Subway Ads, Whale Wars: The Movie, Mercury in Fish, Fish Feel Pain, Two New Veg Restaurants
September 18, 2009


Dear Boston Vegetarian Society,

1) BVS Happenings

2) Whale Wars: The Movie

3) In Broad Study, All Fish Contained Mercury
    Fish Feel Pain
    Duck Feeds Fish

4) Two New Veg Restaurants Open on Same Day



*  Starting September 28 you will see our Boston Vegetarian Food Festival subway ads on the Red and Orange Lines and several bus routes in the city.  (Unfortunately the Green and Blue cars don't carry the size ads we use.)  Here is what the ads look like and let us know if you have a sighting!

*  Please partner with us in publicizing the Festival by putting one of our Festival banners on your website.  Let us know if you do 'cause that makes us really happy.  Banners are here:

*  We know you are eager to see the Speaker lineup.  We are putting the final touch on the roster and it will be posted soon!

*  While we prepare for our own Festival, BVS has been engaged in outreach at other area fairs including environmental, animal protection, and campus events.

*  The bright new design of our Festival website has now been applied to the BVS website.  Take a look:



Our September speaker event was on Labor Day, so our usual 3rd Sunday meeting date is free to see this screening that looks amazing:

Sunday, September 20 at 4 PM -- The film "At the Edge of the World" will screen at the Boston Film Festival at the Kendall Square Landmark Cinema in Cambridge.  Director Dan Stone will be there to introduce the film and to answer questions at the end.

"A documentary crew accompanied 46 international volunteers from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on their third Antarctic campaign to stop Japanese whaling... Directed by Dan Stone to highlight moral as well as legal conflicts, this strikingly humane film may function as a prequel to Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” but is light years ahead in visual clarity and narrative ambition. Within its ice-encrusted borders, the story evolves naturally — a missing boat, a grinding collision — without the prompting of a narrator. And as we watch a lone Sea Shepherd clinging to the back of a harpooned whale, we understand a resolve that will not quit until the killing ends."  (90 minutes)
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
NY Times Critic's Pick

See the movie trailer:



It is hardly news that fish contains mercury (and PCBs) and that fish feel pain, but two new studies add to the weight of reasons for not eating fish.

* Coal-Fired Fish
August 24, 2009
E Magazine

“ Mercury is not just in some fish, according to an in-depth study by the U.S. Geological Survey—it’s in all the fish the agency tested. In a first-of-its-kind study, the agency tested fish from 300 streams across the U.S. from 1998 to 2005. Every one of the more than a
thousand fish collected, including bass, trout and catfish, contained mercury. … mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can cause nervous system damage and learning disabilities in fetuses and small children…”


* National Geographic
September 2009
Underwater Suffering: Do Fish Feel Pain?
A study suggests fish consciously experience discomfort

“Joseph Garner of Purdue University and his colleagues in Norway report that the way goldfish respond to pain shows that these animals do experience pain consciously, rather than simply reacting with a reflex… the new study raises ethical concerns. ‘If we’re going to use animals in experiments, and we’re going to use animals as food, then it is really important to understand the consequences of our actions for those animals,’ Garner says.”


* While on the topic of fish, here is a sweet half-minute video of a duck who feeds fish with her bill



In what we believe to be a Boston area first, two new veg restaurants opened recently on the same day!  Life is good.

Here are the writeups that will be posted on the BVS Restaurants page shortly:

Red Lentil Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant
600 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square, then bus #71 (Watertown Sq.)
617- 972-9189
Monday - Thursday, Lunch 11 AM - 5 PM, Dinner 5 - 9:30 PM
Friday - Saturday, Lunch 11 AM - 5 PM, Dinner 5 - 10 PM
Sunday Brunch 9 AM - 3 PM, Dinner 5 - 9:30 PM
Inspired world cuisine using locally grown ingredients.  Appetizers such as Sesame Encrusted Seitan Strips and Beet-Potato Latkes are followed by inventive, complex entrees with international influences. Three daily vegan soups, numerous salads, and daily specials bring diners back to explore this alluring menu.  Fresh vegetable juices and smoothies made with fresh fruit and house-made cashew milk add to the offerings. Most menu items are vegan, and gluten-free and vegan items are clearly marked.  Moderate prices, friendly service that will cater to individual dietary requests.

The Prana Café
292 Centre Street, Newton Corner
MBTA: Bus #71 (Harvard Sq. - Watertown Sq.) and bus #57 (Kenmore Sq. - Watertown Yard)
Open 7 AM - 4 PM; closed Tuesdays
All vegan, raw and organic. No processed ingredients are used, and all dishes are gluten-free.  How do you have chocolate chip mini scones that are not baked, and chocolate pudding for breakfast?  The imagination is expanded by tasting dishes with familiar names like eggplant Parmesan, burritos, lasagna, pizza, and burgers artfully prepared raw-style with vital enzymes in tact. Varied salads, flax chips with mango salsa, and rejuvenating smoothies can be followed by raw desserts that may rock your world.

I hope something here was of interest to you!

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