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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to
promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community
and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful
From the Winter 1997 Newsletter
Birds, People and
The oven bird is among the many birds that build their nests on the ground.
The bald eagle is among other birds that build their nests in the top of trees.
can be dangerous to the young from predators or high winds. Why do birds build their nests
the way they do. Simple, they do so because that's the way their parents taught
them. Others in the animal world are the same, kittens, calves, foals, etc., all
learn behavior from their parents. The human animal is no different (although I think we
could learn much about child rearing by watching other animals). We learn behavior from
our early upbringing. Behavioral experts say that habits and our direction in life is
formed before the age of seven. Many abused children become adult child abusers.
Children that torture and kill animals often become murderers as adults.
Eating habits are begun at an early age. The child that is brought up on fast food, will
continue to do so as an adult. The brainwashing we receive about the importance of animal
protein stays with us and is difficult to break. Traditions of holiday eating goes
from generation to generation. For those of us who have changed to a vegan lifestyle,
holidays can be very difficult. We gave up eating animals, we didn't give up our families
and friends and living in the world.
Paul Obis (founder of Vegetarian Times) went back to eating meat after years of being a
vegetarian. This is sad. I think those who go back to their original lifestyle never
really understood what vegetarianism is all about. It's more than just changing
eating habits because it's healthier. They're missing the ethical reasons for not
eating flesh. There is also the toll of raising animals for food on the environment and
the diseases caused by eating and handling of animal flesh and blood. Animals go
through horrible abuse and violence before they land on the plate. To eat an animal
that was once alive and had feelings, I could never do again.
I think Mr. Obis's reasons for eating meat again are frivolous. (see Dec. issue: Self
Mag-Prodigal Son). I will continue to be uncomfortable sitting at a table with meat eaters
(though I'll keep it to myself). And I will continue living in this world as it is
while trying to change it in my own little way, because I have found that to endure
being a complete vegetarian one's mind, body and soul must be consumed by it.
Return to Winter 1997 Newsletter
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