Posted in To Do | music on November 21, 2007


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I was going to post something really nasty about "tofurky" and the brainwashed 8 year old who has arlready figured out who he is in this life, but then I remembered this is brooklyn VEGAN, so nevermind.

Happy Tofurky Day to you, too, bv.

Posted by i want my daddy's records | November 21, 2007 4:26 PM

I think I'll stick to turkey.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 4:41 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to ya. Keep up the good work! (even though you're a full-blooded hippy) :)

Posted by GOPster | November 21, 2007 4:44 PM

What a delightful child he must be. Wonder if he knows any good recipes?

Posted by Brandon | November 21, 2007 5:16 PM

Hey BV - it's been a while. Happy Tofurkey Day!

Posted by Burnside Richard | November 21, 2007 5:44 PM

I feel bad for this idiot's parents.

Posted by blah | November 21, 2007 7:25 PM

happy thanksgiving from one vegan to another!!! i'm not into tofurkey myself but i like "Mr Tofurkey"

Posted by lizzie | November 21, 2007 7:41 PM

Yup, wouldn't want to kill a turkey, but eating soy products is fine, when growing soybeans is done by people in Asia working for 7 cents per day or by people in South America destroying the rainforest. Nice

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 7:41 PM

Way to go Anon 7:41 if you had read the article more carefully it says that soy is used mostly to fatten livestock, I bet if every human became vegetarian and thus increased per capita human intake of soy, the overall soy consumption (human and animal comibned) would actually decrease. Yeah, before you make an ass out of yourself you might want to read the one article that you had read any of the article that you cite to.

Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2007 8:20 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 9:05 PM

Mmmm, locally farmed, pastured, heritage turkey.

With a side of tofurkey, of course...

Posted by douglas | November 22, 2007 1:12 AM

anon 9:05, using you're incorrectly while calling other people retarded doesn't make you look too intelligent YOURself.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 1:56 AM

So um, nothing going on then?

Posted by Wendy | November 22, 2007 4:37 AM

anon 9:05 w/ the truth...

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 1:14 PM

I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are.

Posted by Groucho Marx | November 22, 2007 2:06 PM

aww how cute! that kid's sweet.
as for the other comments geez its just a kid's drawing about what he's going to eat on thanksgiving and why he's not going to eat turkey. no one gets angry when kids draw turkeys on thanksgiving do they?

Posted by sophie | November 22, 2007 2:32 PM

Actually, militant vegans do get angry when kids draw turkeys on Thanksgiving Day.

Posted by Anonymoose | November 22, 2007 2:45 PM

Soybeans are the spawn of Satan

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 4:38 PM

turkey is delicious AND a good source of protein, which is something most vegans get very little of. have fun bruising all the time and being sickly, ill do as man was intended to do and eat meat for a number of essential nutrients and sources of energy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 4:46 PM

If you are what you eat, I'd rather be a regal turkey than a soybean.

Posted by Wackamole | November 22, 2007 4:47 PM

Man, everyones even arguing on Thanksgiving!

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 4:49 PM

i just soyfarted.

Posted by butt | November 22, 2007 5:37 PM

Fugedabout that tofurkee shit... it's all about the QUORN ROAST!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 6:00 PM

So the kid is all about saving turkeys, but he's 8 years old and is drawing Towlie? Strong!

"Who wants to get high?"

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 8:40 PM

Why do you feel so threatened by vegetarianism that you would call a young child names? It's a choice of health and lifestyle, not a political movement.

And vegetarians get plenty of protein from plenty of non-animal resources, without all the hormones and suffering.

Do some research and google these athlete's names. Do you really think professional NFL players dont get enough protein?

Desmond Howard
Heisman Trophy Winner 1991

Art Still
Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs MVP defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame

Chris Campbell
Olympic wrestling champion

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 9:34 PM

I wonder if Michael Vick is a vegetarian?

He'll have a chance to toss plenty of salad as he starts his prison term

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 9:45 PM

if girls swallow are they not vegetarian anymore?

