Pine Box Rock Shop got a write-up in NYT! Get down with your cruelty-free self.
And what it says in the profile is true, it doesn’t only appeal to vegans. A friend of mine from work was telling me about his weekend and he totally ended up there. He had no idea it was a vegan bar until I told him. But they aren’t hiding that it’s vegan. As you should know, they have the NYC Vegan Shop-Ups there! It’s just a cool place everybody wants to be.
The New York Times exposes the corrupt and dangerous world of horse racing »
An NYT must-read and must-watch:
Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys: The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.
Shit is fucked!:
On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.
In 2008, after a Kentucky Derby horse, Eight Belles, broke two ankles on national television and was euthanized, Congress extracted promises from the racing industry to make its sport safer. While safety measures like bans on anabolic steroids have been enacted, assessing their impact has been difficult because many tracks do not keep accurate accident figures or will not release them.
But an investigation by The New York Times has found that industry practices continue to put animal and rider at risk. A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.
All for this “sport.” I encourage you to read the rest.
NYT has a really cute video about nutria in Washington state! They won’t let me embed it though because they are total jerks but click through and you can watch it.
This lil’ guy is so cute! All the fur stuff is a downer but it’s historical background—a lot of historical background is a downer. #truth
This week’s Animal News You Can Use: A Paul Shapiro Production! »
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay!
I’m on CNN Headline News tonight with the wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell talking about agribusiness efforts to ban undercover investigations at factory farms. You can watch the segment here. Please forward it to friends!
The NY Times had an interesting story about the rise of vegan bodybuilders. (For some reason they failed to interview me… :- )
Here’s a very touching story about the last hen to be confined in a barren battery cage in the UK. (The EU law banning barren battery cages took effect Jan. 1. The US will soon have a similar bill introduced in the Congress that much of the animal movement is rallying behind and much of the agribusiness industry is trying to kill—stay tuned!
Finally, you know something’s messed up when the chicken industry is trying to fight the EPA’s upcoming dioxin limits by saying they would essentially render its product “unfit for consumption.”
Video of the week: Top picks of the cutest farm animal videos of the year!
Vegan bodybuilders in the New York Times! Throw this in the face of anyone who dares call vegans wimps or says we don’t get enough protein (Also mention hippos. They’re huge, and vegan).
These dudes are badass. One guy eats 10 bananas at a time. I’d like to see that. Another says this: “I’m no longer an athlete. I’m a warrior now. There’s a big difference. The athletes are just out to get paid. Warriors stand for something.” Word.
This Flavorwire post* on rejected book covers and their chosen counterparts is really interesting! What do you people think of the rejected Eating Animals cover (the one on the left)? Do you like it better or worse than the one they went with? I am not sure! I think I like the one they went with better, if only because it might make the book more appealing to meat-mouths. With a picture of a steak on the cover, it can more easily be dismissed as “animal rights propaganda” or, “THAT STEAK LOOKS TASTY IMMA EAT IT LOLZ.” I feel like our JSF has gotta be careful because lots of people are already geared up to jump on his ass about anything, from his age to his bank account to his bank account at his age, ya know? Can’t give people extra fodder to fuck with him. But maybe I’m way off.
Also, it should be said, that the guy who does JSF’s covers, Jon Gray, is THE MAN. His book covers are ridiculous! I want him to design mine but really, it’s an easy job: An extreme close-up of my face and the words, “DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I’M SO BEAUTIFUL”** printed under it. Don’t know what the book’s about just yet.
*Inspired by the New York Times piece on rejected book covers which you should read if you haven’t reached your max for the month GODDAMMIT WORDS COSTING MONEY AND SHIT.
**I put the “so” in the title so I don’t get sued for using a direct quote. Does that happen? I don’t know, I’m no historian. Also, I’m so beautiful.
Going vegan for lent »
The New York Times has a recipe for those going vegan for lent—it’s the lovely baked beans with mint, peppers and tomatoes you see above. Raised a heathen, I don’t know much about lent other than what I learned in 40 Days and 40 Nights. It’s a very educational movie actually; I learned that date-rape is OK if the victim is male and that lent means you give up something you like for 40 days. Or do you give up something bad? I don’t know, I remember someone I knew gave up cursing, which is kind of a bad thing. I had a boss who gave up pretzels one year. Don’t know where pretzels fall on the good versus evil scale. But how common is it to go vegan for lent?
Here’s what my super secret source says lent is all about:
Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It also says that various forms of fasting have gone on during lent in different places throughout history including abstaining from meat and sometimes dairy. So I guess going vegan or vegetarian has a precedence. I have to say though that I don’t like this whole connotation between vegan and self-denial. It’s like saying not eating babies is self-denial! Well, sort of. You get what I mean! Or, maybe not. Well OK, it went like this: the other day I was saying something about not enjoying going to dinner parties where I can’t eat anything and my sister was like, “but you could eat something” and I’m like “um, no, nothing is vegan” and she’s like, “yeah, but you could” so I’m like, “yeah, and you could eat babies!” Or better still, I was like, “would you tell Jewish and Muslim peeps, ‘yeah but you could eat pork?’” Totally won her over! I’m serious; I gave up sarcasm for lent.
So, you see what I mean? It’s like saying not buying plastic bottles is self-denial. Besides, being vegan is fun! It’s a non-stop party! If you’re not a square from Delaware, somebody say, “oh yeah!”
Mark Bittman posted some damn fine-looking soups, and they’re all vegetarian, mostly vegan. Who will come over and make all of these for me, and we will have a soup party?? That kinda sounds like the SADDEST party, but I promise, it’ll be fun. Actually, I can’t promise it’ll be any more fun than watching me cry along to episodes of Drop Dead Diva* on Instant Netflix. There have to be a few dudes who are into that, right? Sexy!
