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21st-Jul-2013 09:02 am - Dogs in Hot Cars (Seriously, AGAIN!?)
Darla Catnip
Earlier this week, a small dog in Rhode Island died when it was left inside a car in the sweltering summer heat. Also, a woman in the same town was warned that she was teetering on a crime when she saved a pit bull from possibly the same fate.

Now, the North Carolina House of Representative has passed legislation that gives police, firefighters and other rescue workers the authority to break into cars if they see dogs or other animals in hot weather. It has been sent to the state’s Senate.

If it becomes law, authorities can enter a vehicle “by any reasonable means” when they suspect an animal is at risk for any reason, not just heat. There are local ordinances in North Carolina that already provide this authority, but Rep. Pricey Harrison, the Greensboro Democrat who sponsored the bill, saw the need to make it a statewide law.

More here:
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/should-police-break-into-cars-to-save-animals.html#ixzz2ZgVirLIK

2nd-Jul-2013 12:41 pm - Kirkland Croissants?
Dumb question, but does anybody know if Kirkland/Costco croissants are vegan? I know croissants typically aren't, but I've stumbled across accidentally vegan ones before. I have a friend inviting me over for breakfast this Saturday and she asked me. I've been searching the google, but can't find a basic ingredients list. We have a backup plan (potatoes and soyrizo), but now I'm just really curious. I'm going to e-mail Costco as well. We'll see who figures it out first. :-P
30th-Jun-2013 01:02 am - Transitioning whilst pregnant
Due in october
After years of being vegetarian on-and-off, my husband and I have finally decided to properly commit to the change once we've moved out of my dad's house which is in a few weeks.
My main goal, though, is to ultimately go vegan. I know that plenty of women have had completely healthy pregnancies whilst vegan, but my question is about whether or not it's advisable/safe to actually transition from an omni diet to a full vegan one during pregnancy. I'm 25 weeks along (about 6 months), so I'm not having any morning sickness, so all of my food is actually staying with me now (thank god!).

Does anyone have any advice or references I could check out? Or perhaps give me an idea of how they were feeling physically whilst making their change?
26th-Jun-2013 06:46 am - Silk
Here's a short new article on why silk is not vegan (I mean, we know this, but if you have friends or family who get on your case about it, this might help).

10th-Jun-2013 08:38 pm - Help me pick shoes
Bike Naked!
Whoa, I haven't posted here in ages. o_O

So I recently became a mail carrier. Yay! I genuinely enjoy the job a lot of the time, I get to be outside and walking for most of the day.

But as it turns out, I have twisted/lightly sprained my right ankle twice in less than a month, just from walking on uneven lawns. I have an ankle brace, but it's really not that comfortable to wear while walking all day. I cannot keep twisting my ankle--it's excruciatingly painful and slows me down.

So I've decided to try wearing hiking boots instead. People wear them all day walking on rough terrain, after all. And they come with ankle support built in!

The shoes have to be black (or mostly black/dark colors) to fit the dress code. And I've found these: http://www.veganessentials.com/catalog/path-finder-hemp-hiking-boot-by-wicked-hemp--womens-black.htm

(ETA: Doesn't look like they carry them anymore, and neither does anyone else. ARGH.)

Has anyone tried them? Or have other ideas?
31st-May-2013 06:08 pm - 'Yoghurt' definitions and labeling
There's a brand of coconut (COYO) yoghurt in Australia that is fairly new. Early on they said the yoghurt was vegan but it wasn't, and they acted quite well upon being told so and quickly changed it. They seem like an okay company, and their products are alright.

Anyway, yesterday I heard they put out the following announcement:

Dear Customers,

Over the following weeks the labels on our products will be changed.

We have been advised by the Queensland Government Health Department who are responsible for policing the Food Safety Act 2006 that CO YO Corporate Pty Ltd are in breach of the Act in terms of product labelling.

They have advised us that CO YO Coconut Milk Ice Cream and CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt do not comply with the Food Safety Act 2006 and its definition of Ice Cream or Yoghurt.

