August 2010
In this edition...

Editor's Note
  This month's thought for meat eaters: Second hand meat

  Low-fat vegan diet may be best for diabetes: Study
  The cloned-meat controversy
  Pro golfer Phil Mickelson goes veggie to help his arthritis
  Hog farmer switches to vegan diet after battling cancer
  Eggs pose the greatest toxin risk

  Opinion: Overpopulation is the wrong focus for environmentalists
  Ocean losing its green
  Shark slaughter advances into Red Sea

Lifestyles and Trends
  I eat veggies, hear me roar - Canadian veggies have buying power
  The ethics of veggie cats and dogs
  What I'm really thinking: The vegan
  At vegans' weddings - beef or tofu?
  New app: Cook green with Bryan Au

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  New research suggests language profoundly influences the way people see the world
  Animal sentience: Inside the minds of animals
  Brave bull from fiery Indiana crash gets new home

Books and Perspectives
  Filmmakers, activists try to save dolphins from slaughter in Oscar-winning doc
  'Becoming Raw' grounds raw foodism in a better place
  New book is Afro-centric, LGBTQ-friendly, and well worth a read

Are They Serious? Unfortunately Yes
  Some call for cholesterol drugs at fast-food joints

Of Note - Recipes, Videos, Blogs, More
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(Excerpts are included from current news stories. Click on the "Full story" link to read the full article.)
  Editor's Note    

This month's thought for meat eaters: Second hand meat
Remember when smoking was a personal choice? You were only hurting yourself if you chose to smoke? Then we found out about the dangers of second hand smoke. Well, meat is a major cause of global warming, starvation in the third world, pollution, water shortages, and soaring health care costs. Is it really just a personal choice anymore?


Low-fat vegan diet may be best for diabetes: Study
Full story: The Nation, Pakistan

A low-fat vegan diet may be the best way to fight diabetes, says a new study. It is estimated that as many as 18 million Americans have type-2 diabetes, which results from a combination of genetics and poor eating and exercise habits. The condition greatly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and limb loss. Neal Barnard and researchers from George Washington University, the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina tested 99 people with type-2 diabetes, and then randomly assigned them to a low-fat, low-sugar vegan diet or the standard American Diabetes Association diet. The researchers found that after 22 weeks on the diet, 43 per cent of those on the vegan diet and 26 per cent of those on the standard diet were either able to stop taking some of their drugs such as insulin or glucose-control medications, or were able to control their condition with lower doses, reported science portal News Medical. "The diet appears remarkably effective, and all the side effects are good ones - especially weight loss and lower cholesterol," said Barnard.   Read more...

The Nation, Pakistan - July 31

The cloned-meat controversy
Full story: E - The Environmental Magazine

Researchers say that they have cloned deceased cattle in order to reproduce meat with superior qualities. Scientists pick and choose the qualities in cattle that consumers prefer and clone them in an attempt to create a bigger, better meat supply. These "resurrection" practices are highly controversial in both Europe and the U.S. The news broke after three cloned cattle were found in the food chain in Britain. As of this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared cloned meat and dairy products safe for consumers. The European Food Safety authority insists more research must be done before they can deem the product safe. Many clones evidence lower-functioning immune systems, increased rates of infection, tumor growth and other disorders. Clones also age prematurely and die young. And cloned animals are often born abnormally large, contributing to dangerous births and increased fatality in carriers. Companies remain unsure how the public will react to cloned meat - but, currently, no labeling for cloned meat or dairy products is required.   Read more...

E - The Environmental Magazine - August 23

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson goes veggie to help his arthritis
Full story: Sports Untapped

Phil Mickelson dropped a two-pronged bombshell at a pre-PGA Championship press conference. Mickelson says he's been battling psoriatic arthritis since right before the US Open two months ago, and he turned vegetarian shortly thereafter. Mickleson said at times the arthritis left him unable to move, but he believes it's now completely under control and won't affect his play or his life. But why'd he go vegetarian? "No, this wasn't recommended by a doctor," Mickelson told open-mouthed reporters. "I read a book and just thought maybe it will help." So what has he been eating? "Just been a lot of fruits and vegetables and some whole grain wheats and pastas and stuff," said the world's greatest lefthanded vegetarian arthritic golfer. "And it's actually been great. I've eaten some great stuff. Foods that I've always avoided I get to eat and it's been good."   Read more...

Sports Untapped - August 12

Hog farmer switches to vegan diet after battling cancer
Full story: The Corning Leader, NY, U.S.

