Thanksgiving Galore, PETA's Holiday Antics, and Pit Bulls & Sexy Men Calendars For All!

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​• Chako, a pit bull rescue and education group, has put together an amazing calendar of sexy, sexy naked men and adorable, adorable pit bulls. Gift them to everyone this holiday season, especially your ignorant friends and relatives who say stupid things about pit bulls because they know nothing about them. They can be all, "Pit bulls are scary!" and then you can bust out the calendar and be all, "SCARILY SEXUAL." Changing hearts and minds!

• Last weekend I went to Harvest Home Sanctuary's Toast to the Turkeys and took a million photos of super cute animals and delicious food. Oh, what fun we had! I can't really tell you all about it because I'm starting to develop carpal tunnel with all this g-d educating I'm doing here, but there's still a chance for you to party with the turkeys at one of the nation-wide Thanksgiving celebrations with the animals. Get up on that!

• More Thanksgiving food news because the only thing that'll stop you from ending it all around the holidays is an almost unlimited access to mashed potatoes. Eat up, fatty, you can hate yourself in January! Now, if you're in the S.F. Bay Area and you want to pick up your Thanksgiving meal and/or dessert, here's a list of places to do that. If you're in the S.F. Bay Area and you want to dine out on the Big Day, here's where you can do that. If you're anywhere else in the country, sorry you're not closer to me, and here's where you can celebrate. BE THANKFUL ON THAT, FOOLSRIENDS!

PETA asked Turkey, Texas to change its name to Tofurky, Texas. Of course. In the letter to Mayor Pat Carson, PETA writes:

In contrast [to Tofurky], virtually all turkey meat sold in the U.S. comes from factory farms, where birds are confined by the thousands to filthy, barren sheds. They are drugged and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. These bright and social animals are denied everything that is natural and important to them, and at the slaughterhouse, turkeys are still conscious when their throats are slit.

All true! Also, I'd love to be in the boiler room with the PETA gang when they think of these campaigns, because you know it gets crazy. I bet they go all Fight Club on each other until one of them comes up with the best stupidest idea. I wonder if they waterboard the new kids until they come up with their first racist, sexist, ageist, sizeist campaign? God love 'em.

Grist says tattoos aren't vegan but they're a bunch of idiots. Most vegans who get tattoos already know that and seek out vegan ink. It's like saying, "Most milk isn't vegan!" It's like, NO DOY, and I only drink Silk Nog during the holidays, anyway, DAMN. What I'm trying to say is, most people who are vegan figure this shit out and make adjustments, ya know?

Some famous people are vegan! It's a trend! Until they're not! And then that's a trend, too! A slow week for some poor A.P. reporter is veganism's loss or gain, depending.

• Cooking at home this year? You're either a glutton, a martyr, partially slow, or literally have a gun to your head. Either way, here's some resources to help you: 1) GOOGLE DAMN GIRL DUH. 2) Chloe Coscarelli's hearty mains , Candle 79's ridiculously delicious seitan piccata and other recipes, hella desserts, and hella side dishes. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GOOD FRIENDS!

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino.
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I am in two minds about PETA. On the one hand, I don't particularly have time for their silly campaigns, and their evangelism. The converts' zeal wore off of me about 20 years ago.

On the other hand, I was "converted" to vegetarianism, and then veganism, by passionate people who had these zealous streaks, and I had them for a number of years. I think I persuaded a few people to become vegetarian, if not vegan, during that time. I probably turned off a whole lot of other people, though.

I guess one must have a Zen-like approach to the whole thing: these things will exist, and they do serve a purpose, but they are missing something deeper, and perhaps are also deeply flawed. But we all know that PETA's heart is in the right place, even if their heads take them to crazy places. I think the only thing to do is smile like the Buddha on this one.

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Kevin CulverP

I am posting here today because I have a heart. We had a stray pit in downtown Colleyvillle last night that CPD just picked up at 6amthighs Thanksgiving am. Very good dog, scared and starving. Notvaggressive but still unpredictable. We tried all might to catch him but could not hold him down. Someone that loves pit bulls and/or opposes euthanasia would want this dog the minute they laid eyes on him. I'm just saying, there is a better way than turning a blind eye or mistreating an animal thatt obviously needs one thing - a loving home. This dog will be at the Hurst, TX shelter all weekend if anyone is interested . Cinnamon, red nosed male, 55-60 lbs, young, and appears to be in very good health, NOT AGGRESIVE. Kudo's to Clay, Colleyville PD, for working all night to catch this animal. Happy Thanksgiving!


Consumers have the right to know where their food comes from and how animals are treated before they reach their plates. This is a good, short video to watch about this topic: Or visit for information on adapting a more compassionate lifestyle.


I am sorry but it absolutely DISGUSTS me that you even dare to mention pitbulls and PETA in the same post. Perhaps you're so undereducated about an organization you support that you didn't know that PETA is for breed specific legislation and the euthanasia of *adoptable* pitbulls. Oh, but according to Ingrid Newkirk that's okay because there are other dogs at the shelter "through no fault of their own." Yes, the lovely PETA is turning around and blaming the victim. Shelters are not full of pitbulls because they are bad dogs and the notion that they are there because they did something "wrong" is completely insane to anyone who *actually works* in animal welfare, as opposed to spending time being nothing more than a talking piece. Pitbulls end up in shelters primarily as strays, frequently because they are nothing more than guard/yard dog to their owners and aren't missed much when they are gone. Plenty are there because they've been confiscated from abusive and neglectful owners.

PETA abandons the breed of dog most abused and victimized by humans - feel free to read countless stories just in the Bay Area of pitbulls being routinely abused, like Blueberry who's owner repeatedly beat her with AN AXE in clear view of multiple people. How can anyone pretend to be against animal cruelty and then support a death sentence for an animal that has already been subject to so much cruelty? And to be perfectly clear, in case the notion of breed specification legislation is unclear to you, that can even mean that they could take my dog - rescued for a dangerous and abusive situation - and euthanize her simply because someone THINKS she looks like a pitbull. It's important to note here that there is no actual breed known as a "pitbull" and the criteria many of the boards use to determine what is or is not a pitbull is completely unclear. One person on such a board, when asked how they determine if a dog is actually a pitbull replied "I just know it when I see it." Yes, my dog could be murdered because of that wise human judgment.

ABSOLUTELY APPALLING. Any TRUE animal advocate should be beyond outraged by this.

"Those who argue against the euthanasia policy for pit bull dogs are naive. I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable.

People who genuinely care about dogs won't be affected by a ban on pits. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row through no fault of their own."


She's not supporting PETA, she's making fun of them. Work on your reading comprehension. 


I'm not sure that scarily sexual is better than scary.

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