The Middle East Animal Welfare Conference (MENAW)
This was held at the Concorde Al Salam Hotel in Cairo from March 1st to 3rd
2010. MENAW is a network of all the animal welfare groups from across Egypt,
Lebanon, Sudan, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Iran, Palestine and others.
Associated groups such as African Network of Animal Welfare, Middle East Veg
Group, Compassion for Animal Farming, were also represented.
to speak from the farm animal perspective, Sandhya Prakash (left), founder of
Meveg, spoke about the impact of livestock on the Environment. The session was
well attended and brought to the fore “livestock” as one of the most significant
contributors to the serious environmental problems we face today.
Sandhya is originally
from India but she has lived in Dubai and Saudi Arabia for many years. Sandhya
has already held a small congress at a trade fair in Dubai, and has been offered
a similar opportunity in Egypt. In December 2010, Sandhya will be organising
another vegetarian congress in Dubai.
Mrs. Asha Bawa
Mrs. Bawa is a long time supporter of YIV. She is based in Hounslow from where
she actively promotes vegetarianism. She works alongside groups such as Diabetes
Awareness and local hospitals. She sets a good example in how everyone can take
an initiative and succeed. Contact:
Food For Life
Food For Life, the world’s largest vegan food relief project working on the
principles laid out by the founder of the Hare Krishna Society, Srila Prabhupada,
distributed nearly 100,000 meals to the earthquake stricken people of Haiti. The
food offered is called; ‘Prasadam’ and the dedicated volunteers of Food for Life
believe that by serving delicious vegan prasadam people will automatically give
up meat. Food for Life distributes free food in many cities of the world,
Worms in the Fish!
A great many fish carry parasites of various kinds, some of which are
transmitted to humans.
These parasites are as natural to their hosts as the water in which the fish
swim. With fillets (fish meat without bones) however, when preparing the fish
one should remove the worms! Freezing the fish to -31C for 15 hours or -23 C for
seven days will kill parasites but this is not easy to achieve in a home freezer
and it rather spoils the notion of fresh fish! You could cook the fish to a
minimum of 60/140F to eradicate parasites. Or when eating fish, sushi or sashimi
keep your eyes closed! So much for oily healthy fish! The medical establishment
continues to recommend fish as a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. The
dangerous mercury in fish, the decimation of all aquatic life and the ecological
disaster facing our rivers and oceans does not seem to matter. 300,000 whales,
dolphins and porpoises are killed every year by fishing nets. Omega 6 is found
in large amounts in oils derived from nuts, seeds and soya beans. Omega 3 is
found in flaxseed and rapeseed oil and hemp seeds. Whether you eat land animals
or sea animals it is all wrong!
Jain Animal Sanctuary
Sheila Barber continues to look after the animals at the sanctuary in Burwash,
Sussex. We continue sending £700 each month. Sheila recently took in two goats
from the neighbouring farmer, one is totally blind and one was desperately ill.
With loving care and the help of the vet both the goats are living happily now.