Strongest Hearts: vegan athletes do exist and they are amazing! »
I don’t know about you, but as someone who likes to pretend to be an athlete (AKA slow and gasping for air, but keeps on trudging), I’m insanely inspired by super-active vegans! Sooo, I want to see more of them in awesome videos!! Plus, how tired are you of the myth that vegans can’t be physically powerful if they want to be? Let’s show the world that it is just that: a myth! Enter Strongest Hearts, a web series that focuses on vegan athletes. Strongest Hearts films these awesome athletes doing some pretty darn impressive stuff with their bodies… powered by the power of Greyskull! Okay, kidding, powered by plants (duh)!!
Hosted by Registered Dietitian (and bike-obsessed) Matt Ruscigno, R.D. and shot by Whale Wars (amongst many other things) filmmaker (and hockey fanatic), Sasha Perry, Strongest Hearts has a few awesome episodes under their belt but they want to make more—because there are so many more stories to tell! Just watch the damn video they made, people, it’s so much better than any words I could stick together. Then donate what you can so us vegans can be super-inspired/inspiring, and maybe get some omni-athletes to see they could be vegan and still do what they love. DO IT TO IT!
Important Vegan Discussions: Who should zombies eat? »
Vegansaurus Zombie by Toe Tag Riot artist Sean Von Gorman! AMAZING!
In his new comic series, Matt Miner, a vegan of 11 years, takes a look at ethics from a zombie perspective. Toe Tag Riot centers on an early 2000s streetpunk band that suffers from a serious curse—sometimes they become zombies and have to eat human flesh to stay alive! However, they are “ethical zombies” and decide to only eat racists, misogynists, and homophobes. But…
Finding that the transformation back into regular, filthy, punk rockers is taking longer and longer each time, the band goes on one last cross-country tour, chasing the cure to what ails ‘em and hilariously/brutally slaughtering the worst of humanity along the way to an explosive showdown with The Westboro Baptist Church.
Since Matt Miner is one of Vegansaurus’ favorite vegan comic book creators, I caught up with him to hear more about Toe Tag Riot. The series is still in the works and Matt is currently holding a Kickstarter to produce the comic. You can get a lot of awesome perks from the fundraiser, like an amazing commissioned watercolor by Sean Von Gorman! I just contributed so I can get one of Figaro and I’m drop dead ecstatic.
Toe Tag Riot standard cover by Tristan Jones, colors by Doug Garbark.
I asked Matt a few questions about the project (and other very important things like puppies and food trucks), here’s what he had to say:
Vegansaurus: What’s an “ethical zombie”? Is it the zombie equivalent to an ethical vegan?
Matt Miner: Hey Megan! I’m so glad you asked. Seeing as how I think zombies literally can’t survive on a plant based diet, the only “ethical” choice, once zombified, would be to eat bad guys like misogynists, racists, and homophobes.
Make the world a better place by slaughtering and devouring jerks and hate groups! Why not? Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
How does your veganism influence your work?
There’s a bit of me in any project I do and a lot of my creator-owned work has a hidden message of compassion or tolerance in it. With my comic series Liberator, the whole premise was about young vigilantes who break the law to protect abused animals. With Toe Tag Riot, I started thinking about “what/who would I eat if I was a zombie? What’s the most-ethical choice of human to consume?” and it kinda snowballed from there.
What’s your favorite vegan/vegan-friendly eatery I’m NYC?
Do food trucks count as eateries? Because the Cinnamon Snail food truck is my favorite vegan food in NYC, possibly the world. Follow them on Twitter at @VeganLunchTruck and ask them to NEVER EVER AGAIN take the 5-spice seitan sandwich off their menu EVER again. :)
Are you fostering any cutie pie animals now? Pictures or I don’t believe you.
Aside from our personal “zoo” of rescues, we are indeed fostering a fantastic 7-year-old tiny little pit bull mix named Reeses! She kinda looks like a Corgi/Pit and she just beat breast cancer like a true champion. All she wants to do is cuddle and play, so NYC area, if you have room in your heart and your home, hit me up for more info on Reeses. Find me on Twitter at mattminerxvx or email MattMinerXVX@gmail.com.
Reeses. Oh em geeee.
Why are you Kickstarting this comic series? Why do you need to raise money to make the book?
