Mouse decorates Christmas tree, is a genius. »
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
This is so cute! There are some better tricks but I’m feeling seasonal. I had no idea mice could do tricks like this! And this mouse is totally adorbs.
This little mouse is one of the first agility mice. Their trainer Marina keeps them as pets and teaches them little tricks ONLY through positive reinforcement. I for one think that’s great, animal companions should have plenty of mental stimulation! (btw, have you seen these puzzles for dogs? My Figgy is a fan!)
Marina is pretty much a mouse genius. She wants to show the world mice are smart! Maybe if people will listen, they won’t let them be used in scientific research constantly (sort of kind of eventually worked for chimpanzees)? I love this interview Marina did. Listen to her advice:
I find it important to note that mouse training is not as easy as it may seem in my videos. Unfortunately, some people spontaneously buy a mouse after seeing my videos and then are disappointed. Mice are highly sensitive, so you don’t just need background knowledge about positive animal training, but also much empathy for the feelings of the mice.
Only balanced and happy mice are trainable, and a mouse that has to spend its life alone in a 10 gallon tank will be chronically stressed. So the prerequisite for mouse training is species-appropriate keeping. Mice are highly social and must live in groups and in proper sized cages with enough enrichment. Their sensitivity and their nocturnal nature makes them unsuitable for children. They are demanding pets, not least because of their intelligence.
She also says she never fasts them (“can YOU concentrate better when you’re hungry?!”). Yup, all positive reinforcement.
I’m a little scared of mice—I don’t WANT to be! I just am! But I’m working on it. When you see these little guys, they are so cute, maybe it’ll make me less scared. Do any of you have pet mice? Do they know tricks?!
Note: It freaks me out that she says she feeds mice to her reptiles…I thought they were her friends?! Maybe it’s only after they’ve died? I don’t know.
Jay Z and Beyonce take on vegan diet challenge! »
This pic is too cute
Yesterday, the vegan internet and my Facebook feed was a flutter with some super great news: Jay Z and Beyonce are embarking on a 22 day “plant-based” diet challenge! Jay Z shared the news on his blog:
Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way.
On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a “plant-based breakfast” every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…
Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!
So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see…
Best of luck and health!
P.S. B is also joining me.
I will let my friend Marco explain the benefits of a plant based diet here.
How excited am I? SO EXCITED, I’M PHYSICALLY UNCOMFORTABLE! And socially inept, but that’s an every day thing. So, do you think Beyonce is going to show up to Blossom in one of her many fur coats? That might be as awkward as it is cruel. But I think a vegan diet is a great start and cutting out non-vegan food is maybe the biggest barrier for people when they think about what veganism means. Plus this brings a ridiculous amount of exposure to veganism!
People sometimes dismiss our posts about veganism among celebrities but it really does raise awareness tremendously, whether they remain vegan or not. And it normalizes it! Making it less intimidating. I am all for celebrities adopting any part of the vegan lifestyle.
Finally, check out Beyonce’s Instagram of her day 2 meals:
Not bad! But what I especially like are the “maybe I’ll try a vegan diet too!” comments. That, my friends, is what I’m talking about.
Holiday sale on vegan skincare line Blissoma! »
So check it out if you are looking for some nice, natural products and want to support a vegan business!
We heart Nicobella’s delicious vegan chocolates! »
You guys are totes going to love Nicobella! Just read this:
We love animals, therefore do not use any animal ingredients. We donate 5% of our sales to our favorite animal organizations (Mercy for Animals, The Gentle Barn, Noah’s Ark of Locust Grove, GA and The Humane Society of the United States). We also donate any left over chocolates that have not been sold to these organizations to be used in auctions, which helps to raise money for animals in need.
Yay! And not only are the chocolates vegan, they are organic, sustainable and fair trade! I tried the Nicobella truffles above and then the “munch” snacks you see below. I LOVE THE MAPLE NUT MUNCH!!!: “Maple-nut munch is a savory healthy snack made with organic, Fair Trade 75% dark chocolate, maple coated roasted pecans and just a touch of sea salt.” OMG RIGHT? You should know by now that I love chocolate and salt together so this is right up my alley.
