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.
May 8, 2013
Active in Vegan Pledge Program
Compassion for Animals (CfA) has played played an active role in the Northern Virginia Vegan Pledge Program
. The program, created and run by the Peace Advocacy Network
, matches people who are interested in going vegan (pledges) with people who already are (mentors). In addition to being mentors, CfA board members have given cooking demos and talks.
May 7, 2013
A Packed Weekend: April 12-13
We did three outreach events on two days recently. On Friday April 12, we did Pay Per View video outreach at George Washington University, our second time there. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at GWU set up the event for us, for which we're grateful.
Later that day, we did our first multi-Metro station leafleting. Volunteers and CfA staff handed out leaflets during rush hour at the Takoma Park, Rosslyn, West Falls Church, and Springfield/Franconia metro stations.
The next day, Saturday, was our first organized Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary tour of the year. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and both the animals and visitors were clearly enjoying it. You can see a wonderful photo album of the tour
at the new Veg Falls Church Facebook page
February 26, 2013
Loving Hut Benefit and More
This Sunday, March 3, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut restaurant in Falls Church, VA goes to Compassion for Animals. In addition to their great Vietnamese and American dishes and delicious desserts from Vegan Treats
and Sticky Fingers
, the restaurant will be featuring its new black-eyed pea and coconut rice pudding. Only $1 and tasty!
Our first organized tour of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will be Saturday, April 13. If you haven't beeen there, prepare to be amazed by the animal residents. Family-friendly, wheelchair-accessible. Details and RSVP info are here
Every now and then we add a recipe to our recipe page
. We don't have too many, but all of them are created by us and people we know, so it has a homey feel. And they're all awesome.
February 6, 2013
Tons of Stuff Coming Up
Sorry we haven't kept up on the mini-blog. We'll try to do better. But ... Everything since our last entry was awesome! (Also, another way to keep up with what we're doing is to check out our Facebook page
. Or, if you really want to know every event we're doing, get on our no-spam email list by filling out the timy form on the right-hand side of this page.)
This year we expect to be back tabling at most of the local fairs and celebrations at which we've exhibited in the past. We'll also continue to organize leafleting events (including one on February 15
) and Poplar Spring Animal Animal Sanctuary
tours throughout the year, and we'll participate in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale
In addition, we're looking at some new things...too early to report on yet, but stay tuned.
Last but not least, Holly's chocolate chip cookies (second recipe down)
got a shout-out on the Vegan Outreach blog
. Thanks, VO! We've fed these cookies to hundreds (maybe a thousand) people at Pay Per View events, vegan bake sales, Poplar Spring tours, even leafleting. Maybe two people haven't liked them.
As always, we greatly appreciate your support and we love volunteers!
December 6, 2012
Fun End-of-Year Activities
On Saturday December 15, members of Compassion for Animals will participate in a holiday vegan bake sale
organized by our friends at Loudoun Veg
. We're helping with baking and promotion. If you want to bake something for this event but can't easily drive to the destination, we may have a couple or more “inner Northern Virgina subburb” drop-off locations for baked goods.
On Sunday Dember 30, we're pleased to be teaming once again with the Vegetarian Society of DC
for a friendly, casual “New Year's Eve Eve”
dinner at the all-vegan Loving Hut Restaurant
in Falls Church, Virginia. RSVPs are required for this event. VSDC members can RSVP on the meetup event page;
others can RSVP at the Facebook event
or via firstname.lastname@example.org
. There will be two “seatings”: 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Please indicate the one you'll be attending when you RSVP.
We're looking at some new types of activities for 2013, but nothing's definite yet.
November 7, 2012
Awesome Vegucated Screening
We had a large crowd, fantastic food, and a good time at the Vegucated screening at the Arlington Central Library on November 4th.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
National and beyond:
And a huge thank-you to everyone who helped out—and to everyone who attended!
October 22, 2012
VSDC Co-Sponsoring Vegucated Screening
We're excited that the Vegetarian Society of DC
(VSDC) is now co-sponsoring the November 4th screening of Vegucated at the Arlington Central Library
If you're a member of VSDC, you can RSVP here
. Or, anyone can RSVP on the Facebook event page
that the Vegucated folks set up for us. (And of course anyone can visit and comment on the page.) If you're not on Facebook or a member of VSDC, you can RSVP to email@example.com
In addition to the award-winning film, we'll have a variety of free snacks, several door prizes, and an optional Q&A session after the film.
