Friday, October 30, 2009


Vegan Végétalien Mondial



Pour célébrer la création du mot 'vegan' par Donald Watson et Dorothy (Morgan) Watson et la fondation de la Vegan Society par Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley et d'autres le 1er novembre 1944.

To celebrate the creation of the word 'vegan' by Donald Watson and Dorothy (Morgan) Watson and the foundation of the Vegan Society by Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and others on 1st November 1944.

The Vegan Society

World Vegan Day 2009
For people, animals and the planet

World Vegan Day
The first of November every year

VEGAN DAY / JOURNÉE VEGAN – réjouissons-nous, sans oublier les animaux !

« L'événement est partout et pour tous ! ☼
Réjouissez-vous chez vous, sans oublier les animaux ! »

[ En raison des malentendus, il fallait préciser que avec cet événement, nous souhaiterions seulement créer une communauté virtuelle afin d'élever la conscience, pas d'organiser une véritable fête.  La "Journée Mondiale du Véganisme" organisée à Paris est tout à fait un événement réel ! ;D S&C. ]

[ Paris ] 22.11.2009

Paris World Vegan Day 2009 (Journee mondiale du veganisme a Paris 2009)

paris vegan day

[ AnimaVeg ] Paris Vegan Day (Journee mondiale du veganisme a Paris 2009)

[ London ] 01.11.2009

World Vegan Day London
The 65th Annual World Vegan Day

[ Veracious Vegans ] World Vegan Day Dinner 1st November

[ Birmingham ] 24.11.2009

Animal Remembrance Day
The Paws For Peace Campaign

[ Roma ] 01.11.2009


[ Barcelona / Sevilla / Madrid ] 01.11.2009

Igualdad Animal / Animal Equality

Actividades en España por el Día Internacional del Veganismo

[ Melbourne ] 01.11.2009

World Vegan Day 2009

World Vegan Day 2009 - Melbourne
Come and explore the wonderful world of veganism!

[ Perth ] 01.11.2009

World Vegan Day Picnic

[ Montréal ] 01.11.2009

The 2009 Montreal World Vegan Day Fashion Show

[ Oslo ] 01.11.2009

Veganuke hos Vega i Oslo!
1. november er verdens vegandag. Dagen - og hele uken etter - vil bli feiret med en ren veganmeny på spisestedet Vega i Oslo.

WORLD GO VEGAN WEEK 25.10.2009-31.10.2009

World Go Vegan Week
Celebrate Compassion!

World GO VEGAN Week
Celebrate Compassion...

VEGAN EARTH DAY 21.06.2009

Dennis Kucinich Proclaims June 21st Vegan Earth Day

Vegan Earth Day! June 21st 2009

Félicitations de l'équipe
Vegan Végétalien Mondial,
Camille et Salim.

Vegan Végétalien Mondial

We are all one

Vegan Parenting (French subtitles)

Support graphique en français pour annoncer la Journée Mondiale Vegan (World Vegan Day) du 1er novembre sur vos stands. Pour télécharger le PDF, cliquez ici

The Great Molasses Flood

Boston's Modern Must-Sees

Site of the Great Molasses Flood

On January 15, 1919, a gigantic tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a crushing, 30-foot, 14,000-ton wave along the waterfront near the North End. The accident killed 21 people and injured 150 more. Today, a plaque commerates those who died; some say that on a hot, humid day you can still smell the molasses. (Globe file photo)
Location: Lagone Park in the North End, Boston
Public Transportation: North Station (Green or Orange Line) -
Cost and Hours: Free, open 24 hours/day

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Hoffmanism is a philosophy propounded by Christian vegetarian minister, Rev. Frank L. Hoffman of Athens, New York.

The three points of Hoffmanism

Hoffmanism teaches 3 points:
1 - God loves all persons unconditionally.
2.      2 - We should realize this unconditional love and love every other person unconditionally.
3.      3 - All persons should be vegan (that is, to neither eat animal products, nor consume, wear, or endorse the production of anything that involves the suffering or involuntary use of another person, particularly nonhumans, who cannot voice their unwillingness to participate in uses that compromise their freedom and/or well-being).

The 4th point of Hoffmanism seems to be, according to his followers’ interpretations, that it matters not whether we know anything, think anything, or do anything of significant personal or historical effort because God doesn’t really care what we do.

