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21 July 2011

1. Essay: Can We Trust Producers of “Humane Meat”?

2. Comment Regarding Last Week’s Essay

3. Book in Progress – CVA Member Contributions Encouraged

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

5. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

6. CVA Members Seeking Like-Minded People in Their Regions

1. Essay: Can We Trust Producers of “Humane Meat”?

As Erik Marcus discusses in The Ultimate Vegan Guide, animal products are commodities. Milk from one farm, for example, is essentially the same as milk from any other farm. The same goes for eggs and the various kinds of flesh. Therefore, buyers tend to focus on price, which often results in small profit margins and strong incentives to do whatever competitors might be doing to reduce costs. Individual farmers need not be cruel or even callous; market forces drive many agricultural practices. Those who try to implement less abusive but more costly husbandry standards will tend to lose in the competitive marketplace.

Some producers, trying to appeal to consumers who object to cruel animal husbandry practices, claim that their facilities are “humane.” There are several different certifying bodies, some more legitimate than others, whose “humane” label can result in premium prices and significant profits for producers. However, there are reasons to distrust those who claim to use “humane” methods.

Often, “humane” labels are given to producers who self-report that they employ less abusive systems, and there is little or no oversight. “Humane” standards themselves tend to be modest improvements over the status quo that do not significantly reduce the degree of animal abuse. For example, “free range” chicken sheds typically include a small opening at one end of a large shed, which leads to a small, enclosed, outside space. Relatively few chickens find, let alone use, the open space that distinguishes “free range” from standard enclosures.

Also, we should not expect respectful or compassionate attitudes towards farmed animals among those producers who regard animals as property whose purpose is to generate income. Just as slave owners were typically callous and cruel, those who see farmed animals as means to financial ends are disinclined to care much for the welfare of individual animals. There are many pig farmers who claim to “love” their pigs, but if asked why they don’t use a local anesthetic before performing excruciating castrations, they will typically respond that it is too costly. The actual cost is nominal, a cost which anyone who cared about the pigs’ welfare in the least would gladly bear.

It is practically impossible to obtain animal products which have not involved exploitation and some degree of abuse. Even if egg-laying hens were treated well, there is no use for the male chicks, who are nearly universally killed. The only way to get a cow to lactate is to impregnate her, and there is similarly no use for the male offspring. It is very costly to raise animals for flesh but refrain from eating them until they have lived a full life and die (or are euthanized) in their old age. Wild-caught fish aren’t brutalized during their lifetimes, but surely they suffer when suffocating out of water.

For those who insist on consuming animal products, the only way to be sure that the animals are treated as advertised is to visit the farms and inspect the facilities first-hand. However, this approach doesn’t work when eating out. Next week, I’ll discuss the social challenges of trying to be a “happy meat” consumer.

For an excellent commentary that addresses these issues, I recommend “How ‘Conscientious Carnivores’ Ignore Meat’s True Origins”


Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Comment Regarding Last Week’s Essay

Another consideration about whether humane slaughter is possible is psychological: animals become attached to one another--very similar behavior in humans we would call love. Mothers want to keep their young beside them, and vice versa; animals of some species mate for life; friends and littermates like to hang around together; some, like pigs, love to snuggle into adulthood. We only need ask ourselves if we would think it possible to humanely kill our spouse, son, daughter, parent, or best friend.

Gracia Fay Ellwood

3. Book in Progress – CVA Member Contributions Encouraged

My name is Shebani, I’m a rising senior at Yale University and founder of the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance. I found out about the Christian Vegetarian Association from a friend at Yale, and I think the work that you do is really fantastic. I was wondering if your group would be interested in helping me with a project that I am starting. Here’s a brief description:

I love advocating for animals and writing, and this summer I decided to start writing a book that aims to encourage people to eat fewer animal products. The book is going to be a collection of stories and quotes, interspersed with my own writing and analysis, from vegans, vegetarians, meat-eaters, and everyone in between about the food choices they make and their views on plant-based eating. I’m aiming for an accessible, non-judgmental tone that will appeal to people who might usually shy away from books on the subject. I plan to include stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints with the hope that their contributions will help dispel some of the common misconceptions and stereotypes about vegetarians and vegans and also make the concept of a plant-based diet seem less alien and more doable.

I think that the members and leaders of the Christian Vegetarian Association would have some really interesting and wonderful stories to share for my book. I am looking for short contributions, around 650 words, from anyone who has anything to say about eating less meat – vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians, vegans, meatless Monday followers, and meat-eaters are all welcome. Here is a general idea of what I am looking for to get people started:

If the writer has taken any sort of steps towards adopting a plant-based diet, I would like to know: a) what compelled them to make that change b) a little bit about them c) how they feel after making that change and d) what difficulties they have encountered. If the writer hasn’t taken any steps towards a plant-based diet, I would like to know if they have ever considered making a change, and what they think about vegetarianism/veganism/programs like Meatless Mondays.

