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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 24, 2005

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

New Starter Guide Coming Soon!

Vegan Outreach would like to introduce our latest creation, the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating!
It updates the Vegan Starter Pack with current nutritional information and new recipes. It also features excerpts from our retired Vegan Advocacy booklet.

We are very excited about this new brochure. It will not only show people how to explore new ideas and make compassionate, sustainable choices, it will also inspire them to get active for animals. Click on the image here to see the advocacy spread from the new booklet.

We currently receive hundreds of requests every week for our current Vegan Starter Pack, and we anticipate a much larger demand for the new one. We need your help to print this new Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating! You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation on-line, or send a check to:
     Vegan Outreach
     P.O. Box 38492
     Pittsburgh, PA 15238

We will announce when the booklet is available for order. Thanks!

 

Notes from All Over

Keep Chickens out of Wire-Floored Cages

excerpt: "[I]f hens kept all their lives on wire floors are suddenly given access to a floor of wood-shavings or peat, they have 'an immediate and strong preference for these more natural floors over the wire ones.... They dustbathe, eat particles of peat and scratch with their feet. It is not just the extra comfort afforded by a soft floor that attracts them, but all the behavior they can do there as well.' By contrast, when hens are forced to stand and sit on wire mesh, their feet can become sore, cracked and deformed. The hen's claws, which are designed to scratch vigorously, and thus stay short and blunt, become long, thin, twisted and broken. They can curl around the wire floor and entrap the hen, causing her to starve to death inches from her food and water."

 

When Meat Is Not Murder

excerpt: "In a horizon-scanning essay from 1932, Winston Churchill said: 'Fifty years hence we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium."

See also: Few beefs over laboratory-grown meat; and the BBC report.

 

PETA Throws a Bomb

excerpt: "PETA got it wrong in New Haven in only one respect: Animals are not 'the new slaves.' They're the first ones. They're the ones who got the worst a dominator culture had to offer, and the worst has lately gotten much worse, as a quick tour through a Confined Animal Feeding Operation will demonstrate to anyone in possession of two or three of his senses and lacking a vested interest in the company's quarterly profit statement.

"The larger lesson of Darwin (there are no superior species, only differently adapted ones) has not yet sunk in; instead, we are still ruled in every way that matters by the medieval Great Chain of Being, on which we placed ourselves one rung below the angels and far above all other manner of beaste, most low, foule and uncleane."

 

Un-American About Animals

excerpt: "What country has the most advanced animal protection legislation in the world? If you guessed the United States, go to the bottom of the class....

"Most states with major animal industries have written into their anticruelty laws exemptions for 'common farming practices.' If something is a common farming practice, it is, according to these states, not cruel, and you can't prosecute anyone for doing it.... [A]ny common farming practice is legal. If you hear farm industry lobbyists trying to tell you that there is no problem in the United States because unhappy animals would not be productive, ask them how it can be good for a hen to be kept with four or five other hens in a cage so small she couldn't stretch her wings even if she had the whole cage to herself."

See also this review of "Why our farm animals would be better off on the other side of the Atlantic" at DawnWatch.

 

Notes from Our Members

A gentleman in his 40s approached me at Cal State LA asking, "What is this you're giving out?" I told him that it was an animal rights pamphlet and offered it to him. He then asked, "What about human rights? Does anyone care about us?" I explained that you could still care about human rights when you care about animals. He shook his head. I pointed to the photo of the pigs on the front cover and told him that for those pigs it is really bad. I explained that they castrate them, cut off their tails, and front teeth all without anesthetics. He then looked very disturbed. I continued to explain that whatever we do to animals we sooner or later end up doing to ourselves. He said that he understood, took a pamphlet, and thanked me. He then took a few steps and returned to me asking for two more copies for his colleagues at work.
-Stewart Solomon, Burbank, CA, 8/11/05

Your info was shocking and sick -- the way we eat meat, not realizing the horrible methods. Thank you for opening my eyes.
-CN, San Luis Obispo, CA, 8/17/05

 

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