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Please take some time to write an email/letter - more than sign a petition, please. These bears are in desperate trouble.

We’ve had some shocking news. After working so hard over so many years to build a world-class sanctuary for the bears rescued from Vietnam’s bile farms, we are being asked to leave.

On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the Ministry of Defence had issued an order to evict the entire sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued bears. There is no justification for this.

It's believed the park director, Do Dinh Tien, lobbied the Ministry of Defence to evict Animals Asia, so he can hand the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, of which his daughter is part-owner. The company intends to build commercial property including a tourist park and hotels.


More information about the organization in general: http://www.animalsasia.org/

I know they could stand to adopt veganism in their fundraisers (I've had issues with them about that) but this is still a really good thing they're doing. And the bears could use our help.

thank you.
17th-Oct-2012 08:29 pm - Veg*n in Iceland, Denmark, Norway
Hey, all!

My vegetarian husband and I are headed to Sweden next summer, and want to tack on another adventure on our way. Because Iceland Air will let you stopover in Iceland for any length of time for no extra charge I thought Iceland sounded like a good idea. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be very many uh... vegetables in Iceland. Does anyone have any experience being vegetarian/vegan in Iceland? As a resident or visitor? We probably wouldn't want to just stay in Reykjavik the whole time. 

Other options include Denmark and Norway. If it'll work out food-wise I think I'd rather go to Iceland this time, but if you have any thoughts on Denmark or Norway that could be useful too.


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9th-Oct-2012 05:44 pm - Veganism+Porn
I just came across a comment on an old blog post saying that "proporn vegans" are hypocrites. It kind of blew me away because I've never even thought of porn in terms of veganism. Since I didn't see it in the tags or memories, I figured there haven't been any posts about it here. So I wanted to start a discussion on how you all view porn in terms of veganism (or whether you do at all).
8th-Oct-2012 08:57 pm - Vegan Box Wine
Does anyone know of good vegan box wines? Barnivore doesn't seem to have a "sort by boxwine" function, so I just have to check every brand that pops into my head. So far I know that Big House and Corbet Canyons are vegan. I swear I found another brand one while having my husband read me labels while I was at home on barnivore (no smart phone!) but I haven't been able to find it again.  
5th-Oct-2012 08:33 am - Nice Job, HSUS!

Last week, Humane Myth published “Happy Meatopia: How Conflict of Interest is Damaging Animal Advocacy.” This special report, with its accompanying video essay, exposes the disturbing behind-the-scenes reality of how the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is partnering with Whole Foods to create a new market for so-called “humane” animal products, along with promoting the farmers and retailers who offer these animal products to the public. The eight-minute video vividly captures how collaboration between animal protection groups and animal exploiters undermines efforts to achieve justice for animals.

Tyson SlaughterhouseNow, HSUS has announced that its president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle, is campaigning to join the board of Tyson Foods, one of the largest slaughterers of animals in the world. This multi-national animal-exploitation behemoth owns 54 chicken plants, 13 beef plants, and six pork plants, which slaughter 42 million chickens, 170,000 cows, and 345,000 pigs each week. According to a blog post by Mr. Pacelle, the idea seems to be that joining Tyson's board is a means of getting the company to stop using gestation crates for pigs, even though by his own admission, the bulk of the animal exploiting industry has done so already without having an animal advocacy executive join their boards.
I got a couple emails today - I am posting links below, but mainly it is that the disgusting US Bureau of Land Management has rounded up yet another 50 wild horses and is set to kill them today.

The group that sent the action alerts is asking for phone calls to the Nevada governor, has a couple petitions to be signed, and of course, seeking money in order to buy the horses out of this situation and hopefully set them up on sanctuaries. I am opposed to buying any living creature, but because this seems so desperate, I'm not going to argue about that juts now!

