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2007-02-04 04:31:15 EST
On 19 Jun 2006 07:53:05 -0700, "Perth" <email@example.com> wrote:
>We've updated this page and added a "New" section: > >http://www.geocities.com/conniesunday/veg.html > >Thanks!
Lots of interesting stuff there. Thanks.
2007-02-04 04:32:11 EST
VEGFAM PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON ANIMAL FARMING AND HUMAN FAMINE
The world food problem is now common knowledge. The Ethiopian famine, which first hit our headlines in late 1984, has changed forever the 'developed' world's consciousness of the problem. No longer is famine news one day and forgotten the next, but a fact we must all live with daily. Yet awareness is only the first step. We need to ask, and find why, famine occurs. It is not because of overpopulation - enough food is produced on this planet to feed at least twice its present inhabitants. Neither is it because of unchangeable climatic conditions - drought does not arrive purely as a chance bolt from the heavens, but as a consequence of consistent environmental mismanagement. Much of what is now desert was once fertile land, and much of what is now fertile will become desert if present trends continue. HOW? The first step is the clearing of natural tree cover so that the land may be used for agriculture. But trees increase humidity, check the run-off of rainwater from the land, maintain the water table close beneath the surface, and protect the soil from the erosive effects of wind. So when extensive areas are devoid of trees the desert is ready to take over. The process is continued either by overgrazing or overcultivation. Grazing animals prevent the regeneration of plants by eating young shoots.
The land becomes gradually more barren, at the mercy of wind and rain; less a pasture and more of a dust-bowl. Intensive cultivation, by never giving the soil time to lay fallow and recover nutrients, takes more from the earth than it puts back. Nature is amazingly resilient, but eventually this approach means that the land must lose its fertility. By these processes the deserts of the world are spreading. It becomes harder and harder for their inhabitants just to survive.
PLANTS CAN FEED THE WORLD Some 40% of the world's cereal harvest is fed to livestock. In Europe we import vast amounts, much from Third World countries to feed to animals to produce more dairy foods and meat than we can use, thus creating the infamous EEC surpluses. Slowly the realisation is dawning that to feed plants to animals and then feed on the animals or their products is grossly inefficient.
On average only 15% of the protein in plants is made available in the final carcase, and whilst 10 acres growing soya beans can provide protein for 60 people, 10 acres supporting grazing cattle can provide for only 2. It would be quite impossible for everyone in the world to eat the average Western diet, since there is simply not enough land. This leads us to a vegan solution to the immense problem. Whilst funds are certainly needed to ease immediate crises, and for long-term projects to green the deserts again, sending money for famine relief whilst consuming animal products is short-sighted and ignores the underlying causes. Good intentions are not enough; if we cannot make the changes that would benefit us all, things will stay as they are. A vegan Britain could be self-sufficient in food on only 25% of the agricultural land presently available, and could demonstrate that human and animal rights are indeed compatible. Globally, veganism can point a way to the end of both mass starvation and animal exploitation. Such a workable answer to the world's food crisis could have been seen many years ago. The facts were there but the ability to understand them was not; animal products had been such a traditional part of our diet that their removal was unthinkable. Now things have changed. The Vegan Society is over 50 years old, and as the medical world stresses the importance of plant-based foods, report after report confirms the soundness of a vegan diet. Nutritionally, ethically and environmentally it makes sense.
