|Enewsletter • February 11, 2004|
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Dr. Greger's February Newsletter Available
"Few activists get face time with the CEO of the entity they're protesting. Usually, just as in a Michael Moore movie, some faceless corporate flack is dispatched to the picket line outside company headquarters to nod and empathize with the demonstrators and not say anything remotely meaningful - and then make them go away.
"Which makes the story of how Lauren Ornelas, the lone U.S. representative of a British animal rights group, who persuaded the CEO of Whole Foods to go vegan, seem as surreal today as when the two met nearly a year ago. Not only that, but the ensuing online dialogue the 33-year-old Davis resident conducted with CEO John Mackey may someday be seen as helping to inspire industrywide changes in how "farmed" animals are raised."
"Killing the animals 'only' to prevent the possible spread of disease is certainly no worse for the individual animals. All of these animals - civet cats, chickens and cows - were destined for dinner tables. Since virtually all of them are intensively farmed and spend their lives confined and crowded in miserable conditions, it is probably kinder to kill them sooner rather than later....
"So what is there to object to about the current large-scale slaughters to prevent disease? Since we are both actively involved with the animal- rights movement, most people would expect us to think of them as atrocities. We are saddened, of course, by the mass killings, but at least there is a valid purpose to them, as they are designed to stop the spread of diseases that could cause many more other deaths."
After our mention of the Christian Vegetarian Association's new booklet, Honoring God's Creation, some people wrote to us with displeasure that Vegan Outreach seems to support religion in general and Christianity in particular. This is not the case. VO does not take a stand for or against religion. But, Vegan Outreach does encourage spreading veganism to everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or philosophical orientation. Since certain audiences respond best to literature that directly addresses their questions, concerns, and beliefs, it is reasonable for VO to alert its members to the availability of vegetarian literature aimed at Christian, and other, audiences.
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