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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcome to F.E.P.'s new website!

Finally! I am so excited to unveil the first segment of our new website. If you have clicked around already, you know that the main section that is up is our Know the Issues on animals killed for food. We will begin populating the other portions of the website throughout the year and we will keep you posted as we progress. I just couldn’t wait any longer!

Now, if you are reading this, you know we now have a blog. The blog is called Appetite for Justice as our organization strives to satisfy the hunger of those of us who are eager to discuss issues about how our food choices can change the world.

I want to thank all of you who understand the need for us to constantly find ways to use our food choices and our buying power to eliminate some of the suffering and injustices that take place in our world—whether it be the environment, people, workers or the animals.

As Food Empowerment Project is in many ways a first of its kind, I can’t begin to thank all of the volunteers and people who have supported our mission. Just hearing that people feel it is time for an organization like ours to exist has made our existence possible.

I want to take this opportunity to explain how and why we have chosen to design the animal portion of our website. I have often worried that when people learn about farmed animals they only learn about how these animals suffer instead of how these animals would normally spend their lives, what they enjoy, and then of course, what they are forced to endure when they are raised and killed for food.

Please take the time to read about these animals and share with others.

There are a lot of people I would like to thank for their support and for making this website possible. For ease, I will put it in some sort of alphabetical order: Animal Welfare Trust for their financial support which allowed us to create this website, Emily Bellairs for her translation of portions of our Spanish website, Valerie Belt for the countless number of hours assisting me with the reviewing and editing of all portions of the site, Ryan Frazier for all of his time, energy and passion and expertise in writing every word of the animal section with such care, Che Green for his time in putting together all of the pieces for the website, Mark Hawthorne, Karin Olsson and Kim Sturla for using their expertise to review sections of the website and the talented crew at Raven & Crow for their beautiful and wonderful design of our website. And Monica Cendejas for her quick assistance in helping us get the blog up and running!

And thanks to all of the sanctuaries who gave us permission to use images of the animals: Animal Place, Eastern Shore Sanctuary, Farm Sanctuary, United Poultry Concerns and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. And for those images taken by organizations to show us the darker side of our treatment of animals I thank: East Bay Animal Advocates, Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd & Viva!USA.

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