Unny Nambudiripad

Unny is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Compassionate Action for Animals. Please see his biography.

VegGuide.org is Teaming Up with Compassion Over Killing!

Exciting news: Compassion Over Killing is teaming up with our site VegGuide.org to help provide you with even more vegan resources for dining out.

We are always looking to expand our VegGuide.org website in order to provide you with the most up-to-date and complete resource for veg-friendly dining options. We are excited to announce that Compassion Over Killing is joining us as our newest VegGuide partner.

On VegGuide, you can rate restaurants, share your reviews with others, and add new listings for all the great places you've discovered. If you haven't done so already, you can sign up for a VegGuide.org account to start contributing now!

Compassion Over Killing is a non-profit animal animal advocacy organization that is based out of Washington D.C. CAA has worked with COK on numerous national animal advocacy issues, most recently the We Love Subway campaign which asks the Subway sandwich chain to add more vegan options to its menu, including faux meat options.

COK's executive director Erica Meier was a featured speaker at our inaugural Twin Cities Veg Fest in 2012 and continues to be a big part of our CAA community. We welcome COK as a VegGuide partner, and look forward to their help in spreading the word about VegGuide even further.

Mercy for Animals Investigation Exposes Dairy Farm Cruelty

MFA's newest undercover investigation at Idaho's largest dairy facility-a cheese supplier to Burger King and other fast-food chains-reveals workers kicking, beating, shocking, and dragging cows.

Are your Burger King purchases funding horrific animal abuse? A new Mercy For Animals investigation reveals animal abuse at a major Burger King dairy supplier that has led to three workers being charged with cruelty to animals. This undercover investigation documented:

  • Workers and management viciously beating and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain
  • Workers and management repeatedly shocking a downed cow and then dragging her by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor
  • Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care

Please consider choosing vegan options and spreading the word to oppose animal abuse.

Get Recipes from the Veg Week 2012 Cooking Class!

Our cooking class during Veg Week 2012 was a hit! Now you can get the recipes from the cooking class and try your hand at them at home!

During Veg Week 2012, Sarah Lehner taught a vegan cooking class that featured an amazing array of recipes from various global cuisines. Sarah showed students that vegan cooking can be both fun and easy and also that it doesn't have to be expensive. All of the dishes she prepared and demonstrated for the class were packed with flavor and were perfect for the cool weather that is starting to creep up on us. If you missed the class, no worries – below are the three recipes that Sarah presented to the class so you can try your hand at making them in your own kitchen!

Recipes

Veg Week 2012 Wrap-Up

From September 29 through October 7, we held Veg Week. We had 456 people take the Pledge to Be Veg and hosted week-long series of fun and engaging events.

We kicked-off Veg Week with a concert featuring Conjuring Trick and Roe Family Singers, as well as delicious vegan pizza from Pizza Luce. Both of the bands spoke about how important it is to change the way we treat farmed animals and to consider plant-based options. Roe Family Singers played lively and fun music that engaged everybody who came.

We followed up with our first ever Veg Week Feed-In and screening of Vegucated. We served a spaghetti dinner along with vegan 'meatballs' made with Gardein Beefless Tips. Dozens of attendees were fed and shown Vegucated, a documentary that follows three people as they try a vegan diet for the first time for six weeks.

We followed up with a Vegan Bake Sale, a Shop With a Vegan, a dine-out, a Vegan After Dark, and finally a Chicken Sanctuary Tour. The sanctuary tour was an uplifting event where participants met, touched, and fed friendly rescued chickens. We were happy to end Veg Week on a positive note, giving Veg Week participants the opportunity to connect with individual animals.

Pledgers enjoy veg food at the following excellent restaurants (discounts are good through October 13!):

We're hoping to make some big changes to Veg Week 2013, so stay tuned for what's next!

In Memory of Lauren Hanson

A dedicated animal advocate and Compassionate Action for Animals volunteer died last month.

Long time Compassionate Action for Animals volunteer Lauren Hanson died in September. We remember Lauren's passion and upbeat attitude.