DONATING TO VEGFAM IS EASY! CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE NOW! In the UK our Supporters control how much of their donation goes on administration since VEGFAM operates three separate Funds:
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at The Co-Operative Bank PLC (SORT CODE 08-92-90), 242 High Street, Exeter, EX4 3QB (supporters donating via the Midland Bank PLC accounts can continue as these accounts are being retained). Postal cheques, IMO's, MO's and PO's to Lydford address, please. USA. In the U.S. the American Vegan Society has agreed to take U.S. dollar donations and make them available to VEGFAM in British Currency. Please make your cheque payable to AVS. Donations will go to VEGFAM's General Donations accounts unless you specify it is all for PROJECTS. The American Vegan Society, 501 Old Harding Way, PO Box H, MALAGA, N.J. 08328-0908 (Phone (609) 694 2887 Fax (609) 694 2288). Australia. VEGFAM has a PROJECTS Donations account at Westpac Banking Corporation (Sydney Office), 341 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. BSB & a/c no. 732-000 74-8282.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Distributed by VEGFAM . The Secretary, c/o Cwm Cottage, Cwmynys, Cilycwm, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0EU, UK . www.veganvillage.co.uk/vegfam Tel +44 (0)1550 721 197 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2007-02-04 04:34:51 EST
Founded in 1944, The Vegan Society provides advice on a way of living free of animal products for the benefit of
UK dietary calories from animal products have fallen 25% in 25 years as millions of people attempt to follow Government advice and adopt a healthier, more plant rich diet.
Concern about factory farming and animal welfare has never been greater.
Western food choices have a major impact on the natural environment and the developing world. For a more comprehensive explanation see our Environment Booklet.
The UK has
3 million vegetarians and vegans including thousands of Hindus A further 3 million people with problems digesting milk Millions more who avoid particular animal products for ethical, health or religious reasons. The Vegan Society supports all who wish to replace or reduce animal products in their diets and provides expert advice to
The media Doctors, dietitians, caterers and food producers Authorities dealing with food labelling, additives, school meals and other public health issues The Society is relied upon for
The authoritative nutrition manual Plant Based Nutrition and Health http://www.vegansociety.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=153 The regularly updated Animal Free Shopper http://www.vegansociety.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=238 The trusted Sunflower Logo on animal free products. http://www.vegansociety.com/html/business/trademark/ For a free information pack write to
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2007-02-04 04:39:03 EST
Welcome to Viva! Sunday, Feb 4th
Eating meat causes environmental destruction, damages human health, contributes to global hunger and inflicts immense suffering on billions of animals across the world. Viva! believes that the solution to all these problems is in our own hands: the best way to stop the destruction and the cruelty is to stop eating animals now. Through popular campaigns, solid research, undercover exposés and effective media skills we have brought the reality of modern farming into people's living rooms. We have enlightened millions, shocked most and changed the diets of many. You can help with these successes.
Dogs Go for the Gold! New and luscious treats for your canine mate are here. Youve never seen anything like the Dogs Gold Apple Muffins! See the range here. http://www.viva.org.uk/shop/dogtreat.htm
You Did It For Ducks Again! On November 11 2006, hundreds of Viva! supporters once again braved the elements to bring the story of Jake the little duckling jailbird to Britains consumers. The message was clear: set Britains favourite bird free by going veggie! Click here http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/ducks/doa.html to find out more about the day and to see how it has already been the catalyst for real welfare improvements.
How Many Animals Could You Save By Going Veggie? Find out with Viva!s state-of-the-art animation at our new website, http://www.timetogoveggie.com/ timetogoveggie.com. Designed especially for meat-eaters and the veggie curious (those that can make the biggest difference to the suffering of animals simply by not eating them), our new website is the perfect introduction to four big reasons to give up meat: saving around 4,022 animals; improving your health; doing your bit to end environmental destruction; and helping people in the developing world to help themselves.
>From the website you can invite those stick-in-the-mud carnivores you know to find out exactly what a difference to ending the suffering of animals and improving the world around them just with their knife and fork!
The Gift of Life! Adopt a rescued farm animal with Viva!, the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation and Farm Animal Sanctuary! Go to: www.adoptafarmanimal.org.uk
Viva! Investigation Exposes Horrific Conditions on British Pig Farms British consumers have been deceived - by both the pig industry and the Government - into believing that pigs on UK farms enjoy a standard of living unparalleled anywhere else in the world - and we have disturbing undercover footage to prove the point http://www.piggles.org.uk/
A Matter of Life and Death Intergalactic guide to how farmed animals are treated in the UK; plus info on how you can save lives. Read it here. http://www.viva.org.uk/guides/animals/index.html Or buy it here. http://www.viva.org.uk/shop/booksguides.htm
Animal Aid statement on Bernard Matthews bird flu outbreak
With government-appointed killing gangs preparing to destroy as many as 160,000 birds at a Bernard Matthews Suffolk turkey farm, it is time for the intensive poultry industry to acknowledge that its own ruthless animal production and slaughtering systems are the root cause of the deadly new strains of bird flu.
