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"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" 

Hey San Diego Friends!  "COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is premiering this Tuesday July 15th at the Hillcrest Cinema & a few tickets are still available. Please join us in viewing this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, & investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it! This film is expected to be as eye-opening as "Blackfish" & as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth."

Tickets can be purchased here & be sure to stick around after the film for in-depth Q & A with the filmmakers. 

If you are not in SD, click here for screenings in your area. 

Hope to see you!

Rabbits Revisited with Amy Sedaris

Just a gentle reminder to those thinking of buying rabbit for Easter - Think again & PLEASE DON’T DO IT!

Remember: A Rabbit is NOT a Child’s Toy!!

Every year thousands of tiny baby rabbits are purchased for Easter gifts. Baby bunnies are promoted as basket stuffers for Easter morning, as cute, soft, gentle pets for kids to play with. Unfortunately, many people don’t take time to find out about responsible rabbit guardianship before they buy a “cute little bunny”, & the result is an overwhelming number of abandoned rabbits, overcrowded shelters, & rescues without resources to manage a huge influx of rabbits. Worse yet, some bunnies are simply dumped in the streets, left in parks or in other people’s yards & many of these poor rabbits come to the shelters with severe injuries. These rabbits have no way to care for themselves outdoors. They are not wild animals. This year, please do not add to this critical problem of rabbit dumping & Easter purchasing.

Rabbits can make wonderful pets, but for the right household. If you think you are fit for “bunny love” do your research! The above video has some great tips & information. Still want a bunny? Contact your local shelters after Easter, there are likely to be many sweet fluffy friends who’ve been abandoned or relinquished, & who are in need of a loving home. 

Please continue to spread the word! Thank you & Happy Easter!

Rabbits & Easter Don’t Mix! 
Easter is upon us & that means that many sweet little bunnies will be adopted as cute & cuddly pets for children. Unfortunately, the magic soon wears off as the child either loses interest in their new furry friend, or parents realize how much more maintenance & care they require. All too often, the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.
On a recent episode of the Our Hen House Podcast, Jasmin & Mariann featured Tracy Martin, of Rabbitron, a sanctuary in Washington state that is gearing up for its annual Easter campaign, which brings massive public awareness to the plight of bunnies. The work that she is doing for rabbit rescue & her inspiring campaign to spread awareness compelled me to write this post to continue to spread the message forward.  
Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits & small children don’t mix. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, & cuddle, but rabbits are not passive & cuddly, as many believe. In fact, they feel frightened insecure when held & restrained. The natural exuberance of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for a sensitive rabbit. Rabbits are not a “low-maintenance” pet & require unique care & commitment. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be house trained, spayed/neutered & the house must be meticulously bunny-proofed. They adapt best to life indoors, as members of the family. House rabbits can live 8 to 10 years - it’s quite a commitment.
Rabbits are not for everyone, but they can make great pets for a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household & who will be dedicated to giving a rabbit the unique care & attention she deserves.
If you know someone that is considering adopting an “Easter Bunny” for their small child, please kindly share this information. Toy bunnies are much more suitable for a child’s Easter basket!
Please continue to spread the word! Learn more at rabbitron.com & rabbit.org. 

Rabbits & Easter Don’t Mix! 

Easter is upon us & that means that many sweet little bunnies will be adopted as cute & cuddly pets for children. Unfortunately, the magic soon wears off as the child either loses interest in their new furry friend, or parents realize how much more maintenance & care they require. All too often, the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.

On a recent episode of the Our Hen House Podcast, Jasmin & Mariann featured Tracy Martin, of Rabbitron, a sanctuary in Washington state that is gearing up for its annual Easter campaign, which brings massive public awareness to the plight of bunnies. The work that she is doing for rabbit rescue & her inspiring campaign to spread awareness compelled me to write this post to continue to spread the message forward.  

Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits & small children don’t mix. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, & cuddle, but rabbits are not passive & cuddly, as many believe. In fact, they feel frightened insecure when held & restrained. The natural exuberance of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for a sensitive rabbit. Rabbits are not a “low-maintenance” pet & require unique care & commitment. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be house trained, spayed/neutered & the house must be meticulously bunny-proofed. They adapt best to life indoors, as members of the family. House rabbits can live 8 to 10 years - it’s quite a commitment.

Rabbits are not for everyone, but they can make great pets for a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household & who will be dedicated to giving a rabbit the unique care & attention she deserves.

If you know someone that is considering adopting an “Easter Bunny” for their small child, please kindly share this information. Toy bunnies are much more suitable for a child’s Easter basket!

