We Need Your Vegan Holiday Recipes

Attention all vegan cookers, bakers, chefs, and recipe hounds! We need your amazing recipes for the 2012 annual holiday recipe hand out!

Each year we distribute vegan information, restaurant guides, and vegan holiday recipes to the greater Seattle community. Believe it or not, many people still say that they don’t know what to cook to make their holiday tables cruelty-free – and we just can’t have that, can we?

Join in the fun! Submit your holiday recipe to Rachel by Friday November 16, 2012. The best recipes will be included in the guide AND the author will get a gift certificate to Vegan Haven! (If you have a blog, we’ll include the URL so more folks find your delicious cooking ideas and recipes).

Vegan Table

Tips: 1. Keep is simple with a short list of ingredients. 2. Recipe should be a somewhat traditional  holiday (Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.) dish – but don’t be afraid to add a modern twist. 3. Make sure the ingredients are easy to procure without going to specialty stores so our friends that don’t live near Sidecar can still whip up something delicious.

We need a variety of recipes from main dishes, salads, and breads, to sides and drinks, and of course, special deserts – so send those recipes in ASAP and use your vegan cooking skills to spread compassion this holiday season.

Deadline: Nov 16, 2012
Submit:  email Rachel of NARN (Rachel{at}narn.org

But even better – if you want to help hand out vegan information, we’d love your help. We need lots of volunteers. Did you know that leafleting is one of the easiest ways to multiply the impact of the help you do for animals by being vegan? Imagine if just one person chose to go vegan after receiving information from you. That is double your impact. But you could triple or quadruple your veganism! We all had to learn somewhere.

Action Alerts

 

Ask Value Pet Clinics of Seattle to stop promoting cat declawing
Please give “Value Pet Clinic” a call and politely let them know what you think about them promoting cat declawing (they send out a 50% coupon). Declawing a cat is inhumane. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of a cat’s “toes.” It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery. Many European countries have outlawed declawing, and even the notoriously conservative AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) advises that declawing should be done only as a last resort. If a veterinarian actually cares about animals, they should never promote cat declawing. Any veterinarian that promotes cat declawing procedures should never be entrusted with any animal’s care. People need to know that declawing a cat is wrong. Value Pet Clinics should show that they care about their patients (the animals) and tell the public that declawing a cat is inhumane.
You can send them an email through their online contact form here

The numbers for Value Pet Clinic is
Value Pet Clinic Shoreline 206-402-3478.
Value Pet Clinic Bellevue 425-644-7002
Value Pet Clinic Renton 425-255-5678
Value Pet Clinic Kent 253-638-8833
Value Pet Clinic Tacoma 253-564-4255
Value Pet Clinic Puyallup 253-445-0808


Ask L.L. Bean To Stop Selling Fur
L.L. Bean’s latest catalogue features fur-lined hats and gloves. A company that has been around for 100 years should know better than to support the incredibly cruel fur industry. Please click here to tell L.L. Bean’s President and CEO that you will not shop at L.L. Bean until they go fur-free!

News of Note

Group protests Edmonds animal seller
A group of animal rights protestors was in town last week demonstrating against an Edmonds company called Paris NHP (Non-Human Primate.)  According to the protest organizers, Tim and Liz Sage, “Paris Non-Human Primates is a ‘Consulting Service Offering Solutions for Biomedical Research Resources,’ but is listed by the city of Edmonds, as a ‘Domestic Animal Farm’.”  “This ‘farm’ specializes in the selling of macaque monkeys, for use in inhumane and scientifically unsound experiments that are dangerous to human health.

 

Thousands of GM Mice Killed by Hurricane Sandy
Scientists from New York University have been left reeling in the wake of hurricane Sandy after thousands of lab mice were killed as a result of rising flood waters, potentially setting back this medical research into heart disease and cancers by as much as a decade and leading scientists to have to contemplate starting all over again — something neither they, nor animal rights campaigners, relish.  The loss of animal life was first reported by New York Daily News on Tuesday. In a short account, told to them by an unnamed researcher at the university, the Daily News reported that emergency power was lost at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, leading to the loss of many specialist enzymes and antibodies that had been cultivated by the scientists and which needed to be stored at below-zero temperatures.
As Wolves’ Numbers Rise, So Does Friction Between Guardians and Hunters
Wisconsin is three weeks into its first wolf-hunting season, sanctioned by the State Legislature in April. Minnesota is scheduled to begin its first registered wolf hunt this weekend.  The legalization of wolf hunting in both states was devised to manage a rebounding wolf population after the federal government stopped listing the species as endangered in the region last year. Both have drawn lawsuits from local and national animal rights groups that fear the undoing of nearly four decades of work to restore a healthy number of wolves.

 

Worried about climate change? Go vegan
Hurricane Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future.  Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use and our meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 United Nations report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested the real figure may be closer to 50 percent.

 

Marion Cotillard film faces animal rights boycott
Animal rights campaigners are urging cinema-goers to boycott the new Marion Cotillard film, Rust and Bone, because it features killer whales in captivity.  Cotillard plays an animal trainer in the film and her scenes were shot at the Marineland Park in Antibes, France, which has a number of captive orcas.

 

Minneapolis: Animal researchers’ convention spurs protest
About 60 members of an anti-animal-testing group protested outside a convention of animal researchers in downtown Minneapolis, saying the research done by the group’s members is inhumane.  The idea that animal research can be done humanely is a false premise, argued Kim Socha, a board member of the Animal Rights Coalition, which organized the Sunday, Nov. 4, protest.

 

NIH faces chimp housing quandary
Dozens of chimpanzees retired from research may have to continue to live in lab-like conditions.
On 21 September, NIH director Francis Collins declared the 110 agency-owned chimps at the New Iberia Research Center, which is part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “permanently ineligible” for research. The move followed the centre’s decision a month earlier not to reapply for a key contract that has supported the NIH chimps housed there for decades. The existing NIH contract with the facility expires in August 2013, leaving the agency little time to avert a housing crisis for animals that can live for up to 60 years in captivity.

 

Animal Rights In China
China is the world’s biggest animal farming nation. Billions of farm animals are raised on the industrialized farms on the Chinese mainland. When I conducted a survey of China’s factory farms in 2005-2006, I saw a nationwide enthusiasm for Western farming practices such as gestation crates, battery cages, ear-clipping, beak-trimming, early weaning (for calves), castration, tail-docking (for pigs), and forced feeding (ducks and geese for weight gains and foie-gras production). While EU nations are phasing out such practices, China is massively employing them.

 

An Elephant That Speaks Korean
Koshik was imitating Korean words in several ways  “We found a high agreement concerning the overall meaning, and even the Korean spelling of Koshik’s imitations,” Stoeger says. But as far as the scientists can tell, Koshik doesn’t actually mean what he says.  It’s not completely clear why Koshik adopted his unusual vocal behavior, but the researchers suggest that it might go back to his days as a juvenile. Koshik was the only elephant living at the Everland Zoo in South Korea for about five years, during an important period for elephant bonding and development. Humans were his only social contacts.

 

Union Busting by Profiting From Non-Profit May Breach IRS
When Smithfield Foods Inc. (SFD) was trying to fend off a union organizing drive at its largest meat- processing plant, it hired public relations executive Rick Berman. They discussed “preparing the nuclear strike,” according to e-mail records.  Soon after, a non-profit called the Center for Union Facts began running television ads slamming the “union bosses” who were trying to organize Smithfield’s plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. That was no coincidence: Berman also runs the center.