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Category Archive: Wildlife

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  1. Here’s a bucketload of stories from the past month or two that I’d like to share with you. Sorry to be dumping so many at once. I would have preferred to share these with you one at a time as they were published, but life got in the way. But it’s still win-win; I get to clean out my browser tabs, and you get some good stories to read.

    Some of these are newsy, others are feature-y or opinion-y. Some of these stories are were breaking news, but others are notable for being traditionally under-reported animal-interest topics in mainstream venues.  Some are short; some are very, very long. I have not read them all in their entireties yet, but I endorse you checking them out anyway. We may have shared a few of these on Twitter, but most of them have gone totally unnoted by SuperVegan until now. I tried to sort them into rough categories, but some certainly blur the lines.


    Fake Meat


    • Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?” Inspired by the juxtaposition of reviews of Act of Killing and Blackfish, Nick Kristof  wonders “Some day, will our descendants be mystified by how good and decent people in the early 21st century — that’s us — could have been so oblivious to the unethical treatment of animals?” Kristof is one of the best New York Times columnists, and has a lot of journalistic experience with perpetrators of human-on-human violence; this coming from him is a rather big deal. (NYTimes, 7/28/13)
    • That same day, the Times’s Dot Earth blog ran “A Closer Look at ‘Nonhuman Personhood’ and Animal Welfare

    Companion and Farmed Animals


    6,500+ transcribed words likely to incite frustration and despair in the caring reader

  2. Hello all you compassionate people! Do you like vegan food, LUSH products, tripod dogs, massages, facials, world-saving jewelry, and videos of fatty puppies and kittens and sea lions? Come this Sunday to the Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD) Charity Pot Party by LUSH on the Upper West Side!

    DAD is planning a December campaign in the Galapagos Islands, with a vet and two vet techs, to treat as many animals of Galapagos as possible before the Christmas holiday, and to spread as much humane education as possible. And before we embark on this trip, we’ll be supporting as many animals displaced or hurt by Hurricane Sandy as possible. To fundraise for all these efforts, LUSH is giving us a Charity Pot Party this Sunday.

    Darwin Animal Doctors’ Spokesdog Piggy (left), taking care of Sneakers (middle) and Tobie (right), two displaced doggies from Hurricane Sandy

    If you come, you can learn how LUSH helps to fund activism and causes like DAD’s humane education program in Galapagos, and watch videos of our work and humane education on the islands. Stay to get a massage for charity, enjoy a facial by LUSH, eat delicious bake sale items, meet our spokesdoggy Piggy, enter a LUSH raffle, and peruse our merchandise, including hand-made jewelry that locals on Galapagos have recycled from paper, plastic, and other waste on Galapagos. Proceeds will go to help fund our December campaign, as well as rescue efforts in post-hurricane NYC.

    And most importantly, no one leaves a LUSH store or event without smelling AWESOME. See you there!

    Where: LUSH, Broadway btwn W 76th and W 77th Sts.
    When: Sunday, November 11th, from 1pm to 5pm
    What: Massage chair (gas permitting transport of the chair), facials, LUSH raffle, sweet and savory bake sale items, hand-made Galapagos jewelry, merchandise with cute animals, and a tripod dog!
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  3. “The Whale” is a wonderful documentary screening at Cinema Village now until September 29th. The directors, Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, are attending question and answer sessions after screenings.

    Amiably narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds, “The Whale” tells the story of Luna, a young orca who found himself abandoned in the remote coastal waters of British Columbia. In need of family, this intrepid two year-old killer whale adopted the people of a tiny town in Nootka Sound. He was pretty aggressive at first. To get attention, Luna would dance upside-down with his tail flapping in the air, he’d bump against the side of boats then present his nose for petting, eye-balling friends with open curiosity.

    Mostly, the locals fell in love and warmly responded to Luna’s demands. People would seek him out to offer pets and adoration, and the occasional throw-the-floatie-thingy-while-Luna-tosses-it-back game. Continue Reading…

  4. Of course you want one!

    Of course you want one!

    The Teal Cat Project is a great new fundraising/awareness-raising initiative benefitting feral cats.

    The basic gist is: you donate $25. The money goes to a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) group. You get a unique teal cat sculpture in the mail. The project is a collaboration between Everyone’s Favorite Vegan Celebrity Chef (and NYC-deserter) Isa Chandra Moskowitz and fellow Omahan Denise Muller.

    The first recipient organization is New York City Feral Cat Initiative–so awesome!

    The cats are “upcycled” old tchotchkes. They’ve collected a ginormous colony of these vintage ceramic cats, spray-painted them teal, and given each a numbered tag. They look great, and are more unique, cheaper, and more deserving than anything similar looking you might pick up at Jonathan Adler. The website, looks great, too!

    You can also help by donating cat tchotchkes or donating smaller amounts of money.

    I kinda wished they’d eartipped them all, but I guess that’d be too much delicate work with ceramic cats.

    I just bought mine. Go get your kitty!

  5. Animal Relief in Haiti

    Filed under: Activism Wildlife

    Headlines flashing about the death tolls in Haiti report crazy high numbers of casualties, and those just account for human lives. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, you’re wondering WHAT ABOUT THE ANIMALS?? We’ve compiled a list of groups that are helping domestic and feral animals and wildlife post-quake. We haven’t evaluated all of them but we wanted to let you know what’s up, right here, right now. If you know of other groups aiding animals, or if you come across more animal-related quake news, please comment or e-mail. We’ll update this post as we find out more.

    Groups helping animals in Haiti

    • Sodopreca (Spanish)
      This is the only Dominican animal group going to Haiti specifically to rescue animals. Want to go with? E-mail Marco fast; they leave for Haiti on Friday.
    • International Fund for Animal Welfare
      It looks like they’re focusing on human needs first and animals second. They say on their website, “After … immediate human needs are met, IFAW’s Emergency Response team will be ready to assist the animal victims in any way that we can. In the meantime, please keep the people and animals of Haiti in your thoughts.”
    • Christian Veterinary Mission
    • Veterinarians Without Borders
      They haven’t mentioned Haiti yet, but we hope they’ll get involved!
    • UPDATE: We are having a bake sale! Proceeds go to Sodopreca. It’ll be at Vegan Drinks on Thursday, January 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Help us by baking and/or emptying your wallets for cupcakes!
    • And so are these guys, Mooshoes, Saturday, January 31, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Can you make it/bake it for both?

    Animal-related news on Haiti

    • You can find the Humane Society of the United States‘ statement here. HSUS says, “Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are working with other animal welfare and humanitarian organizations to determine how best to assist animals and people affected by the disaster. We have offered our support in providing care to affected animals and will post updates as they become available.”
    • The World Society for the Protection of Animals is keeping tabs on their Animals in Disasters blog. With the IFAW, the WSPA will be working on ground-level relief for animals. You can donate at the blog.
    • Best Friends Animal Society is delivering updates via Facebook.

    UPDATE, 1/21:

    • People seem to be using this animalsinhaiti tag to refer to animal-related quake news on Twitter.
    • You can find a list of resources on animals in Haiti, not unlike the one you’re reading now, here at Easy Vegan.
    • International Food For Life will be providing vegan meals for people in Haiti. How cool is that?? They’re setting up a “vegan food relief base camp.” Wow, awesome. If you want to volunteer with them, go here. If you want to donate to them, that’s here.