On the Land Grant University Meat Problem
Just like property status isn't something I write about often and I would never have thought of, the same is true for the relationship between land-grant-universities and why some of us eat what/whom we eat. Today's message and call to action is from David Cantor of Responsible Policies for Animals (thanks, Mike!).
Here is Responsible Policies for Animals' letter in the September-October 2009 Utne Reader — responding to an article about questionable business-school teachings:
Utne has a circulation of about 100,000 — a senior editor I spoke to assures me it is not exaggerated as with some publications.
If you might wish to thank Utne for helping inform about the land-grant-university (LGU) meat problem and ask them to do more on it, send a brief note to firstname.lastname@example.org or Editors, Utne Reader, 12 North 12th Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403 — or ring them up at 612-338-5040 (editors actually answer the phone, but don't take advantage!).
A key reason RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry "exemplifies animal rights advocacy" — as scholar & author Joan Dunayer put it her important book Speciesism — is that people cannot understand basic autonomy rights applied to nonhuman animals without a critical perceptual shift, and it is universities' responsibility to provide the knowledge that makes basic change possible. Instead, our LGUs teach the false ancient beliefs that maintain meat — including dairy, fish, eggs, and feed crops — as an institution.
Our most insidious institution — as my talk in Miami in 10 days (August 29th) will explain! I look forward to meeting RPA's Florida members who are able to attend!
If you know anyone in Miami and vicinity who might enjoy an eye-opening evening among eye-opening evenings, let me know and I'll e-mail or mail you a flier to give them — or will send it straight to them if you give me the information.
Meanwhile, donate when you can, get friends to become Responsible Policies for Animals members –and thank you for your support!
Founder & Director
Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.
P.O. Box 891
Glenside, PA 19038