As I write this I feel as if I am in a centrifuge with Thanksgiving swirling
all around me. Yet by the time you read this, the 18th annual
Thanksgiving Dinner will be a pleasant memory. With all the work yet to be done
I am thankful that obtaining multiple turkey carcasses and deciding the manner
of cooking them is decidedly not part of our tasks. Even though most people
consume animal products on holidays none is as associated with a particular
holiday as Thanksgiving is with the turkey.
"Do you think
it is right to use the images of animals to promote the eating of themselves" is
my mantra during the fall season. Sometimes I see that little spark in the back
of someone’s eyes that signals a minor "a-ha". And most of us get hit with that
seasonal question "How do you have Thanksgiving without a turkey?" but at least
it supplants the often asked, "Where do you get your protein?"
Next year we have a prefect opportunity to reach out to the
96% of the population who eat meat and ask them to consider not doing so on
Thanksgiving. Why next year? Because of the rhyme, of course:
BE TURKEY FREE IN 2003
I would like MHVS to take this on as a project and welcome
your input on ways to promote a vegan Thanksgiving. Call or e-mail us with your
Our Fall activities were varied and successful. In September
Rae Schlecht and I did a tabling at the Marist College Health Fair and at the
Dutchess Community College Fair. We held a potluck at our Headquarters in
Rhinebeck which was attended by 25 people. October featured a dinner at the
Stissing house in Pine Plains and a Halloween event sponsored by Joan Zacharias
and the Columbia Greene chapter of MHVS, held at the Manna Dew Café in
Millerton. Joan’s husband Tom greeted all guests costumed as the Grim Reaper,
and Joan was a self-proclaimed tavern wench. Joan brought in Michael Gregor,
M.D. to speak about Bovine Spongeform Encepalophy (Mad Deer disease)
Dr. Gregor explained how the disease has spread from wild to
domesticated animals. He also informed us that there can be an extremely long
incubation period and anyone who consumes either hunted or farm-raised deer meat
is at risk. Some food pantries have even stopped accepting deer meat, which
hunters sometimes donate, because of the threat of Mad Deer disease.
Nonetheless, many people find it difficult to accept that there is a real risk
of this disease because hunting is such an accepted part of our culture.
At the Halloween dinner, a surprise visitor, Dora of the Dairy
council, challenged Joan’s costume, insisting that she was a milk maid, not a
tavern ench. We had an evening of serious education, good food, fun and some
live music provided by MHVS member Eric E playing original guitar compositions.
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holiday party will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kingston on
Saturday December 28 at 5:00 PM. Full information on page _. Please RSVP ASAP.
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through March and plan to join us for as many as possible.
May you holidays be a delight.
Roberta Schiff, President