If you are interested in contributing to the book or helping me find stories, please let me know! I'd ideally like the stories by August 15th, but if anyone needs more time that's completely fine, just ask them to get in touch with me at shebani.rao@gmail.com. Thank you!

 4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Building a Church on the Proper Foundation

5. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

7/23-25 GA Atlanta Women 'N Power Conference

7/24-28 OH Cedarville Camp Electric Christian Music Learning Camp!

7/26 MD Columbia Relient K Christian Rock Concert

7/27 VA Virginia Beach Relient K Christian Rock Concert

7/27-30 TN Nashville Immerse 2011

7/28 NC Charlotte Relient K Christian Rock Concert

7/29-31 IL Zion Ignite Festival Christian Music Fest

7/30 CO Loveland HeavenFest Christian Music Fest

7/28-31 WI Milwaukee GermanFest

8/3-6 NH Gilford SoulFest Christian Music Festival

8/4-6 TX Midland Rock the Desert Christian Music Fest

8/4-6 PA Hershey Joyce Meyers Minitries Conference

8/4-14 WI West Allis Wisconsin State Fair

8/6 IL Chicago Joel Olsteen: A Night of Hope Conference

8/6 OH Wapakoneta The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/6 MO St Louis Casting Crowns Christian Family Day

8/7 NC Asheville TABLE VegFest

8/10 IN Indianapolis Third Day @ Indiana State Fair

8/10 IN South Bend World Pulse Festival Christian Music Fest

8/11-13 MI Muskegon UNITY FESTIVAL

8/12-13 NE Omaha Women Of Faith Conference

8/12-13 GA Atlanta Women Of Faith Conference

8/12-14 CA Anaheim Harvest Crusade

8/12 AL Huntsville The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/12 AR ALMA Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/13 TN Chattanooga The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/13 KS Kansas City Farm Aid 2011

8/14 MI Clarkston Third Day Christian Rock Concert

8/19-20 IN Indianapolis Women Of Faith Conference

8/20 NE Kearney Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/20 OR Gresham FishFest Christian Music Fest

8/21 CO Denver Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/25-9/5 MO Branson Southern Gospel Picnic

