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Dear friends of animals,
I'm excited to update you on Compassionate Action for Animals' successes this fall. I am happy to say that I have not been overwhelmed with hearing about animal suffering but rather the positive response that I have received from people who have attended our events – and I'm elated to meet excited new volunteers!
Our obstacle to creating more change for animals has not been the supposed apathy of the public to animal suffering, but rather our limited capacity to engage with everybody who is interested in hearing our message and getting the resources that we want to provide. For every person that we gave a free vegan food sample at the Vegan Food Showcase, I know there are several more who would like to try a new animal-free food. For every person who came to the Veg Week dine-out at Everest on Grand, I know there are a dozen who would love to try new options at a great veg-friendly restaurant. And for everyone who came to our chicken sanctuary tour, there are many more that would benefit from getting to know the personalities of individual farm animals.
Nonetheless, I am happy to report that we had extensive success in reaching a new audience to welcome our message of compassion and to further engage those who want to help animals. Here's a few of the things we accomplished this fall:
- Handed out well over 1,000 vegan food samples at our annual Vegan Food Showcase. Read more about the Vegan Food Showcase here.
- Hosted Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society to kick off Veg Week. Read more about Veg Week.
"It was surprisingly easy to not eat meat! I also got to be creative when cooking and tried a few really good recipes. I also realized how many vegetarian options there really are in restaurants." – Pledge to Be Veg participant
Held two new Veg Week events: A Vegan Bake Sale and "Shop With a Vegan." The Vegan Bake Sale was phenomenally successful! We sold out of all the baked goods about half way through and met numerous people who were interested in learning more about factory farming, donating, and volunteering.
- Launched Where Your Food Comes From website to let people know about the cruelties of modern factory farming and started running advertisements. We received a generous donation to sponsor the advertisements
- Continued to hold regular Vegan After Dark events at night spots, free Cooking Classes, and Dine-outs at veg-friendly restaurants
Thank you for your generous financial support, for volunteering, and for helping us further the animals' cause.
We have our biggest potluck coming up! Please join me at our annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on November 19. This year, we are offering a free entry into the raffle if you bring a written recipe with your vegan dish.
Please feel free to contact me any time with feedback, and I hope to see you at an event soon!
Yours for the animals,
Have you come to Compassionate Action for Animals' annual banquet in April before? Please check out the blog by our caterer.
Ciree Linsemann catered our banquet in 2011 and 2010. Her exquisite meals were enjoyed at our annual fundraiser, and now you can enjoy her creativity by making her vegan recipes at home. Check out her blog, which has her excellent recipes! She has recipes for Masala Meetballs and Zesty Sour Creem, vegan dog biscuits, Texas Sapporo Mole Flood Dumplings, and more.
Help animals by giving to Compassionate Action for Animals on Give to the Max Day on November 16th! When you donate to CAA, we become eligible for $1,000 randomly-selected prizes.
When we contemplate the future, we see a world where factory farms no longer exist. Animals are treated with kindness, compassion, and respect, rather than as tools or machines. But we can't reach this future without your help.
At Compassionate Action for Animals, your donations support our efforts to reach out to the public and educate them about the horrors of modern factory farming. Your support lets us continue our leaflet distribution, video showings, and food giveaways, as well as our many other outreach, education, and community-building activities.
Thank you for your support!
Due to the success of the bake sale during veg week, join us for another Vegan Bake Sale to help advertise for the upcoming Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck.
Mercy for Animals' powerful documentary, Farm to Fridge, shows the realities of modern animal agriculture. We've created a new website to help spread the word. Thanks to a generous donation, we will be running ads over the next month to get more folks to the site. You can get us free advertising by 'liking' the video and having your friends watch it as well. Please like this video to spread the word and help animals. Thanks!
Formerly known as Nala Pak, Udupi and Amu's Madras Cafe, now it's Annapurna Bhavan.
Same location, different all-vegetarian menu. Annapurna Bhavan serves a broad menu of South Indian vegetarian specialties. We'll be having our first dine out here on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 pm.
So let's cruise on over to Columbia Heights and show our support (by eating delicious foods 🙂 to this new business! Please RSVP at our meetup page.
