Tuesday, April 8, 2014



 Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.   (#4 Feb. 12, 2014; #5 March 12, 2014).

What is the mission of OMNI? 
With the Quakers we seek:
a world free of war and the threat of war,
a society with equity and justice for all,
a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled,
and an earth restored.
     The Quakers and the entire peace, justice, and ecology movement, of which OMNI is a part, seek to create a better world.   OMNI was created precisely because numerous social organizations existed, but not one to promote world peace, both social and economic justice, human rights, and democracy, and to demote violence, cruelty, secrecy, and political repression, connecting the dots between local and global.  Later (by 2006) we added the even more urgent problems arising from warming.   OMNI was never perceived as a passive or lukewarm undertaking.   Plenty of organizations exist for that.   

A Call to the People by George Monbiot
From: Robert McAfee <robertjmca1@gmail.com>
Date: September 19, 2013, 5:36:29 AM CDT
After more than a quarter of a century of environmental campaigning I’ve come to see that the only thing that really works is public mobilisation: the electorate putting so much pressure on governments that they are obliged to take a stand against powerful interests.

OMNI Newsletters
See: Animal Cruelty, Animal Rights, Compassion/Empathy, Ecology, Health, Global Warming/Causes, for starters.

Nos. 1-5 at end

Contents Vegetarian Newsletter #6 April 9, 2014
Twisting “Natural”
Center for Bio-Diversity: “Take Extinction Off Your Plate”
Welfare and Rights of Farm Animals, Cruelty to Animals
Conversation Between David and Kyle on Eating Pork
Rick, Visitor at March VP: Vegan Outreach, Oppose Cruelty.org, Pamphlet
   “Compassionate Choices”
Bernard Rollin, Farm Animal Welfare
Benson and Rollin, eds., The Well-Being of Farm Animals

Contact Your Representatives
Contents Nos. 1-5

Big Food Companies Want to Call GMO Foods "Natural" 
John Upton, Grist , Reader Supported News, Dec. 23, 2013.
Upton reports: "Is genetically engineered food natural? The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group representing some of the world's biggest food and food-related companies, including ConAgra Foods, Bayer CropScience, and the Coca-Cola Company, thinks so."

New Meat Campaign -- Take Extinction Off Your Plate
EarthMeat production comes at a steep price to endangered species and the environment, whether it's through deforestation, climate change, habitat destruction, drought or the direct killing of keystone carnivores like wolves.

So this week the
Center for Biological Diversity launched a groundbreaking new campaign urging Americans to "take extinction off their plates." Eating less meat is one of the best ways you can reduce your environmental footprint. Cutting just one-third of the meat from your diet can save as much as 340,667 gallons of water, more than 4,000 square feet of land, and the greenhouse gas equivalent of driving 2,700 fewer miles a year.

"Many people don't realize the devastating toll meat production has on wildlife and the planet," said Stephanie Feldstein, our population and sustainability director.

Learn more at
 our brand-new website, share this awesome infographic ("Meatstinction!"), and take our pledge to eat less meat.


Conversation Between David and Kyle on Eating Pork 3-14-14
glad you are looking at these issues

yes, i watched the other video you just sent of the sadistic torture that baby pigs and pregnant females are subjected to in these factory farms like we now have operating in the Buffalo River watershed at C&H Farms in partnership with Cargill Big Ag
barbaric is the least offensive term I can use to describe it but that does not accurately describe the inhumane cruelty being done day in and day out 
and yes, there is a difference, a big difference, between this factory farming animal slaughter house meat production and raising an animal oneself or hunting wild game 

but any slaughter of sentient beings for food is such unnecessary cruelty

tofu hot dogs will do just fine

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM, Kyle Druding <kyledruding@gmail.com> wrote:
The more I learn about what is in food, the more I understand you eating decisions.  I don't think I will eat pork anymore.  This, along with a video of how pigs a treated makes me unable to eat them.  I could buy a pig from a farmer....that's about it.


