OMNI VEGETARIAN NEWSLETTER #3, January 8, 2014. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
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Contents #1 Nov. 12, 2013
Vegetarian Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films:
Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films for Preservation of Animals
PETA’s Animal Times
Foundations of Vegetarianism
Why People Become Vegetarians
Moss, Addictive Junk Food
Nutrition and Ethics
Google Search, Food, Inc.
Food and Climate Change
Meat vs. Climate
Tuttle, World Peace Diet, Food, Compassion, Interconnectedness, Harmony
History: Recipes from Famous People
Declaration for Consideration
Eliz. Renter, Poisons in Meat
Get the Antibiotics Out of
Schweitzer, Reverence for Life
Susie Hoeller, Ethical Food
Climate Change and Food
Dick, Declaration of Support, See Newsletter #2
Animals and Vegetarianism
Cahill, Cruelty and Kindness
From Rolling Stone, Factory Farms
Google Search: Cruelty to Animals
Humane Society of the
Nutrition and Pleasure
Last month we held our first and very tentative discussion of the relation between VP and the values of vegetarianism. Here is what I sent you in Newsletter #2.
DECLARATION FOR DISCUSSION
Since OMNI has always affirmed the interconnectedness of life, the linkage of peace, justice, ecology, good health for all people, empathy with all animals, and the protection of the environment, and since
Vegetarianism empowers us to deal with the world’s environmental, health, and humane problems, the Vegetarian Potluck declares its support for an active role in promoting the values of vegetarianism:
A vegetarian diet is more nutritious and safer than that of meat.
Vegetarianism is more ethical than a meat diet, by avoiding the cruelty and killing of animals. As Albert Schweizer wrote: “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
Meat eating contributes to the destruction of the air, water, and land, and to the production of C02, warming, and climate change much more than does a vegetable diet.
The initial question for each of us to ask is: Do I believe in these values? And then: Will these values contribute to a better world? And: Do I wish to see more people embrace these values? And: If we do can we be effective? Finally: Should OMNI’s VP promote the values, and to what extent, and in what ways?
Each one of these questions is complicated, so I’ll tackle only two of them right now: Can we be effective if we advocate the values of vegetarianism? Is meat-eating harmful to animals, humans, and the planet?
Recently in the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 9(9-27-13) Dana Kelley
explained how drunk driving was dramatically reduced in the in the short span of 15
years. Before 1980 more than half of
all fatal motor vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, and more than a third of
all drivers in those crashes were drunk.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was founded by Candy Lightner in 1980 after her 13-year old daughter was killed by a repeat DWI offender. The target of MADD was not alcohol but the behavioral problem of drinking too much and driving. Her supporters became MADD, for they shared her determination to stop drunk driving and save people’s lives. Within 15 years drunken driving had become socially stigmatized and criminally punitive, and drunk-driving rates and deaths had plummeted by half.
The key to MADD’s success was their conviction and concentration. They would accomplish nothing if they simply met occasionally to enjoy each other’s company. No. Drunken driving was harmful, wrong, criminal, and it could be reduced if they put their minds to it.
Of course, alcohol-related deaths by traffic accidents continue, but the epidemic’s growth was stopped and reversed. (Kelley continues by applying the example of MADD to the problem of gun abuse. We can reduce gun killings.)
And their example applies to OMNI’s Potluck as well, if, that is, we believe in the values of vegetarianism and that those values—nutritional, ethical, and climatological-- resist and can reverse the drunk driving of meat-eating.
Each person’s convictions are their private matter, but considerable evidence shows that vegetarianism is more healthy, ethical, and environmentally friendly than meat. Newsletter #1 included two essays on the poisons in meat, an essay and book on the ethics of eating vegetables instead of meat, and several references to writings about the role of meat in the warming of the atmosphere. Newsletter #2 covered the same ground (and more).
The evidence of the harms of meat seems persuasive, but the debate over refusing meat is not over obviously (see below). The evidence of successful public relations campaigns is powerful, but of course failures have occurred. We can make a difference as a group, if we decide to. Several considerations remain, but let’s pause to be sure we have sifted the present questions sufficiently. –Dick
Vegetarian Times: Food, Pleasure, Nutrition
The entire Jan.-Feb. 2014 issue is devoted to this one field of interest, almost excluding ethical and climate change considerations. With occasional exceptions, the magazine seems to offer a vegetarian (some vegan) gourmet/nutritional magazine. But of course it excludes meat also, which makes an indirect statement regarding other subjects.
And gourmet is a problem at least for me. The recipe for Baked Chips sounds delicious and easy, but what is truffle oil? And the Greek salad calls for Mexican oregano, Fuyu persimmons, radicchio, and lacinato kale, among other ingredients. I have all the ingredients for tomato soup recipe, but the author suggests I use mini-cutters to cut sliced bread into shapes such as stars, footballs, snowflkes! --Dick
HISTORY: EARLY VEGETARIANISM
SHELLEY, “ON VEGETARIANISM”
There is no disease, bodily or mental, which adoption of vegetable diet and pure water has not infallibly mitigated, wherever the experiment has been fairly tried.
