Guest post: Calling all California voters! Support SB 917! »
[Olivia, celebrity pig!]
In 2004, a teenage girl witnessed the sale of potbellied piglets in a parking lot. Concerned, she approached the individual and inquired about the pigs. The man stated some were sold for pets, a couple for meat, and the last one would possibly be purchased by someone who would eventually eat her. Appalled, the girl implored the man to give her the piglet. Moved by her emotional response, he obliged, and the young woman left with a squirming, screaming pig.
Later, she and her parents called Animal Place and shared the story of the piglet. The sanctuary, already home to seven potbellied pigs, agreed to take in the animal. She was later named Olivia and is a crowd favorite at tours, with her rotund belly and drama-queen personality.
When the family asked us about the legalities of selling animals in parking lots, Animal Place explained it was allowed in California. In fact, animals can be sold alongside highways, at carnivals and boardwalks, and at any public right of way. There is no legal oversight or protection given to these animals.
In 2009, Animal Place, along with several other animal welfare organizations, worked with then-California state Assemblyman Ted Lieu to ban the practice of selling animals at flea markets and in parking lots. Unbeknown to us, there is a flea market coalition in California that apparently has more clout than an association of animal advocacy groups—the bill ended up failing.
But Mr. Lieu did not give up. This year, as a senator, he has introduced SB 917, which not only bans the sale of animals in certain areas but also tightens up the penalties for animal abuse. The bill would prohibit puppies and kittens from being sold out of boxes in supermarket parking lots. It would stop the practice of selling amphibians, reptiles and other species alongside highways and streets. It is sadly ridiculous that this law needs to be introduced at all—every city and county should have already banned these practices in the state.
It exempts livestock auctions, 4-H/FFA events, public/private animal shelters, state/county/city fairs, and live animal markets. Which is great for shelters, so they can continue offering meet and greets for adoptable animals, not so great for farmed animals and smaller animals who will still be sold with no legal protection at auctions and flea markets, but it’s a great start to solving a serious animal welfare problem.
Passing a bill is no easy task, and this bill will face its own hurdles. Californians can help by voicing their support for SB 917—that is a very simple thing to do!
If you can only write one letter or make one phone call, make sure to contact Senator Lieu and thank him for introducing SB 917, providing such basic, commonsense protections to the animals:
The Honorable Ted Lieu
State Capitol, Room 4090
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4028. All you need to say is that you are a registered California voter and want to express your support of SB 917, done!
Want to make more of an impact? ContactPublic Safety Committee Chair Senator Loni Hancock and urge her support of SB 917:
The Honorable Loni Hancock
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA 9581
The first hearing for SB 917 is scheduled for Apr. 12, so get your letters and phone calls in soon! It’s so easy to make a difference for animals, all you need to do is pen a short letter or make a brief phone call! Olivia thanks you—but only if you give her vegan cupcakes first.
Marji Beach is the ridiculously awesome Education Manager for Animal Place. She’s super smart, so you should listen to her.
Adopt a rooster! They are rad and need your help! »
We received a call from a woman who rescued a bantam rooster after he was hit by a car in San Francisco. The little guy lost an eye, but is recovering well after a trip to the veterinarian. Not many people who have stopped for the little guy OR taken him to a vet. While we have promoted him on our website and through our e-alert, we cannot take him in: we have 50 roosters to place from a hoarding case.
So, come on, do you have room for a rooster? Or know someone who does? Holler at Animal Place TODAY!
Stop reading now if you don’t want to know way too much about me. So. By the by, I’m currently listening to "Ingnition Remix" by R. Kelly. Also, if you don’t have Rdio yet, GET IT. You can listen to whatever you want all the time. Amazing. It’s like England’s Spotify but you gotta pay a little each month. But there’s a free trial! See what you think. Also, if you love R. Kelly as much as I do, you will go apeshit for his interview (conducted by Will Oldham!). OMG SO GOOD. You guys, he doesn’t know what 30 Rock is!? Seriously, WHO IS THIS MAN? It’s like he lives in an alternate universe where 2 + 2 = Cookie (tm, Mark Shrayber). OK, what this has to do with roosters is that they’re basically the R. Kelly of the animal kingdom: all crazy and awesome and independent and fabulous so ADOPT A ROOSTER!
