Cheers to Vaute Couture, the first line of gorgeous, hand-made, eco-friendly, all-vegan coats—“warm enough for Chicago winters,” states their founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. The coats are made with recycled fabrics and blends that are elegant, soft, sturdy and highly weather-resistant. In the fall of 2010, Vaute Couture will also launch a line of stylish men’s coats that were previewed at The Green Shows for eco-fashion in New York City.
Vaute Couture creations can be viewed and purchased online: www.VauteVouture.com
Cheers to television actor Wendie Malick, star of “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me!” and the forthcoming “Hot in Cleveland,” which also stars Betty White; Malick attended and spoke at Friends of Animals’ March for Mustangs on 25 March 2010 in Washington, D.C.—lending her voice to the plight of wild horses to live free on public lands, an issue Malick has championed for many years. Malick is also producing a movie about 1950s activist Velma Bronn Johnston (“Wild Horse Annie”), who fought to end the slaughter of wild mustangs.
Malick can be contacted at:
c/o Wendie Malick
1505 10th street
Santa Monica , CA 90401
Cheers to Provincetown Whales—a whale-watching company in Massachusetts that is dedicated to watching “whales in their own environment, on their own terms, without disrupting them or the seascape.” The owner, 20-year vegan Skott Daltonic, says, “Whales are amazing creatures. They are beautiful, poetic, fun, and brilliant. And I feel that once you have been given the gift of seeing them in their habitat that you’ll do whatever you can to protect them from the dangers humankind pushes on them."
You can learn more about Provincetown Whales by visiting their website. Also, if you’re traveling to the Provincetown area, you can schedule your own whale watching adventure: www.provincetownwhales.com
Cheers to the City of San Francisco for declaring “Vegetarian Mondays,” a welcome and positive change from the usual “meat-free” or “meatless” theme. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the resolution to encourage restaurants, grocery stores and schools to showcase vegetarian fare. San Francisco City Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said, in an April 2010 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, that it was “important to draw attention to the relationship between diet and climate change.”
Contact your own City Council or Board of Supervisors about adopting its own resolution.
Jeers to celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who featured an elephant at his 32 nd birthday party on 27 March 2010. While it’s obvious that elephants don’t belong at birthday parties, zoos, circuses or any place outside of their natural homelands, living free and on their own terms, it’s especially bizarre considering Hilton receives sponsorship money from an animal-advocacy group to run his gossip website.
Tell Hilton, who makes his living by exploiting human animals, to leave the non-human ones alone; e-mail: email@example.com
Jeers to popular online, high-end sample-sale retailer Gilte Groupe for selling fur and other animal skins. Animals who become shoes, coats, hand-bags and other superfluous fashion items could have lived free. Call Gilte Groupe and ask them to be a positive example by cutting ties to the fur trade: 877.280.0545
Jeers to H. Ross Perot, Jr—the son of former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot. Perot paid an undisclosed amount of money (estimated to be around $66,000 USD) to shoot and kill a white rhinoceros in a canned hunting expedition. Someone who would willingly pay money to shoot someone who’s trapped, only to lay claim to its head as a trophy, is better off spending the money on a lifetime of therapy.
Perot can be contacted at:
H Ross Perot, Jr., Perot Systems Corporation
2300 West Plano Parkway , Plano, TX 75075