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!
Ooh fancy! These are Keep’s newest limited-edition shoes! They’re designed by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. You like vegan shoes? You like music? You like rescued animals? Maybe these are the shoes for you!
Designed by Justin Vernon and using our trademark Ramos silhouette, the Keep + Bon Iver shoe features herringbone accents, a black fishbone detail across the toe, and a canvas upper custom dyed to a perfect pale salmon.
Rooted in a shared love of animals, Keep + Bon Iver proudly support the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal advocacy group which operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. As many of our fans know, we are grateful every day to call our rescued kitties (Toots, Teca, Orange Roughy, and Peanut Butter Face) and our rescued pups (Toni and BB) family. Justin is also the proud adopter of two rescued cats.
You can pre-order the shoes now through July 1, and they’ll ship in October, which I think is better because 1. These are kind of fall-colored shoes, right?; and 2. Delayed gratification is important!
Download: Find your doggie twin! »
Don’t you wish you could find your friends’ doggie twins on the go?! Now you can! With the Best Friends Animal Society My Dog ID app. Above is my lovely sister Cally and her one-eyed dog twin. Pretty amazing. I tried a few other pictures of Cally and this same dog came up each time! Bwahaha. This app is more fun than I expected. Except I tried to find the dog twin for our pink dino and the app was like, whaa? It did find a dog twin for my dog though, so meta.
This app doesn’t just entertain with its amazing dog twin finding abilities, it also lets you look up adoptable dogs in your area. Additionally, it makes it simple and easy to donate to Best Friends’ Invisible Dog initiative. That is how I like to see animal orgs getting into social media! A free, fun, interactive game that raises awareness for shelter dogs everywhere! Well played, Best Friends.
Victory for puppy mill protestors in California! »
A bit of good news for a change! Best Friends Animal Society had a victory against a mall and their evil, puppy-selling pet shop Barkworks. Los Angeles County Superior Court previously ruled that protestors could be relegated to a far-off corner of the mall and couldn’t protest around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then the California Court of Appeal was like, WTF? That’s BS! The protestors are exercising free speech! Except they said it more like this: “In general, the right of free speech in California entitles a person or group to protest a business in a shopping mall within aural and visual range of that business with no blackout days.” This rules!
This doesn’t just rule for animals though! As Best Friends’ attorney explains, ‘[it’s] a victory for every protester targeting any store in any mall throughout California, as the same rules apply throughout the state.” As someone who’s been illegally arrested for protesting (the death penalty—see, I have other interests), I’m like, hell yeah! Let’s go protest something! I can’t decide which store at the mall to protest first but I’m thinking of protesting Cinnabon. They aren’t vegan, and that makes me mad. They always make me smell their stupid buns that I can’t eat! They are infringing on my right to free-smell. This aggression will not stand!
Our favorite Olympian, horrendous dinner parties, vegan Peep(er)s, Gordon Ramsay’s blood, dogs dogs dogs and MORE in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Aww, Hipster Puppies: “bernie moved to san francisco because it was more ‘laid back’ and ‘anti-consumerist’ than new york, but still manages to drink two cups of starbucks a day.”
First: Fun-times events!
The Bay Area Vegetarians are having their monthly Vegan Food Party on Sunday, Feb. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sharp Park Library in Pacifica! Click here for details and to RSVP.
Further adventures with BAVeg: The monthly Vegan Dinner, this time on Thursday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. at Loving Hut in Palo Alto! Details here.
Hey North Bay, Shollenberger Park needs your help! It is apparently one of North America’s premier bird sanctuaries, and threatened by the possible installation of an asphalt plant on its borders. Yes, an asphalt plant, which, gross. Help the birds, already!
We haven’t checked out Chronicle restaurant reviews in a while. Michael Bauer went to Gather, where chef Sean Baker, formerly of Millennium, cooks terrifying vegetarian and vegan food and reassuringly meat-tastic dishes like soups of goat and duck. Thank god, we can all get along! Even if “the staff can be a little strident,” those fucking hippies.
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative has $400 million for grocery stores to open in “food deserts,” i.e., areas where you can only buy food at convenience stores. Hopefully this won’t all go to Wal-Mart. But, yay groceries! Everyone needs groceries, duh.
Hey so sea lions have returned to Pier 39 after a months-long absence. No, we don’t know where they were, why they left, or whether these sea lions are even the same ones who used to chill there. It’s all very mysterious. If only someone could speak sea-roar.
Koalas are catching a species-specific disease called koala retrovirus, which acts upon their systems like AIDS does on humans—i.e., it makes them more susceptible to other illnesses that then become lethal. Because what we need are fewer koalas.
The often useless California legislature is debating the creation of an online animal abusers registry, which would apparently function similarly to the sex offenders and arsonists registries. It’s sponsored in part by the Animal Legal Defense Fund; read more details here. (link via SuperVegan!)
The new nightmare dinner party: a butter-n-cheesestravaganza of Paula Deen recipes. Questions: would it all still taste like shit if you veganized it? Probably.
Foreign Policy magazine has a photo essay about life as a dog in China. There aren’t any explicitly gory or violent images, but some are disturbing.
So that’s vile: Jeremy Fox’s "other interests" now include an appearance at Cochon 555, an event in which five (5) chefs and five (5) winemakers prepare a dish from five (5) dead pigs. GET IT? We know he’s made it quite clear he was never a veg chef, and his exact role in this bloodbath is unknown, BUT STILL.
Are you nauseated yet? How does this collection of canned animal products make you feel?
In generally freaky food-related news, robots—partial and full-bodied—that cook! Well, sort of. Some of them ingest beer, and another “recount[s] awful jokes and chuckl[es] to herself.” I don’t know. At least robots don’t eat meat, right? Eh?
Brown Ramsay (duh!) makes a delicious vegetable-and-fingernail stir-fry with Ellen! This video is only a teeny bit gross.