Lunch was Greek cabbage salad sprinkled with pumpkin seeds, Ezekiel sprouted wraps, walnuts, raw almonds and a glass of hot purified water. Diner Fred Leman, a 53-year-old central Illinois hog farmer who used to eat meat at nearly every meal and sugary snacks in between, now considers this lunch among his favorites. The transformation of Leman's diet came after a cancer diagnosis last year and new insights into the connection between diet and disease. Fred Leman said within 10 days of starting the new diet, his craving for candy, cookies and ice cream was gone. Before he was diagnosed with cancer and started eating differently, he felt he needed protein from meat to keep his strength up. "Now I get my protein from nuts and vegetables, and that hasn't hurt my strength," he said. "Before, I ate supper and I'd nap for an hour. Now I don't run out of energy. I work a full day on the farm."   Read more...

The Corning Leader, NY, U.S. - August 16

Eggs pose the greatest toxin risk
Full story: Vegsource Dr. Greger blog

Dioxins are a class of industrial pollutants spewed into the atmosphere that "accumulates in the fatty tissues of humans and food animals consumed by humans. It is generally believed that the most significant exposure by humans is from the dietary intake of animal and fish products." But which animal products pose the greatest risk? According to recent data from the [U.S.] Environmental Protection Agency, second only to fish in terms of [dioxins]: eggs. This may help explain the findings of a recent study that found that egg consumption "was associated with increased odds of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, upper aerodigestive tract (includes oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, larynx), colon and colon and rectum combined, lung, breast, prostate, bladder, and all cancers combined." Of all the cancers, egg consumption was most tightly correlated with breast cancer risk. Those eating more than a half an egg a day were found to have nearly 3 times the odds of breast cancer compared to those that stayed away from eggs entirely.   Read more...

Vegsource Dr. Greger blog - August 5

More Health News:
Grains vs. meat
While we still do not know everything about nutrition, I tend to think that nutrition science has progressed far enough that there is no need to play it safe by basing our diets on what our prehistoric ancestors might have eaten. We have a pretty good idea of what diets are generally linked to long, healthy lives – much longer lives than those lived by our ancestors. - (Jan 24)
What is humanity’s ancestral (natural) diet? (June 16)
Meat intake linked to bladder cancer
Consumption of red and processed meats increases the risk of bladder cancer, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 300,933 men and women and found that those who consumed the most red meat had a 22 per cent increased risk of bladder cancer, compared with those who ate the least. - PCRM (August 2)


Opinion: Overpopulation is the wrong focus for environmentalists
Full story: Triple Pundit

A green myth is on the march. It wants to blame the world's over-breeding poor people for the planet's peril. The actor Jeremy Irons - who has seven homes and a pink castle in Ireland - has announced that he plans to make an Al-Gore style movie about the population problem. He is far from alone in thinking that all efforts to save the world are doomed unless we "do something" about continuing population growth. But this is nonsense. Worse, it is dangerous nonsense. For a start, the population bomb is being defused fast almost everywhere. Women are having smaller families because, for the first time in history, they can... Rising consumption today is a far bigger threat to the environment. And most of that extra consumption is still happening in rich countries. The carbon emissions of one American today are equivalent to those of around four Chinese, 20 Indians, 40 Nigerians or 250 Ethiopians... The population bomb is being defused right now - by the world's poor women. Sadly, the consumption bomb is still primed and ever more dangerous. Now that would be a proper target for Mr Seven Houses.   Read more...

Triple Pundit - July 11

Ocean losing its green
Full story: IPS

The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and plankton its red blood cells. Those vital "red blood cells" have declined more than 40 per cent since 1950 and the rate of decline is increasing due to climate change, scientists reported [recently]. "Phytoplankton are a critical part of our planetary life support system. They produce half of the oxygen we breathe, draw down surface CO2, and ultimately support all of our fisheries," said Boris Worm of Canada's Dalhousie University and one of the world's leading experts on the global oceans. Plankton are the equivalent of grass, trees and other plants that make land green, says study co-author Marlon Lewis, an oceanographer at Dalhousie. Without plankton, the Earth would be a very different planet... It will take a thousand years for the oceans to cool down, so it is imperative to pull the emergency brake on global warming emissions, the study concluded.   Read more...

