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Inherit the Earth

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Each year, the Vegetarian Resource Group awards two $5,000 college scholarships to graduating high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities.

Applicants are judged on having shown compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet and lifestyle.

The annual application deadline is Feb. 20, immediately before students graduate. Visit www.vrg.org for complete details.

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Feb. 10 marked the sixth anniversary of the passing, at the age of 93, of Jewel W. Wright. Some saw her as a visionary way before her time. Through much self-denial, she was able to establish a $1 million trust fund honoring her parents. The Ira W. and Ida J. Wright Fund at DePauw University was established to support non-violence and world sustainability.

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Although your dog may be thrilled with being given a bone, she does not understand that most of the bones people give their companion animals are harmful.

Dogs and cats should never be given bones or food containing bones. The animal could easily choke on turkey, chicken, fish, chop or steak bones. Bones can also splinter and become lodged in the stomach or intestines.

Rawhide bones pose a threat and sometimes, tear off in strips that can get lodged in the esophagus.

Even large knucklebones can be a hazard, because these bones can also splinter.

There are many safe bones on the market that can satisfy your dog's need to chew.

Try Nylabones, Greenies, Smart Chew or Dental Kongs.

In addition to these, there are many others that are readily available from stores that specialize in animal supplies.

Give your dog natural bones that are sold specifically for chewing and cannot harm your four-legged friend.

If you have concerns about what to give your dog to chew, talk to her veterinarian.

For a more complete list of what to give your dog to chew or why he needs to chew, check out free services from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In addition, this free, interactive online behavior library has answers to more than 150 easy-to-access articles on dog, cat and horse questions. Log on to aspcabehavior.org.

Deserve to be your dog's best friend, and please help local groups who are trying to help animals.

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What is humane education and what does it mean?

Humane education is not a new concept at all. As early as 1933, the National P.T.A. Congress issued the following statement in support of humane education:

"Children trained to extend justice, kindness and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations with each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more law-abiding -- in every respect more valuable citizens.

"Humane education is teaching in the schools and colleges of nations the principles of justice, good will and the humanity toward all life. The cultivation of the spirit of kindness to animals is but the starting point toward that larger humanity, which includes one's fellow of every race and clime. A generation of people trained in these principles will solve their international difficulties as neighbors and not enemies."

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Before bringing an animal into life, please consider the following:

* Is each member of your household willing -- and able -- to do this? Be honest. If anyone is reluctant, work it out beforehand instead of blaming each other, or the animal later. Animals sense the unspoken and will have difficulty adjusting otherwise,

* Who is responsible? An animal needs a lot of attention, especially in the beginning. Everyone must be willing to contribute, but she needs one person to depend on no matter what. This nurtures trust, which extends to include others.

Encourage children to participate, but do not overburden. An animal treated as a "chore" is not happy and will frequently misbehave. Make room for them to simply enjoy each other,

* Can we provide a good life? Plan to create a daily routine providing good food, fresh water, out-of-doors exercise, play and companionship. So what must be done to keep him happy and safe when you are not home. Be creative. Work within the framework of your daily life and the talents and abilities of your family, and

* How about the cost? There are no free animals. Rabies vaccinations and proper shelter are required by law. Spaying or neutering is essential. With facilities such as S.P.O.T. in Cloverdale, most of us, even on fixed incomes, can afford a lifetime with animals.

Inherit the Earth is a Greencastle-based organization.