So Much to Blog About, So Little Time
Here are some tidbits of news that deserve individual posts but are being combined into one:
- Israel's Knesset banned animal testing for cosmetics products, reports The Jerusalem Post. Says the lawmaker who spearheaded the effort, "On the basis of what [my daughter] saw and learned, she convinced me that this was a bill that needed to be passed. I am very proud of this new generation that wants a more humane society and will ensure a bright future for Israel."
- Reform Judaism has a great interview with Rabbi Simeon Maslin, who says, "I firmly believe that those who do eat meat are obliged by ethical considerations to see to it that whatever meat they eat has been produced with the least possible pain to animals in observance of tzaar baalei chayim." Rabbi Maslin goes on to talk about the kosher meat industry and other things worth reading.
- The New York Times recently had an article about Rabbi Morris Allen, the Conservative rabbi who is leading the call for a hechsher tzedek (justice certification) for kosher foods.
- Kosher Today reports, "Vegetarians are visiting the kosher aisles in increasing numbers, particularly the frozen section. ... One retailer said that he is increasingly seeing 'the 6-day kosher vegetarian,' meaning that they stay away from meat during the 6 days of the week and eat meat or poultry on the Shabbat. But there is a consensus that non-Jewish vegetarians are buying many of the pareve [no meat or dairy] items in freezer cases that range from vegetarian burgers to vegetarian chopped liver. ... Israeli manufacturers like Soglowek have invested in the future development of the vegetarian sector and the company's vegetarian lines have increased dramatically over the past few years. From all the evidence, it appears that vegetarians are adding to the growing ranks of non-traditional consumers."