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New Veg Options Available at Target Field!

Vegan Food at Target Field

Though you’ve been able to find a few vegan or vegetarian items at Target Field in Minneapolis in the past, such as popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels, they’ve upped their game this season with lots of delicious veg options that will surely make you want to head out to Target Field – and maybe you can even watch the Twins play, too!

New vegan and vegetarian options this year include Field Roast veggie dogs and burgers, which are both vegan, a baked potato bar, hummus with pretzels, veggie taco, veggie kabobs, and veggie burritos. Now you can stop sneaking in those Larabars and enjoy true ballpark food while taking in a game this summer!

Before you head out to Target Field, make sure you check out their entire list of the veg options available as well as the directory  to where you can find all of the delicious plant-based foods throughout the stadium. They also have a ton of gluten-free options, so you’re sure to find something the whole family can enjoy!

 

Announcing our new Communications and Events Coordinator

Justin Leaf

I’m happy to announce we’ve hired Justin Leaf as our new Communications and Events Coordinator.

A long time Compassionate Action for Animals volunteer, Justin has helped plan the Their Lives, Our Voices conference, raised funds, distributed literature, helped with administrative tasks, and much more. He has written a vegan cookbook, Mistress Ginger Cooks, which is being released next month.

Justin has been a professional dancer, a singer, a performer, choreographer, and a yoga instructor. He has organized numerous events and has extensive experience in communications including email newsletters and videos.

Beyond his experience, what excites me about hiring Justin is his commitment to gently helping people embrace compassion.

US VegWeek

US Veg Week 2014

Kicking off on Meatless Monday and the day before Earth Day, Compassion Over Killing’s US VegWeek 2014 (April 21-27) is a weeklong celebration exploring the benefits of vegetarian eating. This year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever!

Join the fun! Thousands of Americans nationwide are taking the 7-Day VegPledge. Sign up now to get your FREE Vegetarian Starter Pack. You can also get free recipes, dining tips, discounts, and other info via email to keep you smiling and help make your week a shining success!

We’ll be hosting our Vegan Food Showcase on Friday, April 25, from 1 to 4 pm in front of Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, as a part of US VegWeek.

Are you wondering about Compassionate Action for Animals’ Veg Week, our week-long celebration of events? We will not be hosting Veg Week this year because of the timing of Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014, but we expect to host our next Veg Week in the spring of 2015.

Announcing Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014

Punk Rawk Labs at Twin Cities Veg Fest

We’re excited to announce that we have a date for Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014! This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10am-4pm. That’s right, this year we’re holding the festival on a Sunday.

Like previous years, we’ll have lots of free food for you to try, fabulous food vendors, and compelling speakers. For this year, we’re also adding a day of cooking demos. Talented chefs will show you how to prepare all sorts of tasty, accessible, and healthy plant-based foods.

Sponsoring the event is a great way to get the sponsor’s name or product in front of an interested audience. Last year’s event attracted approximately 2,000 people and this year we expect 2,500 or more attendees. If you know of any business or organization that would be interested in sponsoring, please let us know.

Our exhibitor application is also open. Sign up now to guarantee yourself a table in the exhibit hall. Do you know of a restaurant, business, or nonprofit that you’d like to see at the festival? Encourage them to apply! Exhibiting is a great way for them to get their product or message out to thousands of attendees.

We’ll also be hosting our Their Lives, Our Voices conference on the same weekend. This year’s TLOV will take place on Saturday, September 27.

We have an open call for speakers for both events. If you’d like to speak at the festival, TLOV, or both, please submit your presentation ideas now! We look forward to seeing what you have to say.

Donate through Amazon Smile

We appreciate your support for farm animals in many ways! You can donate your funds, your time, spread the word about compassionate eating, or invite your friends to our events. And we now have a new way for you to contribute: Amazon Smile.

If you shop at Amazon.com, you can sign up to donate to Compassionate Action for Animals simply by going to http://smile.amazon.com and choosing Compassionate Action for Animals as the charity you would like to contribute to. We will receive $0.05 for every dollar you spend. Thanks!

Mercy for Animals Undercover Turkey Torture Investigation

Turkey Torture Mercy for Animals Canada

In a recent undercover investigation, Mercy for Animals went to a turkey factory in Canada called Hybrid Turkeys. From December 2013 to February 2014, an investigator worked at the factory and documented the terrible cruelty turkeys suffer within the facility.

Throughout their investigation, the investigator saw workers punching, throwing, kicking, and beating turkeys. They also saw them crushing their spines and bashing their heads with shovels and other metal objects. Beyond the outright cruelty, the investigator also documented instances of wounded turkeys with infections left without proper care as well as inhumane breeding practices that caused the turkeys to grow so quickly they were crippled under their own weight.

To learn more about the investigation and what you can do to help, visit this website by Mercy for Animals Canada. Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about moving towards a plant-based diet you can visit our resources page. You can find cruelty-free dining options at VegGuide.org.

Compassionate Times: Spring 2014

Grace Van Susteren

Welcome to Compassionate Times, Spring 2014! We have an interview with Compassionate Action for Animals Outreach Coordinator, Grace Van Susteren.

Please consider purchasing tickets to our 10th Annual Banquet on April 3!

CAA strives to educate as many people as we can by exposing factory farming and encouraging individuals to change their diets, which in turns reduces animal suffering and death. As we embark on a new year, we wanted to take some time to reflect on some of our outreach efforts from 2013. Whom better to do that with than CAA’s Outreach Coordinator, Grace Van Susteren? We asked her a few questions about her favorite outreach initiatives from last year, and what’s in store for 2014.

In your opinion, what was the most successful outreach initiative you did in 2013?

