In Boulder, Colo., on Sunday night, a hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil for a bull elk killed by a police officer and a sheriff’s deputy on Jan. 1. Mourners were angered and saddened, telling the Boulder Daily Camera that “It was a beautiful, beautiful elk” who they felt was a “guardian” and “ part of the neighborhood,” who had returned to the Mapleton Hill area for two years.
Get the full story at the Daily Camera, where you can learn such fun facts as the police officer suspected of killing the elk owns a taxidermy website, and see the photos the men took of their kill. People in Boulder are rightfully very angry about their harmless neighborhood elk being killed just for being their harmless neighborhood elk.
Edit: The video is down! But it’s very sweet; go watch it at the Daily Camera.
Mojave Desert Animal Rescue robbed twice over the weekend, because people are terrible »
Mojave Desert Animal Rescue is a wonderful and necessary nonprofit that helps out homeless people with pets. They register people’s animals (collecting spay/neuter and vaccination information), and provide food for them. They also provide emergency supplies for homeless people who can’t stay at shelters because they have pets. And over the weekend, some horrible, heartless jerks robbed MDAR’s warehouse twice.
The thieves took almost everything in the warehouse, including “canned food, both for human consumption and for pets, veterinary supplies, jackets, coats, socks,” and they tried to take a backhoe. MDAR founder and Director Annie Lancaster told the San Bernadino Sun
You can tell they just threw things across the room and just completely trashed the place. … I mean who does that? We had signs in there that clearly said we were a charity and there were pictures of the homeless people we’ve helped and their pets and they still had the heart to do something like this? I just don’t understand.
It’s winter in the high desert. People are the WORST.
Sea otters now free to traverse the entire California coast! »
Did you know that since 1987, sea otters were federally banned from going past Point Conception in Santa Barbara County? That’s right, every time you saw a sea otter in the wilds of Southern California (except off San Nicolas Island), it was breaking the law! Are you imagining them in little raccoon-style eye masks now, because I totally am.
It gets more ridiculous: Between 1987 and 2001, authorities actually relocated—as in, physically moved—otters that strayed past the completely arbitrary boundary. And the ones that defied the law by daring to live south of that imaginary border weren’t even granted federal protection as an endangered species, despite being the same species as the otters living in the “acceptable” area!
As of Dec. 18, 2012, though, our otter pals are officially allowed to roam the California coast at will, and the U.S. government extends endangered species protection to every tricksy sea weasel swimming with us.
[Photo by Mike Baird via Flickr]
The Awl interviews Vaute Couture’s Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, with charming results! »
Because Vegansaurus is your repository for pertinent vegan-lifestyle links, we felt obligated to direct you to this interview with talented, beautiful genius and Friend of Vegansaurus Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, founder and HBiC of Vaute Couture, over at The Awl. Sample highlight:
No one had made a warm dress coat that was vegan, and it was always there as an excuse as to why we still had to use animals for some things: “Well, we can’t completely get rid of animal products, we’d freeze without a wool coat.” And thus, this was my mission, to make sure there was no excuse to wear animals ever again.
We love Leanne and Vaute Couture so, so much. This is an interview with a successful vegan business-owner that you should read right now.
Discussion question: What are your favorite fast vegan eats? »
As much as we love to spend hours chopping vegetables and making sauces and pressure-cooking dried beans and rinsing and soaking and rinsing and soaking and rinsing and boiling and fluffing goddamn quinoa, sometimes a vegan gets tired of making 10 million dishes just to eat one meal.
So what do you eat when you want something fast and RIGHTNOWGIVEITTOME? As I mention, I love a Gardein chickn tender, but even that takes too long sometimes. For faster food, I love:
A massive spoonful of peanut butter;
Carrots and celery, unpeeled and uncut;
Chips and salsa;
Basically anything in Papalote salsa;
Canned chickpeas mashed up with mustard, plain soy yogurt, capers, and salt and pepper;
Still-frozen blueberries (buy ‘em fresh, freeze ’em, eat ‘em year-round);
Tofurky Deli Slices, rolled up and dipped in mustard;
Dr. McDougall’s instant oatmeal, dry, directly from the packet (Maple Brown Sugar flavor is the best)—real talk: I eat this almost every day at work;
Toast with Earth Balance and marmite. (OK fine just marmite too, with a spoon. I love salt.)
