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Category Archive: Farmed Animals

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  1. 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…

  2. Kathy and Jesse havin' some face time

    Kathy and Jesse havin’ some face time

    On a rainy evening last October, over 100 folks found warmth and cover at Loft 56 in Midtown Manhattan as we gathered to listen to Kathy Stevens, founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, discuss her latest book, Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals. Stevens shared a story called “The Audacity of Love,” about Rambo the sheep who is adored by both Hannah the sheep and Barbie the hen. The tale spoke of both cross-species love and jealousy and shows the complicated emotional lives of these rescued animals. (Check out SV’s Patrick Kwan’s short video montage of the event.)

    Animal Camp is Stevens’s second book, following Where the Blind Horse Sings. It is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to run an animal sanctuary, and also a heartwarming and accessible introduction to the lives of farm animals.

    The first part of Animal Camp focuses on three outcasts–a pig named Franklin, a cow named Tucker and horse named Hope–who had a difficult time adjusting to their new home at CAS and fitting in with others of their species. Stevens decides to set up a “summer camp” for these three at her partner David’s place in High Falls, NY. There, they would get individual attention and she could search for answers to her own questions:

    “I wondered whether, and how, the weak ones from their respective herds would bond. Would a lonely horse and a picked-on pig become friends? Would they gain the confidence that they needed to fare better back at home, or would they cower once more as soon as they returned?”

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  3. Walk Coordinator Calla Wright at the 2009 NYC Walk for Farm Animals. Photo credit: Nicholas Laccetti

    Walk Coordinator Calla Wright at the 2009 NYC Walk for Farm Animals. Photo credit: Nicholas Laccetti

    Put on your (non-leather) walking shoes and join Farm Sanctuary for the annual New York City Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 24 in Central Park. Over 70 of these fundraising walks are occurring around the world this year, and the New York edition is the biggest by far. In 2009, over 800 NYC Farm Sanctuary supporters came out to the Walk and raised nearly $80,000 to benefit Farm Sanctuary’s rescue and advocacy efforts.

    I recently sat down with the coordinators of this year’s event, Calla Wright and Jennifer Parrucci, to talk about the significance of these walks—and why the 2010 NYC Walk for Farm Animals promises to be the biggest and best yet.

    SuperVegan: Thanks so much for joining me today, ladies. Can you tell me a little bit about the NYC Walk for Farm Animals?

    Calla Wright: Farm Sanctuary’s New York City Walk for Farm Animals is the biggest walk for farm animals in the country. It’s going to be a day of activists getting together to raise money to benefit Farm Sanctuary and, more importantly, to come together as a group to show our vegan pride and our compassion for farm animals. The walk takes place in Central Park, and the route will be about an hour from start to finish. After the walk, everyone gets a free vegan lunch donated by generous local businesses, and there will be speakers including Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur, vegan NBA star John Salley, Joshua Katcher from the Discerning Brute, and Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart from vegan fashion house Vaute Couture. We’ll also have musical performances by Jenn London and Dan Mims. Walk participants also have a chance to win dozens of raffle prizes, all donated from local businesses.

    Jennifer Parrucci: The Walk for Farm animals isn’t a protest—it’s a celebration. We really like the positivity of the day. You know, most of the time, activists get together to voice their unhappiness with a company, like anti-fur protests at Macy’s or anti-vivisection protests. It’s not often that activists come together to celebrate our love and compassion for farm animals. It’s going to be a great day. Continue Reading…

  4. I was browsing the olive bar at Union Market in Carroll Gardens the other day and was thrilled to see they were selling Faux Gras, a “deliciously decadent, ridiculously healthy, mousse-like, creamy spread that makes toast, crackers and crudite proud,” which is produced by Brooklyn-based The Regal Vegan and offers a cruelty-free alternative to the spread made of the fattened livers of force-fed ducks.

    I thought I’d check in with Ella Nemcova of The Regal Vegan for an update on her foray into this upscale gourmet grocery store chain. Ella said that while one Union Market location keeps Faux Gras by the hummus and tapenade spreads, another keeps it by the foie gras, which is disconcerting to her though she can’t decide whether she’d like them to move it or if it’s a good thing to be next to the offending product. She reports that some of the Union Market shoppers are turned off by her product at in-store tastings when she tells them it’s walnut lentil pate–as if their tongues will fall off if they taste it (or like they revert to age 5 when they pitched a fit to avoid eating the lentils mom served).

    Rest assured, no one’s tongue will fall off from eating Faux Gras. It’s available at locations around NYC including obvious places like Perelandra and Lifethyme–a full list of stores is at The Regal Vegan. Ella is also donating a whole bunch of it to be served at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary‘s annual Thanksliving celebration on October 10th. If you don’t have tickets yet, get them pronto as this event always sells out.

    And if you’re feeling motivated, please join the weekly demonstrations up at the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market protesting Hudson Valley Foie Gras, one of the country’s top producers, which has been investigated in the past with reports citing egregious cruelty. There’s a Facebook group you can join for more details on the demos. For activities in NYC and elsewhere check out The Animal Protection & Rescue League and Farm Sanctuary for more info.

    I also saw Sweet & Sara’s vegan marshmallows and rice crispy treats at Union Market. Not that I need any incentive to snap up the delectable treats but by helping to create a demand for these products, I’m hoping the store will continue to stock them. So, you know, it’s actually kind of an obligation. And I’m happy to oblige.

  5. Carol Adams will be at MooShoes on Thursday, September 16th at 7pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her ground-breaking book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. She’ll be discussing and signing copies of the new edition of the book.

    Speaking of, I couldn’t help but notice that Pamela Anderson’s recent Peta ad–the one that was banned in Canada-–looks so darn similar to the cover of The Sexual Politics of Meat. I know the Canadians got hot and bothered about it (a Montreal official explained that the city’s decision was based on being pro-equality, not puritanical) but the image wasn’t all that shocking in my opinion–more a riff on the book cover. So I thought I’d check in with Carol and PETA and get their takes on the ad.

    The ad in question

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