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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Paul McCartney & The Chicken Council duke it out on The Colbert Report!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Update, 2/5/09:

Here’s some extra web exclusive goodness from the McCartney interview – Sir Paul explains the art of vegetable hunting to Stephen:


OK, well, not really. Paul McCartney appeared on Wednesday’s episode, the same episode wherein Stephen “broke” the “buffalo wing” shortage crisis story. But Stephen didn’t interview the obligatory white dude from the National Chicken Council until the next night, so he and McCartney never met. I doubt McCartney was even privy to the Superbowl/”buffalo wing” story, since his interview was pre-recorded. Still, catchy title, dontchathink?

Plus, vegetarianism did come up during McCartney’s interview. Check it:

Now for the “buffalo wing” shortage, which spanned two segments. The Richard Lobb interview is by far the more interesting of the two clips, so if you watch only one video, make it the second one below.
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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: July Roundup

Friday, July 31st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.


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Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 4

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

LGBT Compassion - Screenshot

LGBT Compassion

One of the newest additions to the “Intersections” category on my blogroll, LGBT Compassion is a

coalition of San Francisco Bay Area gay animal advocates (and some non-gay friends) working to promote awareness of animal welfare, health, environmental, and civil rights issues within our community – along with any other important social issues that we feel strongly about.

We feel that the LGBT community, having experienced discrimination, oppression and suffering ourselves, having special health issues, and often having unique bonds with companion animals, should be open to learning and helping others who may not be able to speak up for themselves – whether human or non-human.

Their motto: Fighting oppression and discrimination for all. Love it.

I first learned of the group through its investigation into San Francisco’s live animal markets, where chickens are kept and displayed for sale in plastic bags (!). If you haven’t yet, definitely go check ’em out.

PETA Asia-Pacific: Urge Egypt’s Prime Minister to Stop Cruel Pig Cull

When I saw that PETA was campaigning against the pig culls in Egypt, I was excited. Last I checked, the WSPA had reached a standstill with the Egyptian government, which was insisting that the culls had ceased, despite evidence to the contrary. Writing about the issue at, I wanted desperately to offers readers an opportunity to take action. But nada – until now.

When I actually read the sample letter provided by PETA, though, my heart sank. Rather than calling for an end to the culls, PETA asks the government to “Please place a moratorium on the pig cull until guidelines can be put in place to ensure that the killing is as humane as possible.” This despite the fact that the culls are wholly unnecessary – an inefficient way to guard against swine flu. And this comes not from animal advocacy groups, but government experts (such as those at the UN) – who, on the whole, aren’t really known for their animal-friendly views.

Add to the mix the possibility that the culls might have as much to do with religious discrimination as swine flu paranoia, and PETA really dropped the ball here. Not only has the group failed to defend the pigs from slaughter – it also failed to take the majority Muslim government to task for oppressing the minority Christian farmers. PETA even reinforces the government’s bigotry by pleading for a “humane” pig cull at a later date!

Oh, with friends like these…

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-11-13

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Action Alerts

Defenders of Wildlife: The Missing Link for Lynx
What’s the missing link for lynx? The habitat they need to survive in the wild. Designating “critical habitat” for lynx is the best tool we have to identify and preserve the areas that these vanishing cats need to survive — and to restore them to places where they naturally belong. Unfortunately, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s revised critical habitat plan for lynx is a step in the right direction, it still falls short of offering the level of protections these rare forest cats need to survive. Now they need to hear from wildlife supporters who care about ensuring real lynx recovery.

Earthjustice: Protect the Wolves in the Northern Rockies
Just when you thought gray wolves were safely back on the endangered species list, the Bush administration has launched another 11th hour attack to strip them of federal protections. Following its recent failed attempt to remove the wolves from the endangered species list, the administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposal allowing Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana to kill nearly 1,000 wolves — at a time when the wolf population is already declining. Please tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the northern Rockies gray wolves on the endangered species list.

Environmental Defense Fund: Act Now: Urge the EPA to Limit Global Warming Pollution
One of the first, defining decisions facing President-elect Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is whether to heed the Supreme Court and regulate global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act. We have an opportunity right now to shape that decision. Send an email to the EPA today supporting strong action under existing law to protect human health by reducing global warming pollution.

Greenpeace: Sign our petition encouraging President-elect Obama to go to the climate talks in Poland
Now is the time for America to show the rest of the world that we are back on track and that we’re serious about tackling global warming. America should be a leader in implementing solutions like strict efficiency standards, aggressive investment in renewable energy, and a cap on global warming pollution. The climate talks in Poznań are the perfect opportunity for us to rejoin the rest of the world in addressing the most urgent environmental crisis of our time. The path to a clean, sustainable future starts in Poznań – let’s make sure President-elect Obama is there to lead the way.

Invisible Voices: asking for changes is doing this thing where they’re collecting ideas and having their members vote on them, and they’ll present the top 10 as their suggestions. There are a few animal rights related ideas, but there are few votes. If you’re of a mind to suggest an idea or vote on one, go check it out.

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DawnWatch: AZ Newspaper take stand against Section 123 — 6/22/07

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jun 22, 2007 8:19 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: AZ Newspaper take stand against Section 123 — 6/22/07

Last week I strayed from the DawnWatch tradition of focusing only on media stories in order to alert people to a chilling piece of federal legislation that has the potential to nullify the efforts of those who have fought and prevailed on behalf of the animals in state legislatures. (See for that alert.) Today, Friday June 22, the Arizona Republic editorial page took a stand against that legislation in an editorial headed, “Hog-tying the will of Arizona voters.”

The editorial opens:

“In November, Arizona voters said they want farm animals treated humanely and decently.

“Last month, the subcommittee on livestock, dairy and poultry of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee inserted a provision in the 2007 Farm Bill that could nullify that vote.

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