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DC Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti by christine

**SNOW! Falls Church Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti postponed until further notice!**

We’ll post an update as soon as it is rescheduled.

Stop by one of the DC Vegan Bake Sales to raise money for Haiti! There will be one tomorrow, January 24th, in Takoma Park MD and another on February 6th in Falls Church VA. 100% of the proceeds will go to Food For Life Global.

Donate to emergency relief for animals in Haiti! The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) has been formed by several nonprofit groups to respond to the animals in need in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Haiti.


DC Vegan is holding Vegan Bake Sales in the coming weeks to help raise money for Haiti due to the recent devastating earthquake that hit.

100%  of the proceeds from the Vegan Bake Sale will go to Food for Life Global.

Food for Life is a nonprofit organization, bringing food and life to the needy of the world through the liberal distribution of pure vegetarian meals. The project started in 1974 when an elderly Indian swami, Srila Prabhupada, implored his yoga students not to allow anyone within a ten mile radius of his ashram to go hungry. The program grew quickly, and today Food for Life is active in over 60 countries worldwide. FFL is providing Vegan food relief to Haiti.

NEW If you are unable to attend the either bake sale you can make an online donation on our fundraising page here.


WHO: DC Vegan Community
WHAT: DC Vegan Bake Sale
WHEN: January 24th from 10am to 2pm
WHERE: Takoma Park Farmers Market (2 block from the Takoma metro station)
WHO IS BRINGING WHAT:View the listSign up to bake
VOLUNTEER: We need some volunteers!
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

WHO: DC Vegan Community
WHAT: DC Vegan Bake Sale
WHEN: February 7th from 2 to 6pm  **Postponed!**
WHERE: 1230 W. Broad St. (corner of Route 7 aka Broad Street and Haycock Road), Falls Plaza shopping center (strip mall), Falls Church, VA
WHO IS BRINGING WHAT: View the listSign up to bake
VOLUNTEER: We need some volunteers!
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

**If you need to drop off / or picked up your baked goods the night before the event send me an email,, so we can arrange something.**


Donate your Vegan baked goods, please fill out this form.
Volunteers for the the Vegan Bake Sale, please fill out this form.

  • Please deliver food by 9:45am (takoma) & 10:15am (falls church). Exception: if we have a ton of bakers, it’s ok if some of you deliver the food later, but by noon.
  • If you want to contribute baked goods but cannot make it to the bake sale that day, we’ll have two drop-off points (people’s houses) where you can deliver the food the night before. This works better if the food doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
  • If at all possible: Bring the recipe for your lovely creation.
  • Remember to include a spatula or appropriate serving utensil.
Other volunteers:
  • We could use help with posting fliers.
  • Help out at the table.


Judge Allows Ringling Bros. to Continue to Abuse Elephants by christine

This past year has exposed many truths about the horrible conditions and cruelties that circus animals endure for the lavish demands of entertainment. From the newly released photos of baby elephants being abused with bulhooks, electric prods, ropes and chains, to the footage of Ringling trainers striking elephants that was exposed as part of an undercover investigation by PETA just last summer. Apparently, Judge Sullivan refuses to listen.

Pardo states that “this ruling represents a victory for the elephants,” a completely surreal and twisted testimony to her ignorance.

Ask the USDA to end the use of bullhooks and chains here.


Judge rules for Ringling Bros. in elephant case

The Associated Press

Wednesday, December 30, 2009; 10:14 PM

WASHINGTON — A federal judge Wednesday ruled in favor of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in a case brought by animal rights activists who accused the circus of abusing elephants.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said former Ringling employee Tom Rider and the Animal Protection Institute did not have legal standing to sue the circus, owned by Feld Entertainment Inc. Rider and the animal protection group brought the lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act.

During the six-week trial in February and March of this year, the attorney for the animal rights groups asked the judge to stop the circus from harming the elephants during performances and punishing them for bad behavior. They alleged that the use of bullhooks and prolonged chaining violated the federal law.

Feld Entertainment argued that the animals are not hurt and that the instruments are necessary to keep the pachyderms under control and protect public safety.

At the time, the judge expressed some reluctance to police circus methods and asked how the prods and chains are different from spurs used on horses and whips with tigers.

Ringling Bros. said during the trial it cannot have the Asian elephants without these instruments because there is no other proven way to keep the animals under control and protect their trainers and the viewing public.

Feld’s attorneys said their elephants are healthy, alert and well-cared for, including those that travel with the show and those that live at the company’s 200-acre conservatory in Florida.

“This ruling represents a victory for the elephants and a win for the U.S. Constitution because it reinforces that the federal court is no place to entertain a philosophical debate about whether elephants should be in the circus,” said Michelle Pardo, an attorney representing Feld Entertainment.


This is what a victory for elephants looks like?