Tuesday, November 11, 2014



Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
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October 1 began World Vegetarian Month.   See Oct. 16, UN World Food Day.

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Contents Vegetarian Action Newsletter #13, November 12, 2014
November Vegetarian Potluck:  Special Guest Donna Stjerna
Nutrition, Health
Kathy Freston, Veganist
T. Colin Campbell, The China Study
Animal Rights and Protection
Rapper Chokeules
Dick, Melanie Joy, …An Introduction to Carnism
The Story of Emily the Cow
Dick, Melanie Joy and J. William Fulbright, Empathy vs. Violence
United Nations Protection
Climate Change
Cowspiracy, Documentary
Two Greatest Dangers and Vegetarianism
Dick, To Zero and Vegetarianism

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Donna here, from Still on the Hill.  I am looking forward to Nov. Veggie Potluck as we have missed several due to our travels. Dick Bennett loaned me a VERY interesting new book called WHY WE LOVE DOGS, EAT PIGS & WEAR COWS.  I would like to read a couple of inspiring paragraphs about a Cow named Emily that is my new SHE-RO (female hero)!

We look forward to seeing ya'll and sharing an amazing meal with you.  Please bring ONE person who has never been, we'd love to meet some new friends as well.
Veggiely Yours,
Donna & Kelly


About Kathy

Ve•gan•ist (vee guhn ist)

n. 1. Someone who looks closely at all of the implications of their food choices and chooses to lean into a plant-based diet;

2. Progress, not perfection.
In each of her widely acclaimed, bestselling books, Kathy Freston has been an empowering and friendly guide to a healthier, happier, and richer life. Now she gives us a book about our food, our health, and our environment that is unlike any other in its message. It is a book about making a choice—a choice that has no downside. 
At the heart of Veganist is Freston’s belief that by moving gradually toward a whole foods, plant-based diet, we will lose weight, heal our bodies from disease, and start making the world a more peaceful and livable place. It’s about leaning into a healthy lifestyle simply by tweaking our very favorite meals so that they are delicious and nutritious versions of the things we already love.
Freston herself actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits, and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her thirties did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist— a word she landed on to describe someone who looks closely at all the implications of his or her food choices. Freston’s shift toward this new life was gradual, but the impact was profoundly positive. And she’s not alone; this is a trend that is gaining enormous momentum. 
In Veganist, Freston gives readers ten game-changing promises that will result from this gentle switch in food choices, including effortless weight loss and maintenance; greatly lowered risk of, and potentially even reversal of, major diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease; increased life expectan cy and quality of life; avoidance of food poisoning and viruses; both short-term and long-term money savings; help to feed the global poor; reduction of global warming; diminished animal suffering; and increased spiritual awareness and personal growth.
Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health condition as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to getting healthy and balanced… easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying—just better for you and for all.
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Toronto-based rap artist Chokeules adds some beat 4 those you eat - - - - a plant based diet
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 Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism  by Melanie Joy is an instructive yet easy read.   The simple sentences and the summaries of the preceding chapters at the beginning of chapters make it accessible to all.   And its subject possesses great importance:  How we learn “to not feel” and why so few people are aware of the causes and practices of carnism are explained through the “mechanisms of psychic numbing” (19) producing invisibility of the facts of killing animals for our food (21).  Go to: melaniejoy.org and carnism.com.  See her bibliography 177-200.   –Dick

Emily the Cow
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The statue of Emily the Cow on her grave
Emily was a cow that escaped from a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton,,Massachusetts, by jumping a gate and wandered for 40 days eluding capture, who then found lasting refuge at "Peace Abbey" at Sherborn, Massachusetts, till its death in 2003. During its 8 years' stay in the abbey, the cow became a charismatic spokesperson on animal rights and a meat-free diet.
A memorial named "Sacred Cow Animal Rights Memorial" was built on its grave with a life-sized statue of it.
Escape from the slaugtherhouse[edit]
On November 14, 1995, Emily, a three-year-old heifer weighing 1,600 pounds,[1] escaped from a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton by jumping a 5-foot gate, minutes before its turn at the abattoir. The cow was said to have been helped by townspeople for 40 days to elude capture. In record amounts of snow, Emily was spotted through backyards foraging for food. Oftentimes, it was seen running with a herd of deer, which made headlines in local newspapers. The cow was then purchased from the slaughterhouse by the Randa family. Meg and Lewis Randa, Life Experience School co-directors, then brought Emily to live in sanctuary at the Peace Abbey on Christmas Eve.[2]
Life at the Peace Abbey[edit]
During its stay at the Peace Abbey, Emily was visited by national and international visitors and soon became a representative of animal rights and vegetarianism, forcing many of its visitors to adopt a meat-free diet.[2]
Death and memorial[edit]
Emily suffered from uterine cancer (a side-effect of rBGH)[1] and died on March 30, 2003. A week before its death, Emily was visited and blessed by a local Hindu priest named Krishna Bhatta of the Lakshmi Temple, who placed a golden thread around its wrist and one through the hole in its ear that once held the number tag when it arrived at the slaughterhouse.[2]
Emily was buried on April 2, 2003, between the statues of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Meg and Lewis Randa commissioned artist Lado Goudjabidze to sculpt a life-sized bronze statue of Emily, adorned with a blanket and flowers, the Hindu signs of respect, to stand above its grave. The statue was unveiled on Earth Day.[3]
After Emily's death, hair clippings from its markings on the forehead and from the tail tip, traces of her blood, and a piece of golden thread placed through its ear by the Hindu priest were released into river Ganges at Benares,India, in April 2003.[4]

