World Day for Farmed Animals Events

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In honor of World Day for Farmed Animals, members of Huntsville Vegans will participate in a Fast Against Slaughter and will distribute informational materials to students at UAH.

For more information on World Day for Farmed Animals, visit the official webpage and read “Why Do We Need ‘World Day for Farmed Animals’?” by FARM Executive Director Michael A. Webermann, published in the Huffington Post.

 

Fast Against Slaughter

Thursday, October 2nd

12:00AM – 11:59PM

Most farmed animals are starved for at least 12 hours on their way to slaughter. On October 2nd, in solidarity and remembrance of their suffering, we encourage you to join us in a one-day fast against slaughter.

Join us! 

Sign-up on FARM’s website to take the pledge here.

Join FARM’s official Facebook event here.

Join Huntsville Vegan’s Facebook event here.

One Day Lamb

 

Outreach at UAH

Thursday, October 2nd

11:30AM – 1:00PM

 Facebook event

Members of Huntsville Vegans will hand out informational brochures at the UAH campus to spread awareness about the benefits of a vegan diet – for your health, the planet, and the animals.

If you’d like to help hand out brochures, meet us at Charger Union. We will have brochures for you to give out and can help answer any questions you may get from students.

 

Dinner to Celebrate Breaking Our Fast

Saffron Indian Restaurant in Madison

Friday, October 3rd

7:00PM

Facebook Event

To celebrate breaking our fast, we will have a dinner at Saffron Indian Restaurant in Madison instead of our usual Friday meetup. Join us for some delicious Indian food!

 

Please join us to spread awareness of the treatment of farmed animals. 

Tabling at Earth Fare

Tabling at Earth Fare

Saturday, September 20th

12:00 – 3:00PM

On Saturday, September 20th, Huntsville Vegans will have an informational table at Earth Fare in Huntsville from 12:00 – 3:00PM. We will have free vegetarian starter guides and will be happy to answer questions about veganism.

Come visit our table or hang-out with us and help us answer questions!

Look for us in the cafe area underneath the giant calendar!

 

Alex

 

Cowspiracy Screening Tonight! SOLD OUT Event!

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Our screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret has sold out! Thank you for your support!

As a quick reminder: 

  • No tickets will be sold at the door.
  • If you purchased a ticket online, please print the receipt you received in your email from Tugg events and bring it to the theater. You can also show your receipt on your phone.
  • Stick around after the screening to meet other people interested in the environment and veganism!

We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Cowspiracy Minimum Ticket Sales Met!

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Our screening of the movie Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret has met the minimum number of tickets required and will take place on September 11th!

We’re very grateful to everyone who helped to promote the event and reserved tickets! Thank you for your support! You have made this screening possible.

If you have not yet bought a ticket and would like to attend the screening, you will need to purchase your ticket online at least four hours before the event.

 Please Note: 

No tickets will be sold the night of the event at the movie theater,

and there is a cap on the number of tickets available. 

Currently, only 14 tickets are available for purchase.

Please visit http://www.tugg.com/events/10584 to reserve your ticket.

Many, many thanks again to everyone for your support!

Movie Screening: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

is coming to Huntsville, AL

on Thursday, September 11th

6:30PM

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW @ http://www.tugg.com/go/gihbuv

This movie night will take place at Carmike Valley Bend 18
1485 Four Mile Post Road South East

Huntsville, AL, US, 35802

Price – $12.00 General Admission

This movie will ONLY be shown if a certain number of tickets are sold.

Your credit card will only be charged when ticket sales reach that goal.

Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible.

Thank you.

 

Film Description: 

The world’s largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

 

 

Resources: 

Join our Facebook Event Page for updates on the event!

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdZxwRPE0ZI

Visit the official site for the movie: http://cowspiracy.com/

Visit the movie’s imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3302820/

 

Flier for this event (if you’d like to help us promote it!) as a pdf:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/237176446/Flyer-Cowspiracy

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Movie Night: Speciesism

FREE Screening of Speciesism: The Movie

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

6:00PM

Main Auditorium

Public Library, Downtown Huntsville

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Huntsville Vegans is hosting another free movie night/food sharing on Thursday, May 29th, with a screening of Speciesism (2013). Our movie nights take place at the Huntsville Public Library (in the auditorium on the ground floor) in Downtown Huntsville.

