Top 10 Links of the Week!: A gay pride march through veganism!  »

[This is ridic. BTs rule. Can’t see the video? Watch it on!]

The Fourth of July is upon us! Paw Nation has 10 Tips to Prevent Pet Firework Fears. BTW: This episode of Top 10 Links of the Week is brought to you by the number 10! And the letter AWESOME.

WTF. Teenage male dolphins totally beat up porpoises! For fun! Or because of sexual frustration, says one scientist. I know I should have more jokes about this but Grist pretty much hit them all. Hilarisad.

On the ad beat again! Fearless Revolution, blog of ad darling Alex Bogusky, is backing Meatless Monday! Now if only I could get my agency to do it. Or at least just my table! I brought them vegan donuts this past Monday and everything, what more do they want?!

Top 10 Things you Need to Know About the Farm Bill. Food subsidies are bullshit!

Check out Laura’s Week in Vegan! Leave her a comment! She loves attention!

Aspen goes Meatless! For Mondays, at least. Everything I know about Aspen comes from Aspen Extreme.

My discussion topic of the week!: This Dish is Veg has the story on a proposed Dutch ban on killing unstunned animals. Jewish and Muslim communities are saying this violates their religious freedoms. What do you think about navigating these religious waters when it comes to animals rights? I feel like it’s one of the hardest issues because it’s not like, oh, meat is yummy, it’s like a cultural sensitivity thing. Nobody wants to be ethnocentric but, at the same time, fuck you guys for hurting animals! Also, does stunned mean electrocuted? Because that sounds painful too.

Top 10 Smartest Animals! Number eight? Pigeons! My beloved!

Top Five Animals Going Extinct Because Some Guy Can’t Get it Up. Hilarious downer from Grist! But Grist, today’s episode was brought to you by the number 10, not five. Get it right next time.

Unhealthy Vegans have the story on LA Vegan Beerfest! Lots ‘o pictures! Including this super awesome one:

What do you think? Best vegan tattoo you’ve seen? Seen better?


Get inspired by this interview with Sarah Kramer  »

How It All Vegan
 was my first vegan cookbook, and its coauthor Sarah Kramer still has a special place in my heart. Kristin over at Cook Bake Nibble has a nice interview with Sarah up this week as part of her Inspirational Women Interviews 2011 series. I suggest you take a moment to go read. Some highlights:

  • "I try to broaden my horizons by sticking my fingers in as many pies as possible!"
  • I can’t watch movies anymore of animals being tortured. I know what’s happening. I’m informed. I’m supporting my community to help stop the exploitation of animals but I’ve seen enough.”
  • "My goal is to change the world—one tummy at a time."

Thanks to reader Jessica for the tip!


Top eight links of the week: a relevant ride through the internets!  »

[WTF is going on here? Do people just have lambs now? Can I get one? Will it stay the size of a cat? How patient is this cat!]

I’ve been super-busy so you only get eight links this week. Cry me a river!

Some six-year-old raised over $25,000 for the Northeast Nebraska Humane Society. What have you done for me lately?!

The Family Kitchen over at Babble asks, what do you want for your final meal before Judgement Day? Well?

This Dish is Veg has the scoop on Dogs Deserve Better’s loan approval to buy Mike “the Dick” Vick’s old property. Smells like justice!

The New York Times has a hawk cam full of baby hawks! Try not to die!

Ducklings! It’s baby bird day!

If you haven’t been paying attention—I know you!—catch up on the news regarding the animal circus ban in the UK. Spoiler: it got shot down. You can also follow ADI’s and CAPS’ Twitters for updates like every other minute. Which I can tell you want—I know you!

Are you concerned about who will care for your pets after the rapture? Worry no more!

Goats on Stuff: depressing or adorbs? A bit of both. You’ll see what I mean. On the other hand: hilarious captions, for realio!


Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism!  »

Ccute animal video of the week is interrupted to bring you Ron Swanson being a dick about veggie bacon because it makes us lol. I know, vegan bacon can be realllllly good but this is still major lolz. Love that Ron Swanson! This video is crappy quality so go watch a nice version(and some more awesome Parks & Rec funny food-talking footage at Eater!]

First up: Cute Roulette! No explanation necessary. Except that last little bit about not needing an explanation. And that bit. This joke is THE BEST!

World Food Programme had a cool article, Rising Food Prices: 10 Questions Answered. Basically, it’s 10 questions about rising food prices answered. They take the topic of rising food prices, and then answer 10 questions about it.

The Washington Post (ever heard of it?) had a nice piece this week: Five Myths About Vegans by Carol J. Adams. My friend Leah linked it on her Facebook like, “a nice thing to see in the Post" and all her Facebook friends were like, "wah wah wah! Vegans are so hard to please!" And I’m like, "I was JUST as hard to please when I ate brie, bitch."

The Awl has a nice interview with the founder of Babycakes. The message is: QUIT YOUR JOB GET RICH. Also: is there a Babycakes in SF’s future?

Interesting topic from One Green Planet: Fiction Novels with AR themes. Pish, like I need another person pushing books down my throat! Leave me alone, dad!

Apparently there’s a hawk Lothario living above the city of Manhattan. This Dish is Veg has the story, and an adorable story it is. Until you’re walking down the street and BAM! Pigeon head falls out of the sky! That’s not part of the story but it happens.

