Moral Vegetarianism, Part 11 of 13

Animal Ethics

For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Human Grain Shortage All of the clearly moral arguments for vegetarianism given so far have been in terms of animal rights and suffering. New moral vegetarianism, however, rests on moral arguments couched in terms of human welfare. Given a depressed demand for meat caused by widespread vegetarianism, other economic moves could be made.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 10 of 13

Animal Ethics

For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Suppose that tomorrow a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth, beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism The Argument from Superior Aliens’ Invasion John Harris advances the following consideration to show the immorality of eating meat.

British Hospitals to Offer Meatless Alternatives

Critter News

Some suggestions are likely to be controversial with patients' groups, especially attempts to curb meat eating and car use. Tags: UK carbon emissions healthcare vegetarian meatless It's all part of a campaign to cut carbon emissions. Meat-free menus are to be promoted in hospitals as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions across the National Health Service.

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PETA Latches On To Tiller Murder For Publicity

Critter News

From the article: A national animal rights group plans to erect billboards in Wichita urging people on both sides of the abortion debate to go vegetarian. Go Vegetarian." Choose Vegetarian." Like a moth to a flame. One version of the billboard says, "Pro-Life? The other says, "Pro-Choice? Both feature a photo of three baby chicks. Stay classy there PETA.

Want a Career in Animal Rights?

Creature Talk

Compassionate Action for Animals is a nationally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN focused on eliminating cruelty to animals through vegetarian outreach, education, and community building. CAA is a growing, dynamic nonprofit with a great group of passionate volunteers. Now might be your chance! Compassionate Action for Animals in Minneapolis, MN is now hiring!

National Animal Rights Conference in LA Starts July 16

Critter News

Some of the groups attending will be: FARM In Defense of Animals Sea Shepherd ACT Radio Anti-Fur Society E/Environmental Mag Eko Zone Healing Species League of Humane Voters Mercy For Animals Stop Animal Exploitation Now! Vegetarian Times VegNews Magazine The link came from ALF, but they aren't listed on the site. You can sign up here.

Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

years, during which I made the transition from meat-loving omnivore to vegetarian to vegan. Coming to this new job, I am interacting with a much larger group of people. Of the other 24 people in my department not one of them is even vegetarian, much less vegan. After a 7 month hiatus from this blog, I wonder: is anyone still out there? Anyone waiting for me to post? I bet you are just beside yourself with curiosity about where I’ve been.

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Defending Laboratory Rats

Critter News

You see people shut down if you talk about how a rat can suffer," says Chad Sandusky, director of toxicology and research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that fights for animal rights and advocates vegetarianism. Nice article about people who are committed to defending "lab rats" used for medical research. I've worked with rats and I find them charming and intelligent creatures. So I think it's sad to read this.

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Preparing for the Onslaught

Animal Person

My husband has two friends (a male/female couple) who are transitioning from vegetarian to vegan and I also have two friends (both women) who are transitioning from omnivore and all are dreading Thanksgiving. I note the size because many people find it easier to have a serious conversation one-on-one, but in a larger group the dynamic is different. You can't play to everyone in a large group (unless it's homogeneous), so many people don't try.

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On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

Animal Person

Interviewer: "Are you a vegetarian?". And no amount of donations to groups that supposedly want to abolish animal cruelty is going to make up for the fact that until you stop having animals killed for you you are part of the problem. Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ? There's something hilarious about people intentionally putting themselves in a position to be beaten up like Wile E. Coyote.

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On Children's Books, Introverts & Films

Animal Person

If there's a local group that is in need of a skill that you have (grantwriting, newsletter writing, website development, photography), I'd imagine that's a possibility. which is a documentary co-produced by two young girls from NYC, one of whom was raised as a vegetarian. First, Chris directed me to ePub Bud , which appears to be a timely and fantastic idea given my recent plea for more books for children about veganism.

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On Being a Minority Within a Minority

Animal Person

Of course there are oodles of vegetarians who mention veganism and how difficult and restricting it is, and overall I'm having a fairly disheartening experience. I broadened my groups to runners, writers, environmentalists and atheists thinking perhaps I should try to find more like-minded people in a more holistic kind of way.

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On Charles and Project Treadstone

Animal Person

I then promptly completely caved in and bought Wellness ' new large breed, definitely nonvegan dry food (and I always soak kibble) that has 25% protein (Natural Balance Vegetarian has 18%, and all from non-animal sources) and I've started cutting some in just in case (I'll stop at 50%). Finally, I was asked to participate in a new TNR group in my town that started largely because of my oodles of questions and setting of policy for Project Treadstone!

