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Community Building: Vegan Holiday Party 12/20/08

NARN and AFA invited all vegans and animal rights activists out for a night of food, frivolity and an assortment of refreshing beverages.

Harriet, Rachel and Mitchell share a laugh.

Despite the incredible amount of snow coming down that night, lots of Nitin and Rachelpeople made it out. It was a cool place, with endless dark rooms to explore in the basement. A couple folks went sledding on some folding chairs. Others were hilarious as usual. There was a cool sound system playing kickin’ jams, with various stage lights around the ex-dance studio.

All the food, music, laughter and vegan cupcakes made it worth the trip back home through the snowdrifts.

NARN needs volunteers!

NARN is made up entirely of volunteers. Can you help us with any of the following?
 
♣ Leaflet at schools or sports events by handing out Why Vegan?  or Compassionate Choices pamphlets to educate people about factory farming. 
♦ Attend NARN protests against animal cruelty.
♥ Fold leaflets: put our Vegetarian Restaurant Guides together with pamphlets about factory farming. We need lots of these to pass out at events, and it’s easy to do!
♦ Send out donation request letters to businesses listed in NARN’s Animal Services Guide.
♣ Help us fundraise.
♥ Mail out New Member Intro packets. Materials will be provided to you, and stamps reimbursed.
♦ Create & post fliers reporting UW animal testing misconduct.
Just let us know which of these you’re interested in. We’d love to have you volunteer with us!
-David, Volunteer Coordinator

Community Presentation: "Seeing Through the Fence" Film 12/4/08

After attending Seeing Through the Fence” we all agreed it was a wonderful thought-provoking film, geared toward vegans and meat-eaters alike. It’s a documentary about food, veganism & activism put together by NARN’s very own Eleni Vlachos (also the drummer for Beloved Binge), and is a culmination of years of work, interviews with hundreds of people and lots of thoughtful editing. NARN’s own Rachel starred!

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!

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.

Community Presentation: "Global Warming + Animal Agriculture"

We met at Teapot Vegetarian House for this month’s Seattle Animal Rights Meetup’s discussion about how our diet is the most significant contribution to the destruction of the planet. In 2006 the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that the ranching and slaughter of cows and other animals generates an estimated 18% of total human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions globally.

We also talked about such topics as the effectiveness of PETA’s tactics; what to do when you feel passionate about animal suffering but others around you are unconcerned; how to answer the common question, “You’re vegan? So what do you do for protein?”; being required to cook meat at work when you’re a vegan; and the best vegan restaurants around town.

It’s good to talk with other folks who really understand where you’re coming from. Please join us at the next Seattle Animal Rights Meetup!

Animal Sanctuary Support: Precious Life

Wet bunnies.Our trip to Precious Life Animal Sanctuary started off rainy, with lots of wet bunnies scampering into their underground burrows. But the rain let up and the fog filled in the mountains surrounding the valley.

Some people hold this myth of vegans as weak, unhealthy, self-denying ascetics. But the vegans I know are some of the toughest, most hard-working, hedonistic food-loving people I’ve ever met.Andy & Tove love power tools!

Contractor Andy put us to work in the barn building a new shed for the animals. Theo and other students from UPS filled the barn with sounds of hammering, while Mike, Andy and Tove power-sawed 2×4’s.

(As Tove said delightedly, “I just love power tools!”)Wil takes CONTROL of the thistles.

 Mark, Carrie, Wil, Rachel, and Mark’s mom dug up thistles in the relocated Woodland Park rabbits’ enclosure, while Ralph, Bob, Kim, Elisabeth, and David wielded pick axes digging trenches for fences to protect trees from the forthcoming pigs’ irresistible skin-scratching.Ralph & Bob wield picks.

 

Later we all found ourselves sitting around Ralph and Carol’s living room gorging ourselves on a delicious arrangement of vegan food like pasta, baked beans, fruit salad, hummus, guacamole, and homemade pie with apples from their own trees. David gets a friendly lick.

 

And of course we got to spend quality time with all the animals, feeding carrots to bunnies, giving cows the size of cars scratches behind their ears, and admiring the horses and burros.   

 

UPS students & David find new friends.Djinn & Heather make new friends.

 

I would never have imagined when I got involved in NARN how much manual labor, animal petting, and delicious food stuffing I’d be doing. But sometimes in life, things turn out better than you ever hoped. 

 

Community Presentation: "Animal Rescues: Woodland Park Rabbits"

Remember all the cute bunnies you used to see hopping around Greenlake? They were abandoned there by owners who got them as cute live presents for Easter and then gave up on them. And they were being shot at by people, attacked by dogs, and carried off by hawks. One day Seattleites Mark and his girlfriend Carrie rescued one, then decided they had to save the rest. So they carried out a plan to relocate over 100 rabbits, the tame ones going to animal shelters for adoption and the really wild ones to Precious Life Animal Sanctuary.

The Animal Rights Meetup  gathered at Bamboo Garden, where guest speaker Mark told us all about the Woodland Park Rabbit Rescue he and Carrie pulled off. They also talked about the logistical and ethical challenges of animal rescues in general, along with problems like perceptions by media and other animal rightists. As Elizabeth put it, “Learning about different animals and the challenges they face with humans is always interesting. It is very pleasant to hear about events that have been successful in improving their environment.”

Something Rachel pointed out was that if you see something that bothers you–something you feel needs to get done–don’t wait for someone else to come up with a plan and carry it out. Just do it yourself. Mark and Carrie did just that. They saw a problem, and they solved it. If fur shops bug you, protest one! And people will join in and help you.