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    MAD COWBOY E-NEWSLETTER: 08/01/02 (Number 01, volume 01) HOWDY! Well, here it is, y all, the premiere issue of the Mad Cowboy e-Newsletter! I apologize for
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      MAD COWBOY E-NEWSLETTER: 08/01/02 (Number 01, volume 01)

      HOWDY!

      Well, here it is, y'all, the premiere issue of the Mad Cowboy e-Newsletter! I apologize for the delay in getting this together, and will be striving in the future to see this sent out on a more timely and quasi-regular basis (maybe weekly?).

      Hope the formatting comes out okay when you receive this! I'm going to look into posting formatted PDF versions of each newsletter at the yahoo_group site or at the madcowboy website later.

      For now, I hope this is useful to all who receive it! As always, any suggestions or feedback on how to make this useful and worthwhile for you is welcome!

      Best, Mark webmaster@...


      "The question we must ask ourselves as a culture is whether we want to embrace the change that must come, or resist it. Are we so attached to the dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed parents, that we cannot alter the cuorse they set us on, even if it leads to our own ruin? Does the prospect of standing apart or encountering ridicule scare us even from saving ourselves?"

      ("Mad Cowboy", pg. 188)


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      SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      *DONATIONS to the "Making of Mad Cowboy: The Feature Documentary": during the month of August, theVegetarianSite.com will be donating 10% of all sales to the "Voice for a Viable Future" MAD COWBOY Documentary Fund! You'll be helping a great project while enjoying easy mail-order access to cruelty-free items including: footwear, purses, belts, wallets, hemp sweaters, message t-shirts, books, videos, personal care items, juicers, & candy. There's also lots of great veg info available through their home page. http://www.theVegetarianSite.com/

      *LATEST printing of "Mad Cowboy" in hard back: the hardback copy of "Mad Cowboy" by Howard Lyman, just went into it's SIXTH edition!!

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      HOWARD "ON THE ROAD"

      *PHOTOGRAPHS From Portland, Orlando, And Tampa Trips on website:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/07_23_02_MC_TravelPix_s/index.html

      *THU. AUG 1 thru SUN. AUG 3: JOHNSTOWN, PA < North American Vegetarian Society Annual "Summerfest". Tel: 518.568.7970. http://www.navs-online.org/

      *SUN. AUG 4: Hunker, PA < FIRST Annual Open House "OohMahNee Farm Animal Sanctuary", 3pm. (724) 755-2420 - E-mail: OohmahneeOffice@.... http://www.oohmahneefarm.org (Joanne Stephaniak, the outstanding vegan cookbook author will also be speaking!)

      *DETAILS UPCOMING: Howard will be speaking to millions internationally on cable, discussing such matters as: Global Warming, Loss of Top Soil, Pig Crates, Dioxin, Fertilizers, Disease, Politics, Population, and several other topics (maybe something on not eating meat?). Stay tuned!

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      DOCUMENTARY STATUS

      *FILMOGRAPHY Of Michael Tobias (Director), and the expanded "Mad Cowboy: The Feature Documentary" story being filmed now available on the website.

      *AROUND 60 hours of footage has been shot around the United States, and is currently being edited!

      *NEXT round of shooting will be in August 2002.

      *ON-SITE digital photographs with notes by Howard on the production will be available on the website for the next release!

      *A SNEAK PREVIEW of the film crew in Washington DC is part of the graphical collage image for the Mad_Cowoby Yahoo Group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mad_Cowboy/

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      WEBSITE UPDATES/CHANGES OF NOTE:

      *VOICE FOR A VIABLE FUTURE: text re-worked, new stuff added, nifty cowboy hat/earth graphic adjusted.

      *FACTOIDS: over 60 new referenced factoids have been added, bringing the total number of factoids available on the website to between 100 and 120!

      *ABOUT THIS SITE: original Home Page greeting moved to the 'about this site' section.

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      NEW FACTOIDS & RELATED LINKS

      *CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: over 100 referenced factoids about Mad Cow Disease, Food-borne Illnesses, Animal Rights, the Environment, Vegetarianism, and Human Health are available for your use. Over 60 new factoids have been added since the new website's release in early July 2002. A significant portion of these initial factoids came from an early draft of John Robbins' excellent book "The Food Revolution" (briefly titled "Our Food Our Future" before it came out). Thank you, John! (http://www.foodrevolution.org)

      The following are some of the new factoids posted on the MadCowboy website!


