April 22, 2014
Good things sometimes come to an end. The board members of Compassion for Animals (CfA) have been so busy the last several months that we've had little time to keep CfA going, and there's no letup in sight. So we're closing up shop. Our last event will be our vegan bake sale on May 17
— and we hope you'll attend or (better yet) help out. More about that in a minute.
Although CfA is ending, grassroots animal and vegan advocacy in Northern Virginia is alive and well:
- The Vegan Eats Meetup group is very active in northern Virginia and the DC area, with social and advocacy events, including the Northern Virginia / DC Vegan Pledge, which starts on April 26. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has any interest in being vegan. Spots are still open; signup is here.
- Loudoun Veg is a powerhouse in Loudoun County, with a variety of events and a great working relationship with many area businesses and civic orgnizations.
- CampusVeg VA is a new group at the NOVA-Alexandria campus, and is off to a great start with vegan outreach activities.
- Nicole Feuerstein, through her Veg Falls Church group and independently, has been active with all sorts of activities including vegan food tastings, workplace education, and publicizing local events and resources.
- Lisa Qualls, former CfA board member, organizes circus protests, anti-hunting efforts, and other activities against animal exploitation.
- Aashish Bhimani has been introducing veg options into the Real Food For Kids progam, and working on other successful initiatives to veganize various institutions.
We hope you'll check out the activities put together by these wonderful organizations and individuals, and volunteer for them when you can.
CfA's first coordinated event was a vegan bake sale in Fairfax, Virginia, in November 2008. That led to the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale
(WVBS). Our last event will also be a vegan bake sale, on May 17th, and it will be part of the WVBS. We'd love to go out with a bang. Our location once again is the front porch of the Falls Church Community Center. Proceeds will be split between the Wildlife Rescue League
and Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
. We expect a big turnout, so the more tasty vegan baked goods we can sell, the more money and awareness we can raise. Bakers wanted! If you've never baked vegan, don't worry—no new skills are required. Click here
to peruse over 1000 vegan baking recipes. The baker signup sheet is here
Thank you everyone for your support over the last five and a half years. We still are every bit as dedicated—with your help—to work toward a world in which animals receive the respect, justice, and compassion they have always deserved.
December 25, 2013
Fall Into Winter
By mid-October, the outdoor festivals and activities end, not to return until April. So most of our activities this time of year are indoors, and it's the time of year where we're most likely to have social events to fill up the calendar. And we had a great one this past week: Isa Chandra Moskowitz talked and signed books before an over-capacity crowd at Busboys and Poets in Arlington. Later this month is our joint “New Year's Eve Eve" dinner
at Loving Hut restaurant with the Vegetarian Society of DC.
Our last Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary tour for 2013 was on a gorgeous day in early November. You can see some photos on our Facebook page
We'll have more tours of Poplar Spring, along with lots of other events, most likely a mix of new styff and tried-and-true, in 2014.
October 23, 2013
Successful Food Outreach, Bake Sale, and Speech
Handing out vegan yogurt samples at DC VegFest
We've handed out thousands of hot and cold vegan food samples at festivals over the last few weeks. When skeptics taste delicious “vegan alternative” food such as Field Roast apple sage sausage, vegan General Tso's "chicken" or soy or coconut milk yogurt, it often changes perceptions about vegan food, which can in turn make trending to veganism seem more doable.
We try to select food that the vast majority of people will like (if people dislike the food, it can backfire), that is widely available, and that is likely to displace an animal product. We've had great luck with the three items mentioned above. Less than one in a thousand samplers have anything close to a negative comment. On the other hand, lots of people remark how good it is and ask where they can buy it.
Saturday October 19 was a busy day for us. In Fairfax, Virginia, we were part of the MOM's Organic Market table at the Merrifield Fall Festival, holding a vegan bake sale. We were excited about this team-up. The bake sale raised $300 for Lands and Waters, an environmental conservation and education group planting a rain garden at a school just up the block from MOM's.
Also that day, Gary Loewenthal of Compassion for Animals (CfA) was the speaker at a fundraising event for Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, a new sanctuary getting ready for its first residents. Gary spoke about general vegan topics and the power of sanctuaries, as well as highlighting the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale and Pay Per View, two projects started by CfA that have achieved considerable success. One attendee said it was the “best speech ever.”