*You see, she is a SKINNY girl trapped in a FAT girl’s body. Hilarity/crying jag ensues!
An open letter to Shiri Appleby »
Dear Ms. Appleby:
I am quite certain that you will come across this letter, as there is no doubt in my mind that you Google yourself regularly in order to ascertain whether you still are/ever were a relevant figure in current pop culture. It is unfortunate, then, that the words you are about to read do not contain sentiments of “Gee, I wonder what that one girl who had a bit part in The Other Sister is doing, she was excellent in that!” but instead carry the following message: “What the fuck is wrong with you?”
Listen, Shiri Appleby, I know it’s hard. It sucks that your popularity on IMDB is down 7 percent this week and the few messages left on your board are mainly about what a bad actress you are—which is not untrue. You are an attractive young woman, and I am sure you are charming in person, but that just doesn’t carry on the TV. You’re like an older, shriekier Lea Michele. And even Lea Michele is too much Lea Michele, you know? It’s just going to get worse, because instead of praising you for your work on Roswell, I am going to castigate you for abandoning veganism to find love. Especially creepy, douchey love.
You were a vegan as recently as February of 2010, Shiri Appleby. Blogs were giving you accolades for being so awesome and conscious, and you yourself were pretty vocal about being vegan. That’s one of my biggest issues: you weren’t just a quiet vegan who was all, “Well, I’m going to do this and not make a big deal about it;” instead you actually gave quotes about why you went vegan. Here’s what you said: “I was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn’t hungry anymore. So I’ve decided I’m not going to eat meat.” I don’t know the exact date of this quote, but it’s pretty awesome and got you quoted all over the internet and put you on some “sexy vegetarian” lists, which is why it is so disappointing that you completely abandoned it because, “What guy wants to date someone who’s vegan?” There is so much wrong with that statement that I do not even know where to start.
Seriously, Shiri Appleby, “What guy wants to date a vegan?” Give dudes a little credit. There are plenty of guys who would date someone who is vegan and who might actually prefer that you didn’t have a mound of rotting flesh in your stomach at any given time/gave a shit about something. Also, how is it that chicken is so disgusting to you, but you’ll dump your values and beliefs in a second to get a date? Is this really the message you want to send to the young girls who I’m sure you believe are looking up to you? It is not! The message you are sending is both gross and incredibly unfeminist.
You may be wondering why I am addressing the issue of feminism considering that this is not a blog necessarily focused on feminism, and the fact that I am a male telling you what I consider feminist does not escape me, but my issue is this: If you had decided to abandon veganism due to the fact that you felt it no longer jibed with your lifestyle, I would be unhappy and probably post my thoughts on that. And I do confess those thoughts would still include colorful language expressing my displeasure with you and your complete and utter failure as an actress even though people are still paying you to do television movies (when Jennifer Love Hewitt/Melissa Joan Hart are doing something else). Instead, I am also upset with the fact that you abandoned veganism to PLEASE A MAN—a man that did not yet exist, but that you knew would not date a vegan—because you didn’t feel that your personal qualities were good enough for him to overlook your dietary choices. Remember those hypothetical girls who look up to you? What is this going to look like to them? What are you telling them, that they should give up their ideals in order to get a man and then allow the man to say the following about them?
Jon Shook, an owner of Animal, the meat- and fat-centric restaurant in Los Angeles, becomes effusive when he talks about coaxing his girlfriend, Shiri Appleby, a television actress and a former vegan, into eating his fried pork chops. “She’s like 110 pounds, maybe, in wet clothes, and when she’s with me, we eat everything and anything,” he said on the phone. “On our first date, I was like, ‘Hey, why’d you stop being a vegan?’ And she was like, ‘What kind of guy’s going to date a vegan?’ And I was like, ‘You’re awesome.’”
Really, Shiri Appleby? This is the image you want people to have of you? That some guy can convince you to eat pork chops who then grows “effusive” when he talks about how much you weigh and how awesome you are to give up your values (and dare I say agency)? I scoured the internet hoping that you had reprimanded him, that you had your publicist release a statement saying either that “Jon Shook and Shiri Appleby have never met and his quote to the New York Times is a delusion that should be treated by a trained clinician. We wish him the best of luck!” or, “Shiri Appleby apologizes for the comment made by her boyfriend Jon Shook who made crass and untrue statements about and on behalf of Ms. Appleby to the New York Times. Ms. Appleby hopes you support her during this difficult time.” I found neither! Does that mean that Jon Shook’s statements were not only true but that you had no problem with them? Did you sit in your living room with him and giggle together about how this article makes you sound? Were you just excited to be mentioned? Did the way you were talked about not fill you with several drops of irritation or shame, if not outright anger? And if not, why? Because I am angry for you, Shiri Appleby, I am angry for you and with you!
I don’t know what we do at this point, Shiri Appleby. I will certainly no longer garner as much enjoyment from the Hallmark Channel movies you star in as I once did, and I will not be giving Life Unexpected another chance like I had planned to when I had more time to watch the DVDs. And that makes me sad, Shiri Appleby, because I don’t know if you can afford to alienate your vegan/feminist/people-with-common-sense viewership in your desperate attempt to cling to America’s consciousness. It’s a sheer cliff, Shiri Appleby, and your acting skills and personal beliefs aren’t helping you scale it; they’re only bringing us all down.
[Thanks to reader Adrienne for sending me the link to the New York Times article. This open-letter business is quite fun, actually, so if anyone has any other people for me to get incredibly angry at/praise, let me know. It’s much cheaper than going to therapy!]