Our Father From Eugen Drewermann, German Priest & Autor


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Our Father 
 
And also remember our older sisters and brothers, the animals.
 
Revive for their protection your old command from the sixth day of creation,
man must eat from the plants in the fields
but not from the animals (Gen 1.29-30).
 
Forbid men to kill animals for food.
For they are also sentient beings,
in them too lives the desire to live;
they are our companions on our common road to immortality.
 
As long as men kill animals they will wage war.
As long as men eat animals, they will torture innocent victims to death:
with hundreds of thousands in laboratories and mega breeding stations,
with millions in town slaughterhouses, in myriads in the oceans.
 
Their blood may no longer serve as nourishment,
their body no longer as raw material,
their life no longer as food for people.
 
Forbid us, Lord, our daily meat.
Give us our daily bread.
 
 
„Das Vaterunser” – “The Our Father” von Eugen Drewermann
Christ in der Gegenwart – Christ in the present time, Nr. 361 Sept. 91
Translated 

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Vegetarians Eating Fish: Robert Cohen`s Thoughts


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Vegetarians Eating Fish

During the second half of November, I gave six Notmilk talks
in three different states (Colorado, New York, and Florida)
and met hundreds of people who described themselves in one
of four categories as being either omnivores, vegans,
vegetarians, or vegetarians who eat fish.

Many people make the transition from meat eater to
vegetarian because they no longer want to be responsible
for causing pain to animals, yet, many of these same
people continue to eat fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish have no feelings and do not suffer from
death-related pain or trauma.

Many people make the transition from meat eater to
vegetarian because they recognize the negative health reasons
associated with animal protein, yet, many of these same
people continue to eat fish and incorrectly rationalize
that fish are not animals, and therefore are safe to eat.

I do not eat seafood because of health and ethical
reasons. If you seek more information regarding
either factor, please visit PETA‘s website:

http://www.fishinghurts.com

The amount of information on that website will pull you
in, hook, line, and sinker.

I am primarily concerned with your body and your health.

When you eat animal proteins, be they from fish, eggs,
chicken, beef, pork, or dairy, they will create an
acid condition in your blood. Imagine the essence of
stinky rotten eggs infusing into your bloodstream.
We cannot afford to lose bone density, but this is
how your body compensates, by leeching calcium from
your bones in order to neutralize the acid. Dr. William
Castelli, lead researcher of the Framingham heart study
(America’s largest heart study) identifies homocysteine
as the key to all heart disease.

Animal protein contains a large amount of cysteine and
methionone, the two amino acids which your body uses
to manufacture homocysteine. Methionine and cysteine
contain sulfur as their center atom.

So, that is the primary reason I avoid seafood, even
though I once enjoyed eating mollusks and fish. Combined
with the way they are harvested, and the concentrated
chemicals within their flesh, I’ve eliminated seafood
from my diet.

If you were eliminating one food group at a time,
with the goal of eating a plant-based diet as I do,
here is the order that I would advise seeing you
give up food groups:

As a rule, the higher up one goes on the food chain,
the more concentrated are the toxins, heavy metals,
pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs in their flesh and
body fluids. Most seafood is unlike farm-raised meats
in that regard.

Fish are predatory in nature, and large fish eat thousands
of smaller living creatures before you ultimately ingest
their body fat and proteins. The same cannot be said for
farm-raised animals eating a plant-based diet. Therefore,
those vegetarians who still eat fish should be aware
that of beef, chicken and fish, the seafood choice
might be the least healthy of the three.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

That Dead of 10,000 Song Birds …


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http://www.komitee.de/en/actions-and-projects/species-protection/wild-bird-trade/hungary-dead-song-birds-seized 


Press release 08.11.2011

Truck with 10,000 dead song birds stopped in Eastern Europe

 

Bonn/Nagylak. At the weekend Hungarian customs officials stopped a truck loaded with some 10,000 freshly-shot song birds on the border with Romania. According to the Bonn-based Committee Against Bird Slaughter the consignment consisted mainly of Skylarks, an endangered species in Germany and other European countries, but much favoured as a delicacy by Italian gourmets.

Seized by the Hungarian authorities: 10,000 Skylarks and other migrant song birds

 

Seized by the Hungarian authorities: 10,000 Skylarks and other migrant song birdsVigilant customs officials noticed that some cartons in the Romanian refrigerated truck were different to the remainder containing meat and sausage products. “We immediately decided to do a thorough check of the truck” reported Inspector Linda Jásza of the Nagylak police. The check revealed a gruesome find: countless crates of dead song birds, packed in plastic bags, all neatly labelled.

 

The cartons contained a total of more than 9,000 Skylarks, as well as hundreds of Bluethroats, Goldfinches, Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes, Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails. An expert estimated that the birds had been killed with shotguns only a few days earlier.

