Tuesday, November 18, 2008

An Eventful Week

Wednesday, November 19
College Veg Pledge '08

A day to try vegetarianism! BARC is cooperating with Brown Dining Services for a special Veg Pledge dinner at the Ratty. Thank you to everyone participating.

Thursday, November 20
The Ethics of What We Eat: A Debate with PETA VP Bruce Friedrich
@ 4pm in Carmichael Auditorium

Bruce Friedrich is Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He will begin with a short talk, and will then participate in a debate with Brown students.

Friday, November 21
BARC Movie Night: Chicken Run
@ 7pm in Smith-Buonanno 201

All are welcome to join us for the movie and plenty of scrumptious snacking. It's claymation on a Friday night.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Debate with PETA VP Bruce Friedrich

The Ethics of What We Eat:
A Debate with PETA VP Bruce Friedrich

Thursday, November 20 @ 4pm
Carmichael Auditorium (in Hunter Lab)

Bruce Friedrich is Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He is one of the most influential animal rights activists in the world, frequently debating the industries that exploit animals.

Mr. Friedrich will begin with a short talk, and will then participate in a debate with Brown students. Bring a question!

The event is sponsored by the Brown Animal Rights Club and the Brown Debate Union.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Demonstration at KFC this Saturday

KFC and their suppliers are among the most offending companies that abuse animals. Their chickens are raised and slaughtered in a manner that would be illegal for many other species, and even their own animal welfare advisors have complained. Earlier in the year, KFC Canada finally responded to pressure from animal advocacy groups, so this type of action can have a real effect!

Everyone should meet under Faunce Arch on Saturday at 1:00, and we will go to the RIPTA stop from there. BARC has the materials, so all you need to do is show up. Demonstrations are a fun way to get the message out about animal exploitation. Last year we got lots of supportive honks - - bring a friend!

When: SATURDAY, 1:00pm (leaving KFC a little after 3pm)
Where: Meet at Faunce Arch (the KFC is at 805 North Main)

See you there!!

contact adam_hoffman@brown.edu if you would like more information

Success for Proposition 2!

On Tuesday, Californians said "yes!" with a 63% majority to support Proposition 2, a historic leap forward for farm animal welfare law. Beginning in 2015, factory farms in California will be required to provide breeding pigs, laying hens and veal calves with enough space to stand up, turn around and stretch out their limbs.

This is an incremental change, but it is progress. Tuesday produced a major victory for all of us who care about what happens to animals, and we thank those who have been working hard to pass the proposition.

find out more...
HSUS news

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BARC Social potluck + film

Scrumptious vegetarian and vegan food, BARC friends all around, and a movie on a big TV - - all of this can be yours!

This Saturday, BARC will be holding a social potluck so that we can all enjoy a good meal and get to know each other a little better. We will also be watching the HBO documentary I am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. The event will be held in New Dorm A Room 207 (aka Vartan Gregorian Quad), where we have homey seating and an uncommonly large television set. You are encouraged to bring a dish, although you should definitely come regardless of whether you are able to prepare something. We ask that all food be vegetarian, preferably vegan (please note non-vegan dishes). This event is for EVERYONE in BARC - - even if you haven't been active so far, this is a great time to meet some people and get involved.

What: BARC Vegetarian/Vegan potluck + film
What day: Saturday, November 1
What time: Starts at 6:00pm, and we will start the movie around 6:30
Where: New Dorm A (Vartan Gregorian Quad A), Room 207

The more we know each other, the better we will be able to work together for the sake of the animals we all care about. Additionally, I am an Animal should be a fascinating film for anyone interested in the animal rights movement.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Take the Pledge!

The College Veg Pledge is back for its second year, and Brown is among the participating schools! The pledge is sponsored by Students for Animal Rights.

“As a university student, I realize that I am a leader for my generation and an example for society. I am concerned about the suffering of farm animals and the impact of meat production on global warming, the environment, and my health. By signing my name, I pledge to abstain from consuming meat on November 19th, 2008 and commit to exploring a more ethical diet in the future.”

You can take the pledge online, and BARC will be collecting written signatures as well. You can also join the Facebook event, and check out the College Veg Pledge '08 merchandise.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

First BARC meeting of the semester

Hi everyone!

The first meeting of the semester will be this Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm in Wilson Hall 105. We'll be talking about leadership and events for the coming year.

