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grill for sale [24 Mar 2009|06:44pm]

I posted this on craigslist and thought maybe the veg*ns in Michigan might be interested.

We've got to move out of state really soon (damned economy) and we're selling a TON of stuff that we can't take with us (and so we can afford to eat *insert pity here*), so we're selling our gas grill.

We bought this amazing gas grill last year and used it a LOT but it's still in awesome shape. I'm listing it here because it's almost a totally vegetarian grill-- early on when it was new, my husband cooked a small amount of meat on it, but I scrubbed the heck out of it until I felt comfortable using it for vegan food, and ever since then, it's only seen vegan food. We've kept it really clean anyway, but I thought maybe someone would be interested in a freakin' awesome grill that isn't covered in meat grease.

We spent about $600 on it when we bought it, and are asking $300 for it now. The craigslist post (with more pictures) is here: http://annarbor.craigslist.org/for/1090423777.html

See under the cut for one pic:

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cross-posted to michigan_vegan and vegmichigan. my apologies if you see this twice.
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[22 Feb 2009|11:00pm]
Please, join us at eastern_cuisine!
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Bull Riders in Kzoo [16 Feb 2009|03:09pm]

Is anyone on the west side interested in protesting the Professional Bull Riding show at the Kalamazoo Wings Stadium on the 21st and 22nd? I'm really disheartened that they've brought this to town and hope it doesn't do well.
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Pollywood Protest [16 Dec 2008|10:09pm]

I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone on the east side of the state [or anyone who's willing to travel - I'm coming from Kalamazoo] that S.M.A.R.T. [Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team] is putting on a protest at the Gibraltor Trade Center in Mt. Clemens on Saturday the 20th from 10am-5pm. We're protesting Pollywood, a pet store notorious for poor treatment of their animals and dealing with puppy mills. The shifts are two hours long, and you should bring your own sign! Parking is across the street at the Coyote Bar at the narrow end of the parking lot.

Hope to see you there!
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Out to eat (Italian) [01 Dec 2008|07:42pm]

Hey folks, I'm looking for your help.

Last year, my work had a 'holiday dinner' at 'La Dolce Vita' on Woodward in Detroit. Basically it is an expensive Italian place. My boss tried to help by calling ahead to see if vegans could be 'accommodated.' She was assured it was possible.

When eating there, the waiter freaked out when I said vegan and I was told that all of their noodles contained egg and that they could not make eggplant without the parmesan cheese. I just asked for some veggies with marinara on top cause I didn't know I had to play meal planner. I ended up eating a small bowl really bland squash with marinara over the top. Everyone else got huge portions of dead animal and I'm sure I made veganism look really cool.

Anyway, anyone got any tips for this? I am probably going to call ahead this year and figure something out, but I don't know anything about 'authentic' italian food. The whole egg in noodles thing confused me, but I guess that is the true italian way?

So what can an italian place make without noodles that is vegan?

Thanks for the help, I'm probably gonna crosspost this.
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Protest, tonight & all this weekend. [12 Nov 2008|10:30am]

Ringling Bros. Nov. 12 - 16

Even though Ringling is being taken to court for animal abuse, they're still touring, dragging miserable animals along with them. They will be at The Palace of Auburn Hills next week, and demos are planned for each and every day that they are here. Wednesday, November 12th through Saturday, November 15, there are demos each day at 6:15 p.m. (still looking for someone to cover a 2:15 PM demo on Saturday- stay tuned!). On Sunday the 16th, there are demos at 12 and 3:45 PM.

Please join us in peacefully protesting the use of animals as entertainment! All materials will be provided, but you are welcomed and encouraged to bring your own sign. Get creative! Just make sure the text is CLEAR and BOLD enough for passing traffic to read.

Demo times again, are:
Wednesday, Nov. 12th - 6:15
Thursday, Nov. 13th - 6:15
Friday, Nov. 14th - 6:15
Saturday, Nov. 15 - 6:15 (need a 2:15 demo)
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Noon and 3:45

Parking is best done at the gas station across Lapeer Rd from the Palace and to the EAST, next door to the Post Bar. We'll be at the entrance closest to I-75 on Lapeer- both entrances if there are enough of us! Please come and lend us a hand.
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VegAnnArbor! [10 Sep 2008|04:24pm]

Hey veg people in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area. VegAnnArbor is resource for the area's Vegetarians, Vegans & Veg-Curious. We encourage you to join us - even if you're new to (or curious about) a healthy Vegetarian lifestyle!

Join us to make new friends - and share information, recipes, support, and encouragement for a cruelty-free diet! Upcoming events will include: pot-lucks, dinners out, picnics, lectures, weekly happy hour (alternating between Ypsi and a2), movies, group activities, animal rights fund-raising and more!

