|Enewsletter • April 9, 2003|
Thanks to everyone who offered their well-wishes recently. Things are going more smoothly, and we expect new, improved brochure holders next week.
Congrats to Leafleters!
If you have stories or pictures from your National Leaflet Your School Day event, please send them to us. Thanks!
The Minneapolis Black Beauty, Church-Leafleting Crowd
Left to right, Univ. of Minn. student Gil Schwartz, Eileen Adamec, Colleen Meyer, Tim Fritz, Julie Eyrich and Lori Peterson on the end in the back.
From Lori Peterson:
"We just leafleted the event...handed out 1200 pieces. Went well. Also had Black Beauty circling the block over and over with Christian-vegetarian and meat/dairy posters on PowerPoint showing on her screens for two hours.
"Black Beauty, will be hitting the road in April with the hot new band Good Charlotte. Black Beauty will be showing "Meet Your Meat" in front of the band's concert halls, educating literally thousands of young people each night. Peta is sending driver and covering costs, but money is needed to cover the thousands of Why Vegan brochures needed for this tour. If a picture is worth a thousand words, think of how much this national tour will educate."
You can donate today and help get Why Vegans into the hands of tens of thousands this summer!!
"Just as people tend to do with any new project, most "baby" vegetarians will jump right into the plan-you'll excuse the expression- "whole hog." ... As will happen with any new project, dedicating so much energy to an unfamiliar regimen tends to quickly wear out all but the most dedicated tyros. When that happens to you, the best thing to do is review the reasons you made the change in the first place. While motives vary, most people give up eating meat for three reasons: health, cost, and respect for animal rights."
Swiss pets will soon no longer be defined as “goods” or “objects” after parliament voted to grant them improved legal status. Instead, they will now be recognised as living things, having their own dignity and capable of feeling pain.
Model Positive Reply to Christianity Today's... "Taming Beasts" Article
This is a good example of how to reply to any article: accentuate the positive. First, this increases your chance of getting printed. Second and more importantly, many people who see the letter won't have seen the original article, so you can use your letter to make selected points.
To the Editor:
Charles Colson and Anne Morse rightly call Michael Pollan's New York Times Magazine article on animal rights "brilliant" and Matthew Scully's new book Dominion, "excellent." One central premise of both works is that animals on today's factory farms are treated in ways that are unnatural and merciless, and that the conditions demand that people of kindness will categorically refuse to support this horrible violence. Both Pollan and Scully refuse to eat any chicken, pork, or other meat from grocery stores or restaurants; Scully eats a completely vegetarian diet.
As Christians, we recall that Christ was scorned for His extension of kindness to tax collectors and prostitutes. Central to the Lord's work was His outreach to the oppressed, the weak, those in suffering. Accordingly, Christians are called to advocate for animals precisely because we strive to imitate the life and ministry of Jesus.
Every time we eat, we make a decision about who we are in the world: Do we support Christ's mercy, love, and compassion? Or do we support a system that denies God's animals everything for which He designed them, every kindness, and slaughters them in ways that elevate the moral system of 'might makes right' to its highest level? For Christians, today's factory farming systems demand that we eat a vegetarian diet.
Daniel Paden, Director