5 adorable piglets who are so much more than bacon »
The pig’s sentience—its status as a non-object capable of suffering—morally trumps my desire to eat a BLT, no matter how much pleasure it gives. No life is worth a sandwich I don’t need.
-James McWilliams for the Atlantic
The mere mention of bacon makes most meat-eaters giggle with glee. It’s basically the pinnacle of American gluttony, decadence, and indifference. It’s not just a food, bacon has become a punchline, yucking it up on Tshirts and memes across the country. Meanwhile, pigs, who are not only smarter than your dog but also emotionally complex, are suffering relentless anguish.
According to the National Pork Producers Council, the numbers are reproachful:
Today there are more than 67,000 pork operations compared with nearly 3 million in the 1950s. Farms have grown in size; 53 percent of them now produce 5,000 or more pigs per year. Nearly 21 billion pounds of pork were processed from about 110 million hogs in 2011. A total of 2.3 million metric tons of pork valued at more than $6.3 billion was exported in 2012.
If I can translate that for you: a hundred million pigs are killed a year, and the factory farm industry is booming. That means gestation crates, pollution, disease, and cruelty.
I know people like the taste of bacon. That’s not a justification for the suffering it causes. Maybe human babies taste great, that’s not a good reason to eat human babies. The “but it tastes good” argument is nothing short of vapid and shallow. You’re choosing sensory pleasure over morals. When is that ever the right way to make decisions?
In conclusion, here are 5 adorable piglets who were rescued from certain death and suffering. These are living beings who deserve more than being someones lunch. Take it away, cutie pies!
1. Leon Trotsky
Kicking us off is Leon Trotsky from Edgar’s Mission! Leon was injured at a farm and therefore “useless.” Thankfully, a kind person got Leon to the safety of Edgar’s Mission where he was fitted for his very own training wheels.
This is Edgar! He’s one of those fell-off-the-truck rescue stories. Now he lives at Snooters Farm Sanctuary!
Here we have Marigold from Animal Place! She’s playing in the straw like a total goofball! Her exact history is unknown, she was found roaming the streets in Sacramento, but they guess she was probably purchased from an auction for backyard slaughter. Not dice!
Hello, Stanley! Stanley is all growed up now but this is him getting some belly rubs as a baby. He’s another escapee found running up and down a busy road. Now he lives happily at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!
And of course, we close out with wee Eric from Farm Sanctuary! Eric was left to suffer with a leg injury because the medical attention he needed would cost more than the farmer thought he was worth. We think Eric is worth a gagillion dollars and all piglets are worthy of a happy life without pain!
All of these piglets were intended to be meat on someone’s plate, but thanks to random events, they escaped their grim fate. But most pigs—billions of them—are not so lucky. The overwhelming majority of pigs are still suffering in deplorable conditions. What can you do? Click on any of the shelter links above and donate in the name of your favorite piglet. More ideas? Visit Mercy For Animals. But the best and easiest thing you can do is GO VEG.
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The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook launches today! »
Hi, Sarah E. Brown, Raw Sass here! Shameless plug alert: I’m the editor the following cookbook, but it’s OK I think because 100% of the proceeds go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary so it’s really not my cookbook, it’s all for the animals! [Ed. note: Silly Sarah! Of course it’s OK, free stuff and self-promotion is why we write for this money pit]
The Queer Vegan Cookbook showcases the unusual, creative, and amazing recipes by beloved vegan chefs and bloggers! This cookbook features recipes that do not use animal products of any kind and are truly queer in an effort to expand the vegan culinary canon beyond traditional vegan cuisine, which tends to imitate the non-vegan food world (vegan ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, fake meat, mac n’ cheese, etc.)
The most delicious part of this culinary assemblage is that 100% of proceeds from The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook will go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York!
Everyone can benefit from adopting a diet that prevents cruelty toward animals. A vegan diet helps improve personal health and the health of the planet, and promotes freedom and joy for all human- and non-human beings.
This cookbook features the most delicious recipes from Carol J. Adams, Gena Hamshaw, Rory Freedman, Jason Allen, Allyson Kramer, Christy Morgan, Mish Wish, JL Fields, Lisa Pitman, Courtney Pool, Rande McDaniel, Marlie Centawer, Erika Reir, Eric Levinson, Mariano Caino, Sara Jane Kurpeski, Rochelle Koivunen, Jason Das, Joan L. Brown (my mom!), Stephanie Austin, Heather Pace, Kelly Peloza, Mark Hawthorne, Rachel Lee, Alessandra Seiter, Lee Khatchadourian-Reese, and Heidi George.
