Save the date for the International Day of Peace: September 21, 2014

From Wikipedia:

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.

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Should animal lovers eat Peeps?

Did you know that Easter Peeps are made out of boiled skin and other byproducts of the farming industry? Please find out where gelatin comes from if you’re supporting its production – it involves animals suffering and losing their lives.

Never fear, vegan Easter is sweet! You can get vegan marshmallows and easter candy. You can make Devilish Potatoes (via Mercy for Animals) instead of deviled eggs, dye and hunt for vegan eggs, or make a vegan Easter basket. Start some seedlings for a spring garden or plant a tree or flower bulbs.

Easter is supposed to be a celebration of renewal and new life, and is often celebrated in a very child-centered way. Rather than objectifying and exploiting rabbits, chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals, why not set an example for children that demonstrates our respect for others of all species, and for the earth that we all call home? In the words of William Blake, “For Everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”

Thankful for Turkeys

A turkey helped me stay vegan when I was doubting my decision.

I grew up eating animals and loved the flavors and textures. It was a big part of my life – my dad’s southern cooking, my mom’s midwestern deliciousness: Pork chops, BBQ ribs, scrambled eggs, cheesy casseroles, I loved all of it.

So going vegan at 18 was really hard. It was a phase at first, an experiment, and at a certain point I was feeling like I had to decide if I was going to keep going or if I was going to give it up.

I went to Farm Sanctuary to check in with the animals, since that was who I was doing it all for anyway. There was this rescued turkey there, who ran up to me and let me pet him. He closed his eyes and purred, pushing his head up into my hand, like a cat. After that moment, I never doubted my decision to go vegan, ever again.

Thank you, dear turkey. Here’s to a future where Thanksgiving is about gratitude for a good harvest, not about hurting sweet little people like you and all the other animals we humans tend to forget love peace and good food just as much as we do.

Click here for Gentle Thanksgiving recipes.

Meet the turkeys at Farm Sanctuary, in New York or California, at this year’s Celebration for the Turkeys! Or, click here to “adopt” (sponsor) a rescued turkey.

Photo: Rhonda, a rescued turkey

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day!

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, and I would like to voice my respect, love, and admiration for chickens. I am so happy I went vegan, because I went from feeling guilty and confused about these birds, to feeling like they’re my sisters, who I should get to know. And you know, they’re pretty awesome.

Click here for eggless, meatless recipes, or click here for articles and other information about this holiday.

Peace and love to everyone of all species! Here’s to a peaceful future.

A Day that is truly for Turkeys

This year you can watch Farm Sanctuary’s Annual Feeding of Turkeys Ceremony LIVE video stream Sun. Nov. 20 2:30 pm EST, at

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And here’s some info about how to plan and cook up a gentle Thanksgiving. Hope you all have a peaceful and happy holiday!

Fourth of July Pignic at Farm Sanctuary

Freedom and compassion, two of America’s founding values, are habitually supplanted by exploitation and quick profit in the country’s treatment of its farmed animals. On Monday, July 4, at its annual Fourth of July Pignic, Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, will celebrate a nation’s nobler principles and demonstrate how their extension to farmed animals— the largest group of abused animals on Earth— is in keeping with the true spirit of America.

This free, festive event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the organization’s bicoastal sanctuaries for abused and neglected farm animals, located at 3100 Aikens Road in Watkins Glen, New York, and at 19080 Newville Road in Orland, California. Offering guided tours, plenty of one-on-one time with hundreds of lovable pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, and other farm animals, and veggie hot dogs, the Fourth of July Pignic is an irresistible day of summer fun the entire family will enjoy.

“The way animals are treated on factory farms is out of line with American values,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “Farm animals are every bit as interesting and full of feeling as dogs and cats, yet on factory farms they are treated like inanimate machinery and denied the most basic freedoms we hold dear. As Mahatma Gandhi famously said, ‘the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ We invite everyone to come celebrate America’s birthday in a way that truly reflects the greatness of our nation.”

This year’s event promises to be even more celebratory than in years past, as it marks the midpoint of an important milestone for Farm Sanctuary: the organization’s 25th anniversary year. More information and directions can be found by visiting or calling 607-583-2225 ext. 221.

Vegan Holidays: Helping Humans, Animals, and the Earth at the Same Time

This time of year, many of us are thinking about gifts as well as year-end giving. But it’s important to make sure your donation or gift-giving reflects your values! Here are some animal-friendly and earth-friendly suggestions, and some reasons why you might want to avoid some other charities, if you too love animals and the environment.

Yet another delicious vegan Thanksgiving option: Food for the Planet

Originally uploaded by Shira Golding

Join Food for the Planet for a vegan feast with local foods and local vegans!

House made tofuturkey, created with local tofu, quinoa stuffing, roasted leeks and root vegetables, desserts and beverages will be available at a fixed price of $18 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 years old and under.

Please RSVP by November 22nd by calling (607)319-4977 or emailing Space is limited.

If anyone goes and takes photos or wants to tell us what you thought of the food, please comment!

Club Veg Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration

Club Veg is holding a Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration on Sunday, November 22, 4 – 7 pm, at the Varna Community Center on Routh 366 in Ithaca (just past Cornell on the right side).

Please make a reservation by emailing Stephanie at