Over 800 world scientists agree: GM crops are nothing short of a bio-war on our food


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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why genetically modified foods are dangerous, but if you look closely, you may just find the name of one listed among the names of more than 800 scientists from around the globe who have joined forces in an open letter to all world governments, outlining their detailed concerns over the alarming potential threat of biotech’s unauthorized, worldwide GM foods experiment.

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Sources for this article include:
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php
http://www.the-scientist.com
http://www.grain.org
http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_Monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

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Petition for Horses, against Cruelty


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Liebe TierschutzKollegInnen,                                        

ich lege Euch heute meine Petition vor,
die ich für Pferde erstellt habe.
Bitte, signiert die Petition und gebt
sie weiter.
Ich habe mein ganzes Herz in diese
Petition gelegt, weil ich es nicht
aushalten will, was brutale Tierquäler
– theoretisch und praktisch – unseren
Pferden antun.
Die Täter warten nur darauf, dass wir
müde werden und aufgeben.
Das dürfen wir nicht!
LG Annamaria

eating animals : the consequences


 
Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!

Tick Bites Turning Meat Eaters Into Vegetarians


Tick Bites Turning Meat Eaters Into Vegetarians.

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Tick Bites Turning Meat Eaters Into Vegetarians

Posted by majestic on June 21, 2012

Have animals finally found a way to stop us eating them? Katie Moisse reports for ABC News:

There’s a new weapon in the war on meat: a tiny tick, whose bite might be spreading meat allergies up the East Coast.

A bite from the lone star tick, so-called for the white spot on its back, looks innocent enough. But University of Virginia researchers say saliva that sneaks into the tiny wound may trigger an allergic reaction to meat — agonizing enough to convert lifelong carnivores into wary vegetarians.

“People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start having a reaction; anything from hives to full-blown anaphylactic shock,” said Dr. Scott Commins, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “And most people want to avoid having the reaction, so they try to stay away from the food that triggers it.”

 

Commins said cases of the bizarre allergy are popping up along the East Coast and into the Bible Belt, areas ripe with lone star ticks. He’s already seen 400 or so. And 90 percent of them have a history of tick bites, he said…

[continues at ABC News]

Surprising Changes in Per Capita American Food Consumption


 
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Surprising Changes in Per Capita American Food Consumption

“It is not government’s job to mandate responsibility on
our behalf. We have the intelligence and good sense to
make wise consumption choices for ourselves and our
children. It is up to us to do what is best for our
health and our children’s health.
– Michael Crapo (U.S. Senator from Idaho)

What’s happened to meat and dairy consumption
during the 2-decade period between 1990 and 2010?

According to the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA):

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FoodConsumption/

Per capita consumption of red meat dropped from
119.4 pounds to 111.7 pounds.

Per capita consumption of chicken increased from
60.6 pounds to 80.0 pounds.

Per capita consumption of liquid milk dropped from
233.3 pounds to 203.4 pounds.

Per capita consumption of cheese rose from
38 pounds to 43.6 pounds.

Bad publicity and real science about milk most
certainly contributed to the decline, but consumers
have been scared into eating additional cheese by
those people who market and promote dairy products
by using calcium scare tactics.

What a mistake! I should have simultaneously become the
UnCheeseman at the same time I became the NotMilkman.

More Bad News For the Animal Rights Movement (& Chickens)

Clearly, the animal rights movement is not waging
a very effective campaign. After first becoming involved
in the AR movement in 1995, I’ve noted how AR groups
have focused upon the plight of abused chickens.

From 1995 until 2000, activists and lobbyists have
increased their altruistic efforts in creating greater
public awareness of the horrible nature in which
chickens live and die. How they are de-beaked. How they
are confined. How they are killed without first being
stunned. By promoting compassionate slaughter laws,
AR organizations have relieved the guilt of chicken
eaters, who now enjoy eating more chicken by supposedly
doing so compassionately.

While red meat consumption has declined by 6.54 percent,
chicken consumption has increased by 32.3 percent!
Overall, the consumption of red meat and chicken
resulted in a combined increase over the past 20
years from 180 pounds per person to 191.7 pounds
per person. That represents a 6.5 percent increase.