One of my favorite (and most successful) events was leafleting at the May Day parade. I wasn’t the official outreach coordinator at the time, but I was coordinating the leafleting events as a volunteer. Sometimes, when we leaflet at events, people are in too much of a hurry or just won’t take leaflets; we bring enough leaflets to distribute to everyone, we often don’t end up using them all. At the May Day parade, though, I brought 2,000 leaflets and we gave out every last one of them, and could have given out more! The crowd was super receptive and were happy to accept leaflets. In fact, we even had people asking for leaflets if we somehow missed them, and they were really open to having a discussion about the material. A few were already knowledgeable about animal advocacy and were interested in learning more about CAA, which was nice. I don’t really remember specific people, but what was so striking was how friendly everyone was.

What do you think made the people at the parade so receptive?

I think people were more receptive at the May Day parade because the atmosphere lends itself to activism. There are usually many social groups at the parade advocating for something, and that makes people ready and willing to take leaflets and actually read them. Also, everyone is sitting and waiting for a parade instead of rushing to their car to get home after a concert. This gives them more of an opportunity to read the leaflet, because they would otherwise just be waiting around for the parade to start. The crowd in general was just fantastic.

Based on your work in 2013, what kinds of outreach initiatives do you plan on doing in 2014?

In addition to continuing our leafleting efforts, I’m really excited to expand our Pay-per-view program. Pay-per-view is when we offer passersby one dollar to watch a short video about factory farming. We typically do this on university campuses but have also tabled at a few festivals in the summer. In the last year, we mostly did tabling at the main student union at the University of Minnesota, but this year we’re adding tabling sessions in other locations on campus. Also, when it is nice outside again, we will have stands for the video players so we can table outside! We also play “Farm To Fridge” videos on small DVD players. Typically when a person is finished watching, we give them their dollar and ask what they thought about the video. We then discuss the video with them if they want and offer them more info in the form of Vegan Outreach’s Guide to Cruelty Free Eating leaflet.

Is there anything about your outreach work that has personally impacted you in how you approach it?

I have learned how to speak to people about animal issues much more effectively. Since I began coordinating outreach, I’ve been talking about animal issues much more frequently to those who don’t have a background (mostly at the Pay-per-view table). By answering many of the same questions over and over, I’ve gotten much more succinct in my answers and talking points. This is really helpful with college students, who are often very busy and don’t have a lot of time to chat. Being able to get across the information that’s central to CAA’s mission in just a few sentences is no easy task, but it gets easier every day. Practice really does make perfect (or almost perfect)!

Join us at the Animal Rights 2014 conference

Animal Rights 2014 logo

The Animal Rights National Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow animal advocates, learn skills to become a more effective activist, and have a great time! Compassionate Action for Animals will have a table at the conference, and we’d like your help.

The conference will include:

  • 100 sessions on animal abuse, organizing, tactics, and issues
  • 80+ speakers from 60 organizations
  • Eyewitness reports on key campaigns
  • 90 free exhibits
  • Video premieres
  • Newcomer Orientation
  • Nightly networking receptions
  • Awards Banquet on Saturday evening

The conference will be held July 10-13 in Los Angeles. We will be able to provide hotel accommodations to a limited number of volunteers. Please let me know if you’re interested.

Isa Does It, Again (Cookbook Review)

Sesame Slaw w/ Warm Garlicky Seitan

She’s one of the best and most prolific vegan cookbook authors, but with Isa Does It, Isa Chandra Moskowitz hits an undeniable, mouthwatering groove. Isa Does It features easy, everyday recipes that are satisfyingly delicious with ingredients you probably already have at home. I had the good fortune of meeting her at a book reading for this cookbook in Minneapolis last year, and it was obvious this was the cookbook of her dreams and for good reason. Brightly colored photos excite your imagination’s taste buds while the approachable recipes comfort your practical, time-conscious mind.

The cookbook features an introduction with tips for kitchen tools, pantry staples and modifications for allergies. The section on “Vegan Butchery” may seem tongue-in-cheek amusing, but you’ll probably learn something new like I did in prepping the tofu for her “Cast Iron Stir Fry with Avocado, Basil and Peanuts” (pg. 175.) The heart of the cookbook is the eleven sections of recipes; including soups, salads, handhelds, stir fries & sautés, Sunday night suppers, basic proteins, breakfasts, and desserts.

Cheddary Broccoli Soup

My favorite recipe was the “Cheddary Broccoli Soup” (p. 53) with its lick-the-bowl deliciousness from the mouthwatering umami of white miso, cheesy nutritional yeast and creamy cashews. It was the perfect thing to combat this Minnesota winter. A robust salad section satisfied with “Sesame Slaw w/ Warm Garlicky Seitan” (p. 58) that was a meal in itself with a feel good amount of fiber-rich red cabbage. After a long day at work, curl up with one of her meals in a bowl recipes like the “Good Gravy Bowl with Broccoli and Seitan” which creates a creamy, flavorful gravy with lentils which can be ladled over mashed potatoes, greens, sweet potatoes or whatever else you can imagine.

The recipes in Isa Does It seem solidly Midwestern to me. Not too fancy or pretentious, just solidly delicious, satisfying and accessible to most homes. The “Lentil-a-roni” (pg. 134) with its cashew creamy tomato sauce and meaty lentils nestled in the nooks of the curly fusilli noodles was reminiscent of childhood Chef Boyardee meals but more delicious, healthy and humane. Her “Puffy Pillow Pancakes” (pg. 253) grew like fluffy miniature skyscrapers on my cast iron griddle and the “Muffin Pan Mini Omelets” (pg. 247) were a quick grab protein for breakfast sandwiches throughout the week.

All in all, Isa Does It is a great staple cookbook for your bookshelf that you’ll return to time and time again to make easy, every day meals that appeal to a broad audience.

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
First Edition: October 2013
Little, Brown and Company

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