Dessert Reception Fundraiser for the Litigation 2/13/09

On Feb 6, 2009, attorney Adam P. Karp, on behalf of NARN, filed a lawsuit to protect farm animals in Washington State. This landmark litigation is asking the court to declare unconstitutional certain exemptions and exclusions granted to livestock owners under Washington state’s animal cruelty laws.Show Your Love For the Animals!

To support Adam in this effort to protect animals, NARN hosted a fundraiser at the Lake Union Park Officers Club. Amid Valentine decorations inspired by the night’s theme, Show Your Love For The Animals, participants sipped wine and partook of delectable delicacies, including sweet vegan banana bread from Flying Apron Bakery and rich vegan chocolate cake from Whole Foods, both donated for the occasion.

Keynote speaker Adam Karp gave a compelling presentation, describing how the current exemptions allow the animal industry far too great a role in determining what is and isn’t humane treatment. He explained that many practices considered to be “customary animal husbandry practices” by meat, milk and egg producers are unnecessarily cruel. “You look at a little chick having its beak burned off without anesthesia, and I don’t think anyone would argue that that’s not cruel,” he said. “If we were to do it with a dog or cat, we’d have an uproar.”

The Seattle P-I ran an article about our lawsuit, and even a northwest agriculture newspaper reported on it. Please support this landmark litigation to protect farm animals by donating!

Brownie Bake-Off 2/8/09

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!

Community Presentation: "Know Your Activist Rights: Part 2" 1/31/09

If a cop asks to see your I.D. at a protest, are you legally obligated to show it?
Do protesters have the right to display images that other people might find offensive?

A local lawyer with NARN outlined what an animal rights activist needs to know in this day and age. She explained Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination) and Sixth Amendment (right to counsel) rights.

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.

Opposing Cruelty: UW Primate Lab Protest 12/17/08

RachelBrave souls withstood the wind and cold to stand up for tortured animals in front of UW’s Regional Primate Research Center at 3010 Western Ave, across from the Olympic Sculpture Park downtown. Chrystie

UW’s Primate Research Center plays a major part in the torture and killing of primates every year. UW researchers have been confirmed in committing widespread violations of animal protection regulations. Michael and Johnny Joseph.

These violations involve studies in which experimenters cut off the tops of monkeys’ skulls, insert electrodes into their brains, and implant wire coils in their eyes. The monkeys are then restrained in experimentation chairs, with their heads bolted in place so that they can’t move while Chrystie, Nitin and Bryanexperimenters track their eye movements.

They are kept hungry or thirsty much of the time so that they’ll comply during tests to get a sip of water or a bite of food.

University Of Washington Primate Center--blue building located at 3010 Western Ave, Seattle

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!

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