While this sounds at some points like hyper-Calvinism, Hoffman was ordained a Methodist minister, through reared Jewish.

Frank Hoffman’s Venues

After seminary, Frank Hoffman served without compensation in the Federal Church of Athens NY for about a decade.  Early in the 20th century, he started a web-site-based e-mail list called variously Veg-Christian or VC or VCList at

Based upon his web traffic, one might be tempted to think that he boasts millions of followers (millions of unique site visitors, and the number of daily visitors seems to be increasing progressively.  With a US population of about 306 million, he could claim several percent of the entire US population with his minimalist ‘Christian vegetarian theology’.

Criticisms of Claims about Hoffmanism

(1) Critics of these presumptive claims of millions of Hoffmanites could easily point to the many pro-animal, animal rights, and vegan websites sub-hosted at  However, Frank Hoffman himself does no claim any followers at all, no members, no explicit doctrine(s), and no behavioral requirements (including intellectual expectations).

(2) Other critics note that assumptions of ‘site visitors’ and occasional e-mail posters (that they’re on the right page (with the minimalist teachings) bears no resemblance to any kind of historical understanding called Christianity by any stable regularly-gathering faith community claiming to be Christian.  However, network associations with minimalist ‘consensus statements’ could, while not claiming to be ‘a church’ (as Hoffman at times claims – ‘an online church’, have some value.

(3) Further criticism is that some of Hoffman’s followers are merely emotionally needy vegetarians, but messages of love have long attracted folks with a particular spiritual need to be reassured that a culture of noninjury is socially, historically, and morally desirable.   Further, ad hominem criticisms do not address the legitimacy of a teaching.

What might emerge from Hoffman’s influence is very unclear.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Google search/feed for 'vegan' for October 26, 2009

Google search/feed for 'vegan' for October 26, 2009


Vegan Children's Book Signing & Ice Cream Social

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎4 hours ago‎
Join Café Gratitude for a vegan ice-cream social and booksigning with Ruby Roth, author & illustrator of "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About ...

Crunching the numbers on a vegan in a Hummer

Reuters Blogs (blog) - Adam Pasick - ‎6 hours ago‎
“A vegan in a Hummer has a lighter carbon footprint than a beef eater in a Prius.” Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin of the University of Chicago published a ...

Hunter College Students Demand More Vegan Options

PETA (press release) - ‎5 hours ago‎
New York -- If you are a university student these days, it's easy to find top-notch vegetarian and vegan foods--unless you attend Hunter College.

Ellen DeGeneres Teaches Audience How To Cook Vegan Meal

Ecorazzi - ‎10 hours ago‎
If you've ever wanted to know why we gave the coveted Vegan Celebrity of 2009 first place prize to Ellen Degeneres, just watch this video.

Using cancer to push a vegan diet wrongheaded

Bemidji Pioneer - ‎Oct 25, 2009‎
No one in his right mind would deny the importance of cancer prevention, but Krista Haynes' cynical use of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote ...

The Green Picture: Madonna Plants A Tree At New Academy For Girls In Malawi

Ecorazzi - ‎4 hours ago‎
Tracy Warner: Well, it's pretty easy to become vegan overnight if you have a sweet vegan chef like this guy. ... beforewisdom: Women are human beings => are ...

PETA speaker pushes vegan diet

Independent Florida Alligator - Juliana Jimenez - ‎17 hours ago‎
PETA official Bruce Friedrich speaks about the benefits of a vegan diet at the Florida Gym Saturday. The emaciated, crippled steer was teeming with ...

Vaute Couture's Vegan Winter Coats

Treehugger - Emma Grady - ‎10 hours ago‎
Vaute Couture, a small fashion house in Chicago, is an "activist fashion label" known for their vegan coats.

Enter to Win Two Popular Guide and Cookbooks, Go Dairy Free and My Sweet Vegan

Go Dairy Free - ‎1 hour ago‎
While My Sweet Vegan provides all of the sweets you will need to create smiles throughout the season: Soy-Free Coconut Fudge, Pumpkin Pecan Pie, ...

Galaxy Nutritional Foods Launches New Soy-Free, Vegan "Cheese" Block

Go Dairy Free - ‎Oct 25, 2009‎
Until recently, Galaxy Nutritional Foods was the only option with their Vegan Rice "Cheese" Slices (keep an eye out for Daiya Foods, as they may soon give ...

