MARCH 28, 2009 5:20 PM

"Ripping the legs off live crabs and crowding lobsters into seafood market tanks are just two of the many practices that may warrant reassessment, given two new studies that indicate crustaceans feel pain and stress."
Couldn't have said it any better, Jennifer!

MARCH 23, 2009 10:43 PM

Marti Kheel Spotlights the Need for Holism in Ethical Inquiry
Friend of ExtraVEGANza! Brianne Donaldson has this to say about Marti Kheel's recent book titled Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective:

"For scholar-activists concerned with systemic connections between animal, environmental and human oppression, Nature Ethics provides a lens through which to examine other philosophies, theologies and political and environmental theories. Exploring the connection that Kheel makes between human violence and socially constructed masculine identity is like donning a pair of 3-D glasses that exposes previously unseen dualisms in even the most esteemed perspectives on animal rights, Gandhian nonviolence, environmental protection and ecological holism.

The ecofeminist invitation to develop empathethic relationships with individual beings validates the experiences with animal suffering that move many toward activism in the first place. Kheel's refusal to rely solely on the "conceptual force" of rational arguments makes her final call to a conscious ethos of contexualized care toward nature and individual other-than-human animals hard to resist. If you have ever been frustrated by rational or spiritual systems that don't seem to wed theory with praxis, Nature Ethics may illuminate why."

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MARCH 23, 2009 9:25 PM

An Organic Vegetable Garden at the White House? Really?
"Is a Food Revolution Now In Season?" asks Andrew Martin in the Business section of Saturday's New York Times. Apparently, everyone from Michelle Obama, to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, to boar-hunting noble savage Michael Pollan, to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow are on the bandwagon, but I'm afraid I'll have to see it to believe it.

Predictably, the v-word goes unmentioned, but I suppose it would be curmudgeonly not to celebrate the widespread public favor that organic produce is currently enjoying. When we applaud the slow food movement, however, let's see to it that we take care to frame compassion for animals as a central part of the story. "Sustainability" in and of itself is not enough, as some of the more prophetic voices in our movement have reminded us.

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MARCH 16, 2009 10:52 PM

Chimp's Premeditated Assaults Obliterate Another "Uniquely Human" Trait
How many "uniquely human traits" will have to bite the dust in view of the rich, complex lives led by non-human beings before we get the picture? I suspect that I'd be stockpiling stones too if my life consisted in being held captive to the gazes of jeering voyeurs who treated underestimating my intelligence as a spectator sport. Learn more about this enterprising 30-year-old Chimp named Santino here. Thanks, Gill, for the heads-up!

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MARCH 9, 2009 9:41 PM

Los Angeles Teacher Authors Children's Book on Veganism
That deafening roar you hear is the sound of vegan parents the world over thanking Ruby Roth for authoring and illustrating the book that we've all been waiting for: Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things. One look at these gorgeous page spreads and you'll be scrambling to pre-order your copy for immediate delivery on the May 26, 2009 release date. Watch Ruby and some of her students talk about the book below and then become a fan and join the burgeoning ranks of Ruby's supporters. Perhaps if there's interest, we can do a potluck and children's story hour in early June to celebrate the release. Stay tuned! And MANY thanks to our friend Brianne Donaldson for the tip!

Ruby Roth and Her Students Discuss the Book

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MARCH 9, 2009 8:30 PM

Peter Singer on Acting Now to End World Poverty
First and foremost, the vegan lifestyle is about acknowledging the inherent dignity of others and advocating compassion and justice in face of these others' unnecessary suffering and death. A number of previous posts have highlighted the degree to which veganism addresses issues other than just "animal concerns," such as environmental apartheid and global hunger. Today's post recommends a new book by Animal Liberation author Peter Singer that seeks to motivate average folks like us to take radical steps toward eradicating global poverty.

Singer's notoriety as an animal advocate has often deflected attention from his other work. Nevertheless, for the past four decades since the publication of his classic paper "Famine, Affluence, and Morality", Singer has been equally, if not more, outspoken about the moral urgency of seeking justice for the world's poorest people. For a free preview of Singer's accessible, inspiring writing style and an overview of the general strategy of his argument, check out his 2006 New York Times Magazine article titled "What Should a Billionaire Give...And What Should You?". If you like what he has to say, consider reading the book and then sharing the inspiration with family and friends.

MARCH 2, 2009 1:34 PM

No Such Thing as "Sustainable" Beef, Study Shows.
A recent study conducted by German scientists confirms what common sense already clearly suggests, namely that the resource-intensive process of fattening and killing cows for food spells trouble for the environment even when it's done organically. My top two favorite quotations? I'm glad you asked: (1) "Vegans eat in a decidedly climate-friendly way" and (2) "Anyone who believes that by buying a ribeye steak from an organic store they are automatically contributing to climate protection is mistaken."

Other highlights of the article include a candid rebuke of "greening" efforts in the German government and elsewhere that continue to insulate livestock production from due environmental criticism (because of powerful lobbying interests), and an interviewee who just can't bring himself believe "that the world will come to an end because of cows burping and farting." Greed and denial--always a winsome combination! Möchten Sie es auf Deutsch lesen? Klicken Sie hier. Many thanks to Clayre for the tip on this article!

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