I shared the treats with my coworkers because I’m so nice to them. Once again, they weren’t that interested in the fair-tradeness, sustainability or vegan…ity? But they were def interested in the chocolate part. The truffles were very popular. I think the green tea drew a lot of interest and the pumpkin chai. I liked them too but it was the Maple Nut Munch that took the show in my book. The other Munch flavors went like hot cakes as well. They are especially nice because they seem a bit healthy but still so yummy and chocolatey.
In conclusion: Nicobella rules! The I just ordered more Maple Nut Munch today because I’m obsessed.
Legal bit: I got these for free from the company to try!
Advancement in diabetes prevention leads Grist writer to conclude vegans are jerks »
"Adults age 40 and over with diagnosed diabetes who reported receiving four recommended services for diabetes in the calendar year (2+ hemoglobin A1c tests, foot exam, dilated eye exam, and flu shot), by race/ethnicity, 2008-2009" -Agency for Health Research and Qaulity
A European study found that high levels of a certain renal acid can greatly increase risk of type 2 diabetes. The study found that while meat raises the level of this acid, fruits and vegetables lower it.
I just read a post on Grist about it entitled, "Meat-based diets linked with type 2 diabetes; vegans everywhere get smug." I know, it’s baiting, but I would have read it anyway for the former part of the title (though I clicked only to find a study I read about in July). But let me tell you, I haven’t read something so aggressively, preemptively defensive in quite a while. I don’t care if she calls me smug, I’ll be that, but what is really shocking to me is that a study comes out that could help prevent a growing epidemic and this writer’s first response is to feel personally threatened by the boon it may give to the vegan cause.
At no point does the post address the fact that type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects people of color, who are also some of the same populations negatively affected by disparities in health care. Given those factors, preventative medicine would be REALLY helpful in this particular scenario. Of course, there’s the issue of food deserts that complicates the matter. But forget that discussion, let’s dismiss the significance of this information and attack vegans. That seems in line with Grist’s values.
Basically, Richmond does not care about nor see the importance of this new data beyond the question, “how will this affect my witty conversations?” Because I’m sure she has a great bit about vegans and heaven forbid actual data steal her thunder. But hey, Richmond! Do not fret! There has always been a ton of support points for veganism, and you’ve still managed to remain unscathed, living to image search “bacon” another day. So you’ll be OK—just cross your fingers about that pesky diabetes! Goodness knows there’s nothing else to be done about it.
Al Gore has gone vegan?! »
The Washington Post is reporting that Al Gore is vegan! We’re guessing Gore has adopted a “vegan diet” rather than lifestyle but hey, you never know. And you have to start somewhere! Plus I think food might be the biggest hurdle for most people when they think about becoming vegan (maybe because they don’t realize about the other stuff?).
From the Washington Post:
An individual familiar with Gore’s decision, who asked not to be identified because it involved a personal matter, confirmed that Gore opted a couple of months ago to become vegan. Gore’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It is unclear why Gore, one of the nation’s most visible climate activists, has given up dairy, poultry and meat products.
That last sentence cracked me up at first because it’s like, “It’s unclear why Mr. Save-the-Environment is taking the biggest personal measure you can take to save the environment,” but then they go on to make the case that it probably is for environmental reasons.
In conclusion, you go Gore! Keep it up! Let’s take over! Rah rah rah!
Vegan Vine is ready to answer all your holiday wine pairing questions! Holler! »
Vegan Vine, who makes super excellent vegan wines*, wants to hear your Thanksgiving pairing questions. Because if we listened to regular wine companies, we’d never get to drink red because we don’t dig on the meat, am I right? It’s like Vegan Vine says:
Food/wine pairing suggestions from wine store clerks or on the back of bottles are generally all about what wines go best with animal flesh. You’re not going to find “try this wine with a seitan roulade stuffed with swiss chard and cashew ricotta” or “this wine pairs perfectly with raw zucchini pasta in sunflower seed pesto.”
