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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Monday

Will Tuttle : January 19, 2009

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Every day, we cause over thirty million birds and mammals and
forty-five million fish to be fatally attacked so we can eat them, and
it’s universally considered to be good food for good people. With these
meals, we feed our shadow, which grows strong and bold as it gorges
itself on our repressed grief, guilt, and revulsion.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Sunday

Will Tuttle : January 18, 2009

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With love and understanding awakening in us, compassion expands to
include ever-larger circles of beings. Compassion may be seen as the
highest form of love, for it is the love of the divine whole for all
its parts and is reflected in the love of the parts for each other. It
includes the urge to act to relieve the suffering of apparent others,
and this urge requires us to evolve greater wisdom and inner freedom to
relieve suffering more effectively. Compassion is thus both the fruit
of evolution and the driving force behind it. Love yearns for greater
love.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Saturday

Will Tuttle : January 17, 2009

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Love brings freedom, joy, power, grace, peace, and the blessed
fulfillment of selfless service. Our true nature, our future self,
beckons irresistibly as an inner calling to awaken our capacity for
love, which is understanding.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Friday

Will Tuttle : January 16, 2009

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We must shake the old stagnation and comfortable disconnections out of
our minds and bodies, embrace the evolutionary urge within us to awaken
compassion and intuitive wisdom, and live our lives in accord with the
truth that we are connected intimately with all living beings.
Achieving this transformation means living the truth of love and
authentically comprehending our interconnectedness, and not merely
talking about it. It means changing our thinking and our behavior—how
we view animals and what we eat. As we recognize our shadow and become
free of it, compassion returns and we naturally stop feeding it with
our diet of hidden terror.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Thursday

Will Tuttle : January 15, 2009

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Only by going beyond “it’s no big deal” and “it’s just a problem like
our other problems” will we be able to step outside our conditioning
and see the full import of our relentless abuse of animals, recognizing
it as the motivating, hidden fury behind our global crisis.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Wednesday

Will Tuttle : January 14, 2009

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Grain that is now fed to the livestock of the world’s wealthy could feed the starving poor.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Tuesday

Will Tuttle : January 13, 2009

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Our knowledge and understanding of nonhuman animals is polluted far
more than we acknowledge by our belief in our own superiority, our
unrecognized cultural programming, and our separation from nature. Our
theories about animals will be seen in the future as quaint balderdash,
as we now view the medieval theories of healing through bleeding and
leeches and of an earth-centered solar system.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, January 10th-12th

Will Tuttle : January 12, 2009

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January 10th

Jesus questioned the foundation of war and oppression, which was then,
as it is now, the killing and eating of animals. Back then it was
animal sacrifice performed by priests at the temple, which was the main
source of wealth and prestige for the Jewish religious power structure,
as well as being the source of meat for the populace. Jesus’
confrontation at the temple in which he drove out those selling animals
for slaughter was a bold attack on the fundamental herding paradigm of
viewing animals merely as property, sacrifice objects, and food.

January 11th

Perhaps in the past people thought they needed to enslave animals and
people to survive, and that the cruelty involved in it was somehow
allowed them. It’s obviously not necessary for us today, as we can
plainly see by walking into any grocery store, and the sooner we can
awaken from the thrall of the obsolete mythos that we are predatory by
nature, the sooner we’ll be able to evolve spiritually and discover and
fulfill our purpose on this earth.

January 12th

A positive approach is essential because it mobilizes our spiritual
resources, generates enthusiasm, and brings more joy and love into our
world.

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Appoint a Secretary of the Arts

Will Tuttle : January 12, 2009
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Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to
appoint a Secretary of the Arts.  While many other countries have had
Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, the United States has never
created such a position.  We in the arts need this and the country
needs the arts–now more than ever.  Please take a moment to sign this
important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

It's quick and easy to sign, if you feel so inclined:

Cincinnati Freedom, the fugitive cow

Will Tuttle : January 12, 2009


From Yesterday's Cincinnati Enquirer: 

Fugitive Cow Passes Away 
By Barry M. Horstman 
bhorstman@enquirer.com 
January 10, 2009

Cincinnati Freedom, the fugitive cow that drew worldwide 
headlines when she escaped from a Camp Washington 
slaughterhouse in 2002 and eluded authorities for 11 
days, has died at an animal sanctuary in New York. 

