When you search your soul for your DEEPEST desires you may find that you want to be peaceful like a Buddhist, you will want to be a warrior like St. Paul, Kind and compassionate like Mother Theresa. You desire the best of health for your loved ones. Then you will want something to eat...

WILL SOMETHING DIE FOR YOUR LUNCH???? Your deepest desires are VEGAN. Paul McDonald 2EDEN Vegetarian

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Spare a thought for the animals VEGAN OUTREACH ARTICLE

A New World, Piece by Piece

—By Matt Ball & Jack Norris

Vegan Outreach exists to reduce, as much as possible, the amount of suffering in
the world. Veganism, rights, and liberation are not goals in and of themselves –
they are merely tools to reduce suffering.

Given our desire to reduce suffering, of course we want a vegan world. Yet while
a compassionate, vegan society is the ideal, our mission to reduce suffering
must be more than hoping for a perfect world at some point in the future. If we
truly take suffering seriously, we must work for a better world now. Hundreds of
billions of animals will be raised and slaughtered for food before we can ever
possibly achieve widespread veganism. We must not ignore the suffering of those
animals who will certainly exist and endure agony.

From decades of outreach to millions of people, we have found that very few
respond to abstract, intellectual (e.g., animals have natural rights) or
absolutist (e.g., vegan-only) positions. People do respond, though, when shown
the cruelty inherent in modern agribusiness, which is why Vegan Outreach focuses
on these abuses.

It is reasonable to wonder whether focusing on cruelty supports the sale of less
inhumane meat by implying that it is okay to eat non-factory-farmed animals. Our
experience has been that focusing on how animals are raised and killed is the
best way to maximize both the number of people who oppose factory farms as well
as those who eventually oppose killing animals altogether. Exposing the manifest
yet hidden cruelty of modern agribusiness is the best way to get the most people
to open their hearts and minds to the animals' plight.

As we work to expose the hidden realities of factory farms, some people will
stop eating animals. But others will still be unwilling to go veg. There is no
way around this. The meat, egg, and dairy industries recognize this, too, and
play to consumers' feelings with labels like "humane" and "animal-care
certified." This will happen whether we like it or not; vegans don't own words
like "humane." As much as we might wish otherwise, we can't keep agribusiness
from using any word for its own purposes.

Because some meat eaters will inevitably react to our education efforts by
seeking out animals raised in conditions less horrible than on standard factory
farms, those of us in a position to do so should take any opportunity to make
sure industry labels are meaningful. Then, discomforted consumers not yet
willing to go veg will be able to take real steps to reduce suffering. Changing
one's diet in such a way because of a concern for suffering often represents
only the first step in an ethical evolution. Remember, few members of Vegan
Outreach went vegan overnight!

It is, of course, frustrating when people offer "humane"-labeled meat as their
excuse not to go veg. We must remember, though, that most people come up with
some excuse to continue eating animals, regardless of what we do. We can't
ignore the suffering of billions of farmed animals just to deny people one
possible excuse among many. Our concern for reducing suffering must extend
beyond promoting only veganism. If we take suffering seriously, we must support
efforts to abolish cages, crates, forced molting through starvation, electrical
incapacitation at slaughter, etc. We can't wish for more cruelty in the hope
that our case for veganism is "stronger."

Instead of wishing for a different world, we must honestly evaluate the world as
it currently is, and then do our very best to reduce as much suffering as
possible. We must reach and influence the people who might be willing to go
vegan; reach and influence people who might be willing to go vegetarian; reach
and influence the people who won't (now) go veg, but who might stop buying meat
from factory farms – and help support all of these people as they continue to
evolve as consumers.

Outreach efforts to all of these people are necessary if we are to help a large
and diverse society evolve to a new ethical norm. This is why Vegan Outreach
produces a range of literature to make everyone and anyone, in any situation,
the most effective advocate for animals possible. While we are each able do this
outreach in our areas, we support – and certainly don't waste our limited time
opposing – the efforts of large organizations to bring about the abolition of
the worst abuses on factory farms. Each step brings the animals' interests to
light, making people consider the otherwise hidden reality behind the meat they
eat. There is no other way to go from a carnivorous society, where farmed
animals have virtually no protection, to a vegan society where they have
near-total protection.

For every cage emptied and every person convinced to change their diet, we
realize there is more work to be done to reduce suffering. The industry also
recognizes that all these efforts are progress towards our ultimate goal;
agribusiness journal Feedstuffs editorialized (April 2, 2007):

Very recent developments would suggest that producers are now losing. If
producers are losing, others are also losing – everyone who has a stake in
dairy, meat and poultry production.… [I]t's not about animal welfare. It's not
about cages and stalls.… It's about raising animals for food, and the activists'
agenda is to end the practice. It will take decades, but they are the ones who
are winning – piece by piece by piece.

2eden : Message: "Riverside Vegetaria" Kingston upon Thames. Recommended Restaurant

2eden : Message: "Riverside Vegetaria" Kingston upon Thames. Recommended Restaurant
Mothers Day 3rd April 2011 and our lunch at Riverside Vegetaria.

The family went up to Kingston upon Thames for a first time trip to "Riverside
Vegetaria" a vegetarian restaurant as the name suggests is on the river a
delightful setting at any time of the year, watch the people and boats go by. In
warmer weather it would be nice to eat on the pathside over looking the water,
unfortunately, when we sat down to eat a child's coat was wind blown into the
water so today was a day to enjoy the internal decorations of this informal
diner, comfortable atmosphere and pleasant "godly" staff.

The whole menu is either Vegan or Vegetarian and is very pleasing to the
eye,they have the skills of presentation. We shared the Chef's mixed platter
with an extra portion of a wonderful home made Garlic bread quite filling on its
own,and enough for four. Our main orders were House Lasagne with a side salad,2x
Organic red lentil & Avocado kedgeree and organic courgette mushroom & lentil
bake. The flavours were expressive and encouraging with a wise use of spices as
only an Asian chef knows how never so hot but adding diversity and colour, salad
with everything and portions are large enough to avoid desert. we had a round of
soft drinks and the whole meal came to £62.00 for four (with out deserts.) We
had a good time and will go back again sometime God willing.

NB> Vegetarian
Society members can get a discount on their meals as well at this veg soc awards
winner 2002. The restaurant is at 64 High street Kingston,Surrey 0208 546
7992/0609. Check out the website WWW.rsveg.plus.com.

Have a good meal... Paul

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