      *MAD COW & OTHER FOOD-BORNE DISEASES

      "Mad cow disease is important today, not just as a deadly foodborne illness, but also as a powerful symbol of all that is wrong about the industrialization of farm animals." (Eric Schlosser, "Fast Food Nation," Afterword: pg. 272)

      "Meat is a lush medium for pathogenic bacteria and germs; it can harbor parasites, toxic chemicals, and metal contaminants. And now it can bring death by brain-rot." (Steve Bjerklie, Executive Editor, Meat Processing magazine) [02.06.27:03]

      "The infectious agent of mad cow disease remains infective even after exposure for an hour to a temperature of 680 degrees - enough to melt lead - and can withstand antibiotics, boiling water, bleach, formaldehyde, and a variety of solvents, detergents and enzymes known to destroy most known bacteria and viruses." Rampton, Sheldon, and Stauber, John, "Mad Cow U.S.A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?' PR Watch; See also Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): part 1/6, part I of a 6-part position paper, http://www.ifst.org/hottop5.htm [02.06.27:04]


      *VEGETARIANISM

      "40% of the world's cancer cases could be prevented through the adoption of diets rich in grains, fruit and vegetables." (American Institute for Cancer Research; World Cancer Fund 10/16/97 ) [02.07.26:03]

      "Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because of their lower saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein content, and often higher concentration of folate (which reduces serum homocysteine levels), antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals." (Janelle KC, Barr SI. Nutrient intakes and eating behavior scores of vegetarian and nonvegetarian women. JAm Diet Assoc. 1995;95:180-189. Jacob RA, Burri BJ. Oxidative damage and defense. Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;63(suppl):985S-990S. See also:: http://www.eatright.org/adap1197.html) [02.07.26:09]

      "Vegetarians tend to have a lower incidence of hypertension than nonvegetarians. This effect appears to be independent of both body weight and sodium intake." (Beilin LJ. Vegetarian and other complex diets, fats, fiber, and hypertension. Am J Clin Nutr.1994;59(suppl):1130-1135. See also:: http://www.eatright.org/adap1197.html) [02.07.26:11]


      *THE ENVIRONMENT

      "The two worst things people do to the planet in their daily lives (according to the Union of Concerned Scientists): Drive vehicles that get poor gas mileage and eat beef." ("Group's Surprising Beef with Meat Industry: Study ranks production of beef, poultry and pork as second to automobiles in ecological cost," San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 27, 1999; See also Brower, Michael, and Leon, Warren, The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishers, New York, 1999) [02.07.27:15]

      "One of the most potent greenhosue gases destabilizing the planet's climate is methane. It is some 24 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and its concentration in the atmosphere has been rising faster - by about 1 percent per year for the last fifty years." (Ciborowski, P., "Sources, sinks, trends, and opportunities," in Abrahamson, D., ed., The Challenge of Global Warming, Island Press, Washington DC, 1989; See also Khalil, M. and Rasmussen, R., "Sources, sinks, and seasonal cycles of atmosphjeric methane," Journal of Geophysical Research, 1983:88:5131-33) [02.07.27:07]

      "(It is a) myth that U.S. cattle produce large amounts of methane, a 'greenhouse' gas, thereby contributing significantly to possible global warming problems." (National Cattlemen's Beef Association) ("Myths and Facts About Beef Production: Methane Productions," National Cattlemen's Beef Association) [02.07.27:08]

      "Livestock account for 15% to 20% of (overall) global methane emissions." (Worldwatch Institute) (Durning, Alan, and Brough, Holly, "Taking Stock: Animal Farming and the Environment," Worldwatch Paper 103, July 1991) [02.07.27:09]


      *HUMAN HEALTH

      "Cancer rates for vegetarians compared to general population, after controlling for smoking, body mass index, and socio-economic status: 25 - 50% less" (Chang-Claude, J., et. al., "Mortality pattern of German vegetarians after 11 years of follow-up," Epidemiology 1992:3:395-401; Thorogood, M., et. al., "Risk of death from cancer and ischaemic heart disease in meat and non-meat eaters," British Medical Journal 1994:308:1667-70) [02.07.27:09]

      "Now some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate. They outlive us. On average they outlive other men by about six years now." (William Castelli, M.D., Director, Framingham Heart Study; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) Barnard, Neal, The Power of Your Plate, Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN, 1990, pg 26) [02.07.27:08]

      "Likelihood of a vegetarian reaching the age of 80 compared to a non-vegetarian (after adjusting for smoking): 1.8 times greater." (Key, T.J.A., et. al., "Dietary habits and mortality in 11,000 vegetarians and health conscious people: results of a 17-year follow up," British Medical Journal 1996:313:775-79; See also Key, T., et. al., "Mortality in vegetarians and nonvegetarians: detailed findings from a collaborative analysis of 5 prospective studies," American Journal of clinical Nutrtion 1999; 70(sup):516S-24S; And Frentzel-Beyme, R., et. al., "Vegetarian diets and colon cancer: the German experience," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1994:59Ssup):1143S-52S) [02.07.27:07]

