Turkey saved, pig abused

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Two animal-related stories in the news…

Turkey falls on his feet… A turkey fell off of a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse in the UK last week, but was rescued (and is now being raised by) a vegan woman. As you might expect, the turkey was “so heavy its legs were in danger of breaking.” (via Vegan.com)

23 WFU students face animal-cruelty charges: Pig abused at fraternity party, officials say… Youthful indescretion? Not exactly: 23 students from the Wake Forest University chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon took a 200 pound hog, got him drunk, burned him, and when they got tired of him, left him to roam about in nearby woods. The pig was also without a tail, though it’s unclear whether or not that happened before or after the students purchased him from a nearby livestock dealer. (via Obscure Store)

Atkins’ health scare

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Atkins diet author home after cardiac arrest

He says his cardiac arrest is not related to his high-protein, low-carb diet, but rather to cardiomyopathy, a non-coronary condition. “I want the public to know the truth, not every condition affecting the heart comes from a blockage. A controlled carbohydrate lifestyle really prevents risk factors for heart disease,” said Atkins.

Oh, by the way, in case you hadn’t heard: Atkins has never had a single peer-reviewed article published. Interesting for a doctor in any field, eh?

(via VegSource)

Fennel-leek soup

Last night I tried out the Fennel Leek Soup recipe from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics, which we got out of the library last week. I’ve tried a few fennel and leek soups in the last year, and this one ranked up there with the best of them (thought not quite as good as this one). The recipe is vegan, gets some extra nutrition from spinach, and makes use of the entire leek since the stock is made from scratch. It took quite a while (and would have taken a lot less time starting with a veggie stock from bullion cubes or stock powder), but made for a nice dinner with lots of leftovers.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other recipes to try from this book before we have to return it next week?