Good job, Irvine: City Council bans sale of dogs and cats! »
Last night the Irvine, Calif. City Council passed some amazing legislation: They banned the sale of dogs and cats, rodeos, and animal circuses! Irvine has us all beat, California! Money quote:
Society is “moving toward a more thoughtful and conscientious approach to animals,” speaker Claire Kim said Tuesday night. “This ordinance responds to the spirit of our times.”
It totally is! It totally does! Next for the city: Mandatory spay/neuter laws, which the council decided to further study.
Three cheers for Irvine!
Monkey-dog rodeo: infuriating abomination of nature! Plus ridiculous costumes! »
I had a horrifying, violent nightmare about monkey abuse the other night, so it’s fitting that the dumbest idea ever should come across my radar: a monkey-dog rodeo out of Tupelo, Miss.
Rodeos are bad enough, but this is downright stupid. I mean, the ex-bullfighter who runs it goes by “Wild Thang,” so that should give you a clue. But really, Tim Lepard? Monkeys and dogs don’t go together. You strap white-throated Capuchin monkeys to dogs, call them the “Ghost Riders,” and make them herd a group of sheep onto a Dodge.* THIS IS NOT GRABBING LIFE BY THE HORNS.
*INTO A DODGE, PEOPLE. A DODGE.
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.
ACTION ALERT: Leaflet and protest the DISGUSTING rodeo! »
Humanity Through Education in protesting the “Grand National Rodeo” at the Cow Palace in Daly City (2600 Geneva Avenue) from Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 23. You should be there to help. Each protest begins at 6 p.m., it only takes an hour or two and you’re there to educate people who might not know how disgusting the rodeo is. The rodeo isn’t the charming slice of Americana that people want to think it is: it’s totally fucked up and super cruel. Ugh, if you’re feeling tired or PMS-y and you watch that video, guaranteed tears and outrage. I’m both and so I just threw my television through a window and then cried in a corner for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat!
So, anyway, HAPPY MONDAY!
These leaflettings and protests REALLY matter and they REALLY need people so I hope you’ll take time to hit one (or more!) up. Flyers, signs and banners will be provided! If you need more info, call Shani at 925/819-6752. SEE YOUR SEXY CARING ASSES THERE!
Aaaaand a little more depressing-ass rodeo info from Humanity Through Education:
The entertainment value of Rodeo is the brutality of the animals, and “the success of rodeos rests on the exploitation of animals’ reactions to pain, noise and fear and the animal’s desire to escape.” Canadian Veterinary Association’s Statement on Rodeos, `85. Inflicting pain on other animals is inherent in, and an essential part of, the Rodeo show.
Rodeo events include:
* Calf-roping, wherein a calf is running full bore, from fear, and a rope is thrown around his neck, stopping him dead in his tracks and yanking him back with the same force he is running. “The results [are] severed tracheas, broken necks, ruptured ligaments that hold the head to the body, internal injury and broken bones.” Dr. Peggy Larson, a former bareback bronc rider, (Monterey Herald, July `02)
* Bronc Busting, wherein a horse has a bucking strap cinched tightly around his flank, causing him intense pain, making him buck wildly in an attempt to lessen the pain, not to “throw the rider.” A Humane Society study showed that even tame horses bucked when a bucking strap was put on them. Gross.