Subject: Marin VEG News January 2017
From: Patti Breitman
Date: 2016-12-31 2:19 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

Marin Vegetarian Education Group
January, 2017

Something I learned from Phillip Moffitt, author of Dancing With Life, is the difference between goals and intentions. At the start of the new year, I thought I'd share this with you.
Goals are about the future. They may or may not be achieved. Intentions are about moment to moment experience and have countless opportunities for success. You may forget to act on them, but every new moment is a new opportunity to practice them. Meeting our intentions is within our own control. Meeting our goals, usually not so much. For example: My goal may be to stop the change in zoning that would allow slaughter houses in Marin. And my intention is to meet each interaction in that campaign with dignity and kindness. So when I work toward that goal, whether writing, speaking or listening, I bring my intention to every moment, using dignity and kindness as best as I am able. This way, whether or not I achieve my goal (and I certainly hope I do), I am comfortable knowing that at least I met my intentions, as best as I was able, along the way.

Especially in challenging times, I find it helpful to set intentions every day and to stay focused on what is in my control.

I wish you every good blessing in 2017!

Vegan Race Car
A Well Fed World (one of my favorite not for profits) has teamed up with vegan, professional race car driver Leilani Muter to raise funds to decorate and advertise Leilani's car as a pro-vegan message. This will be the first vegan themed race car in Daytona or anywhere. The go-vegan message will reach millions of race car fans, on and off the track. To learn more and to contribute, go to

Global Tribal Cinema and Holistic Nonviolence
To initiate and sustain positive change, the good people at Tribe of Heart have launched a new, multi-lingual, commercial-free, free, on line program called Global Tribal Cinema. Now, for the first time, the films made by Tribe of Heart, including Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, The Witness, and many shorter films are available for free, in many languages, on line. The work of Tribe of Heart is based on the belief that "one person's change of heart can change the world." By sharing their films, along with essays, access to resources, and a new approach to justice advocacy called Holistic Nonviolence, Tribe of Heart hopes to build a strong community and a widespread understanding of the common roots of all forms of oppression. This worthy endeavor deserves our support. To learn more about this new endeavor, to watch a film, or to make a contribution, visit

Miyoko's Butter at Trader Joe's
This thrilled me: Miyoko's butter is now available at Trader Joe's up and down the west coast. And it's only $4.99, much less than at Whole Foods or the Good Earth. Thanks to the many readers who shared this terrific news. Congratulations to Miyoko on her growing market and ongoing, well deserved success! Read more about the butter and Miyoko's Kitchen's move to Petaluma here:

Beyond Meat Burger Now at Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill announced that it now offers the VG Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat. I have not yet tried it, and not sure I will, given how much like animal flesh it is supposed to taste. Still, it's a wonderful addition to the vegan menu for people who say, "I can never give up burgers" when they are asked to go veg.

Slaughter House Update
We continue to oppose the zoning change that would lift a ban on slaughter houses in Marin. There will be a strategy planning meeting at 5 PM on Friday, January 6 at Veggie Grill. If you want to know what meetings are coming up, please send an email to Bee and ask her to add you to her mailing list (I will be out of town for most of January.) Write to Bee at:

Also, you can look at and share the Facebook page:

Recall of Some Cuisinart Food Processor Blades
If you have a Cuisinart food processor, check your S blade. If there are rivets in it, the blade may need to be replaced for safety reasons. Go to this web site to see which model numbers (found on the bottom of the machine) are being recalled. There are photos here as well to help you know if your blade is at risk.

Mathew Scully in the National Review
In December the author of the 2002 book Dominion, Mathew Scully wrote an intelligent, piercing article about the human relationship to animals raised for food. He is optimistic about the demise of animal based food, and points out at least three other well known people, including Pope Francis, who are calling for a reassessment of the way we treat animals. This is a very long article, but well worth reading. Near the end of the article Scully writes, When an industry inflicts boundless abuse on animals, weighing ever more on the conscience of men and women everywhere, adversely affecting human health, and, moreover, when it s a blight on the natural environment, it s not implausible to imagine that industry s eventual extinction.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets are Safe
This won't be news to many of us, but it's still good to see it affirmed by experts. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published a paper in December that again declares vegetarian and vegan diets safe at all stages of life. Thanks to all the readers who sent me links to various versions of this story.


The East Bay Times recently published an article (misguided, in my view) about how veterinarians will help to feed the world. "The world s population will increase by 2.6 billion by 2050. Feeding these billions of new mouths will require a 70 percent boost in food production including 200 million tons of meat." In response to it, Elliot Katz, a veterinarian who founded In Defense of Animals, and Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns, both painted a more realistic picture. Here is the original article, followed by their responses.