So far there are about 80 RSVPs (and climbing). But the auditorium holds a lot of people. So join us for this entertaining but possibly mind-blowing evening.
October 9, 2012
Benefit Day at Loving Hut (and More)
This Sunday, October 14, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut Restaurant in Falls Church
goes to Compassion for Animals.
In other news...
This Saturday (October 13), we will be returning to the Fairfax Fall Festival; we'll be giving out free samples of delicious vegan food as well as free literature.
We're lining up food and door prize donors for the Vegucated screening at the Arlington Central library on Sunday November 4. This will be a fun, empowering, and memorable evening.
Details for all these events are on the Events Page
September 16, 2012
Vegucated at Arlington Central Library, November 4
On Sunday November 4th
, at 5pm at the Arlington Central Library
, We're hosting a screening of Vegucated
, which won "Best Documentary" at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and several other awards.
The film follows three unlikely candidates for a trial run at veganism; they answer an ad in the paper. It's powerful yet engrossing.
We'll have free snacks beforehand and optional mingling afterward.
Although the film is unrated, it's about at the PG-14 level (a few brief scenes of animal cruelty, and an isolated cuss word).
More info about this exciting event, including links to the movie trailer and RSVP pages, is on our Events page
We will have a few door prizes at the screening!
September 14, 2012
Successful Adams Morgan Day Tabling
Last Sunday (September 9) was our first time exhibiting at Adams Morgan Day
in DC. We had a steady crowd throughout the day, as we gave away samples of General Tso's vegan "chicken" and a variety of nondairy milks, as well as vegan literature.
Near the end of the festival, we gave samples of our remaining food to any exhibitors who wanted it, and this worked out very well; we got to meet a lot of our fellow exhibitors and they got to try tasty vegan food (though some were already vegan and just appreciated free food after tabling all day).
In all likelihood, we'll be back next year.
July 18, 2012
Two Exciting Events Coming Up
This Friday, July 20
, we'll be leafleting at the West Falls Church Metro station. The main (but not only) literature will be the Veg-DC Guide, which lists all the decent vegan options in the area. This is an easy booklet to give away, and we are encouraging first-time leafleters
to join us. Details are here
This Sunday, July 22
, is our first-ever joint Summer Potluck Picnic/Barbecue
with the Vegetarian Society of DC
. The picnic will be held in beautiful Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA. The park has lots of amenities, including a playground, basketball court, disc golf, and hiking trails—and bathrooms.
Bring a vegan dish and beverage; we'll supply the grills, condiments, coolers, and ice. More details and RSVP information are here
June 12, 2012
A Lull Between Two Busy Periods
We're behind in updating the mini-blog. In the near future, we'll summarize and show some photos from activities in May, and then look ahead to events in July and beyond.
April 18, 2012
Veg Week 2012
Politicians, professors, and Pulitzer Prize winners are taking the 7-Day Veg Pledge, April 23-29, and you can too! VegWeek
, run by our friends at Compassion over Killing
, has attracted national attention and broad support. It's an easy way to try a diet free of animal products—you get daily meal tips and recipes, and a free VegWeek starter pack with information and coupons.
April 8, 2012
A Plethora of Diverse Activities
- Leafleting and peaceful protests against Ringling at George Mason Universty are happening now and will continue through April 15. This is definitely one of those events where the number of people makes a difference. Details are here.
- Our tour at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary yesterday was wonderful and well-attended. The weather was perfect (both the animals and visitors were enjoying it), and folks got an opportunity to meet, pet, and hold the animals, and see how happy they were living in peace and with only kindness from humans.
Have you never rubbed a pig's belly, petted a turkey, or held a chicken? You'll get a chance at our next Poplar Spring tour, to be scheduled soon...
- Reserve your spot now for a dinner and talk with Will Tuttle, Ph.D. Dr. Tuttle, author of the groundreaking book, The World Peace Diet, is a captivating speaker. RSVP required. This event will probably fill up quickly. Details are here.
- We have two bake sales planned as part of the 2012 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Bakers wanted!
The first one is May 5 in Falls Church, and we're teaming with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Details, including baker signup sheet, are here.
On May 12, we're teaming up for a vegan bake in Leesburg with Loudoun Veg. Details, including baker signup sheet, are here.
We're excited about teaming up with these two great organizations!