Please continue to spread the word! Learn more at rabbitron.com & rabbit.org

Watch: Vegan Cutie, Senna, Speaks About Animal Activism at Tedx Encinitas

Last month I had the amazing opportunity to attend TEDxEncinitas. What an amazing day! I am so happy to be able to relieve it all over again, now that the talks are finally uploaded to YouTube. One talk in particular that I’ve been waiting on pins & needles to share was from this darling 8 year old vegan activist, Senna. In this talk, Senna shares how she learned that California Sea Lions were in crisis & what prompted her to create a fundraiser for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, raising over $900! I love how she also weaves in factory farming, veganism & gives a shout out to Jenny Brown & The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

I adore this child! This little activist is gonna change the word! Keep up with Senna at her blog vegankids.net

Our Hen House TV!

Hey y’all! First, I hope you all know about & support Our Hen House! If you’re unfamiliar, then it’s time to get with it! Our Hen House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "change the world for animals" using video, audio, interviews, reviews, & the written word. The OHH website provides up to the minute daily updates on what you need to create change. With their weekly podcast, Jasmin & Mariann interview inspiring activists, chefs, entrepreneurs, & all around changemakers. In addition, it’s full of sassy chit-chat, insightful commentary, a bit of gossip, & plenty of profanity (just a warning if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing!) as they review new hot products, companies, & media. They are entertaining, informative & all around awesome advocates for the animals. 

Just recently they launched Our Hen House TV, in partnership with Brooklyn Entertainment Media. A vegan themed talk show! How cool is that! Here’s what they have to say about it: 

"Our Hen House’s TV show ventures into the under-explored world of animals rights with a sense of humor, a passionate heart, & more than a few opinions on the state of animal rights. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, a part-time vegetarian, a fiery social justice activist, or simply love your dog, Our Hen House’s TV show will embolden you to think in new directions, to question assumptions, & to sample some fabulous food along the way. The show is an extension of the popular podcast under the same name.

Not in Brooklyn? Not to worry, you can watch online as well. They’ve just put up episode 4, so if you haven’t been watching, curl up with a cup of fair-trade tea, grab your furry friend & catch up! If you love it, make sure to show your support by making a tax-deductible donation. They offer some pretty amazing thank you gifts if you need more incentive, but I know that helping to give a voice to the animals is enough for most of you! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!
I don’t mean to get all bah humbug up in here, but valentine schmalentine.
Sure, I’d rnjoy a box of heart shaped vegan chocolates as much as the next girl, why do we need to dedicate just ONE day to love? Shouldn’t we be sharing & expressing love everyday? I certainly don’t think “love” should be defined by a dinner reservation, overpriced roses, & a tacky piece of jewelry. I think true “love” is so much more…
Being compassionate in our thoughts, words, & actions & treating each other - & that includes all beings everywhere - EVERYDAY with love, care, kindness & is what matters most. 

”Extend the circle of compassion today & every day.” ~Marla Rose

(Photo source)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I don’t mean to get all bah humbug up in here, but valentine schmalentine.

Sure, I’d rnjoy a box of heart shaped vegan chocolates as much as the next girl, why do we need to dedicate just ONE day to love? Shouldn’t we be sharing & expressing love everyday? I certainly don’t think “love” should be defined by a dinner reservation, overpriced roses, & a tacky piece of jewelry. I think true “love” is so much more…

Being compassionate in our thoughts, words, & actions & treating each other - & that includes all beings everywhere - EVERYDAY with love, care, kindness & is what matters most. 

”Extend the circle of compassion today & every day.” ~Marla Rose

(Photo source)

I have spent my life fighting discrimination & injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays & lesbians. No human being should be the target of prejudice or the object of vilification or be denied his or her basic rights.

But there are other issues of justice—not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures. The matter of the abuse & cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.

I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them & no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests & speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse & cruelty go unchallenged.

It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.

Desmond Tutu on Animal Welfare: We Must Fight Injustice to Animals (read the entire article here)

A Prayer for Humans on Behalf of the Animals

Happy Thanksgiving, kind friends. There is so much to be grateful for. Remember this prayer today & please take a moment to honor the animals. 

"My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace & integrity of those who most need our protection.

May we have the sense of humor & liveliness of the goats.

May we have the maternal instincts & protective nature of the hens & the sassiness of the roosters.

May we have the gentleness & strength of the cattle & the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys.

May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep & choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits.

May we have the faithfulness & commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks.

May we have the intelligence, loyalty, & affection of the pigs & the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, & playfulness of the turkeys.

My hope is that we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.”

~For the animals, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

May we all live as gracefully & compassionately as the wise & inspirational, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. May you all have a peaceful & blessed Thanksgiving day.

Namaste.