I saw my first buttercup of the season this week, heard the
frogs singing, enjoyed the waxing to full moon. And the new leaves
emerging on the Buckeye trees always remind me of baby birds poking
their heads above the nest. May you find many delightful signs of
Spring this month!
Sunday, March 21
Eat Your Ethics Webinar Series Begins
The Food Empowerment Project is offering a four part series to
help you eat your ethics. Covering labor issues, animal rights,
child exploitation and more, the webinar will help participants
ensure that their values are reflected in their food choices. This
webinar is perfect for new vegans or anyone who wants their eating
habits to be more ethical. Everyone is welcome. The series will
run at 1 PM on March 21, May 23, August 15, and October 24. Learn
more and sign up at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_00dGFFvJTxSCRWR2NE87Tg
Wednesday, March 31
Vegan Passover Seder on Zoom
JewishVEG is conducting a zoom seder (zeder) at 3PM West Coast
time on Wednesday, March 31. Tickets are $18 and include a
downloadable PDF of the Jewish Veg Haggadah. Passover celebrates
freedom, and the theme of this seder will be How do we talk
about liberation in the context of animal rights, environmental
justice, personal and public health, worker justice? How can we
create a world in which all human and nonhuman animals are truly
free? Sign up at https://www.jewishveg.org/pandemic/events/zeder/
FishFeel on Hope for the Animals Podcast
The current episode of the podcast Hope for the Animals includes an
interview with Mary Finelli, director of FishFeel. This wonderful
not for profit is one of my favorites, the first animal rights
organization to focus exclusively on the planet's most
misrepresented and misperceived animals. I highly recommend a visit
to their website FishFeel.org. And I encourage you to
listen to the podcast.
A few months ago I watched some young boys who were fishing in
Tiburon. They were giddy with joy as they reeled in a wonderous
looking creature, and I was heartbroken to see them gloat over what
they caught. I went up to one of the boys and asked him if he used
the internet. He said yes, so I told him he might want to visit
FishFeel.org. He asked if the site could identify the fish he
caught. I said that I wasn't sure, but that he'd learn a lot from
the site in any event. His friends all asked me to repeat the name
of the site, so I did. I hope they went there, and I hope they
learned about how fishing feels to the fish.
Wildlife Killing Contests
New Documentary on YouTube
Project Coyote in collaboration with the production company
Comfort Theory has created a 25-minute film that exposes the many
derbies, tournaments, and other competitions to kill wildlife for
cash rewards. You can sign a petition to help end these horrible
contests and watch the impactful movie at http://www.projectcoyote.org/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=adc9afe4-7ae7-4172-b7f5-9f37c4997fe4
Lab Grown Meat for Pet Food
The Economist published an article in January about lab grown
meat being developed for cat food. That magazine requires a
subscription to read the piece, but Science Times summarizes the
article well. The company behind the lab grown meat for cats, made
from mice stem cells, is Because Animal, based in Philadelphia.
There are other companies working on similar projects, too. The
whole subject makes me uncomfortable, but if this saves the lives of
animals being killed for pet food, my discomfort can be assuaged. https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/29386/20210129/lab-grown-meat-pets-experts-explain.htm
Squeeze Balls Shaped Like Produce
I was going to bring these to Goodwill, but thought I'd offer
them here in case anyone wants them. Free to the first person to
claim them: Ten squeezable veggies and fruit, one each of carrot,
potato, broccoli, grapes, mushroom, orange, tomato (two), banana,
corn. I used to use these at talks and demos, and some of them are
quite realistic looking. Great for juggling or hand exercises.
Please send an email if you want them (all or nothing) and can pick
them up in Fairfax.
Humans Are Animals
This well written article from the New York Times intrigued me.
While some of it's main points seemed self evident, it was
interesting to see how others who are quoted in the piece think
differently. And the comments reveal that the author's view, (and
mine) is not shared by everyone. The essay is by Crispin Sartwell,
a philosophy professor. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/opinion/humans-animals-philosophy.html
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