“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize-winning novelist (1904 – 1991)
“If people were superior to animals, they’d take better care of the world.”
AA Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh (1882 – 1956)
Keeping you up-to-date with this week’s most important vegetarian news stories…
The world’s first test-tube burger
The world could get its first lab-grown burger this year, with scientists using stem cells to create strips of beef. But could vegetarians eat it? Many of us become vegetarian for animal rights reasons, but if the meat did not come from dead animals, would there be an ethical problem with eating it? Read full story.
Many common drugs are unsuitable for vegetarians
A study has suggested many common tablet and liquid medicines are non-vegetarian. The drugs contain gelatin, which is derived from animal bones or skin. A survey in the Postgraduate Medical Journal showed a quarter of patients are unknowingly prescribed drugs containing gelatin, contrary to their beliefs. Read full story.
Wild animals to be banned in circus performances
Ministers have unveiled plans to outlaw the outdated practice of using animals such as lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants, to perform in circus acts. Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said a tougher licensing regime will be brought in to improve conditions for performing animals until the laws are in force. Read full story.
“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”
The Dalai Lama, Buddhist spiritual leader (1937 – )
“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty (1820 – 1878)
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Latest PETA appeel: Go Vegan
Animal-rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), seems to have gone bananas. The organisation yesterday launched its latest campaign, which involved constructing a five-foot high pile of bananas in the Philippine city of Manila. It is estimated that over 8,000 pieces of fruit were used in the stunt. Rochelle Regodon, spokesperson for PETA Asia, said: “We thought it would be a fun way for people to talk about a more serious issue – the suffering of animals in factory farms.” Read full story.
German bank advertisement offends vegetarians
An advertisement for Ing-DiBa Bank, which showed a famous sportsman eating a sausage, outraged vegetarians in Germany. The advert features basketball player Dirk Nowitzki, who is shown devouring a sausage in a delicatessen, claiming it will make him “big and strong.” Vegetarians protested on the bank’s Facebook page. Read full story.
Environmental impact of meat production provides food for thought
Meat consumption around the world has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade, but statistics about the environmetal impact of meat production are alarming. There are almost 1.4 billion cattle and 1.1 billion sheep on the planet, producing 37 per cent of methane emissions. But can going veggie really help to save the planet? Read full story.
Photo: Fernando Stankuns
“If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724 – 1804)
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (1828 – 1910)
“Our task must be to free ourselves […] by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879 – 1955)
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of a human body.”
Mahatma Gandhi, spiritual leader (1896 – 1948)