Check out this video on YouTube:


Sent from my iPhone

I assume most of us actively opposing this CAFO are already aware of the cruel, inhumane treatment that these pregnant sows caged within these Cargiill supplied "gestation crates" that are banned in the European Union and terrible treatment their baby pigs receive.

Contrary to what Mr Jerry Masters of Dover, AR with the AR Pork Producers stated last nite supporting the C&H Farms operator of this CAFO, I myself believe no "good, honest, God fearing" AR farmer could possibly operate such a hideous, cruel Cargill suppiled factory farm CAFO as is presently polluting the Buffalo River.

If you have not already seen one of these secretly recorded expose videos of how these CAFO's operate and have a strong stomach, watch this video my son recently sent me when he explained he no longer eats pork.
Warning: this video contains graphic, disturbing footage of the cruelty these female pigs and their babies are subjected to every day in these US operated CAFO facilities. This must be stopped.


david druding


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Farm Animal Welfare: Social, Bioethical, and Research Issues

Bernard E. Rollin.   October 2003, Wiley-Blackwell.

Animals born with bones and muscles are meant to move. In modern systems of intensive agriculture, however, many animals -- notably, swine, veal calves, and poultry -- are rigorously confined. In this book Professor Bernard E. Rollin describes problems of animal welfare in today's agriculture, discusses the research that exists for improving these systems, and proposes topics for further study.
Rollin urges animal producers and agricultural scientists to begin now to address welfare problems. He cites the biomedical research community, which ignored issues of pain control and animal welfare until public concern led to federal legislation. Promising work has already been done in Europe, where the public has demanded that livestock not suffer. A new social ethic in the United States calls for humane agricultural systems that meet the needs and natures of the animals we use. Striking a balanced and rational approach, Rollin's thoughtful text is valuable reading for animal producers, agricultural scientists, veterinarians, animal advocates, and the general public.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Social and Bioethical Background.
1. The New Social Ethic for Animals.
Personal Ethics and Social Ethics
Traditional Social Ethics and the Treatment of Animals.
The Inadequacy of the Traditional Ethic.
The Rise of the New Ethic.
The Nature of the Emerging Ethic: Beyond Cruelty
Evidence for the Presence of the New Ethic.
The Relevance of the New Social Ethic to Agriculture.
2. Welfare Research and Scientific Ideology.
Scientific and Producer Attitudes toward Animal Welfare
Can Animal Suffering Be Assessed Scientifically?
What Sorts of Research Should Be Undertaken?
How, Morally, Ought Welfare Research Be Conducted?
Animal Welfare and Genetic Engineering.
Part 2 Research Issues in Farm Animal Welfare.
3. The Beef Industry.
Welfare Issues in Ranching.
Cancer Eye
Cattle Handling.
Downer Cattle.
Gomer Bulls.
Feedlot Problems.
4. The Swine Industry.
Swine Behavior.
Confinement of Sows.
Modification of Existing Systems.
Development of New Systems.
Looking at Traditional Systems.
Farrowing Crates
Other Sow Welfare Problems.
Piglet Welfare.
Handling and Transport
Other Issues.
5. The Dairy Industry.
Ethograms for Cattle.
Calf Welfare.
Welfare Issues of Cows
Future Technology.
6. The Veal Industry.
Welfare Problems in Current Systems.
Research Issues.
7. The Poultry Industry.
Welfare Issues in Battery-Cage Egg Production.
Improving Hen Welfare.
Changing the Animal.
Cage Modification.
Alternative Systems.
Problems in Broiler Welfare.
Handling, Transportation, and Slaughter of Poultry.
8. Reflections.
See More
Rollin, Bernard E., PhD (Colorado State Univ)

