Sep 13, 2006
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
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
- 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"
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.
Sep 13, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
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
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