August 2022 Marin VEG Newsletter
Subject: August 2022 Marin VEG Newsletter
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 7/31/2022, 2:26 PM
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August 2022
Marin VEG Newsletter

I'm so grateful that the temperature has been comfortable and that so far we've been spared the smoke from the fires near Yosemite.  May you find much to be grateful for in August. 

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7
Mindful Eating and Film Festival
Two Locations
On Saturday, August 6 at Dominican University's Angelico Hall and Sunday, August 7 at the Marin Center and Fairgrounds, enjoy terrific movies and films as well as state of the art vegan food at the Mindful Eating and Film Festival.  Short and feature length films will be shown at this third annual celebration of connecting the public with the truths behind food and animal agriculture systems.   Produced by Rancho Compasion, this unique film and food festival will open hearts and change minds.  Invite your friends!  (One of the festival's most anticipated films is Elk Water, a follow up to The Shame of Point Reyes about the plight of elk at Pt. Reyes.)
Learn more and buy film tickets - including a VIP reception and preview on Saturday night - at

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7
Vegan Convergence of the Peoples and
Movie Preview The Land of Ahimsa
Starting at 8 AM on the west coast on Saturday, August 6 join Climate Healers on zoom to participate in the Vegan Convergence of the Peoples. Speakers include experts on food sovereignty, veganic farming, world hunger and more.  Attendance can be free, though they ask for $29 if you can afford it.  Here's the link to the schedule, speakers, and more:

Tuesday, August 9 at 5 PM
Retrospective on the Film Earthlings
With Writer, Producer, Director Shaun Monson
Released in 2005 and narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with music from Moby, the film Earthlings continues to awaken viewers to an entirely new way of thinking about non human animals and our relationship with them. Compassion Consortium is presenting a free event with the creator of Earthlings, Shaun Monson.  Learn more and register to attend at  This is a free event, though donations are welcome.  To learn where/how to watch Earthings, go to the eventbrite link above and read to the bottom. 

Sunday, September 25
Sonoma County Vegfest
Hold the date!  Compassionate Living is hosting the Sonoma County Vegfest at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa) on Sunday, September 25.  The entrance fee is $10 which is a donation to Compassionate Living.  Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.  Put it in your calendar now, and read more about it at

Vegan Hard Boiled Eggs
More than one company is tackling the challenge of creating a vegan version of hard boiled eggs. Here's the story:

Congratulations to VegNews Magazine! 20 Year Anniversary!
It's been two decades since the launch of the first vegan magazine.  What a game changer it has been!  And what a spectacular publication it continues to be. To subscribe - print and/or digital editions -  with special prices to celebrate their 20th anniversary visit

Compassionate Living Sues for False Advertising
Most of us despair when we see companies "humane washing" in their marketing.  Not Compassionate Living. They take action.  Vital Farms, producers of eggs and dairy, claim that the animals they raise live good lives.  Learn the truth and see why Compassionate Living is going to court at

Goatlandia's Deb Blum on Hope for the Animals Podcast
As if filing law suits and producing vegfests weren't enough, Hope Bohanec of Compassionate Living also hosts the excellent podcast Hope for the Animals.  In this episode she talks with Deborah Blum who runs Goatlandia, a rescue, education, animal therapy, goat yoga and children's camp center in Santa Rosa.  Learn about the rise in popularity and attendant problems of goat milk and other ethical issues involving goats by listening to this podcast:

Live Food Markets Imperil Our Health
Write to Help Shut Them Down
This from Eric Mills, the anti-rodeo activist who is also working to stop the importing of diseased animals for live animal food markets:

Two more independent studies have just re-affirmed that this godawful pandemic most likely originated in the Wuhan, China markets, We have scores of such markets throughout California with animals housed in horrendous conditions, and routinely butchered while fully-conscious.  Not acceptable!

COVID-19 notwithstanding, the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife continues to issue import permits for TWO MILLION non-native American bullfrogs (commercially-raised), plus some 300,000 non-native freshwater turtles, all taken from the wild.  Some three dozen necropsies have documented that ALL these animals are diseased and/or parasitized, though it is ILLEGAL to sell such products for human consumption.  Yet this dangerous and brutal commerce continues unabated.  Follow the money.

Worse, the majority of the market frogs carry a chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), cause of the extinctions of some 200 amphibian species worldwide in recent years.  The market frogs and turtles are routinely bought en masse and released into local waters by well-meaning "do-gooders," where they prey upon and displace our native species, while spreading all sorts of diseases and parasites.  EASY FIX:  STOP THE PERMITS!

Write to: Chuck Bonham, Director, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA  95814; email -
Please blind copy Eric Mills of Action for Animals if you send an email to Mr. Bonham (  Your email can be short: "Please stop issuing permits to import non-native, diseased turtles and bullfrogs."


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