Trisha Benton, President, Environmental Studies Association, Salisbury
Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns, 757-678-7875, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pattrice Le-Muire Jones, Global Hunger Alliance & Eastern Shore
Chicken Sanctuary, 410-651-4934, email@example.com
Reducing or eliminating consumption of meat is good for people,
animals, and the planet. That will be the message of the "Great
American MeatOut" event to be staged by the Environmental Studies
Association on March 20, 2003 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Holloway
Hall on the Salisbury University campus.
The event will feature free food, free literature, and inspiring
and informative talks by Delmarva residents Karen Davis and Pattrice
Jones. Davis and Jones both publish and speak widely outside of
the Delmarva but are rarely invited to speak here in the heart of
the poultry industry. Jones was scheduled to speak at a local Meat-Out
event last year, only to have her speech censored in advance by
Wor-Wic Community College. Both are energetic speakers who combine
emotion and information to create a unique experience for the audience.
Karen Davis is President of United Poultry Concerns in Machipongo.
The author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at
the Modern Poultry Industry and More than a Meal: The Turkey in
History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, Davis is a nationally recognized
expert about the uses and abuses of birds by the poultry and egg
industries. Recently inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame,
Davis is one of the most renowned and beloved figures in the animal
liberation movement. A dynamic and impassioned speaker, Davis will
share vital information about the lives and deaths of chickens and
other farmed animals. Davis will also share ideas about what people
can do to help farmed animals.
Pattrice Jones is the co-founder of the Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary
in Princess Anne and also coordinates the Global Hunger Alliance.
Global Hunger Alliance is an international coalition of environmental,
social justice, agriculture reform, and animal welfare organizations
dedicated to effective, ethical and environmentally sustainable
solutions to hunger and malnutrition. In the past year alone, Jones
has spoken in Italy, Pakistan, and Brazil as well as in Ann Arbor,
Boston, DC, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, and Trenton but she has never
spoken on the Delmarva. She will talk about the detrimental impact
of factory farming on farmers, workers, consumers, and the environment
at home and abroad using the Delmarva poultry as an example. Jones
will also share ideas about what people can do to help feed the
world while preserving the planet.
This local event is only one of thousands of local events which
will be staged all over the United States as part of the "Great
American Meatout" organized by Farm Animal Reform Movement.
This is the 18th annual observance of the Meatout, which is the
world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. The date, the
first day of spring, represents rebirth and renewal.
We will offer free samples of a wide variety of vegan foods as
well as extensive free literature, with people on hand to answer
any questions. Tables of food and literature will be open from 5
p.m. to 6 p.m. Karen Davis will speak from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pattrice
Jones will speak from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each speaker will allow time
for questions and answers from the audience.
More than 30 million Americans have already explored a meatless
diet. Many do so for ethical reasons, preferring not to eat animals
or products made from animals. Others choose a meatless diet for
heath reasons. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarian
diets are associated with lower risk for obesity, heart disease,
hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, lung cancer, and
kidney disease. Research concerning breast cancer has shown a positive
association between consumption of animal products and that disease.
This event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Association.
Recently, more and more Americans have begun choosing a meatless
diet for environmental reasons. The Union of Concerned Scientists
recently listed that giving up meat as the second most important
thing an individual can do (behind giving up driving a car) to help
the environment. A recent issue of E: The Environmental Magazine
was headlined "So, you're an environmentalist... then why are
you still eating meat?" This is because of the pollution caused
by industrial animal agriculture and because cycling plants through
animals, rather than consuming them directly, is a very inefficient
way to feed people. A person eating a meat-based diet indirectly
consumes as many resources as 20 people eating vegetarian diets.
Such high levels of resource consumption are bad for the environment
and also create inequalities in access to food. Some people are
hunger and malnourished, even though we have more than enough food
to feed everyone a healthy vegetarian diet, because other people
consume more than their fair share of resources by eating diets
heavy in meat and other animal products.
For more information:
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org