Doors open at six, and we’ll start the movie itself around 6:30.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJYzia6KUbs


A few previews:
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-are-all-nazis-when-it-comes-to-animal-rights-20140423-zqy0b.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/where-do-nonhuman-mammals-fit-in-our-moral-hierarchy/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-friedrich/speciesism-the-movie-may-_b_1347514.html

Official Site: http://speciesismthemovie.com/

imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2359814/


Everyone, vegan or not, is welcome to come and enjoy the film. After the movie we’ll have a short discussion about the issues brought up in the film, and our team will take questions from the audience.


Plot summary by the creators of Speciesism:

“Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.”

Mini-Potluck! 
We’ll be sharing food at this event as well. Even though this program is presented by Huntsville Vegan and Animal Rights League, non-vegans are very welcome. That said, we ask that if you bring something to share that it be vegan. If you are not sure about something, please contact us!

 

 

Tabling and Outreach at Earth Fare

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Huntsville Vegans will have a table set up at Earth Fare in Huntsville on Thursday October 24th, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm (setup is at 3:30). We’ll be distributing information, be available for questions, and will sample out some vegan goodies. We’ve got some big projects in the works in case you’d like to get involved, as well as numerous social events to take part in. Visit and find out what’s coming up.

Earth Fare on google maps: http://g.co/maps/tpfrs

Come by for Vegan/Animal Rights literature, DVDs, schedules of upcoming events, lists of resources, or just get your questions answered. If nothing else, stop by to say hi, show your support, and meet some of us!

Our tabling will be going on during Family Dinner Night – kids eat free with the purchase of a $5 adult meal. We’ll have coloring sheets on hand and Natalia is bringing her lovely chicken puppet. If you have kids please bring them out to meet other vegan parents.

If you have any questions or suggestions or would like to help out, please email us at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com. We look forward to meeting all of you.

Food Not Bombs Food Share + Really Free Market

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Huntsville Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization that provides warm meals to anyone free of charge. Through donations and the recovery of food that would otherwise go to waste we are able to serve meals to those who might otherwise go hungry.

Join us for the first new food share by Huntsville Food Not Bombs on Saturday, October 26th at 1pm in Big Spring Park, in downtown Huntsville. All are welcome. For the sake of inclusion, food justice, health, expense, and peace, everything we serve is completely free of animal products. If anyone would like to help us serve food, please just let us know– we’d like to eat too!

If you’d like to volunteer time or ingredients for food prep, we’re meeting early Saturday morning at Alex and Natalia’s house in Madison. Cleanup help after the food share is also very much appreciated.

Just prior to when we serve food, we invite everyone to take part in a Really Free Market. That’s where you bring all the stuff you might otherwise sell or donate and bring it to freely share with anyone who might need or want it (and of course everyone is free to take anything themselves). We’re setting out a tarp at 12:45.

The Really Free Market is a place where people come together to take what they want and give what they can. There is no money, trade, barter, or remuneration of any kind. What can you bring? Anything you’d like to give. From clothes that no longer fit to books, stories, crafts, services, performances, music, a skill you’d like to share, or anything else that you think would benefit the community.

Don’t have anything to give away? Don’t worry; no exchange is necessary to participate. Please come out and take anything you like. It’s FREE!

[map: http://goo.gl/maps/YSgXc]

More info on the official Food Not Bombs site:
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/

Huntsville FNB contacts:
Organizer Mike: (256) 585-5946 moundgarten@gmail.com

links:
http://hsvfnb.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/HSVFNB
hsvfnb@gmail.com

note: We do not use any tax money or grants to fund our activities, although we gladly accept voluntary contributions. Thanks everyone!

Vegan Potluck, September 2013

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Huntsville Vegan and Animal Rights League is having its September potluck at Jamie’s house in Madison [317 Harvestwood Court, Madison AL 35758]! Bring a dish or two, no particular theme– whatever you think would be enjoyable. 

Look for signs on the street and a balloon or two on the mailbox! 

