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Category Archive: Activism

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  1. usda

    There apparently isn’t much refuge for wildlife in Jamaica Bay, as 500 geese were captured and crated to be killed by the USDA this morning at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. GooseWatchNYC founder David Karopkin arrived immediately on the scene, taking photos, such as the one above, and videos documenting the hundreds of geese being loaded into USDA trucks for “removal.”

    Karopkin commented on being witness to the abuse, saying, “I watched the geese thump against the crates struggling to get out. I was threatened with arrest more than once. I was alone, and I did the best I could to document the roundups, at the same time I was receiving dozens of calls. I am heartbroken and angry. I don’t think there was anything I could have done to stop the roundups this morning.”

    You can view more photos of the round up, as well as the video below (fair warning, these were hard for me to look at). More videos are also available: one, two, three.

    So what can you do to stop this cruel treatment of wildlife? Aside from getting involved with GooseWatchNYC, you can comment on the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s Facebook post about how you feel your tax dollars are being spent. Also below are the phone numbers of some important people with the power to put an end to these acts.

    National Park Services Deputy Superintendent Suzanne McCarthy: 917-731-1997
    Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: 718-354 4602
    Mayor Bloomberg: 212-788-3000
    Senator Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
    Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390

    Although there wasn’t much David Karopkin could do upon arriving at the refuge, he must be commended for taking action.

  2. Earlier this week, Mark Bittman wrote an opinion piece called “Why I’m Not a Vegan” in the New York Times. Mixed in with the human-health and environmental arguments for eating less animal products, was the actual explanation promised by the title. It basically comes down to three points: 1) He doesn’t grasp that veganism extends beyond diet, 2)  he thinks humans have a right to exploit other species, and 3) he likes to eat other animals.

    I can kind of excuse the first reason because Bittman is a food writer. Perhaps everything is about food for him. That he’s not a vegan because he buys leather shoes wouldn’t even cross his mind. He wrote a whole book about being vegan for a few hours a day, and he sure as heck just means in terms of diet.

    As to the other two points, I’ll let him speak for himself:

    I can see three scenarios that might lead to universal, full-time veganism: An indisputable series of research results proving that consuming animal products is unquestionably “bad” for us; the emerging dominance of a morality that asserts that we have no right to “exploit” our fellow animals for our own benefit; or an environmental catastrophe that makes agriculture as we know it untenable. All seem unlikely.

    I’ve been thinking about it for three days and I still have no idea what the quote marks around  “exploit” mean. But I’m pretty sure that at the very least they mean Bittman doesn’t think “we” exploit “our fellow animals”. No, we just … Continue Reading…

  3. Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Time!

    Filed under: Activism Events Food

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale time! Over 100 vegan bake sales will be held globally from April 20-28, 2013.

    There are quite a few bake sales scheduled in NYC that week, including one on April 28, hosted by the always wonderful folks at MooShoes. The sale will raise money for Food Not Bombs NYC, who recover and share free vegan food with the public without restriction every Sunday in Tompkins Square Park to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment.

    Delicious goodies await

    Delicious goodies await

    MooShoes will be full of all things yummy as well as information on how you can get involved with FNB.

    Bakers and volunteers are still needed for this event, so please sign up!

    And don’t forget to bring a bag or container to take your purchases home in (or a utensil to eat with there) to cut back on waste!

  4. -Westwood, Los Angeles cat owners, keep your furry friend inside and alive!

    -The faces of The Facebook mounted a campaign to save a ‘Gay Dog‘ from being put down by a Tennessee kill shelter. Gawker covered the story and the dog was rescued! Yay!

    -Want to know your state’s animal-related laws and their penalties? The ASPCA has made it easy!

    -The European Union is set to ban animal testing for cosmetics forever!

    -Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills? Our old compatriot Susie Cagle thinks so.

    Arizona lawmaker seeks ban on awarding live animals as carnival prizes. And he’s a Republican!

    -“Going Vegan in the NFL” has zero mention of ethics. Do any of these guys care about the leather they’re fumbling?

    -Gross. Professional athletes are spraying deer antler velvet into their mouths to stimulate muscle growth. Ew, also.

    -Dust off those passports and book your tickets: the biggest vegan festival in the world is coming to London this October! 

    -Or, if you’re not up for international travels, here’s the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival lineup for 2013, and there’s more to come! How soon is March again?

  5. According to UK psychologist Cliff Arnall, Monday was the most depressing day of the year. I tend to agree with him. His reasons include soupy weather, holiday debt, and New Year’s resolutions that have failed before February. For me, Monday was the day my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Before you feel so bad you stop reading, her prognosis (so far) is quite good. They caught it early, and it doesn’t appear to have spread. But I’ve already lost one parent to cancer, and I’m not ready to be Orphan Andy just yet. So I did what I could do: I gave her a copy of Forks Over Knives, dropped a bill or two at Whole Foods, and While You Were Out-ted her kitchen into a vegan one.

    Ordinarily, I would never ever do this. To anyone. Ever. I’m happy to share my beliefs (exhibit A: this blog post), but I have never been a proselytizer, nor have I ever judged anyone else’s eating habits. Actually, that’s not true– I make fun of my boyfriend all the time, but that’s because he exists on a steady diet of jerky, Oreos and soda and he’s not twelve. But I digress. People have to come to these sort of life-changing decisions for themselves, or else they won’t stick. But I know my Barbara (your mom’s name is Barbara, too?) and sometimes she needs help to get going (exhibit 1: she’s been on Nutri-System for years). I should also note that she has always been super supportive of me and my eating habits, loves her veggies, and has expressed interest in becoming a vegetarian before, so it wasn’t 100% crazy, only 97%. That’s a percentage I can work with.

    So, if you or someone you know needs a vegan starter-kit, here’s what I got:

    whole foods bounty

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