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Comments by Richard Schwartz - 4 May 2010

In Reference to: Say No to Sanctified Animal Abuse

As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I strongly support Ruth Eisenbud’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuses and slaughter of animals. However, she feels to see that Judaism has many teachings that can be used to accomplish her worthy objectives.

To get this message out I have written a book “Judaism and Vegetarianism,” indicating the very strong case that can be made for vegetarianism, based on basic Jewish teachings. It can be read freely at JewishVeg.com/Schwartz, where you can also find my over 140 articles and 25 podcasts of my talks and interviews which promote vegetarianism and an end of animal abuses.

I have also helped produce a video which makes a strong case for vegetarianism. It is “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World,” and it can be freely seen at ASacrredDuty.com. We will be happy to send a complimentary copy to anyone who requests it by contacting me at president@JewishVeg.com.

Ruth also fails to understand that the Jewish sages have interpreted dominion as responsible stewardship, that shortly after the dominion verse, God’s completely vegan dietary regimen is indicated and in the next chapter, the human role to be guardians of the world is presented. Ruth is correct in indicting that people have not lived up to religious teachings, and they should be challenged about this, and I urge you to do this, especially at a time when animal-based diets and agriculture are causing an epidemic of diseases and contributing significantly to climate change and other environmental threats to all of humanity.

If you are interested in helping increase awareness of how religious values point to plant-based diets and an end to animal abuses, please contact me at president@JewishVeg.com. I am very busy now with many projects to promote vegetarianism and veganism and to reduce animal abuses, but I will try to respond and help you become an effective advocate for animals.

Many thanks for caring and wanting to make a difference.