We’ve just learned about the end of Satya Magazine. Given the
tone of e-mails staff members are exchanging here at the farm, I can
for everyone when I tell you how sad we are.
I know you all have more stories to tell. All of us find comfort in the
that you’ll keep fighting the good fight on another front on another day.
Most of all, I want to thank you for the work you’ve put into Satya. Mainstream
publications leave a vacuum of authentic discourse. You filled it with integrity,
intelligence, and a tough brand of grace. Yours was a real service to social
justice causes, to journalism, and to the dialectic (an endangered species you
helped save from extinction).
Perhaps no group of progressives will miss your magazine more than we in the
animal rights movement. Satya always had the guts to take seriously an issue
that merited seriousness, no matter with how much contempt the issue was popularly
perceived. A serious issue scorned—that pretty much sums up animal rights.
You’ve always been a class act. We thank you and we’ll miss you.
Executive Director, Farm Sanctuary
Sat Nam Satya,
I want to commend you on your 13 years of service to ahimsa, peace, consciousness
and non-violence in every form. You have been a voice of reason in a world
that has often seemed to have stepped through the looking glass. Your insight,
straight talk and vision will be greatly missed. It has taken courage to stand
for truth over these years and you have embodied this high calling. You have
made a difference in this crazy world of ours.
When I began teaching yoga in New York City in 1971 most people did not know
the difference between yoga and yogurt. And when you began publishing 13 years
ago it was not fashionable as it is now to propagate the idea of vegetarianism,
environmental responsibility and non-violence to all living things. Your foresight
and commitment to these ideals and principles have opened the doors for others
to follow and have given many the courage to stand up for truth and righteousness.
Bravo to you! And may your efforts inspire many others to step forward to fill
the enormous void that you leave behind. May God and Guru always bless you and
may your efforts be the seeds for peace and responsibility to spring forth on
Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa
Kundalini Yoga East
This is so sad for me. Any time I see a new Satya Mag,
I snatch it up and can’t
wait to open it. There have been times that I’ve lost my focus on certain
issues and Satya has been the number one thing to always remind me of what’s
right and the things I care about. It always recharged me with a stronger
spirit and conviction, making a difference in my life and hopefully others.
Whether it was a new issue or an old one lying around my apartment (I don’t
ever throw them away), they have always been inspirational and to the point.
Aside from all the informative and powerful articles, how would I know about
all of the great vegan/animal-friendly companies and food spots without seeing
them advertised in your magazine?
While I firmly believe that Satya magazine is desperately needed in this world
and has done so much towards something positive, I wish you the best in whatever
you put your mind to in the future.
It saddens me that your voice will be silenced. Your magazine
literally hit the street, and touched everyday people...and your message
was true. You made people
stop, and THINK, and helped me and many others make educated, informed,
heartfelt choices in the way we live our lives and the way we interact
with all on this
glorious earth. Wishing you all the best in your next phase... I hope to
hear that someone continues the work and legacy that you have created...
With peace and respect,
I just wanted to let you all know how sad I was to hear
that Satya was coming to an end. I remember when I first started to become
looked to Satya as my primer on animal rights and environmental issues and a resource
to find out what was happening in NYC and how I could get involved.
I appreciated the depth of coverage on issues I wasn’t reading
about elsewhere. I guess until I heard the news of the closing I took
it for granted that the
magazine would always be there. Thanks for all the hard work you’ve
all put in over the years. Your impact has been great.
Looking forward to your next chapters,
New York, NY
I just read [the] poignant letter about the decision to cease publishing
Satya. I am saddened that the world is losing such a wise and compassionate
I have learned so much from Satya and have been grateful to you and
your staff for each thoughtful issue. I can say without exaggeration
Satya is one
of the best reads I’ve come across in decades. It is a brilliant
concept that has been impeccably executed.
As Satya approaches its final issue, I hope that among your conflicting emotions
is tremendous fulfillment for all you have given to the social justice community.
Certainly, all the humans and nonhumans whose lives you have saved or improved
owe you an incalculable debt.
