SFVS & IDA co-present 2-day event in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California -- named for Saint Francis, patron saint of animals -- is one of the most vegetarian-friendly cities on the planet, making it a fitting location for a World Vegetarian Day celebration co-presented by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society (SFV (www.sfvs.org) and IDA.
SFVS and IDA's World Vegetarian Day celebration will take place at the San Francisco County Fair Building in beautiful Golden Gate Park (http://tinyurl.com/pbrzd) on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The North American Vegetarian Society (NAV (www.navs-online.org), which started World Vegetarian Day in 1977, declared SFVS's 2005 celebration a winner in their Best World Vegetarian Day contest (group/institution category). Last year, approximately 3,000 visitors enjoyed SFVS's World Vegetarian Day festival. With IDA on board, we hope this year's event will be even bigger and better!
SFVS and IDA's World Vegetarian Day celebration will feature:
- World-renowned speakers John Robbins (www.foodrevolution.org), Howard Lyman (www.madcowboy.com), Dr. Alan Goldhamer (www.healthpromoting.com/Articles/articles/meet.htm), Dr. Joel Fuhrman (www.drfuhrman.com), Dr. Doug Graham (www.doctorgraham.cc), Dr. Milton Mills (www.pcrm.org/magazine/gm06winter/mills.html), Kenneth Williams (www.idausa.org/kgw_frame.html) and more
- The OrganicAthlete (www.organicathlete.org) Conference on Saturday, September 30th with speakers and presentations from top vegan athletes
- International vegan cuisine and healthy food demos
- Vegan vendors and non-profit booths
- A fabulous eco-fashion show
- Live entertainment, including a performance by acclaimed musician Nellie McKay (www.nelliemckay.com)
- A catered vegan dinner (Saturday at 6:00 p.m.) for $12
World Vegetarian Day is free to kids, students and seniors. It is also free to everyone who comes before 10:30 a.m., after which a $5 donation is suggested.
What You Can Do:
Take a vacation in the City by the Bay -- America's top tourist destination -- during this special two-day event. San Francisco experiences its famed Indian Summer in September and October, so expect to enjoy some comfortably warm, sunny weather. Here are some essential veggie visitor tips and resources for your West Coast adventure:
- Vegan Dining: San Francisco boasts over 20 vegetarian and vegan restaurants (and about 90 in the greater Bay Area) that run the gamut of cuisines, from the culinary stylings of Millennium (www.millenniumrestaurant.com) to Café Gratitude's (www.withthecurrent.com/cafe.html) exquisite raw foods and Golden Era's (www.goldeneravegetarian.com) vegan Vietnamese. Consult Bay Area Vegetarians' "Ultimate Guide to Veg Living in the Bay Area" (www.bayareaveg.org/ug/index.htm?city=-1&cat=1&veg=1&sort=4) to read reviews of the Bay Area's array of vegan restaurants.
- Visit an Animal Sanctuary: There are two farmed animal sanctuaries within driving distance of San Francisco: Animal Place (www.animalplace.org) and Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org). Please go to their websites for more information on planning visits to these wonderful places where rescued cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and rabbits live naturally in peace and harmony without fear of abuse or slaughter.
- Travel & Tourism: Visit the San Francisco Convention & Visitor's Bureau (http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org) for more information about planning a trip to the Bay Area, from finding an affordable hotel to exciting sights and activities that you and your family can enjoy during your stay.
World Farm Animals Day Off to Great Start Start planning an event in your community now
Dozens of communities throughout the U.S. and a dozen other countries have begun planning their World Farm Animals Day (WFAD) event around October 2nd (Gandhi's birthday)! IDA is proud to co-sponsor this global day of action coordinated every year by Farm Animal Reform Movement (www.farmusa.org).
This year's featured event is a "die-in," where activists stage group deaths to represent the animals who needlessly suffer and die every day for the dinner table. This event sends a powerful message and provides a great media photo opportunity.
Other activists are choosing the more traditional funeral marches, cage-ins, video screenings, feed-ins, lectures, library exhibits, and info tables.
FARM provides free display and handout materials, instructions, national registry, and media liaison. You provide a few hours and a lot of heart. Several national organizations -- including IDA -- have signed on as co-sponsors. The animals need every one of us!
Each coordinator will be entitled to a 50% discount on FARM's new $12 "Stop the Slaughter" WFAD 2006 T-shirts and may receive an original WFAD proclamation by the local mayor or governor (when available).
This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Jungle, a powerful novel in which Upton Sinclair exposed the terrible conditions of Chicago's slaughterhouses. The book was instrumental in launching the U.S. consumer movement and enacting meat inspection legislation. But conditions for the animals (and the workers) have remained virtually unchanged.
What You Can Do:
Make sure that your community is represented in this global effort! Please visit the WFAD website (http://wfad.org) to register and to receive an Action Kit. You can always update your plans later.
Do you have a friend or family member whose concern and care for animals you've always wanted to express appreciation for? Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for someone special on that special occasion? Perhaps you want to congratulate a new graduate, or send a unique birthday tribute or wedding present? Or maybe you or someone you know has recently lost a beloved person or animal in their life and you'd like to express your condolences.
IDA's Loving Tributes is a great way to honor your special friends or memorialize a dearly departed companion. IDA gratefully accepts and appreciates gifts "in honor" or "in memory" of a special person or companion animal.
We will notify anyone whom you designate of your thoughtful gift that helps animals. If you choose, we would be happy to print your Loving Tribute of $100 or more in a special section of IDA's Magazine.
You can make a Loving Tribute gift with MasterCard or Visa via our secure online server (www.idausa.org/support.html). If you prefer, you may send a check to IDA, Attn: Loving Tributes, 3010 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901, or call (415) 388-9641 to make a donation with your credit card.
The Cat Therapist
Twice a month, Carole Wilbourn, the Cat Therapist, answers questions and offers advice on how guardians can enrich their relationships with their beloved feline companions. Click http://idausa.org/cat_therapist/index.html to read the latest Cats on the Couch column. Also visit Carole's Cat Store (www.thecattherapist.com/cat_store.htm) to purchase a copy of her classic book, "Cat Talk: What Your Cat is Trying to Tell You."
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