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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 2, 2001


First off, I would like to thank you, once again, for making the Why Vegan? booklets. I also need to thank you for putting the small comments people write into your newsletter. I've been veg since I was 10, and now that I'm a senior in high school, I realize that it has been the greatest decision I've made in my life. Being the only vegan in my family and in my class, it is sometimes hard to remember that what I'm doing is making a difference. But each time I read the comments in your newsletter, I remember why I became vegan and that there are people out there who share similar beliefs.
MR, Upton, MA, 11/31/01

Can you please send me booklets to distribute after a speech I have to give in class? I showed Why Vegan? to my friend, and she went veg. I think if I gave them out in class, the impact would last longer than my speech. Hopefully, it would last a lifetime.
SR, Normal, IL, 11/24/01



Repeated from last issue:

New Why Vegan? Available!

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Feature Articles

Mercy For Animals Video of Egg Farm Rescue

Last month Mercy For Animals (MFA) released the findings of our investigation and open rescue at Ohio's largest egg farms. We told you about the countless hens we discovered that were suffering from raging eye and sinus infections, mechanical feather damage, pasteurellae, paralysis, vitamin deficiency, vent peritonitis, hernias, wing hematomas, and blindness. All of these helpless birds were left to suffer and die without veterinary care.

MFA also uncovered numerous hens that had become trapped and immobilized, without access to food or water, when their bodies became lodged under the feeding trays. Other hens were left to slowly die when their wings became entangled in the wire of their cages.

The investigation exposed countless dead birds that had been overlooked by management, who have neither the time nor inclination to remove the corpses. At both Buckeye and Daylay Egg Farm, severely decomposed bodies were discovered in cages with live hens. The birds were left to slowly rot and decompose in their cages. This not only forced the living hens to subsist with the stench and maggots the rotting bodies would bring, but also created a breeding ground for disease.

Ian J.H. Duncan, Professor of Poultry Ethology at the University of Guelph, was so appalled after viewing MFA's footage that he stated: "(T)his videotape depicts some of the worst cruelty that I have ever witnessed." Veterinarian Eric Dunayer, VMD, stated: "(T)he videotape shows hens subjected to extremely inhumane conditions that inflict severe deprivation and injury. I have no doubt that these hens suffer terribly under such conditions."

MFA was forced to rescue 34 hens in dire need of veterinary care during the course of the investigation. All of the surviving hens are now living at a farm sanctuary. They are recovering miraculously. Their scars are healing and their white feathers are returning. The girls will be able to live out the rest of their lives in a natural environment where they are able to walk around freely, dust bathe, perch, and socialize with their new friends. They are the few lucky ones, free of the torture and suffering of battery cages.

We are now proud to release to you Silent Suffering, our NEW 23-minute video exposing the shocking findings of our investigation. See the video footage that was too graphic for PBS to air, shocking enough to land MFA a cover story on Impact Weekly, and compelling enough that the Wyandot and Union County prosecutors agreed an investigation needs to be launched into animal cruelty at Buckeye and Daylay Egg Farms.

Silent Suffering is a must have for all animal activists. Never before has a video exposed Ohio's largest egg farms for what they truly are. Silent Suffering makes a great case against eating eggs and has been turning people vegan since its first showing. Presenting this powerful video to friends, family and neighbors is a great way to educate people about the hidden suffering packed inside every egg.

To order your copy of Silent Suffering, we ask that you send a $15 donation made payable to:

Mercy For Animals
P.O. Box 265
Urbana, OH 43078
For the Animals,
Nathan Runkle


Carl Lewis Presents: Very Vegetarian by Jannequin Bennett

Reviewed by Rosemary Benedict and Michelle Johnson, authors of Expressly Vegan, Published by The Vegan Venue, Inc.

