Archive for October, 2004

Free Advertising in the Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

If you know of fellow veggies that own a business that offers services or retail, please encourage them to advertise for free in the Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the SF Bay Area. We offer this free advertising for local businesses as a way to promote and keep veggie spending within the veg community.

We get a variety of people searching UG or emailing us specifically asking for various services, like

– veggie daycare
– sitters for cats/dogs
– notary
– real estate agent
– insurance agent
– trades people (plumber, electrician)

Let’s get those veg-owned businesses listed! Even if the business is already firmly established, it’s good to be listed in the Ultimate Guide as many newcomers to the Bay Area visit our site:

“I just wanted to let you know that your website is great!!! I am in LA and am in the process of moving to the Bay Area for a job in San Jose and I found your site to connect with other vegetarians when I get up there next month.”

The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the San Francisco Bay Area .. don’t leave home without it! Print your custom-guide today!

A free service and resource provided by your friends at Bay Area Vegetarians.

Organ donation is Compassion for Animals

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Are you an organ donor? It is the ultimate gift of compassion to share your organs with another human being….

Vegetarians are known to have healthy diets whereas people needing organ transplants are in poor health and perhaps the cause of their health is an unhealthy animal-based diet. If you’ve become veg for ethical reasons, there is the reasonable concern that enabling someone who eats animals to live longer is contributing to animal suffering by enabling a meat-eater to live longer and continue their flesh-eating ways.

Well, I’d like to point out that there’s always the possibility that the person needing an organ is a vegetarian… or maybe it is someone you know. AND, there are a couple more good reasons to be an organ donor — there is a critical shortage of organs. People die every day because of a lack of organs.

To address this shortage of human organs, medical researchers have been experimenting with transplanting animal organs to humans. Sadly, there is also a black market in human organs, and people suffer or die having their organs harvested for transplant to the wealthy who can afford them.

If more people became organ donors, if there were an adequate supply of human organs, the demand and subsequent profiteering motives behind animal experimentation and black market organ donors would become less profitable.

DMV sends out organ donor cards with license renewals, and I think they have them available for pickup at their offices, but don’t wait! Get an organ donor card now — I surfed the web and quickly found one site that offers a downloadable version:

http://www.organdonor.gov/signup1.html

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) also offers them, and will send you some for tabling.

And before you support that medical charity, do some research as to where that money is going (i.e. is it supporting animal research). See if it has the “Humane Seal” of approval.

Why did the activists cross the road?

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

To Stick Up for the Chickens!

It was great to see our number more than double from last month’s protest at the Pacifica KFC. Today, five of us shared PETA’s message with thousands of people to ask for a boycott of KFC.

PETA is asking KFC to eliminate the worst abuses that chickens suffer on the factory farms and in the slaughterhouses of its suppliers, including live scalding, life-long crippling, and painful debeaking. The more than 750 million chickens killed each year for KFC are tortured in ways that would result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges if cats or dogs were the victims, but KFC still refuses to make changes. As the leader in the chicken industry, KFC has a responsibility to ensure that the chickens raised for its buckets are protected from the worst cruelties.

Please continue to check the BAV events page for more KFC demos! I am organizing the one in Pacifica and we plan to do it monthly on a Saturday. The date will vary but will always be posted on the events page. If you’d like to join us or organize one in your city, that would be superb.

Bay Area Group Cooks Up New Vegetarian Support Program

Friday, October 8th, 2004

(PRWEB ) October 8, 2004 — Bay Area Vegetarians (BAV) has introduced a new Mentor Program aimed at helping people transition from meat eating to a plant-based diet. The program is tailored for those who would like to adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle but don’t know exactly how to go about doing so. BAV connects these individuals with a network of other aspiring vegetarians/vegans for support, as well as a core group of experienced vegans who act as mentors, offering advice and encouragement. The mentors chosen for the program draw on their own experience to recognize that most people make the change to a plant-based diet gradually, and empower program enrollees to determine their own pace as they travel along the path toward veganism.

While its structure is similar to the model used by other support groups (and even incorporates a “12 step” approach), BAV’s Mentor Program is unique in addressing the broad range of issues involved in transitioning to a plant-based diet – from nutrition, cooking, and eating out to animal rights and advocacy. The program offers participants an opportunity to learn about vegetarianism and veganism by posting questions to an online forum and reading responses from mentors and peers. In the program’s second stage, mentors will share knowledge with program participants by hosting vegan restaurant outings, shopping trips to neighborhood grocery stores, and educational workshops.

Over the last twenty-five years, medical research has firmly established the health benefits of a plant-based diet while demonstrating the dangers of eating meat, dairy and eggs because of their high fat and cholesterol content. The public’s growing awareness of this knowledge has dovetailed with an American obesity epidemic, the spread of dangerous meat-borne illnesses around the world, and increasing concern about factory farming’s impact on animals and the environment. Surveys show that many people would like to stop eating animal products for health, ethical, or environmental reasons, but don’t become vegetarian because they think that it would be too inconvenient. BAV’s Mentor Program is designed with these issues in mind: it highlights the healthiness of a plant-based diet while demonstrating that you don’t have to sacrifice convenience or taste when you go vegetarian or vegan. The program’s mentors – including BAV founders Chris James and Tammy Lee – themselves exemplify the practicality and health benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

Anyone who wishes to become vegetarian or vegan can sign up for the program for free at www.bayareaveg.org/mentor.htm

About Bay Area Vegetarians
Bay Area Vegetarians (BAV) is a vegetarian advocacy organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 1,500 members worldwide. Since 2001, BAV has provided an online forum to foster discussion of vegetarian and animal rights issues and facilitate communication within the vegetarian/animal rights community. BAV enables individuals and groups to organize and publicize events through its mailing lists, and also hosts its own events, including vegan potlucks, restaurant outings, and educational outreach tables at local festivals. Visit www.bayareaveg.org to learn more about BAV, as well as a host of vegetarian and animal rights issues.

