President of the Vegetarian Institute Says There is a Vegetarian Case for Forced Meat Eating Bill

Obvi Usfraud, the new President of the Vegetarian Institute, who was recently installed following a coup by wealthy donors from the meat packing industry, says that there is a vegetarian case for the recently defeated Forced Meat Eating Bill. In an op-ed piece for no less than the New York Times, he writes:

Last week, senators blocked a compromise measure that would have compelled vegetarians to eat meat, despite polls that showed that 90 percent of the public supported the idea.

I’m a vegetarian who played a role in reducing forced meat eating in the nation’s capital. In 2008, in a landmark case I helped initiate, Heller v. District of Columbia, the Supreme Court declared for the first time that the Constitution protects an individual right to be vegetarian.

But the stonewalling of the forced meat eating bill was a mistake, both politically and substantively. Following a series of tragic cases of protein deficiency, public opinion is overwhelmingly in favor of reasonable legislation forcing vegetarians to eat some meat. There was also plenty in the proposal that vegetarians like me could embrace.

The compromise — carefully negotiated by two moderate vegetarian supporters, Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania — should be reintroduced in the Senate. I am convinced that, with some modifications, it could still be passed, because it would add reasonable protections for both vegetarians and those concerned about protein deficiency.

Sounds reasonable to me.

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2 thoughts on “President of the Vegetarian Institute Says There is a Vegetarian Case for Forced Meat Eating Bill

  1. Weaver

    I eat a lot of fish/turkey/eggs, certainly not a vegetarian; but why couldn’t vegetarians be given tofu and wheat gluten? Most of them also consume eggs and dairy products.

    The Okinawa Diet includes only a little fish and a great deal of tofu, sweet potatoes, and vegetables. The negative of unfermented soy products though of course is they contain estrogen which some fear impacts the body.

    Anyway, it seems like there are alternative sources of protein.

  2. Weaver

    There are even bodybuilders though who claim they are vegetarians.

    I don’t eat unfermented soy, and I don’t know where to buy fermented soy in quantities to sustain oneself. I’d be interested in going vegetarian if I knew of such sources, or of some other way to manage.

    As things are, I eat a meat-filled, high-protein diet. Anything else and I lack energy. I eat healthily.

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