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Category Archive: Germany

Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Germany. XML

  1. Danke Karl-Winfried!

    Danke Karl-Winfried!

    A recent initiative through Parliament in Hessen, a federation state of Germany, is asking for animals facing ritual slaughter (called schächten in German) to be stunned before throat-cutting. After an unsuccessful attempt in 2005, state secretary Karl–Winfried Seif is determined to make a change: “Animals are creatures that are able to suffer and feel pain. Substantial suffering through ritual slaughter must be excluded.”

    Ritual slaughter is an ongoing international controversy. Countries such as Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and parts of Austria require stunning prior to slaughter, while Denmark, Finland and the lower Austrian provinces require stunning right after the killing.

  2. I hope that's soy...

    I hope that’s soy…

    Via the still excellent FoodFight! blog: Drinking black tea can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease – when it’s not diluted with cow’s milk. Reuters reports that a group of German researchers have found that the casein proteins in milk decrease tea’s healthful catechin compounds, the stuff that helps arteries to dilate and relax, and improves blood flow. Next the scientists will explore how milk might also reduce tea’s anti-cancer effects.

    PETA doesn’t think you should drink milk either, but they aim to convince with less science and more rubber udders (arguably NSFW).

  3. Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany

    Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany

    Dr. Kristin Mitte and Dr. Nicole Kaempfe of the Institute of Psychology in Jena, Germany, wanted to know more about the motivations of vegetarians. According to their recent study, rather than for health reasons, vegetarians overwhelmingly stated that they choose a plant–based diet because of the certain death of animals raised for meat, the inherent violation of their rights, and the pain and suffering they endure.

    Reason for their curiosity was the fact that the vegetarian population of Germany is steadily growing: From 0.6 % in 1983 to a whopping 8 % in 2001.

    They found out that vegetarians have no elevated risk of eating unhealthy, no more than any carnivore might have. They also differentiated between “emotional” vegetarians who refused meat on the basis of taste and visual appeal, they find it disgusting. “Moral” vegetarians, on the other hand, refuse meat for ethical reasons. This group is angrier when seeing others consuming meat.

    Another result reports that vegetarians are more open for experience, and are more likely to try new things more often. Universal values such as tolerance, understanding, and the well–being of humans and the environment are more important to them, while might, social status, or authority is less significant.

    According to the study, vegetarians are not any more conscientious, extroverted, or content than a carnivore, which concludes that after all, in this respect, we are just like everybody else.

    Oh, and by the way, this great University not only has these two amazing Psychologists on staff, but also offers daily vegetarian options in the dining halls! Echt genial!

  4. A picture taken during Bruno's last days

    A picture taken during Bruno’s last days

    Controversy has broken out in Germany over the recent slaying of a brown bear named Bruno in Bavaria. Bruno was the first bear to be sighted in Germany in the past 170 years. After weeks of attempts to catch him alive proved unsuccessful, the environmental ministry gave the go ahead to kill Bruno.

    Now hundreds are protesting the murder, and the story has spread internationally. Recent coverage by CNN reads:

    “The Association for the Protection of Animals and Human Rights organized the demonstration in the Alpine village where the bear was slain on June 26 by hunters ordered by Bavarian state officials.

    Many hotel and restaurant owners in Schliersee have complained of losing hundreds of clients during the normally busy summer season, after tourists decided not to take vacations in the village out of protest over the bear’s killing.”

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