Tuesday, February 7, 2017


FEBRUARY 8, 2017.
Edited by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

Vegetarian Potluck
Wed Feb 8 - 6:00 pm @ OMNI
Specially Big Day!
Amy Wilson unveils her great new American cookbook
Little Miss Cornbread!
How about a southern cooking theme with a vegan touch?
A group of visiting Scandinavian musicians are visiting Kelly & Donna
They'll attend Veggie Potluck and do music after.  WOW!
Please bring extra food to help feed the musicians, and come to this amazing opportunity.  Once in a lifetime! 

CONTENTS: Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #35, February 8, 2017:
Health, Nutrition
“The VegNews Bloggy Awards”: Blogs on Latest Recipes, Products, Restaurants
New Film on Vegans:  Vegan Everyday Stories
Empathy, Compassion, Protection of Animals
New Film
Related Films
“Spy in the Wild,” PBS Series on Animal Feelings and Thought
Cruelty at “High-Speed” Pork Plants
Fight for Transparency in Meat Industry
Sue Coe, Animals’ Vegan Manifesto
Vegetarianism, Veganism, Vegetarian Action  vs. Carnivorism and Climate Catastrophe.

“The VEGNEWS Bloggy Awards,” VegNews (August 2016).  Describes 21 blogs, including:
“Oh She Glows, a healthy and popular site, ohsheglows.com
“This Rawsome Vegan Life,” by “wildly popular blogger/cookbook author,” thisrawsomeveganlife.com
“Chocolate Covered Katie,” “a one-stop shop for all things chocolate,” chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Tom Meersman.  “Rules Aim to Cut Farm Antibiotics.”  NADG (Feb. 7, 2017).  “The problem is that the more frequently antibiotics are used…the more quickly bacteria can develop resistance to them, rendering the lifesaving drugs less effective  or ineffective.”

Vegan Movie: VeganEveryday Stories 
VeganEveryday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread - they're all vegans.
[This film fits both Health and Compassion categories.  –Dick]


NEW FILM:  VeganEveryday Stories 
VeganEveryday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of .... Glenn Scott Lacey is a director, filmmaker, film composer and the owner of ...
May 6, 2016 - Uploaded by Northwest VEG

Related Films (send me your review).

“Spy in the Wild: A Nature Miniseries.”  PBS, AETN Wednesdays, Feb. 1-March 1 at 7pm.  Animal behavior in the wild filmed by animatronic cameras. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/spy-in-the-wild-about/14810/
Spy in the Wild, A NATURE Miniseries – a John Downer Production for BBC, PBS and THIRTEEN Productions LLC premiering Wednesdays, February 1 – March 1, 8-9 pm ET on PBS stations.
In the most innovative production Nature has ever presented, this five-part series employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. These “spycams” reveal animals as having emotions and behavior similar to humans: specifically, a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, and invent. Among the featured Spy Creatures are: Spy Orangutan, Spy Croc Hatchling, Spy Meerkat, Spy Egret, Spy Tortoise, Spy Prairie Dog, Spy Macaw, Spy Sloth, Spy Cobra, Spy Bushbaby, Spy Squirrel, Spy Adelie, and Spy Baby Hippo. These robotic, uncanny look-alikes infiltrate the natural world to film surprising behavior among wildlife from around the globe.
Spy in the Wild: Love
Episode 1 airs Wednesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing if they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the “spycams” as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys.
Spy in the Wild: Intelligence
Episode 2 airs Wednesday, February 8 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap.
Spy in the Wild: Friendship
Episode 3 airs Wednesday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.
Spy in the Wild: Bad Behavior
Episode 4 airs Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime, and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.
Spy in the Wild: Meet the Spies
Episode 5 airs Wednesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
The final episode explains how the concept of the Spy Creatures evolved at John Downer Productions from the original Bouldercam to the Penguincams that inspired the next-generation “spycams” featured in this series. It shows the painstaking work that goes into building the lifelike models and how the team deploys and operates the robotic cameras on location all over the world. It contains funny and unexpected moments, much of which is experienced from the viewpoint of the “spycams” themselves.

“GAP Gets Affidavits from Federal Inspectors.”  Whistleblower 2016 Year-in-Review. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif  Newsletter of Government Accountability Project.  “Reports show continued violations—legal and ethical—at ‘high-speed’ pork plants.”  Article is part of GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign.

Ted Genoways.  “Close to the Bone: The Fight Over Transparency in the Meat Industry.”  The New York Times (October 2016).  Dangers from USDA-approved high-speed pork inspection sites, also known as “HIMP” plants.

The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto by SUE COE.    OR Books, 2017.

"In the Vegan Manifesto, Sue Coe, human champion of rights for those whose voice most humans do not hear, has crafted a masterpiece: at once visually stunning and spiritually invigorating."  —Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die

"Sue Coe is the most important and prolific political artist of our time. Her work explores and exposes every form of injustice suffered by both humans and nonhumans. With respect to the latter, her incisive eye—both trenchant and gentle—lays bare the profound immorality of animal exploitation and constitutes a clarion call to us all to reject it. Coe understands that the moral status of animals requires that we go vegan and no one who looks at the stunning work in this book will be able to disagree." —Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers School of Law

Sue Coe’s advocacy of animal rights is unmatched in its eloquence, forcefulness, and lasting impact. She does so with a combination of extraordinary images and few words. In her unstinting insistence on tolerance and love, Coe brings us to a life-affirming philosophy that values compassion over greed, community over self, and life over capital.
In 115 black-and-white woodcut illustrations for The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto, Sue Coe unleashes an outraged cry for action that takes its rightful place alongside the other great manifestoes of history. As a prize-winning artist, she bears witness to unspeakable crimes, and has long advocated that we human beings must take more responsibility for ourselves, our fellow species, and the planet. Her illustrations, in the tradition of Goya, Kollwitz, and Grosz, will be familiar to many; her paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited in galleries and museum around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  122pp.

Climate Catastrophe, Capitalism, and Fossil Fuels
For a large guide to reading about the struggle of vegetarians against climate catastrophe, see past numbers of Vegetarian Action.  Comparatively, few climate mitigation movements offer more practical hope as ending carnivorism. 
Vegetarian Action

CONTENTS: OMNI Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #34, January 11, 2017
VegNews (February 2017), items cited to indicate range

Health, Nutrition
   New film: What the Health! From the makers of Cowspiracy
    US Dept. of Health and Human Services, US Food and Drug Admin.
    Government Accountability Project (GAP)

Empathy, Compassion, Protection of Animals
    PETA, “Why Animal Rights?”
    Practical Guide to Animal Rights
    Google Search
    Animal Times (#3 2016)

Climate Catastrophe, Capitalism, Fossil Fuels
    Vegetarian Action on Climate
    Categorical Responses to Climate Catastrophe
    Steve Coll, ExxonMobil

Vegetarian Action #33


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