8/26-27 TX Dallas Women Of Faith Conference

8/26-27 DC Washington Women Of Faith Conference

9/1-2 PA Pittsburgh Benny Hinn Miracle Services

9/2-4 SD Sioux Falls Lifelight Christian Music Festival

9/9-10 CA Anaheim Women Of Faith Conference

9/9-10 PA Philadelphia Women of Faith Conference

9/10 PA Philadelphia GreenFest Philly

9/10 CA Los Angeles Harvest Crusade

9/15-17 MO St. Louis Love Life Women's Conference- Joyce Meyers-

9/16-17 WA Spokane Women Of Faith Conference

9/16-19 MO Kirkwood Greentree Festival

9/17 OH Mt Vernon SonFest 2011 Christina Rock Festival

9/17-18 MO Kirkwood TABLE 2011 Kirkwood Greentree Festival

9/23-24 VA Middleburg Awakening Festival Christian Music Festival

9/23-24 AZ Phoenix Women Of Faith Conference

9/25-26 IL Belleville Our Lady of the Snows Youth Day Celebration

9/29-10/1 TX Dallas Benny Hinn Miracle Conference

9/29-10/1 GA Atlanta Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

9/30-10/2 CA San Diego National Youth Workers Convention

10/1-2 CA San Francisco TABLE World Vegetarian Festival

10/7-8 VA Lynchburg Extraordinary Women's Conference

10/7-8 CO Colorado Springs Hearts @ Home- Mom Revolution Women's Conference

10/7-8 MA Amherst Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

10/13-15 CA Long Beach Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

10/14-15 IN Fort Wayne Extraordinary Women Conference

10/21-22 MS Tupelo Extraordinary Women Conference

10/29-30 MA Boston Boston Vegetarian Food Festival TABLE

11/3-5 OH Cleveland Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

11/4-5 IL Rockford Extraordinary Women Conference

11/4-5 MN Rochester Hearts @ Home Mom Revolution Conference

11/18-20 GA Atlanta National Youth Workers Convention

6. CVA Members Seeking Like-Minded People in Their Regions

AL    Decatur           Ginger            gcarter@my.athens.edu

AZ    Flagstaff         Debbie            deb.riches@gmail.com

AZ    Mesa              Shaynie           Shaynie_aero@yahoo.com

AZ    Phoenix           Jeff              jboghosian@gmail.com

CA    Agoura Hills      Jill              twest10485@aim.com

CA    Bishop            Sylvia            sophiemoomooannie@yahoo.com

CA    Chico/Oroville    Claire            sitters4critters1@yahoo.com

CA    Downey            Irene             bolshoi225@aol.com

CA    Foothill Ranch    Cindy             chin_cindy@hotmail.com

CA    Huntington Beach  Pamela            Gwendolynspoems@aol.com

CA    Lake Forest       Valerie           julians.moma@yahoo.com

CA    Los Angeles       Armaiti           kind_dvm@yahoo.com

CA    Los Angeles       Russell           russkirby@gmail.com

CA    Los Angeles       Chris             csc333@gmail.com

CA    Nevada City       Ellen             ellendv@ncws.com

CA    Pasedena          Jeannie and John  jbrennan99@mac.com

CA    Perris            Debi              chimommie6@aol.com

CA    Pleasanton        Laura             ftwb32@comcast.net

CA    Point Richard     Norma Jean        nwallace@questaec.com

CA    Port Richmond     Norma             nwallace@questaec.com

CA    San Jose          Colleen           colleen_gleason@yahoo.com

CA    San Mateo         Pamela            hairlon@aol.com

CA    Sonoma            Eric & Deepty     eric.lane@usa.net

CA    Orange County     Marina            marinalw2107@hotmail.com

CA    Vallejo           Judy              greenpasturesstillwaters37@yahoo.com

CO    Longmont area     Sara              orangeport@yahoo.com

CT    Clinton           Elizabeth         liz@perronegray.com

DC    Washington        Jennifer          jennifer.dillard@gmail.com

DE    Newark            Maureen           maurfagan@aol.com

FL    Cocoa             Charlie           credd@bellsouth.net

FL    Cooper City       Gail              gimccoy@yahoo.com

FL    Ft. Myers         Betty             anmllvr17@yahoo.com (winter)

FL    Ocala             Erika             erikacrider@gmail.com

FL    Ocala             Samantha          winkerbunny@hotmail.com

FL    Oviedo            Antonio           apieri108@yahoo.com

FL    Pace              Herman            Big_Dog_Broom@hotmail.com

FL    Sarasota          Julie             pugsrgood4u@yahoo.com

GA    Lawrenceville     Lorena            lmucke@bellsouth.net

GA    Stone Mountain    Carl              mccolman@anamchara.com

HI    Honolulu          Mahalo            arise@pobox.com

IA    Des Moines        Andrew            xacewildex@msn.com

IL    Belleville        Catherine         cagillham@gmail.com

IL    Bloomington       Betty             anmllvr17@yahoo.com

IL    Chicago           Deborah           parcparis@earthlink.net

IL    Chicago           Corrie            corriecallaghan@hotmail.com

IL    Chicago           Robert            blackwalnutgallery@yahoo.com

IL    Chicago           Sandra            sditore@yahoo.com

IL    Chicago Hts.      Chuck             c.husband@att.net

IL    Chicago NW suburbs - charlie boy    uyi2gnr@hotmail.com

IL    Chicago, S. suburbs - John          spomar1@aol.com

IL    Galesburg         Lori              lan82652@yahoo.com

IL    Ottawa            Lisa              mycritters2@gmail.com

IL    Schaumburg        Dee               vegdogmom@yahoo.com

IL    Schiller Park     Cezary            uyi2gnr@hotmail.com

IL    Staunton          Brett             brettluster88@yahoo.com

IN    Westfield         Angie             angiemorganathome@msn.com

KS    Lawrence          Ashley            pinkfrankenstein@sbcglobal.net

KS    Lawrence          Lisa              blithewings@hotmail.com

KS    Lecompton         Judy              judycarman@ymail.com 

KY    Bowling Green     Maryanne          maryanne4@insightbb.com

LA    New Orleans       Carolyn           sweetnolabear@yahoo.com

MA    Cape Cod (Hyannis) Linda            lindaleedoll@comcast.net.

MA    Somerville        Joyce             legalkind@msn.com

MD    Columbia          Jerry             gzavage@gmail.com

MD    Rising Sun        Connie            vision1@zoominternet.net

MD    Rockville         Daniel            sherrydsal@aol.com

MD    Salisbury         Kimberly          boontune@yahoo.com

MI    Haslett           Krista            krista8282@yahoo.com

MI    Lansing           Tricia            tmdoglover@juno.com

MI    Rockford          Ginny             ginnymikita@hotmail.com 

MI    Royal Oak         Willard           callthecav@yahoo.com

MN    Duluth            Karen             karenmoore5@juno.com

MN    Moorhead          Kathleen          kskeene@hotmail.com

MN    Sauk Rapids       Michael           michael_willemsen@yahoo.com

MO    Hazelwood         Wendy             wendydancer@hotmail.com

MO    Kansas City       Diana             imanartsygal007@yahoo.com

NC    Boone             Becky             rh62869@appstate.edu

NC    Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill - Rondy  rondy369@yahoo.com