Percy Bysshe Shelley from Wikipedia on Shelley’s nutritional and ethical preference for vegetables.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) aligned most of his views on vegetarianism with those of Ritson. Like Ritson, Shelley believed that a meatless diet was the best mode of consumption for a healthy, disease-free life. He believed that human disease could be alleviated by a simple reversion back to a plant-based diet. The eating of meat, to Shelley, was a practice that polluted the body with syphilis, among other unpleasant ailments. In A Vindication of Natural Diet he wrote, "Should ever a physician be born with the genius of Locke, I am persuaded that he might trace all bodily and mental derangements to our unnatural habits," these unnatural habits being the consumption of meat. He compared the negative effects of a meat-based diet to alcoholism, asking, "How many thousands have become murderers and robbers, bigots and domestic tyrants, dissolute and abandoned adventurers, from the use of fermented liquors?". He goes on to suggest that, a human of gentle disposition towards animals, "rising from a meal of roots," will be a healthy man whose only threat of death will be that of his own natural, old age.
GOOGLE SEARCH, PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY VEGETARIANISM, Jan. 6, 2014
Jump to Percy Bysshe Shelley - . Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) aligned most of his views on vegetarianism with those of Ritson.
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Jan 23, 2012 - A large collection of articles about the development of vegetarianism around the world for thousands of years.
Percy Shelley's copy of Joseph Ritson's groundbreaking book on vegetarianism reveals a lot about his politics and philosophy.
NEW BOOK BY THOMAS CAHILL, HERETICS AND HEROES
Bill Moyers, on PBS Moyers & Co., Dec. 29, 2013, interviewed Cahill, who proposed the dichotomy of kindness and cruelty as the fundamental ethical poles. Which life should we choose, was the question.
ETHICS OF VEGETARIANISM
“The fundamental idea of good, therefore, is that it consists in preserving life, in favouring it and wishing to raise it to its highest point; and evil consists in the destruction of life, in the injury of life, or in the frustration of its development.” Albert Schweitzer, “The Problem of Ethics in the Evolution of Human Thought.”
FACTORY FARMS OR MORE HUMANE MEAT PRODUCTION OR NO MEAT?
The Stomach-Churning Reason Why Meat Is So Cheap
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon
14 December 13
Rolling Stone lifts the veil on animal abuse at factory farms
olling Stone just posted an in-depth, Snowfall-esque feature on the litany of abuses carried out by Big Meat. It covers, in horrific detail, the extent to which meat and dairy producers will go - and the extent to which the government will overlook or even approve of their behavior - in order to raise the estimated 9 billion broiler chickens, 113 million pigs, 33 million cows and 250 million turkeys consumed each year in the U.S.
It includes sound effects, pop-up factoids and some truly brutal descriptions of conditions on factory farms, like the following:
You're a typical milk cow in
, and this is your life. You
are raised, like pigs, on a concrete slab in a stall barely bigger than your
body. There, you never touch grass or see sun till the day you're herded to
slaughter. A cocktail of drugs, combined with breeding decisions, has grossly
distended the size of your udder such that you'd trip over it if allowed to
graze, which of course you're not. Your hooves have rotted black from standing
in your own shit, your teats are scarred, swollen and leaking pus - infected by
mastitis - and you're sick to the verge of total collapse from giving nearly
22,000 pounds of milk a year. (That's more than double what your forebears
produced just 40 years ago.) By the time they've used you up (typically at four
years of age), your bones are so brittle that they often snap beneath you and
leave you unable to get off the ground on your own power. America
That account of the typical doesn't include the instances of extraordinary abuse (one activist: "I had a job at a barn with this sick-fuck boss who was proud of the stuff he did to cows. One day, we're doing repairs on a gate in the barn and a couple of cows stroll over to watch us work. Well, one grazes him with her snout, just to be playful, and he smashes her in the face with his wrench. I also got him bragging about past assaults, like tying a cow to a fence and taking turns beating her, getting the other guys to work her over.") For the very not-faint-of-heart, there are videos, too.
The article fingers companies like Tyson and Perdue for transforming meat production into a tightly controlled, top-down system, under which they "began treating animals as production units, not living, feeling creatures with basic rights." And it's not enough that laws and USDA regulators aren't protecting these abusive and unsafe practices from happening, it continues. A new spate of lobbyist-driven "ag-gag" legislation is keeping activists from stepping in and doing the government's job for them. Various state laws make it illegal, for example, to film a farm from a public road, or to hold on to evidence for longer than 48 hours before presenting it to the police.
After a whole lot of bleakness, the article ends with a vision of humane slaughter, imagining a future when we can subsist on a more natural and regional food system. Everything that comes before it presents a solid case for us making the necessary sacrifices to get to that point - as one activist told Rolling Stone: "Wherever you stand on the issue of eating animals, I think we agree that making their lives hell is too high a price for cheap food." (from David D)
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Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal, or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty.
People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire. Those who abuse animals are very likely to be violent to other people—even their own family—too.
Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for so long, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose.
states have animal cruelty laws, and 47 states treat some forms of abuse as
felonies. and can do cruel things to animals that
other people can't do legally, but all states have some protection for pets
like dogs and cats. U.S.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through cruel neglect, you can take action to help!
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