Visit QueerVeganFood.com to get your copy of The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook!
Escaped cow gets sanctuary! »
Aww, his poor ears! Effed.
This is Mike Jr. He escaped from a slaughterhouse in New Jersey on April 10. Eventually, he found his way to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! Here’s the story:
[Mike Jr.] eluded capture for hours and even waded into the Passaic River (yuck!). Police used vehicles to ram into the calf in an effort to bring him under control until a tranquilizer gun could be obtained. The story was picked up by local news and in the piece the slaughterhouse owner said he would release the calf to an unspecified farm.
Suspicious of the kind of farm that he might end up at, uber-volunteer Mike Stura, who lives not too far away, called us early the next morning. We agreed we could help and Mike dropped everything to go get the calf. He has a truck and a recently-acquired trailer for just this purpose. It turns out the calf had already been transported to another slaughterhouse (not the “farm” as promised on the news), but Mike pursued it and was able to convince the owner to release him. We named him “Mike Jr.” after his rescuer. We arranged for human Mike to take bovine Mike to a local vet to clear him to cross state lines and treat the wounds and abrasions. After some blood work, vaccinations, and cleaning the wounds, the Mikes were given the “go” to head upstate to WFAS.
Mike Jr. is enjoying his first days of freedom and roaming the pasture with other rescued cows and steer. Rest assured he will never end up at the end of a fork!
We’ve all heard stories about animals that escape from the clutches of the meat industry and find a home at one sanctuary or another. Does anyone else find this phenomenon as odd as I do? Specifically, the part about how the slaughterhouse owner decides the animal deserves freedom because it somehow escaped.
I’m always glad to see an animal get to sanctuary, but it’s so funny that when people see a runaway animal, they react like, “What will and determination! S/he deserves to be free!” I’m just like, “you know that this cow is just like all the other ones that are about to be slaughtered?” Right? I feel like it’s a weird American Spirit thing. Or that this cow has proved itself smarter or more sentient than the others, so it deserves freedom.
What do you think it is? Any ideas? It’s fascinating!
Mike Jr. and his new BFF Kayli! For more pictures of Mike Jr., check out the WFAS page.
The NYC Vegan Bookswap is back! »
This round they’re back in Manhattan at Sustainable NYC. As always, they’ll have a raffle to raise some money for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Jamie wants you all to know that Jenny Brown of WFAS fame will attend! I don’t know what that means but I’m excited that Jamie’s excited!
Bring up to five of your vegan books (fiction, nonfiction, cook-, comic, etc.) to Sustainable NYC, 139 Avenue A at E. Ninth St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16! Sustainable NYC will have a special used book sale for donations to Woodstock, which as you know is a wonderful place. Get more info about the event on Facebook, and the Bookswap page. See you there, New York vegans!
[photo by Andreas Levers via Flickr]
Last day to save at Boygirlparty and raise money for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! »
It’s the last day! The sale/fundraiser at Boygirlparty is over tomorrow! So remember: When you use the coupon code “VEGANSAURUS” on Boygirlparty’s Etsy store, you will get 10 percent off your order AND Boygirlparty will donate an additional 10 percent of the sale to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!
And remember, you can opt to forgo your discount and donate 20 percent of your purchase to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—just don’t use the coupon code and leave a note at checkout! You saintly bastard!
Guest post: Second NYC vegan and animal rights book swap happening Saturday! Be there! »
The first vegan and animal rights book swap was such a hit, we are gearing up for Bookswap 2.0 on Saturday, Dec. 10! At the first swap, we raised $124 to donate to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, with about 20 swappers donating $62 dollars, which got a matching donation. All books that weren’t swapped were donated to nearby thrift stores. Success!
For the second swap we’re moving to Brooklyn’s community space Launchpad, with raffle prizes from local Mexican restaurant Chavela’s, a $20 gift certificate from the vegan restaurant Terri, and donations from local shops Owl and Thistle General Store and Raganella, which makes handmade body care products.
Once again, the swap is free, and all money raised will be donated to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. What’s more, through the end of the year, all donations made to Woodstock through Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000! Your money is going even further! Read an FAQ about the event, find out about volunteer needs, and keep updated on further swaps with our mailing list. Come and swap me your books, won’tcha?
Jamie Hagen makes money by walking dogs in Manhattan while her blog posts and political science M.A. lounge around reaping the rewards. Some places she currently blogs include the Line Campaign, Autostraddle, and Persephone magazine. Twitter tags frequently used by Jamie include include #feminist #vegan and #lesbian.
