|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!
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:
We will announce when the booklet is available for order. Thanks!
Notes from All Over
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."
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."
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."
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.
Your info was shocking
and sick -- the way
we eat meat, not realizing the horrible
methods. Thank you for opening my