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
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 change.org 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.