IPS - July 31

Shark slaughter advances into Red Sea
Full story: IPS

Shark fishing is big business, with up to 73 million sharks killed each year to feed a global trade that threatens to drive the animals into extinction. Fishermen see little value in the shark's meat - it's high in uric acid and almost worthless. But the fins are prized as the main ingredient in shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia that fetches more than 100 dollars a bowl in Hong Kong. While the traditional soup has been consumed for centuries, East Asia's economic success over the past few decades has fueled demand. The number of consumers has risen from a few million in the 1980s to more than 300 million today. The slow reproductive cycle of sharks makes them particularly sensitive to over-fishing. The only real hope [to stop shark fishing], say conservationists, is to reduce the demand for shark fin soup. "We're trying to educate consumers on where shark fin soup comes from, and...that shark populations are in trouble. The messages seem to be sticking, especially with the younger generations, but it's definitely going to take a whole lot of effort."   Read more...

IPS - August 9
  Lifestyles and Trends    

I eat veggies, hear me roar - Canadian veggies have buying power
Full story: Vancouver Sun, BC, Canada

Both Vancouver and Toronto were recently listed among the top 10 most vegetarian friendly cities in North America by PETA. Hardly surprising since one in 10 Canadians now self-identifies as a vegetarian for moral, philosophical or health-related reasons, according to [a recent poll]. An even more important finding in AgCanada's report Canadian Food Trends to 2020 is that up to 40 per cent of Canadians will seek a meatless meal at least some of the time, creating a critical mass of spending on vegetarian ingredients at retail and in the restaurant sector. "A lot more people are aware of the vegetarian lifestyle," said chef Aaron Ash. "Around the world it's a growing movement, now that people are aware that they can eat vegetarian food that is not just good for them but also appealing to the senses. Even 10 years ago the vegetarian option at many restaurants consisted of a plate full of vegetable side dishes originally destined for the steak or chicken special. That's just not good enough any more, Ash said.   Read more...

Vancouver Sun, BC, Canada - July 23

The ethics of veggie cats and dogs
Full story: Guardian, UK

Taking the veggie option has never been easier for people, but what about vegetarian pets? Jonathan Safran Foer's recent polemic Eating Animals makes much of the contrast between our love for our pets and our complacency at the horrors of the factory farm and the abattoir. That contradiction is no more keenly felt than by the vegetarian dog or cat owner, supporting the meat industry they abhor every time they stock up on pet food. So is it ethical to impose a vegetarian diet on your pet? And for a start, is it healthy? [Short answer is yes.] Beyond animal rights, there's another motivation to reduce your pets' meat intake - the wider environmental impact. [See also UK veterinarian Andrew Knight's VegePets site for helpful info on feeding pets a veggie diet.]   Read more...

Guardian, UK - May 24

What I'm really thinking: The vegan
Full story: Guardian, UK

When I eat with one of my carnivore friends, I usually find myself helplessly distracted by their food. I stare at it on the plate: ham on a pizza, chicken in a salad. And then I watch it disappearing into their mouths. Normally, I have to pull myself back into the conversation. I stare because I'm fascinated by the fact that these intelligent, thinking people actually eat the flesh of dead animals. This seems to be the point at which their ethics vanish. They recycle, eschew the use of cars, buy fair-trade coffee and bananas, use environmentally friendly detergent. But when it comes to the moral and environmental issue of meat consumption, their desire for food they enjoy the taste of, the sensual pleasure it gives them, overrides any ethical considerations.   Read more...

Guardian, UK - July 31

At vegans' weddings - beef or tofu?
Full story: New York Times

Weddings are all about compromise. City or country? June or November? My religion or yours? For Chelsea Clinton, a vegetarian, it was the decision to serve meat [the menu was vegan but there was a carnivore option] to the guests at her July 31 wedding. For some couples, that is a concession too far. "If your family loves you and wants you to have that special day, I think they can go one meal and not eat meat," said Cecilia Kinzie, a vegan and food consultant in Petaluma, Calif., who served no meat at her 2009 wedding. "If you go to an Indian wedding, you don't expect Italian food," added Ms. Kinzie, who had already appeased her family by spending her savings on a hotel reception rather than the honeymoon she'd always dreamed of. "So why should this be any different?" By choosing to have meat, [Clinton] reignited a sensitive wedding-season debate among ethical eaters and the people who love them: To serve, or not to serve?   Read more...

