Two Boots brings vegan pizza to Mets fans!  »

This just in! Two Boots will be serving up vegan pizza at Citi Field. Via their twitter: 

Happy MLB #OpeningDay! Didja know we got #vegan pizza @ #CitiField this year!?

We are taking over the sports game! Vegans are total jocks! Rally! Rally! Hit it in the alley!

That is all. 


Field Roast vegan sausages and burgers on the menu at the SuperBowl!  »


You heard me! MetLife stadium is selling Field Roast sausages and burgers at the SuperBowl this year! Wait, they have burgers?! I didn’t know! But according to their FB, their burgers are on limited release at a few stadiums. I’m pretty happy with the sausages though so I’m not even mad. But that’s so awesome! Way better than some dinky vegan hot dog people will laugh at. Even omnivores like Field Roast when they try it! So it will be a good vegan food rep. Those apple sage sausages, right?!

The company is from Seattle so obvi they are repping hardcore for the Sea Hawks, as you can see above. They also did a bunch of Superbowl-inspired recipes you can check out on their site

In conclusion: Go sports!


This is just the silliest! These goofy dogs interrupt a soccer game, cuteness ensues. Dogs should interrupt everything. Like C-Span—dogs should interrupt that. Then I’d totally watch it. 


The News You Need: Dog steals golfball, is hilarious  »

What a rascal! A funny dog totally stole golfer Paul Casey’s golfball, mid-game. 

The Englishman was 20 feet from the cup on his third hole Friday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship when a dog ran onto the green and ran off with his ball.

OMG that is too hilarious. I love how he’s totally like, “Yoink! Got my ball! Later dudes!” and he’s out of there. Apparently, a spectator was able to catch the dog and retrieve the ball. Casey wasn’t penalized and they continued the game with that same ball (why?). That’s all for the News You Need!


Veg Olympians have a fine history of athletic ass-kicking  »

London 2012 Olympic cycling road race silver medalist and vegetarian Lizzie Armistead (far left)

Are you guys watching the Olympics? This sports unenthusiast loves the Olympics, despite NBC’s U.S. ATHLETES OR GTFO approach to coverage.

My parents have super-cable, which means Olympics-viewing at their house is all-HD, with a heavy emphasis on cycling. Consequently, I saw Briton Lizzie Armistead win silver in the cycling road race on Sunday, which was tremendous. Then I read this Guardian article on veg Olympians, by Adharanand Finn, and found out that Armistead has been a vegetarian since age 10 and she became my total favorite.

The list is pretty great. Did you know that Australian swimmer Murray Rose was called “the Seaweed Streak” because of his diet? Finn says that Rose ate a vegan diet, but the delightful 1961 Sports Illustrated article he links to mentions Rose enjoying unpasteurized milk, but no other animal products.

[Can’t see the video? Watch it on!]

You know super-runner Carl Lewis is a longtime vegan, right? Love this guy.

One Olympian Finn doesn’t mention is Venus Williams, who had made it to the third round of Olympic play as of Tuesday afternoon.

Athletics and a cruelty-free diet are an excellent match; just check out all the non-Olympic super-people going vegan! They are the mightiest, and we are proud of them. Learn more about veg Olympians through history at the Guardian.

[photo by anMarton via Flickr]


Please welcome new vegan athletes Arian Foster and Venus Williams!  »

You’ve heard the news, right? Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans, has gone vegan! You should read his Twitter, he’s being totally chill about it, just like any other person on earth who might choose to adopt a vegan diet—except he’s a famous athlete and lots of people are invested in his entire life. So it’s exciting! Welcome to the club, dude, it’s pretty great over here.

Even more exciting news: Venus Williams has adopted a raw vegan diet! Good for you, lady! Remember how Venus and Serena were planning to go raw at the beginning of the year? Of course you do, you love Jenny Bradley’s vegan celebrity news. Recently, Venus has said that she started eating raw vegan after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome. We are sincerely sorry about that, as she is a tremendous athlete, and we hope this diet helps alleviate her symptoms. Still, it’s a big week for ass-kicking in the vegan-eating world, and we’re proud to welcome another member.

Team Vegan is going to win so many more events at the next Veg vs. Meatmouth Olympics.

[Arian Foster photo by AJ Guel, Venus Williams photo by Pete Edgeler, both via Flickr]


It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay!