Updates can be found on the MeetUp site or in the vegannarbor community.

Come hang out with us!
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Help [13 Nov 2007|11:33pm]

Anyone wanting to help animals or wanting a pet....

Taken from a site:

About 130 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Virginia will be up for adoption Friday at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington NY, an official with the group said.

More than 980 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Carroll County, Va., last week by about 25 animal rescue organizations, said Devera Lynn, North Shore's vice president of communications. The league is taking in 132 dogs -- the most of any organization.

"You can tell they've never had any human contact before," Lynn said at the shelter Saturday amid a symphony of barks and howls. "But you can see they've been craving it."

there site is here:
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Animal Abuse in Ukraine [02 Nov 2007|06:56pm]

www.MatesMaster.com friends and romance network, the site which is constantly involved in Animal Welfare programs, joins forces with Kiev City Society for the Protection of Animals in protest to the inhumane treatment of animals, abuse and cruelty in Ukraine.

About 156,000 stray cats and dogs are annually hurt, abused and killed in Ukrainian citiesand towns. When caught by the dog catchers, some stray animals are used forpainful experiments.
Stray dogs are often bludgeoned or put to death by electricity or caught using an inhumane poison and sometimes die slow, painful deaths. Instead of putting an animal to sleep with the use of euthanasia (i.e. the act of killing an animal painlessly), the animal service uses dithylinum (suxamethonium chloride), a poison which paralyzes the animal and causes it to die of suffocation in a few hours of agony. There is ample evidence that the poor creatures are still conscious and feel all the pain before they die. It is often the case that animals are beaten with legs and metal sticks, whereupon they are buried or burned alive.

Lots of people witnessed animals being tortured and murdered - little kittens tied up in plastic bags and thrown in the river, people intentionally run stray pets over with their cars, newly born puppies dumped on vacant land without their mother and left them to die.
Stories are endless and make hearts of every Human Being bleed.

Authorities of small Ukrainian communities for ever used and are still using different kind of poison - rat poison and recently they "discovered" a new method of killing stray animals - Isoniazidum (Tubazidum) anti-tuberculosis drug causing cheap, but very slow and painful death

more information is available here: www.MatesMaster.com/petrescue.html

To sign a petition to Ukrainian government, please, go to
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get crunk [31 Oct 2007|01:31pm]


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There will be a fair amount of vegan people here. click here for a vegan cupcake recipeCollapse )
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[20 Apr 2007|04:45pm]

I was just reading the label on a bottle of bath gel that my mom has in the shower and it had a certified vegan label on it! I've never seen the label used on non-food products before.
It was Arbonne Not-So-Basic cleansing gel, by the way. It appears to be some sort of Avon/Mary Kay type product.
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[01 Dec 2006|01:47pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hello, does anyone have a recommendation for a good book on raw foods preparation?  There are so many books out there and just so little time on Earth...thanks!

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ANIMAL CRUELTY IN LIVONIA! [09 Oct 2006|05:44pm]

For the past few years, and i'm sure for longer than that - Wilsons Barn, located in Livonia, Michigan {On Middlebelt and West Chicago) has had a pony ride set up during their autumn celebrations.

A few years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I went there, and witnessed what had to have been one of the saddest and most depressing moments of my life.

These ponies were stagnant. Chained cruelly to a metal device which holds them in place until they are allowed to move only forward, the look in their eyes was one of complete and utter misery. When they do get to move, it's only in a very small circle. They had no water, no food, their hair was matted, and it was the most pathetic thing i'd ever seen.

Driving past the barn again, yesterday was so emotional, and this year, I have vowed to do something about it, to show Wilsons barn that the use of animal entertainment is pointless and cruel. Please join me in calling Wilsons Barn to complain and let them know that people are very concerned about this horrible act of cruelty. Please do not let this continue. Let them know that in our area, Animal cruelty is never entertaining.

Wilsons Barn information:
29350 W Chicago St, Livonia, MI
Tel: (734) 427-4311

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[26 Aug 2006|09:23pm]

Hey there. Just wanted to ask if anyone had anti-gas strategies since vegans tend to be gasier than non-vegans. I also thought I'd share this recipe for chocolate chip cookies because it is amazing. Martha recipes always are.