Posted by drles | November 22, 2007 9:55 PM

Obviously there's no age limit here.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2007 10:07 PM

kill a turkey for thxgiving
kill a tree for xmas

Posted by kill | November 22, 2007 10:57 PM

i swallow and i'm a guy. i'm still a vegetarian though.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2007 1:37 AM

"It's a choice of health and lifestyle, not a political movement."

Tell that to PETA.

Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2007 12:31 PM

you guys should all know what you're in for when you type brooklynVEGAN in to your web browser. don't act so surprised when you get the odd post about something pertaining to half of the domain name.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2007 10:27 PM


By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - From her baptism in Liberia to Christmas years later in her adopted New York City, Mamie Manneh never lost the longing to celebrate religious rituals by eating monkey meat.

Now, the tribal customs of Manneh and other West African immigrants have become the focus of an unusual criminal case charging her with meat smuggling, and touching on issues of religious freedom, infectious diseases and wildlife preservation.

The case "appears to be the first of its kind relating to that uniquely African product," defense attorney Jan Rostal wrote in a pending motion to dismiss. "Unfortunately, it represents the sort of clash of cultural and religious values inherent in the melting pot that is America."

At the center of the case in federal court is a modest woman with nine children and a history of domestic discord.

The case dates to early 2006, when federal inspectors at JFK Airport examined a shipment of 12 cardboard boxes from Guinea.

They were addressed to Manneh and, according to a flight manifest, contained African dresses and smoked fish with a value of $780.

Instead, stashed underneath the smoked fish, the inspectors found what West Africans refer to as bushmeat: "skulls, limbs and torsos of non-human primate species" plus the hoof and leg of a small antelope, according to court papers.

Three days later, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents were at Manneh's door, where she told them she ran a smoked fish importing business.

According to the agents, she initially denied ordering any bushmeat from Africa or ever eating it while in the United States.

But after she consented to a search, the agents came across a tiny, hairy arm hidden in her garage.

"Monkey," she explained, claiming the arm was sent to her out of the blue "as a gift from God in heaven."

Federal prosecutors hit Manneh with smuggling charges that accused her of violating import procedures and suggested she was a menace to man and beast alike.

A criminal complaint cited evidence that the illegal importation of bushmeat encourages the slaughter of protected wild animals.

More ominously, the complaint warned of "the potential health risks to humans linking bushmeat to diseases like Lassa fever, Ebola, HIV, SARS and monkeypox."

Defense attorney Rostal has countered by accusing the government of picking on a poorly educated immigrant.

Her client's only offense, she said, was her inability to grasp Western attitudes and highly technical regulations regarding bushmeat.

Defense papers also argue that the U.S. demand for the meat involved in the Manneh case — from Africa's green monkey population — is "too small to have any significance for conservation."

Manneh, 39, testified last year that before arriving in the United States more than 25 years ago, monkey meat was critical to her religious upbringing.

At age 7, "I was baptized and they used that for the baptizing ceremony," she told a judge.

Manneh is already serving a two-year sentence in state prison for trying to run over a woman she suspected of sleeping with her husband, Zanger Jefferson. If convicted of the federal charges she faces up to five more years in prison and deportation.

"The government's taking a woman away from her children," complained Jefferson, who's struggling to raise the children alone. "It's very depressing, especially with the holidays right around the corner."

The prosecution also has dampened spirits at the church in Staten Island where Manneh and other African immigrants once packed the pews to practice a religion blending Christianity and tribal customs.

One of the few worshippers left, Leona Artis, says the congregation's appetite for monkey meat is deeply misunderstood.

Take Thanksgiving.

"Where some people have turkey, we'll have monkey meat," Artis said. "I've been eating it all my life. It's delicious."

Baptisms, Easter, Christmas, weddings — all are occasions for eating monkey, Manneh's supporters said in a sworn statement filed with the court.

The statement was vague about how the meat is obtained, but explains that it always arrives dried and smoked. Once blessed by a pastor, "we usually prepare it by cooking it for several hours into a stew," they said.

For them, the exotic import is more than just food.

"We eat bushmeat," they said, "for our souls."

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2007 3:38 PM

That litle kid has more intelligence than most adults will ever have! I wish more people would realize that murdering innocent animals is soo wrong! Go Tofurky! Looks delicious!

Posted by Yatsina | November 11, 2009 1:53 PM

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