Vegan Outreach: Holiday Parade Leafleting 11/27/08

On the morning after Thanksgiving all the children fell in love with Pig and Chicken. Passing out stickers to little kids and Compassionate Choices pamphlets to their parents, each animal costume-wearer had a human escort who made sure they didn’t crash into anything.

Shivani & Sarah as Chicken & Pig.

From within the Pig costume Sarah kept giggling and saying, “I love this. This is fun!” as children would light up and run into her arms to be hugged, while photographed by their parents. Most everyone we met were polite, with nary an “I like meat!” but instead “I don’t eat pork!” and “Wonderful–We’re vegetarian!” as the Pig passed by. Pig and Chicken were like celebraties, and the wearers were not only excellent at it but good sports as well. It was a real success in vegan outreach, and we’ll do it again next year!

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Opposing Cruelty: Fur Shop Protests

At Fieck Furs the night of Wed 11/12/08.Fieck Furs at 1607 California St in Everett, WA makes a business of selling the skins of tortured animals. Every time we show up with our signs, Terry Fieck CLOSES HIS STORE FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Take a look at Mr Fieck’s rather peculiar vision of “fashion.” Be sure to let Terry Fieck know how you feel about fur by giving him a call at (425) 252-8845 or writing him an email: terry.fieck@verizon.net

In front of Fieck Furs on Nov 1, 2008

It is hard to fathom that anyone is still wearing fur. It is so plain to see that killing animals for their fur is completely barbaric. The only purpose is vanity.”
—Joaquin Phoenix

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Opposing Cruelty: UW Infant Primate Lab Protests

Bryan and a new monkey friend.

Our protests on 10/18, 11/8 & 11/15/08 seemed more like parties, with such great folks who came out to show people what the University of Washington is doing to baby monkeys in the name of curiosity.

Kelli invites others to show compassion.We realized that with the Husky football homegames there’d be tons of people walking and driving right by UW’s Infant Primate Research Facility at the Magnuson Health Sciences Center.

Shivani & JessicaWith some of us coming all the way from Canada, Olympia, Lake Stevens, Renton and across the Montlake bridge, we gathered at the corner of NE Pacific St & Montlake Blvd. Holding signs depicting UW’s abuse of primates, we were the voices for sentient beings imprisoned in experimenters’ cages. As Jessica put it, “Our protest rocked!”

Afterward we all went out for delicious vegan food at Hillside Quickies, talking while we ate and laughing Shivani rocks the intersection!about Saturday Night Live, ’67 Mustangs, being a vegetarian in the Army in Iraq, and various nonsense and serious subjects alike. Who knew protesting animal cruelty could be this much fun? As one of us said of the day,It was awesome meeting all of you guys and I had a blast for my first animal rights protest!”

UW is the most federally-funded animal research facility in the country, receiving over $270 million last year from NIH. The university holds captive over 16,000 animals, including 3,000 primates.

At the Primate Center, UW researchers cut holes into macaque monkeys’ skulls. Recording cylinders are attached so that electrodes may be fed directly into the brain. The monkeys are then confined to restraint chairs and forced to perform behavioral experiments. Juice or water is often used as a reward in these experiments. To make the experiments more effective the primates are deprived of fluids except when they are performing the experiments.

Bryan & Annie

These experiments have been going on for decades with no conclusive results. In addition, these projects are very similar to one another, potentially duplicating experimental procedures.

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Community Presentation: “Know Your Rights: Freedom of Speech”

An absolutely excellent presentation by a local lawyer who explained First Amendment free speech rights as they relate to animal rights activists.  This was Part 1 of our series discussing everything activists need to know in this day and age. Stay tuned for Part 2 in January about Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination) and Sixth Amendment (right to counsel) rights. Stay safe, be smart, and know your rights!

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Opposing Cruelty: Banner Drop

We came out in the lousy weather to hold up a large banner on the Aurora overpass during morning rush hour, in order to remind people of what happens to turkeys this time of year. We held the banner in the rain and waved at drivers. This sounds like a crumby experience, but it was actually fun, On the Aurora overpass.hanging out with other cool vegan activists. Many drivers were invited to consider the torture that so many beautiful birds are put through, simply because of a tradition.

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Wayward Cafe has new owners

Wayward Cafe has new owners, and is reopen for regular hours (Tues-Sun, 9am-4pm). They will keep much of the menu the same, make some new additions, and bring more consistency to the restaurant. Visit them for their tasty food at 901 NE 55th ST (just off of Roosevelt on 55th).

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