It’s your weekend activities, featuring Chrissie Hynde, fancy pets, and protests! »
Are you ready for fun this weekend? Well? Because we have FUN ACTIVITIES for you and we expect you to PARTICIPATE. The Chrissie Hynde show, Pet Pride Day, rodeo and animal testing protests, and the Mini Maker Faire—FUN!
Saturday, Oct. 23
Chrissie Hynde plays Bimbo’s, and you could win tickets to see her! Remember, your Vegansaurus has three pairs to give away; enter ASAP because the contest closes at 6 tonight (FRIDAY!). Purchase tickets here if you don’t win!
The last protest of the gross, gross rodeo happens tonight at 6 at the Cow Palace.
Sunday, Oct. 24
It’s the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! It’s just like the big-time annual Maker Faire, but just for Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and should be pretty cool. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Day School at 360 42nd St. in Oakland. Tickets are $15 now, or $20 at the door.
Come out to San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s Pet Pride Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Visit the website for details.
Or first come protest animal testing at UCSF at noon for National Primate Liberation Week, the importance of which we illustrated yesterday with a cartoon.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
The Vegansaurus/Nasoya/Skinny Bitch/awesome shorts giveaway ends today! Better enter NOW!
Friday, Oct. 29
Wildcare is having another one of its lovely fancy benefits; tonight it’s an Evening with Owls! Held at the Marin Art and Garden Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m., this will benefit the Hungry Owl Project. Tickets are $75 per person, and festivities will include appetizers, light dinner, desserts and wine, and live owls will be present. Goodness.
Saturday, Oct. 30
It’s East Bay Vegan Bakesale time! Get to Issues at 20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; proceeds will benefit Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.
Protest animal testing at UCSF on Sunday for National Primate Liberation Week »
Animal experimentation is the fucking grossest. When did you first learn about it? When did you first connect actual animals with that torture? My little brother and I, after we bought up all the Calvin and Hobbes books, began spending our allowance on Berkeley Breathed’s collections, so it must have been sometime in the early ’90s that we read The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos, which featured the story of Opus’ quest to rescue his mother from a Mary Kay animal testing lab. The image of those bunnies in those cages with their eyelids pried open—I couldn’t believe it, except I did, you know? I was 10, he was maybe seven, and we were both very sad. He’s been a vegetarian for eight years now.
This week is National Primate Liberation Week, and across the country groups have held demonstrations all week at labs that misuse animals. San Francisco’s demonstration will happen at noon on Sunday, Oct. 24 at UCSF, at 513 Parnassus Ave.
According to Stop Animal Exploitation Now, UCSF holds over 900 animals in its laboratories, and that “at least three research projects at UCSF deprive primates of water for as much as 22 hours per day, five days per week.” That seems quite necessary, yes. Here’s something grosser: Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals are excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act, so laboratories/research facilities don’t even have to mention their presence on official reports. Rats and mice! The most common “test subjects” treated like office supplies. It’s sickening.
Demonstration organizer Shani Campbell reminds us that animal testing is government-funded as well, meaning that our tax dollars pay for torturing bunnies and rats and monkeys and pigs and guinea pigs and cats and sheep and squirrels and mice and voles. We pay our elected leaders not to pass legislation, and we pay the National Institutes of Health to fund medical testing on chimpanzees. Chimpanzees, for heaven’s sake.
If this bothers you at all, you should come to the protest. You don’t have to say anything, or hold a sign. Just being there shows how you feel about these atrocities, and that can be enough sometimes. Lab animal never have a choice to participate in the tests they undergo; they don’t get any warning, or reward; they don’t get to return to their life and freedom after the experiment is over. No living creature deserves that treatment. Come out to UCSF on Sunday and stand against it.
Please RSVP to Shani by phone at 925/819-6725 or by email. Contact her with further questions as well.