Take a survey to help Farm Sanctuary! »
Just click through! It’ll take maybe 10 minutes of your time, and Farm Sanctuary could really use the help. We were contacted by a reader who, working with FS’s Compassionate Communities, is looking to get answers about eating and ethics. A brief description:
Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Communities created the survey, and the goal of the survey is to learn more about vegans, vegetarians, and people cutting back on meat. What makes them similar to, and different from, meat eaters? And how do they transition from one diet to another? By filling out the survey, you’ll enable nonprofits to do a more effective job at promoting plant-based eating.
Our reader says she’s “doing an academic study on food choices. I’m looking for vegans, vegetarians, semi-vegetarians, and omnivores.” So any Vegansaurus reader can participate (or anyone else, fine), and you’re all welcome. Help Farm Sanctuary figure some things out. Take the survey!
Or not. Your call. But it’d probably be a nice thing to do.
[Farm Sanctuary pig photo by Barbara Monroe via Flickr]
Mob in Bulgaria attacks disabled dog »
This is so upsetting. What kind of person attacks an injured dog? It looks like he can’t even get away like the other dogs did. He’s just out there defenseless. We HAVE to help put pressure on the Bulgarian police. This is so effed up. Help Borko!
My ma is having a winter fruit problem. Namely, the orange tree that lives in my parents’ backyard is producing a ridiculous amount a fruit, and there is only so much orange juice you can make at a time before you run out of room in the refrigerator.
I’ve found a few interesting recipes, like this orange cake from Veg Recipes of India, but again, there’s only so much breakfast cake you can eat.
That’s where you wonderful Vegansaurus readers come in. What are your favorite orange recipes? Using the whole fruit, the juice, the zest—what’ve you got? My ma has donated some to her local food bank, but there are still so many; the garage is overflowing with buckets of oranges, and they’re going to go bad before they all get eaten. Help a vegan’s family out!
[Photo by Deborah Gallagher via Instagram]
Robin Robertson has got vegan Thanksgiving help for you! »
You guys know that Vegansaurus loves Thanksgiving. Eatin’ and loved ones and time off work and more eatin’—no gifts, no religion, just good food and better company (or vice versa!).
Unfortunately, preparing a big, multi-dish meal for often mixed-diet company often causes loads of stress, which can put even the best-dispositioned of us entirely off Thanksgiving. But don’t fret! Vegan chef and author Robin Robertson is here for us! On Monday, she announced the opening of her holiday hotline, a series of posts full of her (very valuable!) holiday success advice. She also announced a contest to win a copy of Party Vegan, which you should totally enter.
Yesterday, she posted three example holiday menus, all the recipes on the first of which are available here! For more immediate help, VegNews is hosting a vegan Holiday Hotline on Twitter tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 PST/9 EST. The participants will include Robin, and her esteemed vegan food colleagues Nava Atlas, Ayinde Howell, Hannah Kaminsky, and Allyson Kramer. Check it out tonight at hashtag #vegnewschat. With their help, you could make Thanksgiving 2012 the fanciest ever! Or the least stressful! Whichever is more appealing/realistic!
[photo by Robin Robertson]
Adopt NY needs your help to bring Hurricane Sandy relief to the animals! »
Awesome reader Jen tipped us to a really great way to help out New York’s needy animal shelters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: Donate to Adopt NY!
Adopt NY is an organization that connects shelters around New York to make it as easy as possible for people to adopt animals. It’s terrific. And right now they are having a hell of a time coordinating between their 44 rescue groups to get relief to all those groups, shelters, and animals. Let’s block-quote from Facebook:
This has been a terrible week for New York—for all its people and animals. For New York City’s animals, the shelter system has been deafeningly silent. Without any First Alerts (lists sent out to rescues of all incoming animals) or Kill Lists for the past week at Animal Care & Control, the prospect of them having to kill large numbers is very real. Rescue groups have found it often close to impossible to pull animals from AC&C, as email is down, and no clear direction has been given about the true needs of the shelter system after the largest hurricane to ever hit New York. Add to that the fact that many rescue groups and NY shelters have sustained extensive damage to their facilities, as well as many fosters becoming homeless themselves.
Together with your help, we want to provide the assistance all our rescue groups so desperately need. We will keep you posted every step of the way. Please go here to donate to the Adopt NY Relief Fund, hosted through one of our founding groups, Dog Habitat Rescue. Thank you on behalf of all Adopt NY’s rescue groups for your generosity.