Please read, sign, write and share:


22nd-Sep-2012 04:53 pm - a guy i work with told me this today
if your a vegetarian why aint you skinny O_o
I was walking through a mall strip the other day and a gent had seen me consider buying my boyfriend a soda. We decided against it, but he caught that I had some ones, obviously, because he immediately came upon us and asked if we could "spare some money, he wanted to get some food." Well, maybe I'm just a sucker, but I always open my wallet and spare whatever cash I happen to have on me. (Which in the month of August, led to about $50 in random donations.)

As the bills pass from my hand to his, he says, "Yeah, just enough to get some burgers at {where ever}." And I immediately had the urge to snatch the bills back, even though I didn't.

I directly contributed to the buying of a beef burger.

I won't even buy vegetarian food for friends, I'd rather let them eyeball my food and complain then spend my own dime for something I'm passionately against.

And there I was, buying a damn burger for a hobo. And really, considering the subsidized cheapness of that food, it's possible that all of my donations thus far may lead to these people buying from the Dollar Menu of where-ever.

And that, in the month of August, I contributed to the buying of $50 of hamburgers.

This leads me to never want to contribute cash again. Do I say no? Do I start carrying bags of apples or vegan snacks around to give to these people? 

Honestly, I want to say no and tell them exactly why. That what they would most likely purchase wouldn't coincide with my personal beliefs. I'd feel guilty, hence the explanation, which in the end, just kind of sounds like I'm judging them.

What to do...?


I suppose my thought process ends up being thus; I am not directly contributing to creulty to the human animal by not giving them my spare change/cash although it may cause me to appear un caring. However, I may be directly contributing to the cruelty to non human animal by freely giving cash that could be used for such a thing.
I'm leaning towards a "No, but good luck," even if I have a few dollars on my person. Some people brought up some good safety points. Being mugged is much more likely as I'm peering into my purse or digging into a wallet. If they push forward and state they're hungry, I'd feel more comfortable buying them the object directly. There are conveneience stores on near every corner. I could buy them 2000 calories of pretzels or potato chips for the $3 I gave that guy. (Which, at most, garnered him 800 calories.)

4th-Sep-2012 10:13 pm - Vegan Sewing...?
Saw no tags for sewing.

What are the parameters of vegan sewing? Concerning eco friendly factors of materials and the neccessary sewing machine and associated notions? I know the obvious stuff, like no silk/wool/leather and have avoided that stuff for years. 

Can any of the seamstresses on here share how hard it is to live within the parameters of what vegan sewing would be?

Can any of the seamstresses share the sources of where they order from for materials?

Also, for fellow seamstresses avoiding wool, what is a similar fabric that can be used to make a winter coat? Can I avoid a synthetic?

And this is very unlikely that anyone would be able to address this last question... I'm into corseting and know nothing of where the various steel materials would be coming from/how it's made/where I would get better sourced steel if regular sourced steel is the devil...? for this particular garment.

Even if it's just conjecture, I'd appreaciate thoughts even from the non sewers.

Thanks all!


I looked under crafts, and there was a similar question, but  no one answered it. They just bought her stuff ^u^

This is long, but a worthwhile watch; watch if you want to feel good about being a vegan. (Besides, Dr. Greger is a very funny man.)

[P.S. — Who chose the tags for this community and can they be amended?)
19th-Jul-2012 03:36 pm - Chicago
mittens, olympics, canada
Hi everyone! I'm hoping there might be some people from Chicago here to offer advice. My husband and I are heading there over the Civic Holiday weekend (August 2-5) from Ontario. We're staying near the University of Chicago. Are there some vegan places that I should definitely check out? We know about Native Foods and the Chicago Diner, but I was wondering if there's anything close to the university (we will likely be using public transit of some sort.) We were also hoping to save money by picking up groceries and eating in our room - any closeby vegan friendly grocery stores? Thanks for the help!
18th-Jul-2012 07:59 am - Vegan Breakfast Restaurants
Can anyone recommend good places for a vegan breakfast in Manhattan? Thanks!
chia pet
Saturday I went to the July Jamboree at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary; it was the first time I had been there and I really loved it.

