The same charmingly misanthropic news, one day later: it’s your weekend link-o-rama! »
This gorgeous rhinoceros is a screen print by artist Millie Marotta.
Take some action from your computer this weekend! The Humane Society asks that you send an email to Dr. Barbara Alving of the National Center for Research Resources to politely ask her to retire 26 “elderly, wild-caught chimpanzees” at the New Iberia Research Center, some of whom have been research subject for over 50 years. PCRM needs you to ask your senators to support the Great Ape Protection Act. Farm Sanctuary would appreciate it if you would send a message to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Committee Chair George Miller to remind them of your support for the House version of the Child Nutrition Act, and ask that they work to get that version passed. Then, learn about meal-planning from the Domestic Vegan, and practice good nutrition yourself. Or bad nutrition, your Vegansaurus offers this link as a money-saving tip, we make no judgment on your vegan foodstuffs.
HSUS is such a fraud, you guys—did you know they want to take away our pets and turn us all into VEGANS? Just ask Joe “the plumber” Wurzelbacher, the king of political commentary! Look, they will wear their terrifying uniforms and kick down your doors looking for “abused animals” like the fucking Gestapo. Another organization dedicated to denying real ‘murricans’ right to kick downer cows, Mercy For Animals, reports that one of the Conklin Dairy workers on trial in Ohio pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals; he was sentenced to eight months in jail, to pay a $1,000 fine, may not come into contact with animals for three years. I wonder how much jail time ol’ egg-recall DeCoster will get for causing hundreds of people to contract Salmonella illness? Or for allowing for the torture of so many hens for so many decades? Yeah, vegetarians, nice job with the eggs-and-milk diet. But hey, milk and yogurt are so hot right now, especially unpasteurized milk, which you have to buy it all under-the-table like bathtub gin. Hope it doesn’t kill you!
Have you had your dose of rage today? I know you skimmed that anti-HSUS polemic, but this interview with Hal Herzog about his new book Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat will really raise your blood pressure. He’s a real peach, Hal Herzog; “What do we make of the fact that in 1933 the Nazi party enacted the world’s most progressive animal protection legislation?” he asks, and BAM you know you’re not going to get a sensible word out of him. It’s endorsed by Irene M. Pepperberg, the “Me” of Alex & Me—you know, the African Grey parrot who never got to leave the lab—and Vegansaurus’ favorite “animal welfare activist,” Temple Grandin. And the interview itself is nothing but softball questions, no follow-ups on the ridiculous claims Herzog makes, and OH he makes some outrageous ones. Maybe a better book for people with logical brains and feeling hearts is The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant; it’s the story of the 49 pit bulls after their rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring in 2007.
Another Millie Marotta screen print! This one is a donkey, could you tell?
Good news, everyone! Since 1999, scientists have possessed the silk gene, but now they’re able to reproduce it in seeds, tubers, and transgenic tobacco. Imagine a word of cruelty-free silk! That doesn’t mean science is done with animals, though; suppressing a certain gene in mice—which is also found in humans—can affect cognition; they call it “the Homer Simpson gene,” ha ha ha they can make mice stupider! Does that mean it will affect humans the same way? WHO KNOWS? They don’t even know all the effects of the suppression of this gene on the mice yet! Well, at least the FDA hasn’t approved that poor AquAdvantage “salmon” yet, despite the feelings (read: ridiculous arguments) of our esteemed colleague at Reason feels. You know, if we trusted libertarians, the majority of our grandparents would be living in the rooms we are living in now at our parents’ house. “Free-market solution” is an oxymoron, friends. As is “Corn refiners care about your health, which is why they want to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup.” Wait, no, that’s a lie, and Marion Nestle’s gonna fuck you up.
Last Sunday, Sept. 12, anti-bullfighting organizations CAS International, PACMA, and AnimaNaturalis held a collective protest of the Torneo del Toro de la Vega in Tordesillas, Spain. This torneo involves men on horseback and on foot chasing a bull across a bridge toward a meadow. During the run, these men repeatedly stab the bull with lances, but they aren’t allowed to kill him until they all reach the vega. Then the man who kills the bull gets the “honor” of cutting off the bull’s testicles, and parading around the village with them; then he gets a gold medal. Just like an Olympic athlete, you guys! This year’s bull was named Platanito, and apparently his ordeal was over in 15 minutes, which is comparatively brief. We are also super-impressed with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, who already this week murdered a bear for violating a three-strikes law; now they’re demanding an expedited permit to hunt the fuck out of the 525 wolves remaining in their state. They only want to kill, like 75, and they won’t gas any babies this time, they swear. Just because an animal is on the federal endangered species list, that doesn’t mean you can’t shoot a few of them, right? Come on!
Terrible humans, pandas and puppies, cat cafés, another SF Vegan Bakesale and MORE in today’s link-o-rama! »
First things first: Upcoming events!
The most important event of the weekend: Your SF Vegan Bakesale! Same time, same place as usual—that’s Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Ike’s, at 3506 16th St. at Sanchez Street. Follow the official Twitter for up-to-the-minute information, and BE THERE.
Veg Dr. Steve Blake is in the Bay Area, right now! On Saturday, Feb. 13 he’ll give a lecture on Choosing Supplements Wisely at the Institute on Aging in SF. There’ll be a veg potluck for $2 at 6:30 p.m., and the free (!) lecture will begin at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 18 he’ll speak on Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease at the Smart Life Forum in Palo Alto; he’ll lecture about Healing Medicine on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Pleasanton; and on Making the Journey to a Healthier Diet on Sunday, Feb. 21 in San Mateo. This final event will also include a veg potluck. Check out Dr. Blake’s schedule for specifics!
