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June/July 2007

We’ve just learned about the end of Satya Magazine. Given the tone of e-mails staff members are exchanging here at the farm, I can speak for everyone when I tell you how sad we are.

I know you all have more stories to tell. All of us find comfort in the confidence that you’ll keep fighting the good fight on another front on another day.

Most of all, I want to thank you for the work you’ve put into Satya. Mainstream publications leave a vacuum of authentic discourse. You filled it with integrity, intelligence, and a tough brand of grace. Yours was a real service to social justice causes, to journalism, and to the dialectic (an endangered species you helped save from extinction).

Perhaps no group of progressives will miss your magazine more than we in the animal rights movement. Satya always had the guts to take seriously an issue that merited seriousness, no matter with how much contempt the issue was popularly perceived. A serious issue scorned—that pretty much sums up animal rights.

You’ve always been a class act. We thank you and we’ll miss you.

Jeff Lydon
Executive Director, Farm Sanctuary

Sat Nam Satya,
I want to commend you on your 13 years of service to ahimsa, peace, consciousness and non-violence in every form. You have been a voice of reason in a world that has often seemed to have stepped through the looking glass. Your insight, logic, straight talk and vision will be greatly missed. It has taken courage to stand for truth over these years and you have embodied this high calling. You have made a difference in this crazy world of ours. 

When I began teaching yoga in New York City in 1971 most people did not know the difference between yoga and yogurt. And when you began publishing 13 years ago it was not fashionable as it is now to propagate the idea of vegetarianism, environmental responsibility and non-violence to all living things. Your foresight and commitment to these ideals and principles have opened the doors for others to follow and have given many the courage to stand up for truth and righteousness. Bravo to you! And may your efforts inspire many others to step forward to fill the enormous void that you leave behind. May God and Guru always bless you and may your efforts be the seeds for peace and responsibility to spring forth on planet Earth.


Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa
Kundalini Yoga East

This is so sad for me. Any time I see a new Satya Mag, I snatch it up and can’t wait to open it. There have been times that I’ve lost my focus on certain issues and Satya has been the number one thing to always remind me of what’s right and the things I care about. It always recharged me with a stronger spirit and conviction, making a difference in my life and hopefully others.

Whether it was a new issue or an old one lying around my apartment (I don’t ever throw them away), they have always been inspirational and to the point. Aside from all the informative and powerful articles, how would I know about all of the great vegan/animal-friendly companies and food spots without seeing them advertised in your magazine?

While I firmly believe that Satya magazine is desperately needed in this world and has done so much towards something positive, I wish you the best in whatever you put your mind to in the future.

Via e-mail

It saddens me that your voice will be silenced. Your magazine literally hit the street, and touched everyday people...and your message was true. You made people stop, and THINK, and helped me and many others make educated, informed, heartfelt choices in the way we live our lives and the way we interact with all on this glorious earth. Wishing you all the best in your next phase... I hope to hear that someone continues the work and legacy that you have created...

With peace and respect,

Rich C.
Via e-mail

I just wanted to let you all know how sad I was to hear that Satya was coming to an end. I remember when I first started to become active I looked to Satya as my primer on animal rights and environmental issues and a resource to find out what was happening in NYC and how I could get involved. As the years passed I appreciated the depth of coverage on issues I wasn’t reading about elsewhere. I guess until I heard the news of the closing I took it for granted that the magazine would always be there. Thanks for all the hard work you’ve all put in over the years. Your impact has been great.

Looking forward to your next chapters,

Amy Trakinski
New York, NY

I just read [the] poignant letter about the decision to cease publishing Satya. I am saddened that the world is losing such a wise and compassionate voice.

I have learned so much from Satya and have been grateful to you and your staff for each thoughtful issue. I can say without exaggeration that Satya is one of the best reads I’ve come across in decades. It is a brilliant concept that has been impeccably executed.

As Satya approaches its final issue, I hope that among your conflicting emotions is tremendous fulfillment for all you have given to the social justice community. Certainly, all the humans and nonhumans whose lives you have saved or improved owe you an incalculable debt.

I wish you the best in your next endeavor—and I can’t wait to see what it is! Your future undertakings are sure to be as meaningful and all-embracing as Satya.

Marianne Roberts
Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival

This last issue of Satya marks the end of an era for animal advocates. The magazine’s consistently thought-provoking pieces have shaped many of our thoughts about advocacy, and it has also introduced vast numbers of people to the movement.

As we close another chapter in our movement’s rich history, this is a good time to reflect on where we’re at and where we may be heading. Of course, even without Satya, the movement will go on.

Having served the movement now for 14 years, I don’t remember a time when I was as optimistic about the state of the movement as I am today.

That’s not to say that we don’t have an excruciatingly long way to go. Yet we are making meaningful progress that is truly unprecedented.