New York Times - August

New app: Cook green with Bryan Au
Full story: Environmental News Network

Celebrity Chef Bryan Au has created an iPhone and iPad app that helps users make food that is healthy for you and the planet while only taking a few minutes to make. Since there is no cooking it does not add to greenhouse gas emissions from cooking, and the recommended ingredients are organic, local and seasonal. Although all the recipes in Eco Chef App are vegetarian and vegan, it was actually designed for everyone or anyone to enjoy regardless of their diet. Bryan designed this recipe and celebrity chef app to be fun to use. It has a number of features, photos, videos, and there is something for everyone from kids, teens, college students, adults, families and seniors. What gets most people excited are the raw desserts. Bryan's best selling recipe books and DVDs are available on Amazon and his new $2 Eco Chef App for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is enjoying great success.   Read more...

Environmental News Network - August 2

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
The July issue of VegE-News included two articles from the UK's Guardian/Observer special vegetarian section of July 16. Here's a link to the editorial by Paul McCartney and many more articles....
Observer Food Magazine's vegetarian special
Weekday vegetarians
Time Magazine (August 23)
More takes on the Clinton wedding
Let Them Eat Meat Blog (August 12)
Vegan wedding planning
VegNews (August)
Vegan weddings
Proving vegan weddings can be spectacular - From multi-tiered cakes to the perfect honeymoon, eight couples share their secrets to throwing an unforgettable celebration. - Want more? Click here. - VegNews
Life as vegan innkeeper all began with a white pig named Norman
The Burg, VA, U.S (August 12)

  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

New research suggests language profoundly influences the way people see the world
Full story: Wall Street Journal

Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express? ... These questions touch on all the major controversies in the study of mind, with important implications for politics, law and religion. Yet very little empirical work had been done on these questions until recently. The idea that language might shape thought was for a long time considered untestable at best and more often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world.

[A related Care2 Post discusses our language for animals. Excerpt: The use of "it" when speaking of a living being is not simply an issue of inappropriate use of the English language; it goes much deeper than that. It reinforces the idea (even if only on a subconscious level) that non-human animals are objects - to be used and disregarded. ]   Read more...

Wall Street Journal - July 24

Animal sentience: Inside the minds of animals
Full story: Time Magazine

Not long ago, I spent the morning having coffee with Kanzi, a bonobo, the close and more peaceable cousin of the chimpanzee... Humans have a fraught relationship with beasts. Our dodge has always been that animals are ours to do with as we please simply because they don't suffer the way we do... But one by one, the berms we've built between ourselves and the beasts are being washed away. Humans are the only animals that use tools, we used to say. But what about the birds and apes that we now know do as well? Humans are the only ones who are empathic and generous, then. But what about the monkeys that practice charity and the elephants that mourn their dead? Humans are the only ones who experience joy and a knowledge of the future. But what about the U.K. study just last month showing that pigs raised in comfortable environments exhibit optimism? And as for humans as the only beasts with language? Kanzi himself could tell you that's not true. All of that is forcing us to look at animals in a new way.

[The full article is well-worth reading. You can also watch a Time video with the article's author Jeffrey Kluger about his interaction with Kanzi, and a video on birds that use tools. Plus view a fascinating Charlie Rose interview with Jeffrey Kluger. Unfortunately we gain this knowledge at the expense of keeping animals captive. ]   Read more...

Time Magazine - August 5

Brave bull from fiery Indiana crash gets new home
Full story: WGNTV

An Indiana truck accident that left almost 20 cows dead turned out to be a life-saver for a stubborn bull. Police said the driver of a cattle hauler was talking on his Citizens Band radio when he rear-ended another truck, causing the hauler to burst into flames. The semi was carrying 34 cattle heading for the slaughterhouse when the accident happened. Witnesses described the scene as horrific with cows burning alive, and others dying on the pavement. One determined bull, however, was so desperate to survive, police said despite suffering from severe burns, he attempted to vault over a 3-foot concrete median. The 2-year old bull eluded capture for 12 hours and appeared to win the respect and admiration of local residents so much so, that his life was spared. The unnamed bull will be given a hero's welcome at Farm Sanctuary, where his new adoptive family says he will be able to "roam green pastures, bond with new friends, and live freely, as all cattle should."   Read more...