Rooster kills cockfighter »
No, for real. So many jokes. SO MANY JOKES. I think it goes without saying that if you play with fire—roosters who have had razor blades attached to their feet—you’re gonna get burned—your throat will be slit by said rooster. How very sad for everyone involved. Don’t fuck with roosters, people! They be crazy! Just leave them alone and let them do their crazy cock-a-doodle-DOO thang!
[Thanks to Vegan.com for the tip; photo via Animal Place, where they currently have adorable adoptable hens!]
Yo Washington state! Your turn to ban battery cages! »
In more excellent news, the awesome Humane Society of the United States and the awesome Farm Sanctuary have introduced a ballot initiative in Washington state that will ban battery cages and the sale of battery eggs by 2018. Tell everyone you know in Washington State what’s up and that they need to get involved so we can get those torture-devices abolished pronto!
End goal: Adorable chickens will run free and I will be allowed to cuddle all of them. JOKE! But really, what a world that would be.
[photo of rescued hens at Animal Place! And you can totally adopt them DO IT!]
Meet Sadie of Animal Place! She’s an older dairy cow who, because of her breeding and age, doesn’t have the same weight or winter coat as the other cows. To keep her snuggly warm, Marji says, they outfitted her in a stylish horse coat instead. Very fashionable, and very necessary during these chilly days in Grass Valley, where the average December day is 48 degrees.
From the place past depressed we believe is called “giving up,” it’s your weekend events, and some links that aren’t too upsetting! »
[Adélie penguins at Half Moon Bay, Antarctica, via Google Street View]
Events and activities for you
Obviously you’ll be at VegFest XI sometime this weekend, but we’ve got a separate preview for that. Have you read it? Go read it.
Meanwhile on Saturday, MickaCoo Pigeon and Dove Rescue will hold a Feather Their Nests! fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m., which includes a silent auction, vegan snacks, and wine! Suggested donation is $20; see the invitation for location, directions, and details.
LGBT Compassion will protest the sale of live chickens and eggs at Heart of the City Farmers Market on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. The group will meet, as always, near the poultry vendor (who has a big trailer covered with blue tarps) in the northeast corner of the market, near the water fountains. More information available online.
A new SwapSF returns on Saturday, Oct. 16, which seems like forever away, but considering how popular and fun this event is, you should consider buying a $6 ticket now. What is SwapSF? What are you, new?
You might also want to register now for one of Animal Place’s chicken care classes. The next one will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Sacramento SPCA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will cost $10 per person, which includes lunch.
A little light reading
How about some recipes! This one, for pickled green tomatoes, is already vegan. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but the spicy pickled crunch has a singular appeal. This is an easily veganizable recipe for panade from Tartine Bread, a book which I would most definitely like to own, oh yes. And these recipes from Project Just Desserts guest chef Janet Hudson for pumpkin moonshine and pumpkin moonshine cupcakes, are out of control. If the heat hasn’t put our hopes of pumpkins off until November, we are buying one this weekend and making our own bathtub pumpkgin (y/n?).
A pair of Australian scientists postulate that, based on historical record, up to one third of mammals considered extinct may still be living, and if we look hard enough, we’ll find them again. You guys I am holding out SO HARD for the ridiculous, peaceful flightless birds (despite their not being mammals, whatever) of New Zealand, you have no idea how sweet and innocent they were. Speaking of animal-crazy people, four of good ol’ Butterstick’s biggest fans recently spent a week volunteering at his new home at the Conservation Center in Sichuan Province. These ladies went to China exclusively to clean panda cages and feed pandas, which allowed them to touch ol’ Butterstick for the first time. It’s nuts, but it’s an adorable nuts, right?
Today in self-promotion, our raw food reporter Sarah E. Brown writes about spiritually motivated vegans; VegNews discusses vegan zines, like our pals Soyfucker and Susie Cagle, and naturally our own Laura and Jonas; and Laura tells the story of Dino Bike in The Bold Italic. And if you have the Cute Overload 2010 calendar, you may note that the photo for today, Friday Oct. 1, is of this dog with whom Meave presently lives. She calls him Bosie (as in Lord Alfred Douglas) and finds him incorrigible.
