We stood in the snowy wind outside the rodeo in Everett, silently holding our signs urging people, “Don’t Support Animal Cruelty,” “Real Men Are Kind To Animals” and “Heroes Protect The Innocent.” We couldn’t honestly say that it was the most attractive side of Northwest society that bunched slowly forward for tickets while looking at us contemptuously, mocking us as hippies and vegetarians, or just proclaiming, “I’m kind to animals—-I eat each and every one I can! I hunt deer. And cougars!”
Perhaps our peaceful presence was so threatening, and their sense of pride so fragile, that they felt compelled to defend themselves against our silent compassion. However, we remained steadfast while joking with each other, talking about the upcoming Vegan Prom, and generally trying not to freeze our little fingers off in the freezing cold.
Rodeos exploit and abuse animals for profit under the guise of “entertainment.” Take a look: rodeocruelty.com
The first of NARN’s monthly fundraiser cook-offs was delicious, with creative entries of all kinds: elaborately decorated brownies, hot & spicy brownies, raw brownies, and minty brownies. Bethany won first prize: a gift certificate to Wayward Cafe, where the bake-off was held. All fundraiser proceeds benefit NARN’s campaigns to protect animals in the Pacific Northwest.
Next cook-off: Outdoor Vegan Chili Bake-Off!
The Auction was a blast. People put up for bid a skill, activity, date or vegan dessert to help animals. All proceeds funds raised help Northwest Animal Rights Network continue our work to end animal cruelty.
NARN and AFA invited all vegans and animal rights activists out for a night of food, frivolity and an assortment of refreshing beverages.
Despite the incredible amount of snow coming down that night, lots of people 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.
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!
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.
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!
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, 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.
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).
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!