WGNTV - August 6

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Rescued bull illuminates problems with livestock transportation
Farm Sanctuary blog (August 11)
Animal profile of the month: The life of a meat cow
Once, a calf came up to the pasture fence and licked my hand. Like most animals, this little baby sought and appreciated human affection. If only humankind would return that love. - Toronto Vegetarian Association (August)
Video: Huge U.S. egg recall linked to animal cruelty
Includes undercover footage of horrendous conditions from Mercy for Animals that the voiceover states "are fairly common." - ABC World News (August 20)
More video coverage of U.S. egg recall linked to cruel, unsanitary conditions of laying hens
Dr Michael Greger of HSUS says "Caging hens is not just cruel but it is a public health menace for consumers." - CNN (August 20)
Cage-free pledge
Four dead animals in every Mercedes CLS
Care2 Post (August 25)

  Books and Perspectives    

Filmmakers, activists try to save dolphins from slaughter in Oscar-winning doc
Full story: Democracy Now

[Video interview/transcript with film director Louis Pshihoyos and dolphin activitist Ric O'Barry.] The Academy Award-winning film The Cove documents how a group of activists and filmmakers used hidden cameras to expose the annual slaughter of over 20,000 dolphins in the small Japanese fishing village of Taiji, 200 miles southeast of Tokyo. [Louis Pshihoyos:] "We made this film because we witnessed a crime, not just a crime against nature, but a crime against humanity. And we made this movie because all ocean life is in peril, from the great whales and dolphins to plankton, which incidentally is responsible for half the oxygen in this room..." [Ric O'Barry, who used to train captive dolphins:] "Cathy [Flipper in the television series] committed suicide in my arms at the Miami Seaquarium, that's what turned me around. That's the thing that turned me against the industry... Please, please don't buy a ticket for a dolphin show. That is the solution to that problem. "   Read more...

Democracy Now - August 16

'Becoming Raw' grounds raw foodism in a better place
Full story: Earthsave Newsletter - scroll to page 6

It is an unfortunate truth that in the raw food movement there is an awful lot of confusion and misinformation circulating alongside some pretty powerful truths. There has been a crying need for a trustworthy, unbiased resource that people can rely on. The facts that diets high in raw foods are generally higher in antioxidants and health-promoting phytochemicals stand alongside dubious claims about the supposed nutritional inadequacy of cooked foods... In writing Becoming Raw, authors Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina have produced just such a resource. Registered dieticians both, the authors combine lucid prose with scientific rigor and come as close as one can to providing definitive answers on essentially all aspects of raw food diets... The book ends with nutritional guidelines and menus and a large number of recipes. The authors have done their very best to make it safe and easy to give raw foods a central place in one's diet.   Read more...

Earthsave Newsletter - scroll to page 6 - Summer

New book is Afro-centric, LGBTQ-friendly, and well worth a read
Full story: San Francisco Oakland Blog

There is a tradition in the African-American community (and some others) known as "Testifying." When you have found the answer, you are expected to share it with the community - to tell the story of your personal journey from faithless to faithful, from sick to healed or from oppression to freedom. In her book, Sistah Vegan, A. Breeze Harper collects a series of articles by black women about their journeys - having switched to a plant-based diet. Most of them are first-person testimonies; all of them make great food for thought. Her book and supporting blog have been praised for their inclusive and open perspective.   Read more...

San Francisco Oakland Blog - July 29
  Are They Serious? Unfortunately Yes    

Some call for cholesterol drugs at fast-food joints
Full story: MSNBC

Fast food outlets should hand out free cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to their customers to "neutralize" the heart risks of eating fatty foods like burgers and fries, British scientists suggested. But a few experts say you might want to ask your server to hold the statin at this point. In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London calculated that the reduction in heart disease risk offered by a statin could offset the increase in risk from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake. Still, Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation health charity, said Francis' idea should not be taken too literally. He urged people to focus on maintaining a good diet and taking exercise to keep their hearts healthy.   Read more...

MSNBC - August 13
  Of Note - Recipes, Videos, Blogs, More    

Tip 'top' soup, Brazilian recipes - and more
We arrived home from the local organic market loaded with carrots, turnips and kolhrabi, complete with their tops. What to do with all those greens? 'Top' soup was thus invented. Just sauté some onions, add the various tops, a few carrots, a potato, veggie broth and seasonings. Simmer, purée, enjoy. Healthy and delicious. You can find a more "official" recipe on our VegE-News recipe pages along with lots more delicious ideas and tips. We also found some interesting recipes on Guia Vegano from Brazil (you just click the English tab at the very top to translate when needed.) The Cancer Project video shows how to make mashed grains and cauliflower as an interesting alternative to mashed potatoes. Finally, be sure to check out VegE-News' recipe pages for delicious ideas along with our own tips for making the transition to a vegan diet - or staying on one.
VegE-News recipes and tips
Guia Vegano
Mashed grains and cauliflower