Related Titles

·                                 Equine Welfare (1405187638) cover image
by C. Wayne McIlwraith (Editor), Bernard E. Rollin (Editor)
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by Peter Sandoe, Stine B. Christiansen, Bernard E. Rollin (Foreword by)
·                                 An Introduction to Veterinary Medical Ethics: Theory and Cases, 2nd Edition (EHEP002754) cover image
by Bernard E. Rollin
·                                 Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered (0813826160) cover image
by David W. Ramey, Bernard E. Rollin

The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions
ISBN: 978-0-8138-0473-6
378 pages
January 2004, Wiley-Blackwell

The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions is the first title in Blackwell Publishing Professional's groundbreaking series Issues in Animal Bioethics. This important book examines the ethical and economic importance of production animal well-being and pain management--topics of increasing concern to consumers. 

The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions offers veterinarians, veterinary and agriculture students, animal scientists, and food animal producers both practical methods to enhance farm animal well-being, and greater understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of those methods. With a variety of perspectives from respected experts and specialists, this book conveys new research findings and promotes valuable discourse on critical issues. Most importantly, editors Benson and Rollin provide feasible instruction to put theory into practice.

The theories and applications presented in this book are likely to be legislated in the future. Therefore, it is important for veterinarians in production animal medicine to keep abreast of the latest issues in promoting animal well-being, and implement sound animal welfare methods every day. The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions provides the information veterinarians need to do both.
Table of Contents


I. Theoretical Framework.

1. The Ethical Imperative to Control Pain and Suffering in Farm Animals (Bernard E. Rollin).

2. Human-Livestock Interaction (Paul H. Hemsweorth).

3. Quality of Life for Farm Animals: Linking Science, Ethics, and Animal Welfare (David Fraser and Daniel M. Weary).

4. Pain in Farm Animals: Nature, Recognition, and Management (G. John Benson).

5. A Concept of Welfare Based on Feelings (Ian J. H. Duncan).

6. Meeting Physical Needs: Environmental Management of Well-Being (Ted H. Friend).

7. Principles for Handing Grazing Animals (Temple Grandin).

8. Principles for the Design of Handling Facilities and Transport Systems (Temple Grandin).

II. Practical Applications.

10. Production Practice sand Well-Being: Beef Cattle (Joseph M. Stookey and Jon M. Watts).

11. Animal Well-Being in the U. S. Dairy Industry (Franklyn B. Garry).

12. Production Practices and Well-Being;
Swine.(Timothy E. Blackwell).

13. Maximizing Well-Being and Minimizing Pain and Suffering: Sheep (Cleon V. Kimberling and Gerilyn A. Parsons).

14. Welfare Problems of Poultry (Ian J. H. Duncan).

15. Rethinking Painful Management Practices (Daniel M. Wary and David Fraser).

16. Alternatives to Conventional Livestock Production Methods (Michael C. Appleby).

17. Euthanasia (Robert E. Meyer and W. E. Morgan Morrow).

Appendix: U. S. and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations Positions on Food Animals.

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Author Information
G. John Benson, DVM, MS, is a professor and Chief of Anesthesiology in Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. Benson also holds joint appointments in the Department s of Veterinary Pathobiology (Comparative Medicine Division) and Veterinary Biosciences (Pharmacology Division).
Bernard E. Rollin, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy, Physiology, and Animal Sciences , as well as University Bioethicist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Dr. Rollin is the founder of the fields of veterinary medical ethics and is a principal architect of laws protecting laboratory animals. He addressed animal welfare as the keynote speaker at the 2003 American Dairy Science Association/American Society of Animal Science joint meeting.


Fight Global Warming by Going Vegetarian

Global warming has been called humankind’s “greatest challenge” and the world’s gravest environmental threat. Many conscientious people are trying to help reduce global warming by driving more fuel-efficient cars and using energy-saving light bulbs. Although these measures help, science shows that going vegan is one of the most effective ways to fight global warming. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. Additionally, a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is extremely important in order to combat the worst effects of climate change. According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” In addition, the official handbook for Live Earth, the anti–climate change concerts that Al Gore helped organize, says that not eating meat is the “single most effective thing you can do” to reduce your climate change impact. Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide together cause the vast majority of global warming. Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous-oxide emissions.

