You’ve probably caught this undercover footage of little calves being bludgeoned with pickaxes at E6 Cattle Co. that Mercy for Animals released last week. That is, if you haven’t been hiding under a nice, heavy rock, which I have, because I can’t bear to watch any more videos, please god, no more videos of little animals being kicked and burned, AHH!
If you did watch it, you’re in very good, anonymous company; after seeing the video, an MFA supporter is matching donations to the org up to $2,500 at Vegan Drinks this Thursday, April 28. Which is so great, because who doesn’t love MFA? I mean, really, is there anyone? Because I will find them, and peel their eyes open and force them to watch this video because it is what’s UP.
Oh, and disclaimer before I post the video: I found it super disturbing. To be totally up-front, actually, I could only stand about 25 seconds, so I’m posting it below, but BE WARNED, this will make you wonder why, why, why there isn’t a cow on her hind legs stabbing farmers with a pitchfork and yelling, YOU LIKE THAT, YOU SICK SON OF BITCH? THAT’S WHAT YOU DID TO MY BABY, and recording that, and posting it on YouTube to put the fear of death in all their twisted farmer friends.
But do watch. If nothing else, it’ll make you want to empty your wallet at Vegan Drinks, leaving yourself only enough moola to buy Matt Rice, MFA’s Director of Operations, and Eddie Garza, their New York Campaign Coordinator, a very tall beer.
Folks getting their yum yum on at the 2010 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at MooShoes. Photo courtesy of joyfulgirl415.
Empty your to-go containers, the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is here again! More than 100 bake sales will take place on six continents between April 23rd and May 1st. Sugar high indeed!
New Yorkers will have multiple opportunities to buy vegan sweets and help raise funds for a variety of organizations during the week. Do your sweet tooth a favor and search the list of participating locations now.
On May 1st, our good friends at MooShoes will once again be hosting a bake sale expertly organized by our pal Dayna and her crew of volunteers. Bakers and volunteers are still needed for this event, so please sign up!
Check out the official details about the MooShoes bake sale:
It’s time for the third annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! This year, we’re excited to partner with for the Animals sanctuary (ftA). Located about an hour away in Blairstown, NJ, ftA is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and life-long care of victims of the food farming trade.
MooShoes, NYC’s largest vegan shoe store, located at 78 Orchard Street, has graciously agreed to host us again on Sunday, May 1 from 12:30-5:30 PM.
We’ll be there with cookies, cupcakes and all manner of deliciousness. The good folks from ftA will also be there selling handmade jewelry and answering any questions you may have about the sanctuary. And Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan, will be there signing copies of her new book, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season!
And don’t forget to bring a bag or container to take your purchases home in (or a utensil to eat with there) so we can use fewer disposables!
It’s that time of year again — when it’s appropriate to laugh out loud to help rescued farm animals. For the fourth year in a row, the “funny farm” is back with another installment of Comedy for Karma benefitting the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WFAS).
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Doors at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm sharp. Where: Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues in Manhattan.
Tickets are $40 general admission in advance, $50 at the door and there are $75 VIP tickets available as well. You can order tickets online or by calling 845-679-5955.
The funds raised will go directly to the care of over 200 rescued farm animals at the sanctuary and the advocacy work of WFAS. Here’s a video from last year’s show in case you still need convincing that this is an event you don’t want to miss.
On Feb. 8, I went to the Tribeca Grand for the first screening of Chow Down, a documentary that shows the turnaround that two men with heart disease achieved by switching to a plant-based diet. (By turnaround I mean that they didn’t die.) If you’re looking for an outreach tool that comes from a health perspective, this is it. Doctors like Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Neal Barnard and Joel Fuhrman, as well as T. Colin Campbell, lay the facts out on the table, including the discovery that nutrition controls the expression of certain genes, including those that govern disease. The movie also addresses the government’s complicity in Americans’ nutrition-poor diet and the hold big-money interests like the meat and dairy industries have over what we’re told we should eat.
The editing was a little choppy in places—for example, there were supposed to be three participants, but the third, a woman, dropped out, and no other explanation was given except that she just couldn’t do it right then. But overall the movie delivered its message with simplicity, humor and truth.
Because it doesn’t address the cruelty issue, it was followed by a screening of Glass Walls, narrated by Paul McCartney. It was at this point that a lot of people left the room, while the rest of us covered our eyes and tried to plug up our ears. Make no mistake: This seven-minute film pulls no punches and is extremely explicit about what happens to the animals we use for food. I’d recommend this as an outreach tool, but most vegans aren’t able to sit through it, so I can’t imagine any guilty omnivores sticking it out. Continue Reading…