We all loved that video last week of the chickens in the snow, so I thought we’d like this one too! And the royal we totally did. The gist is these are some goofy-ass cow having a nice romp in the pasture! Totally made me smile (and it’s hard to melt this cold heart). They are so stoked!
I don’t entirely understand what this foundation is but if you read German, you can check out their site. Google translate is telling me it’s translated and I’m like, Google translate, I’m a poor speller, but not that poor!
NYC Vegan Drinks is TONIGHT! »
Hey friends! As stated, NYC Vegan Drinks is tonight. Yours truly will be there and hopefully Meave too but I’ve been too busy to text and ask (I’m very busy because I’m very important). I will be playing music along with my homeboy BFF Grand Format.
And Bunna Cafe is the food vender this month! Yay! They made a special holiday menu you can see below. Related: Bunna Cafe has a kickstarter to make a real live permanent restaurant! I totes donated so I could get the cooking starter kit. You should too!
Hope to see you tonight!
10 super adorable rescued farm animals to warm your heart! »
Picture time! Here are some cutie-pie farm animals that were lucky enough to find a home at Farm Sanctuary. The animals in this post are all available for “adoption”—i.e. sponsorship—at Farm Sanctuary through their Adopt a Farm Animal Program.
So, without further ado, here are 10 super adorable rescued Farm Sanctuary animals!
Wait, wait, a little more ado: As my dad always says, “It’s not a contest, Megan!” but come on, it kind of is. So let’s all pick our favorite! Who’s the cutest? I think I’m voting Joey…
I think sponsoring animals is a very cute gift if you know someone with too much stuff. Which is a lot of people. Or if you have a little niece or something? That would actually be fun, they get a picture and certificate and all that. Kids like that stuff. Like I always say, kids are nerds! At least until 11 or 12. I also think an animal sponsorship is a great replacement for like a class pet or something—get the whole class a cow! Because class pets are such a terrible idea. And each Farm Sanctuary “adoption” comes with a personal sponsorship certificate, a color photograph, a decal, and a VIP tour to meet your sponsored animal. How awesome would that be for a class?! And the sponsorship provides food, shelter, and care a rescued animal—teaching the kids compassion and all that! So if you want to sponsor one of these babies, head over the Farm Sanctuary’s site.
Guest Post: Anchorman 2 cast and celebrity guests largely veto veganism at U.S. premiere »
News anchor Ron Burgundy wasn’t the only legend standing strong at Sunday night’s star-studded step-and-repeat. Also the longstanding “legend,” or, perhaps more accurately, longstanding myth, that we need meat for protein proved alive and well on the comedian-clad red carpet. Pervasive as ever, even the rich, famous and funny are by and large out of touch when it comes to science, sentience and, maybe most compelling to the celebrity set, sexiness.
It’s somewhat disheartening to witness Hollywood so woefully behind the times. With that said, despite persistent prejudices against veganism, a few folks in attendance admitted to having tried a plant-based diet in the past, or offered to give it a go in the future. Others were a little … lost.
Given the global buzz surrounding Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s 22-day foray into vegan eating — thanks to nutrition coach Marco Borges — I used this high-profile nutrition news as an excuse to get premiere-goers talking. Some weren’t aware of the power couple’s compassionate challenge, but at least my mentioning it got the gears turning, if only for a moment.
One thing’s for sure, based on star Will Ferrell’s response to one reporter’s query about how he spends time in his trailer, this dude’s nowhere near eschewing meat, dairy and eggs. Said the actor, “You know how those trailers have, like, full kitchens? Little ovens and stuff like that? I’m the only one who uses my oven. I cook fantastic lunches for the cast in my trailer. A lot of chicken pot pies, lasagna. That’s how I relax. I cook in my trailer.”
To this, filmmaker Adam McKay added, “He did a crazy amount of cooking. He had a hotplate in there. He was constantly making tortellini; he was deep-frying calamari. There was constant smoke and smells coming out of his trailer. It was very odd. He put on, easily, 35 pounds during this movie. We had to hospitalize him at one point. It was a major problem.” (I’m going to venture to guess some, if not all, of this is fabricated for entertainment’s sake. Needless to say, both he and Will had all media within earshot laughing.)
Among those in attendance for the film’s debut at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday night were Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Edward Norton, James Marsden, Jeremy Piven, Brooke Shields, Bobby Moynihan, Billy Magnussen, and more.
Without further ado, responses from a few glittering industry icons to the following question: “As you’ve likely heard, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are right now rocking a plant-based diet, until at least Christmas. Would you ever experiment with veganism? Say for three weeks?”
I’ve done that! I’ve cut my meat down to a couple times a month. But then, if I don’t eat meat, I just eat a lot of pizza and gain weight. It’s a hard one. I haven’t pulled it off yet.
