|Enewsletter • November 22, 2006|
modern animal agriculture,
the less the consumer knows about
what’s happening before the meat
hits the plate, the better.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Thanksgiving can be a rough time for vegetarians, but we have a lot for which to be thankful. It has been a tremendous year, with ever-increasing numbers of people learning the realities of modern animal agriculture and choosing to no longer support it.
We at Vegan Outreach are thankful, every day, to be part of the expanding circle of ethics, working as hard and as smart as we can to bend the arc of history towards justice.
Again last week, more than 30,000 students were handed booklets on campuses across North America. By the time you read this, the semester total will have passed 300,000.
At right, Moni Woweries leaflets at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
We are creating a generation for whom the incredible horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses are no longer hidden. Of course, progress won't be as fast as we would like, but we can be sure that the current practice of breeding, raising, and butchering animals for the taste of their flesh won't be able to stand the light of exposure.
Everyone at Vegan Outreach is truly thankful, every day, for the volunteers and donors who do so much for the animals.
Product of the Week
Sean: "Winter is coming, and EcoLips Bee Free Lemon-Lime is one of the many reasons I enjoy the season. My lips crack easily, and this lip balm stick melts to your lips and has a fantastic lemon-lime flavor, and it works really well."
Notes from All Over
Will the Government Stop This?
Understandably, people expect the government to stop the worst abuses by regulating the meat industry. However, the only major law that applies to some food animals -- The Humane Slaughter Act, which applies only to mammals -- is basically unenforced. As conceded in the meat industry journal, Meatingplace (Nov. 2006, pp. 10-16, emphasis added):
"The [undercover] video [of the slaughterhouse for beef processor Agri-Processors] caught the attention of USDA's Inspector General, who investigated the matter. The picture the resulting report painted was of government inspectors playing video games while Agri-Prccessors employees violated provisions of the Humane Methods and Slaughter Act. The report, however, concluded that the actions didn't amount to a 'prosecutable offense.'
"'Why is it," PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich wants to know, "that even on occasions when USDA agrees there were egregious violations, it doesn't hand down any kind of criminal prosecution, despite the fact that it's a criminal offense? USDA has never bothered to criminally prosecute anyone for violating the Humane Slaughter Act."
excerpt: "A type of salmonella found in eggs is turning up more often in chicken meat and needs to be reduced, according to the Agriculture Department. From 2000 through 2005, there was a fourfold increase in positive test results for salmonella enteritidis on chicken carcasses. Salmonella sickens at least 40,000 people and kills about 600 every year in the United States."
Notes from Our Members
I'm so inspired
by what you are doing. You are a
keystone species in progressive
society. Such a brilliant and effective
use of money.
While leafleting at
the mall, two people
told me that they got the pamphlet
from me earlier in the day, and
they are now going to have to go
vegan. Many others told me that
it was great what I was doing.
At Western Michigan
University, Kaya and
I handed out over 1,400 booklets,
and heard from about 25 vegetarians,
about 5 vegans, 10 hunters. One
of the first of several good conversations
was with a student who was handed
a booklet and came back some minutes
later with a look of disturbed concern.
He stated he had no idea that farm
animals were subjected to this brutal
treatment and it did not sit well
Two great quotes
from SUNY Fredonia:
At Portland State U,
I heard many people say an enthusiastic
or "You bet!" I ran into
a few people who said they were
vegetarian but were in the process
of going vegan. I gave them a GCFE,
and that made them happy. One man
browsed through an EI and said "Awww...
I know, I need to clean out my refrigerator
and stop eating meat." I told
him how it's not an all-or-nothing
situation -- he can still help animals
by just eating more vegetarian meals.
He said, "No, I want to stop
eating meat all together."
(All the better!) He was happy to
get some recipes (I gave him a GCFE).
At the University of
Kentucky today, eight
of us gave out a grand total of
2,672 EI booklets. One
man came up to say he was still
grappling with some AR arguments.
I said that VO's sole argument is
that animals suffer unnecessarily
on factory farms and slaughterhouses
and that we can reduce this by reducing
our animal product consumption.
I said that we have the capacity
to think about these things and
act on the ethical decisions that
we come to. After conversing for
a bit, he said, "These are
the best answers I've heard on this.
I'm going to really think about