Since ten pounds of milk are required to produce one
pound of hard cheese, the dairy “influence” has increased
from 613.3 pounds of liquid milk plus the milk required to
produce the cheese to a whopping 639.4 pounds per person
which represents an actual 4.25 percent increase.

As for the animal rights movement, ask yourself why it is
that total meat and chicken consumption and total dairy
and cheese consumption have increased during the past
20 years? Are the dollars altruistic people donate to
animal rights groups being wasted by huge AR salaries
and groups that make animal welfare their priority?
Larger cages and easier ways for animals to die show
results which A.R. groups distort. The proof is in the
Yorkshire pudding

(Note: Yorkshire pudding is made with milk, eggs,
and fat drippings from the roasted beast.)

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Canada: Gatineau Police Shooting Frightend Cow


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Gatineau Police shooting frightened cow
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On Thursday, two cows escaped from a trailer destined for a Quebec slaughterhouse. 

According to a CBC report, both animals were shot by Gatineau police with one of them shot at least 10 times.

Disturbing video of the event, recorded by a by-stander, was posted by CBC.  The video shows numerous police cars blocking roadways as a young steer is seen running along the road.  We see an officer raise his gun and hear six shots ring out as the steer slows to a walk.  The voice of the videographer can be heard saying: “What are they shooting at it for?  That’s not really a gun, is it?!”  The steer continues walking along the roadway and is cornered by four police cars with sirens on.  An officer exits his car.  The videographer is again heard saying: “They didn’t shoot him, did they?” At that moment, standing directly in front of the now-still steer, the officer raises his gun and aims at the head of the steer at close range.  A shot rings out and the steer slowly begins to limp away with his left fore leg raised.  Another shot rings out, followed by two more.  The videographer screams: “OH NO!!” as the steer hobbles off screen.  The video ends.

The shock and horror of this videographer represents the view of the vast majority of Canadians.  The animals presented no real threat, yet they were violently and inhumanely killed by the police.  Had these officers shown this same treatment to a dog, they would be facing animal cruelty charges.

This horrific scene captured for all to see reflects what our inspectors see on a daily basis – government-sanctioned and government-inflicted cruelty toward animals.

How can we expect better from our livestock industry if our government officials hold the same attitudes?  Until those in positiions of authority begin viewing animals as the thinking, sentient beings that they are, more tragedies like this one will occur. 

Please, write a polite letter to Gatineau Police Chief Mario Harel expressing your dismay at the lack of compassion of Gatineau police officers. Remind them that farm animals are sentient beings who experience fear and distress and feel pain.  Ask that protocols be put in place to ensure a more humane response to future incidents with farm animals.

Letters can be sent via the internet through this on-line form

or mailed to:

Chief Mario Harel
Gatineau Police Department
590 Boul Greber
Gatineau, Quebec
J8T 8B8

Thank you all for standing with us in defending Canada’s farm animals!
 

    I am so frightened by the shooting around in the whole world!

The Latest China Study


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The Latest China Study

“Usually, the first thing a country does in the course
of economic development is to introduce a lot of livestock.
Our data are showing that this is not a very smart move
and the Chinese are listening. They are realizing that
animal-based agriculture is not the way to go…We are
basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a
wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of
animal foods…Once people start introducing animal
products into their diet, that’s when the mischief starts.”
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Nutrition & Metabolism is a British peer-reviewed
scientific journal which (according to their website)

“…publishes content focused on the integration of
nutrition, exercise physiology, clinical investigations,
and molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism.”

The September 19, 2011 issue of Nutrition & Metabolism
includes an study that analyzed the thickness and
integrity of the carotid artery in 171 vegetarian males
and compared them to the carotid arteries of 129 meat
eating age-related males (the control group). The
researchers also factored in the length of time
that their vegetarian subjects ate a plant based diet.

Tests measuring the thickness of arterial walls have
been used to determine and predict future cardiovascular risk.
The researchers concluded that vegetarians experience:

“A decrease in multiple cardiovascular risk factors such
as a decrease in body mass index, blood pressure and lipid
profile was associated with vegetarian diet. Moreover,
taking a low-calorie, low-protein, or vegetarian diet might
have great beneficial effects on arterial wall thickness through
improved lipid profile, and the beneficial effects appeared
to be correlated with the duration of vegetarian diet.”