In part the Act defines milk quote
"Milk means the mammary secretions of milking animals"

Because we use coconut milk we are unable to call our products by their current name. This has meant that we have had to organise new labels for our products which are now known as

CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt Alternative
CO YO Coconut Milk Ice Cream Alternative

Currently we are labelling yoghurts with a sticker that identifies these product as Yoghurt Alternative and Ice Cream Alternative (new labels are currently being processed).

My reaction to this? 'FGBUHDFGTSBUP!'

So, in short, Queensland law defines milk in a certain way, and therefore products commonly milk based (?) must contain dairy milk (?), and therefore because COYO use 'coconut milk'(?!) they can't call their products 'yoghurt' or 'ice cream'.

This sounds absolutely ridiculous to me. I mean, apart from the initial premise, the logic of the argument as it appears in the brief (which may be simplified and cut out important info) is extremely flawed.

The way I read this is that COYO got a notice about this and, thinking they're a small company and can't afford to fight a simple labeling issue in court, chose to comply. Which is sad.

It reminds me of a few years ago when the US dairy industry (I'm guessing, but my memory is fuzzy) tried to stop soy/rice/almond milk etc from using the word 'milk' - but that campaign ended pretty quickly because nobody took it seriously.

Now I have to put up with seeing 'yoghurt alternative' written on the shelves of my local co-op, furthering the common idea that foods made without dairy aren't 'real'.

Thanks, Queensland.

3rd-May-2013 07:25 pm(no subject)
I just posted a parody letter for today's Ag-Gag blogging event. I haven't blogged in a long while, but felt compelled to do this because the issue is as much about civil rights as it is about animal rights, and about corporate power intertwined with politics as it is about anything else. I had some trouble coming up with something new to say - I'm sure the other bloggers have all said pretty much the same things.


Here it is, if you want to read it.
2nd-May-2013 09:34 am - Vegan Wineries in France
I'm going to be in France in late August, and was wondering if anyone might know of vegan wineries that one can tour or do tastings at. Any french wine drinking info would be useful - My partner has only become vegan in the past 12 months, and was a bit into the fancy wine stuff before that, so I know they would feel at least a little bit dissapointed if we went to paris and they didn't get to drink some french wine (I'm guessing fresh french vegan cheese will be a bit harder to acquire). Thanks!
Found an article on care2.com. It's kind of old - I have tons of emails I'm just slogging through right now - and came across it.

“Dogs here were always working animals, kept on short chains and it was illegal to keep them in the house,” Michelle Jones of K9 Rescue Bulgaria explains. “They were seen as dirty vermin; cats were seen as mousers, having to feed themselves and nothing more. Unwanted cats and dogs were either killed or simply thrown on the street. The result, hundreds of thousands of strays roamed the street, multiplying naturally.”

Only in the last few years has there been some evidence of baby steps toward a more humane culture, but for rescuers like Diane who confront the pervasive conditions of neglect, there simply won’t be a ‘slow day’ for the rest of their lives.

Bringing in another box with a puppy inside

The Rowles have made animal rescue a family affair, opening their self-bought animal shelter a couple years back with help from a handful of supporters. They operate their charity under the name Rudozem Street Dog Rescue and did the best they could at the the time, acquiring an old building and some land that could eventually become a pristine shelter and sanctuary. But the dogs and cats keep coming at a rapid fire pace. People tie their animals in sacks and hurl them at the gates of the shelter or leave them in the middle of the night, sealed in cardboard boxes. With no municipal support and no network of local foster homes to rely on, the Rowles are on their own and their only option is to open each box and bag and introduce themselves to the terror-stricken animals inside.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/mom-could-go-to-prison-for-being-too-poor-to-save-animals.html#ixzz2RxRusDqO

There's a link in the article if you think you can afford to send a donation; it's also a link to the page for her shelter.
8th-Apr-2013 02:46 pm - Vegan (fair-trade) sports bra?
Spartans (3 on the floor)
I'll be having a breast reduction surgery in 2 weeks and one day, and I need a sturdy, comfortable sports bra for healing (and high impact sports in the distant future, hopefully). I might be willing to hope that if it's a color that isn't new, like black or white, they haven't gone and dropped the dye in rabbit eyes to see if it's harmful. A lot of the bras are also saying "tested for harmful substances," which I'm sure means animals testing. I NEED to buy a pair, and finding a second-hand, super-sturdy, fitting sports bra with such short notice... yeah, right.