NC    Winston-Salem     Mark              mcraddoc@wfubmc.edu

ND    Fargo             Alice             odinwan@cableone.net

NH    Bartlett          Laura             lslitt@roadrunner.com 

NH    East Derry       Rev. Alexander    therapuppy@yahoo.com

NH    Fremont           Jodie             Sydniejane@hotmail.com

NJ                      Jan               godscre58@yahoo.com

NJ    Neptune City      James             james.travers@pseg.com

NJ    Nutley            Sheila & Meghan   brocia1@yahoo.com

NJ    Piscataway        Jaimie            allthatvelma@yahoo.com

NY    Hilton            Carolyn           sungal70@yahoo.com

NY    Roslyn            Christine         chrissykdamico@gmail.com

NY    Brooklyn          Casey             cde0901@gmail.com

NY    Brooklyn/Manhattan - Tracy          thedesmond@optonline.net

NY    Kirkwood          Gloria            glob47@aol.com

NY    NY City           May               joywliu@yahoo.com

NY    Patchogue         Mikki             mikmar@optonline.net

NY    Rochester         Tom and Gail      gailmanz@yahoo.com

OH    Cincinnati        Elizabeth         ejf.ape@juno.com

OH    Cleveland         Betsy & Ken       isaiahmom@aol.com

OH    Cleveland         Steve             cva@christianveg.org

OH    Fremont           Debbie            debisbooked@yahoo.com

OH    Toledo            Bob               veganbob@buckeye-express.com

OH    Willoughby        Beth              info@muralism.com

OR    Springfield       Pastor CN Turrell apostolictruthministries@yahoo.com

PA    Bethlehem         Hannah            Hannah_Branning@glic.com

PA    Erie              Alka              alkaonline4u@hotmail.com

PA    Pottstown-Reading area - Georgia    aceg1402@aol.com

PA    Philadelphia      Leila             lfusfeld@gmail.com

PA    Scranton          Nick              openlcr@yahoo.com

PA    State College     Karen             karenrath@verizon.net

PA    Wyomissing        Lois              lmtheisinger@yahoo.com

RI    Providence        Ed                escardente@cox.net

SC    Spartanburg       Lucas             lucaspatterson@charter.net

SC    West Columbia     Patricia          pgrello@sc.rr.com

TN    Knoxville         Tristan           tris_0553_2004@yahoo.com

TN    Nashville         Ric               ricg7777@aol.com

TX    Austin            Diane             oktexchic@yahoo.com

TX    Dallas            Ricky             soccerwarrior75@yahoo.com

TX    Dallas/Ft Worth  Margaret           dogs_good@yahoo.com

TX    El Paso           Sukie             vsoep@aol.com

TX    Houston           Joy               secretleash@hotmail.com

TX    Houston           Phyllis           phyllismarks4527@yahoo.com

TX    Irving            Kitty             texaskitty75@yahoo.com

TX    Kerrville         Mark              mtittel@yahoo.com

TX    Lakeway           Trisha            trisha@pottytalkbytoast.com

TX    Mesquite          Tanya             tpj.ttu@gmail.com

TX    Houston           Ivan              ie3456@yahoo.com

TX    Uvalde            Tonia             tonialmo@yahoo.com

TX    Waco              Robin             rfjeep@gmail.com 

VA    Northern VA       Christine         honor08@verizon.net

VA    Richmond          Camille           milldunn@hotmail.com

VA    Springfield       Danny             mirage50_@hotmail.com

VT    Rutland           Maureen           ActualMaureen@yahoo.com

WA    Seattle           Carol             godfamilywork9@yahoo.com

WA    Seattle           Joy               joywliu@yahoo.com

WA    Seattle           Kelly             kellygarland@hotmail.com

WA    Seattle           Valerie           valeriejean31@yahoo.com

WA    Spokane           Julie             juliestalley@gmail.com

WA    Tacoma            Alissa            alissaslack@comcast.net

WI    Appleton          Dana              dana.villamagna@gmail.com

WI    Kenosha           Ben               ben@notonesparrow.com

WV    Huntington        Ann               amby3@hotmail.com



New England             Tracie            tlr2180@yahoo.com

Alberta  Edmonton       Leanna            lsilva@telus.net

Ontario  Hamilton       Kris & Erin       krishiuser@hotmail.com

Ontario  Ottawa         Anne              stittsville@rogers.com

Ontario  Scarborough    Sheila            sheilaholmes1@gmail.com

Ontario  Toronto        Vicki             vickicorris@hotmail.com


Sutherland, NSW, Australia   Brenda       brendad2@optusnet.com.au

Leicester, England            Kathryn     fat_kat@hotmail.com

Glasgow, Scotland             Alistair    h.board@tesco.net

Leiden, The Netherlands       Simon       woerekomslvan@yahoo.com

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