Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Big week, and now a big weekend! »
What a week!
Speaking of CNN, I was glad to be on CNN Headline News last night with the always wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell discussing pig protection. If you want to meet Jane, she’ll be speaking at the Taking Action for Animals gala Saturday night in D.C.!
And on the pig protection front, my colleague Matt Prescott shares some good news about the impending demise of the gestation crate in this new column.
Of course, the meat industry’s not too pleased with our work, and is pushing for ag-gag bills to ban our whistleblowing exposés. Iowa Public TV ran a nice feature on the topic this week.
And now for a big weekend: More than 1,000 folks will be at the Taking Action for Animals conference … hope to hang with you there!
P.S. Video of the week: Just a puppy and piglet playing. No big deal.
Surprise! “Humane” hatchery grinds up baby birds »
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
Well, happy morning. Compassion Over Killing has a new undercover video showing the true cruelty of this “humane” hatchery. I watched the video, it’s not the worst I’ve seen, but it’s really sad. Poor baby chicks. From COK:
According to Bell & Evans’ website, its animal welfare standard “insures [sic] all of our chickens are humanely raised and compassionately handled, in a minimal-stress environment, throughout their lives.” A video posted on the company’s site further explains that in its hatcheries, the newly-hatched “peeps” are “carefully sorted from their shells,” then counted and “placed” in baskets headed for their new “home.”
Sadly, what our investigator witnessed and documented tells a different story. Inside this Bell & Evans facility, where an estimated 20 million baby birds are hatched each year, our video shows chicks being treated like mere inanimate objects:
- Baby birds who are sick, injured, or otherwise deemed unfit for processing being dumped into a grinder while fully conscious
- Hours-old chicks jostled from machine to machine in a highly mechanized process
- Chicks with bloody, open wounds or other apparent injuries, deformities, or illnesses
- Dead chicks, who did not survive this harsh process, left in baskets with live birds
Watch our video and you decide – does this look humane or compassionate to you?
If you want to donate to COK, go here.
This Saturday: D.C. VegFest (including a CUPCAKE EATING COMPETITION) »
This Sat, Sep 22, thousands of people will gather at Yards Park from 11am-6pm to celebrate compassionate and delicious living at the D.C. VegFest! It’s free, it’s dog friendly, there are awesome speakers (Jane Velez Mitchell! Rich Roll! Terry Hope Romero!), tasty cooking demos (BEYOND MEAT!), fun stuff for kids to do so they’ll leave you alone with the FREE FOOD, a BEER AND WINE GARDEN (my favorite words together ever, with the exception of “pan gravy” and “FREE FOOD”), and perhaps most importantly, A CUPCAKE EATING COMPETITION. If a Vegansaurus reader doesn’t win that, I don’t want to know this site ever again. And I mean that. This site better not even fucking LOOK at me if one of us doesn’t win that damn thing.
Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of D.C., it looks to be hella fun, and the only reason to be anywhere near our nation’s capital ever. Seriously, D.C. is SO WEIRD! Everyone there dresses in business suits and talks about politics like they can actually do something good. The last time I was there, I saw people carrying BRIEF CASES. It was like, WHERE AM I? The opening scene of Joe Vs. the Volcano?? Someone give me a case of brain cloud and take me away from this misery! JK JK but seriously folks, there’s some very good food there, and a few non-profits (like COK!) who are fighting the good fight, and um… weather? There’s that. Oh, and the Spy Museum, that place is dope. Alan Turing 4 eva.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
It’s Paul Shapiro’s weekly Animal News You Can Use! Yay!
First and foremost, don’t miss last night’s ABC World News feature on the new undercover investigation by Compassion Over Killing that led USDA to shut down a major California slaughter plant this week. Impressive.
Speaking of pigs, food service giant Aramark announced with HSUS that it will require its pork suppliers to end their use of gestation crates. Bring it.
Finally, five years in a row, VegNews readers have voted HSUS their favorite animal protection group. You can help make it six by voting for us in this year’s Veggie Awards! [Ed.: Vote for Vegansaurus for favorite blog and Ask Laura for favorite column, too, if you want xoxoxoxoxo!]
Video of the week: when cats get caught barking…
Big news! Some beltway Subways now have three vegan sandwiches! »
And we’re not talking about “all the vegetables on mustard-slathered bread,” either, because that sandwich is boring. Compassion Over Killing’s got the scoop: The three sandwiches are called the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and Italian Black Bean, and the “Italian” bread is vegan, and that’s all we know!
Have you tried a vegan sandwich yet? Let us know! We don’t usually long to live in the D.C. area, but today, we’re totally envious. Eight franchises are offering these sandwiches; find them at COK!
If you are dying for vegan Subway in your neck of the woods (and we know you are!), contact the company via WeLoveSubway and ask, firmly and politely, for the vegan options you need. SANDWICHES FOREVER!
[photo by Compassion Over Killing]
What in the name of heaven and earth is THIS? It’s the Aurora Borealis, the vegan grilled cheese masterpiece by Compassion Over Killing’s Gwendolyn Mathers, and it won third place, Pro “Honey Pot,” in L.A.’s 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. I have several questions:
1. Gwendolyn Mathers, how’d you get to be so brilliant?
2. Why haven’t we hosted an all-vegan grilled cheese invitational yet? (This one I can answer: STUPID.)
3. Who wants to make this for me, like, yesterday?
[image by Compassion Over Killing via LAist]
It’s a CHICKEN sitting on a DOG, via COK. I give up! The internet wins! I feel like the only way things could get cuter is if they were sitting on top of an elephant and if THAT happened, I honestly would kill myself because that’s IT. That is IT.
The amazingly effective activists over at Compassion Over Killing are now running ads on Hulu, including the one above. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!? Everyone watches Hulu, even babies and great grandparents and probably even our alien overlords somewhere in the future, ala Lrrr and Single Female Lawyer! Anyway, I’m trying to wrap my mind around how many people this is going to teach about veganism and it makes me very happy that I can’t do the math. Also, it makes me very sad that I can’t do the math. Thanks, American School System!
If you’ve got some extra monies laying around, or even if you don’t, it wouldn’t hurt to send them to COK so they can keep these ads up and running. Let’s do this!
Quorn is going vegan! So reports VegNews. Quorn’s freaky, fungus-based faux-chicken patties were some of my favorite back when I ate eggs—really moist and different. Though it totally creeped me out to put eggs in fake chicken.
Props to Compassion Over Killing which helped prompt the new offering (I think they’ll still make their non-vegan ones too)!
Anyway, the vegan burger should hit over 1,000 stores nationwide next year. Let us know if you see them!