No. I have no interest. I did it when I was a kid. It was cheap. It’s very affordable. I was eating lentils, rice, vegetables. It got to the point where I got tired of it. It’s like I’m at a buffet and I keep switching. I juice in the morning! That’s enough of that [healthy] stuff all day.
I would love to! Vegan food can be very good. But, when I lived in New York, I’d see the vegans. They looked kind of gray. [I’m vegan!] Are you? Well, you look great. I belong to Actors and Others for Animals, and PETA, and Farm Sanctuary, and I appreciate not eating meat, but I just like it. You know, it’s the circle of nature.
Well, it depends what you mean by “plant.” I think I am on a plant-based diet, if you count cows and chickens that eat plants. No? Then I’m not on a plant-based diet. That seems really extreme. I think I need some protein. [There’s protein in plants!] No, there’s not. [I’m a living vegan. I’m fine.] You have to eat, like, peanuts. I dunno. I wouldn’t do it. Taco Bell has no meat in it; I guess I could still eat that. Yeah. I would consider it.
My husband and I actually started! We haven’t gone all the way plant-based, because I’ll never give up chicken. It just won’t happen. But, we have been leaning a lot more toward that in the last month and a half, and it’s made a big difference: physically how I feel, physically in my stomach, in my skin, in my nails. I just feel a lot better. It’s hard for me with cheese; I’m such a cheese and sauce girl. But, I’ve pretty much given up beef. Turkey’s going. We’re trying to give up dairy. Eggs? Not so hard to give up. Forks Over Knives got us started.
Haley Joel Osment
For a role, I would. But, I’m too much of an embarrassing foodie to ever give it up voluntarily. I know it’s possible. There’s lot of options. It’s a lot better now than in the ’90s. My dad was always really into health foods and that was a struggle back then. Now there are actually chefs doing it on a big scale. I will eat vegan food, but also other things.
No, I didn’t know! Vegan? Oh, no. No, no, dear. No, no, no. That would never … I did try to have that green juice a couple of times, but I ate, too. I had it with food. And you do feel better, with the ginger and the rest of it, but there’s no way on god’s green earth I could do anything vegan or juice completely, and not eat regular food. Twinkies, juicing? Best thing ever.
Oh yeah! Forks Over Knives!
No! I love meat. I would eat a seal. I don’t care. I’d eat anything. I’d eat Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I’d eat everything. I don’t care. No, I care about animals, but I don’t know if I could do the vegan thing. I’d do a trial run. If Beyoncé agrees to add more hooks to her new album, I’ll agree to do the vegan thing.
Nell Alk is a writer and editor based in New York City. If something vegan is happening in the world, she is on it.
Five Feel-Good Stories Prove That Everyday Heroes Are Everywhere »
This feel-good message is brought to you by PETA blog writer, Chrissy Matthies.
I’m the first to admit that even though PETA saves animals every day, I sometimes falter under the weight of knowing that I can’t end dog chaining, factory farming, and bullfighting right now. But then I hear that a firefighter saved a kitten’s life with a little oxygen—and, let’s face it, a whole lot of sexiness—and my faith that one person can make a difference is restored. Add a school that serves kids vegetarian lunches and a businessperson who leads a group of ducklings safely to a lake, and I feel like I’ve hit the faith-in-humanity jackpot.
Here are five other everyday heroes who made it their business to make a big difference in the lives of animals:
- Andi Davis carried an injured 47-pound dog half a mile down a steep mountainside after spotting him during her morning hike. She rushed him to an animal hospital, where he was treated for gunshot-related injuries. Doggie Elijah has recovered nicely and now lives with Davis and her family.
- After responding to a fire at a California apartment building, members of the Santa Monica Fire Department found an unconscious dog hidden behind a mattress in one of the units. The firefighters rushed the dog, named Stella, from the burning building and immediately began giving her oxygen using a mask specially designed for dogs and cats. Stella soon regained consciousness and was taken to an animal hospital to recover. I’m sure the firefighters got a few doggie smooches for their efforts!
- After Cristina Fernandez spotted a Lobster Zone “game” at a restaurant, she persuaded the owner to get rid of the cruel tank, which allows customers to use a mechanical claw to terrorize and capture the lobsters they want the kitchen to boil alive. Lobster Zone tanks are hideous—the claw can injure lobsters who are already tormented by not being fed while awaiting their deaths. Christina proved that no animal is too small—or antennae-y—to fight for.
- Ginger Frey contacted PETA after she spotted ducklings who were trapped in a storm drain in Lombard, Illinois. Although she had managed to get two of the birds out on her own, the others were too far down for her to reach, so PETA contacted the Lombard Fire Department, which came to the rescue. Firefighters were able to reach the remaining two ducklings, and all of them were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.