[photo courtesy Jamie Hagen via Flickr]
Save money and help animals with Boygirlparty! »
Happy news! When you use the coupon code “VEGANSAURUS” on Boygirlparty’s Etsy store, you will get 10 percent off your order AND Boygirlparty will donate an additional 10 percent of the sale to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! Huzzah! The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is a magical place that deserves our help, PLUS this stuff is so cute! It’s a win-win! Bonus: Susie Ghahremani, the crazy talented artist behind Boygirlparty, is super committed to eco-friendly printing—a win-win-win!
Susie also says that if you want to forgo your discount, she will donate 20 percent of your purchase to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—just don’t use the coupon code and leave a note at checkout! You saintly bastard!
Everything in her store is adorbs, but here are my favorite things! First of all, try not to die from the sweetness of these mini notebooks:
I want to take these tiny books and write tiny genius thoughts in them.
And I love this octopus to-do list notepad:
I don’t know if your mom is anything like mine, but my mom is ALL ABOUT to-do lists. Like, cray cray. I’m sure any to-do list enthusiast would be super happy to get this! Or get it for yourself and get your shit done in the cutest way possible.
Susie has also created a bunch of sweet recipe cards, like this elephant one:
Kick it old-school with handwritten recipes! Or bust out the typewriter and type them up. People will think you are cool.
The holidays are coming up and a nice notebook like this owl one always makes a good present:
It’s cute and useful! And in these superficial and overcrowded times, it’s all about the aesthetics of utility. That’s my word.
There’s also a ton of really pretty cards but I especially like this bird notecard set:
It’s super classy to mail people cards. Nobody does it anymore. People don’t even give cards with presents! But you give someone this card and they can stand it up like a little piece of art and you will be an old-world hero.
[All photos by Renée Chartier]
Tonight: NYC vegan and animal rights book swap! »
New York, you should get yourselves to Sustainable NYC tonight for the vegan and animal-rights book swap! The more of you go, the more awesome it’ll be. Unless you all only bring, like, the third copy of Vegan with a Vengeance that you got for Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever gift-giving winter holiday you celebrate. Don’t be stingy, share your fancy vegan reading!
Remember, they’re also having a raffle in support of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, with prizes like a gift certificate to Sustainable NYC, an Our Hen House tote bag, and a gift certificate to the indie bookshop Book Thug Nation! All books remaining after the swap will be donated to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Also, you can buy vegan ice cream from Lula’s Sweet Apothecary in the cafe, and get a 10 percent discount on all items in the shop during the event!
[“Woman Reading by a Paper-Bell Shade” by Henry Robert Morland, via Yale Digital Commons]
Guest post: Come to the NYC vegan and animal rights book swap next Thursday! »
I have too many books, but they are awesome and I want to share them with you. In turn, I would like to read yours. After attending a queer book swap in NYC a few months ago and scoring some solid finds, I was inspired to do the same with my animal rights book collection.
My friend Olivia Lane and I have teamed up to host the first vegan and animal rights book swap at Sustainable NYC this week and you should come because I have a crush on all of you in an I-want-to-read-your-books sort of way. And it’s a fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
The spiel from Olivia:
Calling all veggies and friends of animals with dusty, crowded bookshelves! Please join us for an evening swap of inspiring vegan cookbooks, theory books, how-to dvds, and all other media related to vegetarianism and animal rights. This event is open to all whether you are a hardcore vegan with a dozen books (and tattoos) or a veg-curious passerby.
Bring up to 10 vegan or animal-rights books, magazines, or DVDs and swap for as many items as you bring! Or just bring your items and mingle!
There will be a raffle in support of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Prizes include a gift certificate to Sustainable NYC, an Our Hen House tote bag, and a gift certificate to the indie bookshop Book Thug Nation! All books remaining after the swap will be donated to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
As if scoring free books, helping rescued animals, and supporting New Yorkers living with AIDS isn’t enough, we’ll have lots of delicious flavors of Lula’s Sweet Apothecary vegan ice cream for sale in the cafe and a 10 percent discount on all items in the shop during the event!
The book swap will be held at Sustainable NYC, at 139 Avenue A at E. 9th Street, on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info or to contribute a prize to the raffle, contact Olivia.
Jamie Hagen makes money by walking dogs in Manhattan while her blog posts and political science M.A. lounge around reaping the rewards. Some places she currently blogs include the Line Campaign, Autostraddle and Persephone magazine. Twitter tags frequently used by Jamie include include #feminist #vegan and #lesbian.