Kickstart Your Health - New Program Starts September 6
The 21-day vegan kickstart program is for everyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet. Even if you are already vegan, or don't want to go all the way, the program will give you tons of excellent nutrition info, recipes and more. So sign up for the next kickstart starting September 6 - it's fun. You can also take the Vegan Pledge at the Vegan Society's website and get your own mentor to help you along. (Or you can offer to be a mentor.) The Toronto Vegetarian Association's Veggie Challenge offers lots of help plus prizes!
21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Vegan Society Pledge
TVA Veggie Challenge

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Video Shorts
This month: U.S. congressman Dennis Kucinich makes a powerful speech to the Animal Rights Conference 2010 calling for a reconciliation between humankind and nature and saying that work for animal rights is an essential part of a broader transformation - he is launching a new initiative soon in this regard on his website; an amazing cat sanctuary; a just plain feel good "free hugs" video; three young adults present their reflections and observations on vegetarianism and veganism as they share a meal in "Un repas Végé" - en francais from Vegan Québec (you can order a CD with a longer version and with English subtitles); .
Dennis Kucinich speech
Dennis Kucinich website
Cat House on the Kings
Cat House on the Kings website
Free hugs
Un repas Végé

The author of PaleoVeganology says "Whenever people learn that I am both an ethical vegan and a paleontology student, they throw meat-eating cavemen in my face. I have hence adopted the habit of pre-empting these inquiries by keeping abreast of developments in the study of hominin diets."

Jasmin Singer, a writer for VegNews magazine is the executive director and co-founder of Our Hen House, a central clearinghouse for all kinds of ideas and opportunities to create change for animals. "With a daily blog, weekly podcast, and video page, we identify possibilities, report on successful activists and enterprises, and brainstorm ideas ranging from the brilliant (if we do say so ourselves) to the farfetched," she explains.
Our Hen House

Next time you're asked "what do you eat?" you can refer the questioner to the "what the h*ll does a vegan eat anyway?" blog with an array of recipes and menu ideas (that August 6 entry, for example: Alder-Smoked Potato and Chanterelle Pizza topped with Himalayan Salt - it looks amazing!).
What the h*ll does a vegan eat anyway?

The Vegan Poet M. Butterflies Katz writes a thought-provoking and often provocative blog. She recently shared an article that appeared in Australia's excellent magazine Vegan Voice. The article entitled "To be a feminist is to be a vegan" says, "A feminist could not participate in the commodification and exploitation of the reproductive system of sisters of another species."
The Vegan Truth blogspot

Calls to Action
A recent proposal prepared for the Government of Canada would see 220,000 grey seals killed and incinerated in their protected Sable Island nursery. IFAW has a petition to stop the horror.
Stop the Sable Island Seal Slaughter

This September, a bill to phase out bear farming will be proposed to the Korean government for the entire Parliament to debate. Right now over 1,400 bears are suffering on bear bile farms in South Korea. They're reared in cramped, barren cages until the age of ten, when they are slaughtered for their bile. WSPA has a petition to help end this barbarism.
South Korean Bears Need Help

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Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals 2010, September/October - throughout North America
Walk for Farm Animals is an annual event that helps spread the word about the treatment of animals on factory farms and raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary's rescue, education and advocacy work. Walks occur across the U.S. and in Canada in September and October. Find a local walk or info on how to organize one at the link.
Walk for Farm Animals

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society presents The World Veg Festival , October 2 and 3
The festival will feature outstanding speakers all day long, international vegan cuisine, food demos, live entertainment, organic athletes, children's corner, and more. An organic vegan dinner will be served on Saturday night. Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Fair Building, between 9th Avenue and Lincoln, from 10 am to 6 pm.
World Veg Festival

The 39th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 2010, Jakarta, October 1-6, 2010 and Bali, October 7-9, 2010
The Congress is a bi-annual program of the International Vegetarian Union. Theme: Save Our Life, Save Our Planet. If you've ever attended an international Vegetarian Congress, you know what an inspiring and recharging experience it is. More details and online registration at the website below.
World Vegetarian Congress 2010

VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo, October 15-17, 2010
Get ready to learn the latest health info. Get ready to reconnect with like-minded friends. Get ready to be re-energized by spending a dynamic weekend with the top health experts in the world. It will all be at this annual VegSource event in California.
VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2010

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