The NARN table at Vegfest supplied many people with information about factory farming, the myth of “free range” eggs, and how milk actually doesn’t do a body good. People’s responses ranged from shy-but-curious, to those passionately making a beeline over to our table to sign up to get involved in helping animals.
There were lots of folks asking how they could make the transition from vegetarian to vegan, to which our friendly volunteers shared their own tips and personal stories. This, along with all the free food samples, made Vegfest another fun event this year!
Standing in front of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Seattle, we brought public attention to the brutality organized to begin in a few weeks. More than 200,000 baby seals are slaughtered every year during the Canadian seal massacre. With the Vancouver Olympics fast approaching, Canada has a chance to better its image by ending this slaughter.
Local animal rights supporters came out in their best prom wear to eat delicious vegan tacos and succulent desserts, be stirred by activist talks, and hit the dance floor to 80’s music spun by DJ Coldheart.
Board member David summarized our current campaigns in which, in the words of one supporter, “NARN has really been kicking ass lately.” Attorney Jenn Kaplan explained the significance of the recent arrests of four activists who are being charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Darius Fullmer of the SHAC7 gave a rousing speech about the importance of not succumbing to fear in our fight against animal oppression, as well as his own experience being charged under the AETA. “How ever you think is the best way to achieve animal liberation, keep doing it, and do it more,” he said.
And NARN t-shirts made their public debut at the Prom. Black shirt, white printing, $20. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get one!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
It was an icy evening, but it felt good to raise awareness about the animal cruelty inherent in the fur industry.
The symphony is traditionally a place where people wear fur, especially on New Year’s Eve. So a bunch of us gathered at Benaroya Hall for a silent vigil before going out to party.
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.