Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday News

Welcome to the second edition of the Monday News!  This is just a sampling of my recent discoveries, click the links for the whole story.  If you have any ideas or news stories that you would like to contribute please let me know!

Monkey Cat
Ok, not literally, but this is seriously cool.  Observers have suspected wild cats of mimicking other animals, but until now it had never been documented.  "Cats are known for their physical agility, but this vocal manipulation of prey species indicates a psychological cunning which merits further study," said WCS researcher Fabio Rohe."  A cat making monkey calls?  That seems like a cunning cat to me!

Obama Responds to a Vegan Outreach
(discovered through Vegan Outreach)
"Americas would actually benefit from change in diet."  Check out Obama, too bad we can't be too progressive.  But I can appreciate that he cares, even if it's not enough.   

Cage-free Coming to California
A step in the right direction.  Check out Vegan Outreach for more.

An Act of Terrorism?
Evidently not!  The case against 4 animal rights activists who were arrested in Santa Cruz in 2009 has been dismissed!  Get more details here and here.

New Species
(I'm a sucker for a new species, so from now on when I spot one you're sure to hear about it!)
Pancake Batfish - 2 new species!



A Squat Cafe?
Perhaps, like me, you thought that squatting was reserved for homeless or bohemian types that take up temporary residency in an abandoned building.  Well, at the Vegan Backpacker they put this myth in it's place.

My Thoughts
I can really appreciate this thought on Vegan Outreach.  I won't lie, I've been a little frustrated by the question of honey popping up on various blogs lately.  But I truly do not mean my frustrations to be an insult to anyone.  It's good that people question things and put thoughtful efforts into making their own decisions about how to live their lives.  But Vegan Outreach reminded me of something important.  As vegans, we are all striving to make a difference.  And while I do think it's important for us to support one another and discuss our questions and concerns, perhaps I shouldn't feel so much frustration.  After all, we have bigger problems to contend with ;)

Contest Update
The Give-away is still coming!  I will be out of town part of the week for my friend Tiff's wedding :)  So I may not be able to start the reviews until next week.  Sorry to put you all in suspense, but I promise the day will come!

So, here's some good news:  The awesome vegan cartoonist Dan Piraro is allowing me to post some of his comics for my news entries :)  He's very talented and of course I'm very flattered to share these right here with you guys.   (I will work on making these more viewer friendly, for now click for an enlarged image.)


Carissa said...

Vegan outreach is a good idea I think. I do not think that we all need to think the same, but as you said in my blog, if you are vegan than no honey. And I agree. I mean, the definition of Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. I just recently heard of squat cafes. I am going to look at that link now to see what they are! :)

Cassie - Vegan Fox said...

Carissa - I agree. I think my frustrations often come for that reason, that people are pushing the definition rather than just redefining who they are. Enjoy the article about the squat cafe! I'm very intrigued :) I, also, love that there is studio space and a cinema/gallery, too.

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

Great post! I loved all the info you covered here.
I was traveling in Denmark once and saw a bunch of squat cafés and I had no idea what I was getting into! I love the idea and mentality behind them!

Jill said...

Cassie, Thanks for the link :) The squat cafe surprised me too. It's really such a foreign concept to me as a Canadian.

I really like the vegan cartoons, a new discovery for me :)

Looking forward to your contest. Have fun at the wedding!

Cassie - Vegan Fox said...

Jessica, Thanks so much! Did you try any of the cafes? They are amazing to me.

Jill, No problem ;) You have a great site! Yeah, I'm not sure if they have any in the U.S. either. I should look into it! The cartoons are pretty great :)

Anonymous said...

I must have a proper look at your Vegan Outreach links. They look very interesting...
Totally agree about the honey. It annoys me that some people think that vegans are 'too extreme'. It's extreme not to want to exploit other living creatures? We have a bee-keeper on our allotments and John and I frequently mutter about 'stealing the honey after all the work the bees have put into it' at meetings!
Love the cartoon and am looking forward to seeing more!

two vegan boys said...

Great post. Your blog is the best.

Cassie - Vegan Fox said...

Penny - Yeah, I'm starting to feel like I really want to express these feelings more to others because our actions ARE important. But the best ways to do these things are difficult.

Krys- Thanks! :)