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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
Spring 2003 Special Edition: Recipes for Peace
Food For Thoughtby Mary Max
While sharing a vegan meal with a fellow animal advocate the
other night, I was quite surprised to hear that my colleague sometimes eats
baked goods made with eggs, milk, or honey. When I asked her why, she said, "Iím
not as strict as you are."
(Forgive me if what I am about to say is not news to the
veteran vegans. When I came home and shared my experience with my husband, he
was so excited about the concept of loyalty, not strictness, that he encouraged
me to share this with all of you too.)
My choice to eat an "honest" vegan diet has nothing to do
with being strict, but has everything to do with being loyal. You see, I (and I
know many of you do too) know about the torture egg-laying hens are forced to
endure for two years (until they finally meet their death by being composted
alive). I know about the pain and discomfort dairy cows have to suffer for five
years while they are ceaselessly milked (not to mention the anguish they feel
every time their newborn calves are torn from them at birth so that we can drink
the milk meant for the poor calf who is now stuck in a veal crate). And I know
about the utter disruption bees have to deal with when their intricate family
lives and work systems are completely destroyed as they are smoked out of their
hives so we can have a little honey.
I asked my friend if she would ever go into my wallet and
take a dollar. Hey, itís just a dollar. Whatís the big deal? Ö She said, "Of
course not, youíre my friend, I would never betray you!"
Well, all egg-laying hens, all dairy cows, and all bees (as
well as all the other animals, including fish) are my friends and I will never
betray them. Just as my colleague wouldnít take one dollar out of my wallet, I
will not eat a baked good (or any food) that "just has a little bit" of any
animal in it.
Itís about loyalty to a friend. Not about being strict (or
that other word, "extreme").
Mary Maxís husband, Peter Max, is the world famous artist who
donated a signed poster to the Great American Meatout on March 15th.
We look forward to
hearing from you