Lauren started volunteering in 2008. She planned the Thanksgiving Potluck that year, and the event was a favorite of hers. We are hosting this year's potluck in her honor.

She also planned and volunteered at many other events and projects, including our Banquet, Community Office Open House, staffing our table at Taking Action for Animals, helping out at our conference, Their Lives, Our Voices and volunteering at the Twin Cities Veg Fest. She was planning the Veg Week Feed-In and screening of Vegucated when she died.

She was an energetic volunteer, was consistently positive, and inspired many people to make changes to help animals in their own lives. We will miss her deeply. We will keep her spirit alive by continuing to advocate animals.

From Danielle Smith, CAA Board of Directors:

Hey Lauren,

I've been thinking about you a lot lately, so I decided to write you a little note. I was remembering the Valentine's potluck from a few years back and laughing about some of our conversations. Chatting with you at events was always a highlight. And I was excited to see how involved you were getting with CAA. In fact, I was hoping you'd soon be sitting next to me at board meetings.

I'm sad that we can't get that beer at Triple Rock. I still haven't gone yet and it will feel weird going without you there. And I miss being able to share my new veg adventures with you. My blog is doing well. I held my first contest, I would have loved for you to see it.

As my heart wells up with each line I write, I strongly believe you are with each of us who you've touched. Whenever a memory crosses my mind or if I ever feel a longing for conversation, I know that in some way you are still here, with me, with us all.

I love you very much and wish you eternal peace.

Danielle

From Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach:

I met Lauren just less than three months ago. She was flying into Baltimore to attend the Taking Action For Animals conference in the DC-region. Per the request of CAA's Unny, I agreed to let Lauren stay at my place while she was in town. During the brief time that I spent with her, it didn't take long to realize that she was an especially warm and authentic person, and a lot of fun, to boot!. After the conference, I drove Lauren to the airport, and asked what she thought about the weekend. She raved about how she had met some of the best people she'd ever met — individuals who were not only fun to hang out with, but who shared her deep concern for animals, as well. So I was incredibly saddened to hear that Lauren was no longer with us, as she turning her genuine empathy for animals into concrete action for them. I'm so grateful that I got the chance to meet her this summer, and I'll continue to cherish my car rides and conversations with her. My heart goes out to Lauren, her family, and her loved ones. She is deeply missed.

From Unny Nambudiripad, CAA Executive Director:

I had the pleasure of working with Lauren since she started volunteering and I'm glad I go the chance to know her. We had so much fun and her energy and enthusiasm were an inspiration to me. We shared a similar joy in being animal advocates, and her loss has touched me deeply.

Vegan Food Showcase Contributors

Generous donations from the following companies made the September 11 Food Showcase a success. Please support them buy purchasing their tasty vegan products!

Do you want to find tasty alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs? Look no further! The following companies have a wide variety of products free of animal products:

Thanks to the generosity of VegFund, we served additional Gardein products as well as Silk soymilk.

Each of these companies donated generously to our Vegan Food Showcase, which we reported on a couple weeks ago. Thanks!

Veg Week 2012 continues!

Four more Veg Week events are coming up, and we hope to see you there.

This weekend we kicked off Veg Week with a concert featuring the Roe Family Singers. Quillan Roe told us why he's a vegetarian and raising his kids vegetarian, and we heard their upbeat bluegrass tunes. We've also hosted our first ever Feed-In and Vegucated film screening, our second Vegan Bake Sale, and Shop With a Vegan. But there's more! Here are the final Veg Week events:

We hope to see you there!

Veg Week Kick-Off This Saturday!

Bring a friend and join us on Saturday, September 29 at the Whole Music Club in Coffman Memorial Union.

We are hosting a Veg Week concert to celebrate the beginning of Veg Week. At this concert, we will enjoy fun, free music. We will give a short presentation about Veg Week and Compassionate Action for Animals. Attendees can pledge to be vegetarian or vegan for a week, and get a care pack with free vegan food samples, coupons, and literature. We will serve a light dinner at the end of the evening.

  • What: Veg Week Kick-Off Concert
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Who: Everybody is welcome and it's free!

Please join our Facebook event and invite your friends!

