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Rally to Save MO’s Prop B in Jefferson City this Wednesday!

April 18th, 2011 8:48 pm by Kelly


Just a quick note to let our local readers know that there’s a rally planned in support of Proposition B (otherwise known as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act”) planned in Jefferson City this Wednesday, April 20th. While Prop B passed with 51.6 percent of the vote, Missouri state legislators have since approved a “rewrite” of the bill, which will significant weaken the already-anemic protections afforded to dogs bred and sold in the state. Prop B proponents are now asking Governor Nixon to veto the bill.

Here are the rally deets, via Missourians for the Protection of Dogs:

Last week the Missouri House of Representatives passed its repeal legislation, and now the fate of Prop B, and of Missouri’s many suffering dogs, rests with Governor Jay Nixon.

We’re planning a rally Wednesday to get our voice out and to ask him to veto SB 113:

Rally to Save Prop B
Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
100 Madison St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Buses provided from St. Louis and Kansas City
Click here to RSVP.

Gov. Nixon needs to know that we will not sit idly by while some career politicians and their special interests try to overturn the will of the people and authorize cruel and inhumane treatment of thousands of dogs and puppies. Your attendance at this rally is critical — please RSVP.

All that is required of you is your presence. We’ll have signs and t-shirts with special messages that the Governor can’t ignore. If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City, you can jump on the free Humane Train: buses will depart at 12:30 from St. Louis and Kansas City. Please RSVP so we keep a spot for you on the bus.

If Governor Nixon signs this legislation — defying the will of the people and turning the clock back on the humane treatment of Missouri puppies and dogs — we will not back down. We will also be prepared to file a referendum to bring this issue back to Missouri voters and allow the people to have the final say. But we hope it won’t come to that — Governor Nixon can veto this bill, and come out on the side of the humane treatment of animals and the will of Missouri voters.

Please RSVP and join us on Wednesday!

Please visit missourifordogs.com for more information and email updates.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Protest Fuel

March 5th, 2011 12:22 pm by Kelly


vegan Peppers and Onions Pizza

Vegan pepper and onion pizza!
CC image via Flickr user thewickedgoodvegan.

As always, let’s get this Saturday Garbage Plate started with your weekly #NOM roundup!

Contests and giveaways! Fave Diets has one box of (organic, vegan, Kosher) Righteously Raw Chocolate bars up for grabs (Don’t enter, though, cause these babies are ALL MINE!); vegansaurus! is giving away a Lightlife gift basket (See: previous parentheses.); you can enter to win Sjaak’s new vegan candy bars at VegNews; and one lucky Vegan Appetite reader will snag a copy of The Natural Vegan Kitchen, courtesy of The Book Publishing Company.

Missouri residents: Help save Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act! The MO state legislature is currently crafting legislation that would dismantle the measure, which was passed with 52% of the vote in November. Read more at missourifordogs.com, then take action. Sample letters are available from Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and Best Friends Animal Society.

Global residents: if you have any scratch to spare, please consider a donation to one of these lovely (vegan!) causes!

Vegan Protest Fuel is a brand spanking new project that was just launched this week. The good folks at VPF deliver vegan food to peaceful protesters defending their rights around the world. Their first campaign? Feeding “the tenacious heroes in Madison, WI, who are fighting to preserve their precious collective bargaining rights and for economic justice in their state against a radical conservative governor and assembly.”

Oh, how I love it when my veganism collides (happily!) with other social justice movements.

To learn more or make a donation, visit Vegan Protest Fuel’s Facebook page. Whether or not you’re able to donate, please like, share and spread the word!

Also, Team Vegan Vixens needs your support in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Held throughout the month of April,

The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling team, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Abortion Funds are local, grassroots groups that work tirelessly to help low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Abortion Funds help women pay for their abortions, help them buy bus or plane tickets, and even offer women a place to stay when they have to travel for an abortion. Abortion Funds make a difference in women’s lives…and you can join them!

Team Vegan Vixens is currently the top fundraiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund, which is #8 overall. Help Team Vegan (Vixens!) represent by pledging your support.

