The Viva Vine: vol #2, no #2: March / April 1993

Dear Pamela:
I am a hopeless meat eater who is looking for motivation to become meat free. Please send me a copy of: "One Hundred and One Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian." Enclosed is a dollar and an SASE. Thanks for the good work.
Regards, Mark F., Caldwell, NJ

Dear Pamela Teisler:
Please send me a copy of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian." I saw a mention about it in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

I'm interested in why other people have chosen this way of life. For me, I've always felt animals have rights, but I was raised in an authoritarian family and was told to eat meat, period. It becomes a way of life and I didn't think about it -- until one night I was up at 2:00 a.m. studying for finals. I needed a break, so I flipped through the cable channels only to find a disturbing program on the multitude of ways human beings concoct to exploit living creatures. When I look at a plate of meat today I see a tremendous amount of suffering. I've enclosed $1 plus SASE.
Thank you. Sincerely, T.C., Blaine MN

(Ed note: There is a predictions that we'll have 500 cable stations in 2 years. Vegetarians should have at least one of those stations!)

Dear Pamela:
I read Paul Lamarca's and your article about juicing in your Nov./Dec., 1992 issue of "The VivaVine." I share your views on the idea of the juicer. One very important idea, however, that is conveniently sidestepped by the manufacturers of juicers and blenders is that when vegetables and fruits are cut up or otherwise smashed, an enormous portion of the vitamins and minerals contained in the body of the food is immediately lost to exposure and evaporation. I know -- I have tested the idea. Therefore, it is always best to eat the food whole and raw, untreated and uncooked, as the vegans recommend. But the manufacturers and dealers must sell their products.

Congratulations also on that McDonald's Alert Campaign. It is a yeoman task -- an excellent idea, although it indirectly advertises the name of the great world-wide chain of restaurants.
Sincerely, as always, Louis Warter

(Thank you to Farid S. Kia for sending the following George Bernard Shaw quote.)

A little quote:
(Upon being told by doctors that he would die if he refused to eat meat):
"My situation is a solemn one: Life is offered to me on the condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarves in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures. It will be, with the exception of Noah's Ark, the most remarkable thing of its kind ever seen"
-- George Bernard Shaw

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