 

“We congratulate the Hungarian authorities to this success in the fight against poaching” states Axel Hirschfeld, spokesperson for the Committee Against Bird Slaughter. The conservationists believe that the birds were selectively shot in the Balkans on migration to their winter quarters, for sale to Italian restaurant owners and delicatessens. The trade in shot Skylarks and other song birds is a multimillion business in Italy, costing the lives of hundreds of thousands of song birds every year. The Italian forest police annually seize thousands of illegally acquired wild birds in restaurants and game butchers shops, which always include deliveries of migrant birds smuggled in from the Balkans.

 

The damage to nature and the environment caused by this illegal trade is enormous. “In this truck alone the numbers of Skylarks seized were equal to the entire Saarland breeding population” Hirschfeld comments. The population of these characteristic birds of the open farmland countryside in Central Europe have declined by almost a half over the past 30 years. In Germany the species is on the Red List of endangered wildlife and plant species and extensive efforts are made for its conservation, by for instance the creation of so-called skylark plots in cereal crops.

 

The police estimate the total market value of the smuggled birds seized in Nagylak to be about one billion Forints (some 333,000 Euros). Criminal proceedings against the truck driver have been initiated by the Hungarian authorities.

 

Schweiz: Wieder Delfin in Tierpark gestorben


Wieder Delfin in Schweizer Tierpark gestorben

 
Delfin
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Am Sonntagnachmittag ist im Schweizer “Connyland” erneut ein Delphin verendet. Er soll vergiftet worden sein. Erst vergangene Woche starb ein Delfin nach einer Techno-Party.

Der Staatsanwalt Patrick Müller mutmaßt, dass militante Tierschützer für das Delfinsterben verantwortlich sein könnten. Schon länger steht das “Connyland” in Kritik bezüglich seiner Delfinhaltung. Erst vergangene Woche war nach einer Techno-Party in der Nähe des Delfinariums der Delphin “Shadow” gestorben.

Der Staatsanwalt schließt nicht aus, dass auch Shadow vergiftet worden war. Beide wiesen die gleichen Symptome auf, bevor sie starben, berichtet die Zeitung Blick. Jetzt werden beide Tiere werden obduziert. Danach wird feststehen, woran sie wirklich gestorben sind.

Die Verantwortlichen von Connyland sind zu keiner Stellungnahme bereit.

The Little = The Great


Alaska Panhandle
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Done like you’ve never seen before, from the small Yupiq Eskimo Village of Quinhagak, Alaska school computer project intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area. Much to the villagers’ surprise, more than a million people have viewed it.

Pressemitteilung: Zugvogel-Massaker in Italien Schock-Video!


Willi Schuppert aktiv im Tier-, Natur- und Artenschutz Komitee gegen den Vogelmord (CABS)

http://www.komitee.de Tel. 072729297610 Handy. +49 163-6002236 Email: willi.wassertropfen@t-online.de Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V.

PRESSEMITTEILUNG 23.11.2011 | 14:10 Uhr Schock-Video dokumentiert Zugvogel-Massaker in Italien Jäger töten innerhalb weniger Stunden tausende Singvögel Bonn/Mailand. Ein Video schockiert Vogelfreunde in ganz Europa. In Italien haben Jäger vor den Augen protestierender Vogelschützer mehrere Tausend Singvögel abgeschossen und sich ungeniert dabei filmen lassen. Schauplatz des Vogel-Massakers und Drehort des unglaublichen Materials ist der 1.400 Meter hohe Colle San-Zeno, einer der wichtigsten Vogelzug-Korridore in den Südalpen. Unter Lebensgefahr hatten sich Mitglieder des Bonner Komitees gegen den Vogelmord und der Mailänder Liga zur Abschaffung der Jagd (LAC) dort im Oktober an mehreren Tagen zwischen die Jäger und die morgens in großen Schwärmen über den Pass ziehenden Vögel gestellt. Doch anstatt die Jagd abzubrechen, feuerten die Schützen hemmungslos drauf los. „Es war völlig surreal. Pro Stunde fielen rund 1.500 Schüsse. Überall lagen tote oder schwer verletzte Vögel herum. Teilweise fielen die getroffenen Tiere direkt in unsere Beobachtergruppe hinein und Schrot prasselte auf uns herab“ schildert Komiteemitarbeiter Dr. Andrea Rutigliano die Situation. Mit Videokameras filmten die Vogelschützer die Schießorgie, an der etwa 100 Männer beteiligt waren und bei der nach Schätzungen von anwesenden Jagdaufsehern mindestens 10.000 Wiesenpieper, Buchfinken, Bergfinken und Kernbeißer getötet wurden. Das Komitee gegen den Vogelmord hat heute Sequenzen aus dem insgesamt mehrere Stunden langen Material auf seinem Youtube Kanal veröffentlicht. Der Film ist unter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvraTjbOdDo abrufbar und zeigt in aller Ausführlichkeit, wie innerhalb weniger Stunden Tausende Vögel auf einem einzigen Gebirgspass sterben. „Wenn man daran denkt, dass es allein in der Lombardei hunderte solche Pässe und mehr als 86.000 Jäger gibt und die Jagdsaison mehrere Monate lang dauert, wird einem schwindelig“, so Rutigliano. „Der eigentliche Skandal ist, dass niemand für diesen Naturfrevel zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden kann“, so Graziella Zavalloni, Sprecherin der LAC. Denn obwohl der Abschuss dieser vier Vogelarten von der EU verboten wurde, hat die Regionalregierung in Mailand den Abschuss von Piepern, Finken und Kernbeißern mit einem Sondergesetz auch in diesem Jahr wieder erlaubt. „Das ist ein klarer Verstoß gegen die Vogelschutzrichtlinie“, so Zavalloni. Das sieht auch der Europäische Gerichtshof in Luxemburg so, der Italien wegen der Freigabe dieser Arten für die Jagd bereits im Juli 2010 verurteilt hatte. Das Komitee gegen den Vogelmord hat heute eine weitere Umweltbeschwerde angekündigt und will das auf dem Colle San-Zeno erstellte Material als Beweis für massiven Missbrauch bei der EU-Kommission einreichen. Parallel dazu hat der Verband alle Vogel- und Naturfreunde dazu aufgerufen, bei der neuen Regierung in Rom gegen die jedes Jahr in den italienischen Alpen stattfindenden Massaker zu protestieren. Die Adresse von Umweltminister Corrado Clini sowie eine vorgefertigte Protestmail sind auf der Homepage des Komitees (www.komitee.de) abrufbar.Pressekontakt:

 LINK ZUM VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvraTjbOdDo V.i.S.d.P. Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V., Axel Hirschfeld, An der Ziegelei 8, D-53127 Bonn, Homepage: http://www.komitee.de

Happy Thanksgiving – says a Turkey? Yes, one!


A Turkey.
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

Please share this true Thanksgiving story with
your friends and loved ones. Have a happy
turkey-free (and meat-free) feast!

The first year in America the Pilgrims had very
little for which to be thankful. That first bitter
winter they had limited food supplies, poor clothing
and crudely built housing. During the months before
spring, fifteen of the eighteen married women died
as did twenty-two of thirty-eight men. Because of
this great trauma of death from starvation, something
had to be done to assure the future survival of the
colony.

In March of 1624, the first dairy animals came
to Plymouth on the ship Charity, which delivered
three cows and a bull to the grateful pilgrims.
Within a generation every family in America had a
dairy cow. Milk from these cows was churned into
butter. Will and Ariel Durant who wrote “The Story
of Civilization” revealed that a typical dairy cow
in the 12th century yielded little milk. One can
assume that cows in the 1600s yielded as much milk
as cows in the 1300s. In “The Age of Faith, History
of Life in the Middle Ages,” the Durants wrote:

“Dairy farming was un-progressive; the average cow
in the thirteenth century gave little milk, and hardly
a pound of butter per week.”

Making butter requires 21.2 pounds of milk for
each “finished” pound of butter. One quart of milk
weighs 2.15 pounds. A dairy cow in Plymouth Rock,
Massachusetts might have yielded his Pilgrim family
“hardly a pound of butter per week.” That averaged
out to three pounds of milk per day, about a quart
and-a-half.

People who believe that early Americans drank
milk as a routine part of their diet do not consider
how little milk cows gave. Nor do they consider the
existence of butter churns. Butter churns weren’t
hood ornaments for Pilgrim’s carriages. Pilgrims
used them only for one purpose: to churn milk into
butter. That three pounds of milk per day would
yield only one-half stick of butter. Imagine fifteen
of the eighteen Pilgrim wives dying during the first
winter. Imagine the same proportion of the mothers
in your community dying from starvation over the winter.
You’d need emergency rations to survive. Fat from milk,
stored underground, saved for the winter months. Got
milk? No way! One-half stick of butter per day, one
pound of butter per week, carefully and strenuously
churned by a Pilgrim and stored for the cruel New
England winter.

Did the Pilgrims drink and store milk in the summer?
Milk was loaded with bacteria that quickly spoiled,
making it undrinkable. By churning the milk into
butter and storing it underground, the fat was saved
until it was needed. The Pilgrim experience made it
necessary for every family to carefully store food
through the bountiful months so that they might survive
the hardships of winter. Butter became their insurance
policy. It became necessary for every New England family
to own a dairy cow. In a few years, that’s just what
happened.