February 22, 2012
New Board Members, Events Reminder
We'd like to welcome two new members of the Compassion for Anmials Board of Directors: José and Leah Peralta.
Just a reminder—the Loudoun Veg screening of Vegucated
is this Sunday, February 26, at 3pm. Let us know
if you're interested in carpooling.
The Compassion for Animals Benefit Day at Loving Hut
is the following Sunday, March 4. Hope to see you there. The Facebook event is here
We're adding more spring and summmer events. It will be a fairly crowded next few months.
Thanks so much for your support!
February 11, 2012
Benefit Day at Loving Hut, Other Upcoming Events
On Sunday March 4, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut Restaurant in Falls Church goes to Compassion for Animals. More details are here
In other news, our events calendar over the next three months is getting crowded, and there are more events to come.
- Our first Poplar Spring tour is Saturday April 7.
- The Baltimore VegFest is Saturday April 28.
- We have two joint vegan bake sales planned as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale—Saturday May 5 in Falls Church with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and Saturday May 12 in Leesburg with Loudoun Veg.
- On Saturday May 19 we'll be tabling in McLean for our first time.
- Last but not least, Loudoun Veg is hosting a free screening of the award-winning "Vegucated" film on Sunday February 26 in Leesburg. If interested in carpooling, let us know. Details are here.
February 3, 2012
New Events for Winter, Spring 2012
We have the dates reserved for Pay Per View video outreach at George Mason University, and in the next few days will have dates set up for Pay Per View at George Washington University.
March 4 will be Compassion for Animals benefit day at Loving Hut restaurant in Falls Church.
Also, we're planning our first Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
guided tour of the year, and looking forward to May, we'll have a joint vegan bake sale with Homeward Trails
animal rescue as part of the fourth annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.
We have more events in the works. Stay tuned...
January 21, 2011
MLK Leafleting Success; Events Being Planned
- We handed out close to 1500 pieces of literature at the Martin Luther King Jr. parade and memorial, respectively, on January 16. Big thanks to the volunteers who helped out at both places.
- We're going to start doing Pay Per View video outreach at George Washington University soon.
- The Compassion for Animals events calendar is pretty empty right now, but we're working on lots of events, and the calendar will start filling up shortly.
December 20, 2011
Compassion for Animals Mentioned in New Book
Holly Sternberg, president of Compassion for Animals, who originated the very effective concept of paying people to watch graphic videos
(and has made numerous improvements to its implementation), is cited for her achievement in the new book, Animal Impact
, by Caryn Ginsburg. Animal Impact
highlights creative, productive animal advocacy techniques and explores what makes them successful.
December 19, 2011
Successful and Fun Joint Vegan Bake Sale
Dachshund Rescue of North America
was an awesome group to work with. We had a ton
of delicious baked goods. The $500-plus in proceeds were split between the two groups.
We should have some more (and better) pictures soon.
December 13, 2011
Joint Vegan Bake Sale This Saturday
Lots of goodies from local bakers and businesses! Bring a picture of your adopted dachshund and get a dollar off all orders of $5 or more!
If you want to bake, please sign up here
and send us your email (in case we have to contact you at the last minute).
Proceeds will be split between Compassion for Animals and Dachshund Rescue of North America
December 5, 2011
Fun and Informative Evening with Jonathan Balcombe
We had a capacity crowd at Loving Hut restaurant Friday evening to hear Jonathan Balcombe talk about his fascinating research, buy his books, socialize with him and each other, and eat fantastic vegan food. Jonathan described some truly impressive and thought-provoking stories and studies of animals' intelligence and emotional lives.
November 13, 2011
- Reminder: There are a limited number of spots for the December 2nd “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event with Jonathan Balcombe at Loving Hut restaurant, and they're filling up. If you want to go straight to the RSVP page, it's here.
- We're organizing a screening of the award-winning, entertaining yet high-impact film Vegucated at George Mason University on February 2nd, in conjunction with the Animal Rights Collective at GMU. More details soon...
- We now have a signup sheet for bakers who want to help out with our joint vegan bake sale with Dachshund Rescue of North America on December 17th!
October 29, 2011
Save the dates!
On Friday December 2, we'll be hosting an “Eat, Meet, and Greet
” event with local author and animal expert and advocate Jonathan Balcombe
. Join us at the all-vegan Loving Hut restaurant for a friendly dinner and talk by Jonathan. He'll have lots of copies of his three books for purchasing and signing.