As we announced last week, we'll be holding our annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on November 19th. This year, we have a new plan for the raffle: you can enter the raffle for free simply by bringing a card with your recipe! Attendees will be able to sign up to receive the recipes that they like via email at the event.
We'll have lots of fun prizes for the raffle, including Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's new cookbook, Vegan Pie in the Sky! Isa is a favorite chef of ours, and we even had her speak here last year.
- What: Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck
- When: Saturday, November 19, 2 to 5 pm
- Where: Matthews Park Recreational Center, 2318 29th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55406
Subway, the world's largest restaurant chain, tweeted about Vegetarian Awareness Month and asked for feedback. Please let them know what you think.
Subway has been offering its Veggie Delight sandwich for a long time, but there's much more they can offer to cater to vegetarians and vegans. Please encourage Subway to add veggie deli slices, such as "Hickory Smoked" Tofurky by:
- Responding to Subway's tweet about Vegetarian Awareness Month (as we did)
- Visit WeLoveSubway.com and ask for more vegan options there.
- Post on Subway's Facebook page.
Thanks to our friends at Compassion Over Killing for leading the way to get more vegan options at Subway and other chains.
By Kelly Curtiss
In the aftermath of signing a pledge to spend a week eating vegan or vegetarian, most students are curious about what to do next. Yes, grocery shopping is a must, but then what?
Fortunately, CAA has thought of everything to help out a new vegan. Annually, Veg Week holds a cooking class for new vegans; this year's class managed to fill the room. The presentation was given by long-time CAA volunteer Rachel, who themed her class with a fitting autumn feel. The dishes made were a butternut squash bisque, walnut sage fettuccine, and a pear and ginger compote for dessert, perfect recipes for taking home to an extended non-vegan family on Thanksgiving.
Vegans and carnivores alike enjoyed this presentation, and everyone agreed, once they tried out a sample, that the dishes were delightful to the palette. The mood in the room was very informal, with attendees asking questions whenever they arose, and throwing observations and ideas back and forth about different dishes they had tried themselves.
When asked if she enjoyed new cookbooks, instructor Rachel mentioned during the class that her favorite place to find new recipes and substitution suggestions is online, by browsing other cooks' food blogs. This way real people will tell you what worked and what didn't, and in an open forum manner, vegans from all over the world can discuss and shape the best new tastes. Any new vegetarian or vegan can find it difficult to stay fresh and creative when busy with school, work, and other obligations, but the best resource is always other people. CAA has an open door for anyone looking for new recipes and suggestions on where to shop.
"I never realized how many vegan options were out there and the amount of people who were already vegan! It was great to participate in Veg Week – I've never met so many vegans and had such great food! Thanks for everything, CAA!"
This is one of the many positive reviews we received after asking participants to tell us how the Pledge to Be Veg went for them. Veg Week 2011 was a success in raising awareness about the cruelties of factory farming and empowering people to make compassionate choices.
We started Veg Week with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States, who gave an engaging presentation on factory farming and the efforts underway to help animals. We learned about cruel practices, such as battery cages that confine egg-laying chickens to tiny cages, leaving them unable to stretch their wings. We learned about gestation crates, where sows are kept and unable to turn around. But we also learned about the efforts across the country to outlaw the most cruel practices, work with the industry to reform these practices, and encourage consumers to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diet. Several students studying agriculture asked Paul challenging questions at the end of the presentation, and Paul handled them respectfully and knowledgeably.
There were seven more events and there isn't room to cover what happened at all of them! The events, including the cooking class, Shop With A Vegan, dine out, vegan bake sale, Vegan After Dark, potluck, and sanctuary tour, gave participants new opportunities to learn veg eating and cooking, meet animals, eat tasty food, and especially meet other people who care about animals. You can read more about the cooking class here.
Thanks to the restaurants that gave discounts to those who took the Pledge to Be Veg:
- Evergreen Chinese
- Seward Cafe
- Sawatdee Uptown Express
- Galactic Pizza
- Himalayan Restaurant
- Katar River
- Delights of India
- Tao Natural Foods
- Sen Yai Sen Lek
Thanks as well to all the volunteers that made Veg Week 2011 a success!