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6 January 2008 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. How to Respond to: “Animals Were Made for Our Use”

3. The Peaceable Table

1. Activist Feedback

Betty, leafleting at a Third Day/Jars of Clay concert in Bloomington, IL on Dec. 7 writes: Jim and I arrived at the coliseum around 9:30 tonight. This was the first time that we worked at a local event, and it was good to see a familiar face as soon as we walked through the door, and others later. A few people (especially with small children) were gradually leaving when we arrived, although the concert didn't end until sometime between 10:30 and 11:00. We handed out approximately 540 pamphlets, mostly when people were pouring out. Roughly a dozen people refused, with at least one or two being pretty obvious about it. At least three people told us that they are vegetarians. One woman said, "Oh, I heard that soy is bad for you." I said something like, "I don't think so, but you can eat rice and beans, etc."

2. How to Respond to: “Animals Were Made for Our Use”

Margaret Morin suggests: Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a non-human animal can see her/his sentience. To the religious, that sentience equates to the soul. Even the Catholic Church has declared animals to have souls. Christianity requires that its adherents treat any creature endowed with the divine spark (soul) with respect and to do nothing to destroy that life which is the vessel of the soul, except in self-defense of one's own life. Therefore, to Christians, the life and wishes of the animal must be as important as our own.

3. The Peaceable Table

The January issue http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue39.html includes:

* In the Guest Editorial, Clark Tibbets recounts his experience of finding that he did not need to kill so-called pests in his organic garden and compost heap – they had already worked things out.

* The NewsNotes include an account of a forthcoming project in Nicaragua in which discarded children and abandoned horses will minister to one another.

* Wait till you try the Carrot-Tropical-Fruit Cake featured in our Recipe section.

* "My Pilgrimage" stars "Tammy," who tells how her young children took the lead in the family's move to cruelty-free eating.

* This month's Pioneer is philosopher/activist Tom Regan, who has had a leading role in bringing the animal defense movement to life in the U.S.

Every blessing in 2008,
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor

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