September 2011


“…living by voices we shall never hear.”


  • Sexism, ageism, speciesism: to fight one -ism, must we embrace others? Other Nations blog post
  • Montana news: Sanctuary hoedown, Vegans Rock Montana website, & MACA training retreat in Missoula
  • Willie Nelson & Chipotle take on factory farming
  • The real Planet of the Apes–sadly, not so fictional
  • Leave you smiling: A can-do dog

Does one -ism trump another?
Sexism, ageism, speciesism…to fight one -ism, must we embrace others? This question arose after visiting PETA Prime and scoping out the “Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50″ contest. Do you have what it takes to win?  Continued at the Other Nations blog

The Montana connection
Hoedown at the Farm Sanctuary:
Enjoy vegetarian/vegan eats in the company of those who will never end up on a plate! The Western Montana Vegetarian Society will hold its monthly 2nd Saturday potluck (Sept. 10th at 12:30) at New Dawn Montana Farm Sanctuary near Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley. For more info, visit the sanctuary’s Facebook page. More information on the sanctuary in general can be found here.

Vegans Rock Montana: Check it out–a website just for Big Sky vegans! Of course, vegetarians are welcome, too…along with vegan wanna-bes and the curious but uncommitted. It’s just getting off the ground–help it along with your input and support.

Montana Animal Care Association announces its 2011 training retreat in Missoula: Healthy Solution, Happy Adoptions. Veterinarian specialists in shelter medicine are the presenters. Friday & Saturday, Sept. 23 & 24. Full details here.

Willie Nelson and Chipotle Mexican Grill fast food chain (“food with integrity”) are campaigning against inhumane, unsustainable animal agriculture. Nelson covers Coldplay’s “The Scientist” while Chipotle’s animated 2-plus minutes video shows a small-scale farmer who becomes a factory farmer, sees the error of his ways, and returns to “sustainable” farming.

“We produced this film to help illustrate the choices people face in deciding what to eat, and hope that it will encourage people to choose food that is raised with respect for the land, the animals, and the farmers that produce it,” Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle, said in the statement. Read more at ABC News.

Of course, greater sustainability and real respect and justice for animals would mean not eating them at all. But it’s hard to whole-heartedly condemn a video-gone-viral that raises awareness about factory farming–even if it does maintain that integrity can be found in raising and killing individuals for mere dietary preference. Watch the full video here.

The REAL planet of the apes: The new Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie might be science fiction, but it’s grounded in fact: Every day in the United States, laboratories confine and experiment on chimpanzees. And both chimpanzees and humans suffer dire consequences,” so says Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Visit PCRM to view an undercover video and learn more about the real Planet of the Apes–the U.S., where more than 1000 chimps suffer in laboratories. For further resources on alternatives to animal testing, visit

DID YOU KNOW? Retired laboratory chimps provided the soundtrack for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. “We want people to know that, while the apes may be CGI-generated, their voices are from real chimpanzees. Not any chimpanzees, mind you, but chimpanzees who have come out of research. It seems fitting that they get a speaking role in this movie.” Dr. Linda Brent, Chimp Haven (article, with link to Chimp Haven, here)

Considering what they’ve endured, this 3-minute Chimp Haven video will bring tears of gratitude to your eyes. (Also, lab chimps see sunlight for the first time, auf Deutsch. Video here.)

Leave you smiling: This is one “can-do” dog!