Is that the pungent odor of bitter disgust mixed with maniacal enthusiasm? Why yes, it’s this week’s link-o-rama! »
What ho, young Philip! When Your Vegansaurus leads with a bunny photo, it means there’s an adoption event this weekend, and this one is tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George in Berkeley! Harvest Home Sanctuary and House Rabbit Society buns will be waiting for you in the Fourth Street Shopping Center at 1824 Fourth St.—big buns and little buns, baby buns and grown-up buns, ready for you to meet and befriend and take home to love forever and ever. Wee Philip here, along with his mum and littermates were dumped outside a pet store. Wouldn’t you love to end his nightmare by taking him and a sibling home? Look at his little paws, they are chocolate-dipped!
And what else is happening this weekend, Vegansaurus?
How about dinner and a movie tonight? As in, Friday, Sept. 17! OK it’s not original, but the details are: attend a screening of Bicycle Bride by local filmmaker Hassan Zee at Maharani Restaurant, and eat your heart’s (NOT stomach’s; heart’s. stomach lies; heart encourages) content at a massive vegan buffet! Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the film screens at 7:15. Tickets cost $25, which is a good deal for ALL YOU CAN EAT VEGAN FOOD, plus a movie! Maharani is at 1122 Post St., between Van Ness and Polk Streets.
Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday are action days for anti-circus leafleting in Stockton! This is organized by Humanity Through Education, who direct you here for details. Leafleting and protesting will take place at the Stockton Arena, at 248 Fremont St., at 5:30 this evening, 12:45 and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, and 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Pat Cuviello with questions and/or to RSVP.
If you missed the previous two discussions about “Preparing Yourself and Your Animal Companion for a Disaster,” the SFPL will present one more on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Park Branch, at 2825 Diamond St. The discussion will be held by a panel of experts from the SF Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals. Your Vegansaurus is fine with your blasé attitude toward earthquake preparedness, but if you have companion animals, you owe it to them to be ready.
Also on Weds., Sept. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Excelsior branch, check out the documentary Dark Water Rising: Survival Stories of Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescues. The Excelsior Branch is located at 2200 Mission St. at Cotter Street.
Vegansaurus, I need something to read!
Peter Singer reminds pescatarians of the massive cost of catching their dinners, in particular that “is no humane slaughter requirement for wild fish caught and killed at sea.” Of course Rick Moonen, who prides himself in serving “sustainable” fish at his restaurant in Las Vegas, is staunchly against the GMO salmon. On this single, solitary, lone point, Your Vegansaurus and Rick Moonen find agreement—this shit is fucked up. Now stop acting like serving fish is at all sustainable in any environment, Moonen, and work on developing gourment mock-fish. Then you’ll be a real ocean warrior. Oh, and do tell us how you stand on tuna?
People are so good at killing animals these days! Last week, caretakers in Kyoto, Japan, somehow caused the death of Xin Xin the panda during an attempt to collect his sperm, which they were going to use to artificially inseminate his partner Tan Tan. Chinese panda experts are investigating. Poor Xin Xin was on loan (like a vase!) from China, and per the agreement, Japan apparently owes $500,000 for his death. Goodnight, sweet prince; may heaven be a nonstop party. In Honker Bay, Calif., a contractor working for Chevron drained a 700-acre “duck pond,” and whoops, the 1,500 fish living there had no water and DIED. Sorry, fish! Chevron totally had all the right permits and everything! Well, Professional Lab and Research Services, Inc., of North Carolina won’t be torturing or murdering any animals for the foreseeable future, thanks to…Peta. Sometimes old uncle Peta stops embarrassing us and does something awesome, like shut down a horrible, abusive lab that was testing ANIMAL CARE PRODUCTS.
Adorable-drawing break! Check out Tiny Pets, the sweetest little Tumblr you ever saw! The concept is super-simple: the artist draws a little portrait of your pet! This one of Josie is noteworthy first because of her little rescued-on date—everyone loves a rescue cat!—and second because it’s reminiscent of a classic “mom” tattoo. Buy a pet portrait from Tiny Pets, whose own cat came from BARC in Brooklyn! Or at least check out the archives to see every singular pet portrait, they really are wonderful.
