PETA President Bound and ‘Force-Fed’ During Protest »
Hi everybody, did you hear about this recent PETA UK demo? I’m interested in what you think about it. Details:
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk caused enough of a scene outside British retailer Fortnum & Mason to make Britons drop their brollies in a colourful protest for PETA UK.
Showing what geese on Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras farms endure, a man bound Ingrid with ropes and pretended to shove a pipe down her throat. The pipe was attached to a funnel packed with grain, and fake blood oozed down her face to represent the mouth and neck wounds that geese sustain when they are gouged by the pipes.
In order to fully replicate how foie gras is produced, Ingrid would have had to be force-fed several times a day for weeks, until her liver had swelled to up to 10 times its normal size, when it would then be sold as a “delicacy.”
Until Fortnum & Mason stops the goose abuse, PETA UK vows not to stop the grotesque protests.
NYC: Protest the evil Ringling Brothers and their elephant-beating ways tonight! »
Lovely protest sign made for tonight by the lovely Jess Davis. Used entirely without her permission.
It’s billed as New York’s biggest circus protest in history and it’s tonight! I’m going to be there along with a few gagillion of my favorite animal lovers to tell Ringling that they are big d-bags! I hate them so much! How could you not? Eles are only the greatest animals and Ringling is so so evil to them.
The protest starts tonight at 6pm and goes until April 1st, at the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave.). Please make it out to protest at least one show! Down with Ringling! Down with bullhooks! Up with eles!
The California foie gras ban finally takes effect (after eight years of fruitless searching for a “humane alternative” to gavage) in less than a week! Dana Goodyear wrote a brief post for the New Yorker about a protest of one of those creepy last chance foie gras dinners chefs are putting on here, this one in Los Angeles; the quote is from Mark Peel of Campanile and it is rich.
Did you know that foie gras protesters are actually victimizing people who eat foie gras? Victimizing! Is there anything more ridiculous than a defensive omnivore? Yes: an omnivore getting defensive about a nonsensical, disgusting luxury food.
But don’t worry, California foie gras-lovers; chefs can still serve your precious food, as long as they don’t sell it, which Bloomberg reports some chefs are totally planning to do. Or they might charge a preparation fee to customers who bring in their own foie gras! FREEDOM!
This week: Protest the disgusting circus in Santa Cruz & Napa! »
I’m just gonna copy and paste the announcement because it has all the news you need and I can’t write too much about this or I’ll get too mad and burn the house down! Here goes:
Join Humanity Through Education to protest the Piccadilly Circus in Santa Cruz & Napa
Piccadilly Circus uses two elephants “owned” by Gatti Circus. The owner of Gatti forces one of the elephants to walk on her hind legs. This is the cruelest circus trick I have ever seen. Elephants are the heaviest four-legged animals and carry most of their weight on their front legs. Males get up on their hind legs to mount a female and an elephant may briefly stand on their hind legs to reach up into a tree but an elephant
NEVER walks on their hind legs. Forcing an elephant to walk on their hind
legs is physically unnatural, painful, and harmful for the elephant.
As well, the elephants are forced to live in severe confinement; either chained or kept in small pens. These living conditions are extremely boring and frustrating. As a result the elephants literally go crazy, endlessly swaying or rocking back and forth. This repetitive behavior only occurs in animals in captivity. All animals need to move about freely - when they cannot they suffer. You can watch the cruelty of Gatti Circus here and here.
Your voice is needed to oppose this horrible and inhumane practice. Please join Humanity Through Education to protest the circus and educate patrons, who have been very receptive to our message about the inherent cruelty of using animals for entertainment.
Signs and leaflets are provided at each leafleting time listed below. For
more information call Mark at 415.623.8604 or email Pat.
WHEN: Tue., November 8, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Santa Cruz Fairgrounds (2601 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, Calif.)
WHEN: Wed., November 9, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Napa Valley Expo (575 Third St. Napa, California)
At each leafleting, we will first leaflet the people exiting the early show and then immediately turn and leaflet the people coming into the later show. It is very important to arrive on time for these leafletings as the people exit quickly and if we are not set-up before the show is done, we will miss our opportunity to educate them.