I found this: https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/33675/seamless-comfort-purple-paw-sports-bra?source=10-97809-1, does anyone know if that's any good and if they use plant dyes without animal testing?

P.S. I'm in Sweden, so US-centric advice... not very helpful! I really hope you can help me. I don't want to buy rabbit-eye-tested things, but I will if I can't find anything else.

x-posted to veganism
expand their sanctuary. For zoning reasons, the land beside this sanctuary in Colorado must be used for animals. If Peaceful Prairie cannot afford to buy it, it will become a ranch or slaughter facility.

You can read more here:

23rd-Feb-2013 09:06 pm - Wild Horses in the American West

Horses in Wyoming need help. Please click on the link and follow the directions to write comments to the National Park Service. Non-US residents please make comments, too. Our national parks rely heavily on tourism.

Thank you.
23rd-Feb-2013 09:09 am(no subject)
hi, i'm not sure if this is allowed here. if it's not, just leave a comment to let me know and i will delete this :)

i'm selling all my veggie cookbooks because i rarely make meals anymore that have more than a handful of ingredients. maybe you'll actually use them to make so many great delicious things instead of letting them collect dust like me.
$10 each or 3 for $25 plus shipping? i have tons of selling feedback on lj i can provide too thru my selling lj. thanks.
20th-Feb-2013 01:19 am - Vegan Products in Berlin?
Delray's Finest
Hi All,

I have a friend in Berlin who will be visiting me here in Boston in about a week. I'm considering asking him to bring me back some vegan products that are available there but are not available here in Boston. Anybody have any favorites that they know of? It'd help if they're fairly easy to find - he's not vegan at all, so I don't want to send him on too much of a wild goose chase!

31st-Jan-2013 01:09 pm - updated deodorant suggestions?
vegan ftw
My one year veganniversary is coming up in a few weeks, though, so I figured I should finally ask about this: deodorant! The last post in the tag is from 2008 :( (I see Mitchum listed there, so I'm gonna see if I can find that somewhere next time I'm out, but I wanted to ask in case that also doesn't work!)

Years ago I bought a massive pack of Dove deodorant from Costco and I'm on my last one of those. I don't want to buy more when it runs out, obviously, but so far I haven't found a single vegan deodorant that works. I've tried a ton of them and I am always stinky within hours. I give them all a few weeks, thinking maybe my body will adjust but it doesn't happen. Even in winter when I'm not hot, I end up stinky. And, half the time, I walk around scratching my arm pits like a gorilla for a week after putting some on. I'm apparently allergic to something in a lot of these concoctions. I'm also allergic to tea tree oil so it can't contain that.

I know I've tried the trader joe's stuff, the Crystal roll-on, Lush's deodorant bars, baking soda (I think this is actually what I'm allergic to; it makes me break out in hives on its own), Alba's deodorant, Schmidt something? (I bought it on Food Fight's site, iirc), Tom's of Maine, Florere, and The Body Shop's brand. There have probably been more; I've been trying to use a lot of vegan products even since before I was actually vegan.

So, I need your strongest, best deodorant suggestions! I'm in the US, near Seattle, if that matters.
31st-Jan-2013 03:20 pm - vegan hiking boots
f&g- sam

i know this has been asked before, but i am having a ridiculous time trying to find decent vegan hiking boots. i have an old pair of garmonts, but they've been discontinued. (i'm awaiting a reply from the company to see if there's anything on their site i'm missing) does anyone know of any other brands out there that are decent? preferably with ankle support.

25th-Jan-2013 06:18 pm - Wedding Menu
I have had a vegan wedding in the works for a year now. In the last two months, I have got a lot of things settled. I'm doing a lot of renting rather than buying in the vein of "reuse."

Max of 64 guests, so small.

