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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
Fall 2001 Issue
Whatís the best way to prevent animal suffering?
By Terry Sullivan
Be a vegan.
This was the theme of speaker after speaker at the Animal Rights
2001 Conference that I attended this summer in McLean,
More than nine hundred animal rights activists took part in the
conference, which was organized by FARM ó the Farm
Animal Reform Movement.
FARM founder Alex Hershaft said heís changed his primary
focus from trying to improve the conditions under which farm
animals are raised and slaughtered to a new emphasis on
promoting veganism. Hershaft said that it has been almost
impossible to get significant improvements in laws and
regulations because of the power, money and influence of the
factory farm industry. He added that he is now convinced that
the best way to reduce suffering is to reduce the demand for
animal flesh and animal products.
Erik Marcus, the author of the book Vegan said that beside
living a vegan lifestyle, animal activists should concentrate on
converting others to veganism. He stressed, "If you can get a
college age person to go vegan, youíre talking about two
thousand chickens saved over his or her lifetime. Itís like
pulling a tractor trailer into a poultry plant in the middle of
the night and taking out two thousand birds and driving them to
Farm Sanctuary ó but instead of having an activist going to jail
you have another activist joining the movement." Marcus said
his goal is to become an "animal millionaire" ó someone who
has saved a million animals by becoming vegan ó and who has
convinced others to do the same.
Lisa Lange of PETA said the primary message of the animal
rights movement should be "If youíre not vegetarian today,
please go veg. If youíre vegetarian, please go vegan. Itís the single
most important thing you can do to help the largest number of
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