I'm excited for a new year of BARC activities, and I look forward to seeing you all!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society - - and Chimpanzees

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is working to spread the word in Rhode Island about their current national campaign. Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories seeks to end the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and testing and to help provide them release and restitution in permanent sanctuary. They are spearheading a bill with the HSUS called the Great Ape Protection Act, and one of the leads is Rhode Island Representative Jim Langevin.

Click on the ad below for more information and to find out how to help:

Project R&R: Release & Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories

BARC: One among the 12,000

PETA recently announced a major victory in their KFC campaign, for which BARC held a demonstration in April. President Ingrid Newkirk announced:

"Following more than five years of intense campaigning, numerous undercover investigations, and over 12,000 demonstrations against KFC around the world, I'm happy to announce that KFC Canada will be making sweeping changes to the ways it raises and kills chickens slaughtered for its restaurants."

BARC is proud to have been one of the 12,000 demonstrations that are starting to make a difference. Read more about the recent victory at http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/canada_kfc_victory

Monday, April 14, 2008

KFC Demonstration

BARC will be holding a demonstration at a nearby KFC on Thursday! The KFC is located at 805 North Main, Providence RI 02904. We will meet at Faunce Arch at 4:00pm on Thursday, April 17 and walk to the KFC together (it's about a mile away).

We have signs and leaflets that Peta sent us, so all you need is yourself and your cruelty-protesting energy! (And bring some friends while you're at it.)

The demonstration will substitute for our usual Thursday meeting, which will not be held this week.

general info: http://www.kfccruelty.com/

Friday, April 11, 2008

Concert for Animal Rights

Join us in a celebration of animal rights, music, vegan snacks, and videogames! (A video game music band, that is.)

Taylor Gobar &
Isaac Jabola-Carolus
One Time String Band
Pink Jenny

Monday, April 14 8pm-10pm at the Hourglass Café

Suggested donation: $5
Proceeds to benefit Vegan Outreach (www.veganoutreach.org)


Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Great American Meatout

Meatout is the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. BARC will be hosting a Meatout event on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30pm at the Taubman Center for Public Policy.

This will be a casual potluck dinner, and you are welcome to bring a dish if you would like. We ask that food be vegan: no meat, dairy or eggs, please. With or without a dish, everyone is invited to come!

The Taubman Center is located at 67 George St., across the street from the Main Green.

Want to help with Meatout? Please contact adam_hoffman@brown.edu

More information: www.meatout.org

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Earthlings" film screening

BARC will be hosting a free screening of the acclaimed documentary film Earthlings on Thursday, February 28 at 8:00pm in Foxboro Auditorium. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Earthlings describes the ways in which people abuse and exploit nonhuman animals. Earthlings is perhaps the most comprehensive and compelling film of its kind, covering the treatment of animals used for food, pets, clothing, entertainment and scientific research.

Everyone is urged to attend, but most importantly, please encourage friends and other acquaintances to come as well. It's worth it.

Want to help prepare for the screening? Please contact adam_hoffman@brown.edu

NOTE: This week's BARC meeting will be moved to 8pm and held in Wilson 103 in order to accommodate people going to see Michael Pollan speak about food and ethics.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Events you might find interesting...

There are a couple upcoming events (not sponsored by BARC) relevant to the ethics of eating:

"In Defense of Food: The Omnivore's Solution"
February 21, 2008 at 6pm in Salomon 101
Michael Pollan, author of "In Defense of Food" and the acclaimed "The Omnivore's Dilemma" will be speaking. Our weekly BARC meeting will be moved to 8pm to accommodate this event.

"Cracking the Chocolate Code"
April 13, 2008 from 1:00-3:30 in the RISD Auditorium
Leading nutritionist David Wolfe will be speaking about "how chocolate can save the world." The event is being presented by Nora Hammerman, a vegan and BARC supporter. www.davidwolfeatrisd.com

Category II status

BARC was recently approved for Category II status by the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS). The main benefit will be a $90 social fund per semester.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone! We had our first BARC meeting of the semester on Thursday, January 31. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!

Current plans: Midyear Activities Fair (2/5/08), request UCS Category II status, presentation about veganism at a local church in April, KFC demonstration

Other ideas: "Earthlings" film screening, leafleting on campus, host a speaker or speakers