|Enewsletter • June 24, 2001|
"Only the choicest vegetable-based discards"
This week marks the start of the Animal Rights 2001 conference outside Washington DC. Jack Norris of Vegan Outreach will be speaking three times.
We will be part of an off-hours gathering, Monday, July 2, from 6 7:30 to discuss vegan advocacy. Bruce Friedrich (Peta), Lauren Sullivan (Viva), and Paul Shapiro (Compassion over Killing) are also scheduled to be a part of the discussion. Everyone is invited!
If you look at the latest statistics available (chart), the number of birds and mammals bred and killed for food in the United States rose from 9.4 to 9.8 billion in the past year. This *increase* since last year's Animal Rights conference – 400,000,000 – is approximately ten times the *total* number of animals killed for fur, in shelters, and in laboratories *combined*.
A fellow from Vegan Outreach was tabling at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania
at last year's Earth Day festival, and I wanted to let you know that it has
affected me. I thought about writing and thought, why bother, but then I thought
back on all the trouble people have been giving me about being vegetarian,
and realized that you must go through it too and so much more. People are
very defensive. I've realized that. I haven't gone all vegan, but I have given
up meat, stopped using animal-tested products, and wearing leather. I have,
in my opinion, even influenced other people in giving up meat. I would someday
like to be vegan, but am taking it one step at a time. Just infusing a little
soy milk here and there, and tuning down recipes that are big on cheese and
eggs. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you. I feel MUCH better about myself
and my role in the world, much more connected, and more honest with the animals
I always loved. Thanks.
I read one of your booklets from a friend. My wife is now no longer buying
meat stuffs, even milk. I was heavily into spare ribs and steaks, etc., I can't
believe I'm going vegan – honest!
Your article on welfare and liberation was amazing. I wish everyone in the
movement would think with such clarity. I agree 100% with your philosophy,
and have always asked people to keep in mind that our goal is to reduce animal
suffering as much as possible. To do this, we have to reach as many people
as possible, not cling narrow-mindedly to an absolutist agenda. Please keep
up with these well-written, well-thought-out editorials.
Hope for the Hopeless
This week I had a chance to watch Compassion Over Killing's video, "Hope for the Hopeless." I thought I would no longer find any footage to be unique, but this tape should be a valuable tool for activists working to convince people to give up eggs.
According to two new reports in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vegan diets can meet all of children's nutritional needs.
Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation, debated US federal judge Richard Posner on ethical issues, including animals.
Below the Beltway: Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post talks to Bruce Friedrich of PETA
On a lighter note, this was passed along this morning.
Last week in the Washington Times, an article appeared by Gene Mueller titled, "Those animal rights fanatics rear their ugly heads again." In it Mueller criticized recent protests against sport fishing and argued that there is no good evidence that fish feel pain.
Vegan Outreach President Jack Norris responded: