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Happy Halloween! by christine
October 31, 2009, 3:27 am
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Have a Happy Halloween! Get ready…tomorrow is World Vegan Day!

Flesh is for Zombies!

*Remember to keep your kitties inside today, so no human goblins snatch them! 😦

Eat Vegan Candy.




World Go Vegan Week: Vegan Bake Sale by christine

For World Go Vegan Week ARC had a Halloween Vegan Bake Sale on campus to encourage students to try vegan treats and reduce their consumption of animal products.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered, including Nick, Nathaly, Karen, Martin, and Dr. Verardo – who made those famous scones that all her students stopped by to try!

Vegan Cupcakes!

 

Dr. Verardo's Famous Scones!

 

Vegan Literature!

ARC will be sponsoring these cuties at Farm Sanctuary with 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale!

Meet Mello and Bubbles! This Thanksgiving, don’t eat your friends!

Sponsor a turkey in need this Thanksgiving. 

Mello!Bubbles!



Mad World by christine
October 31, 2009, 3:21 am
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RIP Brian Picone by christine
October 29, 2009, 2:54 pm
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Brian Picone, a George Mason University activist and recent alumnus, died Monday night of cardiac arrest. He was 22. I worked with him in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Feminist Ninjas, and I always looked forward to his performances at the annual Mason Drag Show as Brianna Spice. He was also a member of GMU’s Pride Alliance and organized around immigration issues. Describing his experiences as a gay man at GMU helped to reaffirm how much intolerance there still is on our campus and it pained me to hear about the hate he had to frequently endure. Despite this he was always exuberant and captivating. He will always remind me to speak up when I witness others being oppressed. Using words like “gay” as a derogatory adjective, or referencing someone as a “faggot” or “homo” is completely unacceptable. It is up to each of us to speak up.

I will definitely miss his impassioned spirit, brilliance, and radiance.

❤ christine 

 

Service: Friday, October 30 at 2pm – Unitarian Universalist Church 

2709 Hunter Mill Rd. Oakton, VA 22124-1614 | Phone: (703) 281-4230

A note from Brian’s family: 

“EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE is invited, and please come out in Drag, glitter, glam, metal, flags, anything that is expressive of you, because that’s what Brian wanted: for you to be you. In other words, NO formal attire required. We’ll join together, remember, and celebrate the beautiful soul that will always be Brian Picone aka Brianna Spice. Please no flowers, Brian would want the money to go to social justice – La Clinica Del Pueblo (www.lcdp.org) or Tenants & Workers United (www.tenantsandworkers.org).”



World Go Vegan Week by christine

October 25th through 31st is World Go Vegan Week! Declared by In Defense of Animals (IDA) this week leads up to World Vegan Day on November 1st. 

Everyone should use this week to try being cruelty-free and debunk some of the myths about a vegan diet for themselves. If you’ve been flirting with the idea of going vegan, what better time than now? We have plenty of resources on our blog to help you transition to a vegan diet, including vegan menu plans and recipes. There is also a list of restaurants with vegan options in VA/DC/MD available at VegDC.com. If you have any questions about veganism, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Week Menu of Vegan Recipes. Or our “Vegan Eatin’ on a Budget” page includes a list of cheap vegan menu options by COK.

Visit our “Why Vegan” page and Why Vegan? for more information. Watch Earthlings if you need to see more. 

ARC will be having a Halloween Vegan Bake Sale on October 27th to celebrate, with proceeds going to Farm Sanctuary, which advocates for and rescues farm animals that would otherwise be slaughtered. We will have cupcakes, brownies, cookies, Dr. Verardo’s famous scones, banana bread, vegan rice crispy treats – and more! Yum! 11 to 4pm, Johnson Center Plaza – George Mason University, Fairfax.



Vegan Halloween Candy by christine
October 24, 2009, 12:54 pm
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When you’re stocking up on Halloween candy this weekend, you should make sure it’s vegan…especially since next week is World Go Vegan Week!