New South Park Episode To Take On Japanese Whalers, Dolphin Hunt

Ecorazzi - ‎2 hours ago‎
Tracy Warner: Well, it's pretty easy to become vegan overnight if you have a sweet vegan chef like this guy. ... beforewisdom: Women are human beings => are ...

Jamie Lee Curtis Is A Flower Child For AIDS Charity Halloween Event

Ecorazzi - ‎5 hours ago‎
Tracy Warner: Well, it's pretty easy to become vegan overnight if you have a sweet vegan chef like this guy. ... beforewisdom: Women are human beings => are ...

Woody Harrelson supports World GO VEGAN Week from October 25 to 31 - ‎Oct 25, 2009‎
"We encourage people to use this week to educate their community about the vegan lifestyle as a compassionate, sustainable, and healthy way of eating and ...

Most choose vegetarian diet for their beliefs - Jennifer Adamson - ‎15 hours ago‎
A: There are four main classes of vegetarians: vegan, lacto-ovo, ovo and lacto. - Vegans consume strictly plant sources of nutrients.

Pictures: Village Of Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Blaze

Ecorazzi - ‎9 hours ago‎
Tracy Warner: Well, it's pretty easy to become vegan overnight if you have a sweet vegan chef like this guy. ... beforewisdom: Women are human beings => are ...

Vegan recipe for the day: Chile-hot bright green soybeans with garlic

Los Angeles Times - ‎Oct 23, 2009‎
But it was such a popular dish that we asked Times test kitchen manager Noelle Carter to hand down a special dispensation in honor of Vegan Month of Food.

Veganism myths busted - ‎10 hours ago‎
MADISON (WKOW) -- October 25-31 is World Go Vegan week, a time where vegans hope to share and educate about their reasons for avoiding all animal products.

Propagandhi hits the road with Supporting Caste

Calgary Herald - ‎6 hours ago‎
For 12 years, Hannah has been a promoter of the vegan lifestyle, which he and his entire Winnipeg-based entourage have adopted -- not so much as a ...

Chipotle: Hot or Not?

Motley Fool - ‎3 hours ago‎
The burrito chain helped to sponsor a documentary on our food supply, Food Inc., last summer, and I've recently noticed vegan dishes at some Chipotle ...

Restaurateur opens first all-vegan eatery in downtown Bellingham

Bellingham Herald - Isabelle Dills - ‎Oct 23, 2009‎
The owner, 31-year-old Justin Bilancieri, touts it as the only vegan restaurant in Bellingham. "I had been wanting to do this for a while," Bilancieri said.

More results for veg*an »

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The 30% Solution

I would like to be an abolitionist also, and I think I have some pretty good reasons for wanting to do so, to think that way, to consider myself an abolitionist.

Moral status is for many ethicists independent of the claimant’s social position in the ‘hierarchy’ (phylogenic scale, in this case) or their role in socially constructing ethical theory.  In other words, moral status is not a private social product; it’s public to the extent that it is widely accorded the belief that it’s morally true (in some meaningful sense).

In other words, to claim that nonhumans ought not to be brutalized is somehow believed to be a morally true statement, and the place and status of the ‘ought’ will be thought to be correct.  Is ‘ought’ indicative of a duty that is ‘owed’ to the claimants (in this case, those for whom the claim is made)?  Yes.

To claims that animals ought NOT to be brutalized is further qualified by ‘in science’ or ‘in the name of science’.

There are at times qualifiers which modify the ‘ought’ (as in ‘just war’ theories), and I do NOT believe that science qualifies as a ‘just war’ modification of our obligation to not harm vulnerable sentient beings.  Lab animals are not individually out to harm us deliberately; if rodents were to consume our grain or other crops, we with capacity to construct our social relations with the ecological ‘others’ could be expected to do so in order to protect OUR interests without negating ours.

We have many moral illustrations of the long history of attempting to benignly address the needs of others without harming ourselves – some more gracious, some more loving, some more brilliant than others.  Consider one which many of us know: the Hebrew proscription (as in the narrative about Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz) to leave the corners of the field ungleaned so that the poor scavengers could find enough to get by with some reasonable effort.  They didn’t have a free food pantry as such, but they were given (by conscious forethought) enough to take by a modest amount of effort on their parts – and it was 100% plant-based food, too, unlike many of the free food pantries you and are asked to support, which conflicts with many of OUR deeply-held moral values about not trading off the interests of some – the animals – in order to address the interests of others – the class of persons benefitting from our exploitation and abuse and murder).

