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from EVU News, Issue 1 /1997 -- Deutsch

‘Creutzfeldt-Jakob’: New Cases in England

13 cases of the new form of CJD have been registered in Great Britain according to official sources and 3 more people are suspected of having fallen ill with the new variant of CJD.

The new form of this fatal disease was discovered last year. Scientists presume that the consumption of BSE-contaminated beef is the cause of this disease. The identified cases of the new CJD variant have been confirmed according to the Ministry of Health by pathologists and it would be possible only in rare cases to give a definite diagnosis of living people. In the last year there have been 127 notified CJD cases in Great Britain.

Translated from: St. Galler Tagblatt, March (SDL)

‘A Good Christian is also a Vegetarian’

Appeal from ‘Familia Christiana’, a weekly magazine, which is sold in every catholic church and every kiosk in Italy

ROME – Some day we will not be eating the meat of any animal ‘for it is impossible not to be of the same humanitarian and ethical view which is at the basis of the vegetarian movement.’ This statement comes from the theologian Luigi Lorenzetti who gives an answer to the writer of a letter to the editor in which is described a celebration in a parish district where a calf of 3 metric hundredweight was roasted.

‘The truth of the creation – answers the theologian – is asking us to take seriously not only men but also plants, animals and every creature. Before having functional value the creatures are a value in themselves.’ The theologian emphasises the importance that the Catholics adopt ‘a new cultural and ethical sensitivity towards animals and the environment.’

Even if it does not condemn the eating of meat the article goes into details about the ‘value of the vegetarian movement and the aim not to kill animals any more.’ It is not a question of confessing a far-out ideology of animals as happens in some sects, where the vegetarian practice is motivated by an instinctive rejection of every animal substance because considered ‘impure’, but the life of the animal. ‘To respect life means to respect the beauty and the inviolability of the life of others as of ourselves and to fight as hard as possible to guarantee its best development.’ As for all of us to become vegetarians, it is for the moment only an objective: ‘The transition to a more civilised diet, as it is called, is not imminent even if we will probably get there.’ Being vegetarian can help to get closer to God. It is important not to make an ideology out of the rejection of meat but an occasion to reflect about a more demure and respectful eating habit as far as possible following the 5th biblical Commandment ‘do not kill’.

Yesterday

Many centuries ago the great genius Leonardo da Vinci predicted the day would come when the killing of an animal would be regarded like the killing of a man.

Today

Finally there can be observed a movement in the direction indicated in the declaration of the theologian Lorenzetti, who has affirmed the importance for every good Christian to chose the vegetarian way.

The 5th Commandment – ‘You shall not kill!’ ‘neither men nor animals’

Translated from: La Nazione 7, Wednesday, December 11, 1996 (SDL)

Ritual Slaughtering not punishable

The ritual slaughtering of animals is not a punishable crime according to the court of Paris. In the dispute about the ritual at a traditional Moslem sacrificial festivity Aid-el Kebir the judges acquitted the owner of a farm.

Translated from: St. Galler Tagblatt, March 4, 1997 (SDL)

Health: Even bones can be trained

Women who exercise regularly and intensively have 3% stronger bones after a 1 ½ year than women of the same age and height who refrain from sport. This is the result of research on a hundred healthy middle-aged women in Finland. The women had not practised any sport before. One half of them continued doing so, the other half started with a program of one hour three times a week. The exercises contained even intensive ‘High-Impact-Training’ with jumps and step-exercises. The bone density increased especially in those places which supported most of the body weight.

It is very important especially for women to build up and conserve enough bone mass before the beginning of the menopause.

The changing of hormones during the menopause means the bones weaken gradually. Many broken bones in older women are a serious and costly problem which gets worse with a sedentary lifestyle. Regular training (and a lot of fresh food! – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition wrote in 1983 that researchers found in the largest study ever made on osteoporosis that 65 year old vegetarian women had an 18% loss of body mass against the 35% of non-vegetarians. The equivalent figures for men: 3% and 7%. SDL) can in part counter this development.

Translated from: Rheintalische Volkszeitung, February 13, 1997 (SDL)


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