We're thrilled to have the Roe Family Singers as our lineup for the evening.

  • The Roe Family Singers' music blends traditional bluegrass sounds with contemporary rock. Headed up by Kim and Quillan Roe, this nine-member band is one of the premier folk-rock bands in the Twin Cities. They've opened for Doc Watson, Del McCoury, and the Grascals, and were awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2011.

The opening act will be Conjuring Trick.

This kick-off event is part of our annual Veg Week kick-off series of events. Veg Week is a celebration of all things vegetarian, where we give folks the resources they need to include more plant-based foods into their diets. We also work with local restaurants to give discounts to pledgers and we host a series of events including a chicken sanctuary tour, a feed-in and film screening, and a vegan potluck.

We are hosting a Veg Week concert to celebrate the beginning of Veg Week. At this concert, we will enjoy fun, free music. We will give a short presentation about Veg Week and Compassionate Action for Animals. Attendees can pledge to be vegetarian or vegan for a week, and get a care pack with free vegan food samples, coupons, and literature. We will serve a light dinner at the end of the evening.

  • What: Veg Week Kick-Off Concert
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Who: Everybody is welcome and it's free!

Please join our Facebook event and invite your friends!

We're thrilled to have the Roe Family Singers as our lineup for the evening.

  • The Roe Family Singers' music blends traditional bluegrass sounds with contemporary rock. Headed up by Kim and Quillan Roe, this nine-member band is one of the premier folk-rock bands in the Twin Cities. They've opened for Doc Watson, Del McCoury, and the Grascals, and were awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2011.

The opening act will be Conjuring Trick.

This kick-off event is part of our annual Veg Week kick-off series of events. Veg Week is a celebration of all things vegetarian, where we give folks the resources they need to include more plant-based foods into their diets. We also work with local restaurants to give discounts to pledgers and we host a series of events including a chicken sanctuary tour, a feed-in and film screening, and a vegan potluck.

Vegan Food Showcase 2012 Report

Our annual food giveaway was a success! Compassionate Action for Animals' favorite way of introducing people to new vegan foods is to provide free samples to the public.

We hosted our annual Vegan Food Showcase on September 11 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Minneapolis. The event was a smash hit. The table was constantly swamped with students trying out the food during the passing time between classes. Many students remembered Veg Week from last year and were very excited to take the Pledge to be Veg once again, promising to change their eating habits from September 29 through October 7. They warmly remembered their favorite foods and restaurants that they enjoyed during that time. Some of the foods that students got to try were chocolate Silk soy milk and Coconut Bliss ice cream. The Gardein 7-Grain meat, which is made with grain, mimics real meat in both its taste and texture. The mock chicken crispy tenders and "beefless tips" were a big revelation for many students that veganism isn't just about salads. During the lower traffic moments, passers-by were excited to hold an in-depth conversation with the volunteers. Once students had a little more information and asked some questions of a practicing vegetarian or a passionate vegan, they were much more likely to sign up.

The main selling point in convincing people to sign the pledge was to tell them about the support system the CAA offers for the week. The students who seemed wary about pledging initially warmed up to the idea once volunteers mentioned the available coupons, Vegetarian Starter Kit, and the supporting events held throughout Veg Week so that novices and experts alike can come together with questions and struggles. In total, 289 people pledged to join us in celebrating and participating in Veg Week!

In addition to signing up people to Pledge to Be Veg, we passed out 843 leaflets about factory farming and vegetarianism, educating them about the horrors of modern animal agriculture and compassionate alternatives.

CAA is proud to host Veg Week's exciting events, including a free concert on Saturday, September 29 and a Feed In and film screening on Monday, October 1. See you there!

The Bond Book Signing

Join Wayne Pacelle at Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley on October 9.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them." In the book, he discuss what drives the human-animal bond and how it exists within all of us. But he also takes an honest look at where the bond has been broken, and why we as a society have such a contradictory relationship with animals. We say we love them, and object to cruelty, but there's still so much abuse in the form of puppy mills, animal fighting rings, and factory farms, to name just a few examples.

Please come to the book signing on Tuesday, October 9, at the Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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