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Powerful Mobilization Against Legislation Banning Vegetarian Schoolchildren from Cafeterias


http://www.icdv.info/index.php?post/2011/10/24/

The decree can be read in French at http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines.

Powerful-mobilization -against-legislation-banning-vegetarian-schoolchildren-from-cafeteri as Powerful mobilization against legislation banning vegetarian schoolchildren from cafeterias Press Release (October 24, 2011)

 Powerful mobilization against legislation banning vegetarian schoolchildren from cafeterias Seventeen organizations call for a gathering this Wednesday 26 October in front of the French Ministry of Agriculture to demand the repeal of decree 2011-1277 and of the accompanying governmental order that ban vegetarianism from public and private school cafeterias. In less than one week, over six thousand signatures have been collected demanding the repeal of these regulations. Numerous foreign organizations and individuals support the initiative and are preparing to express their dissatisfaction to the French embassies of their countries.

The Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians (ICDV) points out the contradiction between these acts of the French government and the right of freedom of conscience as established by the United Nations declaration of human rights, which includes the right to live in accordance with one’s beliefs. Powerful mobilization against the recent regulations concerning catering services Wednesday 26 October, at 11:30 am, a protest will be held in front of the office of the General Administration of Food (DGAL) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, 251 rue de Vaugirard in Paris.

 Additionally, a petition demanding the repeal of decree number 2011-1277 and of its accompanying order has gathered over six thousand signatures in less than one week, many coming from abroad. Numerous foreign organizations, vegetarian or not, have been offended by France’s failure to uphold the freedom of belief and by the measures making it impossible for vegetarian children to nourish themselves properly in school cafeterias. Viva!, an English organization, issued a press release entitled “Having Banned the Burqa, French Now Ban Les Veggies.”

The decrees The decree 2011-1227 of 30 September 2011 and the order of 30 September 2011, published in the Journal Officiel on 2 October 2011, quite simply make vegetarianism illegal in school cafeterias. They do so first by making the regular presence of meat and fish in the meals mandatory, hence preventing vegetarian students from eating in the cafeterias every day; secondly, by making it such that those cafeterias up to now have offered alternative menus are now illegal (1).

The position of the Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians Numerous people throughout the world are deeply convinced that the consumption of animals and of the products of animal exploitation is wrong. Vegetarianism and veganism are the inescapable practical expressions of this belief. The recent governmental regulations undermine the fundamental individual liberties by limiting the free exercise of personal belief as proclaimed by the United Nations: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.” (2)

“Isn’t it right for the government to ensure that school cafeterias serve well-balanced meals?” “Certainly, so long as alternatives are taken into account,” answers David Olivier, spokesperson of the ICDV. “The decree and order specify that every meal is to include a ‘protein dish,’ which is to be exclusively of animal origins (meat, fish, eggs, or cheese), thus disregarding the abundant availability of forms of plant protein. They also impose dairy products in every meal, purportedly because it is the only way to cover the needs for calcium, disregarding the plant and mineral alternatives. It is quite possible to devise well-balanced vegetarian and even vegan meals, as is regularly done in other countries.” “By imposing such an abundance of animal products under the pretext of offering schoolchildren well-balanced meals, the government spreads the idea that only a meat-based diet can satisfy dietary needs. Furthermore, it places vegetarian children in front of the following dilemma: to consume animals, despite their beliefs, or to eat inadequate meals – sometimes just bread and water ­ which flies in the face of the stated goal of the regulations.” “Whoever is unhappy with the school cafeterias can simply choose to feed their children at home!” “Not all parents of vegetarian children are in a situation that allows them to bring them home for lunch or to hire a nanny,” notes Agnese Pignataro, mother of a three-year-old girl. “To impose such a solution would be to discriminate against the less affluent families. Moreover, by depriving children of the opportunity to socialize in the school cafeteria, this decree makes the children’s beliefs a cause of marginalization. Freedom of belief also implies that the parents have the right to choose for their children an education in agreement with their own convictions.” “Must school cafeterias conform to each and every demand?” “Cafeterias are a service that satisfies a need,” points out Sara Fergé, schoolteacher. “Thus they must adapt to the needs of those who use them ­ the students, the teachers and other members of staff ­ rather than the reverse. That is how it is in other countries, where the cafeterias offer multiple choices every day, including a vegetarian menu, since these choices are designed with the needs of the population in mind. Why is it that what is possible elsewhere seems impossible in France?” Because they prevent vegetarian children from having access to a well-balanced diet in school cafeterias, because they spread the idea that only meat-based meals can be nutritionally well balanced, because they violate the principle of freedom of belief, the Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians demands the repeal of these laws that impose the consumption of animal products in school cafeterias. Signed by: Animal Amnistie (Toulouse) ; Animalsace ; APSARES ; Aquitaine décroissance ; Association Végétarienne & Végétalienne d’InformationS (A.V.I.S) ; CLAM (Montpellier) ; CLEDA (Paris) ; Dignité Animale (Lyon) ; Initiative Citoyenne pour les Droits des Végétariens ; L214 ; Les Animaux de Maurice ; Mouvement socialiste écologiste et autogestionnaire ; Réseau Antispéciste Poitou Charentes ; NEA (Rennes) ; Respect Animal (Lyon) ; Rêv’Animal ; Vegfest ; Veggie Pride === Contact : David OLIVIER, +33 6 42 06 07 47 Or: contact@icdv.info Further information on http://www.icdv.info/. === (1) Decree 2011-1227 of 30 September 2011 ; governmental order of 30 September 2011, published in the Journal Officiel on 2 October 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines); partial English translation here. (2) Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 November 1981 (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/religion.htm), article 1.1.