Airheads Taffy ♦ Atkins Peanut Butter Bars ♦ Blow Pops ♦ Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy ♦ Charms Lollipops ♦ Chick-o-Sticks ♦ Cracker Jack ♦ Cry Babies ♦ Dem Bones ♦ Dots ♦ Dum-Dums ♦ Fireballs ♦ Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (Original Dark) ♦ Hubba Bubba Bubblegum ♦ Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy) ♦ Jujubees ♦ Jujyfruits ♦ Lemonheads ♦ Mambas ♦ Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses) ♦ Now and Later ♦ Orbitz Gum ♦ Pez ♦ Ring Pop Lollipops ♦ Smarties (U.S. Brand) ♦ Sour Patch Kids ♦ Super Bubble ♦ Swedish Fish ♦ Sweet Tarts ♦ Tropical Source Mini Chocolate Bags ♦ Twizzlers ♦ Zotz

Happy Halloween!



Total Animals Killed to Feed Americans in 2008 by christine
October 24, 2009, 12:46 pm
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Average and Total Numbers of Animals 
Who Died to Feed Americans in 2008

 Report from United Poultry Concerns (UPC), to see details and graphs click here.

Chickens
Total number died for food: 8.13 billion (7.67 billion for meat, 458 million for eggs)   
Average number killed per American meat-eater: 27.5 (26 for meat, 1.5 for eggs)
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 2,147 (2,028 for meat, 120 for eggs)

Turkeys
Total number died for food: 269 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.91 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 71

Pigs
Total number died for food: 117.6 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.40 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 31

Steers and Calves
Total number died for food: 40.8 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.14 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 10.8

Rabbits
Total number died for food: 2.4 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.009 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 0.69

Fish
Total number died for food: 6.5 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 22 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 1,700

Shellfish
Total number died for food: 64 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 218 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 17,000

ALL LAND ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 8.56 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 29 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 2,261

ALL SEA ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 71 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 240
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 19,000

ALL ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 80 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 270 
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 21,000



Primate Liberation Week Reportback by christine
October 23, 2009, 10:18 am
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PLW 1

 

PLW 2

 

PLW 3



Earthlings Reportback by christine
October 23, 2009, 10:08 am
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Thanks to everyone that made it to our Earthlings screening on Tuesday night! I know it is a difficult film to watch, and I commend you all for making it through the entire documentary. So many people are determined to remain ignorant to the suffering of animals on this planet at our hand, thank you for refusing to accept business as usual.

For those that did not get to see it, Earthlings is definitely a film that EVERYONE should see. You can watch the entire documentary free online. It is a powerful and enlightening film addressing the ways in which humans exploit animals for food, clothing, scientific research, entertainment, and as pets. This documentary teaches us what animals endure every day for our lavish and selfish demands. They do not have the option to turn away from the truth, and neither should we. It will change how you view the world and your fellow earthlings. Please watch it. Click the banner below to see the full length feature.

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Events this Week by christine
October 19, 2009, 11:52 pm
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EARTHLINGS FILM SCREENING: Tuesday October 20th 

Johnson Center Cinema, George Mason University (Fairfax Campus, metro accessible). 7 to 9 pm (film 95 minutes) – FREE! 

Come see this powerful and thought-provoking film about how humans use animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, and as pets. This documentary teaches us what animals endure every day for our lavish and selfish demands. They do not have the option to turn away from the truth, and neither should we. Please come and educate yourself. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. See previous posts below to watch the trailer. 

Primate Liberation Week: October 17-24 

PRIMATE LIBERATION WEEK PROTEST! Wednesday, October 21st, 4 to 6pm 

In order to speak up for the 69,990 primates imprisoned in US labs for experimentation, some people from the DC animal rights community will be protesting the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NIH funds some of the most wasteful, appalling, and redundant testing on primates. This is an effort to demand that archaic methods of research are brought to a halt and replaced with the numerous alternatives to animal testing that are available. 

Meet at Old Georgetown Rd & West Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD (accessible by metro). Bring comfortable shoes and a loud voice to speak up for those that are silenced.