Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cow on the Run!

Halloo Veggers!

Today I saw an awesome video about a cow that escaped slaughter and was taken in by FarmSanctuary.

It even features a meat eater who, upon meeting the cow, decides to stop eating meat :D

Yay Vegetarian Propaganda!

Here's the link:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Banning Puppy Mills

Halloo Happy Veggers!

I got an email today from APSCA that reminded me of the movie "Earthlings" Veg club attempted to watch (but it reminded me in a good way.)

When we tried to watch the movie, one of the scenes that stuck most in my mind was the unceremonious stuffing of dogs into gas chambers as a result of puppy mills.

The email I got said, "Hey you californian! You can call you senators to ban puppy mills in your state!!"

Naturally I was really excited, since I like puppies and don't like it when they're tortured/die a painful death.

This is the link it sent me: it asks you to put in your address to make sure you're a constituent in California, then leads to a link so you can contact your senators (Boxer and Feinstein, gotta love 'em.)


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Citizen's Climate Lobby

Halloo all!

Just today I went to a meeting with the La Jolla group of the Citizen's Climate Lobby. Its was pretty neat!

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a nationwide group composed of ordinary citizens, who are sick of Washington's playing to deep pockets and vested interests instead of what citizens and the world need.

So far we've sent people to D.C--real people, students even--to lobby congress as a counterbalance to the moneyed interests.

They're super cool! Want to get involved? Maybe talk to some congresspeople or send some letters to newspapers? Send an email to Veg to find out how :D)


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fuel Efficient Cows?

That's right.

Fuel-Efficient Cows.

From Canada.


Saturday, May 30, 2009


Halloo all,

Finally got my F.eminist E.nvironmentalist V.egetarian A.ctivist H.umor (aka FEVAH) webcomic up.

It's going to be updating weekly :D

here's the first page:

hope y'all have fun :D

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Petition: ban the gas cambers for animals in Michigan!


Found a relevant petition: banning gas chambers for animals in Michigan (its evil and nazi-like! Can't abide by it!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Can food kill you?

Got this interesting article in my inbox:

I'm putting both the link and the full text article here because a: easier to read a full-text article if its in your face, b: the original website is pretty c: giving credit where credit is due, d: a lot of people wrote pretty intensive comments on the article--they merit reading.

"4 Reasons Why 'Modern' Agriculture Is Bad For You"
By Natasha Chart

The agribusiness and crop chemical companies are enamored of the word "sustainability" these days because, I guess, they think it's a magic word that can wipe the slate clean.

I just don't think anything can be considered sustainable that has such obviously bad effects on our health, and the health of the world around us. Swine flu's all the rage these days, but industrial agriculture didn't start being bad for us just this year.

So here are four of the negative effects of industrial agriculture on the well-being of people and the ecosystems we depend on, things that I don't think we can afford to keep doing in the long-term:

Genital feminization of male humans and animals: This one always gets them where it hurts, but the industrial pesticides used in agriculture are among the class of chemicals that mimics or stimulates estrogenic activity in the body and are linked, or suspected of being linked, to decreased sperm counts and genital abnormalities in male animals up and down the food chain.

Herbicides linked to cancer, neurological disorders: Nanaimo, British Columbia, has recently banned the use of herbicides on residential lawns based on the growing body of evidence that they're linked to a host of cancers, reproductive problems, respiratory illness and neurological effects from learning disorders to full-blown Parkinson's disease. The herbicides used on lawns are often just repackaged versions of the same chemicals, like Roundup, sold in bulk to farmers.

Antibiotics fed to livestock have created antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Called MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, these difficult to treat infections commonly only attack people with compromised immune systems and were once more commonly associated with hospital environments. They don't seem to have developed forms that are very easily transmissible, but they keep showing up in farm environments where low-dose antibiotics are used as growth promoters and infection preventives.

Plants absorb antibiotics from soil amendments: If you use manure from an animal that's been given lots of antibiotics as a plant fertilizer, the plants will incorporate those antibiotics into their tissue. Even people who eat organic food, even people who have a totally vegan diet, can thus get our livestock antibiotics passed on to them in low, irregular doses - just about the worst possible way to take antibiotics. The genes that confer antibiotic resistance in bacteria don't necessarily help them survive any better in the environment at large; which is why penicillin has become useful again, because the resistance genes faded from the active bacterial population after it fell into disuse. Maintaining regular exposure of bacterial populations to antibiotics puts positive selection pressure on antibiotic resistance genes.

And these are just a few of the lowlights of factory farm and livestock production. I could go on.

Sustainability very specifically means something we can afford to keep doing for the forseeable future, but this ... How much more poison can the living things on this planet, including us, take? How much more endocrine system damage, how many more birth defects, can be incurred without risking the most basic means of continuing animal life on Earth? How many more superbug evolutions can we encourage without setting off a global pandemic that our rapid international travel can spread around the entire planet in days?

Any single one of these practices poses serious health threats if continued, in fact, poses serious health threats now. Is becoming steadily sicker and weaker as a population a sustainable proposition? Is our food going to literally kill us, and not just because of the diabetes and heart disease?

Truly sustainable agriculture needs to take into account not only issues such as phosphorus scarcity, but the injury limits on the health reserves of living beings.