Mark Hawthorne’s article “Confessions of a Sensitive Activist” [May
2006] was very touching. I wish I had the opportunity to free any one
being, but I have not yet had the chance. I have thought about how
these people can do it, so that was interesting to read about...but
I would have been crying as well... It’s horrific.
Thanks for a great article!
In the Satya interview with Jacinta Mack, manager of Integral Yoga
Natural Foods [April 2006], Ms. Mack states that they do not carry “any animal derived
ingredients that come from the killing of animals.” However, they do “carry
milk and dairy.” Commercial dairy production inherently entails the killing
of animals: female cows are continually impregnated in order to produce milk,
and their newborn babies are taken from them within hours or days after their
birth. The male calves are either killed at that time for low-grade “bob” veal
or confined to veal crates and killed at a few months of age. The female dairy
cows are killed when productivity declines, usually at four to six years, a mere
fraction of their 20 to 25-year lifespan. One line of products [Integral Yoga
carries], Stonyfield Farms, even states on their website, “bull calves
and culled cows (due to illness, age, lack of production) are transported via
truck out of state to a veal operation or slaughterhouse.”
The only way for Integral Yoga Natural Foods to be consistent with the humane
and nonviolent ethic they espouse is to discontinue the sale of dairy products.
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