But this illustration shows how those without ready access to meeting their needs are seen as morally significant persons with interests that we ought to consider.  Short of socializing all effort and recruiting these persons (perhaps they were antisocial or uncooperative, but the narrative doesn’t paint them that way, nor even suggest as much), the social ‘solution’ seems to have been widely affirmed – at least b y those who subscribed to the moral teachings of ‘leaving the corners of the fields’ (of grain) for the outsiders to glean after the ‘main’ gleaning had been finished.

Was this a potential ‘waste’ of edible grain?  Perhaps.  Is there a risk of inefficiency?  Perhaps.  But the system was widely known.

In thinking about nonhumans in the context of our (socially constructed) ‘duties’ to care for our fellow human beings AND to provide extra for them (as a safety net when they are injured or get ill, whether because they have been personally careless or inept, or because they were vulnerable to the malice of others), one claim (the appeal to do science on behalf of future victims and potential victims) runs afoul of the prior moral claims of nonhumans to not be harmed by direct intentions, by direct interventions.

Given that there are these claims to provide a medical safety net, even those who favor those socially-constructed claims can understand that killing or harming unwilling animals because of their vulnerability is morally objectionable.  In other words, it can REASONABLY be considered objectionable based on the physical characteristics of these sentient nonhumans.

Given the ‘moral difficulty’ of solving these problem, compromise solutions are often presented, as the ‘public option’ is offered in the USA as a compromise between single-payer and what single-payer’s opponents call ‘market-driven’ solutions.  SP friends are unhappy with the compromise; free-market advocates are unhappy; whether the compromise works for the greater benefit and satisfaction of the vast majority is not yet known (and can only be reasonably predicted).

In the vegetarian (and vegan) world, we have the 10% solution, which is offered to meateaters to consider life with meatless meals.  One meatless day per week would be about 1/7 (or 14.2857%), which they TERM ‘the 10% solution) in that (THEORETICALLY) it could free about 10% of agricultural land (and presumably return it to a ‘wild’ state (though it’s likely to be exploited by real estate developers).  The term 10% is widely-known in monotheistic religious contexts when talking about ‘tithing’ (giving 10% ‘off the top’).

But I’ve long suggested the 30% solution as follows:

The overwhelming proportion of researchers in the life sciences (whether they use animals or not) are researchers only, not fund raisers.  They depend upon funding (for laboratories, salaries, supplies, and animals).  They seek funding from corporations, government grants, private foundations, individual benefactors, and some other sources.  Grant money typically has an overhead percentage that goes to the hosting institution(s).

I propose that a ‘first 30%’ be given to fund aggressive research INTO nonanimal research methods – methodological research into developing and validating nonanimal research methods.

This suggestion itself is likely to make me (in the aggregate) far MORE enemies in the vegan world than I’ve already made in my 30-35 years of veganism, but let it be discussed.

It’s not abolitionism; it’s likely to be termed ‘welfarism!

However, short of addressing the CLAIM that is widely-accepted that some things NEED to be researched and understood and that, to date, nonanimal research methods (for doing WHAT WE THINK WE NEED TO DO/RESEARCH) are not yet available with a confidence level sufficient to warrant their use instead of animal methods (not in conjunction with animal research methods), we have no quick response EXCEPT the moral argument that animals are not ours to eat, wear OR EXPERIMENT UPON.

(I accept fully that NO person is ours to eat, wear, or experiment upon, and I wish folks like Bill Maher and the ‘social deconstructionists’ we accept into our camp would understand that some interpersonal social behaviors that are widely accepted by the morally casual’ either are or lend themselves more to experimenting upon sentient beings (and as such, should be frowned upon and denounced.  But I digress.)

But let’s do a little analysis here of my suggested “30% solution” that would fund the development and validation of nonanimal research methods in the same way that tobacco taxes and penalties on tobacco companies fund aggressive health education about the risks and harmful effects of tobacco use.  In a libertarian political context (and more and more dietary vegans are TERMING themselves libertarians; I’ll see HUNDREDS of such ‘libertarian vegans’ at the upcoming Boston Vegetarian Food Festival), what else can we do?  Yes, it’s a political and moral compromise, and we’re not coming back to the animals OR ‘the district’ with the solutions we had wanted.  But in the same spirit that we send elected representatives to our democratic legislative bodies and expect them to bring SOMETHING back that is better than no representation at all, is the 30% solution a totally contemptible half-way ‘solution ‘ in light of the historical hope that we WILL – with the intelligence, ingenuity, collaboration, funding, and moral will to do so – be able to develop somehow the social consensus that replacing animal models in ALL basic science (as in toxicology and other research, including military wound research) is both desirable AND feasible, and we offer a provisional means to help our societies get to that point of total abolition of animal research?