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Veganized Martha Stewart Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
(i.e. best cookies in the world, ever)

2 1/4 cups self-rising flour (better for vegan stuff)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted margarine, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup blended tofu
1 tsp. cornstarch
2 cups chocolate chips (1 bag)

Instructions: You might already know the basics of this because it's always the same...Collapse )
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[10 Jul 2006|11:13pm]

A Special Film Prevue Screening at

The Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
(At the corner of Woodward and Adams,
in front of Comerica Park, across from the State Theater)

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 7:00 p.m.
By Donation

Michael Franti, world-renowned musician and human rights worker, travels to Iraq, Palestine and Israel to explore the human cost of war with a group of friends, video cameras and his guitar.

A compelling soundtrack, visual and musical montages and Franti's intimate voiceovers make the film speak to the MTV, X, Y & Z generations, as well as the baby-boomers. A true armchair travel film pulling the audience into these war zones in the company of Michael's guitar, eloquence and wit - you feel the humanity, artistic resilience and sometimes horrific experience of what it's like to live under the bombs and military occupation.

With its guerrilla style footage captured in active war zones, the documentary is unlike the many academic and politically driven pieces in the marketplace, instead offering the audience a sense of intimate travel and the opportunity to hear the voices of everyday people living, creating and surviving under the harsh conditions of war and occupation.

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD will be featured at the CONCERT OF COLORS on SUNDAY, JULY 16, 9:15 p.m.

For more info, call 313-624-0200 or 313-582-226.
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[03 Jul 2006|05:11am]

(super fast posi thrash from the mid west!)

the SLAM WEDGEHOUSE demo is up in it's entirety at hxcmp3.com
we want to do a bunch of splits this summer.
so if you're in a band help us make that happen.
get in touch.


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PETA PROTEST ; ANN ARBOR [23 Jun 2006|06:09pm]


Please attend the KFC demo that will be held in ANN ARBOR, Michigan on Monday June 26th 2006.

This demo will be held to help put an end the immensely disturbing and inexcusable torture and barbaric treatment of chickens in KFC slaughterhouses. For more information log onto www.kfccruelty.com, message Pulin [http://www.myspace.com/pulin ] (from PETA2.COM) and read the FAQ below!

What's the problem with KFC?
Chickens raised for KFC suffer from the day they are born until the day they are killed, and KFC has refused to make the minimal changes recommended by its own animal welfare advisors to prevent the worst types of cruelty in suppliers' factory farms and slaughterhouses. Imagine what life is like for KFC chickensif you're a breeder chicken, your sensitive beak is burned off shortly after you're born, and the pain is so great that many around you starve to death because they can't bear to take food into their raw, bloody mouths. If you're one of the 850 million chickens killed by KFC for meat each year, you spend your short life confined to a filthy shed with tens of thousands of other chickensthe shed isn't cleaned, and the smell of ammonia and rotting excrement is so heavy that it burns your lungs with every breath. You've been bred and drugged to grow so obese that you can hardly walk, and you watch as others become crippled under their own weight and die of thirst just a few inches away from the water nozzle. After only a few weeks of life, you are slammed into a crate and trucked over many miles through all weather extremes without food or water to the slaughterhouse. There you are hung upside-down and your throat is cut while you cry out in terror and struggle to escape. If you don't lose consciousness in time, you'll still be alive when you're dragged through the scalding water of the defeathering tanks.

What do you want KFC to change?
PETA is calling on KFC to listen to the recommendations of its own animal welfare advisors and world-renowned experts on animal welfare. These are advisors to the meat industries and government in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. They contend that KFC could make the changes that we're recommending, and they have put together a timetable at KFC's request. Yet KFC refuses to require even a single one of the changes that they're suggesting. Read more about the changes that PETA, animal welfare experts, and KFC's own animal welfare advisors are asking for.

What are you hoping that consumers will do?
Ninety-six percent of Americans say that animals should be protected from abuse, and when people learn how KFC abuses animals, they take their business elsewhere. We're encouraging people to check out videos and information at KentuckyFriedCruelty.com and then decide for themselves if they want to join compassionate people across the globeincluding Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Dalai Lamaby speaking out against KFC.

Don't chickens have to be treated well in order to grow efficiently?
Animals on factory farms do not gain weight as a result of being comfortable, content, or well cared for; rather, they continue to grow in miserable conditions because they have been manipulated through genetics and growth-promoting drugs (antibiotics, in the case of birds). Chickens raised for food are killed when they are only 6 weeks old, so the farmers only have to keep them alive for a short period of timebut even that is difficult on today's filthy and disease-ridden factory farms. So farmers dose the animals with antibioticsnot just to make them grow more quickly, but also to help them survive in conditions that would otherwise kill them. By the time they are 6 weeks oldstill just babiesmany chickens are so sick and top-heavy that they can no longer walk. Even with the help of powerful antibiotics, many birds don't make it. To make up for these losses, farmers cram 30,000 to 50,000 birds into each shed so that if several hundred die each week, there will still be enough birds who survive for the farmer to make a profit.

