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New Meetup: Readers Group dinner at Dharma Kitchen vegan restaurant

From: Alison
Sent on: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:53 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Vancouver Meatless Meetup!

What: Readers Group dinner at Dharma Kitchen vegan restaurant

When: Tuesday, November 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Dharma Kitchen
3667 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5K 0A1

Please join the Earthsave Readers Group for dinner at the vegan restaurant Dharma Kitchen, where we will discuss our November/December book over some good conversation and yummy food! The book for this month (and next) is "An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, & Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River", by Steven M. Wise. If you are reading the book and would like to present a chapter, please email our co-ordinator (and meeting host), Andrea, at [address removed] to let her know which chapter you'd like to present. Otherwise, you need not have read the book to join in on the dinner gathering, eat some good food and socialize. All are welcome to attend, but please rsvp here so that we know how many seats to reserve.

Dharma Kitchen is a favourite Vancouver vegan restaurant - one of the few in the city - and serves a variety of different salads, rice bowls, potato bowls, rice and tofu dishes, and delicious soups (hot and sour, and miso). They are a Buddhist-inspired business, which means they abstain from the spicy. We will be ordering individually off the menu.

About the book:
Industrial hog farming joins slavery and massacres of Native Americans on the list of Christianity's sins in this muddled manifesto. Animal-rights litigator Wise (Rattling the Cage) investigates the titular North Carolina riverbank, where Smithfield Foods' pig slaughterhouse now occupies land once worked by slaves and, earlier, inhabited by Indians before Europeans evicted them. The point of his ham-fisted and somewhat offensive comparison is that, in contrast to the Indians' fauna-friendly religion, Christian teachings license a cruel dominion over animals, just as they once justified slavery and violence against indigenous peoples. Wise's disorganized expos? of the pork industry lumps genuine outrages together with banalities; he seethes when pork scientists treat pigs as statistics rather than as individuals and frowns on paintings of pigs at the World Pork Expo. Worse, his thesis that religious beliefs drive the mistreatment of animals is overstated?it was spiritual malaise more than economic interests, he speculates, that caused Native Americans to start overhunting deer for colonial deerskin export markets.

Get a head start! Our January book will be: "Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation" by Melanie Joy.

photo credit: MellowFood

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