The global poultry industry has so far succeeded in diverting blame for the Avian Influenza outbreaks onto wild migratory birds. But with the migratory season over, industry apologists are devoid of excuses.
In its natural state, the influenza virus has existed for millions of years as a harmless, intestinal infection of aquatic birds such as ducks. In poultry, bird flu has gone from a rare disease that occurs once a year to a far more lethal condition that is striking more and more frequently. The deadly H5N1 strain emerged in 1997 in Hong Kong. Since then, lethal outbreaks have hit the Far East, China, North America and Europe, including Norfolk and Fife. Millions of birds have been brutally destroyed and more than 100 people have died, mostly in Asia.
Broiler sheds are perfect breeding grounds for the new, deadly viral strains and there are any number of ways that they can spread across countries and continents - not least through transportation of chicks and poults, poultry products, feed and equipment.
Countries that have not yet developed a large-scale intensive poultry industry have been largely spared. Despite poultry sheds being nominally sealed off from the outside world, diseased material can easily enter them. An expert in the field, Dr Mohammad Yousaf*, has indicated that H5N1 and other such strains can find their way in through faecal traces or moisture in the air - or through the medium of feed, water, supplies, cages, clothes, delivery vehicles, mammals and even insects.
That a Bernard Matthews production unit should be hit by bird flu comes as no surprise to those who have monitored the companys activities over the years. Undercover investigations in 2002, 2005 and 2006 produced evidence of crowded, dirty conditions with severely injured, diseased and dead birds.
In September last year, two of the companys workers at Beck Farm, Haveringland were convicted of battering turkeys with a broom handle, used like a baseball bat. The solicitor defending the men described the conditions in the unit as "appalling" and said: "You can see why people move to an organic, more open type of farming."
Intensive farms, like those that Bernard Matthews run, are little more than disease factories. Overcrowded, filthy conditions, and stressed animals are a recipe for an outbreak.
The first priority of the meat industry and its government allies has been to insist that poultry products are safe to eat and that the public should continue to buy and consume them. Cooked chicken and turkey might be purged of viruses but how safe are the bodies of dead birds - fresh from supermarket chillers - that reside in millions of fridges around the country?
The birds in that Holton shed, whose fate under normal production regimes would be appalling, are set to endure even greater suffering. Government ministers indicated in recent months that they would be prepared to allow mass asphyxiation of birds under just these circumstances.
Animal Aid is calling for a boycott of all chicken products as a means of waking up the government, the industry and the consumer to the vile and deadly nature of intensive animal production in the UK.
Notes to the Editor For full background and interviews, contact Andrew Tyler on 01732 364546 (out of hours 07918 083774) ISDN line available for broadcast-quality interviews. Reference: * Avian influenza outbreak hits the industry again, Dr Mohammad Yousaf, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, World Poultry, Vol 20 No 3 2004.* Avian influenza outbreak hits the industry again, Dr Mohammad Yousaf, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, World Poultry, Vol 20 No 3 2004.
Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all animal abuse, and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. You can support our work by joining, making a donation, or using our online shop. Contact Animal Aid at The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW, UK, tel +44 (0)1732 364546, fax +44 (0)1732 366533, email email@example.com.
2007-02-04 04:48:07 EST
The Hunt Saboteurs Association
The only organisation that works directly in the field to protect wildlife from the huntsmen Postcards, Petitions and calling on the police to uphold the law aren't things you would normally associate with the HSA but we'll give anything a go at the moment...
But why leave it to others to do something? Contact your local group, read up on successful tactics we have used or just get out with a camera and see what you can do!