Very few of them are vegan, a couple vegetarian, and the rest omnivore. Most of these people do not explore with their food options and I don't want partially eaten plates put down the waste basket and half my guests picking up McDonalds on the way home. There are also about 10-15 close family members that are very very much standard vegetable people from his side of the family. Potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, corn, carrots.

I do not want to pay prime dollar to a caterer so they can send out green beans in a little salt. Ya know?

So. I don't know what I want but I do know what I don't want.

--Fried Foods (Summer Wedding and oily makes me sick.)
--Fake Meats (only if I absolutely have to)

I feel like all that leaves is, to me, uninspiring standard italian fare (meh)

I really want to avoid fake meats because... I want people to eat a plant based whole foods dish. Processed crap may be ok for holidays and cookouts but this is a WEDDING. And then I don't know what replicates well.

Anyone got some ideas? It's in July 2013 but I'm wanting to get an idea of pricing because I am paying for everything with my own dime.

Edit Add: We are set on having an official dinner of two to three options. They get no choice about appetizers or dessert. So, no brunches or light lunches or "horderves only." I'm not just wanting to feed my guests; I'm also wanting to use food as a form of activism and show them in grand delicious style that "vegan" can fill you up and be amazing.
23rd-Jan-2013 01:49 pm - Synthetic VS Natural Dyes
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I guess I'm seeing it this way

Natural Dye
Pros: Non animal testing
Pros: renewable plant resources
Pros:Vivid colors that fade to still good colors
Cons: Not color "fast" so the fade occurs faster
Cons: More water usage
Cons: Heavy metal usage

Synthetic Dye:
Pros: No heavy metals
Pros: Less water usage
Pros:Color fast
Cons: Animal testing
Cons: Non renewable oil sources
Cons: Initial Vivid colors fade to "yuck"

Not really a question. Just sharing a story.
Apparently, the US is the largest importer of lions and lion parts, and these animals are being decimated at an astonishing pace.

Please write to US Fish and Wildlife Services. You can sign petitions, but personally I feel this issue is too grave to stop there.

Information is below. Thank you.

5th-Jan-2013 09:55 am - Wolves in Serious Jeopardy
Pretty much they are in trouble everywhere.

Here are a couple petitions you can sign and pass on to help wolves in Finland.

As always, if this issue moves you extra, feel free to send emails or faxes or hand-written letters as necessary. I'm not sure the petitions always have this information, but it should be fairly easy to find contact information on the websites of the people being petitioned.



14th-Dec-2012 01:42 am - Needing an outlet
I just needed a place to express this and I knew people here would understand. From my latest blog post at <ahref=http://www.keepersofcompassion.wordpress.com>www.keepersofcompassion.wordpress.com</a>. Thanks for reading. <3

Someone said to me, “People should treat people like their pets treat them.” I’ll extend that “all animals” and nod profusely.

Someone told me that if I were an animal I would be a mouse – reverent.

And lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of owl images – the wise light in the dark.

I also did a meditation involving the evocation of my animal spirit guide. A goat appeared and led me down a long hill to a tree where the words flashed, “and that’s all there is.” 

Maybe if we were that simple, and simply wise, we wouldn’t have all the jealousy, the fear, the competition. Fear of each other, fear of ourselves. If we lived to live and love we wouldn’t be so scared. We wouldn’t condition fear in others. We wouldn’t learn to shut down feelings. We wouldn’t know how to make it complicated.

We have so much to learn from animals. Hurting them dims our light and poisons our spirit. We’re hurting and killing beings of pure love. The planet weeps and weakens. Angels lose wingspan. A psychic sting spearheads the gut of our collective conscience. If they’re not okay, we’re not okay.

But we don’t see the connection. We see only separation – when in reality the worlds are intertwined. And when one of them dies, we suffer an undetected blow to the spirit, and before we know it, the sting has seeped into our dreams and reigned terror on our psyches. 

Compassion is simple. Animals teach us this. Animals model this. 

The heart-break is the complicated part. It is not natural to lose them this way and so its hard to wrap my head around it.

I feel grateful for my freedom tonight. And its been a rough night, but I’m still free. I don’t know that these animals can conceptualize freedom. What they know is what they’ve lived. And ahead of them the pit only gets darker. So freedom is probably akin to Plato’s cave.   

