Cheers and Jeers
Cheers to Julliard-trained pianist Soyeon Lee , who performed the second half of her recital at New York’s Zankel Hall in a dress made of 6,000 recycled grape juice containers, to promote recycling. Lee contacted TerraCycle Inc., a company that produces products out of garbage, and Honest Tea Inc., an organic bottled tea company that uses recyclable children’s juice pouches, to help present the recital.
Lee was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine’s annual Emerging Artists issue in 2006, and released a debut CD featuring the sonatas of Scarlatti to critical acclaim in 2007. How wonderful to see such talent together with a desire to raise our ecological consciousness. The environment is the animals’ home; they will benefit from Soyeon Lee’s important example.
Soyeon Lee is represented by:
Concert Artists Guild
850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1205
New York, NY 10019
You may e-mail Soyeon Lee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers to Hello Kitty, the designed-in-Japan line of toy and accessories from the Sanrio company, which has become part of the style of celebrity singers worldwide. The Hello Kitty line has introduced several new, non-leather items through the Loungefly Collection: retro and Union Jack style tote bags ($65.00) and wallets ($35.00). These items are available at Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique.
To go to the page, type in: http://tinyurl.com/6f63qo
Or call toll-free: 866-758-5837 (United States & Canada)
And on the subject of fashion, a cheer to designer Gina Ferraraccio for launching a new vegan footwear line. Cri de Coeur, which literally means “cry from the heart,” aims to “change the face of the fashion footwear market” with shoes that are entirely free of animal products, and ethically produced. For each pair of shoes purchased, Cri de Coeur will plant a tree.
To view the shoes, and to find out where they are available, visit: www.cri-de-coeur.com (then click on “store locator”).
Or phone (in the United States): 917-770-9734
Last but not least, a cheer to Veganu, the company that features soaps, body care and household products that are all-natural, vegan, and inexpensive. Veganu features recycled or recyclable packaging with non-polluting ingredients. The entire product range is biodegradable.
To find stores or online retailers, phone: 877-834-2683
Jeers to the Rocky Mountain states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho — three states wedded to ranching interests, who’ve wanted to promote wolf trophy hunts around Yellowstone since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protection under the Endangered Species Act for some 1,500 wolves. In Wyoming, trophy hunt permits will cost $15.00 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Talk about obscene tourism.
Please write to the governors below to halt wolf persecution and killings. If you are one of these states’ residents, or travel frequently to the state, say so; your letter will hold more weight.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter
P.O. Box 83720
Boise , Idaho 83720
Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
Electronic correspondence:http://governor.mt.gov (Look for “Contact Us” section.)
Gov. Dave Freudenthal
State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010
Electronic correspondence: http://governor.wy.gov/contact-dave/default.html
Jeers to Professional Golf Association member Tripp Isenhour. While filming an instructional video, Isenhour killed a migratory red-shouldered hawk, according to witnesses, by repeatedly hitting balls at the bird. Investigators said Isenhour was annoyed that the hawk’s squawking was disrupting the filming of the video, according to the article “Pro Golfer Defensive About Killing Hawk” by the Associated Press on March 8.
PGA Tour players didn’t seem too shaken, added the AP article. “It’s a bad break for the bird, but it sounds like there are a lot of other things people should be worried about,” pro golfer Mark Calcavecchia said. Please contact the PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, and let him know that such disrespect and violence is intolerable, not to mention illegal (the hawk was a legally protected bird), and to request that the PGA work to rectify this terrible mistake by funding bird protection efforts, just as we at Friends of Animals do.
100 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach , FL 32082