Below is a copy of our April Newsletter - "On the Bhakti Trail Seva Edition' compiled and edited by Hillary Branoff...
Om Love! David
Welcome to the fourth edition of "On The Bhakti Trail - SEVA Edition."
Please enjoy this month’s theme BE Cruelty-Free!
First, please note that in April, David will be offering events in...
Toronto, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, New Jersey and Bermuda.
For more details, please go to the events page of David's website.
"Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without."
Please share this newsletter with friends and family!
Please sign this petition for a bill that is being lobbied right now.
Thanks to a courageous Canadian Senator, there is now a Bill that would end this hunt, which is expected to take the lives of more than 250,000 baby seals this year alone.
www.farmsanctuary.org Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. “We envision a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion.”
Animal Mukti www.animalmukti.org
In 1999, Sharon Gannon & David Life, founders of Jivamukti Yoga, together with Janet Rienstra of Meta Records, formed Animal Mukti, in order to take positive action to end the needless deaths of 100,000 cats and dogs in New York City each year; 40,000 by euthanasia and the rest by neglect, abandonment, and abuse. Animal Mukti promotes well-being for all animals, with the intention that all beings live happy and free. By sponsoring a free spay and neuter program at the Humane Society of NYC, Animal Mukti has consistently reduced the large number of unwanted and uncared for animals in New York City.
THE WITNESS A Tribe of Heart Documentary www.tribeofheart.org/wit1.htm
"THE WITNESS is one man’s truth that cries out for mass exposure… may be the most important and persuasive film about animals ever made.” Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
www.animalsuffering.com/resources/videos/ An extensive archive of animal rights videos.
DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM www.hbo.com/docs/programs/deathfactoryfarm/index.html
Each year, ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S., mostly on sprawling, industrialized farms, where virtually no federal laws mandate how the animals are treated - though guidelines exist - and state laws are ineffective. As a result, animals are frequently subjected to what many consider cruel treatment and inhumane conditions in the interest of economic efficiency. DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio.
www.animalcruelty.com/acmainmovie.html A 2-minute animal rights film.
Meet Your Meat www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIjanhKqVC4
The video that all meat-eaters should watch and every vegetarian should own, "Meet Your Meat", narrated by Alec Baldwin, covers each stage of life of animals raised for food.
No PETA videos are copyrighted, so copy them for everyone you know.
Who’s Skin Are You In?
READ THIS BEFORE YOU VIEW! www.peta.org/whoseskin/index.asp
We recommend reading the description first to decide if this video is for you. If you choose to watch it make sure you are not in a very sensitive, altered, or full-bellied state. It's very intense, violent and extremely alarming. Adults please view video yourself prior to showing minors. Please note that it is our intention to promote peace not violence. We have included this video as a means of spreading awareness and instigating action. If watching disturbing images of pain and suffering does not align with your practice, please skip the video, but do take action nonetheless!
Let's end the intense suffering of millions of animals that are slaughtered for their fur and skins around the world.
You can help.
1. Forward this e-mail or one that you create which has the website, petition link and video. PETA's goal is to have over 1 million views on You Tube.
2. Sign this petition: www.peta.org/whoseskin/index.asp
3. Pledge to go Fur Free: www.furisdead.com/pledge-furfree.asp?c=chfrplg
4. Donate: www.peta.org/jnew/index.asp
Yoga and Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon
Yoga and Vegetarianism presents the novel and innovative argument that the rationale for vegetarianism goes beyond the yogic precept of non-harming (ahimsa). Sure, ahimsa is a no-brainer. But how could brahmacharya—sexual continence—be related to vegetarianism? Sharon answers that question and more in a provocative, engaging and at times humorous exploration as she explains how the five yamas (ethical precepts) of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras—non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, sexual continence and greedless ness—compel the committed yogi to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. Sharon's argument expands your capacity for living your yoga.
Diet for a New America by John Robbins
How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth, is widely considered to be one of the most influential books on health, compassion, and the environment ever written in the English language. It has sold more than 1,000,000 copies, and at the turn of the century, it was heralded as among the ten most important books of the 20th century by numerous organizations working for a joyous, fair, and sustainable world.
Empty Cages by Tom Regan
Described by Jeffrey Masson as "the single best introduction to animal rights ever written," this new book by Tom Regan will structure the animal rights debate for generations to come. In a style at once simple and elegant, Regan dispels the negative image of animal rights advocates perpetrated by the mass media, unmasks the fraudulent rhetoric of "humane treatment" favored by animal exploiters, and explains why existing laws function to legitimize institutional cruelty. Written by the leading philosophical spokesperson for animal rights, Tom Regan's shocking expose of animal abuse makes an essential and lasting contribution that will significantly impact the history of animal rights advocacy in America.
Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights by Bob Torres (2007)
www.makingakillingbook.com Making a killing explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism. Working from key social anarchist insights on domination, oppression, and hierarchy, Making A Killing calls for a new kind of activism, a holistic approach to social justice, and a realistic consideration of the flaws of both the Left and the animal rights movement.
www.PETA.org People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
The Humane Society www.hsus.org
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 10 million Americans, or one in every 30. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.
Fishing Hurts www.fishinghurts.com/fishFarms2.asp
In the United States, there are no regulations to ensure the humane treatment of fish, despite the fact that billions of farmed fish are slaughtered every year. Though they may seem alien to us, fish are unique and intelligent individuals who feel pain, just as all animals do.
Animal Rights Communities Online
www.animalrightscommunity.com A community of Animal Rights Activists
Our mission is to Preserve, Promote and Advance respect for animals by discussing animal rights strategy and philosophy.
www.petabusinessfriends.com PETA Business Friends is an innovative partnership for compassionate companies willing to assist in PETA's groundbreaking work to stop animal abuse and suffering.
Vegan Essentials is both an online store and a retail shop located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. We have been in business since early 1998 and are one of the USA’s oldest cruelty-free retailers, filling the needs of vegans worldwide for nearly a decade. We’re a vegan owned and operated store that specializes in only offering the highest quality animal-free products, and our mission is to offer unparalleled service and selection all in one location, making us a one-stop shopping destination for all things vegan.
MooShoes, Inc. is a vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories. MooShoes offers its services through an online store as well as in its retail store in New York City, the first cruelty-free store of its kind in New York City.
By purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, rats, and other animals.
Hundreds of thousands of these animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in outdated product tests for cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaning products, and even fruit juices. Although more than 500 companies have banned all animal tests forever, some corporations still force substances into animals’ stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits’ eyes. Law does not require these tests, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results—even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you.
Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe is a vegan owned, vegan operated online/retail store in Atlanta, GA. We are passionate about being vegan and are committed to providing the best cruelty-free, vegan products. All of our products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and sweatshop free.
Editor: Hillary Branoff
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