Wow, a lot’s happened since the last email update. Oscar Mayer, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and Baja Fresh all announced that after working with HSUS they’re going to be ending gestation crate confinement of pigs in their supply chains. The progress is so dramatic that Meatingplace magazine (a meat industry trade journal) commented, “The progression of this issue exemplifies how quickly the Humane Society of the United States can affect change.”

Even more, the Des Moines Register reported on a pork producer who wants to obtain gestation crates, but doesn’t because of “the possibility that the retailers and the Humane Society will make a crate ban stick.

Want to know what the future holds for meat alternatives? Great guy and New Harvest founder Jason Matheny offers his insights to WorldWatch in this fascinating interview. (On a related topic, don’t miss Mark Bittman’s new NYT piece on his experience curing his illness by cutting dairy.)

And hey, there’s still hope for me to play in the NFL!

P.S. Video of the week: If I can play in the NFL, cats can play patty-cake:


Field Roast Frankfurters to be served at AT&T Park! Go Giants!  »

Extra! Extra! Field Roast Frankfurters have passed the taste test and will now be served at AT&T Park for this season’s Giants games! Huzzah!

I’ve had many of these vegan frankfurters and they are hella good. They smell so much like oldschool ballpark hotdogs, those omnis will just need to catch a whiff and the line will form! What a happy springtime announcement! 

Next, I want to see this at Phillies games! Come on, Phils!


It’s time for Puppy Bowl VIII!  »

Let’s get ready to PUPPIES!

This year, Brandy of the Pennsylvania SPCA is my MVP!

With Aberdeen of the Sullivan County SPCA

and Friday of SRL, Inc. as close runners-up. I love a maltipoo!

All the players in Puppy Bowl VII are both totally adorable and totally adoptable. Who are your picks for MVP? Does anyone else dream about being the ref? PUPPIES I LOVE YOU. See you in two weeks!


Meet some vegans who can kick anyone’s ass!

May I present two examples of vegan pro-athletes who could make cauliflower puree out of any skeptic giving you a hard time about your diet? Make friends with them! Ask them to be your bodyguards! Let’s start a set of vegan athlete trading cards!

Exhibit A: WWE superstar Daniel Bryan
When “superstar” is your for-real job title, there’s not much else to say. Bryan shows off his bad acting skills in the above video for Peta, but you gotta love him. Earlier this year, he told peta2 about how he went veg:

“With WWE, just being on the road all the time, your immune system just gets worn down. In 2009, I ended up getting three different staph infections and two different other skin infections. I went to the doctor…. He gave me a couple options of what we could do but one of things he said that helps out his patients a lot is trying to go vegan. I said I’m open for anything at this point….

So, anyway I started going vegan then, and this whole year my energy levels have been great, I haven’t gotten any skin infections. Right now I’m 198 lbs. which is the heaviest I’ve weighed since 2003…. I’m stronger right now than I’ve ever been…. I’m dead-lifting more than I ever have before.”

Exhibit B: Tour de France cyclist David Zabriskie
Starting Saturday, this dude’s going to be the first person ever to try the world’s premiere bike race on a “vegan” diet. [Scare quotes are because he’s going to eat salmon twice a week to “help with iron absorption” which is obviously lame, but I’m giving him points for trying.]

Tour riders need 8,000 calories a day, which is spectacular because think how much FOOD you get to eat! Seriously, close your eyes and imagine that. Here’s what Zabriskie plans to eat on race days, according to the Wall Street Journal:

Oatmeal with black strap molasses; whole food optimizer; cacao nibs; nuts; cinnamon; two tablespoons of coconut butter; an apple; hemp seeds and flax seeds

On-the-bike snacks
Six Clif Bar Z bars (vegan); two Clif Bar shot blocks (vegan); two Clif Bar gels (vegan); dates; six to eight bottles of special team race drink

On the bus, post-race
White rice with maple syrup and cinnamon; vegan protein shake; two bottles of special team recovery protein drink; goji berries

Before dinner
Vegan protein shake

White rice or pasta; salad with leafy greens; vegetables—including broccoli, spinach, carrots and beets.

Fresh fruit and a vegan protein shake before bed

Wow, no donuts or anything. Dude’s got willpower. I guess that’s what it takes to go pro. I’m off to eat a popsicle now—strictly amateur here. Go vegans!

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