About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



“I said "Somebody should do something about that." Then I realized I am somebody.”

 Lily Tomlin




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Greetings from Chennai

bangles.JPGI am in Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India, right now. I'm here to attend the Asia for Animals conference, which starts in a few days. The weather is gorgeous, not too hot or humid and people are very helpful.

I know that I won't have regular internet access for the next three weeks, so I will write up a separate India Trip 2007 blog after I return.


Tidbits from AR Conference 2006

goats_Peace_Abbey.jpgI'm finally getting around to reviewing the brief notes I took at the Animal Rights Conference in Washington DC this August. Here are some points I jotted down:

“If you don’t want to see it [images of animal cruelty], get out there and do something about it.” – Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals 

Every second 269 chickens are killed.

1 million animals are killed in the U.S. every hour.

“Eating meat is something you do to someone else’s body without their consent.” – Pattrice Jones, Eastern Shore Sanctuary

“Be discouraged for 10 minutes a day, the rest of the time, get busy.” – Barbara Stagno, In Defense of Animals


Vegetarians are Funnier

Wayne.jpgHSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle gave the keynote presentation on the second day of the Taking Action for Animals conference I attended in Washington , D.C. two weekends ago. He is a pretty lively speaker, infusing a fair amount of humor in his lectures. In talking about the progress being made regarding animals rights, he joked that one organization was pushing for dogs to be called “Canine Americans.” He got a big laugh from the 600 or so people in the audience. I heard this joke when he spoke at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival last year, but it was still funny the second time.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, who had members attend the conference reported Pacelle statement on their website. They thought that by reporting the facts of what Pacelle said, without the context, they’d get everyone riled up about those extreme animal rights activists. In response, HSUS issued their own press release--The Humane Society of the United States Says Agribusiness Trade Group Has No Sense of Humor: Industry Group Tries To Pull a Fast One on Media and Turn Joke Into Policy Statement.

Photo: Wayne Pacelle and Grace, by Hilary Schwab, from www.hsus.org