Happy Thanksgiving from Jojo of vegan.in.brighton! She writes that this year she didn’t want to miss out on all the Thanksgiving fun, and she and her husband really threw themselves into the spirit of the holiday (i.e., gluttony).
"We made the Seitan en Croute from 500 Vegan Recipes, this is quickly becoming one of my favourite cookbooks as everything I’ve made from it keeps turning out perfectly! We also made roast potatoes, mashed maple sweet potatoes, roasted squash, sage & onion stuffing, carrots, corn, and the sage gravy from Vegan Comfort Food. We also had cranberry sauce, which I bought from a shop!
I still can’t get my head around the idea of pumpkin as a dessert so instead I made the Silken Chocolate Mousse Cake from My Sweet Vegan, I love this & am always looking for excuses to make it.”
As we understand it, Brighton is the San Francisco of England, so Jojo if you’d like to do a cultural/sister-city-type exchange some time, Vegansaurus is open to it. That is, after you’ve recovered from devouring that beautiful spread. Happy Thanksgiving!
The world is bleak: fighting little dogs for half a cracker with this week’s link-o-rama! »
Pamela Anderson loves animals! She paid all the expenses for the transport of 50 homeless dogs from New Orleans to a pet adoption program in Virginia, less the two she adopted herself. That is a good thing that a person with money can do. [photo credit: AP]
Get busy with these events!
Tonight eat snacks from Vegansaurus pals Fat Bottom Bakery at the Oakland Art Murmur! Also, there’s art, and wandering around Oakland, where it may be warmer than the city! Double-also, art shows very frequently serve free liquor. Go expand your cultural horizons, starting around 5 p.m. and continuing until it’s not entirely clear, but not very late (8ish?).
Tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 7, Oakland gets to be awesome again (!) and host this month’s SF Underground Market. Which is technically a “Bay Area” underground market, but, all right. It’s at 24th Street and Broadway, runs from 5 to 11 p.m., and has a $2 entry fee. There’ll be live music, drinks for purchase, and all kinds of food vendors. The location, incidentally, is three (big) blocks from the 19th Street BART station.
If you didn’t find what you wanted in Oakland, or were unable (TOO LAZY) to get there, probably you should get over to Hayes Valley Farm on Sunday, Aug. 8 for the Fresh Produce Free-For-All. It is exactly what it sounds like, apparently, and it sounds like AWESOME. Hayes Valley Farm is on Laguna Street between Oak and Fell Streets, and the Fresh Produce party is scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
Alternatively, you could participate in the protest honoring the 40th anniversary of Lolita the orca’s capture. It will be held at “Six Flags Discovery Kingdom” (formerly known as Marine World Africa USA, the saddest not-SeaWorld your Vegansaurus ever visited) in Vallejo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
More protests next week! On Wednesday, Aug. 11 protest the opening night of the Ringling Bros. circus in Oakland (everything is happening in Oakland now! And HBIC Laura just moved there. This is not a coincidence). The protest will be at the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way) from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and our pals at Cinnaholic are offering 20 percent off to every protester who brings in a flyer from the event! More details about this and other circus protests here.
Educate yourself with these thrilling news items!
This week in Meat news, British people found themselves accidentally drinking milk and eating meat from cloned cows. Whoopsie daisy! Esquire wouldn’t mind cloned meat, but thinks in vitro a much better (and safer) idea. England is exporting miniature cows to the U.S., which SFoodie considered “might save the planet,” what with their being extra-small and needing so little food and water and space (the better to pack you on the feedlot, my tiny ones!) Good made a super-disgusting chart of the “average American” annual diet, which include 110 pounds of “red meat,” and 600.5 pounds of non-cheese, non-egg dairy products. So that’s all milk and yogurt and cream? Ew. Christina Pirello reminded the omnivores that their hamburgers are totally disgusting, though she didn’t “[go] all vegan on [them],” just suggested, like, the Dan Barber way, Dan Barber’s so great! (no he’s not.) Erik Marcus pointed out that it wasn’t so much the “meat” component in the “cooking meat led to human intellectual development” theory as the “cooking” part. Shut Up, Foodies! wondered how owners of an emu farm could slaughter and eat the birds who literally hug them.
What Fucked-up Things have people been doing to animals recently? Germany’s wild boar population has rapidly increased, and the number of whom are radioactive due to the lasting effects of the Chernobyl disaster has quadrupled. HA HA HA AWESOME. Scientists at the Emory University School of Medicine published research that may explain “the molecular biology of fear”; they studied this by giving “mild” electric shocks to mice. Kerry Ressler, the researcher interviewed for the LiveScience article, really loves his wife and three children. On the subject of fear, military veterinarians are diagnosing dogs with PTSD now. Specifically Gina, a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd, who has been in recovery for a year after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq. She’s well enough to work on domestic bases, and maybe she’ll get redeployed to on of our Middle East quagmires, just like our human troops! It’s nice that dogs get treated equally to (straight) people in the U.S. military, isn’t it.
Awwww, isn’t it cuuuuuuute? Anthropomorphic cows selling dairy products! It’s not at all reminiscent of Suicide Food! And Mouila, the oldest gorilla in England, turned 50 on Monday, and her keepers threw her a birthday party, complete with “presents wrapped with [sic] special gorilla-friendly paper.” I’m sure it was always her dream to live in freezing-ass, foggy fucking England and be a baby machine for Howletts Wild Animal Park.