Meet the angriest vegan in the world! Ingrid Newkirk will make an in-store appearance at the Westfield Centre Aveda on Monday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. She will read from The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, which you’ll be able to buy from Aveda right there!
The 2010 sf|noir Wine & Food Event begins Wednesday, Feb. 24 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 28. Participating chefs including Bryant Terry (author of Vegan Soul Kitchen), Michele Wilson of Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, and Michael Law of the Front Porch. There will be vegan food!
And now, your weekend reading!
Good news: the Humane Society is making vegetarian dog food! Now if your dog has trouble with V-Dog, you have another choice. This food isn’t vegan, because it seems that three micronutrients “may come from animal-based sources,” according to our friends at Pawesome, but it seems like a responsible choice for people for don’t want to feed their dogs murdered, diseased horse. Hazel’s a vegan and she’s the happiest, healthiest dog in the city!
Moby and Miyun Park (of Global Animal Partnership) edited a collection of essays called Gristle! It is about “America’s industrial food system” and it sounds pretty interesting. Granted, contributors include Lauren “I’m a model AND related to those two presidents” Bush, and John “no fat chicks” Mackey, but also Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, and we love the hell out of him! We’ll have more on the speaking tour for this book as it develops.
Friend of Vegansaurus’ Paul Shapiro wrote a tidy little article about how the most shocking, obscenely fucked-up practices of the dairy industry aren’t unique incidents but total industry standards. Lay off the dairy, you are contributing to so much suffering.
On the Whole Foods beat, Wal-Mart’s organic, local (because of cost, SHUT UP CAPITALISTS) foods beat all of WF’s organic, local foods in a blind taste-test, except for the chicken, milk, and pomegranates. No problem for vegans! Unaddressed in this article: how Wal-Mart remains The Devil because of its sexism, racism, and exploitation of workers both domestically and internationally. Go fuck yourselves, all of you.
Your Vegansaurus Editor Maria is going to be published! Her essay about hooking up with a terrible “vegansexual” dude will be part of a collection of ladies writing about sex, called Coming and Crying. We are so proud of you, MD!
It is really hard to have animal companions in your apartment in Japan, so for the deprived, there are cat cafés! You can have tea and hang out with a bunch of non-fancy-breed, totally awesome cats and feel better about life for as long as you like (approximately $9 US per hour).
Ooh fancy! Emily Gould makes Alicia Silverstone’s vegan cupcakes with Marissa Meltzer. Also they talk about feminism and Riot Grrrl history, which is extra-awesome.
Remember those dudes on the Australian I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here who were sued by the Australian RSPCA after they killed and ate a rat on the show? Well! The Aussie RSPCA dropped the suit against the rat-killers, and instead sued ITV, the show’s producers, who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and paid a fine of $3,000 AU on Monday. See, the rat really suffered before it finally died, and the producers didn’t even know if letting the show’s participants murder it was legal.
Oh, PETA. The organization sent a get-well-soon basket to the premier of Newfoundland (abbreviated “N.L.” in the Canadian press, which is very confusing) after his heart surgery on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Apparently he takes Omega-3 supplements made from SEAL OIL, which officially makes him a disgusting human who doesn’t deserve the fancy vegan caviar PETA sent him.
Dear poachers, you are terrible. A baby gorilla caught in one of your traps died this week, despite having been treated by doctors, on a hillside, in the pouring rain.
Supreme Master is opening another Loving Hut in San Francisco! This one will apparently be in Union Square. You know we have mixed feelings about the particularly wacky branch of the Supreme Master tree that is Loving Hut, but as long as they serve the fried “seafood” plate I’ll be happy.
Actually if you really want to be cheered up, you’ll check out these 15 pictures of pandas frolicking in the snow. Pandas love snow! And frolicking! And being best friends! Huuuugs!!
Unhappy cows, the power of YouTube, and a loserly D.A.’s office »
An undercover video exposé of a New York dairy farm made the rounds on YouTube earlier this week. I haven’t watched it (even reading the description was monumentally depressing), but it apparently featured tail-docking. Tail-docking is the process of cutting off a calves’ tails, ostensibly to prevent them from flicking manure (and spreading disease) when they grow up.
Now, besides the fact that they wouldn’t BE flicking their own filth into each others’ eyes if they weren’t all jammed in like Lincoln Logs, this is uncool for several reasons. First, it hurts a lot (no pain meds). Second, it doesn’t work (studies prove it!).
Worst of all, though, can you imagine being a cow without a tail—unable to flick away flies? It would drive anyone nuts. In fact, it makes these cows are so miserable that it may even interfere with their milk production.
The people who produced the video showed it to the Cayuga District Attorney’s office, and tried to get them to investigate the dairy farm. The Cayuga D.A. wussed out:
Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said in an email that many of the actions shown in the videotapes “are commonly accepted practices used to protect both animals and farmers on large dairy farms.”
“While shocking to look at, these practices are not necessarily illegal,” Adsit said. If an investigation by the local SPCA leads the organization to file animal-cruelty charges, “we will prosecute anyone so charged,” she said.
If you read the stomach-turning description of what actually went down, it’s clear that she either hasn’t seen the video or doesn’t know what she’s talking about. We’re not just talking about a little rough treatment here.
The good news is, New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal announced the introduction of a bill to ban tail-docking (Yay!). It’s already illegal in California and most of Europe; hopefully New York will be next.