Ecopsychology, Patrick Pleet & Rotten Eggs

Patrick Pleet is the menswear line associated with Samantha Pleet. The collection, featuring lots of organic cotton, and flax is locally made in New York city at a wind powered factory using local and organic materials whenever possible. Patrick Pleet was first introduced in 2008, a menswear line co-designed with her husband. In 2009 She received an the Ecco Domani sustainability design award for her work on the premiere collection of Bodkin. While the collection is not vegan (she does use some silk and wool) she is opposed to fur and skins. The Partrick Pleet images below are featuring organic cotton from the spring 2009 & 2010 collections:

Photos: Jacqueline Di Milia and David Black

• The LA Times covered an investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States at the nation’s top egg producing facilities. Keep in mind that this is considered standard industry practice, not a few, rare cases of cruelty. Egg-laying chickens are considered the most abused animals on Earth. There are so many amazing alternatives to eggs in baking and cooking, there is really no need to continue supporting businesses that profit from the confinement and torture of so many creatures.

The Investigation is below:

Adbusters #89: The Ecopsychology Issue

• The New Issue of ADBUSTERS explores the link between the death of nature and the unraveling of the human psyche. How is the disintegration of our ecological home causing us to move through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance? Can we embark on a program of ecotherapy to heal the planet and ourselves? Find out.

Breaking Undercover Investigation & The End of Lab Rats

1. Eggland’s Worst.

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals shocking abuse at New England’s largest egg factory farm – Quality Egg of New England (QENE) in Turner, Maine. The hidden camera video shot in early 2009 gives a startling glimpse behind the closed doors of one of the nation’s leading egg producers, exposing the rotten truth behind battery cage egg production – heinous cruelty to animals. CLICK HERE for the full story.

New MFA Investigation Exposes Egg Industry Cruelty

2. Are the lab rat’s days numbered?

Brown University associate professor Jeffrey R. Morgan (above, with student Toni-Marie Ferruccio) has designed a 3-D honeycomb-like mold that holds artificial clusters of cells and reduces the need for animals for research in the lab.

Thanks to DAWNWATCH for the tip on this amazing article about scientists finally realizing how innacurate animal models are in finding cures for human conditions.

Bloody Tuesday

1. Columbus Day Just Passed. Maybe it’s time we all passed on Columbus:

[The] Doctrine of Discovery is a thin veil for white supremacy. As European nations were competing with one another for riches, they were able to share in an ideology that exerted their superiority over darker people around the world. This doctrine was used to validate the mass murder of people for profit and the enslavement of them. It continues to do so today, said Morris, as there has never been a dialogue around the colonization of the Americas and slavery and how the U.S. was born into the world dripping with blood from head to toe.

2. Please watch Oprah today!


3. Mercy For Animals Undercover Investigation

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation is throwing back the curtains on one of California’s largest factory egg farms – exposing the routine abuse that takes place behind the closed doors of our nation’s egg industry.

Horror Chick Flicks & Supreme Scramble

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1. The BEST tofu-scramble I have ever had is at Bliss, an unassuming hole-in-the-wall organic, vegetarian brunch and dinner joint, in a prime location on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. The music is innocently and charmingly terrible, the staff is adorable and sweet, and the homemade cashew cookies and chocolate cupcakes are addictive. The winner, though, is the amazing, savory, soy scramble that keeps me coming back at least once a week.

718-599-2547
**Cash Only**
191 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Cross Street: Btwn N 6th & N 7th Sts
Public Transit: L @ Bedford Ave

2. Trader Joe’s has finally abandoned Gemperle Enterprises Eggs after friends of DB, Mercy For Animals, exposed undercover investigative footage of the gross neglect and cruel treatment of hens at Gemperle Enterprises’ factory egg farm in California. Like the Westland Meat/ Hallmark Beef recall, this has generated a flurry of media attention across the nation, including stories on CNN.com and by the LA Times, and the Associated Press. Not surprisingly, when people really see what’s happening on factory farms, it’s almost impossible not to withdraw financial sponsorship of behavior that is so contradictory to our own conscience.

The decision came on the heels of MFA’s news conference in Los Angeles, which revealed the grocery chain’s business relationship with Gemperle Enterprises, where employees were caught on hidden camera kicking, throwing, and stomping on live birds.

Although this announcement is a good first step, Trader Joe’s must do more. Please write to the CEO of Trader Joe’s and urge him to take further action to prevent cruelty to animals by adopting a strict policy against the sale of battery-cage eggs.

Egg Laying chickens are probably the most abused animals, and unfortunately, these behaviors are considered normal on typical egg farms. Egg alternatives, click here:

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Advice on substituting eggs from Post Punk Kitchen.

DB Etiquette Recommendation: The best way to avoid supporting activities with no regard for the suffering of living, feeling animals is to stop eating eggs and adopt a healthy, plant-based diet.