Here's the link to my photoset on Dreamwidth. Because this was such a family-friendly event and I doubt that most of the families there were vegan, I can't help but wonder when or if it will ever sink in that an integral part of kindness to animals is not eating or enslaving them. We can hope.
24th-Jun-2012 06:29 pm - Dandies!
Do Dandies make good s'mores? I am going camping this week and would rather pout about it now if it isn't going to work rather than building a fire and being frustrated later.
23rd-Jun-2012 12:48 am(no subject)
Hey! My partner and I are going to Washington D.C. for a few days and we were wondering if any of you have any suggestions for places that aren't to be missed. We're staying at the Windsor Inn (near the U Street area, since we are in town to see a concert), so things in that general proximity are ideal! (We're mainly looking for places to eat/do vegan shopping that shouldn't be missed)

Thanks in advance for the help!
10th-Jun-2012 12:38 am - Urban Decay
Pirate duck
In case anyone didn't hear the shocking buzz, Urban Decay decided to start selling their cosmetics in china, thus it will be tested on animals!

UD changed their press statement recently, but their new one can be found here:

There is an online petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/urban-decay-refuse-animal-testing-in-china#

As well PETA created an email campaign:

Or if anyone wants to raise their concern, customer service email is info@urbandecay.com

Spread the word!

*cross posted to veganmakeup*
A trial run of a performance for Animal Rights Awareness Day on June 3rd in Union Square, NYC. I wrote most of the poem (still to be finalized) and I'm speaking, and the dancers are improvising in this video to come up with ideas. The description explains more. Hope you like! And if you're in NYC, come and join us to support the animals!! :)

The event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/180330305423745/

River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas issued a voluntary recall of certain bagged salads after routine sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes, the county Health Department said Friday.

The bacterium was detected in two packages of shredded iceberg lettuce bought from retail locations in California and Colorado. No illnesses have been reported.

The bagged salads of various sizes were distributed nationwide to retail and food service outlets. In California, they were packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Marketside and Sysco.

The Health Department is warning consumers who may have the salads to discard them. The recalled packages have "best by" dates May 12 to May 22.

Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease, the Health Department said. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
3rd-May-2012 10:35 am - Moral high ground
unschooling, homeschooling
I am SO fed up with listening to the garbage people spew about a little bit of pastured, grassfed, 'happy' meat from magical blissful sacred cows being healthier, greener, and better than vegan food. My smoked tofu and tempeh club sandwich is not a "highly processed meat substitute." Self-righteous omnivores piss me off. /vent
17th-Apr-2012 11:06 pm - Frosting?
How important is frosting to cupcakes?

I'm weird and I don't like frosting on cake/cupcakes. I often bring unfrosted cupcakes to parties and potlucks and people like them. They disappear fairly quickly and I've had few complaints about the lack of topping (I've tried a few glazes, but those didn't thrill me either.) I guess I should say that I like creating interesting/unusual flavors for the cake and frosting tends to unbalance it.

I promised to make some for the last day of class--now this class has gotten over the top and has begun baking very nice cookies and even cakes for every workshop session! I've never seen anything like this before. (I'm the prof, and the rule is no eating in class unless you bring for everyone. That usually stops them from bringing in snack foods.) So I promised to make cupcakes for the last day.

The question is, should I frost them? Are they inadequate if they are unfrosted? Will they disappoint? I expect to let the class know they are vegan when I pass them out (in case there are any dietary restrictions.) Obviously, I want them to like the cupcakes. I know that the cake part gets good reviews from omnis, so I'm not concerned about that, but I don't want them feeling deprived over the frosting issue.

And--if I do frost them, does anyone have a good and EASY recipe for said frosting? Since I don't generally like the stuff I've never made it...
17th-Apr-2012 11:47 am - A small curiosity
Pagan: Inner Fire
I had recently been having (dairy) yogurt for breakfast, but over the weekend I found a soy yogurt that I LOVE and now I can finally get away from that bit of dairy that was still in my diet. (Vegetarian slowly going vegan here~)

But, I have a question.