What are your favorite, most ridiculous, fastest vegan foods? Share with us, that we might all benefit from each other’s brilliance! Though anyone who says It only takes me 10 minutes to throw together a big healthy salad with fresh veggies and a 30-second vinaigrette is subject to ban. What do you eat when you don’t want to make any effort beyond ripping open some plastic? That’s when truth happens, and that’s what we want to know.
Vegans are people too! And sometimes people are tired and lazy.
[photo by Jennifer via Flickr]
All I want in this life is to try all the delicious fancy vegan donuts the world has to offer. So far, I’ve only ever had Pepple’s. I love Pepple’s! But I want more! These are donuts from Dun-Well, pictured here to make you really hungry and because The Awl has a lovely interview with Dun-Well founder Christopher Hollowell.
We love Dun-Well so much! And we fully support the start of a Dun-Well vegan donut empire. Just make sure you come to the Bay Area before hitting L.A., those guys get all the good stuff.
[photo by watashiwani via Flickr]
Meet the newest member of the catshark family! Its name is Bythaelurus giddingsi, and it lives in the waters off the Galapagos islands. Seven of them, including big eyes up there, now live at the Cal Academy, with other, non-Galapagos catsharks.
This little fellow is “roughly the same size as a typical housecat,” and is pretty adorable for a top-level predator whose environment is being cold ruined by fishing.
Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism! »
Ccute animal video of the week is interrupted to bring you Ron Swanson being a dick about veggie bacon because it makes us lol. I know, vegan bacon can be realllllly good but this is still major lolz. Love that Ron Swanson! This video is crappy quality so go watch a nice version(and some more awesome Parks & Rec funny food-talking footage at Eater!]
First up: Cute Roulette! No explanation necessary. Except that last little bit about not needing an explanation. And that bit. This joke is THE BEST!
World Food Programme had a cool article, Rising Food Prices: 10 Questions Answered. Basically, it’s 10 questions about rising food prices answered. They take the topic of rising food prices, and then answer 10 questions about it.
The Washington Post (ever heard of it?) had a nice piece this week: Five Myths About Vegans by Carol J. Adams. My friend Leah linked it on her Facebook like, “a nice thing to see in the Post” and all her Facebook friends were like, “wah wah wah! Vegans are so hard to please!” And I’m like, “I was JUST as hard to please when I ate brie, bitch.”
The Awl has a nice interview with the founder of Babycakes. The message is: QUIT YOUR JOB GET RICH. Also: is there a Babycakes in SF’s future?
Interesting topic from One Green Planet: Fiction Novels with AR themes. Pish, like I need another person pushing books down my throat! Leave me alone, dad!
Apparently there’s a hawk Lothario living above the city of Manhattan. This Dish is Veg has the story, and an adorable story it is. Until you’re walking down the street and BAM! Pigeon head falls out of the sky! That’s not part of the story but it happens.
Gothamist stepped up their game a bit and did a nice lil’ PSA for Farm Sanctuary! Don’t buy bunnies and duckies for Easter. It’s uncool, brah. Jesus is not down with that.
Here’s my discussion topic of the week: AOL thinks PETA’s naked chick policy is doing a bang-up job! Is this dude on crack or does he make good points?
OK here’s my secondary discussion topic of the week: Defenders of Wildlife thinks Obama totally did a disservice to all all the animals that were affected by the Gulf oil spill by ignoring them in his statement on the anniversary of the spill. What do you think?
Finally, check out THIS AWESOME HAMSTER MANSION over at Pawsome!
Awesome art, crazy-ass email, superlative videos, puppy birthday AND MORE in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Hey, let’s wish happy birthday to my parents’ dog, Oliver, who turns three big years old today! Oliver (at left, shown here with his older brother, Beauregard) works as a therapy dog, has a charmingly insouciant underbite, and wants to be your bestest friend. Happy birthday, little fellow!
Fun times vegan-style events!
The Out of Place art show at SPACE Gallery (1141 Polk St. at Hemlock Street) tonight, Friday Mar. 12, features your Vegansaur Jonas! It costs $3 and runs from 8 to midnight, and will be catered by Black Orchid Bakery. Is there enough culture in your life? Probably not, you philistine, so get over there and appreciate some damn art.
