VSS eNewsletter 3 Jul 2005
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VSS eNewsletter 2 July 2005
Please Register Today for Vega Fiesta
In this issue
Sunday, 31 July is Vega Fiesta, the big event of Singapore Meatout Week 2005: www.singaporemeatout.org (then select Events). To get ready for Vega Fiesta, the night before (Sat, 30 July) VSS is hosting the Race for Life dinner, 6.30pm-9.30pm, at YogiHub, 16 Madras Street , in Little India.
Business Times heaped praise on Yogi Hub’s Madras Street outlet: "a spacious and contemporary-looking eatery housed in a 20th century three story house in the street behind Tekka Mall... the posher restaurant has an airy space delineated by contemporary décor, with a lovely outdoor courtyard..."
Ticket Price: $30 for non-VSS members; $25 for members.
Sales of tickets @ both YogiHub Branches: 16, Madras Street , Tel: 6298.8198 and 1, Boon Tat Street , #01-01, Tel: 6220.4344.
Special note: no pre-registration via VSS. Admission to dinner strictly by ticket only. Do not send cheques to VSS; sale of ticket ONLY via YogiHub (cheques to Yogi Hub Pte. Ltd.).
Thanks to the kindness of Kampung Senang (http://www.kg-senang.org.sg), later this year, VSS hopes to set up a small library of books, magazines, etc. at Kampung Senang’s Learning to Learn Centre, Blk 221, Hougang Street 21, #01-90, near Kovan MRT, Bus No. 51, 62, 132, 151, 321; Tel 6487-3430.
If you have reading materials related to vegetarianism that you would like to donate to the library or if you have a tall wooden bookshelf to give to the library, please contact: info@.... Stay tuned to this eNewsletter for the announcement of the library’s opening.
In addition to the usual horrors of factory farming, some of our fellow animals have to endure long journeys to the slaughterhouse. For example, some cows are sent all the way from Australia to China or Japan for slaughter. For more on this, including photos:
In the past year, VSS achieved Charity status. Now, we would like to become an IPC (Institution of Public Character): http://www.mof.gov.sg/ipc/ipc2.html. This would mean that your donations to VSS would be tax deductible. IPC status is not easy to obtain. One of the conditions is to have an external auditor. Currently, our books are internally audited only, with the results published in our Annual Report and presented at our AGM. If you know of a professional auditor/auditing firm that would be willing to do this at no charge or for only a small fee, please ask them to write to info@....
Membership and Giro
Some people have asked if those who join the VSS giro donation scheme can receive free VSS membership or other benefits. This is a reasonable request. However, for the sake of simplicity, the VSS Exco has decided to keep the giro scheme as just a donation with no strings attached.
VSS is considering having a flag day to raise funds. For instance, in preparation for Singapore Meatout Week, we have distributed thousands of flyers and VCDs; now, we need to print more. If anyone has experience organizing a Flag Day, pls contact info@....
Spice Up Your Life and Beauty Secrets from the Indian Kitchen
Renowned chef and author of 11 cookbooks, Ms Devagi Sanmugam, is offering two Sentosa workshops on the same day (Sat, 23 July) as her sensational 16-course Indian dinner. At 10.30am is Spice Up Your Life, where you’ll touch, smell and feel spices and herbs of bark, buds, flowers, fruits, leaves, rhizomes, roots and seeds – and experience an incredible variety of colours, textures, aromas and flavours.
At 3pm is the second workshop, Beauty Secrets of the Indian Kitchen, where you’ll learn home-made moisturizers for dewy fresh skin, natural masks to rejuvenate and nourish your skin, tips on nourishing mature skin, and homemade scrubs to loosen dead skin. Each workshop is $40 inclusive of entry into Sentosa & light refreshments. For details, 6458 0572,,
In addition to the VSS dinner on Sat night, 30 July, Yogi Hub ( Madras St .) will also be hosting two fundraising dinner for cancer patients: a high tea of Sat, 9 July, 2.30pm; and a lunch on Sun, 10 July at 12.30pm. Call 6298.8198 for details.
Two readers have written to recommend So Good soy milk which comes in many flavours, including vanilla, chocolate and soyaccino (no caffeine). It’s available at Cold Storage and some NTUC FairPrice outlets. This is one of many veg-friendly products made by Sanitorium. Check out their website for lots of veg recipes, including ones for ‘the barbie’: www.sanitarium.com.au.
Our contributor this time is an NUS student who goes by the mouth-watering nom de plume of ‘Mango Pudding’. One point we can take away from this story is that when we talk to people about vegetarianism, just because a person does not immediately become vegetarian doesn’t mean that we haven’t had an impact.
Fortunately for me, turning vegetarian was a smooth sailing process without much of the torment, unease and physical lethargy some people feel when they first turn vegetarian. I guess the conditions were just right, as a sequence of events unfolded to nudge me on the path towards vegetarianism.
I vividly remember an extremely tragic scene when I was in primary school. While in a market, I saw a man holding a thick rod, mercilessly hitting a fish. The fish was very much alive, and I saw it writhing in pain. Relentlessly, the man kept hitting, intent of ending the life force of this poor and helpless fish, which was obviously suffering from the excruciating pain. Even though I did not have any intention of going vegetarian at that time, I felt a deep sense of sympathy for the fish.
During JC, I saw a documentary showing pigs being slaughtered. They lived in a mechanized environment, in cold, unfeeling and unhomely crates. In the crated environment they lived in, there was little room for them to move. The unnatural flooring and lack of exercise caused obesity and crippling leg disorders. Just before getting slaughtered, they were nudged by electric shocks down a pathway until they reached their final destination. Finally, they were hung upside down by their back legs and bled o death (some of them fully conscious and frantically struggling). After viewing this documentary, images of the fish at the market flashed back.