I live with an omni, and it's just the two of us in the house. Sometimes, she'll buy things like prepackaged deli meat, eat maybe two sandwiches and then the rest of the meat will go to waste. I dislike this because a) it's wasteful and b) it means that that animal died (at least partially) in vain. If the meat isn't used, then what was the purpose of it's death? If the animal is already dead, then wouldn't it make more sense to not let it's death be for nothing?

I have no intention of eating meat ever again (the idea is just icky to me), even in this case, but I was just wondering how you guys feel about stuff like this? If you see meat that is going to waste, do you ever think about eating it? I encourage her to try to buy/make more "single serving" friendly things, but some things, like prepackaged deli meat, only come one way.

Just a small curiosity :)

(Note: I realize that eventually that animal would've died had it lived out in nature anyway, but still. The animals that wind up in omni's fridges are at the most free range--and in this case, they aren't even that.)
5th-Apr-2012 03:49 pm - wtf?
I had a two hour debate the other night with a vegan (vegan for a long time) who thinks it's more or less obligatory that all vegans sever ties with anyone they encounter who is not vegan. She says the only reason any vegan should be in contact with a non-vegan is in cases of protest or vegan education. She had a hard time understanding that I loved my family even though they aren't vegan, as she had severed ties with her family and thinks I was an idiot and a hypocrite for not doing the same. That I was failing their victims by maintaining relationships with my siblings and parents, and it really just blew my mind. 

Do you think it's realistic for vegans to dissolve all un-vegan relationships? 

I think she was crazy, but the conversation made me look so bad, because I can love abusers and murderers. Oh man...

ETA: She lives on another continent from her family, easy to sever ties when they don't want to contact you.
Tax Return Shopping Spree I've still been recovering from... ^_^ But it led to a lot of reviews which is good for us, yes?

Nellie's Oxygen Brightener and Nellies Laundry Soda, which was rated number one by a set of mom's here:http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/11/natural-and-eco-friendly-laundry-soap-reviews-5-moms-test-and-compare.html

Review: I'm dissappointed about the brightener. The mom's said there was fade of a food stain on baby clothes in their review. A couple of dirt based doggie paw prints got on my white sheets. I put only the sheet and the recommended amount of soap/whitener into a washing machine at the laundromat and got bupkiss- no removal of dirt stain. Could this be because of the overly used top loading washing machine? Unknown. I also tested it out on the mess of old "white" socks I'd gathered. No visible difference.Whitener FAIL. I probably will continue buying the detergent, just because it seems more eco friendly. For example, it's a powder, so I'm not buying "water" soap to ship to me instead.

Gaiam Organic Cotton Sheet Set White color King Size.

Review: The sheets mentioned above. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE them. I've never gotten 100% cotton sheets, and never organic, before this set. It's soooo soft and I just love sliding into them, even rub my face into it for the feeling. They are 250-300 count (sorry, they discontinued this exact line, why I got it on sale, so I can't find the info for certain.) I'm assuming the reason these get extra wrinkly is because my mattress isn't as deep as most mattresses, so there is a lot of slack. Only thing I don't like is, well, they're white. They were on sale and the only available color left was the white. They stain easily as all white things do. It's on my to do list to dye them with my art quality Indigo plant dye.

Spaldin foam mattress wrapped in organic cotton:

Review: Ordered from overstock.com, and registered my warranty online with Spaldin. What I'm comparing this to is used spring mattresses and a used futon mat that was about 3 inches thick on wooden slats. The futon threw my back out, which really expedited the purchase of this mattress. Conveniently, I'd been shopping for one anyway... Anyways.I have had no allergic reactions this mattress: the point since I was seeking low/no VOC. It's very stylish: I don't get why manufacturers decorate something you're just going to cover in sheets... but yeah. When I change the sheets, I do enjoy looking at it and the big words "ORGANIC" probably add to that feeling. The one available on overstock was one of their firmer models. I gave it six weeks, because I'd heard that you had to "break" a mattress in like you do a pair of shoes. My fiance, at 5'7 133 lbs likes it a lot. Perhaps it's because I'm a fluffy vegan, but the firmness does not conform to my curves as I had hoped it would. I still feel like I need knee support while on my back, a pillow tween the legs on my side. So I've mostly been doing tummy sleeping (and not that crazy halfway position I'd been sleeping in that led to my back injury in the first place.) o now I'm ordering a organic cotton only mattress topper from Gaiam. I don't regret my purchase from Spaldin; their price point was amazing, and they had the most certifying bodies of all I researched. It's just my body type and that level of firmness don't go well together. Not as firm as a used futon, but still up there. I've read that their other models are softer, but they are not available in the US (can't even order from their website even if you wanted to.)

Vegan Dream Rawhide Jerky: 

Review: The only thing I missed the entire time I was Veg, and now I don't have to. I tried 5 different jerky brands. I love this brand. I had my fiance and two other omnivore friends try this. It's such a winner. Lovely peppery (but not too hot) flavor. Second favorite flavor was the chili. And you actually have to CHEW it and suck on it and that's the whole point of jerky to me! It's dry, flat, flavorful. I was so pleasantly surprised that I ate it up, and I had to hold back to share it with the others. If you like "meat bites" or "tube stick" soft jerky products, you'll hate this; go get yourself some Primal brand vegan jerky. If you love dry as heck but wonderfully flavorful, then this is for you! Gosh, I love it!


31st-Mar-2012 04:34 pm - Trip to Belfast
I searched the memories, but couldn't find anything about Belfast! Maybe I just vastly missed it though.

I'm going to Belfast from London over Easter weekend to visit a friend, and I'm wondering what vegan options there may be. From living in London, I've seen that the typical local breakfast isn't too vegan friendly, but are there some places in Belfast that I should definitely aim to stop at? Happy Cow only had a couple places, and they weren't open all that often, so what recommendations are there?

And the friend that I'm visiting is definitely a meat eater, but if I whine he usually will just go along with whatever.

30th-Mar-2012 11:29 am - Feminism and veganism
Hey all!

I'm facilitating a discussion on feminism & veganism next week at our campus feminist discussion group. I'm really keen to discuss points raised in "The Sexual Politics of Meat" and I'm sure PETA will be a hot topic. I'm curious to know if you folks have any favourite articles or texts, or key points on this issue that you think are worth discussing.

Cheers in advance
24th-Mar-2012 06:03 pm(no subject)
Does anyone know anything about red eared slider turtles? Specifically, can they be vegan? Google tells me that they are omnivores, but lean towards vegetarian as they get older. One was posted on my local freecycle today... Maybe I could give it a good home?
21st-Mar-2012 05:10 am(no subject)
Hey I'm sorry this doesn't belong here but isitveg hasn't updated since last December so I thought I'd ask here... I bought this worcestershire sauce before going vegan last year and I just found it in the very back of my refrigerator. The health nut in me wants to avoid it because of the high fructose corn syrup, but I find it odd that there are no anchovies in the ingredients list? I mean, it LOOKS vegan, but then again I remember that there are accidentally vegan products that aren't labeled as vegan (it's not on PETA's list either).


Vinegar, Molasses, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Onions, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind Concentrate, Cloves, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper, Extract.

Contains soy.

Thank you!!
Rainha Branca

Another family visit to the conservative wasteland of Northern Virginia. Luckily my DNA buddies are an oasis of political sanity. And although they are omni, they are flexible about eating out.

Do you have any vegan or vegan-friendly sit-down restaurant recommendations for the Alexandria and Mt. Vernon areas?

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17th-Mar-2012 11:30 pm - Where should I eat in Santa Fe, NM?
My friend and I are both vegans going to Santa Fe, NM for spring break.
Are there any especially good vegan, vegetarian or vegan friendly places we should eat at?

Thanks for the pro-tips!

Bonus points: cool places to check out in general (museums, shops, nature)?
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