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Sep 05

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Animal News You Can Use!: Which Star Wars villain did factory farmers compare HSUS to?

Big news from food giant Unilever this week, with the company announcing that it opposes the practice of grinding male chicks at egg industry hatcheries and will work to eliminate it.

Also big news from Dunkin’ Donuts, which is adding almond milk to its stores nationwide!

California’s landmark Prop 2 is coming into effect in just a few months. Some egg producers are going cage-free while others aren’t. Civil Eats has the story on what’s happening so far. And more info from HSUS at our site on the topic.

And speaking of California and eggs, San Francisco-based Hampton Creek made headlines this week by picking up a big name in the technology investing world. Read more about it in the NY Times.

Finally, in one of the more entertaining meat industry attacks on HSUS, this week one industry writer penned a column comparing us to the dreaded General Grievous of Star Wars infamy. :-)

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro  

P.S. Video of the week: Summer’s almost over! Don’t you wish you were doing what this dog is?


P.P.S. Are you on Twitter? Did you know that for free you can “donate” your account to help occasionally get the word out about important farm animal protection efforts? I’d be grateful if you would—here’s the link!

Cute elephant plays with giant ribbon like a true hero of fun

The Dodo posted about this forever a while ago and just how cute is it? Here’s a hint: SO FREAKING CUTE. The choreography gets really elaborate around :43. 

This lil’ ele is a resident at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Northern Thailand. 

Sep 04

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Rabbit Food Grocery is a rad vegan mobile/online grocery store in Texas that wants to open a brick and mortar shop and we should help them! Because they are amazing people spreading the word of veganism all over the Texas capital! Plus, the Kickstarter rewards are kickass. You want them. You want all of it! 
Yay vegan grocery stores!!!

Rabbit Food Grocery is a rad vegan mobile/online grocery store in Texas that wants to open a brick and mortar shop and we should help them! Because they are amazing people spreading the word of veganism all over the Texas capital! Plus, the Kickstarter rewards are kickass. You want them. You want all of it! 

Yay vegan grocery stores!!!

Mistress Ginger Cooks: Vegan ShowGirl Supreme creates cruelty-free recipes for all!

imageMistress Ginger, the self-identified “vegan showgirl supreme,” has created a new cookbook that’s aimed at “burly truckers” and “pink-haired divas,” and everyone in between. 

With recipes like “French-Kissed Toast,” “Drizzle Me Dressing,” “Miso Sexy Soup,” and “Flaming Stir-Fry with Hot Mess Dressing,” this is definitely not your average cookbook. imageIn between lasciviously described culinary creations (each recipe sets the scene for a different scandal, like having a male suitor up for chai, or preparing “love juice” for your boyfriend), Mistress Ginger includes lots of fun photos of brawny men bedecking her, sometimes in suggestive poses. Let’s just say it’s really clear what she means by “Pound-Me Cake” (a real recipe!). In addition to the clearly fabulous stories and sass interspersed, I also love that Mistress Ginger brings an intersectional perspective on LGBTQ rights and animal rights:

I hope that we can recognize how all movements for liberation have striking parallels, how no one is free when others are oppressed, and how our daily choices can support freedom for everyone on all fronts.

I couldn’t agree more! Here’s one of my favorite recipes from Mistress Ginger Cooks: Kickass Guacamole! 

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Kickass Guacamole 
posted with permission from Mistress Ginger Cooks!

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados
3 tablespoons diced onions
3 tablespoons diced seeded tomato
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño chile
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Here are Mother Nature’s instructions for making gorgeous guac. I am just the messenger. She said, and I quote, “Mash the avocados in a medium bowl with a fork. Stir in the onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and chile. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.” Mother Nature cuts to the chase, doesn’t she? Use within 2 days, as if that will be an issue.

Buy Mistress Ginger Cooks! on Amazon or contact Mistress Ginger for a personally autographed copy.

Sep 02

The Elephant who cried when he was freed might go back into captivity!

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Do you guys remember the wonderful story of Raju? We were so so so happy when Raju was rescued two months ago. This is his new life, with all his fresh jackfruit he gets now:

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But now his cruel former “owner”/abuser has filed legal documents to take him back! YOU CAN HELP! 

From Wildlife SOS, India:

What you can do now:

1.) Sign the petition

2.) Donate to our elephant legal fund (select “elephant legal fund” from the dropdown list on the donation form)

3.) Send an email (recipients and instructions here)

Show them that the world cares! Raju should never wear chains again!

