|Enewsletter • December 19, 2002|
Update on the New Why Vegans!!
By the time you read this, we should have received the copies of the new Why Vegan here at the office, and will have started filling the backorders for quantities fewer than 300. Remember, you can order copies of Why Vegan, and any other matieral, from our catalog.
Just to repeat: thanks to everyone who made this possible; together, we can make the new year the best ever for the animals.
Happy holidays from all of us at Vegan Outreach!
Previously, we mentioned the publications of stories resulting from a serious, nine-month investigation of factory farms by the Dayton Daily News. These stories give great insight into the industry. You can view all the articles here.
"New U.S. pollution rules announced on Monday will do little to control "factory farm" manure runoff fouling the nation's waters, environmental groups said.
"'It's a sweet deal for factory-farm polluters but it stinks for the rest of us,' said Melanie Shepherdson of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which sued in 1989 for feedlot rules. She said livestock producers were being handed 'a largely self-permitting system that insulates the industry' from public scrutiny or responsibility."
See also NPR's:
"You don't have to live on a farm to care about this. According to two of the studies, these drug-resistant strains are probably as close as your nearest supermarket, or even in the package of raw chicken you bought to make tonight's dinner.
"In a study conducted by Consumers Union, researchers found Campylobacter in 42 percent of nearly 500 broiler chickens purchased in 25 different cities, and Salmonella in 12 percent.
"Ninety percent of the Campylobacter strains were resistant to at least one antibiotic used to treat human illness. So were 34 percent of the Salmonella strains."
See also: "Of birds and bacteria."
"State education officials and federal regulators knew a year ago that the breaded chicken tenders blamed for sickening 40 pupils and teachers in Joliet last month might have been contaminated by an ammonia leak at a storage facility in St. Louis.
"But after the facility fumigated the food, federal inspectors offered a clean bill of health and approved shipment to school cafeterias across Illinois."
"Last month, voters in Florida approved a state constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of sow gestation crates.
"'The Florida initiative demonstrated that urban consumers care about how animals are raised,' said Chris Bedford, who will coordinator efforts in Iowa from a Des Moines office.
The Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C., is perhaps traditionally best known for promoting animal welfare issues. But according to some, in recent years it has moved closer to the animal rights agenda. 'We're opposed to keeping breeding sows in 2-foot cages,' said Wayne Pacelle, senior vice president of the Humane Society. 'We're not asking for much. We just want the animals to be able to turn around.'
"'Iowa is critical because it's the largest pig producing state,' Pacelle said.
"Just two Florida hog producers are affected by that state's new law, and they have six years to eliminate gestation crates from their production scheme. The stakes in Iowa are much higher. According to the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the pork industry has a nearly $12 billion annual economic impact on the state.
"For that reason some give the Humane Society little chance to succeed. They also argue the organization's logic is flawed.
"Veterinarian Tim Loula represents the Swine Vet Center, a veterinary consulting practice based in St. Peter, Minn. The group is devoted exclusively to serving the pork industry.
"'Animal welfare means the animal's basic needs are being fulfilled,' Loula said. That includes providing an environment free of hunger, thirst, pain, injury, disease and stress.
"'Today's modern crated facilities and professional management provide excellent welfare for the sow,' Loula said, including environmentally controlled barns, regular assessment of the animal's health and precise drop-feed and automatic watering systems.
"'From a scientific viewpoint, confinements provide a lot of good in terms of animal welfare,' Loula said. 'For that reason, I think the odds would be very slim of a Florida-type measure passing in Iowa.'"
"Chicken producers have grown so used to seeing birds in cages with half their feathers missing that they believe it's normal, says the North American guru on livestock behaviour.
"'It's a case of bad becoming normal,' [says] Temple Grandin.
"Chickens crowded into laying pens or birds without feathers are not normal, and the situation has to change, Grandin told a group of farmers, students and industry leaders.
"'I'm very upset with what I saw in the hen house,' said Grandin, who has toured thousands of ranches, slaughter plants, feedlots and farms over her 30-year career. The animal welfare specialist helps design better ways to house, move and slaughter animals.
"'We've got to get things to a minimum decent standard. This has got to change. This is absolutely totally awful.'
"Grandin got her first taste of chicken farms when she began working with McDonald's restaurants in 1999 to help assure the restaurant company that meat and eggs it uses are humanely raised. What the researcher saw in some chicken barns was worse than any large animal slaughterhouse she toured.
"'If cattle and pigs looked like these hens, I don't think any rancher would say that's OK,' said Grandin who insisted changes be made to the way chickens, especially laying hens, are raised in the United States."
"Vegetarianism can be a vexing lifestyle in a fast-food world. A love affair with veggies, fruits and grains takes plenty of commitment.
"'I left vegetarianism because it was inconvenient: the shopping and cooking times needed, calculating protein and other nutrients, working around the needs of friends who weren't vegetarian,' says Bob Eskes, 49, a data analyst from Rochester, N.Y. 'Also, I felt sometimes it was too hard being a vegetarian around carnivores.'
"A recent best seller, Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, ruthlessly exposed the commercial underbelly of America's beef empires. Author Peter Lovenheim's Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf follows calves from cuddly critters to slaughterhouse fodder. Both books jolt readers into envisioning living animals behind the slab of meat on their plate.
"Just as significant, a new food pyramid from Harvard Medical School challenges the beefy priorities that nourished baby boomers. Dr. Walter Willett's recommendations sharply restrict red meat and limit dairy products to one or two servings a day. Instead, he advocates large portions of whole grains, fruits and vegetables – staples of a vegan diet.
"'Dr. Willett's ideas are based on years of study,' says Allyson Prace, 47, a nutritionist. 'I also focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. But I believe that people can handle eating very lean, small portions of meat – preferably fatty fish.'"
"Nutritional experts say they are increasingly worried about iron deficiency among infants. Thousands of infants in the UK have a shortage of iron in their diet, raising the risk of delayed development or behaviour problems... Research suggests the problem is the most common nutritional disorder in the country, with about a quarter of infants not getting enough iron.
"The main cause is the use of cow's milk in babies under one year old, coupled with a reduction in red meat consumption and increase in vegetarianism."
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had a couple people come up to me and tell me that they havent consumed
products since, and that they may never again. I would love to hand out much
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me. The first
from Louisville, KY, and the second from Richmond, Va. I am from Nashville,
TN, and all three of us could pass things out in our home towns over winter
break. I am also in a band and we are doing a self funded 20 day tour from
Florida to Detroit, and I would love to pass out things all along that adventure.
Thanks for existing. The name "Vegan Outreach" gives
me all kinds of inspiration.
Thank you for all the accurate, thoughtful work you do! I've been ordering
from you for six years and will continue to do so!