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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 15, 2001

 

A Spam Not To Be Missed!

Addendum to May 13, 2001 Spam!

In the last issue of Spam, we responded to an activist who wrote us saying that PETA wanted Mad Cow Disease to come to the U.S. Actually, Ingrid Newkirk of PETA said this about Foot and Mouth Disease, not Mad Cow Disease.

Bruce Friedrich of PETA replied:

Dear Vegan Outreach:

I am writing to clarify some points.

The question you published ("What is your opinion of PETA openly hoping for mad cow to come to the US?") shows that activists are as susceptible as everyone else to not grasping that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and mad cow disease – or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – are quite different (there was an AP story about the public¹s lack of comprehension recently). No one at PETA has said that they hope BSE comes to the US (or spreads at all).

The real news is that, at least in Europe, these diseases are providing the general public with significant insights into animal agriculture. The German agricultural minister has made remarks to the effect that it is time to reassess what we have done to animals (all animals) in the pursuit of ever-cheaper meat. The positive outcomes in France and Italy are even more than in Germany. Across Europe, agricultural ministers and activists are using BSE and FMD to force real and serious improvements in the way all animals are treated. All meat exports have been banned – also a very good thing.

Many Europeans *are* going vegetarian and vegan (our definition, rather than the popular one – merely eating no red meat) in response to the BSE and FMD crises. Some are eating more chicken, yes, but many are taking this as their wakeup call and are giving up all meat. Our small European offices now do nothing but vegan advocacy because the demand has skyrocketed. They take every opportunity to make the points you suggest re: not just giving up beef, which would be counterproductive from an animal rights standpoint.

For the animals,
Bruce Friedrich
PETA

Editor's note: Here is an article mentioned in a previous Spam! and another source of information: BBC News, Doubts raised over slaughter policy

 

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