There is enough violence;
Meet Your Meat
Thanks to Ross Strader and Bruce Friedrich, we are now carrying the 2-hour
looped version of Peta's Meet
Your Meat video. These are copies we make of the master (with permission),
so we are able to keep the price
As the presses run with the new version of Why Vegan?, Lauren Panos,
The Greatest Graphic Artist In The World®, has completed the pdf
edition of the updated version. This version has thumbnails, bookmarks,
and links galore!
Why Why Vegan?
People often ask us why we don't produce a one-page sheet covering the highlights
of vegetarianism. There are a number of reasons.
When tabling or leafleting, we often do not get more than one chance to reach
a given individual. Because of this, we want to ensure we are giving them enough
incentive for them to act. We think this takes a spread of color pictures to
really capture their attention. The second reason is to be able to have both
quotes and cited facts. Finally is to be able to have a decent introduction
to nutrition. Although it would be nice to assume that anyone who sees something
about vegetarianism that interests them would then go on to request further
information, this is generally not the case. We want to make sure that people
have the best info they can available whenever we have the chance to reach them.
In general, people who receive a Why Vegan? booklet – either
from a table, from a leafleting person asking, "Would you like info on
vegetarianism?" or from a display rack – will be willing to look
through it. People can glean more from a quick glance through Why Vegan? than
they could from a shorter booklet / pamphlet. We want to use every opportunity
to get them the most complete case for veganism / vegetarianism that we can.
Another Open Rescue
In a previous
issue of Spam, we discussed Compassion
over Killing's recent open rescue at
ISE. There has been another open rescue – this time in Ohio. Mercy
For Animals has just launched a website
detailing their investigation at Ohio's two largest egg farms.
The following links show a bit of the media coverage this action has received.
Studies Find Resistant Bacteria in Meats
From the New York Times (free registration required)
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are widespread in commercial meats
and poultry and can be found in consumers' intestines, researchers
are reporting. The findings suggest that many food-borne illnesses
will not respond to the usual treatments
From Time magazine, October 29, p 91
The routine use of antibiotics in livestock may create healthier
– even fatter – animals, but it may take its toll on humans.
New research shows that the same antiobiotic-resistant strains
of bacteria found in meat and poultry are turning up in our intestines.
As a consequence, food-borne illnesses, from eating undercooked
meats or drinking water contaminated by animals droppings, may
become more difficult to treat.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine.
Capitalize on Recent Events?
Paul Shapiro of Compassion over Killing passed along an interesting article
which shows how animal exploiters really are trying to capitalize on recent
If you can, please spread the word to our veg friends and neighbors
to do everything they can to patronize local veg restaurants. Over
the past few weeks, we've been hearing from veg restaurants around
the world, and as we'd expect, many have seen significant drops
in their business since the terrible tragedy of September 11th.
In these very difficult and uncertain times, it's the fully veg
restaurants that are the first ones to close up, as their clientele
come from an admittedly small part of the population.
The 4th Annual Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition will be held at Loma Linda
U next April. See here for more
Travel Meals – For the Vegan Dog
on the Run!
We received the following information for dog owners:
Travel Meals is the first affordable, convenient, and healthy
solution for pet owners on the go who enjoy taking their beloved
dog along for the adventure. Whether driving a few hours to visit
a family member, hiking for a day along the back woods, or jetting
to far off lands, the Travel Meals mobile feeding station
provides a protein rich meal with fresh purified drinking water,
tasty biscuits, and a scoop bag for easy clean up for convenience.
This is a reprint of Jack Norris' letter which appeared in the September 2001
issue of the trade journal, Egg Industry:
I'm writing in response to the article "Animal Welfare Will
Not Go Away," by John Todd. The article discusses some things
that animal rights advocates are doing to change or eliminate the
egg industry. Todd states, "Could more resources be assigned
to fighting the adverse activities and publicity of the 'Vegan'
groups? We would hope so." In the long term, this strategy
is bound to fail.
Various sources indicate that the average hen lives in less than
one-half square foot of space. On many farms, this space is much
smaller. A great deal of the non-vegetarian public intuitively
finds this amount of space unacceptable. There will be no way to
"educate" them that their intuitions are wrong.
The American public is not against killing animals for food so
long as they are raised humanely. However, the egg industry makes
the job of vegan groups as easy as possible by keeping hens in
obviously cruel conditions such as those exposed
by Compassion Over Killing.
Would it not be better to keep hens in conditions that the public
finds acceptable, thus disarming the case vegan groups can make
to the average person? This would include taking hens out of cages,
eliminating forced molting, giving hens true access to the outdoors
during favorable weather conditions, and giving them enough space
that beak trimming could be eliminated. This would win the great
majority of the public's sympathy. If you supported the making
of these standards law in the US, then all US egg producers would
be on a level playing field.
In the end, this may come to pass whether the industry fights it
or supports it. But if you bring it about sooner rather than later,
you may be able to prevent the vegan movement from convincing millions
of people to quit eating eggs for the rest of their lives.
Jack Norris, Vegan Outreach
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