will be held at the Screw Factory (also known as The Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park,13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 6:12 PM, 04.10.2013

March Against Monsanto

Those interested in participating in the worldwide March Against Monsanto can vistit their Facebook page to find an event near you and around the world.  Simply visit this page to see where groups are gathering and for other relevant information.  The event will take place on May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at worldwide locations.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.05.2013