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.
Newsletters - Summer 2005 Issue
What should we be doing? Working to end world hunger? Getting the vegetarian/vegan message out to everyone? Educating both health care professionals and lay people about the health benefits of a plant based diet? Doing something definitive to end the suffering of all farmed animals and animals exploited for research, entertainment and products (leather, silk, gelatin etc.)? Endorsing organic farming for all crops everywhere and ending genetic engineering?
The above is too vast a mission for Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society or, indeed, for a much larger organization. In talking with members, sometimes we delight in successes and other times we seem overwhelmed by our small numbers compared to the huge number of meat eaters and the vast agricultural, government and business community that supports and supplies them.
Recently, I read an article in Mother Jones magazine about Pete Seeger, who, in his eighties, is still a hardworking activist and entertainer. He not only organizes the Clearwater festival, still sings there and in other venues, but he can be seen early in the morning of the event picking up trash along the Hudson River. The barn on his Hudson Valley property has this quote from William James painted on one side.
Pete Seeger adds, “the fact that many small things are going on is THE big story”. Now this is a program that members and friends of MHVS can endorse. Why? Because we are already doing that!
What can you do? Here is a short list:
1. Join MHVS or renew your membership. Renewals are due in January, so if you have not paid this year, please do so now. Extra contributions help keep us going.
2. Attend events and bring non-members. Members may attend any monthly board meeting.
3. Volunteer to help with set-up, and clean up for events. We always have a good time working together.
4. Obtain some of our Foie Gras kits and get together with another member to go to some restaurants and talk with the owner or manager. Call the office for more info on this.
5. Send your best vegan recipes for consideration by our website. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org .
6. Support local growers by shopping at farmers’ markets and/or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
8. If you are active in a church, obtain a copy of the new DVD made by the Christian Vegetarian Society called “Honoring God’s Creation.” After viewing it you may wish to arrange a showing at your church. Contact the office for more information.
9. With every meal and snack you can choose to reduce the suffering of animals.
On June 18, the Catskill Animal Sanctuary held their annual Shindig. MHVS was there with an information table and homemade vegan baked goods for sale. All profits went to the Sanctuary. Thanks to the baking crew, Reagan Leonard, Lori Kellog, Luella Jane Winne and Rae Schlecht. Thanks also to Carol McCarron, Jen Van Alstine, Judy Weiner and especially Judi Gelardi for their help at the event. MHVS arranged for Erik Marcus to be the featured speaker. He has a new book out called “Meat Market”. Erik believes that reducing the number of farmed animals should be the main goal of activists. Check out his website, www.vegan.com . We are going to work with Erik to help him set up a college speaking tour in spring 2006. Call the office to order the book or help plan the tour.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary is open to the public every weekend.
It is off 9W north of 209. Turn right on Old Stage Road and follow the signs. Take your family and friends to meet and interact with the animals and learn more about what you can do to reduce animal suffering. Our vice-president, Jim Van Alstine is the facilities manager at the sanctuary. Their website is: www.casanctuary.org
Roberta Schiff, President
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