Carbon Dioxide

Burning fossil fuels (such as oil and gasoline) releases carbon dioxide, the primary gas responsible for global warming. Producing one calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel input—releasing 11 times as much carbon dioxide—as does producing a calorie from plant protein. Feeding massive amounts of grain and water to farmed animals and then killing them and processing, transporting, and storing their flesh is extremely energy-intensive. In addition, enormous amounts of carbon dioxide stored in trees are released during the destruction of vast acres of forest to provide pastureland and to grow crops for farmed animals. On top of this, animal manure also releases large quantities of carbon dioxide.
You could exchange your “regular” car for a hybrid Toyota Prius and, by doing so, prevent about 1 ton of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, but according to the University of Chicago, being vegan is more effective in the fight against global warming; a vegan is responsible for the release of approximately 1.5 fewer tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year than is a meat-eater.
A German study conducted in 2008 concluded that a meat-eater’s diet is responsible for more than seven times as much greenhouse gas emissions as a vegan’s diet. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the U.N.’s Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and a vegetarian himself), urges people to “please eat less meat—meat is a very carbon-intensive commodity.”


The billions of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows who are crammed into factory farms each year in the U.S. produce enormous amounts of methane, both during digestion and from the acres of cesspools filled with feces that they excrete. Scientists report that every pound of methane is more than 20 times as effective as carbon dioxide is at trapping heat in our atmosphere. The EPA shows that animal agriculture is the single largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is about 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide. According to the U.N., the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a staggering 65 percent of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions. (Use the N-Calculator to calculate your nitrogen footprint and to see how you could lower your nitrogen usage.)

You Can Help Stop Global Warming!

The most powerful step that we can take as individuals to avert global warming is to stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy products. Order PETA’a free ”Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit” and do your part to start saving the plant and animals today!

Contact the Arkansas Congressional Delegation
What do you say to them?  Tell the person who answers you are a constituent of the Congressman, you are a vegetarian, and you would like to know if he is also?  If he is, cheer, and say goodbye.  If he is not, ask if he is aware that vegetarianism is good for one’s health.  (Be prepared to adduce some stats and examples.  My newsletters provide an abundance of evidence.)  Then ask if the congressman is aware that vegetarianism reduces cruelty to animals, and in general, cruelty.  (Again, some data.)  And finally ask if he is aware that vegetarianism resists global warming.  Expect a sympathetic listener; don’t assume rejection.  The congressman prefers poor health, torture, and rising seas?

Arkansas is represented in Congress by two senators and four representatives. Here is how to reach them. None of the senators or representatives publishes his e-mail address, but each can be contacted by filling in forms offered through his website.
Sen. John Boozman
Republican, first term
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371
Arkansas offices:
FORT SMITH: (479) 573-0189
JONESBORO: (870) 268-6925
LITTLE ROCK: (501) 372-7153
LOWELL: (479) 725-0400
MOUNTAIN HOME: (870) 424-0129
STUTTGART: (870) 672-6941
EL DORADO: (870) 863-4641
Website: www.boozman.senate.gov
Sen. Mark Pryor
Democrat, second term
255 Dirksen Office Building
Constitution Avenue and
First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2353
Fax: (202) 228-0908
Little Rock office: (501) 324-6336

