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Animal Rights and Welfare

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Animal rights and animal welfare often overlap. Most pet owners are concerned with both the welfare of their pets and providing the type of food, shelter, affection and activity that animals enjoy.

Use your purchasing power to support only pet traders who balance profits with animal care. Don’t be trapped by feeling sorry for the animal and buying him anyway. As soon as you purchase the animals the business owner will be able to acquire another for sale. Use your dollars to vote against large animal trading businesses that do not spend a significant amount of income on animal care. Use your dollars to vote for responsible breeders and to support animal shelters and rescuers also.

Report animals in danger, creating a nuisance, or threatening the well-being of a citizen. You may be concerned that the animal will be locked up – but you may be saving the animal from being hurt badly from other people.

There are so many organizations out there that only care about making the almighty buck. While there is nothing wrong with wanting your business to be profitable, there is something wrong when you do it at the expense of a living creature.

All living creatures deserve respect and humane treatment. If a person or business can not treat their animals as such, then they do not need to be in that kind of business – and as long as people keep supporting them by buying their animals, it will keep them in business. Instead, if you know of a business as such, please report them. They will be investigated, and if found not to be treating their animals humanely, they will be shut down and all of the animals will be taken away and put in good shelters or places where they can go to good homes.

Animal responsibility is everyone’s business. We all need to get involved. Please don’t close your eyes to the inhumane treatment some poor animals are being subjected to day after day. It’s time to make a stand and help protect those who are not able to protect themselves.

The Best Ways to Keep Poultry Fresh

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

There are limits on how long one can keep poultry fresh. Here are some of the basics of keeping your poultry fresher, longer: When returning home from the grocery store, immediately place fresh raw poultry in a refrigerator that maintains 40 °F or below or freeze poultry immediately at 0 °F or below. Once frozen poultry should be safe almost indefinitely but for the best quality raw whole poultry should be cooked and consumed within 1 year. If you plan on freezing poultry for longer than 2 months, you should wrap the store plastic packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, freezer plastic wrap or freezer bags. Use airtight freezer containers to repackage larger quantities into smaller units. Wrapping properly helps to prevents “freezer burn”, which is drying of the surface of the poultry, resulting in grayish brown leather-like spots. It is the result of air reaching the food surface, freezer-burned portions can be cut away either before or after cooking the poultry.

Remember that after cooking a meat thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the meat, breast should be between 170 degrees F to 175 degrees F and thighs should be 180 degrees F to 185 degrees F.

When purchasing fresh poultry it should feel cold to the touch, and it is interesting to note that it is not necessary to wash raw poultry since any bacteria which might be present are destroyed in the cooking process. Unlike most poultry, fresh whole turkey may be stored longer, the USDA has not decided on an exact storage time fresh turkey will keep unopened up to one week but no longer than 2 days past the sell-by date. It must be stored unopened in the coldest part of the refrigerator at all times.

In order to keep poultry fresh for longer try a product called eggstrafresh™. It will help provide increased freshness of all of your foods by reducing oxidation and retaining moisture. Oxidation and moisture loss are the 2 leading factors that foster mold, bacteria, nasty odors and rapid food spoilage. Additionally, eggstrafresh™ will improve the taste, flavor, texture and natural color of all of your foods in both the refrigerator and pantry.