Press release from EVU:

The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools Whoever believes that animals are not ours to eat is now in France a second-class citizen.

EUROPEAN VEGETARIAN UNION – PRESS RELEASE 14 October 2011 A governmental order issued on October 2, 2011(1)

has determined that all meals served in school canteens in France must contain animal products, and that meat and fish will be served at a certain minimum frequency. This implies that by law from now on no vegetarian can eat at any public or private school in France. Six million schoolchildren are now forced to eat animal flesh, whether they wish to or not. For many families lunch at home is not an option. At best, a vegetarian student will be allowed to leave the meat on the plate, and consequently suffer from inadequate and imbalanced meals. Following a law voted last year by the French Parliament(2),

similar decrees will be taken shortly regarding almost all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population. These measures ostensibly aim at ensuring the nutritional quality of the meals. Animal flesh is imposed as the only source of good quality protein and iron and dairy products as the only sources of calcium, in disregard of the fact that all these nutrients can be obtained in adequate quantity and quality from plant and mineral sources. The internationally recognized fact that: appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes(3)

is flatly ignored. No practical considerations warrant a blanket prohibition of vegetarianism even in those canteens where the management is willing to offer vegetarian or vegan alternatives. These decrees are thus an arbitrary violation of the rights of the vegetarian citizens of France. The European Vegetarian Union wishes to point out that the decision that many citizens have taken not to eat animals is not a mere dietary whim or a nonconsequential choice of lifestyle, but follows, for many of them, from deeply held beliefs about the way animals should be treated. A democratic government cannot arbitrarily restrict the beliefs of its citizens nor the practice thereof. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is binding on member states including France, holds that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.(4)

The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as in many other countries. Citizens are entitled to choose freely where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, accept to eat animals must not be discriminated against. A government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions. For years, the official policy of the French government has been openly hostile to vegetarianism.(5)

 The French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, declared in January 2010 that the government’s aim in determining its public nutritional policy was to defend the French agricultural model and specifically to counter initiatives such as those of Paul McCartney calling for a reduced consumption of meat.(6) The European Vegetarian Union demands that the recent governmental orders outlawing vegetarianism in school canteens be rescinded and that the French government respect the civil rights of its vegetarian citizens.

 Renato Pichler President European Vegetarian Union Niederfeldstrasse 92, CH-8408 Winterthur Fax: +41 (0)71 477 33 78 http://www.euroveg.eu / president@euroveg.eu Footnotes: 1. Décret n° 2011-1227 du 30 septembre 2011; arrêté du 30 septembre 2011. 2. “Law for the modernization of agriculture and fisheries”, published on July 27, 2010. 3. Position statement of the American Dietetic Association 4. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, article 10.1 5.An example is the site mangerbouger.fr, where the only nutritional advice given to a teenager contemplating becoming a vegan is “By all means, do not follow that diet!”

www.mangerbouger.fr/pro/IMG/pdf/guide_adolescents-2.pdf, page 11). 6.

http://tinyurl.com/

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French Now Ban Les Veggies Press release from Viva!, sent to english media… 19th October 2011 Having Banned the Burqa, French Now Ban Les Veggies THERE will be no meat-free days in French Schools for six million children following a new decree from the French Government ­ all school students will have to eat meat if they want lunch at school.