So true! I asked for a vegan pairing suggestion to lead us off: Planning on apple pie or pumpkin pie? Try it with Chardonnay, they advise! I can do that. I will do that!
So go ahead and ask your questions (like what goes with Field Roast’s celebration roast??)! Questions can be posted on Vegan Vine’s Facebook page or on their Twitter page using the hashtag #veganwine.
Do you have any pairing questions for Vegan Vine? Have at it!
*If you aren’t aware, many wines are not vegan, for various reasons—and if they are, it’s difficult to find out! You can check with Barnivore for more info on specific wines…or just buy Vegan Vine and don’t worry about it! I totally am going to ask for a Vegan Vine wine club membership for xmas.
Update on Borko, the poor dog attacked by a mob! (There’s good news!) »
If you missed the story, Borko is a dog with a spinal injury living with a doctor in Bulgaria. He was attacked by a mob several months ago. At the time, we didn’t know what would happen—instead of serving justice, the townspeople were trying to evict the doctor and his dogs! Well now I have an update on that story and it’s good news.
After Borko was attacked, amazing things happened. Basically the whole world was upset and a small group of people literally came to Borko and the doctor’s aid, traveling to Bulgaria. The main organization involved is K9 Rescue in UK, a group that primarily works in Bulgaria, helping street dogs. The first happy development in the story is that people all over the world donated funds to get Borko his own wheelchair! Now Borko has wheels and gets around quite well!
But, as the org says, Borko only needs one chair, so the outpouring of funds now goes to helping other disabled dogs get their own wheelchairs!
The next good news is that the judge threw out the eviction case and the doctor and his dogs can stay in their home! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard anything about the awful man who beat Borko being charged with anything. So, hopefully that will happen but we must celebrate the good news we do have.
Finally, Borko has a book! It’s a coloring book! As well as an “education(al) lesson for kids on how dogs should be treated.” So nice! Yay Borko! Congrats on all the new developments.
For the latest updates, follow Borko’s fb page.
NYC: Mexican Radio is celebrating World Vegan Month! »
We got this message from Mexican Radio on our fb:
In celebration of World Vegan Month, we’re highlighting our extensive vegan menu and adding a number of rarely offered dishes like Vegan Mac’n’Cheese and Elotes Mercato.
For all of November, buy a Vegan appetizer and an entrée and we’ll throw in the vegan dessert for FREE!
I’ve been here like twice and I was pretty pleased. ESPECIALLY with the plantain dessert! It’s like whoa. I’ve never seen vegan Elotes Mercato before so I’m stoked about that too. Cool! Good going, Mexican Radio!
Is anyone going to check it out?
Product Review: Hampton Creek Foods vegan chipotle mayo and vegan cookie dough! »
Hampton Creek Foods is the latest, Bill Gates-backed egg replacer taking over the nation! I think they are coming out with a fake egg at some point? But for now they have used their egg replacer to make vegan mayo AND vegan cookie dough! They sent me some gratis samples to try.
Let’s just pretend for two seconds that I didn’t immediately eat the cookie dough and had my dinner first. So I hear this is weird, but I grew up eating veggies with mayo. I thought that’d be a good way to test these out. Enter: broccoli! I steamed some broccoli and tried the Chipotle Mayo and the Just Mayo on it. I was scared of the Chipotle Mayo because I’m scared of spicy stuff but I totes liked it! It’s not that spicy, it’s more smokey. Sometimes I find smokey stuff gross and meaty but this wasn’t like that. Just good.
I liked the plain mayo too. It had a hint of lemon or something and was less sweet than I usually think mayo is but it’s very good. And it wasn’t super heavy like some vegan mayos and there was no weird aftertaste I sometimes find. I give it all my thumbs up! I can’t wait to try it on my next vegan hoagie.
But more importantly: chocolate chip cookie dough time! Of course none of the dough made it to the oven (hey, it was just a sample!), I ate it raw. Which is the beauty of vegan cookie dough, am I right? It was totally delicious! Not better than Eat Pastry but I’d say on par.
In conclusion: why do we ever eat food that’s not cookie dough?