Breaking Undercover Investigation & The End of Lab Rats

1. Eggland’s Worst.

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals shocking abuse at New England’s largest egg factory farm – Quality Egg of New England (QENE) in Turner, Maine. The hidden camera video shot in early 2009 gives a startling glimpse behind the closed doors of one of the nation’s leading egg producers, exposing the rotten truth behind battery cage egg production – heinous cruelty to animals. CLICK HERE for the full story.

New MFA Investigation Exposes Egg Industry Cruelty

2. Are the lab rat’s days numbered?

Brown University associate professor Jeffrey R. Morgan (above, with student Toni-Marie Ferruccio) has designed a 3-D honeycomb-like mold that holds artificial clusters of cells and reduces the need for animals for research in the lab.

Thanks to DAWNWATCH for the tip on this amazing article about scientists finally realizing how innacurate animal models are in finding cures for human conditions.

Fresh Friday Finds

1. MALCOLM FONTIER accessories
Check out the new line of vegan accessories from Malcolm Fontier. These slick urban bags come with names like “The Director” and “The Agent” to accommodate what you do. These bags are PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) free (PVC is a nasty substance that can be an environmental and health hazard). The main material on our bags, which comes from Italy, is natural canvas coated with PU which gives it a unique feel and durability. Thanks to contributor Joelle for the heads up!the agent

the directorthe entertainerthe interpretor

2. CocoNUTS
Our dreams have been answered! Purely Decadent has made a line of coconut-cream-based ice creams and yogurts that are to die for. These chilled treats the silkiest, the richest, and the tastiest vegan ice-cream yet. No ice cream lover could resist. Good luck not eating the entire pint in one sitting! My personal favs are the Cookie Dough and the Mint Chip.

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4. Proposition 2 and You
Find out about Proposition 2 in California, and what it means! Thanks to Dawnwatch for the New York Times Article on the bill.

5. Dr Cow goes DigitalOur favorite vegan cheese is now available for purchase from the Vegan Store. Get some!

Wall Street Goes to the Farm, Anti-Sex Teen Magazine, & Vegan Suits

1. Vegan Suits that Don’t Suck

DB Reader Jared asks:

I have been on a year-long quest to find a good vegan suit, but to no avail. There are of course cotton suits, but I am looking for something more classic (but slim) and slightly more professional looking during the non-summer months. H&M is the best that I have found, but their options tend to look polyester-ish and have low rise pants. Would you happen to know of somewhere where I can obtain what has become my holy grail? I would be forever indebted to you.”

Jared, you are not alone in your quest for ethical suitage! When I was attending the anti-globalization protests in the early 2000’s, I posed the question to some of my fellow protestors “Can you image what would have happened if every activist showed up in a business suit? The f***ing cops wouldn’t know what the hell to do!”. I still believe this – especilly since the main purpose of the police is to protect the haves from the have-nots. Since the suit is a symbol of having, the typical dance between activists and cops would take an interesting turn for sure. It certainly wouldn’t be as easy to know who to arrest or whose face to bash in with a night-stick.
Organic Blazer
Isn’t it funny how the suit has come to represent the official non-verbal symbol of power? This is the power of fashion – it’s all too underestimated in many activist circles. When searching for an ethical suit, there is a near conflict-of-interest when we consider 1) what the suit represents, and 2) how suits are typically made (sweatshops, animal skins & hairs). It’s almost like wearing a faux-fur! “Don’t worry, this suit isn’t really a tool for global domination, oppression and resource pillaging.”

Covet s2008

So what’s to be said for appropriating a powerful symbol in the name of gaining clout for your cause? I think it’s great!
If you need an affordable suit – I would first go to a thrift store. Some people are opposed to secondhand wool. I am not, and my argument is simple: If you are purchasing something that looks like a suit, no one is going know if it’s wool or synthetic. Buying a new synthetic suit requires a lot of undesirable processes and labor practices. Secondhand requires no new resource extraction or labor. In the ethical equation of new synthetic vs secondhand wool I have to say that secondhand wool wins. The drawbacks of new synthetics are just too great.



