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'''Rescue chocolate''' is is a social enterprise business [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_enterprise]. Following the business model popularized by such companies as Endangered Species Chocolate and Newman's Own [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newman%27s_Own], it donates a portion of its proceeds to non-profit organizations, specifically animal rescue organizations [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_group]. The product line consists of various flavors of dark chocolate [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_chocolate] bars which are vegan [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegan], kosher/parve [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher/Parve], and packaged in eco-friendly [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-friendly] materials.
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'''Rescue chocolate''' is is a [[Social enterprise|social enterprise business]]. Following the business model popularized by such companies as Endangered Species Chocolate and Newman's Own [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newman%27s_Own], it donates a portion of its proceeds to non-profit organizations, specifically animal rescue organizations [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_group]. The product line consists of various flavors of dark chocolate [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_chocolate] bars which are vegan [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegan], kosher/parve [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher/Parve], and packaged in eco-friendly [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-friendly] materials.
   
 
'''History'''
 
'''History'''

Revision as of 21:04, 31 May 2010

Rescue chocolate is is a social enterprise business. Following the business model popularized by such companies as Endangered Species Chocolate and Newman's Own [1], it donates a portion of its proceeds to non-profit organizations, specifically animal rescue organizations [2]. The product line consists of various flavors of dark chocolate [3] bars which are vegan [4], kosher/parve [5], and packaged in eco-friendly [6] materials.

History

The company, based in Brooklyn [7], New York, was founded by a former professional ballet [8] dancer and Pilates [9] instructor, Sarah Gross. It began operations in January 2010. Because of a catastrophic Haiti earthquake [10] during the same month, the company’s first beneficiary organization was the Animal Rescue Coalition for Haiti (ARCH). Subsequent beneficiaries have included United Animal Nations [11], Nathan Winograd’s No-Kill Advocacy Center [12], and the Northeast Animal Shelter.

The chocolate bars are produced at Tumbador Chocolate Factory under the direction of executive chef Jean Francois Bonnet.

Education

In addition to raising funds for non-profit organizations, the company’s mission is to educate the consumer about various issues within the animal rescue [13] movement. Each chocolate bar’s title is linked (via package inserts) to a different issue:

“Peanut Butter Pit Bull” [14] deals with a dog breed that has been the focus of breed-specific legislation [15]. [1-15]

“Pick Me! Pepper” spells out the benefits of pet adoption [16] from animal shelters [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_shelters] versus acquiring pets from breeders [17] or pet stores [18]. It is the company’s position that adoption from shelters serves to discourage the proliferation of puppy mills [19] and helps to combat the problem of overpopulation in companion animals [20]. [16-26]

“Foster-iffic Peppermint” sets forth the benefits of fostering a homeless dog or cat when one cannot adopt the animal permanently. Fostering animals in private homes frees up space for other homeless animals in shelters, and it also socializes the animals thus rendering them more adoptable. [27-30]

“The Fix” highlights the practice of spaying and neutering [21] companion animals as a method of combating the problem of overpopulation in companion animals [22]. [31-33]

“Bow Wow Bonbon” touts the health benefits enjoyed by people who interact with dogs [23] on a regular basis [34-37], and highlights the work of service dogs [24] for people with disabilities.

“Wild At Heart” calls attention to the wild animals in zoos [25], circuses [26], animal experimentation [27] laboratories, and canned hunt [28] facilities. [38-47]

“Mission Feral Fig” discusses trap-neuter-return (TNR) [29] as a method of containing fertility in feral cat [30] populations. [48-50]

“Wilbur’s Fakin’ Bacon” spotlights the work of animal sanctuaries [31] which focus on farm animals [32]. [51-52]


References

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2. Campbell, Dana (July/August 2009). "Pit Bull Bans: The State of Breed–Specific Legislation". GP-Solo (American Bar Association) 26 (5). 3. Lynn, Colleen (2009). "About dogsbite.org: Common Sense Laws". dogsbite.org.

4. Nelson, Kory (2005). "One city's experience: why pit bulls are more dangerous and why breed-specific legislation is justified". Municipal Lawyer 46 (6): pp. 12–15. August 2005.

5. "HSUS Statement on Dangerous Dogs". Humane Society of the United States. 2009.

6. "A community approach to dog bite prevention". Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 218 (11): pp. 1731–1749. June 1, 2001.

7. Phillips, Kenneth (October 10, 2008). "Breed Specific Laws". dogbitelaw.com.

8. Barlow, Karen (2005-05-03). "NSW bans pit bull terrier breed". Sydney, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

9. Hughes, Gary (2009-10-20). "Pit bull bite prompts call for national approach to dangerous dog breeds". The Australian (Sydney, Australia).

10. "Importation of Pets in Malta". MFGC. 2 March 2010. http://www.maltacatshows.com/modules/articles/article.php?id=23.

11. "Dog Bite Liability". Insurance Information Institute.