Now, back to the unhappiness: LGBT Compassion reports that they have identified the factory farms that supply the birds being sold at Heart of the City Farmers Market, one of which is Gemperle Farms, which used to supply Trader Joe’s with eggs until they were exposed as extreme hen torturers. For more information on this breaking news, please contact LGBT Compassion. For more information on why Colonel Sanders should be as big an icon as George Washington or Jesus or something, please read Josh Ozersky’s ridiculous column. Or not, as it may induce violent rage and you don’t want to hit the first innocent person you see. Read this nice story about poor chickens who were being “hoarded”—like pillows or toenail clippings, but actual LIVING CREATURES—but have since been rescued and now live at our beloved Animal Place.
Hey guys, don’t worry about the egg recall, or any food recalls, really: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the worst citizens of our beloved country, isn’t! He’s going to stop the food-safety bill from passing, all by his lonesome, for no specific reason! Our theory: he hates you! He wants people to die from food-borne illnesses! Then there will be fewer people to vote against him in his next election! Unfortunately for Evil Tom Coburn, the longer the horrorshow of “meat production” remains a media talking point, the less meat people actually eat. So unless nightmarish conditions on factory farms allow E. coli or Salmonella to infiltrate our precious fruits and vegetables again, his plan to kill people through food defeats itself! Very slowly! Evil Tom Coburn: secretly loves irony. What we need to do is get in on this science-magic from China that grows vegetables without sunlight or soil—that will save us from runoff and soil erosion and pesticides and Evil Tom Coburn’s plan to force us to eat animal poop. Help us, China! Help us all afford produce untainted by bacteria and devils!
Happy stories time? How about a video of a three-month-old orphaned otter learning to swim in a bathtub? Right? Little Garaint is being rehabbed at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge, Somerset; part of that involves socialization, and instead of meeting lots of people (bad!), Garaint is making friends with Mollie the Labrador retriever puppy, and another baby otter called Snuffles. SNUFFLES THE BABY OTTER. OK, now laugh and cry with this slideshow from Pup My Ride, a program by Best Friends Animal Society that takes dogs from shelters and puppy mills to “local rescue partners with highly successful adoption programs.” More weeping, you say? How about the story of The Old Lady Pigeons’ Retirement Home, which should be adapted into a mystery-solving series ASAPly. It is the sweetest story that may also cause you to cry, because life is so hard and ugly and lovely.
We may be crazy, but at least we’re not racist creeps! It’s this week’s link-o-rama! »
Stephen Colbert better knows a meat lobbyist, just for us! [can’t see the video? watch in on Vegansaurus.com!]
Your vegany events!
The very first Peninsula Vegan Bakesale happens tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! It’s at the EVO store, at 159 South B St. in San Mateo, and will benefit the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco and Pets in Need. And the next time some jerk asks you why you care so much about animals when there are so many people suffering, you can just show them this awesome flyer and walk away like the smuggest bastard in the world.
Also tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the House Rabbit Society is having its monthly rabbit adoption event at George in Berkeley! You can bring your rabbit/s in for a nail trim and/or to make new friends, and anyone interested in learning more about buns is welcome to stop by. George is located at 1824 Fourth Street. Remember you can preview the adoptable rabbits, and if there’s one (or more) you really want to see, email Anne and she’ll do her best to ensure s/he shows up tomorrow.
Finally, Farm Sanctuary is hosting a California Twilight Tour from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the shelter in Orland. Tickets vost $25 for adults and $15 for children under under 13; the Sanctuary will provide vegan snacks, including wine and beer, and live music. To register, call 607-583-2225 ext. 221, or do it online.
Wildcare asks that all California voters please send a message to the state Senate asking that those jerks pass AB 234, which would “require booms around fueling vessels in California’s open waters.”
Animal Place asks that Californians please email State Fair Manager Norbert Bartosik and politely but firmly ask him to eliminate the live birth exhibits at State Fair, as they are what some might call revolting and barbaric.
Tom Scocca reports that 100 Canada geese have returned to Prospect Park, after a flock of 400 were murdered last month. Kinship Circle asks that you please email a whole bunch of responsible parties in New York and New Jersey to ask that they refrain from murdering any more of the estimated 250,000 geese presently living in New York state, despite state biologists’ estimations that the state can hold no more than 85,000 geese.