Next I would check sample sales. Finally, if you can afford to purchase new designer suits or commission a designer to make one for you, some ethically produced suits are:
Linda Loudermilk (not everything is vegan, so check labels)
Turk & Taylor (not everything is vegan, so check labels)
Covet (not everything is vegan, so check labels)
Bamford & Sons (they use fur & aligator skins, so def write them a letter )
DownBound (Organic Hemp Suit Jacket)
Sale Tan Linen Suit

2. Wall Street visits Farm Sanctuary! Read the article Here (thanks to Dawnwatch for this newsbite)

Farm Sanctuary's 175-acre spread in Upstate New York is home to 750 animals, including Sprinkles the pig.

3.Right Wing Tiger-Beat?

My friend Esther Bell pointed me to the scary and inaccurate new tactics that some right wingers are using to scare kids about sex and abortion.

The publication is described by the Human Life Alliance as “this extremely marketable, cutting edge magazine will cause your friends to want to get their own copy. The colorful graphics will catch their attention, and the thought provoking stories and facts on the inside will challenge them to change the way they think about sex outside of marriage.”

These “facts” are actually (and not surprisingly) tons of misinformation cloaked in teen rhetoric. One example is a advice column type section with Dr. Mary Paquette, who she contends that abortion causes infertility, breast cancer and ruins girls lives. The feature also ends with a section called “My Choice,” where there is what seems to be a biographical note of a teen who put her baby up for adoption, saying, “I thank God every day that I don’t have to visit the memory of an aborted baby, the grave of an innocent life.”

Fresh Friday Finds

1. Imagine showing up on November 4th to cast your history-making vote for Barack Obama—only to be turned away because you aren’t properly registered. Think it can’t happen to you? Don’t be so sure. There are a bunch of reasons your registration might not be up to date, even if you think it is. Take one minute right now to double-check your registration using our cool web tool, VotePoke. Click here: Check your registration!

2. Russell Simmons talks about his veganism, Obama, and yoga on CNN! Thanks to Dawnwatch for this news-bite.

3. Simple Gunny Banana Bag.

Simple’s Banana bag is made from Jute. Jute is a rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides. Jute fibre is also 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and thus environmentally friendly.

4. Help End the Slaughter of American Horses in Mexico!

5. Loomstate’s Summer Look. Loomstate‘s Summer Man in organic cotton:

7. English Retreads! These vegan bags and accessories are made from 100% recycled tires!

8. Help create a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary!

Please send an e-mail to International Whaling Commission (IWC) member countries asking them to vote for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.

9. I am not typically a fan of slogan shirts. However, I have such a passionate hatred for the Hummer and everything it represents, that this organic shirt from Green Label Organics jumped out at me. I wouldn’t necessairy wear it, but I certainly agree with it. Bummer.

10. Ruddy Duck in Hood River, Oregon is an awesome mens eco-botique!

Organic Cotton Kyoto TeeFreestyle Hoodie (in Dark)

Veggie Baseball Star

Thanks to Karen Dawn of Dawnwatch for alerting us Brutes to an addition to our gang… Yesterday in the New York Times, Prince Fielder dished on what it’s been like since switching to a vegetarian diet as a Major League, 265 lb., hot-shot, home-run slugging, first-baseman. And get this…while he doesn’t mind the increase in energy and loss of fat, he did it for ethical reasons.

“Fielder, 23, decided to make the switch over the winter after reading how cattle and chickens were treated and “was totally grossed out,” he said. His wife, Chanel, preferred a no-meat diet as it was, so he embraced a new approach…Fielder, a first baseman who walloped 50 home runs last season, has become more than the face of the young and improving Milwaukee Brewers — he has become a lightning rod for his off-season decision to spurn meat and fish, including the bratwurst that tailgating Milwaukee fans hold so dear. –

For guys like me who still like to play ball, this spring I recommend Carpenter Trade’s vegan baseball glove. They are hand-made to order (and expensive, but well worth it). Scott Carpenter started making vegan gloves in 2001. Star players such as Roger Clemens, Chris Carpenter, and Johan Santana, are opting for synthetic backs.

If you need something cheaper, get a used glove.