Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that aims to rescue animals from factory farms. Operating since 1986, the organization runs three sanctuaries in New York and California, offering chickens, goats, pigs, cows and other animals the chance at a second life. Farm Sanctuary runs educational programs on the cruelties of factory farming, and works tirelessly to protect the plight of animals that might otherwise be abused, tortured, maimed or killed. The awesome thing is Farm Sanctuary offers myriad ways to help. You can donate to their programs, adopt an animal (like Blixen or Jonathan, pictured), or even visit the sanctuaries yourself, and see first-hand the difference this work is making. And right now, if you donate before December 17, your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, helping animals in need. [Farm Sanctuary]
All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the difficult vegan in your life…
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Sure, a vegan diet is healthy, but it’s pretty much murder on your sweet tooth. And if you’ve got one the way I do, you’re always craving a little something sweet at the end of a meal. Enter the ladies at Vegan Divas, a really wonderful low-calorie, kosher and organic dessert line based in NYC. Created by the wife of famed pastry chef Francois Payard, Vegan Divas’ cookies, cakes and pies don’t taste vegan at all. That’s because Vegan Divas’ bakers replace all the bad dairy, eggs and oils with low-fat and delicious maple syrup and coconut oil. We had a shipment of them sent to the office last week, and even the non-vegan junk food eaters agreed — Vegan Divas is delicious. And the best part? They ship anywhere! [prices vary, Vegan Divas]
If you watched the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, you probably saw Bill Clinton’s stirring speech. But while the former president still has the same unfettered charisma, quick wit and charm he possessed while in the Oval Office, you might have spotted that there was something was different about him. There was noticeably less of him.
Bill Clinton may be the only former president who is also currently vegan. Ever.
Bill used to be the guy you could count on to stop off at a McDonald’s mid-run. But ever since he was taken down by not one, but two heart surgeries, Clinton has nixed the fries.
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Natalie Portman and her dashing husband Benjamin Millepied had a beautiful wedding, and one that strictly honored their faith and culture.
For Saturday’s ceremony, Portman, 31, wasn’t frivolous – she didn’t have flowers flown in, but instead chose to decorate with wildflowers that naturally grow in the area of Big Sur, California where the wedding was held. According to People, Portman and Millepied also denounced traditional “fish and steak” options at their Jewish ceremony and instead only offered fare that kept with Portman’s strict vegan diet. (We hope it was yummy vegan food!) Read more…
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ ad campaigns are usually an 11 on the eyeroll scale, only a point behind Axe Body Spray. Their latest ad features a woman whose body is all covered up for once, but she’s wearing a neck brace because her little boyfriend from “Portlandia” “went vegan and knocked the bottom out of” her. And we get a solid eight seconds of the camera lingering on her derriere.
While I don’t doubt that lying on your couch all day eating wings doesn’t make for good lovemaking, this PETA ad perhaps overstates the benefits of boning a vegan. Personally, every meat/dairy-abstaining dude I’ve ever boned was pale, sickly-looking and evangelical about getting me to eat raw cacao. Sexy? Not a chance. While I’m sure there are plenty of vegan/vegetarian dudes who are, heh, animals in the sack, methinks this body brace nonsense is just a tad wishful thinking. [YouTube via Yahoo]
“C’mon, I’m Brazilian. But I also love animals. So what I find really helpful — you might think I’m crazy — is that before I eat any meat I always take one second of silence to put my hands over it and bless it and be grateful at least that it was a life.”
– Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, on her practice of praying over all the meat she eats. Geez, Gisele. Considering today is World Vegan Day, if you feel that bad about it, maybe you want to just try not eating meat? [ONTD]
“I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff. I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy. If you’re not eating eggs, then you can’t have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that’s all you want to eat. I actually wanted eggs at the beginning and then they grossed me out after awhile … I know there are people who do stay vegan, but I think you have to just be careful.”
—Natalie Portman explains why she’s decided to take a vacation from veganism and give dairy products a try during her pregnancy. As a reformed vegan myself, I am in favor of this because, well, cheese is awesome. [PopEater] Keep reading »