Vote to help Mickaboo win $50k in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge!  »

Elizabeth of Mickaboo contacted Vegansaurus because Mickaboo needs us! This month’s SF Vegan Bakesale raised money for Mickacoo, but nothing like the $50,000 grant they’re competing to win in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge! How can we help? By voting!

You can vote at the site, and by texting 105245 to 73774. The trick is that you can vote both ways once a day, every day, through Monday, Jan. 31. There are lots of projects there for you to check out, competing for different amounts of money, so once you’ve registered (ugh, I know, but GOOD CAUSE) and voted for Mickaboo in the $50k category, check out the site, maybe lend your support to other needy organizations. You might as well, you’re already there.

 Elizabeth and all the humans and birds at Mickaboo are super-grateful for your help. For more information, visit Mickaboo online.


Make yourself useful, San Francisco!  »

What do we love? Animals! What do we want? To keep them from being sold in pet stores in San Francisco! How can we do this? By attending today’s Animal Welfare Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 408 at City Hall!

The city already prevents selling cats and dogs in stores, but animals like birds have it hard. Last year, Mickaboo took in over 400 birds, “most of which originally came from pet stores,” according to Director Tammy Azzaro. And a lot of them are now exotic parrots like Macaws, African Greys, and some species of Amazon, which are going extinct because people are so crazy about owning pretty birdies.

Go on tonight and support this issue. Thanks to Tammy and Mickaboo for alerting us to it (hence our focus on birds). It doesn’t take much to show up and say, I do not want animals sold in stores in my city, and it means a lot.

Tonight—and you might even be able to do both!—is also the first meeting of the SF Orchards project, supported by TransitionSF. The idea is to plant perennial fruit trees around the city, which sounds so, so great. Fruit trees! Fruit for the citizenry! This first meeting will “create a working group that will assess the available spaces, organizations that need to be onboard, design a plan for planting, caring, and harvesting trees.”

Are you in? You’re in, come on, you big vegan socialist, you. Meet at Café du Soleil at 200 Fillmore St. at 7 p.m.; an RSVP is politely requested. Thanks to Flavorpill for the heads-up.

So what are you going to do, activists? Sit at home in front of all three-and-a-half hours of today’s Tour de France stage? You DVRed that shit, watch it after you’ve been a good citizen! Besides, you already know what all those jerks are going to say, anyway, and would it kill fucking Versus—or professional cycling—to feature women outside of the podium girls? Never mind all that, San Francisco, tonight you’re going to speak against selling animals, and you’re going to help plan urban fruit trees, and we love you for it.


Sometimes we have slow weeks; for those weeks, there are AMAZING and INFORMATIVE link-o-ramas!  »

The “cutest plague ever” of teeny tiny frogs, which carpeted a highway in Northern Greece on Wednesday for two hours. [link from Princess Sparkle Pony]

Sunday, May 30 is a National Day of Mourning for Animals in Laboratories. In San Francisco, the vigil will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at UCSF.

Presidio Habitats opened last week and they look so neat! You should go check them out multiple times during the year they’re up—maybe you’ll see actual animals using them! The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, on the other hand, need lots of help—there are more of them than ever, and Mickaboo Bird Rescue is totally overwhelmed.

Chicken farmers testified last week in an antitrust hearing held by the USDA and the Justice Department. Haitian farmers are super-pissed at Monsanto for donating their evil hybrid seeds as some kind of helpful gesture—seriously that third paragraph is enough to make you sick. Meanwhile, subsidizing legal fishing plus tons of illegal fishing is "plundering" the oceans.

Have you read about Mercy For Animals’ investigation of Conklin Dairy Farms in Ohio? It’s unbelievably horrific—JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL. Are you people done drinking milk YET?

Wildcare would like the California state Assembly to make laws that protect our oceans from a BP-in-the-Gulf-style disaster—here is a petition to get that message across.

Mixed messages from the media aren’t surprising, right? The Chronicle says a vegan diet is acceptable (this week), despite totally ignoring us in its restaurants-and-food-news repository, Inside Scoop (no link because BOO); SFWeekly likes Pepple’s Donuts more than Whole Foods’ “Posh” knock-offs; and Martha Stewart had a recipe for strawberry gazpacho that sounded really amazing and is totally vegan though of course no one said anything because that word is only for theme days.

Look, our beloved Erykah Badu with our beloved pigeons. Isn’t this lovely? So peaceful and lovely. [photo via LondonFinestStyleFile]

Did you want to know how Cheetos are made? Ha ha YES it is fucking gross! A man was literally sucked into a sausage-seasoning machine in Massachusetts on Sunday. He didn’t die, so that’s good.

West Hollywood banned “sales of dogs and cats in retail stores.” South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M., also prohibit sales of companion animals. Pretty great, right? Because ANIMALS AREN’T INANIMATE OBJECTS! FOR FUCK’S SAKE. This year, the American Kennel Club will acccept mixed-breed dogs in the Agility, Rally, and Obedience competitions, for the first time in the club’s existence. And one day, dog-breeding for “beauty” or whatever-the-fuck will be seen as base, vile, and speciesist, and people will giggle at our earnestly angry essays about how fucking gross the whole idea of dog breeds was. Sorry guys I’m in a weird mood today.

Neal Harden used to be the chef of Pure Food and Wine! But now he is setting up a restaurant in Bali! I recommend subscribing to his quite interesting blog through a reader, as the font on the layout is fucking impossible to read.

This is the way I feel Lost should have ended: vegan feasts. Because, duh.

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