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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
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 lifestyle.

From Spring Issue - 2004

In Memoriam: "Abby"

MHVS mourns the loss of Abby, a prize-winning pig rescued from the Columbia County Fair last summer. She died over Easter weekend of a chronic respiratory condition.

Abby is survived by her sister Anne, who was also rescued from the fair and continues to live at a private sanctuary in East Chatham, NY.

Abby was raised by young Nick Keyser as a 4-H project for "Columbia County Feeders," which prepares young teens for livestock farming.

4-H kids raise their animals, care for them, show them at the fair, and then sell them for slaughter.

One of the pigs was originally named "Mrs. Philly Cheesesteak."

Instead of going to the slaughterhouse ­ the fate of other animals exhibited at county fairs - Abby spent her days rooting in pastures, playing and rolling in the mud.

Special thanks to Abbyıs caretakers, Deborah Dickman and Susan Whissler, and to donors from Vegetarian Vision, Inc. and MHVS.


Return to Newsletters - Spring Issue - 2004

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