The Viva Vine: vol #4, no #2: March / April 1995

[Ed. Note: I wrote a letter to Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns to tell her that this year I would regrettably not be able to attend her Spring Vigil for Chickens (more information in this issue). It falls on the same day as the opening date for our Vegetarian Art Show. Her return letter follows:]

Dear Pam:
I am very sorry that you will not be able to make the Vigil for Chickens this year. The two of us are working on different presentations of the same issue, and that's what counts. The Vegetarian Art Show sounds terrific -- Mark Braunstein's Radical Vegetarian is one of my favorite books (and Mark is a wonderful, brave person with a true gift for language).
--Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

Dear Pamela,
The recent victory, getting the branding irons off the faces of the Mexican cattle, was a result of many sectors of the animal protection movement pulling together to make it happen, including enthusiastic support from you and the readers of "The VivaVine."

We now need to follow through on this progress by ending the smaller domestic face branding programs as well. The USDA recognizes that having moved the brand off the faces of Mexican cattle, it's reasonable to do the same for domestic cattle. We're sure that, together, we can speed the process along and rapidly end this nightmare.
-- Henry Spira, Animal Rights International

Dear Pamela:
Everyone I show your "101 Reasons..." to is amazed and troubled. I think the wisdom of it is its constant crossover from animal concerns to human health to environmental impact. Makes it hard for people to "run away" from the issue! It also gives enough concise facts to not overwhelm people, but also to make sure that they can't think this is a "1/2 of 1% nut-job, crazy" issue.
--J. O'Sullivan, Kew Gardens, NY

Hey: I'm writing this letter to get the "101 Reasons." Wow, having been a vegetarian since only the beginning of the year, I haven't been able to come up with that many yet. I can't wait to be enlightened.
--Thanx, David P., Phoenix, AZ

P.S.: I've heard that white sugar is processed with animal bones. If you have any information, please send it along.

[Dear David: I hope the enclosed copy of my 101 Reasons... lives up to your expectations. As for the sugar issue, I read this also in an old issue of Vegetarian Times which did a rundown of common household foods and products which contain animal by-products and animal-derived ingredients. I've been curious ever since. At this point, I'd like to open it up to "The VivaVine" readership. Is there anyone out there who knows about this? Would you research it carefully and submit an essay (on 31/2 in. disk) to us? Information about camera film, for instance which contains animal products could also add to our knowledge. It's very hard, and perhaps impossible, to be a true vegan in our society. Vegetarians, rise up! --Pamela ]

Dear VivaVegie Society:
Can you send me some information for an active 16-year old girl who won't eat meat or dairy products? She never gets enough protein and is consequently always very tired and sickly. Thanks. --BC, Helper, UT

[Dear BC: I've enclosed a copy of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian." Also, contact The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O.B. 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 for nutrition information. Perhaps these will help you get some answers for this and a few other questions you may have regarding the 16-year old. And by the way, frankly, if this girl is tired and sickly now, I'd hate to think how unhealthy she'd be if she ate meat! -- Pamela]

To whom it may concern:
I am fifteen years old and have been a vegetarian for two years. I think that Ms. Teisler's "101 Reasons..." is great because people are always asking me why I am a vegetarian and it seems like whatever answer I give doesn't satisfy them. Perhaps once I get a copy I can convince other people to be more aware themselves.
--Sincerely, J. DeStefano, Fayettville, NY

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