Rob Bigwood, Vegan, Takes Gold at Big Apple Grapple

Rob Bigwood, vegan & animal rights activist, took gold in the 35th Annual Big Apple Grapple (ironically sponsored by White Castle). In a recent interview on the Intellectualist, Rob said of arm wrestling:

Professional Arm Wrestling is cool! Too many people think it’s a bar sport where out of shape meat heads growl at each other over a table, but it’s the complete opposite. Arm wrestling is a legitimate sport that takes serious training, dedication, technique and focus. It’s also extremely intensive on the body, muscles, joints and ligaments. This sport hasn’t been tainted by money like most others and it’s one on one, if you lose there is nobody else to blame but yourself.

Blood, Sweat, T-Shirts and Pay Per View Vegan MMA Action!

TV land is getting a fist-full of vegan power on Feb 6th 2010. King of the Cage World Champion and vegan, Mac Danzig will fight on a pay-per-view mixed martial arts event. It’s not often we have an excuse to head to a sports bar and shout out in support of our bad-ass brother!  According to Planet Green, “Mac Danzig’s story is no longer so rare. Top vegan athletes include tennis legend, Martina Navratilova; long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, winner of nine Olympic medals and holder of 20 world records; and Bill Pearl, four-time Mr. Universe. In addition, NFL star Tony Gonzalez and NHL “enforcer” Georges Laraque of Haiti are vegans who have taken their lifestyle to the activist level. Don’t forget about these 10 superstar athletes who don’t eat meat, either.”

Speaking of Planet Green, don’t miss the awesome series “Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts” that showcases the true cost of fashion. It’s what MTV wishes it was: Road Rules with a brain and a heart. …six young fashion fanatics swap shopping for the backstreets of India to live and work like the people who make the clothes they wear.” WATCH VIDEO: Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts: Tracing Clothes to the Source

And check out Stacey Dooley’s Spinoff “Kids for Sale”:

Fresh Friday Finds

1. Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization
Amazing article from Adbusters on the counter-cultural void that is Hipsterdom.

2. The Vegan Collection
Affordable, sweatshop-fee, vegan shoes for men. The Vegan Collection is versatile – dress it up with a suit, or go with a pair of jeans. They’re under $50, and 25% of profit goes to animal advocacy.

The Lincoln, The Vegan Collection
  • The Lincoln Black, The Vegan Collection
  • 3. Hey Alaska, Stop Murdering Wolves!

    As many Alaskans already learned via media reports, 14 one-month old wolf pups recently were killed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in a practice known as “denning”. Denning is the practice of killing wolves in or around their den, in this case by shooting them in the head. 14 adults were also killed. Please, as soon as possible, contact Alaska Governor Sarah Palin expressing your objections to this unethical and illegal decimation of Alaska’s wolf population.

    4. Green Depot
    Perhaps an alternative to Home Depot (formerly known for it’s use of old-growth timber, and now it rampant greenwashing – among other shady practices) can inspire people to consider the enviroment when making home repairs and adjustments. Green Depot promises to be a good steward…that is aside from those “eco-friendly” insect killers and wool rugs. Maybe the best solution is to just not buy anything new at all. Check out Build It Green in New York – an entirely recycled/thrift Depot-style, DIY store.

    click here to shop

    5. Vegan, Lesbian Hollywood Wedding!
    Newlyweds and newly-vegans Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi got married and had a totally vegan wedding featuring a vegan red velvet cake by Sweet Lady Jane. How was I not invited?

    Ellen & Portia's Wedding Album | Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi

    6. Fur Real?

    Gwyneth Paltrow recently turned stomachs when she appeared draped in fur and exotic skins in a campaign for Tod’s. The strangest thing about it is that she surrounds herself with vegan and vegetarian friends and family including her very own vegetarian husband Chris Martin of Coldplay. Friend Stella McCartney is pissed, Moby is pissed, and I am pissed too. Vaginally and anally electrocuting a struggling fox until it is dead is the furthest thing from sexy. Hey Gwyneth, you might want to brutally bludgeon and stomp my dog, then turn him into a giant set of furry ear-plugs to block out all the shit you’re gonna hear for doing this campaign.

    7. AuH2O

    New York’s East Village is home to the recycled eco-boutique AuH2O. They even do custom alternations on the spot with no charge!

    84 E. 7th St.
    (b/t 1st and 2nd Ave)
    New York, NY 10003
    (212) 466-0844

    8. Star Wars’ Environmentalist Origin

    Derrick Jensen is an amazing, truthful, and brilliant writer. But comedian? Who knew? Derrick files his grievances with the ineffectiveness of “non-violent civil disobedience” and many other the useless hoops activists jump through to change those who are destroying the planet.

    9. Need a reason to boycott the Olympics? How about several reasons…?

    Title abstract image of the Adopt 2008 project

    A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms


    10. Olympic Judo Medalist is Vegan. NBA star is Vegetarian.

    Ronda Rousey

    I can’t tell you how many times people insist that it is not possible to be a veg athlete. Who was the first NBA player to win championships with three different teams? If you said John Salley, then bravo. But you know what else John Salley is? A vegetarian. Also, Beijing 2008 Gold Medalist Ronda Rousey, who is the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo, is a vegan. Click here to learn about other veg athletes.