UPDATE: I wrote this Friday, they’ve added an FAQ since then

Aug 29

Vegan Superhero Terry Hope Romero is coming to Los Angeles TO COOK FOR YOU. She is THE BOMB DOT COM (technical term). We love Terry so so much, and this will be a meal to remember! So get your ass to Mohawk Bend and eat all her food at the Authors Worth Celebrating dinner! YUM YUM GET YOU SOME ETC I AM STARVING IS IT LUNCH YET.
Event Details:Monday, September 156:30pmRSVP authors@mohawk.la$30/per person, 4-course vegan meal Mohawk Bend2141 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026Event link on FB
About Terry Hope Romero:Terry Hope Romero is the author or co-author of several bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, including her collaborations with Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Vegan Pie in the Sky, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and the “vegan Bible” Veganomicon), as well as Viva Vegan!, which contains 200 recipes for Latin food lovers, and Vegan Eats World, a 300 recipe worldwide culinary tour of vegan cuisine. In 2011 she was named “Favorite Cookbook Author” by VegNews. She lives in Queens, New York. http://veganlatina.comAbout the Authors Worth Celebrating series:The “Authors Worth Celebrating” series at Mohawk Bend spotlights authors who share Mohawk Bend’s community values. With inspiration from the guest author, our Executive Chef creates a delicious multi-course meal for attendees to enjoy while they get to know the guest author, and the inspiration for their books, through robust conversation. Past authors featured include Joseph Shuldiner, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Tal Ronnen, Laurie David, Mayim Bialik and Randy Clemens!

Vegan Superhero Terry Hope Romero is coming to Los Angeles TO COOK FOR YOU. She is THE BOMB DOT COM (technical term). We love Terry so so much, and this will be a meal to remember! So get your ass to Mohawk Bend and eat all her food at the Authors Worth Celebrating dinner! YUM YUM GET YOU SOME ETC I AM STARVING IS IT LUNCH YET.

Event Details:
Monday, September 15
6:30pm
RSVP authors@mohawk.la
$30/per person, 4-course vegan meal 
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Event link on FB


About Terry Hope Romero:
Terry Hope Romero is the author or co-author of several bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, including her collaborations with Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Vegan Pie in the Sky, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and the “vegan Bible” Veganomicon), as well as Viva Vegan!, which contains 200 recipes for Latin food lovers, and Vegan Eats World, a 300 recipe worldwide culinary tour of vegan cuisine. In 2011 she was named “Favorite Cookbook Author” by VegNews. She lives in Queens, New York. http://veganlatina.com


About the Authors Worth Celebrating series:
The “Authors Worth Celebrating” series at Mohawk Bend spotlights authors who share Mohawk Bend’s community values. With inspiration from the guest author, our Executive Chef creates a delicious multi-course meal for attendees to enjoy while they get to know the guest author, and the inspiration for their books, through robust conversation. Past authors featured include Joseph Shuldiner, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Tal Ronnen, Laurie David, Mayim Bialik and Randy Clemens!

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: having a pool pawty this weekend?

Have you ever wondered why there’s so much feces on chicken meat? Well, wonder no longer, as I discuss the issue in a Modesto Bee op-ed this week.

Speaking of California chickens, the long-awaited implementation of California’s landmark Prop 2 is just a few months away. You can watch a good news segment this week profiling one egg producer who is eliminating cage confinement from his operation to comply with the law.

The Worldwatch Institute put out a new report this week basically saying the planet’s cooked if we don’t cut meat consumption. And at least in Cleveland, Ohio, city officials are getting the message. They passed an HSUS-supported resolution this week urging residents to eat less meat and more plants.

And related to such an effort, today’s New York Times published a letter from HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle about the trend away from the most abusive factory farming practices and toward plant-based eating.

Video of the week: It’s hot out! Why not have a pool pawty?

Aug 28

Product Review: Organic India’s Organic Moringa Leaf Powder

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The only ingredient in their moringa is….moringa! (Holy crap, I just love saying that word!)

I’ve been drinking Organic India’s teas for years now, so I was excited to try their Organic Moringa Leaf Powder. I had NO clue what the heck it was, but they were lovely enough to send me some to try, along with some cool factoids about it! Taken from leaves of trees that grow in India, it has 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, seven times the vitamin C in an orange and four times the vitamin B12 in one steak serving. (#PLANT POWER!) I’ve been putting it in my morning smoothies and feeling totally energized! It smells a bit like matcha green tea powder. You can make all kinds of tasty things with it, like their “Power Snacks.” (How easy & delicious does this recipe look?!) 

Power Snacks (and here’s a how-to video)

  1. Combine ingredients in Blender or Food Processor until smooth
  2. Shape mixture into bite-sized pieces 
  3. Place on plate and refrigerate until the pieces harden 
  4. DELIVER THEM TO MY HOUSE IN LA (kthx)