Today is International Respect for Chickens Day.
We wish we could be with United Poultry Concerns as they demonstrate at the White House and leaflet the springtime visitors to Washington, DC.
If you can’t join them, there are still things you can do today and through the month of May:
Ideas include leafleting on . . . → Read More: Bird is the Word
Blake and three other cows arrived at VINE Sanctuary weak and skinny, having barely survived near-starvation at a small-scale dairy operation. Blake was clearly the leader and care-taker of the group, not only being the first to venture into new territory but also going out of her way to groom and otherwise nurture the . . . → Read More: Bake for Blake!
This week, Tar Sands Blockade calls for all of us to take direct action against TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
“Direct action” means any activity that directly interferes with the unjust or harmful practices you oppose (or directly assists a beneficial alternative). Direct action is often misunderstood to mean only splashy or illegal actions. . . . → Read More: Don’t Bankroll Mayhem: Moooove Your Money Today
On Tuesday, January 15, two VINE staffers, one VINE volunteer, and one friend of the sanctuary traveled to New Hampshire to attend the hearing on HB110. It was a sometimes surreal journey to a land where meat producers argue for animal protection legislation that animal advocates oppose. We call this report “On the Road . . . → Read More: On the Road to Concord (A Report from New Hampshire)
The unfortunate fad known as the backyard bird phenomenon is moving in a predictable direction. People are throwing away roosters right and left (unwanted roosters). They are not caring for hens (hurting hens). And now, here come the profiteers wanting to rake in even more money off the . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT: Tell Victory Chicken: Stop Exploiting Birds!
By now, you have probably heard about the controversy concerning the impending slaughter of de facto campus mascots, Bill and Lou, 11 year-old oxen who have been denied the chance to live out their retirement at a sanctuary. What you may not know is that the process by which the decision to kill Bill . . . → Read More: Open Letter to Parents of Green Mountain College Students
I know that folks want an update on the status of the Green Mountain College oxen known as Bill and Lou. I’m sorry to report that, despite what has become an international outcry for mercy, the college remains determined to send them to a slaughterhouse at the end of the month.
Thousands of people . . . → Read More: Shades of “Green” (Update on Lou and Bill)
Portions of this now amended Action Alert were based on representations made to VINE by the Green Mountain College Farm Manager, who led us to believe that he was speaking for the college. We have since learned that was not true and that some of his statements did not reflect . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT: ACT NOW TO SAVE BILL AND LOU!
The sickness of humanity is nowhere more evident than in its justifications for such practices as veal production. It is one thing to stretch one’s mind to create a justification for stealing babies from their mothers and eating them shortly thereafter — it is another thing to actually believe it.
Last night, an article . . . → Read More: Write to the Burlington Free Press and Tell Them There is NO SUCH THING as “Humane Veal”
Humans are good at living in our symbolic realities, even when they directly contradict the real world. This is extremely well symbolized by the fact that we idealize the concept of motherhood, even while we treat our own mothers like shit. I’m not talking about abusive mothers; I’m not talking about mothers who never . . . → Read More: Support the Cow Ribbon Campaign This Mother’s Day: Stop Using Cow’s Milk!