04/19/17 4:37pm
In front of Brooklyn Roasters in Dumbo. Photo by Susan De Vries

In front of Brooklyn Roasters in Dumbo. Photo by Susan De Vries

Is it ethical to leave your dog tied up outside a store? Is it more ethical if you leave your dog not tied up but “parked” in one of those white and pink “Dog Parkers” that popped up seemingly overnight all across gentrified Brooklyn? If you were a dog, would you rather experience the sights and smells that come with sitting your fluffy booty down on the cold pavement, or would you rather experience street life from the inside of a small box that protects you from forces that, to your tiny doggy brain, are likely too existential to fathom?

These are questions that are difficult to answer, mainly because dogs have not yet secured a way to communicate their emotions or questionably existent free thought to humans. Still, though, the startup behind the “Dog Parkers” is holding a doge trial to attempt and provide “honest feedback” about the tiny pupper street prisons. (more…)

11/29/11 8:00am

Animals on your mind? Read before you eat.

Sure turkeys, geese and pigs get a lot of attention during the holidays, but sadly, they’re not “around” to appreciate it. Show them you care this season by reading up on the bigger impact your diet has on the world. Gather up your vegan cookbooks, how-to DVDs and other vegetarian/animal rights material and RSVPing to the totally free Vegan & Animal Rights Bookswap at LaunchPad on Dec. 10. Host Jamie J. Hagen welcomes all participants, from strict vegan to what she calls “veg-curious passerby.” While you’re swapping your well-loved Veganomicon for a new-to-you copy of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, you can win raffle prizes, and the dairy-free icing on the cake is that all proceeds go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. (more…)