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ABOUT JAMIE GWEN

Jamie Gwen is a Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu Graduate, a Celebrity Chef, Syndicated Radio Host, Certified Sommelier and a seven-time Cookbook Author.  She is a featured contributor on KTLA Channel 5 in Southern California, on the Home Shopping Network (HSN), on national news shows and in print from coast-to-coast.

She shares her seasonal lifestyle approach and her passion for food on TV, the Radio and at public & private events nationwide and she brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show heard every weekend on 100 Radio Stations across the country.

Jamie writes for numerous lifestyle publications and her charismatic, engaging and interactive keynote speeches draw thousands annually to charity events, symposiums and conferences across the country.  She has been seen on The Food Network, Master Chef, The Talk, Martha Stewart, Emeril Live, Bravo TV, HGTV, DIY Network and more.  Jamie is committed to philanthropy and she loves movies, tennis and lunch!

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Halloween is in just a few days, which means frightening family fun—from costume contests to trick-or-treating—is right around the corner. Although Halloween is filled with light-hearted tricks and treats, it’s important to keep safety in mind for every member of the family—including your pets. Halloween can pose a number of potential safety hazards for pets, who tend to experience high levels of stress due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Here are a few tips from American Humane to keep you and your four-legged family members safe and happy this Halloween:

  • Costumes, while cute, can be dangerous for pets. Costume contests are popular around Halloween, and it’s tempting to want to dress up your four-legged friend in their own costume. After all, who can resist dressing up a pet in a cute witch’s cape or antlers? But if you do choose to dress your pet up in costume, make sure they can move in it comfortably and most importantly, safely. Avoid costumes that require tying anything around your pet’s neck that can choke them, or costumes that hang to the ground that they may stumble over. Let your pet be the judge. If they struggle and are uncomfortable, then maybe it’s best to let them stay dressed as a Corgi rather than a ghost!
  • Keep your pet away from harmful Halloween candy and food. Before you give in to your pet’s pleading eyes and feed them that Halloween candy bar, be aware of the harmful consequences of feeding human food to any animal. Chocolate—especially baking chocolate—can be deadly to a dog, so keep all such goodies well out of reach. The other lurking danger during Halloween is a substance called Xylitol. This is a low-calorie sweetener found most commonly in gum and candy. It can be potentially lethal when consumed, even in small quantities. To reduce temptation, feed your pet before any guests arrive so they will be less likely to beg and steal food. Tell your guests of any house rules regarding your pet, such as not feeding them scraps from the table.
  • If nicotine and alcohol will be consumed in your home this Halloween, be extra vigilant to keep these items out of your pet’s reach. These substances can be highly toxic—even deadly—to animals.
  • Keep your home a safe space for your pet. Animals can get stressed with the hustle and bustle of guests and trick-or-treaters. It’s best to keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can be removed from the energy and excitement of the holiday. Remember to provide plenty of food and water, and let your pet catch up on some Zs!
  • As trick-or-treaters come to your door, there will be many opportunities for your pets to slip out unnoticed. Make sure that your pets always wear current identification tags, consider having your pets microchipped if you haven’t already—and watch the door!

Halloween, and all the spooky fun that accompanies the holiday, is best enjoyed when the entire family is safe and happy. Follow these tips, and your pet will have just as much fun as you and your kids this Halloween! Be sure to visit our holiday tips page for even more helpful advice to help you and your pets with some of the other upcoming holidays.

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August 5, 2017

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Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

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Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Emmy Award winning co-anchor of FOX News Tampa Bay, Cynthia Smoot will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/5/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the Cheetah Conservation Fund & the House Appropriations Committee amendment to eliminate restrictions on killing wild horses

 

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Recognizing that the welfare of animals is an important component of a healthy and sustainable food system, United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has worked with the ASPCA to add transparent and meaningful animal welfare standards to its restaurant certification program, REAL Certified. By 2021 all REAL Certified restaurants will be required to source a significant portion of animal products from farms or ranches that are Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership Steps 2 and above—three welfare certifications recognized by the ASPCA’s Shop With Your Heart campaign.

Surveys show that no matter what they eat, consumers have no appetite for animal cruelty—and they instinctively understand that raising animals in unhealthy, stressful and filthy environments may pose health risks. In recent polling, diners reported they were willing to travel farther and pay more for verifiably higher-welfare options.

USHFC developed REAL (Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) Certified to be a mark of excellence for foodservice operators committed to nutrition and environmental stewardship, and today certifies nearly 500 restaurants in 32 states. With the addition of these animal welfare standards, REAL Certified becomes a model for consumers, chefs and foodservice operators that value animals’ welfare as a key part of a more ethical food system.

Five REAL Certified establishments, fresh & co, Sabio on Main, Genuine Foods, Ceres Project and Mossback café, have committed to transition at least one major animal product on their menus to be entirely welfare-certified. These five companies collectively serve more than 135,000 meals each week, impacting countless animals’ lives.

