Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Peter Freeman, MP; Vegetarian Society President and Theosophist

The above letter appeared in the Spring 1955 edition of World Forum.

A biography of this lively, largely forgotten and deeply courageous animal rights activist was published by Y Lolfa, in 2004: Peter Freeman: The Green Casanova - An Affectionate Biography of Peter Freeman, Maverick MP by Mike Bloxsome

Sunday, 27 June 2010

'Heart attacks less prevalent amongst vegetarian Trappist monks'

Reprinted in The British Vegetarian (March/April 1967 edition)

See also: 'Monastic Rules about Diet'

Monday, 21 June 2010

'Christians Awake!'

"I am quite sure that many of us who have described ourselves as humanitarians in the past have done so believing it only to mean that we are humanely disposed to the sub-human creatures as well as towards our fellow human beings.

The writer has been encouraged in recent times in having met a number of really sincere Christians who have confessed that they do foresee the time when the vegetarian issue will have to be faced by committed Christians more and more if the phrase in the Lord's Prayer "may Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is done in heaven. . ." means anything at all.

There are indications in several directions that vegetarianism is becoming more of a "live issue" in the Churches again and we hope and pray that it may become much more live until this blot on Christian living is erased from the world."

From the Editorial by Ronald Lightowler which appeared in The British Vegetarian (November/December 1959 edition)

See also letters from 1953 and 1974

Saturday, 19 June 2010

'The Kingdom of God: an Appeal to Christendom'

From The Dietetic Reformer and Vegetarian Messenger, November 1878

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Quotation: Ernest Newlandsmith (1955)

"For Christians to pray 'Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven' would seem to be little else but a taking of God's Name in vain, for it is abundantly clear that such practices* could not possibly prevail in the Kingdom of God - a Kingdom of LOVE - which Christ has commanded us to seek before all things else."

From a letter which appeared in the Spring 1955 edition of World Forum

*(various ills associated with meat production and consumption - JMG)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

'A Puritan Divine on Flesh-Eating'

From The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review, February 1933 edition

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

'Anecdotes of Eminent Persons' - Robert Cook d.1726

From an entry in an anthology which was published in 1804 and reprinted in The Vegetarian News (August 1925 edition).

Sunday, 6 June 2010

'Consistency' by Lt. Col. T.W. Richardson (1852-1920)

Letter by the founder of The Order of Danielites - a Vegetarian and Temperance society which existed from 1876 until the early 1930's. From The Vegetarian dated October 7th, 1899.

Thanks to Karin for the scan.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Quotation: the Rev. D. Martin Dakin (1933)

"We are vegetarians, not because we have satisfactory evidence that Jesus was one, but because we know that if we follow out to the full the ideals of love and kindliness that we owe to His teaching, we can under modern conditions be nothing else."

From The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review (October 1933)