It may be sad to imagine a world without Satya, but animal advocates should take pride in the gains we’ve made during Satya’s active years and build upon those successes to achieve even greater advancements in the post-Satya period. Through the tireless work of us all combined, we’re sure to bring us closer and closer to a truly humane society.

Paul Shapiro
The Humane Society of the United States

I am very sad that the era of Satya has come to an end. I have loved your magazine since first coming across it in New York. Satya has made a real impact on my life; your writing and photos have given me much to think about. I sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavors and look forward to seeing your individual efforts and talents in other social justice/human rights/pro-animal venues.

Via e-mail

You have done the animal protection movement a great service in providing Satya. It is very difficult to maintain a print publication these days, and I wish you the best in your ongoing advocacy.

For what it’s worth, here is my “A-ha” story: I had been very troubled by callousness towards animals in a Cleveland lab where, as a young pre-med, I volunteered in high school. Believing the research was “necessary,” I had considered it morally acceptable. Then, on January 17, 1979, I read an article on animal rights in the New York Times Magazine by Patricia Curtis. She quoted Tom Regan who asked, if humans were dominated by aliens who were superior to us in any attribute that we considered morally relevant, such as intelligence, communication ability, and capacity for altruism, would they not be as justified in eating and experimenting on us as we believe we are justified in doing these things to animals? And I said to myself, “Of course.” We don’t do these things because they are right; we do them because we can get away with it.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
Chair, Christian Vegetarian Association

I am deeply saddened to see Satya’s work come to an end. I am hopeful that another publication will rise to fill the void, but what a void you will leave.

Your work has been invaluable, and some issues (such as the September and October issues of 2006) will live on longer than any of us as examples of stellar writing, driven by clarity of focus, pureness of ethics, and commitment to purpose.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us over the years, and I wish everyone success in your next endeavors.

Mark Langley
Via e-mail

I am so sorry to hear this. Satya has been so important. I am sad.

With love,

John Robbins
Author, Diet for a New America

I am sorry to learn that Satya is shutting down. This is a tremendous loss to our movement and for animals. Satya was the only publication I know of that combined ideas and activism fearlessly without getting bogged down in academics. Satya will be very much missed.

Congratulations on producing a sorely needed and highly influential magazine for social justice activists for 13 years.

With all good wishes to you and your staff.

Karen Davis
President, United Poultry Concerns

How sad that the presses will stop rolling. Nevertheless, I am happy and grateful that you had existed. Through the years Satya has presented arguments and issues that most have shied away from. Satya’s courage to tackle tough controversial issues (the plight of the Palestinians, “happy meat,” et al.) and has turned on the stagelights to those who are usually relegated to the dark corners of the sub-basements of journalism. Mainstream media can only learn from your people and paper of what real reportage looks like. Thank you for all your good, hard work. It has helped untold many, and I am sure that the spirit of Satya will continue to live on in the hearts of those that seek truth.

Sincerely, with much love and respect,

Eddie Lama
Founder, FaunaVision

As a fellow activist/publisher, I was so sorry to hear that Satya would cease to be printed. I’m sure it was a very difficult decision. Although I did not agree with all that was printed in Satya, I always enjoyed reading each issue and seeing differing opinions on a wide variety of issues. Twenty-seven years ago, I personally became vegan for ethical/political issues while a grad student at Georgetown University studying international relations. So, I enjoyed the topics you covered.

You all should be proud of the publication you produced, especially in this crazy world we live in these days. Good luck with your future work, and know that many of us enjoyed what you produced over the years.

Debra Wasserman
Co-Director, Vegetarian Resource Group

We are having a wail-in to commemorate the end of Satya. It’s my favorite movement magazine and will be dearly missed. Thanks to you and everyone else who has made it happen. Good luck with whatever the future brings.

Matt Rossell
In Defense of Animals

Just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear the news about Satya, and to congratulate everyone involved for their wonderful work over the years. We hope you go on to even greater things. We will miss you.

Sienna Blake
Vegan Voice Magazine

I think you maintained a strong vision for Satya over the years and never let it get self-absorbed, you seemed to constantly expand the areas of care and concern in a way consistent with its commitments... thanks for that!

Carol J. Adams
Author, Sexual Politics of Meat

I will be sorry to see you go. Yet, I truly believe that when one door closes, a brilliant golden door opens—perhaps even more than a door, a new dimension!

Whatever the reason, your dedication has been apparent and the articles have been incredible and full of depth. Thank you for all your work and dedication.

All the best and many blessings and peace,

Celeste Sunil
Via e-mail

“ Our Darkest Hour” in your February issue was the first up close and personal story I’ve read about an Iraqi woman and how Iraqi women are left in the hands of tribal leaders, the ethnic bigot rulers, who supposedly represent them.

