Join Jerry from "Jef and Jer" for APRL's Afternoon for
Join APRL for an unforgettable afternoon with Jerry Cesak, co-host of the Jeff and Jer Showgram on San Diego's STAR
94.1. Jerry will lead an inspiring discussion about recent victories in animal
protection, and share stories of his involvement with California's Prop 2. Enjoy vegan hors d’oeuvres, cocktails,
silent auction items and good company! All proceeds benefit APRL.
When: Saturday, August 6 from
Location: the home of Dustine Gallagher and Marissa Papito (address provided upon RSVP)
Dress: semi-formal (think "summer wedding")
RSVP: RSVP online and follow the instructions for Afternoon For Animals tickets.
- APRL volunteer Katie Maneeley has taken out ads that will run in the Anaheim zone of the OC
Register this Friday and Saturday calling attention to the abuse of elephants by Ringling Brothers! Our Orange County chapter is holding protests of the circus all
week as well.
- APRL co-founders Bryan Pease and Kath Rogers were awarded the Henry Spira Grassroots Activism
award at the national Animal Rights Conference in Los Angeles last weekend.
- APRL volunteers distributed over 9000 leaflets on humane eating at the Pride Festival,
Comic-Con and the OB Farmer's Market in July.
- Eight restaurants dropped cruel foie gras after being contacted by APRL in July.
- At least three people told APRL volunteers last month how much they appreciate our educational
outreach--that they have gone veg after meeting our volunteers.
- On July 15, we won our lawsuit against
the San Diego Planning Commission after it overruled the
City Council's vote to protect the seals. The issue now goes back to
the Planning Commission to make a legally correct determination.
- Our Atlanta chapter has been holding several successful protests against foie gras cruelty!
Please help them
by calling Restaurant Eugene at 404-355-0321 and ask Chef
Hopkins to stop selling this product of animal torture!
Above: APRL volunteers at the San Diego Pride Fest
Above: Miss Piggy hands out Compassionate Choices flyers at Comic-Con
Talk Back: What APRL Members Are
We asked our followers on Facebook why they went veg and we got
some interesting responses. It seems that popular media has had a
- Cool Pants said, “Many reasons--mostly including the idea of eating dead animals, but it was the Skinny
Bitch cookbook that got me into cooking vegan. I want to write a cookbook now!”
- Judy Mundell Green said, "The movie 'Babe' changed my carnivorous ways forever. Everything I've learned since then only
reinforces my stance."
- Marlene Rodriguez said, “Lisa Simpson made me give up meat.”
We would love to hear from more of you! Make sure to “Like
” us on Facebook so you can participate in discussions and
How I Went Vegan: An Interview With Mitch
We caught up with Mitch Wallis, the main catalyst behind Evolution--a vegan fast food restaurant in San Diego that proves you don't have to
sacrifice on a plant based diet--to ask him a few questions.
Before Evolution, you were once
(presumably) a newbie to the vegan lifestyle. What made you go vegan?
Reading Diet for a
when it was first published inspired me to change my diet. Once I
understood the connections between my food purchases and
world hunger, pollution, disease, and animal suffering I could not
continue to eat animals or their by-products.
How has veganism changed your
Now when I go to sleep each night I rest easier knowing that I have done everything possible within my own limited
resources to make our world a healthier and more humane place to live.
Why did you decide to open a vegan
When I surveyed the restaurant industry, healthy fast food seemed to be
the most neglected category. I also
considered these questions: does the world really need another animal
based restaurant? Does it need more vegan restaurants? I have
how some people can compartmentalize their lives and be one thing at
home and another in
What kind of reaction does your completely vegan menu get from customers?
The biggest reactions are to our burgers and our desserts. We've
had guys who live on a military base stop in and try a burger and say
enjoy it so much they would be happy to eat this way every
day. Then there are all of the women who try our desserts and just
can't get over the fact
that they are dairy free. One taste of our homemade soft serve ice
cream or one bite of our chick'n nuggets will make a believer out of
Do you have any advice
for new vegans?
Go slowly. Gradual change is much more sustainable than quick change.
The main ingredient for success is
to eat a wide variety of foods and to pay attention to what is in
season and eat locally sourced foods whenever possible. Everyone is
completely unique and
requires different foods at different times. It's important to
experiment constantly and tune in to how your body feels when you try