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

According to Parker, here are the threats: the ALF, the ELF, SHAC, PeTA and the oddest member of the group, the HSUS. Often confused with American Humane Association, they raise tens of millions, not to ‘save the animals’ as most people assume but to further the causes of vegetarianism and ending animal agriculture." In the bigger picture, it is dis-heartening that these activists groups cause so much harm to the very animals they profess to be “defending”.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

The tiresome Hitler was a well-known vegetarian comment is included in this segment, but I found it irksome long before that. It's one that's brought on, no doubt, by the acts of vandalism and intimidation of radical animal-rights groups, but I think it also serves to insulate the research community from any responsibility it might otherwise have to increase transparency and public engagement with the work.

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Rescue Spotlight: Kitten Rescue

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Founded in 1997, it has become one of the largest animal rescue groups in Los Angeles. Sold out crowds of over 400 guests have enjoyed a vegetarian dinner complemented by cocktails with themed names such as the “Fuzzy Kitten” and the “Tom Cat”. Kitten Rescue is a wonderful animal rescue organization! They are non-profit, and they are totally volunteer run! They have had truly great success in finding loving new homes for unwanted cats and kittens.

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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

I am a long time vegetarian, now vegan for 10 years, and animal lover.

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A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

In the 1970s, the FDA proposed a ban on penicillin and tetracycline in animal feed, but the proposal was defeated after criticism from interest groups. But the Bush Administration reversed that decision five days before it was going to take effect after receiving several hundred letters from drug companies and farm animal trade groups. Protect your own health and the future effectiveness of antibiotics: Go vegetarian in 2010

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

I have been working in the animal movement for several decades on 2 continents, and have been vegetarian for nearly 40 years and vegan for 25 of those years. Alley Cat Rescue serves vegan food at our gatherings, and encourages all groups that work with cats and dogs to do the same. Thank you for sending me the articles. I enjoy your website a lot.

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Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

10,000 Birds

Locals being vegetarians, why are there no birds? Back to Gipsy and toward a distant group of farmers working their fields. Gujarat, December 2010. Target for today: critically endangered Sociable Lapwing ( Vanellus gregarius ). The official definition of CR status says the species could be gone within ten years, or could lose 80 per cent of its population within three generations – whichever comes first.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The meat and dairy industries want to keep their operations away from the public’s discriminating eyes, but as groups like PETA and the Humane Society have shown us in their graphic and disturbing undercover investigations, factory farms are mechanized madness and slaughterhouses are torture chambers to these unfortunate and feeling beings. In my 40s, I became a vegetarian because I was saving sick and injured birds, and I just couldn’t eat them and save them.

Photogenic Birding in San Vito, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

The food is great (our group enjoyed a fantastic vegetarian gourmet repast at the Casa Botania as well as wonderful meals at the Cascatata del Bosco ), there are some cozy places to stay in fine habitat (the same two places just mentioned), and the climate is pretty much perfect at this 1,000 meter elevation. I reside in Costa Rica, the country is roughly the same size as West Virginia, but I rarely make it to some parts of this birdy nation.

Earth Day Lecture

Animal Ethics

Professor Jenni’s Earth Day Lecture is co-sponsored by NIU’s Department of Philosophy and NIU’s Vegetarian Education Group [VEG]. Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. This Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m., Kathie L. Jenni, Ph.D.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But for more than 20 years, consumer groups led by Public Citizen have worked to scare the public about food irradiation and threatened to boycott companies that market irradiated products. 4, 2009 To the Editor: I have been a strict vegetarian most of my life, and, as such, I have never lacked reasons—ethical, economic and health-related—to continue this lifestyle. To the Editor: Re “ The Burger That Shattered Her Life: Trail of E.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

Unlike birds, they do not vocalize; unlike butterflies, they are totally predatory, not a vegetarian amongst them. Family and genus sections all begin with descriptions of what features the group has in common and how individuals differ. We now interrupt all talk about birds and migration to consider dragonflies. And damselflies. Together they comprise Ondonata, an order of insects that, like birds, are beautiful in flight and challenging in identification.

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Make This the Year You Do Right by Animals

Animal Ethics

If you are already a vegetarian, make this the year that you decide to go vegan. The Bottom Line: Elsewhere in this blog (see here , here , and here ), I have written about ethical synergy, the regularly observed phenomenon that simultaneously showing respect for persons (including oneself), animals, and the environment typically benefits all three groups (including oneself).

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