Don't you just want everyone to stop eating meat and dairy products altogether?
Our KFC boycott is focused on the fact that although 96 percent of Americans want to see animals protected from abuse, every year KFC treats 850 million animals in ways that would warrant felony cruelty charges if the animals were dogs or cats. So although we do advocate a vegetarian diet, this campaign is focused on convincing KFC to alleviate some of the worst abuses, something that meat-eaters and vegetarians alike can support.

They're just chickenswhy should we care?
Leading animal behavior scientists from across the globe have found that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates. Chickens understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation. Every one of the 850 million chickens raised and killed by KFC each year is an individual who feels pain and fear just like the dogs and cats who share our homesin fact, if KFC treated dogs or cats the way it treats chickens, its executives could go to prison on felony cruelty-to-animals charges. Read what scientists have to say about chicken intelligence.

What sort of a response do you get from people?
No one likes to see animals suffer. When people find out that KFC drugs chickens in order to make them grow so large that their hearts and lungs often give out or they become crippled under their own weight and that many of KFC's chickens are scalded to death, they join our boycott and tell their friends and family to stay away from the Colonel as well. Consumers deserve to know the truth about what KFC does to animals, and most are shocked and horrified when they watch our undercover videos and see what really happens to chickens killed for KFC.

How does KFC get away with lying to the public about its standards?
KFC's recent public statements don't deny our allegationsthey simply repeat the same vague assertions that KFC is "committed to the humane treatment of animals" as if that makes it so. KFC learned the hard way that if it lies or tries to deny our truthful allegations of animal abuse, it will have to answer to the courts. After PETA filed a lawsuit against the company because of its overt lies about animal welfare in 2003, KFC was forced to remove untruthful statements about its animal welfare policies from its Web site and customer hotline. In 2005, David Suzuki, Farley Mowat, and other well-respected Canadians filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau in Canada in response to KFC Canada's false statements about how its chickens are treated. People who want to get past KFC's spin and find out the truth about what happens to KFC chickens can watch our video footage of animals suffering in KFC-supplier factory farms and slaughterhouses and decide for themselves if KFC is treating animals humanely. Learn more.

Are other companies as bad as KFC?
KFC tells the public that it's raising the bar on animal welfare, but in reality KFC is trailing behind some of its competitors when it comes to making minimal changes to ease the suffering of animals raised for food. McDonald's and Burger King are making good faith progress on animal welfare, as are some other large corporations, such as Whole Foods, Albertson's, and Safeway. KFC, on the other hand, refuses to implement improvements recommended by its own animal welfare advisors, so that five prominent scientists and meat-industry advisors have resigned. Even after PETA released undercover footage shot inside a slaughterhouse that won KFC's "Supplier of the Year" Award showing workers who were stomping on animals, ripping their heads off, spitting tobacco juice into their eyes, and slamming them against walls, KFC refused to require the changes that have been recommended. While some other fast-food companies have made real progress on the animal welfare front, KFC has stubbornly refused to take the necessary steps to protect chickens from the worst forms of cruelty.

How long will PETA continue its campaign?
We would like nothing more than for KFC to make the animal welfare changes that its experts have suggested so that we can use our resources to fund other important campaigns. The moment that KFC agrees to follow the advice of its advisors and to do so in an open and verifiable way, our campaign will be overbut until that time, we will continue to encourage people to spread the word that KFC means cruelty.
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Reduce energy/ save money and the environment [18 Jun 2006|11:52pm]

Please take the time to read this message, explore these links and pass along this message.

Did you know that you can reduce your energy bill by about 30% by purchasing energy efficient products for your home?

This Website lists 31 ways to reduce your personal impact on the environment: (This means ways to save money on energy!)

This website explains how to choose energy efficient products for your home:

Ways to save energy dollars:

Earth 911 helps you to find the recycling centers in your area:

A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. The Arbor Day Foundation has information on planting and provides trees you can plant with membership.

Find out if your state has Green Power (renewable energy). Ask to switch over:

Thanks for taking the time to read this. :)
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metro detroit vegan pet owners - [14 Jun 2006|03:19pm]


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Help save the Endangered Species Act!! [25 May 2006|11:52pm]

The Endangered Species Act -- which helped save our bald eagles, wolves, and other wildlife from extinction -- is under assault. Greedy developers and their allies in Congress have managed to ram legislation through the House of Representatives that would gut this important law. We're engaged in an all-out campaign to preserve the law that has successfully protected so many of our beloved endangered critters -- you can help!

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