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07/03/2011

Quick, vegans! What should I bring for a Fourth of July Potluck?  »

Try not to get too jealous, but I’m going to an 80-person ALL-VEGAN July Fourth potluck tomorrow up in the mountains of Colorado. It’s through Meetup.com, so the people might be total freaks, but I’m betting they’re awesome. I need to decide what to bring! What’s your favorite thing to bring to a summer potluck? Bonus points for a link to an online recipe! Let’s share the wealth here!

[Ed.: Might I suggest Roasted Dill Potato Salad from VegWeb!? I might! —Laura!]

06/11/2011

Adorable deaf pit bull needs a (SF Bay Area) foster home (or forever home!) by MONDAY  »

Her name is Jane and she is so fucking cute and sweet and awesome and if I wasn’t headed out of the country for a couple weeks, I’d totally foster her!! HOWEVER, you can save her! Details copied and pasted below because I got a plane to catch, fools!

Can you help this little girl? Here’s the scoop on this dog, who needs to be out of SF Animal Care & Control by Monday—or she will not get out alive.

Perhaps you can foster, or you know someone who can foster, or if not, please forward this as widely as possible to anyone who might be
interested in rescuing Betty/Jane. Fostering is easy, fun, and best part: no commitment! You just take care of this sweet girl like she’s your own until she’s adopted. EASY PEASY.

Pali Boucher of Rocket Dog Rescue has a CIP/hold on Betty/Jane but the hold is only good until Monday. Though Pali has posted on Facebook (see below for more details), so far no one has come forward to foster Betty.

This wonderful sweet pit bull was “declined” because she failed part of her test because the tester didn’t know she was partly deaf. She needs a miracle to get her out of ACC alive by Monday. For more info please contact SF/ACC or text Pali at (415) 756.8188. If you can’t reach Pali, you can always contact SFACC directly about her at (415) 554.6364. Ask for information about animal ID number A302563, a.k.a. Jane.

Thanks so much for anything you can do.

04/01/2011

Easy answers to common questions about veganism  »

When we made the decision to go vegan, we probably had good reasons, because all us vegans are the greatest best. However, when someone questions your reasons, it can be hard to remember exactly why! Especially if someone is trying to “get your goat” (lolz) or be dismissive. Here I’ve compiled some simple answers to common questions. At the end, I have the main point you have to remember for each answer. Just try and get that down (practice in a mirror or on a pillow! it won’t get you pregnant!) and the rest should flow from your mouth like the fountain of motherloving knowledge that you possess! If all else fails, just grab their hair, knee to face, groin punch, groin punch, groin punch. I kid, I kid.

1. Where do you get your protein?
Actually, you can get all your protein requirements from plants and grains. It’s pretty difficult NOT to get your daily protein. In fact, most Americans get too much of it. 

REMEMBER: Plants have protein.

2. But cheese is gooooooood.
I didn’t give up cheese because I don’t like the taste (and the addictive casein high!), I gave it up because I morally object to the way it’s made. Did you know that male calves are taken away from their moms the day they’re born so they can be sold for veal? You know, because their mom’s milk is for humans, not for their baby. I like cheese but I don’t think it’s worth it.

REMEMBER: It’s not about the taste.

3. Animals eat each other; why shouldn’t we?
Animals do a lot of stuff we don’t do—my neighbor’s dog eats its own shit. Humans are thoughtful, reflective beings and we can make choices in a way most animals can’t. Except lots of animals, including gorillas, who are badass natural vegans and way better than us.

REMEMBER: Humans have choices.

4. I respect your choice to be vegan, you should respect my choice to eat meat.
We can respect each other’s choices to the extent that they don’t harm others. I think your choices harm others.

REMEMBER: First, do no harm.

5. What about the plants you’re killing?! Plants have feelings too!
After researching it, I don’t believe that plants have feelings. If they do, you should know that a meat-based diet kills a lot more plants than eating plants directly. So if you want to reduce plant suffering, you should eat less meat.