Invisible octopus—it’s AMAZING!
[can’t see the video? watch in on Vegansaurus.com!]
Vegany weekend reading!
Let’s begin with local news! This week, some
complete assholes fellow humans from the Aquarium of the Bay caught a big sevengill shark. Then Demian Bulwa wrote an article about it, full of awful puns. Sevengills live in open ocean; this one will be kept in a 350,000 gallon tank. Even the Chronicle commentariat are united in rage. In the lily pond in Golden Gate Park, evil AFRICAN clawed frogs have INVADED and are slowly INFILTRATING ecosystems as far as Sacramento and BEYOND. Some citizens want to emulate Australia’s cane toad VIGILANTES, just cold murdering AFRICAN clawed frogs like they were MILITARY INVADERS, because officials won’t listen to their demands to EUTHANIZE the KILLER AFRICAN MENACE. Haighteration reminds residents that if you are having, um, “trouble” with the gang of feral cats running that block in neighborhood (Catsterdam? no?), please get a free trap from the SF SPCA and do your part. There’s a new head of the Vicious and Dangerous Animal Unit at the SFPD—specifically, one officer in charge of animal court trials, and another in charge of investigations—in an effort to “modernize the unit.”
Gena of Choosing Raw wrote a really awesome post about the Target Bronx Community Garden, with a ton of pretty pictures (side note: I am stealing Duane to raise as my own. LOOK AT THAT FACE it is irresistable). Some doctors are using “prescription coupons” to give their patients—most often poorer people—funds to buy produce through farmers’ market nutrition programs. Some of it is anti-obesity stuff, which your Vegansaurus despises on principle, but we fully support everyone getting equal access to delicious fruit and vegetables. The tomato: “cold and moist,” reminiscent of a lady’s special area, the freakiest thing to come from the Americas in the 17th century—how did those dumb white people figure out that it was delicious?
That’s enough smiling. This week, during a corrida in Spain that “consists of getting as close as possible to the bull, without getting hurt” but not actually murdering the animal, the bull had enough of the taunting spectators and leapt into the stands, injuring 40 people (link includes video). All the people living around Lake Tahoe are having trouble with a tricksy bear they call “Bubba,” who outwits dogs and has proven immune to bullets. He even steals from church! Why can’t bears just stay in the forest area people haven’t cut down for giant vacation homes yet? When you eat church peanut butter, you make the baby Jesus cry, Bubba. Their palates bored by fried strips of dead pig, “foodies” now turn to beef, lamb, and veal “bacon” to free themselves from their culinary torpor. Your Vegansaurus wonders if do-it-yourself animal slaughter isn’t gaining popularity—not that we buy that, entirely—because of omnivores’ need to sate their bloodlust, rather than the depression 2.0, self-sustaining bullshit they tell themselves is the reason they’re so happy to hack into bunny’s head. If we’re going to eat animals, no one is better than the other. You may continue eating dog, Chinese people—white dude, out.
OK some good news: they released the first oiled turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday! Of course the article neglects to say where the turtles were released, how directly that area of the Gulf has been affected by the oil spill, and whether they expect the turtles to survive, considering just how fucked up the Gulf is. But hey! Rescued endangered sea turtles! Maybe buy a wallet made of recycled newspapers and plastic bags from Holstee—Ecouterre reports that the wallets provide “fair-wage employment, healthcare, and education for the people who craft them.” Get out of town, Holstee.
East Bay Vegan Bakesale this weekend! »
It’s that time again! Hooray! The East Bay Vegan Bakesale returns this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the same location as before, in front of Issues. Perennial baking superstars Fat Bottom Bakery, Cinnaholic (have you tried the pizza rolls?!), and more will be on hand dishing out treats to benefit Animal Place and Haitian relief efforts.
From Animal Place, a pig jumping on a trampoline. Totally not animal cruelty, btw. I was nervous when I first saw the link to “pig on trampoline” because I thought it was a new form of animal torture but apparently these pigs love it. So, if your idea of animal torture is animals torturing you with their cuteness, then this is animal torture.