Join us and stop the killing NOW! http://hsa.enviroweb.org/features/joinleaf.html
On Sun, 04 Feb 2007 09:48:07 +0000, Gareth <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/ > >The Hunt Saboteurs Association > >The only organisation that works directly in the field to protect >wildlife from the huntsmen >Postcards, Petitions and calling on the police to uphold the law >aren't things you would normally associate with the HSA but we'll give >anything a go at the moment... > >But why leave it to others to do something? >Contact your local group, read up on successful tactics we have used >or just get out with a camera and see what you can do! > > >Join us and stop the killing NOW! >http://hsa.enviroweb.org/features/joinleaf.html > > >BM HSA, London, UK. WC1N 3XX >Telephone (+44) 0845 4500727. >email:email@example.com > >Press Officer: 07904 387559 > > > >http://hsa.enviroweb.org/links.html
This Government thinks the 2005 Hunting Ban is 'Satisfactory' Don't Turn YOUR Back on our Wildlife ... Join the Hunt Saboteurs Association Hunting with hounds was supposed to have been banned in England & Wales in February 2005, and in Scotland, several years earlier. However, now the fuss and media attention has died down, most hunts are carrying on as they did before. The police have never known much about hunting other than how to try to protect it, so we never had much faith in them 'changing sides.
Hunts around the country are arrogantly continuing their slaughter in the name of sport, in the hope or knowledge that the people in power don't really care. One of our greatest weapons is now the video camera - enough instances of hunts breaking the law caught on camera and hopefully not even the blinkered politicians will be able to ignore it. MiniDV camcorders cost as little as £250 and can be adapted to take a covert pinhole camera so no-one at the hunt need even know you are filming.
Hunt saboteurs, after holding back to see if the law would work will now seek to take action where it counts - in the killing fields. We are experienced in using non-violent direct action tactics to save the lives of thousands of hunted animals every season. From using hunting horns and voice calls to run off with the hounds at foxhunts, to standing in front of the shooting butts on the grouse moors, to wading through the rivers at minkhunts, wherever animals are being hunted for fun, hunt saboteurs will be there, protecting our wildlife from the "sportsmen" who get their kicks from killing.
The overwhelming majority of the British public recognise bloodsports are cruel and abhorrent and over 80% wanted an immediate ban on bloodsports. They have been duped by the hunters and let down by this government. That's why the animals need people like you - people who care enough to do something positive to save them.
There are local hunt saboteur groups all over the UK, all of which are active at least once a week against the hunts and shoots in their area. Groups need volunteers to work either as activists in the field, saving the hunted animals' lives directly, or to do the vital background work of fundraising, leafleting, etc. without which no group can function. There will be a hunt saboteur group near you and whatever your age, skills or experience, you will be able to make a crucial contribution to saving animals' lives.
This weekend, there will be someone trying to torture and kill innocent wild animals for sport within a few miles of where you live. We're going to be there to stop them...Will you?
HSA membership request Important We do not provide secure credit card transactions via this site, so the best method of joining the HSA is to either email your details (including name, postal address and subscription rate) to us and we will forward you membership details, or to print out the form and post a cheque (payable to Hunt Saboteurs Association) to:
About SPEAK Migrating from Cambridge, the SPEAK campaign is to continue its role in the animal rights debate within the public and political arena through pro-active campaigning. http://www.speakcampaigns.org/aboutspeak.php/
As part of our campaigning strategy we will be challenging the government and government-aided institutions (and those institutions which hold the government in their pockets), to accountability and openness. To date, the government has avoided significant exposure for its failure to meet its pre-election promises regarding their Animal Rights agenda, nor have they been sufficiently challenged for their undemocratic governing approach within a democratic country. (Take for example their recent underhand chicaneries over the proposed primate lab in Cambridge).
The government, vivisection industry and the media commonly use negatively emotive language when describing those opposed to the abuse of animals. We are often referred to as "terrorists" because we have been forced to choose unorthodox methods to draw attention to an issue where other means have failed; pro-active action has often ensured that animal rights has put issues requiring attention firmly on the map. We should remember that government tactics such as this are commonplace the world over whenever the status quo is being challenged for an injustice. The use of terminology suggesting violence to describe animal rights activists is a transparent tool attempting to divert attention from the real perpetrators of violence who thus become the implied victims, therein masking the true face of those inflicting terror and what goes on behind laboratory walls.
