West Long Branch: Vegetarians can help the lives of animals in our world, was the message on veganism at a free “Vegan Potluck” lunch on February 16 at Monmouth University’s dining room at Magill Commons. The event was hosted by the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) with MU Professor and MAVS Director Mary Harris, emceeing the affair.
About 50 guests dieted on a volunteer-prepared vegetarian buffet featuring more than a dozen hot and cold dishes, including deserts that delighted all as they heard a presentation by Theresa Sarynski from For the Animals Sanctuary in Blairstown, N.J. She told how a meat free diet can be a boon to animals.
Sarynski’s talk, “Love for Animals: A Call to Action” was filled with photos of animals living at the Sanctuary that had been " rescued" from cow, chicken and other animal farms, or from animals loose in the streets, escapees from circuses, forests and animal farmers all over the state and beyond.
Besides the direct benefits to humans of eating healthier, Sarynski told how vegetarian eating can have positive impact on the many animals used for consumption in our culture. Her slide presentation was chock-full of anecdotes of the sanctuary volunteer experiences; many were her own.
In language mindful of the several children in the room, Sarynski told about the conditions under which animals were kept and later slaughtered for use as food. She questioned whether it is necessary to use animals and animal products for human consumption.
“I am living witness to what vegan eating does for you,” she beamed.
She described conditions where animals are treated in harsh manner; inhuman but not illegal she said. Descriptions of what she had witnessed caused some guests to shudder or wince at her words.