In addition to showing dedication to better welfare practices through certification, fresh & co. and Genuine Foods have further committed to transition their chicken meat supply to solely higher-welfare breeds reared in cleaner, more spacious and better-lit housing conditions (as defined by Global Animal Partnership) and to implement a more humane slaughter system for chickens by 2024, all verified by third-party audits.

Through their focus on plant-based menu options and now animal welfare-certified meat, egg, and dairy products, REAL Certified and their establishments represent the more humane and transparent food system that the ASPCA is working to achieve through our Shop With Your Heart initiative. We are looking forward to working with REAL Certified to add more restaurants to their program and improve the lives of farm animals across the country.

If you visit a REAL Certified establishment, make sure to learn which of their animal products are welfare-certified or plant-based, and encourage them to expand these options. And if you’re shopping for food in supermarkets, check our Shop With Your Heart grocery list before you go to find out which brands are welfare-certified. 

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Review written by Devon Thompson

Dear Jon,
 
A lot has happened this week with McDonald’s—one of the largest fast-food chains in the world—and thanks to your support, MFA has been at the forefront of these developments.
 
On Wednesday, McDonald’s publicly announced its commitment to going 100 percent cage-free for its U.S. and Canadian egg supply chains. This landmark change will spare nearly 8 million birds each year from a life crammed in cages so small they can’t freely walk, spread their wings, nest, or engage in other basic natural behaviors. While cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free, it represents progress.
 
This major shift didn’t happen on its own. For years, MFA and other organizations have campaigned to make this day a reality. Over the years, MFA has conducted investigations at multiple McDonald’s egg suppliers in both the U.S. and Canada, documenting the horrific animal cruelty and severe neglect inherent in confining birds in barren cages. Our hidden cameras exposed birds suffering from open wounds, carcasses left to rot in cages, and other sickening findings.
 
MFA’s campaign to convince McDonald’s to stop confining egg-laying hens in cages included more than 200,000 consumer signatures on our online petitions and the support of animal-friendly celebrities, including Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, and Alicia Silverstone.
 
With its cage-free egg announcement, McDonald’s has demonstrated not only that it’s able to drive important change for animals, but also that it’s listening to consumers’ growing concern about the treatment of animals used for food.
 
 
While we celebrate McDonald’s progress in reducing the suffering endured by egg-laying hens, there is still work to be done. Now is the time for the fast-food giant to take meaningful steps to also reduce the cruelty endured by the birds killed for its Chicken McNuggets.
 
Nothing could make this fact clearer than the criminal animal cruelty charges brought yesterday against the owners of a McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets supplier farm after an MFA investigator exposed them beating and stabbing chickens using a spiked club, and standing on the birds’ heads and pulling their wings or bodies to break their necks.
 
MFA is calling on McDonald’s to swiftly adopt meaningful animal welfare policies to end many of the worst forms of cruelty to “broiler” chickens—those raised and killed for meat. Specifically, MFA is calling on McDonald’s to end selective breeding of birds for rapid growth and to shift to slower-growing breeds of birds to prevent health problems related to accelerated growth; provide birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments; and replace live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel systems.
 
With your support, we can make this happen, further reducing the suffering experienced by millions of birds each year.
 
Here is what you can do:
It’s never been clearer that the days of cruel factory farms are numbered. But we must continue to push forward to ensure their final day arrives.
 
Sincerely,
 

 
Nathan Runkle
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Is your pizza topped with horrific animal cruelty? 
A shocking new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals heartbreaking animal abuse at a milk producer for Leprino Foods – the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker and major cheese supplier to Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s. 
Using a hidden camera, MFA’s brave undercover investigator documented the following horrific abuses: 
  • Workers viciously kicking and punching cows, and stabbing them with screwdrivers, causing bloody wounds and injuries
  • Cows being violently whipped in their faces and bodies with chains and metal wires
  • Workers maliciously shocking sick and injured cows and dragging them with tractors
  • Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, infections, and injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care
MFA's latest investigation is already making national news, after the Associated Press broke the story this morning. Click here to read the story. 
Law enforcement is currently investigating and we expect criminal animal cruelty charges to be filed against workers and managers at the facility. 
MFA is also calling on Leprino Foods to immediately implement meaningful animal welfare policies to prevent the type of egregious animal abuse that was exposed during this investigation throughout its dairy supply chain. 
Treated as mere milk-producing machines, cows exploited and abused for cheese used on pizzas endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation. These highly intelligent and social animals suffer almost unimaginable abuse from the time they are born and ripped from their mothers' sides until they are so physically worn out from repeated pregnancies and constant milk production that they are sold for slaughter. 
This has to stop! 
Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on Leprino Foods to immediately implement meaningful animal welfare policies to prevent egregious animal abuse at its supplier farms. Then please share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too. 
Sadly, unconscionable cruelty and violence are standard practice for dairy companies nationwide. Thankfully, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of cows and other farmed animals by choosing vegan alternatives to milk and cheese. 
Sincerely, 
Nathan Runkle President 
P.S. Please consider making a special tax-deductible donation to support the work of our brave undercover investigators who risk everything to expose the tragic truth about animal suffering on factory farms. 
  
      
 

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