VINE was busy in 2012! Here’s the summary of our activities last year. If you appreciate this work, please do show your support with a contribution toward our 2013 expenses.
New Sanctuary Residents
In 2012, VINE Sanctuary welcomed 49 hens, 28 roosters, 15 pigeons, 11 cows, 6 sheep, 5 ducks, 2 doves, and 2 . . . → Read More: VINE 2012 Activity Report
We’ve encouraged you to write to vegan prisoners on Valentine’s Day. We’ve given instructions for formatting letters and tips on what to write. Now, all that remains is to introduce you to some prisoners to whom you might write. (You’ll find links to lists of other prisoners at the bottom of this post.)
. . . → Read More: Valentines from VINE: Addresses of Prisoners
“Turkey Day.” That’s what some people perversely call the day when diners gather greedily around tables laden with the dead bodies of big birds. “Anti-turkey Day” would be a more appropriate moniker for that “holiday.”
But we are having a true “Turkey Day” here at VINE Sanctuary today. Six young birds who jumped or . . . → Read More: Turkey Day
As part of our Valentines from VINE event, we have collected advice on letter writing from several sources. Here you’ll learn not only the ABCs of addressing and formatting letters to people behind bars but also the XYZs of writing letters that will be fun and interesting for prisoners to read.
First, the basics:
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As part of our Valentines from VINE event, one of the prisoners to whom we’ll be encouraging people to write is Manuel Salas, who describes himself as a “vegan politicized prisoner and animal rights activist.” Today, we want to share a poem that he wrote after learning of the death of a duck.
Here’s . . . → Read More: Poem from a Prisoner
I wish you could have seen it. I wish everybody could have seen it.
Last night, just before sundown, so the light was too dim for us to get pictures, the first of the cows from New Jersey arrived. (These are the five cows that became a Facebook cause when the people who had . . . → Read More: A Buddy in Need is a Buddy Indeed
It was like Romper Room in the barn at closing time last night. Just as I finished closing the coops, overseen by Thunder and Maxwell, the rest of the front pasture cows arrived, evidently attracted by the remnants of chicken feed I had tossed to the sheep.
How they “heard” about that all the . . . → Read More: Party in the Barn!
On February 14 from 6 to 7 PM, VINE Sanctuary staff, supporters, and volunteers will gather at the Springfield Food Co-op to write cards and letters to imprisoned activists and to inmates who have become vegan while incarcerated. The public is warmly welcomed to join us for vegan snacks as we send some sweetness . . . → Read More: Save the Date: Valentines from VINE
This week, the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils approved a report that recommends that “Almost all of the 451 chimpanzees owned or supported by the National Institutes of Health that are now at research facilities should be permanently retired from research and moved to sanctuaries, with planning for the move to start . . . → Read More: The Beginning of the End of Chimp Research?
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)