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27 July 2011

1. Activist Feedback

2.  Comment: Effect of "Humane Slaughter" on Animals

3. Essay: Further Difficulties with "Humane Meat"

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

1. Activist Feedback

Michael, who leafleted with a friend at SonShine Festival in Wilmer, MN, writes:

Thank you so much for the booklets and the opportunity to get the message out about vegetarianism and compassion!

My friend and I had a good time, and the people there were very receptive and seemed like very good people. The vibe there was great for the most part and the weather was stable with no rain. We handed out roughly 240 "Would Jesus Eat Meat Today" booklets in about an hour and a half.

This was a four day event, so there was always a constant flow of people coming and going. We had a few people pass by that we had already given to, but they were very kind about letting us know this. Most people simply took the literature to read, a few asked about it before taking. A lot of people said thank you. One volunteer that Valerie spoke with said that she would put some up at her church.

Towards the end, we were asked if we had a vendor ticket. I talked with them and asserted our constitutional rights. They refused and said it didn't apply to privately rented property. I told them I wasn't there to cause trouble and asked if there was a place I could get the proper forms. Alas the vendor cost was $500 for the 4 days. So we thanked them for the information and left.

This was a great experience and I look forward to working more for the cause!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

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 Ministries 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        United 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

2. Comment: Effect of "Humane Slaughter" on Animals

I wanted to affirm Gracia Fay's feedback regarding the psychological effect of "humane slaughter" on animals. It seems apparent to me that love is a real and potent force in the physical world. That is, nature has evolved love as a mechanism for animals (including us) to look after each other and to both preserve individuals and to ensure the continuity of entire species. It seems to me that sex, whose goal is reproduction, is driven by a set of hormones that are qualitatively different from the chemicals that drive love. That is, sex is more instinctual whereas love is more deliberate. Once sex has fulfilled its immediate role, love takes over and enables mutual nurturing and mutual care for the long-term. I believe this is true whether the individual is human or non-human.

As an example - instinct is what would make a canine mother or a human mother run away from a burning house but love is what makes them run back in to save their puppy/child. We are brought up to think of love as being unique to humans but it has become clear to me, given what we know about the biology of love, that that perception is grossly distorted by our ignorant speciesism and that love is as real in non-humans as it is in humans. And as Gracia writes, if animals love their parents, their children, their siblings, their friends - then what does it do to them to have their loved ones taken away, tortured and killed?

Stephen Augustine

3. Essay: Further Difficulties with "Humane Meat"

Some people who care about animal welfare but still want to eat animal flesh and other animal products seek “humane” meat, dairy, and eggs. I agree with philosopher David Sztybel that “animal welfare” does not accurately describe methods that involve confinement and early death and that it is more accurate to describe positive changes for animals as “reduced animal ill-fair.” However, those determined to reduce animal ill-fair by choosing “humane” animal products run into practical difficulties.

The first difficulty, of course, is the difficulty of trusting producers’ claims that their methods do not include the typical, abusive methods of their industries. Indeed, as discussed last week, most animal products labeled as “humane” still involve severe crowding, killing unwanted male offspring in infancy, and early death of healthy animals. A second problem, as described in Jonathan Saffron Foer’s excellent book Eating Animals, is social. If a vegetarian or vegan is eating at someone’s house, the host generally accommodates their diet without feeling offended. On the other hand, if someone who eats only “humane meat” declines the host’s meal because its source is unclear (which almost always means it’s a product of factory farming), the host will often be offended. Rather than offend the host, many consumers of “humane meat” will elect to consume the products of factory farming in such situations.

While I applaud changes that reduce animal ill-fare, it is difficult to avoid causing great harm to nonhumans if we consume animal products.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Oh Lord, That My Ways May Be Your Ways

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