This is so much more than a cookbook, we'd call it a guidebook, too! With more than 200 recipes – from easy to elegant – this cookbook is the answer to a would-be vegan's prayers. It is presented and introduced by world-class Olympic athlete, Carl Lewis, but the real introduction comes in the "Getting Started" section. Deliciously authored by Chef Jannequin Bennett of the Five Diamond/Five Star Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, we are given a brief, yet comprehensive, overview of what vegan really means, including health and ethics.

We then move on to shopping, reading food labels, dining out and eating in. Next, there is a word about nutrition, vitamins, minerals, soy and isoflavones, oils and fats, as well as a wide variety of sweetener choices with how and when to substitute them. Plus, there's a terrific charted breakdown of pantry and refrigerator/freezer necessities, along with a variety of equipment recommendations and some cutting techniques. As for the actual cookbook part of this review, of the recipes we tried, there were really only two that we weren't thrilled with. One just wasn't what we'd expected, and the other tasted like something was missing. In each case, the recipe itself was still edible and loaded with nutrition. The remainder of recipes that we tried ranged in skill level from very basic to quite elaborate, and the results were anywhere from really good to absolutely sumptuous tastebud heaven: Very Vegetarian delivers!

Each category offers an abundant selection of interesting options. There are recipes for dips and spreads (we really like the bean spreads and guacamole), and delectable small and filled mouthwatering appetizers and snacks. The soup options include tasty and different hot, cold, sweet and sour soups, broths and chowders. There are also healthful salads and tasty accompanying dressings, so very many wonderful recipe options to try."

Condiments & sauces" teaches the reader how to prepare ketchup, hot mustard, tofu mayonnaise, pickles, relish, pesto, tapenade, barbecue sauce, salsa, dipping- and white sauces and gravy, then offers more exotic recipe options for things like cranberry ketchup, apricot mustard, okra pickles and olive relish, mushroom pesto, orange-chipotle barbecue sauce and Vietnamese lime dipping sauce. Every section offers such a great variety of recipes! Next comes the hot and cold sandwiches and burgers where we delighted in the TLT with tempeh, hummus sandwich and the scrumptious sun-dried tomato and lentil burgers. There are extensive, and comprehensive, sections involving beans, grains and International pasta recipes. One of our most fussy eaters will usually only have ketchup on his pasta, yet he could not get enough of the "Basic Pasta Sauce!"

The vegetable recipes are plentiful, delicious, and mostly easy, so don't let a long list of ingredients scare you away from trying things like "Spicy Cauliflower." The "Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes" recipe transforms ordinary mashed potatoes into a welcome new item on anyone's menu! The "breads" portion of the cookbook focuses on quick-, yeast- and flatbreads, and the results were consistent and satisfying. In particular, we really enjoyed the focaccia and pizza crust, and the quick and easy recipe for "Pizza Sauce" in this section was more than a delicious surprise. In fact, this recipe was so good, we'd recommend it for pasta, rice, even on bread alone!

The "breakfast" section was by far our favorite. The recipes for "Scrambled Tofu" and "Hash Browns" would make even the grumpiest morning person's tummy happy. And the pancakes are delicious on their own, but with the recipe for "Spiced Blueberry Sauce" they're a real treat at any meal. The scone and muffin recipes are superb.

The "Desserts" section contains cakes and icing recipes, cheesecake, ganache, brownies, bars, cookies, fudge and puddings. Then there are pies and crisps, even frozen ice creams! What can we say but, "Yum!" The "beverages" list includes delicious milk recipes, but the chocolate peanut butter shake and strawberry-banana smoothies recipes have become personal favorites. It's so complete, there are even recipes for "Mango Lassi," lemonade, soda, tea and "Chai Concentrate!" Last, but not least, the "treats for kids" section contains some real jewels. We all especially liked the "Cinnamon Monster Fingers."

This cookbook was a good read from beginning to end, and we highly recommend it to anyone who is not afraid to get in the kitchen and cook. What a pleasure to have had the opportunity to review Very Vegetarian, a clear, concise, helpful and informative cookbook filled with the most delicious vegan dishes for everyone from novices to veteran vegans.


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