In lieu of my vegan story (it’s World Vegan Day, peoples!), I bring you a week’s worth of vegan links. The day was a gorgeous one, and probably the last of the season, so I spent most of it outside. Please forgive me! I swear, I’ll share my vegetarian/vegan conversion story…I want to say “tomorrow,” but “someday” is a safer bet.
But. If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, this photo more or less sums it up.
Now about those links…
Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy
ASPCA: USA: Support the Pet Safety and Protection Act! [Please consider contacting your representative and senators directly, without using the ASPCA's feedback form. The sample letter provided by the ASPCA is horribly speciesist, and they do not allow users to edit it on their website.]
Best Friends: Sign up for a free Jinni account, and Jinni will donate 10 cents (up to $10,000) to Best Friends
Center for Biological Diversity: Help Save Walrus From Massive Stampede Deaths
Dawnwatch: “Eating Animals” — CNN, Wall Street Journal, NPR with Jonathan Safran Foer — 10/30 — 11/1/09
DawnWatch: Sunday papers on home slaughtering and meat tax 10/25/09
Defenders of Wildlife: Stop the Invasion of the Exotic Wildlife!
Earthjustice: Help Protect Children From Toxic Pesticides
easyvegan: Scientists, Poets, Changemakers and Heroes (Volunteer Opportunities & Action Alerts)
Ecological Internet: Madagascar’s Protected Rainforest Hardwoods Continue to be Selectively Logged
Environment New Mexico: Protect the Grand Canyon!
FARM on Change .org: Urge President Obama to Pardon ALL Turkeys This Holiday Season
Friends of Kinship Circle: 10/27/09: Everyone – Help Pass Landmark Devocalization Ban
In Defense of Animals (IDA): USDA Files Charges Against Abusive Circus Trainer; Act Now To Get Elephant Queenie To A Sanctuary
In Defense of Animals (IDA): Call for Nominations – Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants In 2009
Kinship Circle: Pass California Declaw Bans, So Other Cities Follow [Crossposted on easyvegan.info]
PETA: Urge Wichita, Kansas, Apartment Complex to Stop Alleged Poisoning of Birds!
PETA: Urgent: Tell National Food Markets to Stop Animal Torture and Live Sales
PETA: URGENT: Bulls Tortured by Fire in Sadistic Spanish Festival!
PETA: Tell the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Cut Out Animal Research
PETA: URGENT: Ask GNC to Stop Using Cruel Glue Traps
PETA: Ask Florida Officials to End Kiddie Hog Hunt!
PETA: Deer Being Cruelly Netted and Trucked to Slaughterhouse in Texas
PETA: Urge Schwebel’s Baking Co. to Drop Ringling Promotions
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): End the Use of Live Pigs in Baystate Medical Center’s Trauma Training Program
Save Our Environment: Protect the Grand Canyon from mining!
SHARK: The Rodeo/Horse Slaughter Connection, Bullfighting & More [Crossposted on easyvegan.info]
Sierra Club: Thank the EPA for Cutting Mercury Emissions from Power Plants
Sierra Club: Protect Communities from Toxic Coal Ash
Sierra Club: Demand a Strong Clean Energy and Climate Bill! [Please include a note about methane, nitrous oxide and veganism as well.]
The Wilderness Society: Help permanently protect Americas Wildest Grassland [If you choose to use the sample letter provided, please edit for speciesism, particularly in the final paragraph.]
WWF: Your Action Guide to Copenhagen [Not-so-shockingly, I don't see "go vegan" on the list of "9 things you can do to take effective and meaningful action actions in the run-up to the Climate meeting in Copenhagen." Cynical, me?]
Action Alerts: Human Rights
ACLU: Tell Your Senators to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act: It’s Common Cents!
ACLU: Tell Secretary Gates Not to Stand in the Way of Accountability!
ACLU: Tell Congress it’s Time to Reform the Patriot Amendments!
Amnesty International: Demand justice for killing of journalist in Oaxaca, Mexico
Center for Inquiry (CFI): ASK YOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE MANDATORY COVERAGE FOR NON-EVIDENCE BASED MEDICAL CARE
Color of Change: Health care reform is around the corner; Help make sure everyone is included
DeFOX America: SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS
Feminist Campus: Stop Child Marriage!
Latin America Working Group: Tell President Obama to support Congress in lifting the Travel Ban on Cuba.
Maria Cantwell: I SUPPORT A PUBLIC OPTION
New Security Action: Tell Congress: Close Gitmo Now
Peace Team: Send A Fax To President Obama To Make Sure The Trigger Is Off The Table
Planned Parenthood: TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO REJECT EFFORTS TO CUT REPRODUCTIVE CARE FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM
Raise Hope for Congo: Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor the Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009
Vegan Month of Food: Vegan MoFo III (2009 edition) – October 2009
PETA2: Win a Vegan Coat From Vaute Couture [Deadline: November 20] (Note to PETA: could we lose the “fur hags,” please? It’s so retrogressive.)
