Lyman Says the Time to Change is Now
Now for Compassionate Thanksgiving Celebration
Marcus Brings Dismantlement Message to Portland
Meat Market includes
an overview of the heinous conditions in which animals are housed and
killed in factory farms. Erik’s message expands to examine the history
of the vegetarian and animals rights movements. He stresses that little
concrete progress has been made. Each year the number of animals slaughtered
in the United States increases, now exceeding 10 billion annually. Americans
are consuming more meat; in 2002 meat and poultry consumption hit an all-time
high of 219 pounds per person. And the percentage of vegetarians is holding
steady (although more and more vegetarians are turning vegan). Of the
many arguments vegetarian educators have used over the years, the only
ones that are irrefutable are those concerning the problems with animal
agriculture, especially the accompanying ethos that perceives farmed animals
as commodities. Erik proposes a new movement of dismantlement, built upon
“an audacious premise that activists are capable of banding together
to undercut and ultimately eliminate the industry of animal agriculture.”
Veg Recipes at Holiday Recipe Swap
the Squids Rejoice
Get Your Northwest VEG T-Shirts — in Organic Cotton!
Northwest VEG T-shirts
are available for purchase. Made by SOS from Texas, these organic cotton
shirts come in traditional T-style, women's scoop neck and long-sleeve.
The long sleeve shirts are $20, and others are $15. We also have a children’s
size for $12. The front of the shirt features the Northwest VEG logo;
the back shows our website and includes the words, “Rockin' in the
Beet World.” Find them for sale at the October 16 potluck and the
Nov. 20 Compassionate Thanksgiving Celebration. You may also contact Charley
Korns to buy a shirt if you can’t make it to any of our upcoming
Northwest VEG Member Lends a Hand to Help Displaced Animals in Louisiana
Laura Guimond, a Northwest VEG member and Mercy Corps employee traveled to Louisiana to assist with the Portland-based nonprofit's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. She spent some time between her humanitarian relief tasks to assist in the efforts of Alley Cat Allies to care for displaced animals. She met many cats and dogs, but also encountered horses and a goat. Alley Cat Allies’ hurricane-relief base camp near Bogalusa, LA, has been up and running under extraordinarily difficult conditions for the staff and volunteers, and for the animals rescued or still stranded after the hurricane. ACA staff and volunteers have rescued over 50 animals. Laura said she is considering bringing a couple of cats to Portland, but it would be very hard to choose because they're all so special.
Details Benefits of Faux Meat Over Real Meat, Points to Whole Foods as
With the faux meats,
Sue pointed out that some common ingredients include wheat gluten, canola
oil, egg whites and whey protein, of which the latter two are not vegan.
Of course, eating the real meat counterparts would mean digesting hormones,
antibiotics and sometimes “parts of the animal that you’d
prefer not to see on your dinner plate.” Faux meats also offer more
fiber than the real options simply because animal products don’t
Future of Food Documentary Plays at Cinema 21
The award-winning documentary The Future of Food opens Friday, October 7, at Portland’s Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. Opening night will feature Rick North, director of the Campaign For Safe Food, a project of the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. North will answer questions relating to the film and discuss the issues of genetically modified organisms as they relate to Oregon. The Campaign For Safe Food aims to advance an agriculture and food system in Oregon that does not use GMOs. See http://www.oregonpsr.org.
This insightful film investigates the alarming changes happening in our food system, revealing the truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled store shelves for the past decade. The hit indy film has been selling out theaters and garnering favorable reviews across the country. Click here for more information and to download posters.
Crew: Spinning Lies and Sewing Fur
The folks in the headquarters of J. Crew must be suffering from amnesia. Just last year the company claimed that it “does not currently include fur in its collections nor does it plan to.” Then out comes its fall 2005 line with (you guessed it) fur! Moreover, Sir Paul McCartney’s wife Heather Mills McCartney is urging consumers to boycott J. Crew stores in America after discovering the company buys fur from China, where animals are skinned alive.
Take a moment to let J. Crew know that broken promises are bad for business and supporting the violent industry of skinning animals for their fur is far worse. Whether or not you shop at the store, let them know that you won’t be a customer as long as they continue to sell fur. Calling (800) 562-0258 will connect you with customer service. To make a greater impact, contact executives at J. Crew.
All Veg Writers
As publishers of books on animal advocacy, vegetarianism and environmentalism, Lantern Books is holding an essay competition with the aim being to “allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern's publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future.” With a $1000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 third prize awards, judges will be looking for originality of vision, knowledge of the subject, skill in presenting an argument and literary merit. The deadline is midnight on December 31, 2005. For more information, visit Lantern Books.
Call to Mercy for Animals from Ex- Speechwriter for Bush
Matthew Scully, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, has entered the debate on the humane treatment of animals. His essay, “Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism – for Animals” was published recently in The American Conservative. Newsweek also published a story on Scully, referring to him as “the most interesting conservative you have never heard of.”
The questions asked by Scully are not new to animal rights advocates. Vegetarians and vegans question the so-called differences between cruel treatment of a single puppy and cruel treatment of billions of cows. Commenting on the hypocrisy, Scully says, “If reason and morality are what set humans apart from animals, then reason and morality must always guide us in how we treat them.”
It’s important to note that Scully does not advocate a vegetarian or vegan diet. Instead he advocates a give-and-take relationship. While his mantra of, “We owe them a merciful death, and we owe them a merciful life” may not be humane enough for vegetarians and vegans, it’s an important step in the conservative political terrain. For more information, you can read his book, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy (St. Martin’s Press, 2002).