Taking a packed lunch is not an alternative as they are also banned. Following a law voted in last year, the French parliament has issued a decree (October) that it is forbidden to serve vegetarian meals to school children and that some animal products ­ fish, dairy, meat or offal ­ must be used in every meal. The ban will shortly be extended to kindergartens, hospitals, prisons, colleges and old people’s homes.

There is no opting out and so eating animals becomes a legal obligation in France and the only alternative is to starve. French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, said in January, 2010, that the Government’s aim for nutrition was to defend the French agricultural model and counter initiatives such as those by Paul McCartney and Viva! calling for a reduced consumption of meat. The Government claims, against a battery of science proving the opposite, that the measures will improve the quality of meals served in schools because a balanced diet is impossible without animal products. “At the same time that a 100-year-old, life-long vegetarian man runs a marathon in Canada, the French Government decrees that a vegetarian diet is inadequate”, say Juliet Gellatley, director of vegetarian campaigning group, Viva! “France must be the only country in the world where the health authorities have given up reading scientific research. Whether it is the BMA, American Dietetic Association or the World Health Organisation, the findings are identical ­ animal products are at the heart of the degenerative diseases that kill most people in the West whilst plant-based diets reduce disease risk and extend life. It is the best start in life a child could have “This is such an assault of people’s freedom of conscience and freedom of choice that it drives a coach and horses through the supposed ideals of the European Union ­ by one of its greatest supporters. It is so extraordinary, so Hitlerian, that it is difficult to believe. Having done it in their own country, we’d better all look out because the next thing will be an EU directive banning vegetarianism along with crooked cucumbers and crosses.

The decree can be read in French at http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines.

A French-led petition against the decree can be read in English at

http://www.icdv.info/

For further information contact Juliet Gellatley or Tony Wardle on 07594 943222 or 07864 687057 or 0117 944 1000.

Press Release ref. Vegetarianism & Veganism in France


We send you the press release below (in English) which deals with an extremely important issue for vegetarianism and veganism development in France, and ask you to send it in local, regional and national medias among the contacts you have: we expect that if your medias talk about this issue and so give a bad image of France, it will have more impact on our government than the French opinion itself… (The French government did not give sign that it took into account the French public opinion for these last years.) You can read this press release in French and in Italian too. Best regards, and thank you

Yves

In France, eating animals becomes legal obligation Vegetarians* struggle for their freedom of conviction A decree has just been published making compulsory rules for the composition of meals in all public and private school catering. These rules force six millions of children of school age to eat meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. Similar decrees are in preparation for almost all French catering, from nursery schools up to old people’s home, including colleges, hospitals and prisons. And so French law, on behalf of a public health measure, forbids the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarian citizens stand up for their food choice rights. A good piece of news?

 Not for vegetarians! A decree and bylaw published in the “Journal Officiel” on October 2nd [1] force school canteens to respect a set of standards meant to guarantee the nutritional balance of the meals.

Each meal necessarily has to contain a protein dish where proteins are exclusively animal-based (meat, fish, eggs or cheese), overriding plentiful availability of vegetable proteins.

A dairy product is meant to represent the only way to cover calcium needs, ignoring untold vegetable and mineral alternatives. For meats (beef, veal, lamb, or offal…) and fish, a minimum frequency is specified as mandatory. So it is from now on impossible for school cafeterias regular users to be vegetarian, or impossible for them to maintain their vegetarian diet every day. And it will be impossible to be vegan for even one meal. Vegetarian children who would eventually manage to leave the meat on the edge of their plate would be forced to have unbalanced meals, as no alternative would be available. “Veggie? No meat… No meal! Attack on freedom of conviction

 A lot of people in the world hold a deep conviction that the consumption of animals and animal exploitation is an abuse. Vegetarianism and veganism are the main concrete expression of this conviction. The governmental decree is an infringement of fundamental rights by restricting the free practice of personal convictions such as it is proclaimed by United Nations: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, observance, practice, and teaching.” [2]

