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European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance - March 2010

European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA)
Newsletter March 2010
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In this issue:

1. Interview: "The European V-Label"

2. Vegetarian - the healthy alternative
3. Farming and hunger

4. Meat bosses: Getting hot under their collars?

5. Animals: Abused, poisoned, exterminated by slaughter, hunts and habitat destruction

6. Spain/Madrid: 'Torture - neither art nor culture'

7. EU

8. Good news

9. Snippets

1. The European V-Label
On the occasion of the World Consumer Rights Day on 15 March, Daelyn Fortney interviewed Renato Pichler, Founder and Coordinator of the European V-Label. He explained the scheme and informed about ways of how to avoid hidden meat ingredients . the interview: http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=53146& lang=en
- Restaurant foods that sound vegetarian but may have hidden meat products.
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=53335& lang=en
-Also the EU sees the need for clearer information about food stuffs.

http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54377& lang=en

-Australia: The saying goes you are what you eat, but do you really know what you're eating?... http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54366& lang=en

2. Vegetarian - the healthy alternative
Benefits galore for vegetarians: http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54495& lang=en

3. Farming and hunger
-Science Alone Not Enough To Boost World Farm Output
Feeding a fast-growing global population in the face of climate change and stagnant funding for food aid and farm research will require a fundamental revamp of agriculture, agricultural experts said(...) Reversing the problems, he and others said, will require a diverse host of changes, such as curbing rich-world agricultural subsidies... http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54474& lang=en

Note: Even though there is talk everywhere about the hunger drama the world is facing, there is no recommendation whatsoever to reduce animal farming so that more resources become available for starving people.

4. Meat bosses: Getting hot under their collars?
-USA: What is "unconscionable and an insensitive slap in the face" to livestock farmers and meat-eating residents?" Answer, according to the Michigan Farm Bureau: The proclamation of Meatout Day (20 March) in Michigan by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Why such a public outburst? After all, an almighty US meat industry can't be afraid of the rolling vegetarian wave?

More: http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54494& lang=en

5. Animals: Abused, poisoned, exterminated by slaughter, hunts and habitat destruction
'The present episode of mass extinction has important differences from previous ones. These extinctions are largely caused by the impacts of one species - human beings'

http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54496& lang=en

6. Spain/Madrid: 'Torture - neither art nor culture' Thousands of people protest against bullfights (Reports in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish are also available on EVANA)

http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54486& lang=en

7. EU

--EFSA launches public consultation on guidance for environmental risk assessment of GM plants - The public consultation will last until 30 April for a total of eight weeks.
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=53872& lang=en

--1st International Conference on Animal Welfare Education - 1-2 October 2010 - Brussels/EU. Further information will be soon available on the website of DG SANCO
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54473& lang=en
EU: Commission welcomes participation to the first International Conference on Animal Welfare Education http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54400& lang=en

-EU report signals U-turn on biofuels target http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54357& lang=en

8. Good news
-Albania: On March 24th, IEP hosted the first meeting of vegans and vegetarians in Albania. At the meeting, it was discussed how to raise awareness in Albania of veganism/vegetarian ism as an environment- friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54420& lang=en

-Australia: Billionaires Pankaj and Radhika Oswal declare meat war on building site
Mrs Oswal has previously accused the meat industry of 'raping the earth'
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54430& lang=en

-India: Varun Demands Ban On Cow Slaughter
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54468& lang=en

Could Israel Be the First Fur-Free Nation?
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=53935& lang=en

-UK: Circuses facing ban on wild animals / Wild animals in circuses face being banned after a government consultation showed widespread public concern.
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54424& lang=en

-U.S. red meat production down in February/From January to February 2010, commercial red meat production totaled 7.65 billion lbs., down 4% from 2009
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54421& lang=en

USA: Dolphin hunt film 'The Cove' wins documentary Oscar
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=53758& lang=en

9. Snippets:
Anti-whaling activist may sue Japanese
A lawyer for detained New Zealand activist Peter Bethune says he will probably take counter legal action against the Japanese over the sinking of his anti-whaling boat the Ady Gil..http:// www.evana. org/index. php?id=54284& lang=en
Support Captain Bethune http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54386& lang=en

If you eat Fish, you aren't Vegetarian/Pescetar ian? Fish are Animals, Too.
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54299& lang=en

Water: Imagine a Day without Water http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54295& lang=en

USA: Animal Abuse as Clue to Additional Cruelties
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54221& lang=en

We wish you all Happy Easter and also suggest some recipes for the holidays!
http://www.evana. org/index. php?id=54075& lang=en

best regards
Your International EVANA Crew

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