From Elliot Katz:

Dear Friends,
I am sure you are aware of this but let me send this any way. The veterinary profession and associations were developed long ago to primarily benefit the Ag and vivisection industries.

They are there to help these industries be as profitable as possible, and to help placate the public against their obvious cruelties. When a veterinarian who is employed by them dares criticize their work and cruelty, he will be given a warning and then fired if he continues to speak out on behalf of the animals. Veterinarians are forced to become "pimps" of the animal exploitation industries. Have you ever heard of a veterinarian/s who works for the AG, vivisection, circus, rodeo and zoo industries speak out about the hideous cruelties documented by all of you. They are first and foremost apologists for the animal exploitation industries. I first experienced this when I attended veterinary school and witnessed the horrors they perpetrated on unwanted companion animals.

Companion Animal veterinarians are for the most part humane and compassionate individuals towards their patients. But they too will rarely speak out and condemn animal exploitation and the senseless killing of innocent animals.

I and our fellow animals owe you all a great debt of gratitude, which I often have neglected to express. Since Eric was kind enough to link us all together, allow me to express my gratitude to you all by sending you a thank you note I recently sent out to my FB friends.

"To my FB friends, and to all compassionate, caring and loving people everywhere, guardians, rescuers, adopters educators, advocates and vegans, etc. In spite of the massive work and heartaches that we must deal with and overcome on an almost daily basis, allow me to wish you, your families, your loved ones and organizations a Very, Very Merry Christmas. I Thank you for never giving up in your/our efforts on behalf of our fellow beings who need our voices, energy and protection so very, very much. You truly represent the very best of humanity, never ever forget that." Elliot M. Katz, DVM, Founder, President Emeritus In Defense of Animals; Coordinator IDA's Guardian Initiative.

And this from Karen Davis:

Dear Elliot,

Thank you for your eloquent words about the veterinary profession and for reminding us of the true origin and allegiances of the profession. When on behalf of United Poultry Concerns I spent 15 years from 1991-2005 seeking to expose and eliminate the starvation practice known as forced molting by the US egg industry, even after several prominent poultry researchers, the FDA and USDA publicly supported our campaign (primarily because we promoted the fact that forced molting by food deprivation is a major source of Salmonella contamination of eggs) even after McDonald s paid lip service to not serving eggs from suppliers of force molted hens the AVMA refused to issue a policy statement revising their support for humanely inducing a fast by removing all the food from the hens for as long as 14 straight days. They even absurdly and unscientifically compared forced molting by starvation with a hen brooding her eggs on a nest.

The arm of the AVMA that deals with birds, American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP), would not budge, and only when a group of animal advocacy organizations banded together financially to run a full-page ad in The New York Times exposing the AVMA s complicity in cruelty to chickens and cows only then did the AAAP revise its policy statement on force-molting to oppose total food and water deprivation. Likewise, the AVMA refused to support legislation to include birds under the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. I will say without hesitation that the AAAP is a fascist group of horrible people, mainly hard, brutal men. The AAAP conducts every type of cruel research on birds. An example of their attitude and character is one of their top poultry welfare members, Gregg Cutler, who told the owners of battery-caged hen egg ranch in San Diego in 2003 that throwing unwanted full-grown hens into wood chippers was humane. ( Quick and painless. )

In previous years I attended some AVMA conferences and one that sticks in my mind was a forum on Bird Welfare where it was brought out how the stress of confinement in parrots causes stress lesions to form in their abdomens and other sad and sickening things. So when an attendee, a female college student, stood up and asked the panel, so why then do you support the wild-caught pet bird industry, the veterinarian s reply was, Everyone deserves a little piece of the rain forest.

As Elliot says, there are caring and compassionate companion animal veterinarians. The entry of more women into the profession has made a difference in tone and attitude. Our veterinarian here on the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia is wonderful with our sanctuary chickens, but I can t imagine her getting involved in any ethical issues. She and her husband who is also a veterinarian support and participate in the rounding up, each spring, of the Chincoteague (VA) ponies, an event that involves tearing the nursing young away from their mothers and selling them. People on the Eastern Shore think this annual pony round-up spectacle is something to celebrate.

All this being said, I wish everyone a very happy and productive New Year.

Karen Davis, President

United Poultry Concerns

Choose compassion. Choose vegan.

Events in January
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