It was a star-studded event with many veg celebrities and animal lovers coming out to show their support for the animal sanctuary. Performers and presenters included: Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde‘s new band, JP, Chrissie, and the Fairground Boys, Persia White, comedian Elayne Boosler, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Shelley Morrison, Charlotte Ross, Carol Leifer, Hal Sparks, ‘Weird Al” Yankovic, Elaine Hendrix, Debra Wilson, Tony Kanal (No Doubt) and Erin Lokitz. Check out Animal Acres’ video above to see what some of these famous vegetarian rockers had to saw about respecting animals.
Chrissie Hynde: “I see the world in two categories: meat eaters and non-meat eaters. Meat eating is in the mode of darkness so it is characterized by ignorance…ignoring the source of what you are getting and where it came from in the first place.” “As human beings we are here to protect the defenseless and to be guardians of our environment.”
Mike Ness: “I love all animals. A cow or a pig or a chicken…these animals don’t have a voice. They can’t talk and say “I am suffering.” “I don’t see pigs or cows or these other animals as any different from a dog or a cat. I think they have just as much right to be on this earth as we do. That’s why I don’t eat them.”
As for food, One Veg World served up an elegant gourmet vegan meal:
Vegan Ham & Cheez Rolls
Chick-un Drumsticks with BBQ sauce
Open-faced Pesto Sandwiches
Crudités with Chipotle Cashew Cheez Dip (raw dish)
Summer Rice Paper Wraps (no soy/no gluten dish)
SALAD: Herbed seitan strips over organic baby spinach with roasted beets, heirloom tomatoes, gala apples, candied walnuts, and a tangy raspberry vinaigrette.
ENTRÉE: Stuffed soy chicken with creamy pear sauce, seared wild mushrooms in garlic sauce, wild rice pilaf, roasted rosemary potato, and kabocha squash.
DESSERT: Scrumptious Vegan Carrot Cake
Tony Kanal: “I think there is a disconnect between what you are actually putting on your plate and where it came from and what this animal actually went through…a place like Animal Acres raises that awareness and it informs and educates people.”
It was great to meet so many like-minded people with kind hearts. Many of us also had a chance to meet up close and personal the farm’s resident cows, pigs, and turkeys. It was really cool! Looking into their eyes, you’re just melted by their love.
Thank you Animal Acres for having us and for all the wonderful work you do!