Vegan cookies are distributed

Vegan cookies are distributed at a Prop 8 rally in Riverside, CA, circa 2008.
CC image via Flickr user lierne.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Dana

December 3rd, 2010 7:39 pm by Kelly


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Dana, a tan and brown brindled Shar Pei Mix dog.
Photo courtesy Autumn Acres.

I searched through quite a few heartbreaking listings on Petfinder

(So many recent puppy mill rescues! And yet, the Missouri state legislature is threatening to repeal Proposition B, a law recently passed by MO voters which would provide some basic – albeit still grossly inadequate – protections for dog bought and sold for breeding purposes. Tell ’em NO THANKS here.)

before finally settling on Dana, a gorgeous Shar Pie mixed breed girl who thinks cats are awesome….for chasing and eating, that is.

Dana has been with the no-kill rescue Autumn Acres for some time now, and due to a heartworm infection and subsequent sub-par treatment, has wracked up thousands of dollars in vet bills. Please consider bringing this lovely girl home for the holidays – or making a donation, however small, towards her care if you can.

Dana
Shar Pei Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

We have had Dana in our program for over 2 years now. She really needs a home!! Dana is an alpha dog. She will try to rule the house and because of that needs a firm owner. Dana is NOT good with cats but is good with other dogs, kids, and horses. Dana knows how to sit, is crate trained, and housebroken.

Dana was spayed, vaccinated, and ended up testing positive for heartworms. She was treated for the heartworms but had an adverse reaction to the first shot and for some reason the vet still gave her the second shot 3 days later(she was being boarded at the vet during the time) he called us up at that point to tell us that she wasn’t doing very well. We rushed her to Columbia because she had air outside of her lungs…don’t know what its called but you could see air bubbles in her chest as she breathed. It was a long ride to Columbia but we got there. She was put into an oxygen cage and stayed there for over a week on several medications. The bill for Columbia alone was $1600. We are looking for a sponsor for Dana. We haven’t done this sponsor thing before but after having Dana for 2 years we think maybe we should start ;-). Please be kind enough to sponsor Dana. If you own a company and want some advertisement we can place a link to you’re business when we list Dana as Sponsored by…

Please sponsor Dana! For $25 a month you are helping to cover her dog food and her medical bills, past and future!

Pet ID: 40767 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, children under 5 • Special Needs

Likewise, Kasha and Darla could use a little love and a few new friends, too.

Dog bless you for adopting!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Astro

October 22nd, 2010 7:01 pm by Kelly


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Astro, a white and black Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mix with gorgeous brown eyes,
shoots a sideways glance at the camera.
Photos courtesy the Lawrence Humane Society.

Astro, what a handsome guy! An ex-puppy mill dog

(Did you know that Missouri is home to so many large-scale dog breeding operations that it’s often called “the puppy mill capital of the world”? And that November 2nd’s ballot will include Proposition B, a piece of legislation designed to curb some – not enough, but some – of the worst abuses? Well, now you do! Go to yesonpropb.com for more. No-kill advocate Nathan Winograd also wrote an excellent analysis of the bill here.)

with a pair of impossibly deep brown eyes, Astro is currently staying just outside the Kansas City area, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Here’s what his peeps at the Lawrence Humane Society have to say about dear Astro:

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Astro
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mix: An adoptable dog in Lawrence, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

A curious expression and alert eyes will attract you to Astro, who is a very good looking dog. He is an Australian cattle dog and blue heeler mix, about 2 years old, and weighs 32 pounds. His evenly marked black and white coat is short and smooth, and is accented with gray ticking on his legs, chest, and face. He looks like he has been playing with a pepper shaker, which makes him all the more handsome.

Astro was seized from a large animal breeder, so he likely has not been given much attention. Therefore he is still nervous and timid, and he needs a patient pet parent to help bring him out of his shell and build his confidence. Astro has good recall, good manners, and wants so badly to find someone to love. He has a lot of energy and will need a fenced yard or country home where he can exercise. His new parent will need to take extra time to acclimate him to new surroundings, as a loving home is something new to this…

Though he didn’t begin his life in the happiest of places, Astro hasn’t yet given up on humans; in fact, he’s eager to find a family to call his own. Maybe this is you and yours? If so, get in touch with the Lawrence Humane Society today. (And remember to vote YES ON PROP B come November 2nd!)

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