A sad but touching video showing the depth of animal emotions

Sorry to share something so sad, but it’s also quite beautiful. This video captures a moment when a sight-seeing boat from Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point, California crossed paths with what seemed to be a funeral procession: A grieving mother dolphin, slowly carrying her dead child’s body on her dorsal fin, surrounded by other dolphins.

In the video, Tony Green, one of the passengers, says,

The last thing I expected to see today was a funeral procession. And it was pretty profound for me to think about … emotions that those animals feel. And how much, really, more alike we are…

I’m so glad this video exists. If you ever doubt that animals have feelings or consciousness, remember this funeral procession. If you ever worry that humans are heartless, remember the natural empathy and grief felt by the unseen human observers in this video.

Captain Dave Anderson says, “In my nearly twenty years on the water whale watching I have never seen this behavior,” but my guess is that this is nothing new. We just have to look and learn. Just for starters, When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is full of amazing stories as well as useful perspective into why we humans hear so little about anecdotal evidence of animal cognition.

Via Huffington Post.


Ithaca Vegan Drinks March Meetup

ithaca-vegan-drinks-peopleIthaca Vegan Drinks March Meetup will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7-9pm:

We’ll be heading over to Northstar for our next event! Vegan, vegetarians, and the veg-curious are invited for socializing and networking. Northstar will be reserving an area of their bar for us and they have vegan & GF options on their menu. Hope to see you there!

Click here to RSVP.

Photo: Ann Fisher, Briana Boaz and Evan Schapiro at Ithaca Beer Co., at the Ithaca Vegan Drinks Meetup in December, 2012.

Friday Macro Dinner comments needed today

TODAY only – this just in from Katherine Ludwig on Facebook, via the Ithaca Vegans group:

Hi! I’m writing a short piece about Friday Macro Dinners and I’m wondering if anyone who attends would like to give me a quote about the dinners (how you feel about them or what they mean to you or what they are like) just a line or maybe two. I need it today. If so, Email Thank you! It’ll be in Fresh Dirt Magazine, out April 8.

Should pacifists have to pay for gun control?

Well, yes. But so should gun fans – and I think they should be more responsible for picking up the tab, than anyone else. That said, we live in America, where we all pay taxes equally (unless you’re “too big to fail,” and then America basically pays you to be here, because capitalism).

This morning I read an article in the February 25th issue of Tompkins Weekly, by Sue Henninger, called “Gun Control Foes Speak Out.” It reads in part… More

Looking for vegan housemates, potlucks, or bake sales?

The Ithaca Vegans Facebook group has been really active lately. Recent postings include educational events, social gatherings, and activist opportunities. Join if you want to connect with other Ithaca-area vegan folks!

One million images of the inhabitants of a threatened ecosystem

One million images of the inhabitants of a threatened ecosystem

endangered-gorillasHuffington Post reports that the wildlife camera trap network from TEAM has captured its one millionth animal photo. TEAM, or Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring Network works to provide comprehensive, real-time data about our world’s remaining forests.

Click here to see more images from daily life in the forest.

If you too care about our world’s forests and their residents, please, help stop deforestation. Go vegan, reduce/reuse/recycle/repair, and try to reduce your negative impact on the environment. You might not save the forest all by yourself, but you’ll know you tried to help. As Albert Einstein said,

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

Click here for action suggestions from Greenpeace.

A love story between a dog and a town

Huffington Post writes about Bear Dog, a canine resident of Castle Rock, Washington:

One black Lab mix is so popular that he has become the exception to his town’s “no pets allowed” rule… According to the Longview Daily News, locals love him so much that he’s been written into posted signs barring animals… The town will likely erect a monument when Bear Dog passes away, Mayor Paul Helenberg told the paper.

Have Masala Dosas with Club Veg!

This just in from Club Veg:


This year we are having the Valentine’s Day Masala Dosa Luncheon on Sat., Feb. 23rd at the Currys of India Restaurant, 45 Court St., Binghamton from 12 – 2 in the afternoon.

The delectable menu will be very similar to that of previous years:
Masala Dosa… lentil and rice flour crepes with potato-onion filling
Samber Sauce… lentils and vegetables
Basmati Rice
Utta Pum… pancakes with onion and green peas
Idley… steamed dumplings
Chickpea Alu Chole… with potatoes
Fruit-Vegetable Salad
two desserts – to be decided

Everything will be meat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and egg-free. Prices: (all you can eat) – $14 over age 10, $7 ages 5-10, free for under-5’s. PLEASE BRING CASH TO PAY AT THE DOOR.

Please phone 607-775-4785 OR e-mail from now until Feb. 1st; between Feb. 1st and the 16th, phone 607-775-5041 OR e-mail; from the 16th to the 20th of Feb., any of those methods will work. Reservations should be in by Feb. 20th as it takes the chef three days to prepare the Masala Dosas.

Any questions about the food ingredients, phone Iti at the restaurant – 722-8181. We sincerely hope to see you there. – Carolyn Christy-Boyden, Club Veg Masala Dosa event chair

Survey: Do you want to meet with other vegans?

Club Veg has issued a survey – click through to weigh in!

Club Veg has been in hibernation for some time, and I’d like to see if there are enough people out there who are interested in seeing Club Veg become active again. I’d love to hear back from you if you are interested in having a veg group that gets together. Would you mind taking a very short survey to give me information to help me decide what to do with Club Veg? It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to complete. Here is the link to take the survey:
Thanks – I look forward to hearing from you.

Click here to respond to the survey. Thanks to Club Veg for this organizing work!