The Story of Emily the Cow: Bovine Bodhisattva
Front Cover
Author House, Aug 3, 2010 - Nature - 292 pages
Bovine Boddhisatva is the story of Emily the cow that escaped from the slaughterhouse in 1995. A heartwarming story of a family of vegetarians who during the Christmas Holiday dropped everything and went in search for an extraordinarily intelligent, cunning and brave bovine.
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MELANIE JOY,  …An Introduction to Carnism
    Chapter 3, “The Way Things Really Are,” connects the mechanisms of numbing and invisibility in all “violent ideologies.”   Everything Joy says in Chap. 3 regarding the cruelty to and slaughter of animals applies to the cruelty and killing of wars (humans and other animals!).    For example, pp. 71-72, perpetrators of violence, ideologues of violence, surely include leaders of violent nations, invading and occupying, shooting and bombing, who, like the owners of slaughterhouses, know that most people “don’t want to know the way things really are.”   The same is true about ending slaughterhouses and wars.  “Naming carnism and demystifying the practices of meat production can help us begin to see through the fa├žade” not only of the meat but of the war system.  To reduce and end slaughterhouses of meat and wars, we must witness—we must see and feel their consequences.   
     A chief force for reducing the mechanisms of numbing and invisibility is empathy—seeing the world through the eyes and feelings of the victims.  Without empathy we have a gap in our consciousness whereby we fail to connect the meat we eat with its source.  “The gap blocks our disgust and empathy’ (138).  Witnessing closes the gap and makes real “the suffering the [carnist/war] system works so hard to hide….”    “Think about it: virtually every atrocity in the history of humankind was enable by a populace that turned away from a reality…while virtually every revolution for peace and justice has been made possible “ by those “who chose to bear witness.”  “Because mass witnessing is the single greatest threat to carnism, the entire system is organized around preventing this process. . . .” (139).
       The rest of the book hammers this nail against whitewashing, covering-up, softening, deflecting, distracting from the truth, lying.   See Chap. 5, “The Mythology of Meat: Justifying Carnism,” Chap. 6, “Internalized Carnism,” and Chap. 7, “From Carnism to Compassion.”  Everything said applies to all systems of mass killing.   
        I taught at the University of Arkansas, where former Senator J. William Fulbright was once Chancellor.  The College of Arts and Sciences is now named the Fulbright College of A&S, and his statue stands outside the university’s original building, Old Main, along with the Fulbright Peace Fountain.  Reading Melanie Joy’s book resonates immediately with those of Fulbright.  He is most famous for his international Exchange programs, but it is only a main expression of his advocacy of empathy. The last chapter of his final book, The Price of Empire, is entitled “Seeing the World As Others See It.”  Therein he argues that “the one thing that gives me some hope” is the education of leaders who have “acquired some feeling and understanding of other peoples’ cultures” (193-4).   In understanding the mechanisms of numbing and invisibility, Fulbright adds the apparatuses—the system-- of propaganda.  His The Pentagon Propaganda Machine undertakes to expose how systemic is the military sell, how thoroughly directed it is at the US public.   Believing the public generally unaware of the machine, he attempted to describe its parts and procedures.
     Joy and Fulbright, by their exposure of violent US ideologies—carnism and militarism--, and their provision of the great counter-power of empathy, offer hope for the future.   –Dick

Migratory Birds, Fish and Mammals Get New UN Protection
Agence France-Presse.  Reader Supported News, Nov. 10, 2014
Excerpt: "Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of 'intense' talks by leading conservationists."


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The two greatest dangers to civilization as we have known it are holocausts of nuclear war and global warming.   In 1970 the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force.  It prohibits the proliferation of nuclear weapons and obligates nations to negotiate in good faith for complete nuclear disarmament—a world without nuclear weapons.  Around 2007 some activists began to refer to the decade ahead as “Decade Zero” of the climate crisis.  Either we change our economic system now and return CO2 to 2 percent or we lose our chance.  Vegetarianism by its abhorrence of killing sentient creatures and its rejection of  CO2-producing meat eating makes it a significant agent for the changes needed.  --Dick

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Contents Vegetarian Action Newsletter #12, October 8
World Vegetarian Day
Nutrition, Health
Healthiness of Vegan Diet vs. Factory Food
Animal Rights and Protection
Melanie Joy,  Introduction to Carnism
Against Cruelty to Animals, Google Search
Peaceable Kingdom, Documentary of the Awakening Consciences of Farmers
Animals, Food, Climate Change
Organic Consumers Association, “Carbon Underground”
2 Books, Advocates of Vegetarianism
   Oppenlander, What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet
   Ruby Roth, Vegan Is Love, Children's Book
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