 

Important note about parking from Jamie:

 Just a quick note people. We have a new rule enforced in the neighborhood…City has posted DO NOT PARK AT ANY TIME signs on the south bound side of the road leading into the park. You MAY NOT park across the street any longer. The police routinely visit the neighborhood on Saturdays and Sundays and are writing tickets for those parked on that side of the street. I will park my car in the garage. There is room for at least 4 cars if the first two park as close to the garage door as possible, leaving room for two behind. There is a least room for three vehicles in front of my home on the side walk. If more of you decide to come, we will have to have you park in a space at the park and walk up. Its not a bad walk…the park is only about 7 houses down from my house. I know its a pain…but they did this because emergency responders couldn’t make a quick call to a house down the street without getting stuck in a dodge car game.

NOTE: Please prepare your food before coming to the potluck! If you need to heat up dishes, that’s totally cool. But *please* do your cooking before coming out. Thanks everyone!

Map (google): http://goo.gl/maps/uHCJP
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If you’ve never been to a potluck, here’s a page with some potluck etiquette (by the wonderful vegan chef Isa Chandra):
http://tinyurl.com/7sazm4p 

Basically, 1) bring some food! 2) If you’re not sure about something, ask the organizers/hosts. 3) Be nice to whoever opens their home for the potluck, the public area that we’re using (clean up!), and the people around us, and 4) HAVE FUN.

Recipe inspiration:
http://vegweb.com/
http://www.theppk.com/
http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/

Whatever anyone brings will be appreciated. If you are tired/poor/busy/etc. It’ll be okay if you come without bringing something, but it’s not a potluck if no one brings food! So we strongly urge you to bring a dish. If you’re not sure how much to bring, imagine that you’re making food to feed a dish to eight friends. If you bring more, that’s wonderful, but this should be a good guideline. Ready-made vegan food is available from Earth Fare and is always welcome if you run out of time to cook. Look for the part of the tag that says “Vegan” in the deli section, bakery, and on the hot bar. When terribly in doubt, fruit is always welcome and appreciated and beautiful.

We’d prefer everyone to come at four, but if you can’t make it ’til five, so be it. Six? We’ll still be hanging out being awesome. If you can just stop by, meet everyone, see if there’s some food left (and hopefully there will be plenty) and run away, well, we’ll be happy to have met you.

Please bring your recipe or an ingredient list with your dish. We’ll have some utensils handy, just in case.

Bring a musical instrument and we’ll have a rhythm jam (we mean it)! Organizer Mike and others will bring guitars and other instruments. Please get in on the jam. We’ll bring a turkish hand-drum. Bring some others! Dogs (or any other non-human animal) are welcome, kids are welcome.

If you have any questions about the potluck, or want to bring something but don’t know the first thing about vegan cooking, please email us at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com. Message Mike at (256)585-5946 if you need help. We look forward to meeting all of you!

Book Club: Rain Without Thunder by Gary Francione

 

Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist vegan? 

Huntsville Vegans will host a discussion of the book Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement by Gary Francione on Thursday, September 19, 2013 beginning at 7:00PM at Alex and Natalia’s house in Madison. Please send an email to huntsvilleveg@gmail.com for directions to their home. 

We’ll have coffee and light snacks and lots of great, friendly discussion on the ideas raised by the book. Feel free to join us even if you are unable to read the book in time. 

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About the book: 

Are ‘animal welfare’ supporters indistinguishable from the animal exploiters they oppose? Do reformist measures reaffirm the underlying principles that make animal exploitation possible in the first place? In this provocative book, Gary L. Francione argues that the modern animal rights movement has become indistinguishable from a century-old concern with the welfare of animals that in no way prevents them from being exploited. Francione maintains that advocating humane treatment of animals retains a sense of them as instrumental to human ends. When they are considered dispensable property, he says, they are left fundamentally without ‘rights’. Until the seventies, Francione claims, this was the paradigm within which the Animal Rights Movement operated, as demonstrated by laws such as the Federal Humane Slaughter Act of 1958. In this wide-ranging book, Francione takes the reader through the philosophical and intellectual debates surrounding animal welfare to make clear the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Through case studies such as campaigns against animal shelters, animal laboratories, and the wearing of fur, Francione demonstrates the selectiveness and confusion inherent in reformist programs that target fur, for example, but leave wool and leather alone. The solution to this dilemma, Francione argues, is not in a liberal position that espouses the humane treatment of animals, but in a more radical acceptance of the fundamental inalienability of animal rights. Author note: Gary L. Francione is Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Scholar of Law at Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is the co-director of the “Rutgers Animal Rights Law Center” and the author of “Animals, Property, and the Law” (Temple).

 

For more information on Gary Francione, visit his website