For New York locals, Adopt NY has a huge list of needed supplies at Facebook. Check it out and see what you can donate, New York Vegansaurs. The rest of us can donate at Dog Habitat, per Adopt NY. Give what you can to help the shelter animals, they desperately need it.
Hey Vegansaurs, can you help me figure out what to feed my cat? I know normally you ask us for help and stuff, but think of this as charming moment of vulnerability, in which you learn that we bloggers are only human after all. Except Laura, she’s actually a superhero.
I just spent an exhausting night at the vet ER. My poor kitty has cystitis, which makes her pee bloody (Ick, I know! I just keep telling myself it’s worse for her). One thing they told us is we have to switch her to wet food.
I hate wet cat food. It’s disgusting. It smells. It looks like meat. It requires meaty things to end up in my dishwasher. I’ve been doing great at ignoring/accepting the fact that my pet is not vegan, but the bubble has burst (someone told me recently a bunny would be the best pet for me, since they’re vegan already).
We’ve had the “can cats be vegan?" discussion here before. I’m still afraid of the money/work/time/leap of faith/lack of peer-reviewed science involved in that. (Please, send me links to peer-reviewed science if you have them!)
What do you guys do? Is there a brand of food that’s organic and sustainable-ish? Is fish better than animals that probably suffer more?
I’m taking a risk here, asking hard questions in public before I have the answers, admitting my biases and flaws. It’s because I trust you guys to know this is an ongoing process for all of us, and I think you can help me out.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Help Save Toto the Dog! »
Toto the dog got kidnapped and tortured, ARG. Why are people such evil bastards?
But now the SF SPCA is taking care of him and they need your help to raise $5000 by February 10th to pay for his surgeries!
Here’s the story, according to the SPCA:
"Toto is a 12-year-old Yorkie who was stolen from his fenced-in yard. Eight months later he was returned to his owner’s doorstep, in a crate, with multiple injuries including missing front teeth and a missing left eye. His owner rushed him to a vet hospital but couldn’t afford the necessary medical procedures. Toto is now receiving care at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital."
To help, click here, or make a $10 donation by texting “SPCA” to 27722.
If you don’t have the cash, you could help by spreading the word to the rich people who do, especially the 1%, they all love tiny dogs, right? Go Toto go!
Two kitties in Richmond, CA need a home NOW! »
Wally and Tigger are best friends in desperate need of a new home. They’ve been kicked out of theirs because a new family member has allergies.
From the email forwarded to us:
They have been living outside, and they will be dropped off at the local shelter if they don’t find a home by the end of the year (and you can probably imagine what will happen next).
Update 3:40 p.m.: James has been found! A lady bought him outside the Safeway on Mission, saw him on the news, and returned him! The SF SPCA says they plan to reunite—or really, unite—James with his new adoptive family at 5:30 today! Hooray!
Have you seen this puppy?
His name is James, and he was taken from the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center yesterday afternoon. Krista Maloney of the SFSPCA writes that James is “a light brown and white mixed-breed puppy. He was scheduled to go home with his new adoptive family this evening. He has been neutered and his microchip number is 982000167765783.”
James is just eight weeks old, and was scheduled to go home with his adoptive family today, until he was PUPPY-NAPPED. How awful. Click through for the SF SPCA’s press release about poor James. If you have any information, please contact the SF SPCA at (415) 554.3029; there is a $500 reward for little James’ safe return.
Vegansaurus! Let’s win the Denver Avocado Takedown* together! I JUST heard about this amateur cook-off and I’m so psyched to win, and I know with your help I can do it! Let’s win one for the vegans!
SEND ME YOUR BEST [NON-GUAC] AVOCADO RECIPE ASAP! I made a whole email address so you can tell I’m SERIOUS.
Here’s what’s up: On Sunday, Nov. 6, Denver-area cooks will be fighting to the death for the best non-guacamole avocado recipe. Each cook gets a free case of avocados to make a massive batch of awesome sauce, and then people who buy tickets sample the stuff and help judge, and then the winner gets some kind of prize (who even cares, I dig glory and bragging rights for shizzo).
I’m a good cook! I can even do quantity! But I need a killer avo recipe—that’s where you come in! Send me your best and tell me why it’s awesome. I will give you and the whole Vegansaurus community major props in all that I do. And if we win, it will be a victory for vegan food everywhere!
Let’s do this, Vegansaurs!!!
*”America’s Most Important Food Competition,” meaning, this matters!!