Media and Miscellany

» January 25th, 2013

Several items to announce and note.

First, check out this interview I did this week with Victoria Moran. As you likely know, Victoria is a long time vegan advocate and the author, most recently, of Vegan Main Street. I was really pleased with the questions Victoria asked, the range of the discussion, and, most notably, how I was never rushed. Lots of time to talk. See what you think if you have time.

Second, you might find this  response of sorts to my recent Onion post interesting. It’s from Rhys Southan, with whom I rarely fully agree but always find very smart and thoughtful. The exchange was  picked up by Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast, which is cool.

Finally, more than kind of cool is an opportunity I have to go on a speaking tour next academic year. Between September 2013 and September 2014 I hope to visit between 40-50 colleges and universities. These will be fully funded and promoted visits. All a potential sponsor need do is find space and a time for me to talk. My talk is called “Veganism for Omnivores.” If you or anyone you know might be interested in scheduling a talk, please e-mail me at eatingplantsmcwilliams@gmail.com. More to come on this soon. 

11 Responses to Media and Miscellany

  1. Jo Tyler says:

    I’m thrilled to learn of your speaking tour, James!!

  2. Louisa says:

    I pointed out this factual error on my FB page when I posted The Onion piece a few days ago. And, it’s a BIG error. U.S. law requires that cattle are rendered unconscious prior to slaughter. Does that mean laws are followed? Of course not! Read Gail Eisnitz book, “Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry” or look up some of the undercover videos on youtube.

    As to the question “Why are these small-farm grass-fed cows going to an industrial slaughterhouse?” Well, because in a state like New Hampshire, there’s not a single USDA-certified slaughterhouse. So all small-farm grass-fed cows arre transported to a slaughterhouse in Vermont. Farmers can slaughter their own cows, but they are not allowed to sell the meat if the cows were not slaughtered at a USDA-certified slaughterhouse.

    Also, I have a photo of a line of cows dangling by their hind leg as they are going into slaughter. I forwarded the photo to a vegan vet and asked him about whether or not the cows were unconscious. He pointed out that all the cows were unconscious except the first one in the foreground, which he said was conscious as noted that she was holding her head up, indicating that she was voluntarily contracting the muscles in the back of her neck.

    So, I think it happens way more often than we realize, and is not reported. On the other hand, all cattle are required by law to be stunned before slaughter, so The Onion piece is fiction. It may be amusing, but it’s not helpful to our cause.

    • John T. Maher says:

      Not religious slaughter of cattle as well all know. They are fully conscious when slaughtered. In the end I am not sure stunning is an improvement in the slaughter process

  3. Lori says:

    From what I can tell, this Onion piece is meant to imply that the fictional farm kills it’s own beef and the point is to make sure the cow thrashing around to show how healthy he/she was raised (and point out graphically, the absurdity of “humanely raised meat”). Whether The Onion realizes or not that farmers can’t do this, may be irrelevant. The piece makes it point either way.

    Looking forward to listening to your interview later today.

    • Nadine says:

      My thoughts exactly… Whether a cow is conscious or not, or healthy or not, the act of killing any creature unnecessarily and purposefully is inhumane, hence the absurdity of humane meat.

  4. John T. Maher says:

    Congratulations on your speaking tour. The world needs missionary work like this and I hope you will speak in Omaha, suburbs and to home slaughter hipsters as they all need to consider the bass for their assumptions and politics. I hope you will make time for my students if you are in the New York area and that is an economical use of your time

  5. Bea Elliott says:

    Don’t get me wrong… I always enjoy what you write and how you convey your thoughts – But when I listen to you, the information always seems to have more sticking power! I’m going to pitch and plead with my AR group here in Florida to make it attractive enough for you to give a talk in the Sunshine State!

    In the meantime where and when you do speak I hope someone will be recording it so we don’t miss out. Thank you so much for your eloquent and convincing voice! ;)

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