We as a movement have often been accused of violating civil liberties and democratic laws because we have spoken out against injustice. In thus speaking out, we have always been motivated by the principles of Individual Rights and the violation of those rights. These do not just refer to the rights of animals but to the right of individuals to be fully informed of the truth behind the lies of vivisection. Surely keeping the public in ignorance of the scientific and moral facts is a violation of their civil liberties and democratic right to choose? The collusion of the government and vivisection industry to conceal the truth from society is a violation of those rights which are meant to stand for so much in our democratic society.
At SPEAK, we believe it is time for the public to be allowed to make an informed decision on this debate and that means hearing both sides of the argument.
The SPEAK campaign is about saving both human and non-human lives; can the vivisection fraternity say the same thing? Let the public decide once they know the full truth.
Background to the NEW campaign The SPEAK campaign was born from the victory of a campaign against Cambridge University, the following is a brief history of that campaign and its incredible success.
In February 2001, South Cambridgeshire District Council heard a planning application from Cambridge University to build a huge new research complex to carry out experiments on monkeys. It would be Europe's largest primate vivisection laboratory.
At the planning hearing there were objections from anti-vivisectionists, environmental campaigners, local residents, and even the police.
The council unanimously rejected the application, to the relief of residents and campaigners.
A wealthy and influential government minister, with a vested and personal interest in the biotechnology industry, then intervened on the side of the university.
David (Lord) Sainsbury recommended that the council should ignore the green belt designation 'in the national interest'. He claimed that the proposed research was of 'national importance'.
The billionaire Sainsbury has donated over £11 million to the Labour Party, and was rewarded with the title Lord Sainsbury and given the influential post of Science Minister, within the Dept of Trade and Industry.
Among his huge business interests is sole ownership of a biotechnology company, as well as the world-wide patent for a key gene which is set to make substantial profits.
Despite the powerful intervention of Lord Sainsbury, when the university appealed, on 6 Feb 2002 South Cambridgeshire District Council once again overwhelmingly refused planning permission for the primate centre.
Cambridge University appealed again, this time to the National Planning Inspectorate.
Both Sainsbury and Prime Minister Tony Blair made further statements publicly supporting the university's application.
On Nov 26 2002, a public hearing began. The government announced that it intended to take the highly unusual step of making the decision, rather than leave it to the planning inspector.
When the planning inspector did reach his decision it was against Cambridge University and he stated that Cambridge University and the Government had failed to prove that the proposed reseach centre was in the national interest.
However true to their democratic credentials Blair and Sainsbury effectively hijacked the whole planning process and issued a 'decree' that overturned the decision of the independent planning inspector.
It was during this period that SPEAC (Stop Primate Experiments at Cambridge) was formed by a coalition of animal rights groups to fight the proposed labs.
This resulted in some infighting between the various university authorities, after startling revelations that those applying to build the labs had lied to the university governing body in order to get the go-ahead. Most notably they had neglected to mention that the proposed lab would involve animal research at all, and that resulting protests would cause severe disruption to the university.
It had also emerged at this time that the projected costs of the lab had shot up by 25% to £32million, and that the university needed to find another £7million to go ahead. This was partly due to the expected costs of security as a result of the inevitable protests which the centre would attract.
SPEAC were determined that the monkey laboratories would not be built, and mobilised a mass movement to oppose the plans. Through non violent action they organised a concerted wave of pressure against the university, that ultimately proved effective. On the 27th January Cambridge University finally capitulated in the face of such pressure. The nightmare scenario of Cambridge becoming the primate vivisection capital of Europe had ended.
Now begins the next phase in the fight to end vivisection.
2007-02-04 04:56:10 EST
http://www.peta.org.uk/ PETA in the US came into existence in 1980 in the United States and have more than 1,100,000 members and supporters, making it the largest animal rights organisation in the world.
PETA and PETA Europe are dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. Like us, animals are capable of suffering and have interests in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation or for any other reason. PETA affiliates throughout the world educate policymakers and the public about cruelty to animals and promote an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect.
PETA and PETA Europe work through public education, research, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement and protest campaigns.