 Gothamist stepped up their game a bit and did a nice lil’ PSA for Farm Sanctuary! Don’t buy bunnies and duckies for Easter. It’s uncool, brah. Jesus is not down with that.

Here’s my discussion topic of the week: AOL thinks PETA’s naked chick policy is doing a bang-up job! Is this dude on crack or does he make good points?

OK here’s my secondary discussion topic of the week: Defenders of Wildlife thinks Obama totally did a disservice to all all the animals that were affected by the Gulf oil spill by ignoring them in his statement on the anniversary of the spill. What do you think?

Finally, check out THIS AWESOME HAMSTER MANSION over at Pawsome!


Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism!  »

[your animal viral video of the week! I don’t understand what’s going on. Where is this? Is this like a private dolphin?]

I can tell you guys have big things to worry about but if you have time to care about the seal hunt, you should keep an eye on the Humane Society’s “Live from the Ice” reporting.

Yo, did you know there’s a debate about whether or not it’s ethical for vegans and vegetarians to eat mock meat? Me neither! This Dish is Veg has a post about it, read it and tell me what you think.

Some 20-year-old killed a cat to perfect her outfit for a Lady Gaga show. I don’t want to talk about it.

Treehugger has good news about the gorilla population in the Congo! Gorillas are just amazing. Like, you can’t not be amazed when you look at them. Plus, they’re nearly vegan (I hear sometimes they eat bugs)! They don’t eat cows and they still manage to be all strong and diesel.

If you didn’t get enough Laura this week, check out The Week in Vegan. She mentions Shakira, who rules. I’m sold. Read it and comment!

News gets cute this week: “Research shows that man’s best friend categorizes people as generous or mean by keeping tabs on how they treat others.” That’s how everyone’s dog knows YOU’RE the softy! Read all about it at the Daily Mail.

Michael Vick continues to be a douche.

Read Ricky Gervais’ letter calling for the director of NIH to help 14 chimpanzees that have been sent to a research facility in Texas. Ricky Gervais is just the man. I don’t know what he could do to make me like him more but I think it would involve free vegan cinnamon rolls. Or roller-skates.

Wolves can’t catch a break. Groups are in the process of trying to de-list wolves as an endangered species in the Great Lakes area. The New York Times has the story. I’m getting fucking sick of this. It’s like, you almost wipe out a species and then after hard work, the species begins to flourish and then you want to kill them again. WTF?

Friends of Animals has a brief update on the wolf de-listing rider in the budget proposal. It’s on it’s way to the prez! Fucking awesome!




Vegansaurus’ Upsetting Corner  »

Vegansaurus is having a slow day. To elaborate, a slow and angry day. Thusly do I present to you Vegansaurus’ inaugural Upsetting Corner: more constructive than screaming into a pillow, less therapeutic than punching someone in the face.

Upsetting Topic dem Tag: Designer impostors and animal skins
The uproar about counterfeit designer goods greatly offends me. OF COURSE I want to eliminate sweatshops; child labor, slave labor, and child slave labor are horrifying; no one should have to unknowingly fund terrorist groups. These are consequences of the market for cheap “designer” clothes and accessories, and if not buying fakes eliminates them, then don’t buy fakes. It’s so easy to agree with all of this, it’s hardly a story. In fact, Daily News, a much smarter book that addresses the subject already exists, so what are you contributing to the counterfeit designer canon besides a fuzzy graphic? Shoddy “news” articles offend me.

Pertinently, what offends me is the total ignorance of the consequences of legitimate clothing and accessory production on animals. Remember the Hermès crocodile farm? Snake skins are obtained by nailing the snake to a tree, skinning it, and leaving it to die, because HA HA it’s alive during the process. Forcing orphans to sew tiny stitches into fake-leather bags for 14 hours a day is awful. Skinning snakes alive is awful. But they are ONLY ANIMALS so WHO CARES? Plus they’re mean, scary animals, nobody likes gigantic people-eating (only not really) boa constrictors or pythons, might as well make use of them somehow.

Things we know: people will commit monstrous, inhuman acts against other creatures: they enslave the weak; torture and kill for food and for vanity; and when challenged, argue forever to continue such behavior. That is the system, and it’s been in place forever, and how do you help its victims? You pick something easy to fight, is how; that’s when we get not only precious articles like last week’s from the Daily News, but even more precious blog entries decrying terrible fake-designer shoes. They are so disgusting, that stench of not-leather and terrorism never comes off. Does anyone discuss the impact of the legitimate shoe industry? NO WAY. Challenging this system in a meaningful way is way too hard, especially compared to looking at fancy shoes, they are so so pretty. Any meat-abstainers still tempted by leather are advised to listen to this episode of Vegetarian Food for Thought. The facts about leather production are fucking brutal; learn them, and share with friends!

I do not advocate buying designer-impostor goods. Knock-offs, vegan knock-offs, certainly, but nothing that claims to be the product of a design house when it clearly isn’t. All I ask—and I know this is too much, which is another reason to feel extremely upset today—is that when the fashion world clutches its collective pearls in horror at the awful reality of counterfeit haute couture, it acknowledges the awful reality of all the animals who suffer and die for honest fashion. Famous people don’t care about them: they just wear them.

This has been Vegansaurus’ Upsetting Corner.

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