Imagine the depression of imminent death by
starvation. You come to a new world without food
and shelter, haven’t bathed in three months and are
wearing the same clothes in which you started your
voyage. It’s December of 1620 and it’s snowing, you’ve
sent a landing party ashore and stolen corn from some
very angry Abenaki Indians who would like nothing
better than to shoot their arrows at you. (Which they
did!) Didn’t the Pilgrims bear in mind the Eighth
Commandment, “Thou shalt not steal?” Obviously not!
They left England, seeking religious freedom, or so
our school children are taught, and immediately broke
one of God’s commandments by stealing food from the
Indians. How would you handle such fear? By spring,
half of your fellows are dead.

The Pilgrims had actually planned for the harsh
winter of 1620. They sailed from Holland to London
to Southampton, England, where they boarded the
Mayflower, bringing along their provisions. There
was one problem. At this point in their journey,
they were broke and they could not pay their bills.
Owing 100 English pounds, they couldn’t sail until
they paid this bill. So they sold some of their
provisions, a calculated gamble which put them at
the mercy of diminished resources and divine providence.
Unfortunately, their resources were inadequate. The
bet didn’t work. Historian William Bradford relates:

“So they were forced to sell off some of their
provisions to stop this gap, which was some three
or four-score firkins of butter, commodity they
might best spare, having which provided too large a
quantity of that kind.”

They sold their insurance policy, their food for
the winter, their butter, and with it the lives of
half of their number. A letter written on August 3, 1620,
to the “beloved friends” of these Pilgrims explained:

“We are in such a strait at present, as we are
forced to sell away our provisions to clear the haven
and withal to put ourselves upon great extremities,
scarce having any butter…we are willing to expose
ourselves to such eminent dangers as are like to ensue,
and trust to the good providence of God…”

They sold the concentrated fat that would have
helped them to survive in New England. Had they not
sold this treasure, they would have most certainly
not starved and suffered the trauma of seeing half
their number perish. Would a three-day Thanksgiving
have been called for, the following year? All because
they sold their butter. How much butter did they
intend to bring to the New World? Some “three to
four-score firkins.” William Bradford, author of
“Plymouth Plantation,” said that the Pilgrims sold
approximately 4,040 pounds of butter. That meant that
every man woman and child was rationed 40 pounds of
butter. By today’s standards, in order to produce those
4,040 pounds of butter they would have required 85,648
quarts of milk. A herd of 100 cows, each producing one
quart of milk per day would have taken nearly eight
months to produce that much milk. Now, that’s a lot
of churning!

The Pilgrim diaries reveal the favorite food of
the native Americans at the first Thanksgiving. Their
food of choice was “rancid butter.” One can only imagine
the salmonella, E. coli, bovine leukemia, clostridium
and colonies of paratuberculosis thriving in that
rancid butter. Indians fell in love with the creamy
taste of the Pilgrim’s butter. They traded furs and
fish, meat and land for this much desired commodity.
Were flu-stricken Pilgrims sneezing behind trees in
the woods responsible for the deaths of one million
Abenaki and Wampaunoag? Was it perhaps the Native
American’s love for the rancid butter, the gift of
the bovines? Our day of giving thanks should be
observed as a day of mourning by Native Americans.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Save the Grand Canyon from Coca Cola! Ban Plastic Bottles in the Park!


 
 
Save the Grand Canyon from Coca Cola! Ban Plastic Bottles in the Park
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Why This Is Important

 On November 10th, the New York Times exposed the real reason the National Park service scrapped their common sense plan to ban the sale of disposable bottled water in Grand Canyon National Park: pushback from Coca Cola, a major park funder.

According to the article, plastic bottles make up 30% of all waste in the park and are the largest source of trash in the canyon. So why isn’t this project moving forward?

Here’s the problem: Beyond the pollution plastic bottles cause in the park itself, that plastic trash can be transported out to the ocean by the Colorado River. With as many rivers as there are in the world, even ones like the Colorado that have inconsistent flow, even one bottle is too many whether it reaches the ocean or not. If plastic does get to the ocean, it can contribute to The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, causing scores of problems for every creature it encounters along the way- fresh water or salt. 

I have seen this problem firsthand. A few years ago I had the opportunity as a journalist to sail with the research organization, The 5 Gyres Institute,  to a garbage patch. After seeing what I saw there I was disgusted: plastic trash of every type you can imagine including disposable plastic bottles and bottle caps. Upon my return, I promptly quit my job, began volunteering and devoted my career to trying to solve the marine-eco disaster that is plastic pollution.

Plastic PET bottles pose a clear and present danger to the overall health of the environment and contribute to marine plastic pollution. Coca-Cola sponsors groups that conduct beach cleanup efforts but consistently opposes solutions that would reduce pollution in the first place, like bottle deposits and bottle bans.

We cannot let corporations like Coca Cola shut down common sense measures to reduce plastic pollution. The Grand Canyon Park Service must do its job and protect our public land by immediately banning plastic bottles from the canyon.

For a petition look at change.org, please