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 2003 Edition
Pamela Rice, head of the Viva Veggie Society Inc. has just
published the sixth edition of her 15-page booklet, "101 Reasons Why I am a Vegetarian."
Reason # 43 has to do with fish: Fish make vibratory sounds
with various "calls" that researchers have identified as communicating
alarm and aggravation. They possess fully formed nervous systems as well
as complex social behaviors. They are also capable of learning
complicated tasks. British researchers discovered in 2003 that fish have
the cerebral mechanisms to feel pain. As one animal activist put
it, "Fish are not merely vegetables that can swim." It does seem all too convenient for commercial and sports fishers to declare that
fish do not feel pain.
This is knowledge that needs wider dissemination because there
are so many so-called vegetarians who declare that don't eat cows or
chickens, but do eat fishes. The message that flesh is flesh is a good
one to get out.
MHVS purchased 100 copies of this booklet. You can buy a
single copy - or you might want to donate $40 for another 100 copies. We
sell them at health fairs for $1 a piece. We make a bit of money, but we
also want to encourage people to read the information.
We look forward to
hearing from you