Here’s the current downside of NOT replacing animal models:

Not only are animals sacrificed in research facilities, but the credibility of the moral claim that NO animals are ours to eat, wear OR EXPERIMENT UPON is diminished BECAUSE we’ve already consented to let them be experimented upon BECAUSE of the moral gravity of the moral claim that our fellow humans need a medical ‘safety net’ that is perpetually improved.

Yes, we are being asked to trade off our abolitionism for two things: (a) funding (finite) and (b) widespread public support for the belief – consensus – that research on animals is something that is morally objectionable, needs to be replaced, and MUST be replaced within the foreseeable future.  The ‘win’ here is that we work for the public agreement on the 3 Rs agenda, which they don’t FORMALLY approve or support AT THIS TIME.

This suggestion MAY be all wrong, but I’d like to see us incubate a discussion.

I further suggest that CLAIMS by researchers to love their animals because we can see that they love their dog(s) and/or cat(s) cannot be trusted BECAUSE they are not signing on to the replacement agenda in the 3Rs: reduce, refine, and replace.

For nearly 3 decades of street outreach, particularly at Harvard, when I see that I can make NO headway with researchers (some really DO want to see some possible consensus, perhaps because they tend to like me – as a bright person, accepted collegially), I suggest that the ACID TEST of whether or not they ARE talking in good faith is their public and wholehearted acceptance of the 3 Rs standard and THEIR willingness to fund and support replacement research.  Short of that WHOLEHEARTED acceptance of the 3 Rs to the point of sharing funding, I call their ‘moral pleas’ (of innocence and good will in a morally difficult context) ‘mere huff’ (and something to be publicly protested).

Of course, if NO experiments on nonhumans have ANY applicability to human beings [], then the 3Rs is moot and we should reject all medical experiments on animals (for human interventions) as unscientific .  However, the 3 Rs seems to suggest that (a) some experiments on nonhumans are less than optimal and should be replaced; (b) some experiments on nonhumans are less than optimal and should be refined, and (c) some experiments on animals are morally objectionable but AT THIS TIME are scientifically necessary to get WHAT WE THINK  we need to know (and we may find that there are other ways to reach the goal of health populations without pharmaceutical or surgical interventions.

That’s not how the 3 RS is always read, but closer study of the 3 Rs does seem to suggest that as a valid reading.

At the Longwood Medical Area’s annual lab equipment 2-day exhibition, a number of research facilities DO offer nonanimal research methods, but in that context there’s a certain anxiety about billing themselves as nonanimal research method developers.  But here are some of the non-ethical ‘drivers’ or forces moving less-than-concerned animal researchers towards replacement of animal models wherever possible:

(a)    Cost – experimental animals are VERY expensive to (i) purchase, (ii) house, and (iii) maintain, and (iv) hygienically and safely dispose of

(b)   Contagion – working with experimental animals poses some health risk to human researchers AND to those (i) associated with those human researchers [cleaning cages, cleaning labs, in the department, traveling with them on public transportation, family members and friends, other colleagues] AND (b) those who deal in animals [hopefully HIPAA-compliance in the USA reduces some of this concern, but it’s still there].

(c)    Ethical discord among researchers and their communities

(d)   Risk of violence developing among researchers who work with animals (a recent study, I believe at Cornell, showed that interpersonal violence among researchers who deal with animals is potentially volatile).

(e)   Potentially better results from nonanimal research methods

(f)     Repeatability of experiments is easier and cheaper, and science is nothing if not repeatable.

(g)    Training (surgical training specifically) needs to be done FAR more times than is affordable using animal-based models for surgical training; healthcare is plagued with medical errors, and systems- research, including work offered by Dr. Donald Berwick of Cambridge-based IHI – the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, suggests that we need to require much higher levels of surgical practice and that is not affordable without shifting to simulation modules, as offered by SimuLab and a few other providers (in the USA).