I go to this place when I need perspective. I am blessed with perspective because I am not captive.

When really aware, there is no peace. The gap doesn’t close. Its going on this very minute. No resolution. No reconciliation.

Having a particularly sad night. Going to keep hope though. This is going to change. It has to if enough people demand it. History has shown this. And one day, we will evolve toward being a planet where people say, “Can you believe people used to eat animals?” 

I am sad to live alongside the horror but grateful for the awareness and ability to choose otherwise.

11th-Dec-2012 06:44 pm - New Animal Compassion Blog
Hey everyone,

I recently started a blog as a creative outlet to express my vegan values. I was wondering if anyone here wanted to take a look and maybe follow it?


Thank you for anything you can do! :)

11th-Dec-2012 01:02 pm - Thank you gift basket

A few months ago I was told by my supervisor that it was now mandatory to take the flu shot. It seems all of the hospitals in my area are making this a requirement for employment. Only exemptions were:

  • allergy to eggs
  • religious reasons

Two weeks ago, I got the call from the Director of Employee Health. First, she informed me that after speaking to the legal department, veganism was not a protected entity. Then she told me she'd read my personal letter and asked,

"This is really a belief system for you, isn't it?"
"It is, absolutely."
"Well, I'm putting you down as declining the flu shot for religious reasons."

I was shocked. I burst into tears, and she hurried off the phone to tearful thank yous.

I am so proud of myself and so happy that my employer (at least that single woman) saw my veganism as I see and feel it.
And I really want to send her a 'thank you' basket of vegan goodies.
I don't know if she's diabetic or really anything so I'm not sure what to send. Also, some omnivores don't have a palette for unique flavors, so when I thought of these sweetened cardmom spiced almonds, I'm kind of leery of sending them. (I adored them.)


27th-Nov-2012 07:34 pm - Vegan Give Away
I hope this is okay to post: 

I am hosting a Give Away  on my German Blog Vegan In Berlin . It's Amsterdam centric and includes two English maps and Sweets. The site is in German but you can join in from anywhere. Either comment on the Blog or send me a message to veganinberlin@gmx.de . 
11th-Nov-2012 07:18 am - Petition Request
Hi everyone!

I've got a page on care2.com that I use on and off. Now, believe me, I know that care2 is heavily sponsored by the very corporations causing the problems that the site claims to be working against. But there are some good things about it, I guess (I do like the ecards and some of the petitions).

One thing they do is give you something called butterfly credits when you contribute to their online community, usually through posting replies and comments to the stories they post daily.

You can exchange these butterfly credits for "good" works - like, a certain number of credits can be redeemed to bottle-feed a kitten in need, or help provide water to people without clean water, or pencils for kids who need them for school. It's definitely a band-aid approach and does not address the systemic underpinnings of a society that prefers to spend money on war and offshore accounts rather than worry about clean water for the world or making sure kids are educated (educated kids mean they can stand up to the Man, after all).
So I get all that. But I make comments, and I get credits and I might as well use them.

However, one thing you can get credits for is raising an animal (gag gag) "humanely" for food. Of course this is totally fucked up on so many levels. So I started a petition to have care2.com remove that option and to split it into two: feeding a sanctuary animal and sending financial support to HIPPO or VegFam. It's a slow-going petition, so if you could sign it and pass it around I'd appreciate it.


3rd-Nov-2012 01:56 pm - hey west coast and southwest peeps
I almost remained ignorant of it, so I'm here to make sure you guys do not; check it out- http://www.facebook.com/events/415595535169779/
This is for a friend of a friend (both animal-loving vegans), who's had one dog and one can dumped on her and can't care for them long-term. Any advice very welcome.

21st-Oct-2012 02:52 pm - vegan glue?
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm a bit unclear on which glues are animal-friendly. Anybody know a bit about this?
20th-Oct-2012 02:10 pm - Whipped cream from non-dairy milk?
Kirsty and Kyle
Has anyone tried making a whipped cream from almond milk? I'd found a few recipes but wanted to know if anyone had actually tried it. Specifically I'm looking to find a cream substitute to use for scones :)
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