Compassionate Living Program Presents
Use the Law, Help the Animals - March 12

Virginia Handley - PAW PAC and Animal Switchboard   

The Compassionate Living program examines and presents information related to vegetarianism and living a compassionate lifestyle. This event happens monthly on the 2nd Sunday.

This month we will have a special presentation by Virginia Handley, lobbyist and co-founder of PAW PAC, California’s political action committee for animals, and Animal Switchboard:

Use the Law, Help the Animals

"Nothing is more powerful than the printed word, especially if that word is printed in a law book."

Virginia's presentation will demystify the California Legislative process, how the public participates in this process, plans for 2006 legislation for the animals, and available resources.

More Info

The April presentation will be "Inside an Open Rescue" with Christine Morrissey of East Bay Animal Advocates.


Calling All Activists!
Calling All Activists!   

As the weather gets nicer, that's our cue it's time to hit the streets with pro-veg, pro-animals information. If you're interested in advocacy, at any level of participation, whether it's public such as leafleting or tabling or behind the scenes such as planning work or making phone calls, please email Tammy for an invitation to an advocacy discussion & planning meeting. Please include your name, city, and telephone number.

Please also alert us to any opportunities for outreach/tabling in your community - local Earth Day events, street fairs, etc.


BAVEG On the Go - Now for your iPod
iPod Bay Area Veg Guide   

You can now take BAVeg with you on the road and access veggie information from wherever you are:

  • iPod BAVeg Guide
  • Mobile Events Calendar
  • AvantGo Events Calendar
  • PDF Guides

More Info

Also, please consider carrying a supply of BAVeg small 1/4 page flyers and leave them on public notice boards or other areas where flyers are allowed.


Great American Meat-Out

In support of the Great American Meat-Out, "the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots diet education campaign" according to FARM, we have four special opportunities to promote the benefits of a compassionate and cruelty-free plant-based diet.

03/18 Meat-Out Leafleting - Palo Alto - Organizer: Candace & Tami
03/18 Meat-Out Street TV & leafleting - SF - Organizer: Nora
03/19 Meat-Out Leafleting - Pacifica - Organizer: Tammy, Chris, Alex & Amy
03/21 Meat-Out College Leafleting - San Jose - Organizer: Suzanne

See event calendar to volunteer, or to plan your own Meat-Out event, visit


Compassion in Action
Compassion in Action   

According to Viva!USA, "investigations have revealed that most cows are kept in confined areas on dirt and cement floors; and the babies, sometimes only a few hours old, are taken from their mothers. Because cows produce significant amounts of milk for only ten months after they have birthed a calf, they are forced to continuously have babies in order to keep the milk flowing." For the babies, males become veal calves while females are raised to replace "dairy cows" who are slaughtered after their production levels decreases, typically at age 5-6 versus the normal 25 year lifespan for a cow.

Contact Ben & Jerry’s (802-846-1500 or email and ask them to carry a vegan ice cream (not a sorbet, but a rich, creamy non-dairy ice cream).

Photo and campaign information from Viva!USA

There's a wide variety of non-dairy alternatives available. If you're eating dairy, try incorporating more cholesterol-free, non-dairy alternatives into your diet and reduce/eliminate your consumption of dairy products.

More ways to get involved - It's fun to have a vegan ice cream tasting party for your non-vegan friends, easy to speak to your local grocery store manager about carrying (more) non-dairy and vegan products, and with a bit more effort, organize a vegan ice cream giveaway.

Related links:

Milk Consumption and Prostate Cancer
PETA's Milk Gone Wild commercial banned from the Super Bowl


Community Profile
Community Profile   

This month Ben shares his story about veganism and helping animals. It's inspiring for readers of all ages.

Read more about Ben in this month's Community Profile.

If you've got an interesting veg perspective that you'd like to share, please let us know.


Restaurant Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

There have been several new additions to the Ultimate Guide this last month. Of key interest are two new vegetarian & raw foods restaurants - Que seRaw seRaw in Burlingame and another Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley. To stay informed of restaurant news as it happens, visit our Guide Blog.

Good Karma has held on to its top spot while it's been a game of musical chairs for the remaining nine. Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant has rejoined the Top Ten while Millennium's has departed, again. BAVEG volunteers host monthly dinners at four of the top restaurants: New World Vegetarian (3rd Sunday), Vegetarian Gourmet (3rd Friday), BayLeaf Cafe (2nd Tuesday), and Shangri-La (last Friday).

With over 800 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best. Do you agree?

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Good Karma, San Jose - 4.5
2. The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.46 up
3. Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.5 down
4. Golden Lotus, Oakland - 4.35 up
5. Alive!, SF - 4.35 up
6. New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.35 up
7. Vegetarian Gourmet, San Mateo - 4.29 up
8. Shangri-La, SF - 4.27 New/Re-entry
9. BayLeaf Cafe, Palo Alto - 4.25 up
10. Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.44 down

*based on Ultimate Guide reviewers like you

Don't see your favorite listed in the Top Ten? Then please give them a good review and help them gain the recognition that they deserve!

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Cooking with Compassion and Good Health
by Alex Bury

Mashed potatoes and gravy. Chocolate brownies. Chicken noodle soup. Holiday foods. Potato chips and sour cream dip. Cheese and pepperoni pizza, beef burritos, spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone grows up with some sort of comfort food recipe collection, even if we’re not aware of it.

These three recipes are very easy. If you like to cook, you can easily play around with them and improvise. If you don’t like to cook, the basic recipes will give you tasty results. They’re also good dishes for the non-vegetarians in your life.

Breakfast Pizzas
Scramble Seasoning Mix
Rice Crispy Treats (Peanut Butter and Chocolate)


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

03/04 KFC Cruelty Protest - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
03/04 KFC Cruelty Protest - Santa Clara Add event to your local calendar
03/11 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
03/12 Use the Law, Help the Animals - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/13 Adopt a College leafletting - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/14 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
03/17 Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
03/18 Meat-Out Leafleting - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
03/18 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/18 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
03/18 Lunch & Letter Writing Party - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/18 Meat-Out Street TV & leafleting - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/19 Meat-Out Leafleting - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
03/19 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
03/21 Meat-Out College Leafleting - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
03/21 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
03/25 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
03/26 KFC Cruelty Protest - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
03/26 Book Club Discussion - SF Add event to your local calendar
03/31 Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - SF Add event to your local calendar

04/01 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar

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For latest news and events for Bay Area Vegetarians, check out the News Blog and Event Calendar. We don't always announce it, but event photos are added periodically to the gallery, too.


March 2006
In This Issue:
Compassionate Living: Use the Law, Help the Animals
Calling All Activists
BAVEG On the Go
Great American Meat-Out
Compassion in Action
Community Profile: Ben Davidow
Restaurant Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar
BAVeg Resources:
Veg Food Finder
Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the Bay Area
Veggie Mentor Program
Advocacy Rewards Program
Articles and Guides
BAVeg News
Discussion Forums
Mailing Lists
Local Events Calendar
BAVeg Frappr Map
Free Restaurant Guide
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