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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 24, 2001

 

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Animal Rights 2001

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*.

 

Feedback

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.
TR, Slippery Rock, PA, 6/20/01

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!
TO, Surrey, BC, 6/15/01

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.
LI, Penfield, NY, 6/13/01

 

News

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.

 

Vegan Diets Can Meet Children's Nutritional Needs

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.

 

Animal Rights by Richard A. Posner and Peter Singer

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.

 

Letter to the Editor from Jack Norris

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:

I'd like to point out an article by Patrick Bateson in the New Scientist published in 1992: http://www.newscientist.com/nsplus/insight/animal/pain.html

The introduction states, "By drawing analogies between humans and other animals, researchers tentatively conclude that fish and octopuses can feel pain, but insects can't. But the cutoff point is inevitably fuzzy."

It further says, "Few people have much fellow feeling for fish even though many fish are long-lived, have complicated nervous systems and are capable of learning complicated tasks."

Milan Kundera wrote in his 1984 book The Unbearable Lightness of Being, "Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."

It is interesting that Mueller's article appeared the day before the execution of Timothy McVeigh which spurred a national discussion about violence. Can't fisherman think of other sporting challenges that don't involve violence against another creature?

Editor's Note: For more on fishing, see a recent article in IMPACT magazine: Fish Are Not Swimming Vegetables or PETA's site: NoFishing.net

 

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