The 2,000-pound white Charolais, "adopted" by 
internationally renowned artist Peter Max after her 
stirring escape in Cincinnati, was put down Dec. 29 at 
the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen shortly after being 
diagnosed with spinal cancer. The quickly spreading 
cancer, which becomes apparent in cows only when the 
size of the tumor puts pressure on the spine, caused 
the cow – often called Cinci or Freedom for short - 
to lose the use of her back legs. 

The day before Cinci's death, Farm Sanctuary officials 
noticed her stumbling, and by the following day, she 
was paralyzed and couldn't walk, said Susie Coston, the 
Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director. Even so, 
Cinci, always shy around humans, tried to crawl away 
when a veterinarian arrived to examine her, Coston said. 

Cinci's closest pals in the sanctuary's herd of about 50 
cattle – other slaughterhouse escapees that included 
Queenie from Queens, N.Y., Annie Dodge from Vermont and 
Maxine from New York – were no more thrilled to see the 
vet and dented her car, Coston said. 

The evening before, when her immobility kept Cinci in 
the pasture, her cow buddies spent the night with her. 

"She had some very good friends who were very 
protective of her," Coston said. 

After the vet determined there was no hope Cinci would 
recover use of her legs, sanctuary officials decided 
to humanely euthanize her. 

Again, the herd surrounded Cinci, with one of the oldest 
steers, Kevin, licking her face, while Iris, an older 
female, licked her back to soothe her in her final 
minutes, said Natalie Bowman, the sanctuary's 
communications director. They remained with Cinci 
until she was buried, after initially chasing a worker 
who arrived to handle the sad task back to his tractor. 

"It was very moving," Coston said. "I've never seen 
anything like it. You really saw all those basic 
emotions at work." 

Cinci became a folk hero in February 2002 when, 
moments before she was to be slaughtered, she jumped 
a six-foot fence at Ken Meyer Meats in Camp Washington 
and evaded police and officials from the Society for 
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a week and a 
half while foraging in Mount Storm Park. 

News outlets from Canada, England, France, Germany 
and Australia covered the elusive cow's saga, which 
also repeatedly made the national news, including 
ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," where then-Mayor 
Charlie Luken pledged to give her a key to the city. 
In the course of that coverage, reporters left no pun 
unturned, milking the story for all it was worth. 

After her capture, Max, saying he was "very touched 
by this cow's run for freedom, for life," bought the 
animal from Meyer Meats and paid to send her to the 
sanctuary in upstate New York, where hundreds of 
animals rescued from slaughterhouses, stockyards and 
factory farms receive lifelong care. 

Max named the cow Cincinnati Freedom. He also often 
called her Cindy Woo, Coston said. 

Sanctuary officials were not certain of Cinci's age, 
but estimate that she was 6 to 8 years old when she 
arrived in April 2002, meaning she would have been 
13 to 15 when she died. "That's a pretty good life 
for a Charolais," Coston said. 

At the sanctuary, Cinci apparently found that it was 
more fun to eat when one did have not to worry any 
longer about being eaten herself, gaining more than 
500 pounds. 

"She was a bit of a chunk," Coston said, laughing. 
Still, to the end, Cinci could clear a five-foot 
fence from a standstill position, she said. "It was 
an amazing thing to see," she said. 

Something of a celebrity at the sanctuary, Cinci drew 
countless visitors familiar with her story. 

"People from Ohio were always visiting," Bowman said. 

Coston thinks she understands why. 

"She symbolized the will to live, to enjoy life and not 
be messed with," Coston said. "We can relate to that."

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