Invisible Voices

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sphere o’blog updates

I’m the first to admit that I have a hard time keeping up with a lot of the happenings in The Movement, especially since I’m spectacularly bad at remembering to subscribe to the blogs I always intend to subscribe to.

But, I do happen to know of a few things that have happened that are pretty cool.

First, Boston Vegan Association has come out with their AR pamphlet. It looks glossy and professional from the pdf’s that I’ve seen, and they’re offering “generic” versions which we can fill out with our own organization’s info. I think that’s really generous of them, since they’ve done all the work on this! I like that the pamphlet jumps right in to address the issues of “humane” animal products. The only issue I could really take with the pamphlet as a whole, is the “male calves are killed” statement. In reality, both male and female calves are killed, only a small number of female calves are kept alive as “replacements” for the adults who are becoming “spent.”

It is such a common statement to hear that no one questions it. I never did until Terry brought it up – the common misconception that only male dairy calves are killed has become a pet peeve of hers! And indeed, most of the female cows at Poplar Spring are dairy cows saved from becoming veal.

Charlotte, saved from becoming veal

Charlotte, saved from becoming veal

But that is a fairly minor issue in the scheme of things. There are (ah hem) lovely pictures on the front and back covers too! You might even recognize some of them.

In other news, I learned recently that there is an animal rights blog as part of the group of blogs. It took me a while, and an explanation by Stephanie (who is running the animal rights blog) to get a grasp on what this is all about. There are many “causes”, such as Homelessness, Stop Global Warming, Gay Rights, Humanitarian Relief, etc, and Animal Rights is one of those causes. Which is pretty exciting, in the scheme of things. And it has more members than most of the other causes, which is great.

It will be interesting to see how it develops, situated as it is to get attention from those who are already of a mindset to act based on their conscience, even if their current focus is other causes.

And to cap off my paltry gathering of updates, it is a call to action to prevent some bad news. Sheryl posted late last week about some of the last minute rules that the Bush Administration is trying to push through to further damage the environment.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.

Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.

Contact your reps, and make public comments where you can. Sheryl’s post gives direct links to where you can make public comments regarding the killing of the wolves that the Bush Administration is proposing.


4 responses to “sphere o’blog updates

  1. nothoney November 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Hey! I was up until 1 a.m. and I’m leaving in a couple of hours for Charlottesville to see Nine Inch Nails. Should be a good show ’cause Trent’ll be in a good mood. I’ve been weepy and happy all damn day!

    Anyhow, my latest post has more bad news including a call for comments that must be turned in today to keep Bush from trying – again – to gut the Endangered Species Act. It’s just unreal what they’re attempting at the last minute. I’ll keep posting alerts as I get them from various NGOs.

    Cute picture of Charlotte. I’m not sure if I’ve met her. The cows are so elusive.


  2. Deb November 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve had a hard time being happy about the election, considering all the anti-gay legislation that passed. Yay for Obama, but what a blow for equality.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the endangered species act.

    The cows aren’t really elusive, they just aren’t around as much in the summer. Now they’re queueing up again to come in the horse barn, which is their more typical behavior when it isn’t hot enough to drive them to the shady stream filled woods! Charlotte’s been around, so you’ve probably seen her.

  3. Eric November 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the comment on calves, Deb. I’ll work to get that updated before printing any more.

  4. Deb November 7, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Cool. It is such a relatively minor detail, but I can’t help but to notice it now that Terry has pointed it out!

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