This Event! APRL's 8th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration!
Enjoy a healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly
Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, sponsored by Tofurky! There will be music, feasting, and tons of fun, including a
talk with vegan celebrity
fitness instructor John Lewis and a presentation about APRL's work. If
you're veg, this is a great chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal you can
actually eat! If
you're not yet, then what better time of year to try something new (and delicious)?
on Saturday, November 19th
Beat Center at 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Price: Tickets are $15 at the door, and
kids are half price!
Note: This year the whole feast will be provided (not a potluck!). Bring your
Volunteer: We always need volunteers - cooking up some
Tofurky roasts beforehand & serving food during gets you in for free. Feel like getting creative in the kitchen? Your
contribution of a vegan baked good for our dessert table will be greatly appreciated!
RSVP here to attend or
volunteer. Hope to see you there!
- APRL's Orange County chapter helped pass a historic ban on retail pet sales, rodeos and animal circuses in Irvine! APRL activists who have been protesting
a puppy store in Newport Beach then gathered at City Hall
there to ask for a similar ordinance - read more here.
- Five more restaurants dropped cruel foie gras after being contacted by APRL in September, and our last protest received coverage in the New York Times.
- 133 people watched Farm to Fridge, a documentary about meat production, as part of APRL's Pay Per View program, which pays people $1 to watch this 4
- Click here to watch an inspiring video about APRL's veg outreach at the Escondido Street
- An article about APRL's campaign to stop the poisoning of wildlife ran in the OB Rag - see the article here.
An Interview with Turtle Island/Tofurky Founder Seth
Seth Tibbott, founder of Turtle Island Foods (makers of the famous Tofurky) how things have changed since he went veg 40 years
When and why did you decide to make a switch to a veg
I switched to a vegetarian diet during college in 1971, after reading Diet for a Small Planet by
Francis Moore Lappe. I was working as a teacher/naturalist and her book made total sense to my environmental leanings.
Add in the nutritional and animal rights piece and it seemed like a perfect win, win, win
When you founded Turtle Island, most Americans probably hadn't heard of tempeh or other meat alternatives. How
do you think awareness about vegetarian eating has changed since then?
you pretty much made your own natural foods, whether it was granola,
tempeh, yogurt, or tofu. I actually worked at a "head shop" in
college and it was the only place in town that you could buy granola!
In just a few years
time, granola was all over the supermarket and I thought "Hmm, maybe
the same thing will happen with tempeh." Now you can pretty much buy
type of product you can think of. And tempeh, which for most of the
last 31 years had only been available in natural foods stores, is now
supermarkets and is growing at an extremely fast rate.
Do you think living veg is easier today?
Absolutely! Witness the 30% of Americans who now label themselves "flexitarians" and eat 4 or more meatless meals per
What message do you try to convey at Tofurky/Turtle Island
plant-based diet is healthy for you, healthy for the planet, and
respectful and considerate of all living beings. Win, win,
Tofurky has helped a lot of vegetarians & vegans feel included in holidays like Thanksgiving. Can you
share some memorable feedback from a happy customer?
letter from Tami in California: "Hello! I just had to let you know that
this Thanksgiving was my first as a vegetarian. I had serious doubts
would be able to make it through without eating turkey. I even reasoned
that I could
be mostly veg except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I talked
myself out of that and decided to give one of your Tofurky roasts a
try. Wow! Was I
pleasantly surprised! I couldn't believe how yummy the tofurky,
stuffing, and gravy all were! Now I think I might be able to pull this
vegetarian thing off.
Thanks for the great Thanksgiving dinner!"
Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share?
November Adoption -
you've been thinking about adopting lately, today is your lucky day!
Meet Elly, a 2 year old rescue kitty looking for her forever
family. A beautiful petite tabby, Elly was living in a home with
over 40 other cats until the
homeowner passed away in October and they were sent to a shelter,
immediately set to be euthanized. Luckily,
animal rescuers heard of their predicament and
saved the whole group, setting them up with medical care and working to
them safe foster homes. Elly is looking for a quiet home with a
caretaker who will promise to love (and not declaw her)! Elly was
recently spayed and
has completed the first stage of her shots. Donations will be
provided to help
cover the remaining expenses. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in seeing pictures & meeting her!