Saturday, February 5, 2011

Striking at the Roots of Suffering

The mission of No Voice Unheard, "is to promote an ethic of compassion and respect for all living beings and the planet we share, and encourage a deeper awareness of the effects our actions have on the lives and existence of animals, the environment, and our fellow human beings."  We don't simply want to rescue individual animals, although that is a crucial part of it, we want to strike at the root of the suffering. To effect change before an animal finds himself in need of rescue because of the actions of a human being. 

All of us at NVU have been and are involved in direct action rescues as individuals, but as an organization we desire to create lasting change and prevent suffering by publishing books that have the power to create social change. We seek to educate the general public and give activists tools to use. 

In the past month we have watched as Borders stopped paying its vendors, Barnes & Noble fired their small press buyer and almost 50 other staffers, and even our own distributor let most of its sales force go. And we've felt the impact on our latest book, Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs.  Since its release last year, we've found it harder than ever to get exposure for the book and get it onto bookstore shelves where it can reach readers.  Perhaps our expectations are a bit high, but we are so proud of this book and the people and sanctuaries we worked with to help tell the stories of Justice, Lucas, Willy, Jeremy and Lenny, Olivia and so many other beautiful creatures. 

So here we are, plagued with doubt about the state of the publishing industry and our present and future within it, filled with more questions than answers. Then on Friday Diane and Davida went on "The Signal", an NRP radio program. We simply talked about the books, the animals we met working on it, and why they inspired us so. 

The day the interview aired we received the following email :

I have been a vegetarian since the age of 18 (now 45) when I learned of how beef, pork, etc. were processed. I was disgusted! I still, was always concerned about eggs and milk and although I never researched it I lowered my consumption and go on and off eating both. After hearing today's program and how chickens are kept I decided I'm OFF eggs! The same with the cows and how milk is produced... I'm OFF milk! 

How could I, or anyone not be aware of what is going on?? I understand the world would never be vegan or vegetarian, but there is SO much waste and inhumane treatment. 

My dream, my "if I ever win the lottery" wish would be to start a sanctuary here on the East Coast and to educate people of how we are killing the animals, our planet, and ourselves with all the toxins these animals are eating and injected with. 

I can go on and I'm not telling you anything you don't know. What I do want to tell you is "THANK YOU" for what you do and represent. I too believe ALL animals have emotions and it kills me that we torture and abuse them. 

I'm looking forward to purchasing many copies of "Ninety-Five" for myself and to share with my clients.
Despite our fears and doubts, this is why we publish. What we do can and does make a difference. If just one person goes vegan after reading Ninety-Five it means that we helped 95 animals (that year alone). That is striking at the root of suffering. 

We will do the best we can to adapt to the ever-changing publishing industry. We'll also continue to evaluate the best strategies we can use as a publisher to reach, educate, and move people. We know we can make a difference. We know we already have. 

Thank you for your support of our work and for what you do to strike at the roots of suffering. 

For the animals,
Diane, Marilee, Windi, and Davida

P.S. One of the ways you can help is to share our message with your circle of friends and family. The more people who read and use our books as a voice for the animals, the stronger our books become. Again, we thank you for your help and your good work.

1st Annual Baltimore VegFest 2011 at UMBC

The Animal Awareness Project and The UMBC Vegetarians are hosting the 1st Annual Baltimore VegFest at UMBC Campus this spring!

They still have some vendor/non profit spaces available - so if your organization or company would like to table or be a sponsor please contact them at:

Date: Sat April 30th
Time: 11:00- 3:00 pm
Location: Erickson Field on UMBC Campus Baltimore, MD

FREE to Public and FREE Parking!

Speakers for VegFest:
  • Bruce Friedrich of PETA
  • Harold Brown - former beef farmer turned animal activist
  • Plus an amazing vegan cooking demo by Alka Chandra of PETA

Exhibitors at Baltimore VegFest:
  • Vegan Outreach
  • Compassion Over Killing
  • The Humane Society of The United States
  • Mercy For Animals
  • FARM
  • The Animal Awareness Project
  • The Humane League of Philly
  • PETA
  • PETA 2
  • The Yabba Pot
  • Emily's Desserts
  • No Voice Unheard
  • VegTerps
  • Dirty Carrots Vegan Bakery
  • Animal Advocates
  • Compassion For Animals
  • Green Earth Travel
  • EarthSave Baltimore
  • Students for Environmental Awareness
  • The UMBC Vegetarians
  • Coconut Bliss Vegan IceCream
  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Lucky Dog Rescue
  • For The Animals Sanctuary
  • Brad's Raw Chips
  • and many many more TBA!!!!!!!

Website Address:
Facebook Event Page:!/event.php?eid=168562183180383
Join the Facebook Fan Page:!/pages/Baltimore-Vegfest-2011/147393468645769