So let’s think NOW about the 30% solution and, as we near the tipping point for shifts in research paradigms, perhaps th entire house of cards (or most of it) will fall IN OUR LIFETIMES.

Vigorous debate is encouraged!

Celebrate October 25 - 31 - World Go Vegan Week, by sharing it with others enthusiastically - and go vegan, if you haven't already

I'm celebrating October 25 - 31 - which is World Go Vegan Week, by sharing it with others enthusiastically.

Please join us in the celebration... and go vegan, if you haven't already

“I chose to be vegan initially as an energetic pursuit, as meat and dairy slowed me down, but have since become convinced that it is not only the most healthy way to live, but also the most compassionate and ecologically responsible way.”

-Woody Harrelson, World Go Vegan Week Supporter
World GO VEGAN Week
Celebrate Compassion...

The 4th annual World GO VEGAN Week is taking place this year from October 25 through 31. This week is a celebration of compassion and a time to take action for animals, the environment and everyone’s well-being. We encourage people to use this week to use this week to educate their community about the vegan lifestyle as a compassionate, sustainable, and healthy way of eating and living. Promoting veganism through outreach events and the media, we know that our annual World GO VEGAN Week is helping make the word "vegan" a household word, universally recognized as meaning love and compassion for all living beings.
World GO VEGAN Week is also about celebrating what it means to be vegan. Veganism enables people to live in balance with all of Earth's creatures and promote freedom from exploitation for animals as part of their everyday lives. Modern animal agriculture is cruel and violent toward the chickens, cows, pigs and other creatures used to make meat, milk and eggs. During World GO VEGAN Week, we encourage people to become conscious of what - and who - they are eating, the effect it has on the world, and that a non-violent alternative exists.
We urge people to recognize the effects their actions have on the world, and our ability to actually avert some impending disasters such as global warming.
For the health of people, the environment, and farmed animals, veganism is the best choice. World GO VEGAN Week embodies this idea. As an international campaign, it encourages people around the world to experience the benefits and joys of a more compassionate way of life.
Here are some ways you can celebrate World GO VEGAN Week:
Be sure to register your event with us so we can send you flyers, posters and other materials to make you event a success. Contact Hope Bohanec: (415)448-0048 ex. 208.
  • Plan an event or activity to get people interested in veganism, such as a public lecture, cooking demonstration, feed-in with vegan food samples, leafleting, tabling, library exhibit, or street theater performance. If you serve vegan food at your event, you can get refunded for the cost through the VegFund.

  • Contact your local paper and encourage them to publish vegan recipes or a vegan article. We have a “editor’s pack” that you can send to your local newspaper with information and vegan recipes. Contact Hope Bohanec,, to have it sent to you.

  • Order Vegan Starter Kits to distribute.

  • Host a vegan potluck dinner or restaurant outing to show your family and friends that they don't have to sacrifice taste to save animals' lives. Sharing delicious vegan food with others is a fun and easy way to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people you care about.

  • Ask your local natural foods store to offer vegan samples for the week. Ask your favorite local food store to offer vegan samples or specials for the last week of October. Let them know that we can send information, posters and materials to help them celebrate World Go Vegan Week.

  • Ask veg-friendly restaurants to offer discounts or specials on their vegan food. Encourage restaurants to have vegan specials for the week or to offer a discount for bringing in a veg-curious customer.

  • Host a screening of Fowl Play, an eye-opening documentary about the egg-industry, at your local library or another venue. Fowl Play illuminates the plight of factory-farmed laying hens through interviews with people who are fighting diligently to save them. Invite To get a copy of Fowl Play, contact IDA at (415) 448-0048 ext. 208 or

  • Show a powerful, short vegan video at your next potluck or social gathering. Here's one of our favorites: Vegan video by

  • Host a vegan pie-baking contest. You can do this in your own home in a public place. Offer prizes like gift certificates to veggie restaurants or IDA T-shirts. Don't you want to be a judge? Yum!

  • Host a Vegan Halloween Party. Have a costume party and have prizes for the best animal costume, most compassionate, and the most vegan creative! Have vegan Halloween candy and treats on hand and go trick-or-treating, offering folks at the door vegan candy and brochures.

  • Students: join or start a vegan club in your school and plan an event with your friends that will educate people about the benefits of a vegan diet to human health, animals, and the environment. Write a paper on veganism, hand out vegan literature at a college campus or help get vegan meals into your school's cafeteria. Visit Choice to learn how.