One item of non-terribleness: the guidelines for the first complete replacement for the Draize skin test was adopted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in July, which will, according to PCRM, replace “the rabbit method for most chemicals and products.” Fewer bunnies being tortured really is wonderful.
In our Bay Area, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Program (a type of food stamps) can now use their funds at farmers markets in Healdsburg and Petaluma. That is a really great idea! But considering that the federal government made a big fat cut to funding for food stamps this week, who will have the funds to buy fresh, local produce? Our jerkface governor doesn’t care about who will pick any of the produce from anywhere, vetoing a bill this week that would have guaranteed farmworkers ONE DAY OFF in every seven worked, and overtime pay for over eight hours worked in a day or 40 in a week. You know, like you’d get in an office for making after-hours copies and drinking soda, or sitting around waiting for deadline DOING NOTHING. As opposed to, maybe, picking fucking strawberries in the hot sun all day, every single day. New York City won’t commit to preserving all of its existing community gardens, despite protests—why have a garden when you can have condos?
A pitbull saved a chihuahua from being devoured by a coyote! Stop hating pitbulls already, they are as good a dog as any other. Turns out that the earliest known domesticated animal was, indeed, a dog, and that the act of domestication and bonding with animals may have taught us humans to "learn about and care for fellow creatures." Speaking of which, Ethical Pizza rescued a baby pigeon at the Daly City BART station yesterday! A tiny baby pigeon only three weeks old! YOU GUYS.
The New York Daily News had a little spotlight on Latin American vegan food in NYC, which our crack team of Megan Rascal and sometimes Figaro will get right on reviewing for you! And Team VeganMania won the Sixth Annual Brown Cow Ice Cream Trough Eating Contest, with a separate trough of Chicago SoyDairy’s Temptation vegan ice cream! Obviously, vegans and our delicious dairy alternatives are the fucking best, HOORAY.
BABY BEAVERS!!!!!!!!! Even better, they’re TWINS!!!!!!!!
They are TWO WEEKS OLD and they are the first beavers born in England in 350 years! They’re part of a program meant to reintroduce beavers to the country after awful jerkface humans hunted them to extinction in the 17th century. Charming! They were born at the Wildwood Discovery Park, where you can actually go see them, because beavers take TWO YEARS to mature into adults.
LOVE YOU BABY BEAVERS!
(link via Popbitch)
International cuteness »
The latest “animal pictures of the week” from the Telegraph is seriously top of the pops, people. Too goddamn cute! They of course are tainted as most of the pictures are of animals in zoos but still, it’s hard not to swoon from their adorableness. I LOVE THE DAMN ANIMALS!
Above we have Thai the otter, who appears to be saying grace before chowing done on that weird shrimp cake. There’s also this adorable monkey in China, who they claim is catching snowflakes in his mouth. Could that really be true? I HOPE SO IT’S SO CUTE!
If you follow @TelegraphPics on Twitter, you can get tweets whenever they put up a new gallery. You can also be more like me because I follow them on Twitter. Everybody is always trying to be me! Jeez!
The bizarre, fascinating habits of chickens »
"Is it anthropomorphic to say that hens find life more or less interesting? I’m told that battery farming isn’t too bad because the chickens don’t know any better (and it’s not for long, anyhow); you can’t miss what you never knew existed - the convenient concept of tabula rasa again. I’m sorry, but I can spot a happy chicken a mile off. Anyone who ever lived with chickens about the place wouldn’t spout such rubbish."
This lovely, engaging essay is well worth reading. A professor in England writes about the habits and hierarchies of his chickens, addressing battery farms and humane treatment as well. As a vegan, most of the written pieces that are brought to my attention are about animal atrocities and big-picture thinking. It’s important to be aware of those things, it’s true. But it’s also good to remember why animals are awesome in their own right.
"If I’m working in the garden, the chickens come, sit on the wall and watch. If I’m chopping logs, the tamer ones have a disconcerting tendency to hop on to the chopping block looking for tasty woodlice. They follow me into the shed and back out into the garage, through the side gate, tripping me up every time I turn, all the while murmuring and clucking softly. I think they may be reassuring me so I don’t get spooked."
I know that keeping chickens isn’t a vegan thing to do, but you should still read this article. And then send it to your relatives. He approaches the philosophical issue of humane treatment very thoughtfully and gently, without taking himself too seriously.
"Their preferences are astoundingly obvious, so what possible excuse could there be for giving them any less? If they like greens, why give them pellets? If they like sunbathing, why pack them into a tiny, noisy, smelly place with no natural light? If, as I suspect, the answer is something to do with the "efficiency" of food production, then the notion of efficiency is horrible, incompetent, brutalised and brutalising, and it’s certainly not in the interests of chickens at all. And I’m not sure that our ethical notions are all that more advanced than chickens’."
Author Peter Lennox is “senior lecturer in spatial perception in artificial environments and director of the Signal Processing and Applications Group, University of Derby.”
Time to set the record straight: the rumor of Stella McCartney and Morrissey teaming up on a new shoe line turned out to be lies, all lies, even though it was confirmed at the time by the Daily Mail. Which is all another way of saying, never believe anything printed by a UK tabloid. I would have killed for a men’s line from Stella, and I would have gone gay for Morrissey, but now neither is in the cards. Take that, jerks.