On Saturday December 17, we're holding our first joint vegan bake sale
—with Dachshund Rescue of North America
. Soon we'll issue the call for bakers, and of course feel free to stop by the bake sale, buy some tasty vegan treats, and support both groups' efforts to help animals.
We've also got leafleting and other events planned. Details for all our events are on the events page
October 18, 2011
Leafleting at Foggy Bottom
We handed out close to 1000 pieces of literature at the Foggy Bottom Metro station last Friday. Thanks to the volunteers who helped make the event a success!
October 10, 2011
Vegtoberfest Chili Recipe
We had a great time at Vegtoberfest
yesterday. The vegan chili cook-off contestants were a really cool bunch and they made a diversity of awesome vegan chilis. Although our “Texas Tribute” chili did not win the coveted blue ribbon, it consistently got good feedback throughout the cook-off.
The recipe was kindly supplied by mollyjade of Austin Texas, author of several blogs, including the Scratch and Sniff
blog, which features the recipe here
The Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off
started 23 years ago, so the Texas chili at Vegtoberfest was a tribute to our vegan chili cook-off heritage.
September 29, 2011
Busy Time of Year
Since this is such a nice time of year in the DC area, thre are lots of street festivals and similar events—and we try to table at as many of them as we can. We have five events in the first 14 days of October (See schedule at left).
- The Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest on Saturday October 1 is truly unique. The organizers kindly let us display anti-puppy mill and pro-vegan literature (not every pet festival is that generous).
- Our booth at the Takoma Park Street Festival on Sunday October 2 will feature Pay Per View video outreach and a variety of free vegan food samples (main course, salad, dessert, nondairy drinks).
- At the Fairfax Fall Festival on Saturday October 8, in addition to literature, we'll be offering delicious vegan baked goods from local businesses.
- At the first annual Vegtoberfest in Baltimore on Sunday October 9, we'll not only be an exhibitor but also entering the vegan chili cook-off.
- In honor of International Vegetarian Week, we'll be leafleting during rush hour at the Foggy Bottom Metro station on Friday, October 14.
If you'd like to volunteer at any of them, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Hope to see you at one or more of these events!
September 3, 2011
End-of-Summer Picnic Next Weekend
Come join us for our first-ever vegan potluck picnic
, Sunday September 10 from 12:30 to 3:30. It will be in Madison Park in Falls Church, VA, a 15-minute walk from the East Falls Church Metro station.
Everybody—including non-vegetarians—is welcome! Bring a vegan dish and beverage; we'll supply condiments, two grills, coolers with ice, and a sample of vegan desserts and bakery items sold in Falls Church eating establishments. Madison Park has a covered picnic area, grills, and playground and basketball court—it's family-friendly!
Hope to see you there! RSVP to email@example.com
September 3, 2011
New date for Poplar Spring Volunteering, Tour, and Lunch
Hurricane Irene wasn't respectful of our August 28 Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary events...We've rescheduled for Sunday, October 23
. More details later...
August 19, 2011
Poplar Spring Volunteering, Tour, and Lunch
On Sunday August 28
, you can volunteer at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
, take a guided tour of the sanctuary, join us in a potluck picnic lunch at the sanctuary—or do all three!
Details are here
If you've been to the sanctuary during a major event such as the Open House or “Thanksgiving with the Turkeys,” you may still want to take the tour; smaller tours on non-event days are more intimate and you'll have more time with animals. If you've volunteered at Poplar Spring, you may want to take the tour, also; you're guaranteed to learn new things about the animals and the operation. And Poplar Spring can always use volunteers; there are chores to do every day, and on the weekends they're done by volunteers and by Terry and Dave, Poplar Spring's founders.
(Photo: Debora Durant)
August 19, 2011
Pay Per View Takes Off
Pay Per View
(PPV), which we started two years ago, is now being used regularly by two of the best-known and most effective animal advocacy groups in the U.S.— Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
, and Mercy For Animals
(which calls the technique “Paid Per View”).
FARM has aded post-viewing surveys and mobile technology to PPV, and has generously shared their knowledge. We use a condensed version of Mercy For Animals' Farm to Fridge
video as the main video at our PPV events.
You can hold your own PPV event and apply to get it funded by VegFund
. VegFund also has lots of helpful tips on making your PPV event successful.
Click here to see older news items.