REMEMBER: Eating meat kills more plants than eating plants.

6. Do you eat fish?
No, fish are animals. At one point, some scientists thought fish didn’t feel pain but more modern research suggests they do.

REMEMBER: Fish are animals.

7. I tried to be vegan and I got really sick.
That’s weird because usually a vegan diet is healthier than a non-vegan diet. If nutrition was a problem, you could always read more about how to become a healthy vegan and try again! I could help! If you want to talk to someone more professional than me (please note: I wear flip flops in winter and usually have food on my hair, face, and shirt), find a vegan-friendly nutritionist or dietitian!

REMEMBER: Any diet can be unhealthy.

8. What would happen to all the cows if we didn’t eat them?
I think they’d be better off. I assume they would get old and die and not miss the torture.

REMEMBER: They’d get old and die.

9. Why do you care about animals more than people?
I care about people too. But as a person, I feel like we have an obligation to protect animals against people. Besides that, the truth is that the dairy and meat industry are infamous offenders of workers’ rights. They prey on immigrant labor and exploit illegal immigrants. If you really care about people, you should boycott the meat and dairy industry until they make real steps towards workers’ rights.

REMEMBER: The meat industry abuses workers.

10. Human bodies are designed to eat meat.
Humans are designed to eat a variety of foods and we can pick which foods we eat. We don’t need meat to survive. We do, however, need plants.

REMEMBER: Humans have choices.

11. But soy crops are destroying the world and giving us all big breasts and making men become women!
Most soy crops are grown to feed to animals who are slaughtered for food. Don’t like soy? Stop buying meat! And, no soy doesn’t turn dudes gay and make them grow boobs. Soy, like pretty much every food, shouldn’t be consumed at every meal for the entire meal. If you’re eating a balanced vegan diet, NO PROBLEMO.

REMEMBER: The majority of soy is grown to feed livestock.

12. Biggest question of all! Why are you vegan?
I’m not comfortable with exploiting animals. It’s grotesque and not necessary.

But that’s just me! You should have a nice little answer to this because, I don’t know about you, but I get this question all the time. You shouldn’t take this as a challenge to your beliefs, it’s usually just a question. So figure out why you’re vegan and boil that down into a simple sentence or two. The shorter, the better. If you want to expand, make it an elevator pitch. Be compassionate, funny, smart, and succinct. Tall order, maybe, but think of the animals. Especially a really cute pig. That should power you through it! 

01/05/2011

Pizza Plaza in Oakland has TEESE! And they DELIVER! They’re just not very GOOD!  »

They deliver to you in Oakland, SUCKAS! Well, actually, that might make me the sucker because Pizza Plaza pizza is just not that good. Dry crust, hardly any toppings: it’s a void of deliciousness. My last order was over a month ago (before they got Teese) and it was basically inedible, and I don’t use that term lightly because I’ll eat some questionable shit and I’ll like it.

The thing is, I WANT to support them. They’re local, they’re all vegetarian with tons of vegan selections, they’re super nice, they DELIVER, they have the new Teese which melts and stretches and is DELICIOUS and yet, their pizza gives me the sads. I cry pepperoni tears, much like this pizza below MADE BY A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST:

Seriously, the last time I got the garlic bread and it was so dry, I almost choked on it. HAZEL DIDN’T EVEN WANT IT. This dog eats feces, mmmkay?* Anyway, maybe it’s gotten better with the addition of Teese? Who is brave enough to order and let us know!? Will it be you? And maybe, just maybe, someone out there is an expert pizzaiola/o and wants to work with Pizza Plaza to create a superior product? IS THAT YOU? Because I love them and I want them to be the amazing best pizza in the land. I know it can happen. Let’s do this, vegans.

*ALLEGEDLY.

