Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sorry for the delay in getting out the EN (started at 9:03pm Tucson time -- after midnight back east!). Please look for it in your inbox; if you don't get it, please look to see if your ISP filtered it, and mark it appropriately. Thanks.
In the meantime, one of the two greatest dietitians in the world, Ginny Messina, has updated her post on the appropriate role of fat in a healthy diet.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Leafleting at the University of Arizona last week, I again had a person tell me it wasn't possible to live entirely on plants. I can't understand exactly they are thinking (I'm obviously standing right there), but it is good to be able to cite Ellen, a lifelong vegan who has thrived. Not that this stops people from lying, or major media outlets from publishing those lies.
You can see a bunch of lifelong vegans online!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Getting a jump on this week's Enewsletter (which will be going out late Wednesday):
A Night Out With Alicia Silverstone
The Horrors of a Modern Egg Facility
Sent to Nikki Benoit
Do you think I could join you the next time you leaflet in my area? I've never done it before, but truth be told, I became vegetarian five years ago because a girl in my class, who was a vegan, gave me a Why Vegan? when I asked her about her lifestyle. Now a vegan, I'm interested in activism.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
From Jon Camp's tour in the Northeast, the grave of George Thorndike Angell, founder of the MSPCA, with the inscription:
We must never forget that the infinitely most important work for us is the humane education of the millions who are soon to come on the stage of action.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
For more, please see Letter to a Young Matt; excerpt:
The single most important lesson I’ve learned in the past 20 years is that the irreducible heart of what matters is suffering. Back then, although I was sure I knew everything, I really didn’t know anything about suffering. Since then, though, I’ve developed a chronic disease, and experienced times when I thought I was going to die, times when I wished I would die. Back then, I worried about abstractions and words and principles; I argued about exploitation, oppression, liberation, etc. I didn’t take suffering seriously. Now, knowing what suffering really is, and knowing how much there is in the world, all my previous concerns seem – well, to put it kindly, ridiculous....
After years of unfocused, self-centered, angry activism, I finally came to realize that if I really cared about the animals, I had to maximize the amount of good I accomplished with my limited time and resources. And to do so, I had to set aside my ego, and stop focusing on what most outraged me, personally....
I’ve read a lot and debated a lot, but as much as I’ve tried, I’ve just not been able to get away from the simple truths:
Eliminating suffering is the ultimate good, and, every time we choose to do one thing, we are choosing not to do another.
From these facts comes Vegan Outreach’s first principle, our bottom line and guide: eliminating as much suffering as possible. Everything we do derives directly from that – we make our choices based on which option will lead to the least amount of suffering.