We’re making the book to tell a super fun story of punk rock zombies but also to put an inclusive, and LGBT-positive message out into comic shops and into the hands of a fandom that can still be an intolerant, sexist and homophobic place at times.
The Kickstarter pays for the art team’s rates and for all the rewards and shipping—making comics isn’t a cheap undertaking, so that’s why we headed to Kickstarter. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding, so if we don’t raise the full amount then we won’t collect any of it and the book will be scrapped.
If we succeed on the funding, though, we’re going to put this amazing story into the hands of people worldwide who might not normally think twice about calling someone a “fag” or a “slut”.
So, please pledge—and share the project on your social networks. We have some incredible rewards for those people awesome enough to throw their support behind this great project.
Thanks, Matt! And thanks, Sean! I can’t wait for my Figgy picture!
BONUS! Another drawing from Sean Von Gorman: Rock and roll Vegansaurus!
CUTENESS: Baby goat learns to walk with his very own wheels! »
Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats and results from an infection entering the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth. The causes are often insufficient or poor quality colostrum (a mother’s immune building first milk) or a dirty and hygienic environment. And in Frostie’s case the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs -his joints becoming swollen, hot and painful and rendering him unable to use them. Necessity becoming the Mother of invention as we work to save and enrich the life of our newest little rescue, watch what happens next….
Here’s the video. BREAK OUT THE TISSUES NOW. It’s the cutest effing thing in the world when he takes the first galloping steps:
Are you dead? I’m totally dead!!! In related news, Edgar’s mission is currently holding a “Raising the Roof” funding drive to purchase and outfit their new sanctuary! They keep growing and they want an even bigger and better space to help more animals like sweetie pie Frostie.
They’ve passed their goal but I’m sure they could always use more help, as they seem to be taking in more needy animals all the time. Plus they need funds for their Farm Animal Enrichment Program, which will include a jungle gym for the goats! If you want to contribute, donate here! If everyone who reads this donates just $10, Frostie and friends could have the coolest jungle gym any goat ever hoped for. We can do it!
Witness a sweet reunion between rescued goat and burro BFFs »
Welcome to heartwarming day here at Vegansaurus! Animal Place recently rescued a goat, without realizing just how very attached he was to his burro BFF. Here’s how it all started:
On a warm May day, a 10-yr old goat named Mr. G arrived to Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch adoption center. For a decade he lived with a burro on the property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals.
Animal Place was one of two sanctuaries offering to help the goat and burro when they were confiscated…but we could only take in the goat, and the other sanctuary could only take the burro. The two were separated in order to save their lives. We didn’t know the depth of their bond.
After Mr. G was at the sanctuary, he wouldn’t leave his stall. He refused to eat. But nothing was physically wrong with him, he just missed his friend Jellybean the burro!
Animal Place knew they had to bring Jellybean to live at the sanctuary. As soon as they did…
Mr. G erupted from his prone position, snorting and inhaling Jellybean’s presence. He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. The magical moment came when Mr. G began eating from Jellybean’s bowl!
Watch the reunion above. And don’t forget to help Animal Place get their new trailer so they can transport other lucky animals like Jellybean!
9-year-old starts animal shelter in his garage, is sweetest kid ever! »
The story of young Ken in the Philippines has been making the rounds lately and I’m sure you can see why. The kind little boy has started his own no-kill, non-profit animal shelter! With the help of donors around the world.
He always wanted to start an animal shelter to help the stray dogs that lived near him, but his dad told him he would need money to feed all those animals—which he didn’t have. Then this picture of him feeding some stray dogs got attention on the internet:
People from all over began to send money in to help Ken start his shelter! He set up shop in his garage and has been helping animals ever since.
The dogs were brave enough and trusted me so they could come very near me now.so that’s how i took the dogs here. We also bought 4 dog bowls for white puppy and his family but i wasn’t able to get Hoppy because i didn’t see him so for now only White Puppy, Blackie and Brownie are staying with us.
we invited the vet Doctor G into our garage to check on the dogs and he scrapped some skin off the dogs to find out what kind of mange they have.he also injected them to help weaken the mange.
Doctor G said,i have to give them a bath with a special shampoo for their mange with warm water.i hope they will get better soon so someone will adopt them but Doctor G said it will take a while.
I, for one, AM DYING.
