Kiss
  • symkha

Lion Ark

http://www.lionarkthemovie.com/

This looks like an amazing documentary! I wish I lived somewhere I could see it easily.

Got this email from Animal Defenders International:

The Lion Ark movie is opening at the film festivals and this is your chance to be one of the first to see the "feel good movie of the year"!

More action adventure style than traditional documentary, Lion Ark tells the story of the undercover investigations,
the lobbying, the law and enforcement of the ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. Circuses that defy the new law are tracked down, animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

This is a hugely important film for raising awareness about the suffering of animals in traveling circuses and it
shows how laws can be enforced. And for a change, the animals win!

Early reviews say: "Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!" (Reel Talk); "one of your must-see films of 2013"
(The Independent Critic)
mew?

Vegan camping

Hi all! I'm going camping for the first time ever (in Utah) in a few weeks, and this will be not only my first time camping vegan, but first time camping period! I've been vegan for almost 12 years, but have no clue where to start when it comes to camping.

What kinds of foods do I bring? We won't have access to a fridge to keep things cold. We'll be there for 3 days. Suggestions please! :)

vegan replacement or alternative for surimi?

When I was in Japan, it was so hard to be vegan so I would sometimes have these surimi cakes. Now that I've been pretty much vegan for a month, (been doing the PRNC Vegan Kickstarts, I find them helpful to get back on track and STAY on track!) I find myself craving something similar with this texture...and a good source of protein that won't be too bloating. Do you guys recommend soy based things, like maybe tofu, even some tofurkey? Tempeh?

I'd love to hear thoughts and snack ideas! Thanks guys.
Recently I've seen coconut milk and coconut yogurt, never knew / believed such a thing could exist!! I'll have to try those soon =)

Vegan Wilderness Survival?

So, this has been on my mind for years now and so I thought I'd ask this community about it, since y'all seem active and friendly about stuff.

Okay, to preface this, I believe that wilderness survival vegan-style, is totally doable. However, I can't back that up with experience or links to other people's experiences. And that's what bothers me. Not because it makes me doubt the feasibility of vegan wildness survival, but because I think we're lacking in a valuable resource of collective knowledge.

Now, there are a lot of websites and YouTube channels with information related to wilderness survival that is applicable to vegans. Edible and medicinal plants, fire-making skill, shelter, even tracking (you don't have to harm what you track, animals can teach you a lot in the wilderness, such as where to find food and water or what to avoid, even how to minimize your impact on the local ecosystem), etc. Offline in the woods, there are survival courses that allow vegans, but those are still carnocentric.

If you feel like being ethical about things, you're not gonna want to go because of the exploitation. Even just have some moral fibre, you'll be bummed, probably even nauseous. And even if none of that applies, time is being wasted by being focused on learning things not relevant to us (unless you intend to abandon veganism at the first sign of danger, like the straw-vegan in the arguments about apocalyptic scenarios) and possibly not focused on learning other skills that might benefit us more (skills a carnocentric instructor might not know, even).

So I guess my question is multipart:
Does anyone know of any vegan-centric survival course/repositories of info?
Is anyone interested in making such a thing happen? I think it could be a cool blending of ancient skills and herblore along with modern knowledge.
Does anyone have any questions about such things?
Garm

Vegans in school

My son started school this year. ETA: He's only 4.5 and knows why we're vegan because "we don't need to use animals so we don't" and other simple and basic explanations.

The teacher seemed annoyed that we were vegan. She asked if I would make exceptions for some of her classes because "F is for Feather....you know, where we make crafts with feathers" and things like that. She also told me that one of the field trips is to a farm where they grow several crops, take a tractor hay ride, pick berries but also the farm produces eggs and milk (the kids get to collect eggs and milk a goat).

She told me that my son could opt out and stay home that day or I could join on the trip and explain to him why our family does not do such things and still get the other positive experiences of the trip. The farm doesn't gain anything financial from the class visit but does get to show "happy" animals where the kids will presume all animal products come from.

What would you do? Obviously my son would not be collecting eggs or milking goats and I know he would not put up a fight to do so. I think he would appreciate the rest of the trip but I'm still wary and unsure if attending while consciously avoiding exploiting animals is still ethical, or is going at all just not ethical because there is animal exploitation there?

Fwiw, we go to corn mazes in autumn which also have petting zoos. We did show my son how animals are kept and explain why it's not ideal (stress from visitors, separated from family (in the case of the calf alone in a pen where kids went and climbed all over him and I burst into tears). My son came away feeling that it was very wrong for the animals to live that life and while we've returned to the maze we have not gone back to bother the animals. Is it ethical to go to the corn maze at all...or not?

Then there's the huge amusement park every year where they have a show of trained dogs, a petting farm and a booth of exotic "educational" animals like snakes. Avoid the whole amusement park or just some of the independent areas where animals are exploited? 
Kiss
  • symkha

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ttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ms-outlaw-chaining-tethering-of-dogs-for-extended-periods-of-time?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice


"So it's been a year since this petition has started. We have over 2k total signatures and almost 1,100 Mississippi signatures! But despite repeated contact with Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and all members of the Mississippi House and Senate, no real action has been taken. This petition also has not (to my knowledge) received any attention from the press despite
requests. Please, let's keep up the pressure on this. If you know of anyone who can spread the word, let them know.

I encourage you to write to your State representatives. Contact them via mail, email, phone, Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can find the mailing address and email address for State reps here: <ahref="http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/s_roster.pdf>http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/s_roster.pdf</a>
and http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/h_roster.pdf

Finally, be sure to post your thoughts on Twitter
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@tatereeves
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@snowlaw

question on gelatin, vs. kosher gelatin?

question on gelatin, vs. kosher gelatin?

I've never been a huge yogurt fan, but i am so surprised to learn that a food that's usually entirely vegetarian, even, has 'kosher' gelatin added to it. i've seen it in some baked goods too, and wanted to know, does kosher mean it could be plant-based, i mean, come from some other source and not animal? is gelatin always meant that it derives from an animal source?

thanks you guys =)

also - i don't really like the taste of soy, and i'm allergic to all tree nuts. so almond milk is out, but what other non-dairy milks do you guys prefer?

(xposted to veganpeople

question on gelatin, vs. kosher gelatin?

I've never been a huge yogurt fan, but i am so surprised to learn that a food that's usually entirely vegetarian, even, has 'kosher' gelatin added to it. i've seen it in some baked goods too, and wanted to know, does kosher mean it could be plant-based, i mean, come from some other source and not animal? is gelatin always meant that it derives from an animal source?

thanks you guys =)

also - i don't really like the taste of soy, and i'm allergic to all tree nuts. so almond milk is out, but what other non-dairy milks do you guys prefer?

(xposted to isitveg
Darla Catnip
  • symkha

Did You Hear About Giggles?

In the US last week, 9 heavily-armed "wildlife protection" officials stormed a no-kill shelter in the state of Wisconsin to drag out and kill a fawn who had been brought in by concerned people. The baby had been abandoned by his mother. In Wisconsin it's illegal to keep wildlife (but apparently killing wild animals is just dandy).

Please sign this petition to put a stop to further such abuses and make these people accountable for their murder. I mean, NINE ARMED officials for one poor little fawn!?

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/kenosha-county-officials-conduct-an-investigation-into-the-killing-of-baby-deer-giggles