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Satya Calls it Quits After 13 Years

We'll miss you, Satya!

We’ll miss you, Satya!

The June/July 2007 issue of Satya will be the last. The venerable magazine, which espoused the often intertwined virtues of “Vegetarianism, Environmentalism, Animal Advocacy, and Social Justice,” has been a mainstay of the New York City scene. It’s unlikely that anyone will fill their newsprint-scented footsteps at the entrance of so many stores and restaurants.

They haven’t announced exactly why they’re closing up shop, but Publisher Beth Gould mentions the desire to focus “attention and energy to other interests and projects” and also cites the inevitable expensive and labor of regularly publishing a print magazine. I’m sure there are great things to come from the entire Satya team and we thank them for the support they’ve lent SuperVegan in our relative infancy!

They’re collecting submissions now for the final issue, “A-ha! Moments that Changed Your Life.” Get in touch with them to contribute your “essays reflecting on the central tenets of Satya … about your own life-altering moments; who or what has changed your life, or what changes you have brought about through activism.”

Read Beth Gould’s complete letter below.

Dear Friends,

I am writing to inform you of some changes happening at Satya Magazine. The upcoming issue will cover April and May. The next issue, June/July 2007, will be Satya’s last.

When I co-founded Satya 13 years ago, I literally had no idea what I was getting into. I knew nothing about running a business, or publishing a magazine. It has been exponentially more gratifying than I could have imagined, as well as more difficult. Publishing is a very expensive and time consuming business, and we have always operated with a small staff and budget. We have jumped from topic to topic, trying to fulfill our mission of connecting different forms of advocacy. I wouldn’t trade a minute of my time working on Satya, it has been a fantastic project. But 13 years of publishing 141 issues has been a long road, and it is time to turn my attention and energy to other interests and projects.

To stop publishing Satya has been an extremely difficult decision. I have an enormous love for this magazine, and for the people who have devoted their time and energy to its success. I have had the good fortune to work with people whose commitment and dedication are matched only by their intelligence and kindness.

While the ramifications of this decision are sad for myself, our staff and readers, I am optimistic that there is still much good work to be done. Our commitment to these topics remains strong. Although this chapter is ending, and change, with its frightening and exciting promise is upon us, I maintain the belief that has sustained us throughout our years of publishing Satya — that we all have the power to make the world a more compassionate place.

Beth Gould
Publisher, Satya Magazine


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    I’m so sad to hear this! What will the NYC animal protection community do without Satya? I’m shocked.

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    It’s hard for me to imagine NYC without Satya. For as along as I’ve been vegan and an activist, Satya has been there. Satya has always served as the leading forum for contentious and thought-provoking issues in the animal rights and vegetarian movements while serving as a great independent news source for New Yorkers and beyond on everything from tasty vegan treats to indepth examinations of social justice issues.

    Thank you to Beth and everyone at Satya for a great 13 years!

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    wow. well that sucks!

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    Very unfortunate. You will be missed – you made me feel more at home in NYC. I hope somehow you can continue to publish or promote the publication of inspiring and controversial content for those of us who would otherwise fight oppression and cruelty in isolation. Thanks for your many years of great work.