12. "Homeowners Insurance Available to Breeds Previously Excluded with CGC Certification". American Kennel Club. 2004-10-01.

13. "Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 955 (Dogs)". State of Ohio. 2008-06-15.

14. Ganz, Katy (2009-03-19). "Counties have special rules for pit bulls". The Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio).

15. Sodergren, Brian. "Insurance companies unfairly target specific dog breeds". The Humane Society of the United States

16. HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates The Humane Society of the United States

17. "PETA, You can stop killing animals now", Dallas Morning News

18. Animal Care and Control: Agreement between SFSPCA and ACC sfgov.org

19. Creature Comforts Vol 12, Issue 1 San Francisco SPCA Newsletter, January 2008

20. Keith, Christie. Is pet overpopulation a myth? Inside Nathan Winograd's "Redemption" San Francisco Chronicle, October 2, 2007

21. ASPCA (2007). "Fight Animal Cruelty: Puppy Mills"

22. Swartz, Tracy (2007-11-19). "Buy or adopt? Where you get your pet is a big decision—and a big controversy". Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition.

23. The Kennel Club (UK) (2006-05-16). "Where NOT to buy a puppy or a dog"

24. Hamilton, Anita (2005-12-12). "Curbing the Puppy Trade: Dog lovers are divided over new efforts to ensure that all breeders treat their pooches humanely". Time.

25. 'Puppy mills' under fire for cruelty

26. Death Row Pets

27. Fisher, Mary. “ Fostering Pets.” http://www.petloverscompanion.com/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=32

28. Whistler Animal Shelter. “Fostering.” http://www.thewagway.com/fostering/index.htm

29. Pets 911. “What Is fostering?” http://www.pets911.com/services/foster/whatisfostering.php

30. Brooklyn Animal Foster Network. “What is a Pet Foster Parent?” http://brooklynanimalfosternetwork.org/faqs.html

31. The Humane Society of the United States. “Pet Overpopulation.” http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/

32. Bukowski, DVM, MPH, PhD, John A. and Aiello, DVM, ELS, Susan E. “Spay/Neuter Program Aims To Prevent Pet Overpopulation.” http://www.webvet.com/main/article/id/2243

33. Miller, DVM, Lila. “Early Spay/Neuter.” http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/early-spay-neuter.html

34. Scott, Elizabeth. “How Owning a Dog or Cat Can Reduce Stress: The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership.” http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm

35. Davis, Jeanie Lerche. “Five Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health.” http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/health-benefits-of-pets

36. McLaughlin, Christine R. “Furry Friends Can Aid Your Health.” http://health.discovery.com/centers/aging/powerofpets/powerofpets.html

37. BBC News. “Dog Owners Lead Healthier Lives.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6279701.stm

38. “Sad Eyes & Empty Lives: The Reality of Zoos.” http://www.captiveanimals.org/zoos/factsheet.htm

39. Brinton, Scott. “Do Animals Really Belong in Zoos?” https://www.liherald.com/detail/24035.html

40. “Wild Animals Don’t Belong In Zoos.” http://article.wn.com/view/2010/03/05/Wild_animals_dont_belong_in_zoos/

41. PETA. “Animals Are Not Ours For Entertainment.” http://www.circuses.com/

42. Schramm, Mikayla. “Animals Don’t Belong In Circuses Because.” http://www.animalliberty.com/articles/mikayla/mikayla1.html

43. In Defense of Animals. “Circus Facts.” http://www.idausa.org/facts/circusfacts.html

44. My Dog 8 It. “They Died and You Paid For It.” http://www.mydog8it.com/cruelty.htm

45. The Humane Society of the United States. “Animal Testing.” http://www.hsus.org/animals_in_research/animal_testing/

46. The Humane Society of the United States. “Stop Canned Hunts.” http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/stop_canned_hunts/

47. Animal Law. “Canned Hunts.” http://www.animallaw.com/Cannedhunts.htm

48. ASPCA. “Feral Cat FAQ.” http://www.aspca.org/adoption/feral-cats-faq.html

49. Alley Cat Allies. “How To Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return.” http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4DELA_enUS309US309&q=trap+neuter+return

50. Indy Feral Incorporated. “What Is TNR?” http://www.indyferal.org/index.php?page=newTNR

51. Farm Sanctuary. “Rescue.” http://www.farmsanctuary.org/about/rescue/

52. Ezell-Vandersluis, Cheri. "From Goat Farmer to Sanctuary Founder." http://www.maplefarmsanctuary.org/Our%20Story.htm

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External links

Newman’s Own official website, http://www.newmansown.com/ No-Kill Advocacy Center official website, http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/ Northeast Animal Shelter official website, http://www.northeastanimalshelter.org/adopt/ Rescue Chocolate official website, http://www.rescuechocolate.com/ Tumbador Chocolate official website, http://www.tumbadorchocolate.com/ United Animal Nations official website, http://www.uan.org/