Rep. Rick Crawford
Republican, second term
1771 Longworth Office Building
New Jersey and
Independence Avenues SE
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4076
Fax: (202) 225-5602
JONESBORO: (870) 203-0540
CABOT: (501) 843-3043
MOUNTAIN HOME: (870) 424-2075
Website: www.crawford.house.gov
Rep. Tim Griffin
Republican, second term
1232 Longworth Office Building
New Jersey and
Independence Avenues SE
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2506
Fax: (202) 225-5903
Arkansas offices:
LITTLE ROCK: (501) 324-5491
Website: www.griffin.house.gov
Rep. Steve Womack
Republican, second term
1119 Longworth Office Building
New Jersey and
Independence Avenues SE
Washington 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4301 
Fax: (202) 225-5713
Arkansas offices:
ROGERS: (479) 464-0446
HARRISON: (870) 741-7741
FORT SMITH: (479) 424-1146
Website: www.womack.house.gov
Rep. Tom Cotton
Republican, first term
415 Cannon House Office Building
Washington 20515
Phone: (202) 225-43772
Arkansas offices:
CLARKSVILLE: (479) 754-2120
EL DORADO: (870) 881-0631
HOT SPRINGS: (501) 520-5892
PINE BLUFF: (870) 536-3376
Website: www.cotton.house.gov

Factories make hot dog by blending animals

Contents #1  Nov. 12, 2013
Vegetarian Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films:
     Vegetarian Voice
     Vegetarian Times
     Vegetarian Living
     VegNews (Vegan)
Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films for Preservation of Animals
   PETA’s Animal Times
Foundations of Vegetarianism
Why People Become Vegetarians
Nutrition, Health
   Moss, Addictive Junk Food
Nutrition and Ethics
   Google Search, Food, Inc.
Food and Climate Change
   Google Search
    Meat vs. Climate
   Tuttle, World Peace Diet, Food, Compassion, Interconnectedness, Harmony
History: Recipes from Famous People
OMNI’s Library 

Contents #2 Nutrition, Ethics of Eating Meat, Climate Change
Declaration for Consideration
Eliz. Renter, Poisons in Meat
Get the Antibiotics Out of Turkeys
Schweitzer, Reverence for Life
Susie Hoeller, Ethical Food
Climate Change and Food
 Google Search

Contents #3 Ethics of Eating Meat:  Factory Farms, Killing
Dick, Vegetarianism Discussion
Vegetarian Times
Early History of Vegetarianism;  Percy Bysshe Shelley
Cahill, Cruelty and Kindness
Schweitzer, Ethics of Vegetarianism
From Rolling Stone, Cruelty of Factory Farms
Google Search:  Cruelty of Meat Eating
Google Search: Factory Farming
Humane Society of the US
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Contents #4 Animal Rights, Meat Production, Global Warming, Climate Change, Feb. 4, 2014

Animal Rights
Christina Sarich, Humane Society and Others Oppose Tyson Factory Raised Pigs
Prof. Steven Best, Strong Advocate of Animal Rights, Google Search
Charles Carnosy, a Christian Perspective Offers Us a Consistent Ethic
Dr. David Katz, a Middle Position, a Vegetable Diet is Better for Health and Ethics

Warming, Climate Change
Nathan Fiala, Meat Production and Consumption Contributes to Global Warming, Climate Change
PETA, Vegetarianism versus Climate Change
Vegetarianism versus Climate Change, Google Search
Stress on Environment: Vegetables vs. Meat
Misc. International Studies of Emissions:  Meat vs. Other Causes

Contents #5 March 12, 2014  Animal Rights, Meat Production, Consumption and C02, Warming, Climate Change
Mission of OMNI
Monbiot, Public Mobilization
Robert Neubecker, Linus the Vegetarian T-Rex
PROTECTING ANIMALS (for more compassionate action organizations or for more information about them see earlier newsletters)
    UUA First Principle Project
    Action for Animals     PETA
    Animal Legal Defense Fund
    In Defense of Animals
    Best Friends Animal Society
    Mercy for Animals
    Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
    Farm Sanctuary
Yeats and Felder on Complicity
Vegetarianism Against Increase of C02 and Global Warming

Arkansas’ Congressional Representatives
Vegetarian Newsletters Nos. 1-4


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