The Urban Housewife: Back in Black & a giveaway of The China Study! [Deadline: November 2]
VeganMoFo: Featured Contests & Giveaways
ASPCA: eNews, October 30, 2009
Best Friends: eNews, October 29, 2009 – Gathering together for the animals
Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth Online, No. 484, October 29, 2009 – Condor Developer Wins Dodo Award, Prairie Dogs Poisoned, Halloween Overpopulation Scare
In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, October 30, 2009
Vegan Outreach: eNewsletter, October 28, 2009 – Animals as the Bottom Line; Products of the Week
Petitions: Animal & Environmental Advocacy
Prevent the Deaths of Thousands of Sea Turtles
URGENT BLS Proposed for Auburn CA
Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) Needs an Extreme Makeover
Justice for Aries [Walker County Humane Society in Jasper, Alabama]
Shark Free Vancouver,BC-Stop Shark Fin Consumption
Petitions: Human Rights
End Gender Discrimination in Health Insurance Coverage
Women Deserve Equal Health Insurance Coverage for Equal Money!
Reject Torture and Support the Closure of Guantanamo Bay!
Support the Breast Cancer EARLY Act!
‘Round the Interwebs
Alley Cat Allies: Alley Cat Allies Offers Winter Safety Tips for Feral And Stray Cats
Animal Aid: Vegan Month website
Stephanie @ Animal Rights: That “Hog” Over the Fire Is a Baby Piglet
Center for American Progress: The Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything
Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Order Your 2010 Dogs Deserve Better 14-Month Calendar
ecorazzi: New South Park Episode To Take On Japanese Whalers, Dolphin Hunt
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Takedown “Hall of Shame”
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): NEW Safe Space Kit
Invisible Voices: Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary, Vermont
Invisible Voices: Blog Action Day: Climate Change
National Geographic: The Story Behind Our Photo of Grieving Chimps
The Pitch: In Shawnee Mission Park, Jason Miller’s hunt for attention is on
That Vegan Girl: The ins-and-outs (ha!) of vegan birth control
Vegan Burnout: Baltimore gets Rescue Inked!
Vegan Lunch Box: The Loaf is Back, Baby!
Farm Sanctuary: Walk for Farm Animals – September through October 2009
Vegan Month of Food: Vegan MoFo III (2009 edition) – October 2009
In Defense of Animals (IDA): World Go Vegan Week – Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, October 31, 2009
World Vegan Day – Sunday, November 1, 2009
Green Blogger Convention – Friday, November 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California
Defenders of Wildlife: Carnivore Conservation in a Changing World – Sunday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Denver, Colorado
United Poultry Concerns (UPC): Thanksgiving Vigil for Turkeys, Friday, November 20, 2009 in Bethesda, MD
Farm Sanctuary: NY and CA Thanksgiving Celebration FOR the Turkeys – Saturday, November 21, 2009 in Watkins Glen, New York and Orland, California
Peaceful Prairie: Living at Thanksgiving – Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Deer Trail, Colorado
In Defense of Animals (IDA): Fur Free Friday – Friday, November 27, 2009
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The Art of Compassion Gala Celebrating PCRM’s 25th Anniversary, Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Malibu, California
Your Weekly Click-Through Reminders
“The easyVegan Weekend Activist” is a weekly roundup of animal and environmental advocacy action alerts, campaign updates, carnivals, contests, newsletters, petitions, upcoming events and miscellaneous resources, posted every weekend at easyvegan.info. Follow the links provided in order to learn more and take action!
For the time being, the weekly newsletter-esque format will replace the near-daily link roundups I previously posted under the title “easyVegan Link Sanctuary.” Hopefully, this condensed, once-weekly “newsletter” will free up some time so that I can perform more meaningful blogging. If you have any questions or comments about the new format, please drop me a line in the comments section!
While my primary focus is non-human animals and the environment in which they live, I will cover human rights issues as well, especially as they relate to animal and environmental welfare. (For example, while reproductive rights is typically seen as a feminist or women’s issue, the growing global human population does have environmental consequences. In this vein, access to family planning resources has a tangible impact on the environment – an environment we share with non-human animals.)
This link roundup is meant as a jumping-off point for you, the reader, to take further action and learn more about the issues presented here. I link, you decide!
If you have a link you’d like included, please drop me a line at easyvegan [at] gmail.com – or leave it in the comments! Feedback is also appreciated, particularly as it relates to the links included above. I’ve tried my best to identify and name any speciesism, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, sizeism, etc. which may appear in the resources above; if, however, I’ve overlooked something, please leave a note in the comments. It’s not my desire to fight one form of oppression by engaging in another.
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