  • Have a well-known vegan author or athlete come speak in your community. Host an event where a famous vegan offers an inspiring presentation. Have vegan treats for folks to try. IDA can help you contact the person.

  • Send a friend or family member who lives far away a gift certificate to a restaurant in their own town. Visit Happy Cow for reviews of vegetarian restaurants around the country.

  • Encourage meat-eating family and friends to try Meat Out Monday and give meatless meals a try for one day a week. If they sign up for the newsletter, they get reminders, recipes and inspriation in a weekly newsletter. Go to:

  • Write a letter to the editor about the benefits of a vegan diet or the cruelties of factory farming, or ask your local newspaper to write a story on the subject.

  • If you are religious, or participate in spiritual services or gatherings, look for opportunities to incorporate the vegan message into the discussions. If you participate in study groups, suggest discussion fo the vegan message.

  • Enter cooking competitions and bake sales using vegan recipes. Emphasize the fact that you didn't use any animal ingredients to make your delicious dishes. Attend cooking competitions and support the vegan entries.

  • Visit a farmed animal sanctuary and take a friend who still eats meat. There are a number of farmed animal sanctuaries where you can visit rescued cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and rabbits live naturally in peace and harmony without fear of abuse or slaughter. Check out Animal Acres, Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary, or IDA's Project Hope.

  • Order t-shirts, bumper stickers, posters, pins and other fun stuff to have for the day of your event from IDA and other vegan merchants.

  • Join or start a vegan dinner club. Find veg-friendly restaurants and invite the community for dinner. Try a different restaurant every month.

  • Encourage a Compassionate Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks, talk to your community food banks about providing vegan options such as Tofurkys. Consider buying a few Tofurkys, preparing them, and bringing them to your food bank or other similar community dinner. Be sure to check out Gentle Thanksgiving which offers a lot of information and guidance on this special observance.

  • Share the ideals of veganism with your community of friends and colleagues by adding this quote to your email signature:

    "Veganism gives us all the opportunity to say what we 'stand for' iin life -- the ideal of healthy, humane living. Add decades of health to your life, with a clear conscience as a bonus." - Donald Watson

  • If you are a part of an animal protection organization, become a presenter of World GO VEGAN Week. There are no costs to you for joining us as a co-presenter. All you need is to post the World GO VEGAN Days banner on your web site, which links to the World GO VEGAN Days web page. Contact Hope Bohanec, for more information: or call (415) 448-0048 ext. 208.

  • Adopt an activist.

  • Add a link to IDA's World GO VEGAN Week Web site from your web site.

  • Create a plan to promote veganism all year.

Celebrating the power and compassion of veganism.

Watch Kenneth Williams' PSA!

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Recent undercover investigation of egg hatchery horrors; the egg industries tiniest victims. Click here to learn more.

For more great ideas, visit our Action Center.

Friday, October 23, 2009

PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine)

PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) does two things for our vegetarian community:
(1) Educates US about proper scientific-evidence-based vegan nutrition
(2) Educates the medical world about proper scientific-evidence-based alternatives to the exploitation and use of animals in research and education.

Some see these two points as morally incompatible - but only because they think that there is or should be a strong firewall between science used for humans and science used for nonhumans.

Check out PCRM, and 'friend' me on social media everywhere - and e-mail me... and 'friend' or join THIS particular blog...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aversion to Religion and Phony Buddhism

photo of Barbara O'Brien

Barbara's Buddhism Blog

By Barbara O'Brien, - Guide to Buddhism

Aversion to Religion and Phony Buddhism

Sunday October 18, 2009

One of the first articles I wrote for this site was "Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?" I tried to make a case that whether Buddhism is a religion or philosophy is an artificial distinction, either way. Further, "arguing about whether Buddhism is a philosophy or a religion isn't an argument about Buddhism. It's an argument about our biases regarding philosophy and religion. Buddhism is what it is."

Still, one cannot use the words "Buddhism" and "religion" in the same sentence without somebody showing up and declaring, stoutly, that Buddhism is not a religion. To which my response has evolved into "Is too, nyah nyah nyah."

A comment to this blog post on prison Buddhism (the video with the post is interesting, btw) says, "Buddhism was never meant to be a religion. It's a mystic philosophy that fosters a certain path and practices. It's not meant to be organized." Let's take this claim apart and examine it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

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