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Category Archive: Japan

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  1. marchvdsignJoin us THIS Thursday, August 29, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for Vegan Drinks NYC! Find us at Fontana’s Barlocated at 105 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. Show up hungry because Chef Oscar Vegan Revolution will serve up what is rumored to be the best vegan tuna melt and mac ‘n cheese in town, among other delicious fare!

    This month, we’ll be benefiting Evolve for Animals, “a grassroots nonprofit organization that unabashedly advocates for the total and unfettered rights of non-human animals through education-based outreach events such as tabling, leafleting, public speaking engagements, film screenings, and vegan soup kitchens. While other organizations may focus on the treatment of animals, EFA presents the case for animal rights from the perspective of use and commodification where any and all impositions on sentient life is defined as violence, and veganism is the proposed solution.”

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

    • Copy of Sistah Vegan
    • Copy of The Global Vegan Family Cookbook
    • Copy of Defiant Daughters
    • T-shirts by Arm the Animals
    • $25 Vegan Essentials Gift Certificate
    • $40 Candle Café West Gift Certificate
    • Three $25 Loving Hut Gift Certificates
    • Two $25 Beyond Sushi Gift Certificates
    • $50 FurFace Pet Portraits Gift Certificate

    Music by DJ Megan Rascal and DJ Jason Das! (DJ Grand Format is a nerd and went back to school. We’ll miss him until he comes back to us!)

    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 to learn more about how to make that happen.

  2. Some of our very best friends on earth, including my Darwin Animal Doctors nonprofit co-founder Andrea Gordon, are about to risk their lives, going on Sea Shepherd’s latest whale protection campaign in Antarctica, Operation Divine Wind. The odd thing is that a few months ago, after Japan ended its 2011 whaling season early due to Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activities, Japan announced it was halting its Antarctic whaling program indefinitely. So Operation Divine Wind technically should not have needed to happen. However, Japan’s Antarctic whaling program recently got an unexpected financial boost that allowed it to start up again this year. Specifically, Japan’s government took tsunami victim relief funding, and spent it on military funding for the Japanese whaling fleet.

    Japanese whalers fight Sea Shepherd Conservation Society volunteers. Copyright Sea Shepherd

    Japan took 2.28 billion yen ($29.4 million USD) that was raised and earmarked to help victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster, and used that money to beef up military security for the Japanese Antarctic whaling fleet, in order to combat Sea Shepherd volunteers. The Sea Shepherd flag ship, the Steve Irwin, cost less than two million USD total in comparison, although it has been successful thus far in repelling the military weaponry of the Japanese fleet anyway (which has included guns, grenades, and LRADs). But this new military funding taken from disaster relief funds dwarfs previous years’ military funding for the Japanese whaling fleet.

    The Japanese whaling fleet left port in Japan this week, and is on its way to Antarctica now. So the Sea Shepherd fleet, currently in Australia, will depart to protect whales from the whaling fleet in the next couple weeks.

  3. Japan Benefit

    Illustration by Marcos Caceres

    Vegans are good at many things: eating, thinking, acting… We’re also pretty darn skilled at raising money. So, do your part and pack Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, May 10th from 7:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. for the Benefit for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support + Americares. (Please bring all of your non-vegan friends with you!)

    A wild variety of food and entertainment will be offered throughout the evening, so even the most difficult-to-please folks among us should find themselves having a really great time. The lineup includes:

    Proceeds from the benefit will support Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, which coordinates relief efforts for animals in crisis, and Americares, which provides humanitarian aid such as emergency shelters and medical supplies.

    Buy your $15.00 tickets in advance or at the door!

    Sorry youngins’, this event is 18 and over. Bring your ID — it will be checked!

    Southpaw is located at 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY [map].

  4. Adrien Zap with Shane. Her Picasa page features many more pictures of Shane, as well as of Dr. Sasaki, shelters, veterinary facilities, successfully and unsuccessfully rescued animals, devastated areas, and much more.

    Adrien Zap with Shane. Her Picasa page features many more pictures of Shane, as well as of Dr. Sasaki, shelters, veterinary facilities, successfully and unsuccessfully rescued animals, devastated areas, and much more.

    Adrien Zap is a veterinary technician currently deployed in Sendai as part of World Vets’ efforts in Japan, working alongside Japanese Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS).

    Zap was also on the Haiti campaign that we helped fund through Sodopreca, and is a Darwin Animal Doctors volunteer.

    She’s kind of busy these days, so this interview is an edited combination of questions she answered specifically for us and some more general material she prepared.

    Big thanks to Tod Emko for facilitating this interview, and to everyone who contributed to World Vets at Vegan Drinks last week!

    How large is your team? How many other teams are there?

    Adrien Zap: Our team consisted of three volunteers – myself and two volunteers from Animal Friends Niigata, one of the three Japanese NGOs that comprise JEARS. Isabella Gallaon-Aoki is the founder and director of Animal Friends Niigata, and was the coordinator and translator of our trip to Sendai.

    World Vets now has a Japanese-born veterinarian, Dr. Koji, who will be in Japan long-term to coordinate ongoing efforts with JEARS and Japanese animal welfare groups, and will provide direct veterinary care to animals in need. We are also collaborating with Dr. Kazumasu Sasaki, a Japanese veterinarian in Sendai, who is providing veterinary and rescue support to his community.

    What types of injuries/conditions are most common amongst the rescued animals?

    The most common injuries we saw were wounds associated with tsunami/earthquake debris. The animals were well-cared for prior to the disaster, were in good body condition and well fed. Dog breeds such as Shiba Inus and Akitas are also very common in Japan, and their thick warm coats helped them survive outside in the cold temperatures prior to being rescued.
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  5. Vegan Drinks March 2011

    The crowd, the signage & the DJ at the last Vegan Drinks! Pictures by the talented jesse.anne.o. View more images in the Vegan Drinks Flickr pool.

    Thank you for turning out in droves for the March 31st Vegan Drinks NYC benefit for World Vets and its disaster relief efforts in Japan. (Read our interview with Adrien Zap of World Vets, who traveled to Japan within hours of the earthquake and tsunami.) You raised over $400 by buying drinks and food and many, many raffle tickets. Congratulations to the winners and HUGE thanks to MooShoes, Terri and Angels & Kings Bar for generously donating prizes for the raffle.

    Extra special thanks to the talented Dj3dg and those organizations and individuals who made Shout-Outs:

    We’ll see you on April 28th for the next Vegan Drinks NYC at Angels & Kings Bar.

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