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Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I’ve been very busy writing for various websites/blogs. Lately, I wrote an article for veganmainstream.com on beginning your vegan new year. I highly encourage you to check it out and leave some feedback.

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Review: Tofurky® Vegetarian Feast

Ah Thanksgiving, a vegan’s favorite time of year. There’s nothing like celebrating our great country by devouring dead animals and then struggling to digest them.

Thankfully (pun), Tofurky® brand has somewhat of a relief kit to provide vegans and vegetarians with some guilt-free substitutes. The “vegetarian feast” consists of one Tofurky® Roast, Savory Giblet Gravy, Wild Rice, Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing, and Tofurky® Jurky Wishstix. It’s all vegan, takes about an hour to make, and serves 6.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the feast. I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive at first (seen as I am one of the pickiest eaters alive), but as soon as I cut into it I could tell it was going to be good. I truly can’t complain about anything. I didn’t eat the Jurky sticks (Jurky really isn’t my thing), and my favorite was definitely the roast. I got my whole family to try it and everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

I will definitely be enjoying the Tofurky® feast next year for thanksgiving, and I highly recommend it to any vegans/vegetarians who are sick of eating only potatoes. 

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Political Victory for Animals In Missouri and Arizona!!

Results are in for the November 2nd, 2010 election: Prop 109 was defeated and Prop B was passed!

As you may know, Missouri’s Prop B was proposed to give stricter guidelines to dog breeders in order to ensure better welfare for the dogs. The Proposition was centered around the prevention of cruelty involved with the “puppy mill” industry. Now, breeders won’t be able to own more than 50 breeding dogs at a time and will have to get bigger, more comfortable cages for the puppies. Also, dogs will have the right to medication that isn’t expired, sanitary food and water, and a cleaner facility.

Arizona’s Prop 109, initiated by the NRA, was supposed to give the legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues, meaning management of wildlife would no longer be based on scientific expertise, but on partisan politics. “Prop 109 was a power grab, pure and simple—and the voters of Arizona not only knew it, but clearly opposed it.” said said Stephanie Nichols-Young, chair of Arizonans Against the Power Grab – No on 109.

According to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, “It was an incredible night for animal protection, going into a strong headwind. We are elated!”

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Restaurant Review: The Sun Deli

It’s saturday night, the night before Halloween; and Kristin and I are in the mood for some vegan pizza. I had tried some Sun Deli pizza before and it was absolutly amazing, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. We took the bus to pearl street and walked all the way to 23rd.

At first we passed the deli, since from the outside it just looks like a liquor store. We went inside and were really taken back: the deli was very cool. There was a lounge, TVs and they were playing Neil Young. The menu was amazing: they could make almost anything vegan! We decided on the Chicken Pesto pizza (since Kristin has been craving pesto ever since she went vegan). They made the pizza with several types of vegan cheeses and seitan. In all honesty, It was the best vegan pizza I have ever had. Both Kristin and I absolutely loved it.

The only downside to the whole experience was that it took quite a while for the pizza to come out, which was sort of unexpected since there was only one other customer there. Also, I found it to be a little pricey. However the food was definitely worth it, and I would recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

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Elections coming up!!

You know what time of year it is! It’s election time! When citizens get some say in whats going on in their communities. I encourage everyone to look into their choices this election and participate in their local democracies. After searching the internet for animal rights related politics around the country, I found two propositions that I felt were extremely important: Prop B in Missouri and Prop 109 in Arizona.

First, Missouri’s Proposition B calls for new rules for dog-breeders including capping the number of dogs that are used for breeding purposes, requiring resting periods between breeding and establishing other requirements. If enacted, dog-breeders would only be able to have 50 breeding dogs and would require them to feed those animals daily and regularly. Obviously, this proposition is put in place in order to put an end to “puppy mills”, or inhumane breeding practices based on producing as many dogs as possible for the smallest cost to the breeders.

Proposition 109 in Arizona, or the “Arizona Hunting and Fishing Amendment” allows for hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife to be a constitutional right. It also gives the State Legislature exclusive authority to enact laws regulating these activities, prohibits laws that restrict hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife or the use of traditional means and methods, and establishes hunting and fishing as a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. The problem with this proposition is evident: there is virtually no regulation regarding killing wildlife, thus hunters can basically kill all they want. Also, the fact that hunting would be the preferred means of managing wildlife means that unnatural numbers in certain animal populations will occur, the natural ecosystem will be highly effected and organizations that deal with wildlife control scientifically will not be able to intervene.

In conclusion, The Vegan College Student says Yes on Prop B in Missouri and No on Prop 109 in Arizona. Now, in no way am I trying to tell you how to vote or how to live your life, I am just stating my opinion, If anyone disagrees or agrees please leave a comment. Also, I understand that these are both animal welfare issues rather than liberation issues. Trust me, if it were my word over the world I would outlaw both dog breeding and hunting rather than regulating them. However in my opinion, in the struggle for liberation, welfare is in many instances the first step.

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Restaurant Review: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

On Friday night, after a long week of school, Kristin and I decided rather than going out and partying to enjoy a nice quiet vegan dinner at a restaurant we had both heard of called “The Leaf”.

We walked down pearl street amongst the street performers, bar hoppers, and playful children to 16th street where we entered a very fancy looking restaurant. I was definatly not dressed accordingly: old sweater, dirty jeans and backpack. Swag.

A very kind waitress handed us the menu. There were some great options to chose from: BBQ Seitan, Vegan Alfredo, and Banana Mango Curry to name a few. Since the prices were a little steep, we decided to share a green salad and the Vegan Enchiladas.

The food was absolutly amazing, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Needless to say, having some healthy vegan, organic food was a nice break from the Grab-N-Go bean and rice burritos that we had been surviving off of all week.

My advice towards this restaurant: Go with your parents or a date so that they can pay for the meal. It was pretty expensive but very delicious. I know where I’m going for parent’s weekend.

Leaf Resturant website: http://www.leafvegetarianrestaurant.com/

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The Black Fish Successfully Strike The Coast Of Taiji

On the night of September 27th, 2010,  European conservation group The Black Fish successfully cut the nets of six dolphin holding pens in Taiji, Japan, despite harsh weather conditions. These pens were designated for dolphins being traded through the international dolphinarium trade. No arrests were made and a number of dolphins were able to swim back out to sea.

The coast of Taiji, Japan is infamously known for its cruel dolphin hunting practices as made public by the Oscar award-winning documentary, “The Cove”. The annual “hunt” begins on September 1st. The porpoises are either sold or slaughtered for meat.

After international media spotlight on Taiji’s dolphin hunting practices, the subject has become extremely sensitive due to conflict between international activists and Japanese nationalists. The Black Fish recognizes this sensitivity and claims that, “change also needs to come from within Japanese society…”

According to reports, this effort by The Black Fish was the first act of vandalism this year on behalf of maine mammals.

The Black Fish co-founder Wietse ven der Werf states, “The connection between the dolphin entertainment industry and this annual drive hunt can no longer be denied. To be successful in our campaigns in Europe we need to get to the root of this illegal trade, which is right at Taiji.”

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