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As of October, 2013, SuperVegan is no longer under active development.
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  1. The End of SuperVegan as We Know It

    Filed under: Obituaries SuperVegan

    sv_ad_eatandgossip_150x300This is the last blog post on SuperVegan. Observant readers will have noticed that updates to the site have slowed considerably. At this point, officially hitting “eject” is the right thing to do, rather than pretending the tape is still playing.

    Thanks to the wonderful people did work for the site over the years. While I own SuperVegan and named it, I was only one of several founders, and one of several dozen people who contributed.

    Thanks to our readers, supporters, and fans. I know we helped a lot of people have a better vegan life, and that was always the point.

    The web has changed a lot since SuperVegan launched February, 2006. And the vegan world has changed a lot in that time, too. SuperVegan never set out to make sense as a business (for better or worse), but instead prioritized providing information and resources for those committed to ethical veganism. We kept it up pretty well for a while.

    I’m not closing SuperVegan because that work is done, but simply because my collaborators and I have got too many other things to do. Many of the problems we set out to solve in 2006 still exist. Many of the gaps we sought to fill remain unfilled. Hopefully by stepping aside, we’ll make it easier for other sites to be more active and do a better job providing information for vegans than we have been lately.

    We’re keeping the vast majority of the old content up online, at least for a while. Because I’m a sentimental fool, sure, but also because keeping information available is the right thing to do. It’s always a bummer when content disappears from the web. We will, however, close comments on posts, and clearly label everything as archived/ossified.

    It is entirely possible that future projects will occur under the aegis of SuperVegan. Some of them may resemble things we’ve done in the past. Some may be totally new territory. If you want to stay in the know, join the SuperVegan Projects mailing list.

    We’ll keep our Twitter account going for now. People seem to like that, and it’s a small enough commitment.

    Vegan Drinks NYC will continue under its own steam (though we’re taking the month of October off; the next event will be November 21).

    Comments will be open on this post for a while, if you have anything to say about it.

    Bye for now,
    Jason

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    Lisa and Vegan Outreach! (Photo courtesy of David Karopkin)

    Thank YOU for hanging out and supporting Vegan Outreach at Vegan Drinks NYC on September 26th. Thanks Andy and the crew at Fontana’s Bar for hosting and to Killer Vegan for feeding us!

    And, extra special thanks to those organizations and individuals who made Shout Outs:

    The NEXT Vegan Drinks NYC is happening on Thursday, October 31st (HALLOWEEN)! Details to be announced soon!

    Do you represent an animal rights group you think should be the beneficiary of an upcoming Vegan Drinks NYC? Visit vegandrinks.org/beneficiaries to learn more about how to make that happen.

    Get on our mailing list!

  3. marchvdsignJoin us THIS Thursday, September 26, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for Vegan Drinks NYC! Find us at Fontana’s Bar, located at 105 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. Your eating needs will be met by the friendly folks of Killer Vegan!

    This month, we’ll be benefiting Vegan Outreach, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating. This is done through the widespread distribution of illustrated leaflets mainly to college students that show what animals endure in factory farms and slaughterhouses.”

    Stuff your dollars in the donation jar, and buy raffle tickets from Vegan Outreach to win one of these great prizes:

    • Vegan Outreach t-shirts
    • Vegan for Life book
    • Christie Robinson “vegan” necklace
    • gift package of Shaia’s hot sauce
    • subscription to Laika
    • Vaute Couture shirt
    • Vegan O’Brien cookies
    • gift certificate from Chickpea & Olive
    • gift certificate from Beyond Sushi
    • and more!

    Music by Grand Format and DJ Megan Rascal!

    Wanna let all your Internet friends know you’re going? RSVP on Facebook if you’re of the mindset to do so.

    Have you read the new and improved Vegan Drinks FAQ? Please read it, even if you’re a regular at our event. (Really, please read it. All of it.)

    We’ll turn down the music around 8:30pm and encourage people to promote themselves, their groups and/or causes for 30 seconds. If you represent a veg*n or animal rights group, come prepared with your (very short!) spiel and literature.