You can donate to Happy Animals Club via Paypal here. And you should! I know I will!
I leave you with this excerpt from the gallery:
"my dad was a little busy today to take pictures so i took a selfie with brownie."
NYC: A night of comedy to save dogs in need! »
What’s more fun than a barrel of laughs?! A barrel of laughs for charity! So save the date, New York: Come out on May 17th for An Evening of Jokes to Help People Who Help Dogs!
My friend and mentor Phil Gable is not only a dog lover, he’s a talented stand-up comic! Phil and several other funny people are combining these two interests for one special night of comedy to raise money for Positive Tales: a Brooklyn-based non-profit dedicated to helping animals in NYC. A little more about them (excuse the length of the excerpt, I just thought this was so great sounding that I couldn’t decide where to clip! So I pasted the whole thing! ‘CAUSE I DO WHAT I WANNA):
Positive Tails will provide grants to assist animals in three distinct ways – to fight animal abuse, help displaced animals and the over-population of dogs and cats, and to provide support to individuals and families who cannot afford veterinary emergency or illness care for their companion animals.
Positive Tails is not a rescue organization, but an organization dedicated to providing critical assistance to animals and people in-need. While we do work in conjunction with rescue groups in the city and support their missions, our focus is on providing medical treatment and helping people stay with their pets. We will work hard to lessen the occurrence of “economic euthanasia”, because we know how important pets are to people’s lives and vice versa. We want all animals to live out their doggie years and nine lives healthy and pain free with a loving family to call their own.
See? Doesn’t that sound awesome? The show is at Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 cash at the door and 100% of ticket sales will benefit Positive Tails. To guarantee a seat, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get more info on FaceBook.
If you can’t make it on May 17th, you can still donate to Positive Tales. Or better yet, donate AND come to the show! Oh and when you get to the show, make sure you say hi to me! I will be the one knee-deep in a vodka tonic. A vodka tonic that will probably be full of lemons because of the gosh dang lime shortage. No amount of lemons will make it OK! They will just make it taste like carbonated floor cleaner! I know, I know, 1-800-alcoholic first world problems.
Last week, Animal Place rescued 3,000 hens from an egg-laying farm in California. Another victory for this amazing organization! Remember the massive rescue of the Turlock hens? Animal Place does really wonderful work.
Here’s how they explain this most recent operation:
The farm, which will remain confidential, reached out to us after receiving a packet of information on our Rescue Ranch program…which asks egg farmers to relinquish custody of hens instead of sending them to slaughter. To date, this is the largest farm that has agreed to release birds to our sanctuary.
If you want to help Animal Place out, they could certainly use it. Donate here!
Remember Koko? Of course you do! But when’s the last time you thought about her? Well there was that video where she meets Mr. Rogers and freaking cradles him like a baby. Like a baby. But besides that, it’s been a while.
After years off the radar, NBC Bay Area got to go hang out with Koko. So jeals. It’s great but oh my god, who is tearing up? She just wants her own baby! I’m glad she has a gorilla friend there though. But it would be way more awesome if she could go to Hawaii and have a real gorilla family. OMG so sad, I really hope she gets a baby. And they say she could care for orphaned gorilla babies if the sanctuary becomes a reality. I bet she would be such a great adoptive mom! Right?
If you want to help Koko and the Gorilla Foundation, visit their site. You can donate! And then Koko can get her family! OMG.
Update on the Turlock hens at Animal Place! This is them one month after being rescued from a factory farm where they were left to starve. Now that they aren’t at death’s door, they are happily enjoying life! These hens are ‘bout it for some dust baths. I don’t get dust baths; that’s how they keep clean? I don’t understand. I’d look it up but I gave up learning for lent.
Animal Place still needs donations! I mean, they took in like a gagillion hens. That’s a lot of beaks to feed!
Update on the 50,000 chickens left to starve, many rescued need your help! »
One of the rescued hens. You can see more pictures of the rescue on Flickr.
We got an update from Marji at Animal Place:
We actually took out 4,610 hens total - more than 3,000 are currently at our Rescue Ranch facility. The hens were released into Animal Place and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary custody. They are slowly recovering…we could really use help w/ this rescue. This is the largest and most expensive rescue we have ever undertaken.
Please donate if you can! So sad! They need our help!