09/10/2010

YOU GUYS. This is the saddest story about a dog who lost her guardian and maybe you can help! Maybe? All you have to do is take care of this sweet old lady for the remaining years of her life (OLD DOGS ARE THE BEST DOGS) and give her kisses and scratches and love her. ANYWAY, pleeeeeaaaaaaase help!
Here is the email from the person looking to home her—a rad person and friend to Vegansaurus, so this isn’t all shady and shiz! Although I do have this bank account in Nairobi that if you send it $500, it’ll send you back $2,000, let me know if you want to hear more about it!

Cheyanne is a spayed 12-year-old old female black lab. Her mother/owner recently passed away (sadness), and she needs a good home. She is a very sweet old lady who doesn’t get around too well anymore so she doesn’t need long walks, and stairs might be a problem for her. She is great with other dogs and children. She is housebroken. She is a loving, loyal companion, and would be great for someone who has lots of love to give. She is an indoor dog, but loves the outdoors as well. Please help me find her a home soon. She will be put to sleep within the week I fear, as my grandmother can no longer take care of her, and I will be gone. She has some fatty cysts, but they don’t seem to bother her. She is very alert, and i don’t think it is quite her time to go. She misses our mom very much, and just needs some love for a little while longer.

The contact person is Chelesa and her cell number is 650 271 5653. PLEASE HELP CHEYANNE TODAY!

YOU GUYS. This is the saddest story about a dog who lost her guardian and maybe you can help! Maybe? All you have to do is take care of this sweet old lady for the remaining years of her life (OLD DOGS ARE THE BEST DOGS) and give her kisses and scratches and love her. ANYWAY, pleeeeeaaaaaaase help!

Here is the email from the person looking to home her—a rad person and friend to Vegansaurus, so this isn’t all shady and shiz! Although I do have this bank account in Nairobi that if you send it $500, it’ll send you back $2,000, let me know if you want to hear more about it!

Cheyanne is a spayed 12-year-old old female black lab. Her mother/owner recently passed away (sadness), and she needs a good home. She is a very sweet old lady who doesn’t get around too well anymore so she doesn’t need long walks, and stairs might be a problem for her. She is great with other dogs and children. She is housebroken. She is a loving, loyal companion, and would be great for someone who has lots of love to give. She is an indoor dog, but loves the outdoors as well. Please help me find her a home soon. She will be put to sleep within the week I fear, as my grandmother can no longer take care of her, and I will be gone. She has some fatty cysts, but they don’t seem to bother her. She is very alert, and i don’t think it is quite her time to go. She misses our mom very much, and just needs some love for a little while longer.

The contact person is Chelesa and her cell number is 650 271 5653. PLEASE HELP CHEYANNE TODAY!

03/05/2010

UPDATE: Annie has been found! YAY!!!!
San Francisco! We got a missing dog! We must reunite Annie with her Chill Pill!
Here’s the info:
Annie, 4 year old Irish Terrier.
Very sweet, but shy. Last seen late last night (Thurs., March 4) on the corner of Walnut and Pacific, jumping into the Presidio. If sighted or found, please call:
(415) 309-9710 (415) 776-9324 (415) 922-5040

UPDATE: Annie has been found! YAY!!!!

San Francisco! We got a missing dog! We must reunite Annie with her Chill Pill!

Here’s the info:

Annie, 4 year old Irish Terrier.

Very sweet, but shy. Last seen late last night (Thurs., March 4) on the corner of Walnut and Pacific, jumping into the Presidio. If sighted or found, please call:

(415) 309-9710 (415) 776-9324 (415) 922-5040

01/10/2010

Sacramento’s trailer park cats need YOU!  »

On Friday, Jan. 15, a Sacramento trailer park will be razed, destroying the ersatz home of 20 to 30 cats—most of whom have been abandoned and are not feral, according to the Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund. The AMWF has taken charge of rescuing these cats, and needs donations, and foster and permanent homes for them.

No, Sacramento isn’t in the Bay Area, but we know Vegansaurus readers don’t limit themselves to local activism! Visit the AMWF site for further information and trailer park rescue-specific updates. Send them a few bucks, help a kitty out!

[image courtesy AMWF]

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