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The SuperVegan Round-Up, December 22: End-of-year lists, lobster killers, MFA donation matches, and more

  • Farm Sanctuary isn’t the only AR group seeking (matched!) donations by the end of the year. A Mercy for Animals supporter will match your gift, up to $25,000. MFA is fairly new to NYC; you can get familiar by checking out their awesome undercover work here (carefully, now–the footage is horrifying).
  • We despise you, lobster-killing capitalist.
  • Who doesn’t love an end-of-year list? OK, some people shake and spit at the mere thought. But I like them! VegNews has compiled a list of the top veg stories of the decade. Kathy Freston posted a similar, top-10 list on The Huffington Post. What do you think? What are they missing?
  • The New York Times posted an op-ed claiming plants are as deserving of consideration as animals. Sooooo smart, guys.
  • Finally, get your bum over to Whole Foods next week and get $50 back when you spend $100 or more.


  1. Comment by

    Melissa Bastian

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    The Times article on plants is actually pretty interesting. Yes, plants have developed an astounding array of mechanisms, over millions of years through the slow process of evolution, to allow them to survive and fend off predators and parasites, and even compete with one another. But… since when is adaptation the same thing as sentience? Oh right! It’s not. So while the article is interesting, its premise is COMPLETELY misplaced.

    For example, plants don’t sit around thinking, Oh, I’d better grow towards the sun! Rather, a higher concentration of a growth hormone accumulates on the darker side of the plant, making the cells on that side grow more quickly, leading to the plant curving to the source of light. Not quite the same thing as a cow seeing a patch of nice grass, knowing she wants to eat, and walking towards the grass, now is it.

    I guess some people just need something to write about.

  2. Comment by


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    The NY Times article also overlooks a really fundamental aspect of plant survival: the dissemination of seeds by animals who eat them! It is in the plant’s interest to have its seed-bearing fruits and vegetables consumed by carriers who scatter the seeds and allow new plant life.

  3. Comment by


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    While I certainly understand the need to point out the absurdity/ stupidity of the NY Times Op-Ed piece, I find the use of the word “retarded” offensive and degrading. I firmly believe that caring for and respecting living creatures must also extend to those marginalized human members of our society. As a special education teacher, I work every day with families and children who deserve more respect than such ignorant comments offer them. Furthermore, this is not the first time I have seen the use of the word “retarded” here to denote something as being stupid or meaningless. An apology is in order.

  4. Comment by


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    saying that the new york times posted a retarded op-ed and then questioning your use of the word retarded makes me feel like you knew better but said what the hell. Too bad you didn’t think about all the people with special needs that you hurt when you used that slur. Doesn’t seem right to me because you can’t blame sheer ignorance in this case. You knew better but dismissed an entire population of special needs individuals. Shameful.

  5. Comment by

    Sam C

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    I’m sorry I offended you. I removed the parenthetical comment you refer to.

    I see from a search that you spend a lot of time correcting bloggers’ use of the word “retarded.” Blogging is a fast-paced medium, and I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt us to slow down. At the same time, I hope that readers were easily able to grasp that my colloquial use of the word “retarded” indicated that I think the NYT article lacks intelligent consideration of its topic, and nothing more.

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    Find out the huge difference between animal rights (total animal liberation) and animal welfare (inadvertently helping to continue animal exploitation):

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