And now, to combat the sadness of that post, here’s an adorable rescued ellie hanging with a dog at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee:
SF Bay Area: Protest horse racing, because it’s disgusting! »
Local activists are protesting Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley/Albany this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you should be there because horses are fresh. Seriously, they have TAILS and MANES. They just want to munch on grass, be sweet and serene, run in packs, and sometimes talk! So amazing!
One of the organizers says:
They’ve been around since 1941. Official stats from the state regulatory board show that 176 horses have died at Golden Gate Fields from exhaustion and injury over the past 3 years alone. They recently brought in Off the Grid food trucks on Saturdays in an effort to draw in more people who otherwise might not come to a horse race.
RSVP on Facebook and go educate the horse-race-attending public! In lots of cases, they just don’t know what happens to the horses. No, seriously. Going to these kinds of events isn’t the worst, and is a good way to practice speaking up for the animals. There is strength in numbers, and afterwards you can go to Cinnaholic and eat cinnamon rolls and feel very accomplished and fat. Which, trust me, are the best two things a person could feel.
Protest the circus in Oakland, tomorrow and this weekend! »
Ringling Bros. circus is coming back to the Bay Area, which makes us wonder, what is the deal with people that this touring company of animal-torturers is still popular? What is your goddamn problem, circus-goers? You know how abusive the circus is to the animal “performers,” but you still pay to see it? They’re not like zoos, which at least can excuse keeping animals in gross cages in environments radically different from their homes with endangered-species breeding programs. Circuses punish all the animals unlucky enough to be trapped in them, full stop. They are disgusting and disgraceful and the sooner we end them, the better.
Humanity Through Education will be holding protests/leafletting events at the Oakland Arena, where stupid horrible Ringling Bros. is holding shows Thursday through Sunday. If you can, come out and help educate the remaining people (apparently) ignorant of the horrorshow that is the circus. Meet in front of the ticket booth at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
HTE has lots of information on the abuses in circuses here, and you can look at the leaflets here. If you want to know more about this weekend’s planned protests, contact Pat Cuvie through email or by phone at (650) 248.4489. The circus is the fucking worst, and the more people know about it, the sooner we’ll be rid of it forever.
Here’s the video from an awesome Ringling protest in D.C. I’m so hype on this projection idea! I don’t care if it means there will be aborted fetuses on the side of Planned Parenthood (I’m pretty sure that’s what it means). Still, this RULES. We SHOULD show those circus goers what is ACTUALLY happening in the “greatest show on earth!”
Here’s the video for the FBI protest the narrator mentions. So awesome. I miss D.C.!
Protest the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show! »
Here’s some whack shit about dog shows: they glorify and encourage breeding, while millions of dogs die in the shelter system each year; the American Kennel Club is an incredibly powerful lobby that cuts off any legislation aimed at curbing breeding; these shows are sponsored by gross-ass dog food companies like Pedigree and Iams (you would think these fancy assholes would know better than to feed such crap); and most egregiously, they’re not Puppy Bowl.
Dog shows are some bullshit, so go protest the shit outta this one! The only dog show I want to watch is Best in Show and that’s mainly because Fred Willard is my future grandfather. I’m not sure how that works but I’ll make it happen.
The protests will happen from noon to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30, at the Cow Palace at 2600 Geneva Avenue in Daly City. All you have to bring is your own self, dressed in black. Please do not bring your animal pals!
From the organizers:
Our message will be that not only can you rescue pure bred dogs from shelters and rescue groups, but more importantly, it is not about what the dog looks like! People adopt animals because of the joy, love & complete loyalty they provide us, completing our lives & filling them with happiness. If people who buy dogs from breeders “love the breed” they would not contribute to the death and suffering of dogs in shelters of that same breed. Please come out and be a voice for these animals & let people know that breeders KILL shelter dogs’ chances at LIFE!
For details, please contact Shani Campbell of United For Animals at (925) 819/6752
[That’s Lightnin Hopkins, a bloodhound who was rescued from a shelter after a breeder dumped him (classy!) and Fred Willard at a screening of Best in Show at The Castro. It was a fundraiser for Rocket Dog Rescue!]
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.