Compassionate Living Program Presents
Book Discussion: "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon"

Book Discussion: "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon"   

Every month the BAVEG book club meets for informal discussions of a pre-selected book. 8 general books are discussed and 4 veg/animal rights books are discussed. The latter happen quarterly in conjunction with the Compassionate Living program, sponsored by Bay Area Vegetarians.

This month's selection is "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon" by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. This non-fiction book is about animals who typically live on a farm -- cows, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, etc. In it, Masson has compiled and shared interesting stories and observations of these animals as they relate to each other, and ultimately to us. It provides a deeper understanding and appreciation for the emotions and feelings of animals. It's definitely on our recommended reading list!

You can read more reviews, and longer reviews, on Amazon.

More Info

This event is sponsored by the Compassionate Living program, which examines and presents information related to vegetarianism and living a compassionate lifestyle, on the 2nd Sunday monthly. You can find the full Compassionate Living schedule at here.


Event updates - Letter Writing Parties & Dinners
Letter Writing Parties   

Please support the animals and participate in our letter writing parties (LWP) that happen every month. These are great opportunities to speak up for compassionate treatment of animals to businesses, and state and federal officials who otherwise would not hear from pro-animal voices.

Sara & Claire host in Berkeley, 2nd Tuesday monthly, at Cafe Gratitude's newest Berkeley location. If you're joining Ben for the Palo Alto on the 4th Saturday, you've got the option to enjoy their delicious vegan food as well as MaggieMudd ice cream.

The SF LWP has been the longest running series, with Thea for organizing it for the last 14 months. We'd like to thank Thea for her dedication to making it easy for others to write letters for animals. This event was originally started by Gabe Q in May 2004, Tammy & Chris hosted it for several months at MaggieMudd's until the beginning of 2005, then Thea took over in February 2005. Now, the opportunity is available for a new host for this event series. If you'd like to keep this event happening in SF, please email me.

Any San Mateo coastsiders, Montara to Half Moon Bay, folks interested in a letter writing party? If so, please

Email Tammy

The San Mateo dinner (3rd Friday monthly) at Vegetarian Gourmet is starting 30 minutes earlier at 6:30 pm. The SF dinner (last Friday at Shangri-La) is on its regular hiatus and will resume in the fall. However, there is a SF dinner being organized prior to Peter Singer's book tour presentation.


BAVeg Outreach
Calling All Activists!   

We did Earth Day outreach in Berkeley and Emeryville in April, and are already planning outreach for the summer and fall. Thank you to the organizers, Sara, Chris, and Tammy, and the volunteers that helped them: Ann, Victor, Claire, Christina and Terry.

Two big tabling opportunities in SF are planned for June - Haight Street Fair and SF Pride. It's a fun way to spread the veg message.

We're already recruiting for volunteers to help; if you're a friendly, outgoing person, with a personal commitment and knowledge about veganism and strong desire to educate the public about the cruelties of factory farming, then this may be the opportunity for you!

Email Tammy

Please also alert us to any opportunities for outreach/tabling in your community.

More volunteer opportunities


BAVeg celebrates EBAA's Birthday!
Happy Birthday EBAA   

Our regular New World dinner in Oakland on the 3rd Sunday happily coincides this month with East Bay Animal Advocates' celebration for their 3rd Birthday. So, instead of a separate BAVeg dinner this month, we are inviting you to join us and come out and celebrate and honor EBAA for a wonderful three years, and with good wishes for many more! For more information about the event, or EBAA, please visit their website


Compassion in Action

If you are an aspiring veg*n, please take advantage of the resources that our organization offers, such as the Veggie Mentor Program (to ask questions), the Ultimate Guide (to find vegetarian foods), the community events (to connect with like-minded people), our educational events like the Compassionate Living Program (to learn more), and our event calendar (for events throughout the Bay Area).

If you're already committed to vegetarianism, then support us in our efforts to be a voice for vegetarianism and animal rights in the SF Bay Area:

  1. Support our advocacy events, like the letter writing parties, KFC Cruelty protests, tabling outreach, leafleting, etc. with your participation OR by organizing one in your community.

  2. Be a supporting member of Bay Area Vegetarians - donate $5 or $10 or whatever you can afford to us. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) and gladly offer free membership to be inclusive to everyone. However, if you can afford to financially support us, please do so! We rely on your generosity, and truthfully, cannot survive without it.

  3. Share your knowledge about local vegetarian business with others who are new to the Bay Area or new to vegetarianism. Please review your favorite businesses in the Ultimate Guide, or if your favorite businesses are not listed, please add them. It is free to advertise businesses that provide veg*n foods or specific veg*n services, or if the business is owned by a veg*n, it can be advertised for free.

    Please visit the Ultimate Guide to print your free guide, review a business, or add a new business.


Animal Place Tour & Vegan Food Picnic
Animal Place tour   

If you wanted to attend the Animal Place tour and Vegan Food Party in April, but the date didn't work or it was already full, you have a second chance! We had to rescheduled it to Saturday, May 27th due to the really damp & muddy conditions in April. Please see event calendar for details

More Info

All proceeds benefit Animal Place, which has many other farm tours and other special events happening this spring, summer, and fall. Please support Animal Place and our friends at Animal Place.


Restaurant Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

CHA-YA is now serving delicious vegan Japanese cuisine in San Francisco. Currently it's open for dinner only, but offering the same full menu as their Berkeley location. Their sister restaurant in Berkeley makes it's first appearance in our "Top Ten" list this month. More SF news from Bernal Heights: While Geranium restaurant closed their doors for good at the end of March, MaggieMudd is still dishing up sweet vegan goodness. On one occasion, we counted 24 vegan flavors available, including alcohol-based delights.

With over 850 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best. 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!

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Good Karma, San Jose - 4.5
2. The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.46
3. New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.36 up
4. Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.4 up
5. Vegetarian Gourmet, San Mateo - 4.33 up
6. Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.32 New
7. Golden Lotus, Oakland - 4.35 up
8. Shangri-La, SF - 4.29 up
9. Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.28
10. Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation - 4.2

*based on Ultimate Guide reviewers like you

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Cooking with Compassion and Good Health
by Alex Bury

Faux Chicken: Chickens are gentle, playful, intelligent animals and these recipes are delicious ways to help your friends and family avoid eating them! The healthiest recipe is the baked tofu nuggets.

Low-fat, but still yummy. If you’re cooking for meat-eaters, I would suggest the old-fashioned fried chicken or the Thai chicken wraps. These recipes will satisfy taste buds that are used to eating fatty meat dishes.

  • Thai 'Chicken' Wraps
  • Fried 'Chicken'
  • Baked Tofu Nuggets


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

05/06 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
05/06 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
05/06 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
05/09 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
05/12 Friday Dinner & Peter Singer presentation - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/13 Tabling for Farm Sanctuary - Marin Civic Center, San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
05/14 Book Discussion: The Pig Who Sang to the Moon by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson - SF (Civic Center) Add event to your local calendar
05/16 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
05/19 Vegetarian Gourmet Friday Dinner - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
05/20 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/20 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
05/20 Lunch & Letter Writing Party - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/21 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
05/27 Animal Place Farm Tour and Vegan Food Party - Vacaville Add event to your local calendar
05/27 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar

06/03 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
06/03 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar

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May 2006
In This Issue:
Compassionate Living: Book Discussion: "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon"
Letter Writing Party & Dinner Updates
BAVeg Outreach
BAVeg celebrates EBAA's Birthday!
Compassion in Action
Animal Place Tour
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
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