Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
It’s Paul Shapiro’s weekly dose of all things animals! Yes!
It’s almost Thanksgiving…Wondering how most turkeys are treated? Check out the newly-released Mercy For Animals investigation documenting appalling abuse of turkeys raised for Butterball.
(You may also want to take a look at this week’s NY Times’ major feature on vegetarian Thanksgvings.)
Finally, if you’ve got some time and want a fascinating read, here’s Washington Monthly’s new feature, “Obama’s Game of Chicken.” As they bill the story: “The untold story of how the administration tried to stand up to big agricultural companies on behalf of independent farmers, and lost.”
Video of the week: Not quite the lion and lamb laying down, but at least the dog and the fawn…
How’s President Obama doing so far with animals? »
Happy Presidents Day, y’all! There are some presidents we love: Lincoln, FDR, and Taft*. There are some presidents we strongly dislike: Buchanan, Andrew Jackson (ugh he sucked so bad in so many ways, including that whole gross-ass cheese thing), Dubya, and the very attractive scoundrel Warren G. Harding. Actually, I’d really like to get into presidential politics in regards to animal welfare and learn about more than just their pets, but I think that’s another post. If you have any thoughts/information on past presidents and animals, please leave them in the comments, or email me. If you know a shit-ton (technical term), perhaps you’d like to write a guest post? We love presidential history! It is the most fun! Except when it’s awful and bloody and racist and sexist and THE WORST.
RELATED: The Humane Society of the United States released a report card for President Obama in regards to his action on animal issues. Want to see his grade? Yeah, you do!
*Based almost entirely on awesomeness of his fat and his pet cow, Pauline Wayne. Not vegan, I know, but he had a pet cow! And he shipped her back to Wisconsin with him because he believed she would “bring dignity to his herd.” I mean, COME ON.
[Pauline pic via Pictzz]
Friday link-o-rama! »
1. Prop 2 passes in a landslide!!! This makes California the first state in the U.S. to ban battery cages (!!!!), and adds it to the list of states that have banned veal crates and gestation crates! It’s hard to describe how historic this win is but we’re incredibly excited to see these much needed changes in the industry. Next stop, everyone mandated to go vegan! KIDDING! KINDA!
2. A roundup of favorite sellers of vegan goods on Etsy, from New Vegetarian Life (blog appears to be down for now, so here is the Google cache link). Also, check out Etsy for Animals. A bunch of charitable craftsters donate goods to sell and 100% of the proceeds go to a different animal charity each month. SO AWESOME. We’ve purchased dog collars and vegan dog treats from them. According to Hazel, the treats are delicious. We love Etsy!
3. Do Dairy Products Help or Hinder Bone Loss? A discussion of the controversy over milk’s effects on bone density, and a “dairy addict” gets a bone scan (a rather unscientific sample size of one, mind). From Grass Dirt Corn.
4. Where President-Elect Obama Stands on Agriculture. Looks hopeful. Via Vegan.com. Also, as heard in his victory speech, President-Elect Obama (so exciting to type that!), promised his daughters a puppy. Luckily, Michelle Obama announced that they would be adopting a rescue puppy! Woohoo! Sign the online thank you card to the Obama family for choosing the best kind of dog, a rescued one! To the puppy that gets adopted by them: YOU ARE THE LUCKIEST G-D PUPPY IN THE WORLD I WISH I WERE YOU I AM SO JEALOUS!!!
Update: you have to watch this, it’s so cute. Obama talking about how his preference is a mutt, like him! But also Malia is allergic so it has to be a dog that won’t make her sneeze all the time. MIGHT I SUGGEST, a purebred rescue dog! There are tons! A poodle is perfect for people with allergies and there are lots of poodle rescues! Puppies, even! And I’m sure they rescue would bend over backwards to get the first family their first pick of adorable puppy!
5. Winter will soon be upon us and we at Vegansaurus know how hard it is to find an adorable vegan winter coat. Fucking wool WTF?! We found a great post on Vegan Fashion Blog about cute winter coats. We also suggest thrift stores, online vegan shops like Alternative Outfitters and places like H&M, Target and Old Navy where a bunch of the coats are vegan just because they’re too cheap to buy animal products. Of course there are all the other crappy things about companies like that. Ugh, life is impossible sometimes.
6. This is the kind of thing that gives us vegans a bad name. Please stop.
And I just could not decide between this single adorable white baby koala, and an entire adorable species of pink fairy armadillos.
Vegan election party treats »
Happy Election Day, ya’ll!!! It should come as no surprise that all the Vegansaurs are very Pro-Bama, as well as very firmly Yes on 2.
Many of you will be throwing election parties tonight to watch the returns (and hopefully cry like a baby when Obama wins) and I thought I’d give you a little help with your menu.
1. Serve Silk Nog
Silk Nog has made its triumphant return to grocery stores for the holiday season and there is no time to start drinking it like tonight; a well lubricated throat more effectively yells at the television.
2. Blue Food
Jezebel recommended eating blue food in honor of a Democratic victory, which I think is a really cool idea. Here are some ideas: Vegan LunchBox gives us an incredibly easy blueberry pie recipe. Or you can follow the lead of La Vegan Loca and make these gorgeous Obama-themed blueberry cookies. If you don’t have time for that, there’s the wonderful Terra Blue potato chips (anyone want to buy some blue potatoes and try out Laura’s microwaved potato chips? Let us know if you do!). You could also try your hand at veganizing blue mashed potatoes or if you really want to take this theme to the next level, buy some faux bleu cheese, or Bleu Sheese. What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway has a wonderful-looking recipe for an arugula and Bleu Sheese pizza.
3. Get all patriotic
Today is a pretty awesome day to be an American. If you are really, really proud of your country (or want to get ready to be proud of your country when Obama takes it back), have some patriotic treats ready. You can make red, white, and blue cupcakes, or you can make all of the patriotic food listed in this Associated Content article, “How to Make Patriotic Salads and Veggie Finger Foods.” Highlights include: Festive Fourth of July Slaw!—we recommend Wildwood Garlic Aioli or Vegenaise as mayo substitutions—and Stars and Stripes Vinagrette! Patriotism demands exclamation points!!
You could also, you know, celebrate like Real (vegan) America: get a 24-pack of your favorite nonpartisan beer (that means nothing from the Anheuser-Busch company, my friends), a package of Tofurky sausages, a bag of tater tots, and a package of Newman-O’s, and gorge yourselves on junk food and malt liquor.
Here’s to the future!
[Silk Nog photo by vigilant20]
Friday link-o-rama! »
It’s that time of the month, er week again as we take you on a tour of the internet. Some stuff we liked this week:
1. The folks at Ethical Pizza gave local vegan donut baker People’s Donuts a visit and showed us some vegan donut-making and -frying in action. It’s amazing to me how quickly People’s has expanded, I remember when they showed up on Yelp just a year ago. It just goes to show what a huge demand there is for vegan goods.
2. Always helpful Ask Metafilter has a useful vegan question: What are some good bulk vegan recipes?
3. Tips for stocking your pantry on the cheap in this tanking economy from Vegan Guinea Pig.