August 31, 2013
Brunch, Major Festivals, and Cooking Demo
We have an exciting mix of activities coming in the next three weeks:
- On Sunday September 8, we return to the busy and spirited Adams Morgan Day festival, where we'll have a booth and do hot and cold food sampling.
- On Sunday September 15, a big group of us will head over to Everlasting Life for their famous vegan brunch.
- On Thursday September 19, at Nourish Market in Falls Church, we're giving a vegan cooking demo and short talk on why people choose plant-based diets and how to make them tasty, satisfying, and healthy.
- On Saturday September 28, we'll be back at another major, and ever-growing festival— DC VegFest, which has a vast array of interesting exhibits and an impressive lineup of guest speakers. We'll once again feature our fish display.
Also, we will probably make Tuesday Rush Hour Leafleting a monthly event, at various Metro stations in the area. Stay tuend for details...
July 10, 2013
Compassion for Animals Co-Founder Wins Award
Holly accepting award from FARM founder Alex Hershaft
Compassion for Animals (CfA) co-founder and board member Holly Sternberg won the “Grassroots Activist of the Year” award at the 2013 Animal Rights National Conference
, put on each year by FARM
(Farm Animal Rights Movement).
Holly has been vegan and active in protecting animals for over 30 years, and is the originator of the Pay Per View
video outreach concept, which CfA debuted in August, 2009, and is now being used by groups across the country (including FARM
June 21, 2013
Recent Successes, Events Coming Up
The presentation by Dr. Melanie Joy
, at the West End Neighborhood Library in DC on June 5, was awesome! We had a great turnout, people enjoyed the snacks, and the Q&A session was thoughtful, lively, and productive.
Just a few days before, we participated again in the annual Falls Church Memorial Day Festival. It was our first time giving out hot food samples. People loved the Field Roast franfurters and apple-sage sausage, as well as nondairy milk and yogurt samples.
Our next tour of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
is Saturday June 22. The forecast is calling for weather that's about as good as it gets for early summer in the DC area.
On Friday July 19, we'll be doing a more concentrated version of our “Leaflet Across the Metro” event that we did in partnership with Compassion Over Killing
in April. This event will be called “Leaflet Across the Virginia Orange Line.” We will leaflet at various Metro stations between Vienna and Foggy Bottom, depending on volunteers' preferences. More info is here
Photos: Nicole Feuerstein
Why are most of us repulsed by horse milk but not cow milk? Why do we make dogs part of the family, but mass-slaughter pigs, who are very much like dogs?
In her captivating slide slow, Melanie Joy, PhD
, explains how powerful cultural institutions shape our ideas about animals, and cause us to overcome our compassionate instincts and treat certain animals as mere disposable resources. We rarely consider the arbitrariness—if not disturbing strangeness—of these choices. But you will once you see this presentation, and you may be changed in a positive, meaningful way forever.
The event is FREE
Wednesday June 5 at the West End Neighborhood Library
in DC, a short walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro. The presentation starts at 6:45 pm, but we'll open the doors and serve light refreshments starting at 6. There will be lots of time for Q and A and for buying signed copies of Dr. Joy's highly acclaimed book, "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows."
We hope you can join us for an entertaining and eye-opening evening. Please RSVP here.
May 11, 2013
Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale 2013
On Saturday May 18, Compassion for Animals will hold a vegan bake sale
on the front porch of the Falls Church (Virginia) Community Center. It will be part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale
, which was started by Compassion for Animals in 2009.
We are giving half of the proceeds to the Wildlife Rescue League
, which helps residents help wildlife and solve wildlife issues humanely.
Brownie troop 2226, from Annandale, Virginia created 18 posters (some with help from den leaders) for the bake sale! We will show off all of the posters at the bake sale.
We still need bakers! If you're interested in baking something, please sign up on the bakers' spreadsheet
Bakers: If you need to drop off your goodies the night before, we'll probably have two or three drop-off locations for baked goods. Let us know.
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