Your two issues filled with articles on “humane” meat helped to form my opinion on that issue.

Articles such as these will be sorely missed. It is the intellectual approach to your work, voiced in a personal and caring way by your staff, that I will miss the most.

I feel a personal loss believing that you would always be there, a perfectly friendly, encouraging, journalistic, New York voice. Yet I know that wherever you go, you’ll continue to contribute to the betterment of all of us, including our very needy nonhuman animal friends.

Good luck!

Dorothy H. Hayes
Author, Animal Instinct

This was a wonderful magazine, which I believe was responsible for very big changes in the world. I firmly believe those dedicated to its success will go on to do even bigger things. Good luck to all of you in your future endeavors, and thanks so much for all your hard work over the years.

Candace Poe
Via e-mail

I am so sorry that you’re closing up shop. I love your magazine and have never found anything else like it. I’m all choked up.

Rachel Castelino
Via e-mail

I just want to say that I will truly miss your magazine. It is one of a kind, providing stories that no other magazine reports on—without being biased but simply telling the truth and presenting viewpoints and life stories of people. Of all the magazines I read, Satya presents the things I care most about and gets my mind thinking on various issues. Thank you for all the wonderful articles.

Via e-mail

I always felt that if I came into a lot of money, one of the first good things I would do with it would be to buy everyone I know a subscription to Satya. If I could read only one magazine of all the jillions of magazines out there, it would be Satya. What other magazine even begins to compare? I hope there is a happy ending and a new beginning, somehow.

Danielle Kelly
Via e-mail

I am very sorry to hear that Satya will no longer be publishing. Each time I receive my issue, I read it cover to cover and pass it on to friends and family. The articles are thought-provoking and full of information and are always fair and balanced.

The series on “Happy Meat” was incredible. Satya had “both” sides of the animal rights perspective, as most animal rights magazines do not, they mainly express their views and that is all. I enjoyed the series immensely, as I have many others. Honestly, I will miss Satya Magazine as will my friends who are learning so much about the environment, human and animal rights from the publication. Although it was a magazine, I have used it time and time again as a learning tool for my “non” vegetarian friends, who now come to me with stories that they hear about animal rights because the seed has been planted, with the help of Satya magazine.

Thank you so much for all you have done to cover the many cases of injustice in our society. Your magazine will most certainly be greatly missed.

Cynthia Smith
Hollywood, FL

For the important articles you’ve sent out into the world via Satya, we here at the Animal Alliance of Canada greatly appreciate all the work, time and devotion you’ve put into this valuable contribution to our collective work.

Best wishes as you go forward in strength rather than exhaustion from over-extension.

Via e-mail

I’m so sorry Satya is going out of business. This magazine is wonderful. I have enjoyed it so much! I don’t subscribe to any other magazines because I never found one that really caught my interest like yours, and I thank you for the issues I’ve received. I only wish I knew about Satya years ago.

Kathy Hatchfield
Via e-mail

It’s sad Satya will not be published anymore. But I guess you will bring your compassionate energy to other places now. I really have appreciated the magazines I’ve got from you. The task of connecting animal rights, human rights and environmentalism is so important. Good luck to all of you.

Arild Tornes

I’m sorry that you have to stop publishing for now, and hope that someday soon Satya II will emerge. I also look forward to the day the appraiser on Antiques Road Show will go gaga over all the back issues I have. “I had NO idea they were worth that much!” I’ll say, along with “...but I could never part with them.”

Many thanks for all that you at Satya have done to hasten the awakening of homo sapiens!

Charlie Talbert
Via e-mail

I completely fell in love with Satya after I received my sample issue and asked for a gift subscription for my birthday—and I got it!!! But nooo, you guys had to go. I will miss your magazine very badly, but I won’t judge your decision because you probably have very good reasons. Thank you for the two issues I have read, they have changed me in many ways and I’m only 16, been vegetarian for six years, vegan for one and never going to go back...Thanks again.

Deisy Carrea
Via e-mail

Wow, I am so saddened and moved to hear that you’re no longer going to be publishing your amazing magazine. While I have the greatest respect and gratitude for your work I didn’t expect to feel so strongly about your upcoming changes. I, of course, wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Being aware that change can be for the positive doesn’t mitigate the chagrin I feel that Satya magazine is no longer going to be available.

Crystal Huggins
Via e-mail

It breaks my heart to see you go. You are, by far, the best and most comprehensive magazine I have ever encountered. I hope you are moving on to bigger things and I hope someone can pick up where you left off. All you have done during the fight for anti-oppression will not be forgotten by me or anyone else who has had the opportunity to read your articles. Good luck.

Nia Garcia
Via e-mail