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Thanks for a great BAV party!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Hi folks,

We want to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate BAV’s third year this past Saturday, as well as sing “Happy Birthday” to several October birthday celebrants in attendance and special kudos to Karen, celebrating her 12-year vegan anniversary. For those who missed the party (we did have to cap attendance, as it was over 50 people), we had lots of fun with outstanding food and desserts, special door prizes and drawings, veggie entertainers, great mix of new & getting older veggies, plus just an enjoyable time chatting with new and old veg friends.

There were several comments from folks about how “incredibly young BAV is, yet already so deeply rooted as a community resource” and how “it feels like its always been around”. While we have worked really hard to make BAV what it is today, we haven’t done it alone, and thanks are also due to everyone who has helped along the way, like our “Veggie Important People” who host events, folks who help us do outreach, etc.

This special party would not have been possible — or as tasty — without the support and help from several individuals and the local veg business community. We’d like to give them an extra special thanks:

Lyman, for providing a wonderful community room, pool, and hot tub for our guests

– our wonderful plant-powered entertainers: Lori H and Alex for improv, and Pat, for guitar & singing (we also have to thank Alex for introducing us to MaggieMudd’s Peanut Butter Palooka in July … this has changed our lives and our waistlines immeasurably!)

JYOTI & SPICE BY THE BAY : provided several trays of delicious Indian foods — yummy, beautifully presented — and well-spiced. For those wanting to learn more about Indian Foods, Jyoti is teaching a class on Indian chats and appetizers on 11/11. If anyone forgot to pick up one of her newsletters, we have a few extra copies.

http://www.bayareaveg.org/ug/display.htm?id=306

ERIC & SPARKS RESTAURANT — created squares of organic yummy delights — brownies, peanut butter cookies, & oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. It was really nice to met Eric, one of the new vegan owners. They are having several special events coming up, including a Middle Eastern Dinner on 10/23 and Thanksgiving events on 11/23.

http://www.bayareaveg.org/ug/display.htm?id=14

BODY TECHNICIAN aka Jordan — brought his massage table and healing hands to our party; he provided massages to our guests, and donated all proceeds to BAV.

http://www.bayareaveg.org/ug/display.htm?id=300

MILLENNIUM RESTAURANT created and donated two beautiful and delicious cakes (thank you to a special friend for arranging this!)

http://www.bayareaveg.org/ug/display.htm?id=12

>> Their respective entries in UG have been provided if you’d like to learn more about their businesses. We encourage folks to support veg-owned businesses (to keep veg dollars in the veg community), and especially encourage y’all to support the businesses (like the four above) that support the local veg community.

Cakes don’t lie; it was indeed an occasion for “Joyful Vegan Celebrations” . You can see a few highlights from the party at:

http://www.bayareaveg.org/gallery/bavanniversary04

Congratulations to Donna, Nicole and Sean, who were the drawing winners (thanks to Lori for helping with the tickets!), but no one went home empty-handed as we also gave out copies of NAVS’ 200-page cruelty free guide and PETA’s newest DVD, “CHEW ON THIS”.

It is also great to see more kids at our recent events, the next generation of vegetarians! It is our sincere hope that our work in promoting a plant-based diet will be so successful that we’ll do ourselves out of a job, and veg*n organizations will not be necessary in their generation. Thanks to everyone who has helped BAV in the last three years, and we look forward to working with you in the years to come!

Cheers,
Tammy & Chris
Bay Area Vegetarians

Best of Veg 2004 – Contest Started

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Vote and Win Prizes

It’s that time again to vote for the Best of Bay Area Vegetarian Living. This is the 2nd year that Bay Area Vegetarians is sponsoring this annual survey. Voting in ‘BEST OF VEG 2004‘ begins on World Vegetarian Day, October 1st.

We’ve got many of the same categories from last year, as well as some new categories, like Best: Raw, Mexican, regional restaurant, Activist, event, and organization.

Additionally, if you’d like to help your favorite restaurant garner votes, or just want to help promote the vegetarian business community which benefits all of us, you can download and print flyers from our website.

With thanks to the following local & veg-owned businesses, we will again have prize giveaways to random voters: Body Technician, VegNews Magazine, and Sun Flour Baking.

If you would like to participate and contribute a prize as well, please contact us (note: for the Best of Veg 2004 prizes, we prefer donations from individuals or veggie businesses not eligible for any of the categories). We are also accepting prize donations for other programs, like the Advocacy Rewards Program.

So check out the BEST OF VEG 2004 contest and pass the word.

www.bayareaveg.org/vote

BAV October 2004 Newsletter

Friday, October 1st, 2004

http://bayareaveg.org/newsletters/BAV-News-Oct2004.htm