- TatorTot proves that animals can be everyday heroes, too! Christi Smith had just adopted the pit bull when he started whining and barking and running between her and her 4-year-old son, Peyton. When Smith checked on Peyton, she found that he was barely breathing, so she rushed him to the emergency room, where doctors determined that his blood sugar had dropped to dangerously low levels. Because of dogs’ keen sense of smell, TatorTot had probably detected the presence of ketones, which are associated with low blood sugar. He was rewarded with hugs from his mom and a thank-you goody basket from PETA.
TatorTot isn’t the only one to receive a PETA award! Although the aforementioned human heroes didn’t get dog biscuits, they received special recognition from PETA for donning their capes and helped animals in need.
Santa Monica Compassionate Fire Dept Award Ceremony; Credit: PETA
Check it out, NYC! The New Year’s Eve vegan tasting menu from Three Letters! »
Three Letters’ vegan mushroom soup (to which you can add baked tofu).
Who says French restaurants can’t do vegan?! Well, my friend Peter, a hardcore French chef, for one… But not Three Letters in Brooklyn! Located in Clinton Hill, Three Letters is not a vegan restaurant but they have pretty awesome-sounding vegan options. Their chef, Pip, emailed us to let us know that in addition to an omni tasting menu this New Year’s Eve, they are having an all-vegan tasting menu! The theme is “French takes on southern American traditions.” It sounds OUT OF SIGHT:
Marinated Oyster mushroom, Leek Mignonette
Golden Turnip Soup,
turnip green oil, safron emulsion
collard green, kale chip, sesame and beets salad
hazelnut mushroom sausage, apple potato hash, cider jus
Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet
hen of the woods and yuba roulade, sweet onion
coconut nougat, rum caramel
OMG, right? So I haven’t been here yet but Meave and I are planning a Three Letters date AT THIS VERY MOMENT! Because this stuff sounds GOOD. Like, reading the menu is making me hyper. Calm down. But this is so perfect because my omni brother loves French food so we can go here together and both be happy!
If you want to spend your NYE at Three Letters, here are the details:
First seating is at 6:30, Last at 10:30, reservations strongly suggested but the bar will be available for walk-ins.
The cost is $60, which includes a glass of bubbly.
Additional wine pairing option for $35.
Call the restaurant to make reservations: 718-622-4679
So tell me, has anyone been here already? I want to hear all about it!
Their seitan entree with walnut oil mashed potatoes and flageolet ragout.
A friend posted about this magazine Verily on FB yesterday, excited that they don’t hyper-photoshop the models. Well, I can certainly get down with that! So I clicked through, and look! They have some vegan recipes. Above is a Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Parfait! Looks good, yes? YES! I think I’m in love.
Vegan Divas brings you a vegan bûche de Noël! »
Vegan Divas, your favorite health-conscious vegan bakery, has created this decadent bûche de Noël! Or Yule Log, to us local folk. It’s a chocolate sponge cake, layered with chocolate mousse and caramel filling. And if you don’t know, Vegan Divas’ chocolate mousse is their signature dish. It’s so chocolatey and smooth!
The bûche de Noël is $59 and serves 10-12 people. You can pick one up at the store in Manhattan or they are delivering to the NYC metro area. I don’t know how far they’ll delivery otherwise but they do say you can contact them for Connecticut or other areas. I want one! They are so pretty!
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
Rolling Stone this week published a massive and gripping story about our undercover exposés of factory farms and slaughterplants,observing that the meat industry thinks we’re so effective, it’s “declared jihad on the Humane Society.”
Iowa’s biggest paper, the Des Moines Register, today slammed tea party Rep. Steve King for his anti-animal and anti-states’ rights farm bill amendment, noting that American consumers are increasingly concerned about battery cages and gestation crates.
The Guardian published a compelling story this week discussing the declining rates of meat consumption in the US, asking, “is animal consumption falling out of style in the US?” Maybe that’s one reason TIME named Beyond Meat this week as one of the top 10 most exciting start-ups!
In a similar vein, Temple Grandin reported in the new issue of Meat & Poultry that, “during the last three years, 14 percent of consumers have reduced eating pork due to concern about the gestation crate issue.”
Finally, yes, the rumors are true: I once was young…and I talk about it in this new interview!
Happy Friday the 13th…
P.S. Photos of the week: Fox and dog who are best friends—really incredible.
P.P.S. Video of the week: If they fit, they sit—very cute!
Superstar pets of Instagram encourage you to adopt a new best friend! »
Megan Rascal here, on the ad beat. This is a few weeks old but so cute. It’s all my favorite internet pet stars doing a spot for Best Friends Animal Society! Of course Lil Bub is on there and a little pal I newly followed on Instagram, Tuna! Here’s Tuna ready for the holidays:
I love when famous animals use their popularity to help other animals! This pro-bono campaign comes to us from TBWA\Chiat\Day in LA. You go, ad peeps!