    If you’re not already following our every move, connect with Vegan Drinks on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@vegandrinks), and join our e-mail list.

    Vegan Drinks NYC is usually held the last Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Do you represent an animal rights group you think should be the beneficiary of an upcoming Vegan Drinks NYC? Visit vegandrinks.org/beneficiaries to learn more about how to make that happen.

  4. A packed theatre for the premiere of Speciesism: The Movie

    A packed theatre for the premiere of Speciesism: The Movie

    Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of Speciesism: The Movie, the first film by director Mark Devries, at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan. I attended the event free as press.

    Overall, I will say first and foremost that while this film wasn’t earth-shattering, it was good. There are a lot of really terrible social issue and activist documentaries out there, both in terms of production quality and content, and comparatively Speciesism was better than most when it came to content. It’s definitely a film I would recommend to someone who is curious about animal rights and/or veganism.

    The first half of the film chronicles a young, omnivorous Devries as he seeks to figure out the truth behind factory farming, becoming vegan in the process. He visits factory farms where he is repeatedly turned away, visits the PETA offices, goes to the HSUS headquarters, talks to folks from Mercy for Animals and other well-known animal rights groups, who all basically say similar things: exploiting animals, using factory farming as the prime example, is horrible and we shouldn’t do it. Devries also visits North Carolina, where he documents how hog farms (specifically hog waste lagoons) are destroying the North Carolina ecosystem, which was a specific example that I feel boosted the film’s argument. Overall, the first half of the film may not be especially interesting to vegan folks, because it’s a lot of the same stuff we’ve seen and read about. Yes, these are important things that need to be publicized and included in a movie about speciesism, but as far as entertainment goes, you might be a little bored hearing Ingrid Newkirk say the same things you’ve heard before.

    The second half of the film, however, was what redeemed the first half for me. Devries delve deeper into the ethical and moral arguments about why we value non-human animals less than we do humans. He talked to authors, philosophers, professors, special needs caretakers, Holocaust survivors and people he stopped on the street about how we view human suffering and why as a species we consider non-human animal suffering to be less important. The points made and the conclusion Devries draws are hard to dispute, and he conveys his argument in a compelling way.

    What I liked the most about Devries’ film was that he didn’t focus on the health aspects of veganism, which is a route many recent “vegan documentaries” have taken (I’m looking at you, Forks Over Knives). There was no fat shaming, there were no vegan body builders (actually, there was one, but his purpose was to briefly debunk the protein myth) or moving story about how a large man with high blood pressure was completely transformed after he stopped eating meat. I almost wanted to hug Devries for not including any of that.

    I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with vegan body builders, normal blood pressure or someone choosing to lose weight, but I have a problem with health and weight loss being the primary ways in which many people frame and discuss veganism in order to appeal to non-vegans. Because while I love food (food tastes good), I believe there are more compelling reasons to become vegan.

    There is a brief discussion of food and eating vegan, but the main message being conveyed is that it’s not that hard to adopt a vegan diet and you don’t have to give up many of the foods you enjoy. I feel like when you’re trying to convince people to stop contributing to the exploitation of non-human animals, talking about what you eat on a daily basis is something you should at least mention.

    Overall, if you have the chance, I suggest checking out Speciesism, perhaps with a non-vegan or two.

  5. Spend time with the good people who come together for NYC Anarchist Black Cross‘s regular political prisoner letter-writing dinners:

    WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
    WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
    WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
    COST: Free

    tyler and kevin

    After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff‘s car was searched anyway. Inside, police allege they found bolt cutters, wire cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing.

    Police believed these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested Kevin and Tyler. The two are held on felony charges which carry up to 3 years in prison. They have remained in jail since their arrest on August 14th.

    There is no evidence linking them to any crime or intended crime, nor were they arrested on anyone’s property, and their history as animal advocates is the only basis for these serious felony charges. A recent call-in campaign on their behalf resulted in threats of further punishments.

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