April Speaking Events in DC

I rarely do public speaking anymore, but I’ll be in DC in April for a few events. The first one will be hosted by two of my favorite veggie groups: Compassion Over Killing, and the Vegetarian Society of DC:

Sunday, April 11 (Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library)

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-5, at 901 G St. in NW, DC

METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station on the red, yellow, and green lines

WHEN: 3:00 p.m.

While I’m in town, I’ll also do a couple of university events:

Monday, April 12 at University of Maryland

WHERE: Multipurpose room in Nyumburu, University Of Maryland in College Park, Maryland

METRO: College Park-U of MD Metro station on the green line

WHEN: 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 for American University

WHERE: American University at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. in NW, DC

METRO: Tenleytown-AU Metro station on the red line

WHEN: 7:00 p.m.

If you’re in the greater DC area, I hope you’ll make it out to say hello. It’s been years since I’ve spoken in DC, and it’ll probably be ages before I return.

Last Chance for Vegan.com Book Blowout

I’m only taking orders through Monday, April 5th for my special book and shirt deal. $49 gets you a Vegan.com T-shirt, available in men’s and women’s cuts, plus signed copies of all three of my books. The Meat Market copy is hardcover, and the shirt is made in the USA. Plus you’ll get a stylish Vegan.com bumper sticker that tells other drivers where they can go.

USA residents only, no shipping to California. Add $10.70 for shipping. Just fill out this form and I’ll get back to you to confirm I stock your preferred shirt size—I’ll then provide info to complete your payment.

Eat Fish, Eat Plastic

Scripps oceanography researchers have made an predictable but nevertheless disturbing discovery. Some bottom-of-the-foodchain fish have been found ingesting tiny pieces of plastic floating in the oceans. When these small fish are in turn eaten by bigger fish, which are in turn eaten by people—well, guess where those plastic chemicals end up?

At a time when BPA-containing plastics are under scrutiny, this is worrisome news—for people who eat fish. Link.

Retire Ronald McDonald

This is brilliant: a campaign calling on McDonald’s to send Ronald into retirement, joining the likes of Joe the Camel and the Marlboro Man. Ronald’s been marketing crappy food to children for 47 years, so it’s time to give him his gold watch and boot his ass out the door.

First-rate job on the website, too—the artwork is sensational. Always nice to see a campaign like this nail the execution. (Via Lappé.) Link.

Update: Nice to see that the campaign is getting mainstream press.

Hawaii Kills Bill to Recognize Cockfighting

Well, that didn’t take long. Barely a day after I blogged about an effort by Hawaii legislators to formally recognize the tradition of cockfighting in the state, the lawmakers killed the bill. While they gave lame and evasive reasons, the bill’s dead and that’s what counts.

I’d have liked to see them use this occasion to begin upgrading cockfighting busts to a felony-level crime. Unbelievably, it’s currently legal to be a spectator at a cockfight in Hawaii. Link.