Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stories of Hope (Dec. 7 & Dec. 8): A New Vegan Cooking Show & the Adventures of Scrub the Cat

December 7: Kudos to The Cooking Channel for announcing that it will air the first-ever show aimed at vegan foodies called The Veg Edge. The show will actually air for the first time on December 9 (but I read the story yesterday, which is why I'm counting it as my Dec. 7 "Story of Hope"). It will feature chefs preparing all kinds of dishes aimed at vegan viewers, and it promises to be quite a breakthrough - the first all-vegan cooking program. This is yet another sign of the growing influence of the vegan community, which is gaining new adherents every day. As The Cooking Channel noted:

“The Veg Edge journeys the country unearthing a new breed of vegetarians. From a punk rock vegan in L.A. to vegetable-loving firemen deep in the heart of Texas to a kickboxing chef who serves up meatless Mondays at his high-end NYC restaurant. Vegetarians 2010: food carts in Portland, a California beauty, East Village hipsters, confessions, recipes, even ribs…sort of.” (Source)

December 8: Scrub, a cat from Biloxi, Mississippi, described by The New York Daily News as a "battle scarred Tabby," was reunited with his forever family after being separated from them five years ago during Hurricane Katrina. After Scrub went missing back in '05, his family gave up hope of ever seeing their beloved cat again. Recently, thanks to microchip technology, the Humane Society was able to track down Scrub's owners - Chris and Jennifer Noble - and the family had a joyous reunion with the cat they loved so much. As local Humane Society director Tara High noted: "This is the power of microchipping. There is no other way the cat would've found its family. This is a very dramatic story with a wonderful ending." (Source)

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