Last weekend, throngs of New Orleans foodies learned that “Cajun” and “vegan” aren’t mutually exclusive when PETA partnered with the city as a sponsor of the annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The festival’s vegan theme prompted local chefs to adapt traditional recipes in order to offer a vegan gumbo option for the first time and to participate in a lively vegan cook-off. The panel of judges featured Louisiana food writers, musicians, political consultant Mary Matalin, and Vegan Soul Kitchen author Bryant Terry.
For many festival attendees, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert, vegan gumbo had previously been a foreign concept. But Ebert, who served on the judging panel alongside his infant daughter, Eartha, quickly warmed up to the dishes. (So did Eartha, who at 18 months was easily the youngest judge.) Check out Ebert with his girlfriend, Roehm Hepler-Gonzalez, and their daughter:
The first-of-its-kind cook-off, which PETA organized with The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and the New Orleans tourism office, prompted local chefs to rework traditionally meaty recipes by using all plant-based ingredients, such as shredded shitake mushrooms and vegan andouille sausage. One meat-centric restaurant, Bourbon House, even went so far as to save its recipe from the cook-off and incorporate it into its menu. According to its Facebook page, it just added vegan gumbo as its soup du jour. Other participants, including Miss Linda’s and Woody’s, have announced that they will soon serve vegan gumbo at events around town.
The cook-off’s winning gumbo, which boasted smoke-flavored tofu, belonged to Brocato’s Eat Dat, a Cajun eatery run by Cherie and Troy Brocato, seen here with PETA’s Dan Mathews:
Try one of our vegan gumbo recipes, or create your own and share it with friends.
Howard Stern has had it with SeaWorld. He’s spoken out against marine-mammal captivity on his radio show before, and now that the park is appealing to the courts to allow trainers back into the water with the whales, even though frustrated orca Tilikum has killed three people, Stern is once again telling SeaWorld exactly what he thinks of it.©StarMaxInc.com
“I was talking to Sam Simon, who educates me on things like this,” he said, “and I happen to believe that you can’t lock a whale up in captivity. That is so cruel, come on, give me a break. … From what I’m reading whales are like, almost like people in terms of intelligence and family, and then they separate them out, and it’s, like, heartbreaking. F*****g leave them in the ocean! I don’t have to see a whale that bad at SeaWorld. … What kind of idiot goes to SeaWorld anyway?”
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He called out SeaWorld’s attorney for alleging that the safety measures are similar to if “the federal government came in and told the NFL that ‘close contact’ on the football field would have to end.” “Yeah, it’s exactly like that!” Perez responded. “Only completely different! Angry players don’t typically bite, drown, or kill one another! Besides, the NFL has tons of safety regulations!!! Ugh, it’s no wonder celebrities like Bob Barker and Tommy Lee are so against these theme parks.”
And on Twitter this week, stars were singing the praises of faux fur, vegan food, and The Ghosts in Our Machine:
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As many of us sit down to a hearty meal with family and friends this Thanksgiving, millions of dogs across the country will be living as they do every day: on a barren patch of dirt amid their accumulated feces, a crumbling and rotting doghouse (if they have any shelter at all), a nearly empty bowl of putrid water (if it hasn't overturned), and a few pieces of kibble tossed on the ground, often out of the dogs' reach because of the chains that restrict their movement.
PETA's fieldworkers are trying to change that, at least for the dogs in the area surrounding our headquarters at the Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Virginia. All year round, our fieldworkers deliver doghouses, toys, treats, straw bedding, and other basic necessities to lonely, neglected "backyard dogs," bringing a little comfort to dogs who would otherwise have nothing to alleviate the tedium of long days and cold nights spent chained or penned in "solitary confinement."
Smokie shows off his new digs and "housewarming present."
That's where you come in. PETA's fieldworkers have compiled a wish list of supplies that they routinely take on their visits to neglected dogs, including dog toys and treats, flea treatment, fly repellent, collars, and bowls. We've set up an Amazon registry that people can use to purchase the items on our fieldworkers' wish list and then, with the click of a mouse, have them sent directly to PETA.
On behalf of Smokie and the thousands of other dogs PETA's fieldworkers have helped, thank you in advance for giving neglected dogs something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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