On Saturday, Mar. 13, you can attend “The Nutrition Prescription” lecture by Donald Forrester, M.D., presented by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, at the Institute of Aging at 3600 Geary Blvd. (between Arguello Boulevard and Palm Avenue). The lecture begins at 8 p.m. and costs $10, or participate in the veg potluck at 6:30 p.m. and pay just $2. Contact the SFVS for further information.
Late update: The LGBT Army of Compassion will hold a demonstration against animal cruelty on Sunday, Mar. 14 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the northeast corner of the Heart of the City Farmers Market (UN Plaza) in San Francisco. Brochures (such as this pdf) and signs will be provided. For further information, contact the LGBT AC.
Items of social and political import!
Phil Bronstein isn’t sure about the ethics of an animal abuse registry when animal abuse is condoned every day in our kitchens and laboratories.
The ethics of zoos come again under scrutiny as the three polar bears who live in San Francisco get older and become more difficult and expensive to “keep.”
Switzerland denies animals dedicated legal counsel. Apparently Swiss animal protection laws are ” among the strictest rules anywhere,” but proponents don’t think they’re enforced enough to matter. Keep trying, Switzerland.
Stop, video time! It’s JSF on Ellen’s Thursday, Mar. 11 show! [note: if you can’t see the video, please visit the link-o-rama at Vegansaurus.com!]
OK Canada, for most of the items on this list of “10 foods of the future,” you’re cool again. Or at least acceptable (we don’t go in for that “non-traditional fish” or “new fabricated cuts of meat” nonsense).
Probably better that you eat Canadian meat, anyway (if you’re going to eat DEATH and all) as the U.S. is one of the top-five” least safe food producers in the world, along with China, Turkey, Iran, and Spain. I am SO PROUD.
OK, Bob Barker has always been a total sleazy lecher, but his love for animals is pure and true: he just gave $2.5 million to renovate a building on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. for PETA—it’ll be called the Bob Barker Building, natch.
Beloved blog Sociological Images present maps that illustrate where animals for food and crops for food are grown in the U.S. Fruits, nuts and vegetables and chickens come from California!
That milk that makes you roll your eyes every time you open the fridge because ew is from California, too, right? Maybe not! Make your friends and relations find out where their dairy products originate at where is my milk from (also useful for soy milks).
Read the first article from The Awl’s vegetarian columnist, Jaime Green! It’s about visiting a Manhattan farmers market in the winter.
If little Oliver weren’t too stubborn/dumb(?) to play any version of “fetch” (because “fetch” does NOT mean “I throw the ball and you chase after it and hide it”), I would have definitely gotten him this for his birthday. [link and photo from Pawesome!]
Did you know that East Asian people eat CATS and DOGS? How SAVAGE!! The Chinese government is at present “considering legislation” to ban eating these particular animals, which is probably good considering how awful their living conditions are prior to slaughter. It of course does NOTHING for the rest of the animals raised for consumption in China, but as long as our precious puppies and kitties are protected, we can all sleep at night, right?
Holy Mary in a handbag, have you read this insanator email from an anti-The Cove wacko to Rich FourFour? It is the craziest best: “The humans being protecting wolfs(the whales / dolphins)is the devil! Devil! Devil! Devil! Destroy the devil for protect the human fish! The shark is a friend of the fish. The shark eats only the fish that dead / was damaged.”
Despite the horrors of whaling, Slate, however, wants you to know just what dead whale meat tastes like—and did you know that “many schools of Buddhism favor eating whales”? SEE, IT’S OK BECAUSE THOSE HIPPIE WEIRDOS SAY SO.
How about another photo? Party penguin has stripped off his dress whites and is ready to get down! [Photo via Andrew Evans of National Geographic]
Delightful Ruben Studdard went vegetarian 18 months ago, switched to a vegan diet six months ago, and lost 100 pounds! Man, when I went vegan for keeps I lost like zero pounds, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, AMERICA, WHY DO I STILL HAVE FLESH ON MY VEGAN BONES?? Seriously, we’re super-happy for you, Ruben, keep living your wonderful, cruelty-free life.