[Posted by Jennifer Greene]
Spring is for beginnings and new growth. In honor of the occasion, I am sharing the message given in 2007 for Easter by Dr. Janez Drnovšek, Slovenia's president at the time. He died a year later.
(See this BBC brief about his life. A cancer diagnosis led him to make radical changes in his life, which included becoming a champion for oppressed persons, for animals, for the environment.)
The English translation seems a little ungainly to me, but his meaning is not lost.
His reference to "chocolate-eggs" reminds me of the human rights issues with chocolate trade. Not all chocolate involves the use of slavery or child labor, but how do we know if a "fair trade" label is meaningful? Food Empowerment Project offers this list of vegan chocolate they feel comfortable recommending.
(Why opt for vegan, or dairy-free, chocolate? Because supporting dairy means supporting veal. Many people aren’t aware that milk is produced by impregnating a cow with bull semen, then sending her new-born calf away to become veal. Once the mother cow’s existence is no longer profitable, she too is slaughtered. Another reason to avoid dairy: dairy’s carbon footprint is significant.)
May peace prevail—in our hearts, on our plates, around the world.
The Easter Holidays are near. Let’s spend them in peace and good company. You can also renounce the ham, chocolate-eggs should be sufficient for an Easter atmosphere.
– 2007 Easter address by Dr. Janez Drnovšek, President of Slovenia