:: episode # 49 :22 June 2009

Taking Care of Our Best Friends      
      A conversation among animal friends
Today on Vegan World guest host Anteneh Roba M.D. talks with Best Friend Sanctuary co-founder Gregory Castle and
Best Friends Rapid Response  Manager Richard Crook about the history of Best Friends,
Best Friends International work in Ethiopia and disaster preparedness for your best friends.
This show is guest hosted by Dr. Anteneh Roba

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  Today's Guests

Gregory Castle

Gregory Castle

One of the founders of Best Friends, Gregory Castle is the president of the No More Homeless Pets in Utah campaign. This campaign involves animal welfare and rescue organizations, animal control officers, veterinarians, schools, and animal-lovers from across the state in aggressive spay/neuter, adoption, and public awareness programs. 

The goal is to halt the euthanasia of dogs and cats in Utah.

No More Homeless Pets National Conference

Best Friends Animal Society - Celebrating 25 Years


Richard Crook & Friend
after a hard day's rescue work
Best Friends Rapid Response  Manager
Providing Rescue and Support for Animals in Need.
 Best Friends' Disaster Response program, led by Richard Crook, is ready to respond to calls for aid in emergency and disaster situations.
After Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coastline, Best Friends Rapid Response, led by Crook was asked by Galveston County Animal Control to assist in assessing the area.  “In short, this storm in many ways is every bit as bad as Katrina…or worse,” noted Crook.

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Today's show produced and guest hosted by

Anteneh Roba, M.D.
(with Niece)
Anteneh Roba is a Houston emergency room doctor who travels regularly back to his home country of Ethiopia to help both people and animals there. Dr. Roba is also president of the Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation, which operates on the principle of nonviolence and respect for all life and its founder’s deep and abiding belief in biocentricity and the interconnectedness of all life. The foundation promotes non hierarchical and non-exploitative relationships between human beings and all other life forms. Read more:

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Monday, June 22, 2009
The Spring, Woodlands & Magnolia Raw Vegan Meetup presents raw vegan author & chef PAUL NISON

Join members of The Spring, Woodlands & Magnolia Raw Vegan Meetup as they welcome raw vegan author and chef PAUL NISON.  Paul will be discussing his new book Eating According to the Scriptures and his up and coming book The Daylight Diet.  The event begins at 7:00 PM and there is a $10 admission fee.  The location for the event is at a private residence and RSVP's are requested.
Please remember to bring a raw vegan dish to share at the potluck. For more information and to RSVP, visit The Spring, Woodlands & Magnolia Raw Vegan Meetup online . Seating is limited to 45 attendees, so RSVP early to reserve your spot! Society of PEACE members Michelle & Alicia are the organizers of this group and can be contacted through the website.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Raw Vegan Author, Paul Nison speaks at Taft St

Raw Food Pot Luck and Lecture by Paul and his new book The DayLight Diet.
Taft Street Coffee House, 7:00 PM, $10.00, 2115 Taft St, up-stairs
For More Information and R.S.V.P. Contact:Tambra 281-530-6736,
for details.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Raw Vegan Potluck Dinner

Join fellow Raw Vegan enthusiasts at the twice monthly potluck, which is held around 6:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday & 4th Thursday of every month. The potluck dinner is held at Taft Street Coffee in Houston. Remember to bring a raw vegan dish to share with the group!
For more information, call the Taft Street Coffee House at 712-522-3533.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sedition Books Vegan Bake Sale for "Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Week"

Sedition Books is holding a vegan bake sale on Saturday, June 27th during "Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Week".  Visit the store and enjoy some tasty vegan treats!  Vegan baked goods donations are welcome!
The event takes place from 1:00 - 5:00 PM at Sedition Books in Houston.  For more information, visit Sedition Books online.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) Houston Chapter Meeting

The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) will be holding a Houston Chapter meeting on Saturday, June 27 at Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar  (Note: there are a few vegetarian options available on the menu.)  The meeting will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Come learn about THLN's plans for the rest of 2009 and how you can get involved in changing the laws to help animals in Texas. For more information, visit THLN or contact THLN's Southeast Chapter President and Society of PEACE member Brian Craft via email
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Whole Foods Market Raw Vegan Class Series in Houston

The Whole Foods Market on Wilcrest in Houston is holding a series of Raw Vegan classes in June. The next class, "Advanced Raw Vegan", will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 3:00 PM.  Discover healthy, fun, easy, informative recipes sure to please your appetite!
The fee for the class is $10.  For more information, visit the Whole Foods Market website for the Wilcrest location in Houston, or call 713-784-7776.
The Jain Community Center of Houston Welcomes Society of PEACE for a Cultural Event & Free Vegan Dinner

Join us as we partner with the Jain Community Center for our June Event!  This enlightenling event will feature a free Indian-style vegan meal, short presentations on the Jain tradition as it relates to Animal Rights, Veganism, Peace and Ahimsa, an introduction to meditation for compassion, the animals and the planet, and a tour of the new Jain Community Center.  Society of PEACE speakers include: Dr. Sulekh Jain, Ivan Espinosa & Kristen Lee Ohanyan.  The event & vegan meal are free ("love offering" donations to the Jain Meditation Center are welcome).
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Jain Meditation Center, 1712 Highway 6 South (near Westheimer)
Space is limited to 50 Society of PEACE attendees & guests, so RSVP early!  You can RSVP to Mari Devlin via email , or phone/text the Society of PEACE line at 832-722-1376.
*Note: The Jain Meditation Center is considered sacred and founded on the principles of ahimsa (non-violence). Guests are encouraged to dress modestly and to refrain from wearing animal-derived clothing, shoes or accessories.  Visitors will asked to remove shoes upon entering.  Both floor seating and chairs will be available. Arrangements can be made for any guests with special needs -- please contact us to request assistance.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Vegetarian Society of the Bay Area Monthly Meeting, Potluck & Vegan Bake Sale for "Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Week"

The Vegetarian Society of the Bay Area is meeting on Sunday, June 28. This month, in addition to the meeting & vegan potluck, they will be holding a Vegan Bake Sale for the 1st Annual "Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Week". The Vegan Bake Sale will begin at 11:30 AM, followed by the regular meeting and vegan potluck at 12:30 PM.   Help support this event in the Texas Bay Area!
This group meets once a month at the Unity Church of the Bay Area in League City and the public is welcome to attend.  Please remember to bring a vegan dish to share at the potluck!  For more information (and to donate vegan baked goods), contact Society of PEACE Tabling Coordinator Sandy McAvin via email, or call 281-332-8154.  You can also visit the Vegetarian Society of the Bay Area website for a map and directions to the location.
SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009
Society of PEACE 2nd Annual "Celebrate Freedom -- Live Vegan" Hawaiian-style Potluck Picnic

Join Society of PEACE for our July event as we host the 2nd Annual "Celebrate Freedom -- Live Vegan" Potluck Picnic in the Park.  This year, we're going Hawaiian (vegan style, of course!) and we'll be celebrating in Houston the day after Independence Day.  There will be outdoor activities & games for the kids, great vegan food, door prizes for the "coolest Hawaiian shirt" & limbo contest, and much more. All ages and families are welcome to attend!  Remember to bring a vegan entree, side dish or dessert to share!
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2009
Time:  3:00 - 6:00 PM
Location:  Memorial Park South Picnic Loop (look for our Big Blue Tent and the Society of PEACE logo banners!)
RSVP's are greatly appreciated!  Please RSVP to Mari Devlin via email , or you may call/text the Society of PEACE line at 832-722-1376.