The treatment of animals is the object of a growing public opinion debate in France, as can be seen by several recent works released questioning, or on the opposite standing for, the legitimacy of meat consumption [3]. French government will to impose, in this context, its own ideological and economical choices is openly admitted: Current French Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, announced the implementation of a national program for the food which also aims at slowing down the impact of some speeches, like the one ex-Beatle Paul McCartney held, who called in December, outside the Copenhagen summit, for a “go meat free once a week” to slow global warming. This call had sparked a general outcry among farmers [4]

 But yet I am vegetarian for the animals! But don’t you care about food industries? The pursuit of an institutional nutritional lie For several years, through several releases from the French National Nutrition and Health Program (PNNS) ,and its public website:

 www.mangerbouger.fr,

 public authorities libel Vegetarianism and Veganism. This, when it is clearly admitted nowadays and by numerous medical and sanitary authorities all around the world, that to the contrary, we can live, and be in a very good shape, without consuming any meat and animal products. For example: The position of the American Dietetic Association is that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. [5] The debate on the animal exploitation legitimacy is of philosophical, ethical and political nature and must continue. It is not acceptable that the French State, on behalf of some public health measure based on nutritional lies, wants to forbid this debate by outlawing the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarians mobilize Vegetarian collectives and associations get organized everywhere in France to express their indignation in front of this decree, warn public opinion and deny food assertions spread by public authorities. Actions are going to be organized in an imminent way in all France regions.

They call all individuals and organizations willing to struggle for freedom of conviction, whatever are their own positions concerning the animal exploitation, to join their voice to these protests. Citizen Initiative for Vegetarians Rights (ICDV) has already contacted the United Nations in May to indicate concrete episodes of discrimination against vegetarians in France [6]. If the decree is not removed, the ICDV announces a new complaint against France for violation of the freedom of conviction. Agreed by : ACTA (Bordeaux), Aquitaine Décroissance, ALARM (Marseille), Animal Amnistie (Toulouse), Animal Libre (Albi), Animalsace, Animavie, Les Animaux de Maurice, APSARES, Association pour un homme plus humain, Association végétarienne de France, Avis (Toulouse), CABle (Besançon), CLEDA (Paris), CLAM (Montpellier), Collectif Diois pour l’égalité (Die), Convention Vie et Nature, Dignité animale (Lyon), Droits des Animaux, Fondation Brigitte Bardot, ICDV, L214, One Voice, Nea (Rennes), Rêv’Animal, Revégez-vous (Rennes), Société végane, Végétariens Magazine, Veggie Pride, VegFest, VG56 (Finistère), Vivants (Sedan)… Mail : contact@icdv.info David Olivier 00 33 6 42 06 07 47 http://www.icdv.info/ Notes : * Vegetarians includes vegans in this text. Vegetarians eat no red meat, white meat, fish or other aquatic animals (prawns, crabs, lobsters etc) or slaughterhouse by-products such as gelatine, animal fat, lard or rennet. Vegans eat no animal products at all including red and white meat, fish and other water creatures, dairy products (eg cow’s or goat’s milk or derivatives such as yoghurt or cheese) or eggs. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose. [1] Decree N 2011-1227 of September 30th, 2011 and order of September 30th, 2011. These texts follow upon the law n°2010-874 of July 27th, 2010 called “agriculture and fishing modernization law”, which arranges that: “the public and private school and university catering services administrators, as well as children under 6 years old catering services, health care establishment, social and medical and social establishments and penitentiaries have to stick to those rules, determined by decree, of nutritional quality of the meals which they propose [].” [2] Statement on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25th, 1981

(http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/religion.htm)

the art. 1.1. [3]

 In particular Jonathan Safran Foer “Eating animals” (Kinkle editions, January, 2011); Marcela Iacub, “Confessions d’une mangeuse de viande – Pourquoi je ne suis plus carnivore” (Fayard editions, March, 2011); Dominique Lestel, “Apologie du carnivore” (Fayard editions, April, 2011). [4] AFP news of 21/01/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/FlashLeFigaro). [5] Official position of the American Dietetic Association; see

http://www.adajournal.org/article/S0002-8223(09)00700-7/fulltext.

 [6] See on the blog of the ICDV,

http://www.icdv.info/