      "Likelihood of a vegetarian reaching the age of 80 compared to a non-vegetarian (after adjusting for smoking): 1.8 times greater." (Key, T.J.A., et. al., "Dietary habits and mortality in 11,000 vegetarians and health conscious people: results of a 17-year follow up," British Medical Journal 1996:313:775-79; See also Key, T., et. al., "Mortality in vegetarians and nonvegetarians: detailed findings from a collaborative analysis of 5 prospective studies," American Journal of clinical Nutrtion 1999; 70(sup):516S-24S; And Frentzel-Beyme, R., et. al., "Vegetarian diets and colon cancer: the German experience," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1994:59Ssup):1143S-52S) [02.07.27:07]


      *ANIMAL RIGHTS

      "Materials routinely fed to U.S. cattle: Dried poultry waste and sewage sludge." (Cheeke, Peter, Contemporary issues in Animal Agriculture, 2nd ed, Interstate Publishers, Danville, IL, 1999 pg 76, 278) [02.06.27:11]

      "U.S. pigs infected with pneumonia at time of slaughter: 70 - 80%." (Research by Eli Lilly and Co. and Flanco Products Co., reported in "The Dangers of Factory Farming," Humane Farming Association) [02.06.27:15]

      "U.S. chickens infected with leukosis (chicken cancer) at time of slaughter: 90%." (Research by Eli Lily and Co. and Flanco Products Co., reported in "The Dangers of Factgory Farming," Humane Farming Association, 2000) [02.06.27:02]

      "Number of cows and calves slaughtered every 24 hours in the U.S.: 90,000." ("What Humans Owe to Animals," The Economist, Aug 19, 1995) [02.06.27:03]


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      MISCELLANEOUS

      *AR2002: Animal Rights 2002

      CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS: over 1200 digital photographs have been reviewed and post-processed, with over 1000 posted. Several images are of Howard. Over 1000 people attended the AR2002 Conference in Washington DC, and you can learn/see more at: http://www.animalrights2002.org

      FARM STATISTIC ON ANIMALS KILLED FOR CONSUMPTION PER PERSON:

      This data is from a FARM PDF Factsheet for World Farm Animals Day on Oct. 2 (Gandhi's birthday) and can be found at: http://www.wfad.org (the "media" section). According to this factsheet, the average carnivorous American is responsible for the suffering and death (over a 75 year period) of:

      11 cows
      32 pigs & sheep
      85 turkeys
      2570 chickens/ducks

      NOTE: these estimates do not take into account such water usage, the destruction of topsoil, methane (greenhouse gas emissions), fossil fuel utilization, manure in soil, and human health considerations. Note, too, that the FARM datasheet didn't included numbers for fish. It would be an interersting exercise to factor this all in too, but I've neither the time nor inclination.

      (the above is not on the madcowboy website... yet)

      *TIME MAGAZINE SURVEY ON VEGETARIANISM:

      From an online poll of 10,007 adult Americans taken for TIME/CNN April 5-9 by HarrisInteractive. Margin of error is plus/minus 1.0% total sample, plus/minus 4.8% for questions of vegetarians only. From the July 15, 2002 issue of TIME Magazine. Posted Sunday, July 7, 2002 (not on the madcowboy website... yet):

      "What was your most important reason for becoming a vegetarian?

      32%.....Health
      15%.....Because of chemicals and hormones in meat products
      13%.....Don't like the taste of meat
      11%.....Love of animals
      10%.....Animal rights
      06%.....Religious reasons
      04%.....Concern for the planet
      03%.....To lose weight
      01%.....To reduce hunger and famine worldwide

      "As you know, there are many different types of vegetarians. Which best describes you?

      57%.....semi-vegetarian
      36%.....ovo-lacto-vegetarian
      05%.....vegan
      02%.....other

      "Do you consider the slaughter of animals to be murder?"

      42%.....Yes
      58%.....No

      Some thoughts (from Mark!):

      1) 50% for health/chemicals in meat products/lose weight
      2) 21% for love of animals/animal rights
      3) 05% for concern for the planet/reduce hunger and famine worldwide.

      Perhaps there are some clues here as to what are the "mainstream" reasons people become vegetarians. The numbers on "concern for the planet" stunned me and, I believe, are indicative of many people not truly knowing or realizing the environmental degradation that stems directly from factory farming of animals.

      IMHO, 10,007 responses is a surprisingly large sampling (with the usual caveats... these people are online, possibly beter educated than the average American, etc.).

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      * CAESAR: Ruler of the Lyman Household!:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/07_23_02_MC_TravelPix_s/pictures/img_0008.html

      * NEXT WEEK: Howard given another award.
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