I wish you the best in your next endeavor—and I can’t wait
to see what it is! Your future undertakings are sure to be as meaningful
Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival
This last issue of Satya marks the end of an era for animal advocates.
consistently thought-provoking pieces have shaped many of our thoughts
about advocacy, and it has also introduced vast numbers of people
to the movement.
As we close another chapter in our movement’s rich history, this is a good
time to reflect on where we’re at and where we may be heading.
Of course, even without Satya, the movement will go on.
Having served the movement now for 14 years, I don’t remember
a time when I was as optimistic about the state of the movement as
That’s not to say that we don’t have an excruciatingly
long way to go. Yet we are making meaningful progress that is truly
It may be sad to imagine a world without Satya, but animal advocates
should take pride in the gains we’ve made during Satya’s active years and build
upon those successes to achieve even greater advancements in the post-Satya period.
Through the tireless work of us all combined, we’re sure to
bring us closer and closer to a truly humane society.
The Humane Society of the United States
I am very sad that the era of Satya has come to an end. I have loved your
magazine since first coming across it in New York. Satya has made a real
impact on my
life; your writing and photos have given me much to think about.
I sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavors and look forward
to seeing your
individual efforts and talents in other social justice/human rights/pro-animal
You have done the animal protection movement a great service in providing Satya.
It is very difficult to maintain a print publication these days, and I wish you
the best in your ongoing advocacy.
For what it’s worth, here is my “A-ha” story: I had been very
troubled by callousness towards animals in a Cleveland lab where, as a young
pre-med, I volunteered in high school. Believing the research was “necessary,” I
had considered it morally acceptable. Then, on January 17, 1979, I read an article
on animal rights in the New York Times Magazine by Patricia Curtis. She quoted
Tom Regan who asked, if humans were dominated by aliens who were superior to
us in any attribute that we considered morally relevant, such as intelligence,
communication ability, and capacity for altruism, would they not be as justified
in eating and experimenting on us as we believe we are justified in doing these
things to animals? And I said to myself, “Of course.” We don’t
do these things because they are right; we do them because we can
get away with it.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
Chair, Christian Vegetarian Association
I am deeply saddened to see Satya’s work come to an end.
I am hopeful that another publication will rise to fill the void,
you will leave.
Your work has been invaluable, and some issues (such as the September and October
issues of 2006) will live on longer than any of us as examples of stellar writing,
driven by clarity of focus, pureness of ethics, and commitment to purpose.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us over the years, and I wish everyone
success in your next endeavors.
I am so sorry to hear this. Satya has been so important. I am sad.
Author, Diet for a New America
I am sorry to learn that Satya is shutting down. This is
a tremendous loss to our movement and for animals. Satya was
I know of that
combined ideas and activism fearlessly without getting bogged
down in academics. Satya will be very much missed.
Congratulations on producing a sorely needed and highly
influential magazine for social justice activists for 13 years.
With all good wishes to you and your staff.
President, United Poultry Concerns
How sad that the presses will stop rolling. Nevertheless, I
am happy and grateful that you had existed. Through the years
Satya has presented arguments and issues that most have shied away from.
Satya’s courage to
tackle tough controversial issues (the plight of the
meat,” et al.) and has turned on the
those who are usually relegated to the dark corners
of the sub-basements of journalism. Mainstream media can
only learn from your people and paper of
what real reportage looks like. Thank you for all your
good, hard work. It has helped untold many, and I am sure
spirit of Satya will continue to live on in the hearts of
those that seek
Sincerely, with much love and respect,
As a fellow activist/publisher, I was so sorry to hear
that Satya would cease to be printed. I’m sure it was
a very difficult decision. Although I did not agree with
in Satya, I always
and seeing differing opinions on a wide variety of issues.
Twenty-seven years ago, I personally became vegan for ethical/political
while a grad
at Georgetown University studying international relations.
So, I enjoyed the topics you covered.
You all should be proud of the publication you produced, especially
in this crazy world we live in these days. Good luck with your
future work, and know that many
of us enjoyed what you produced over the years.
Co-Director, Vegetarian Resource Group
We are having a wail-in to commemorate the end of Satya.
my favorite movement magazine and will be dearly missed.
Thanks to you and
who has made it happen. Good luck with whatever the future
In Defense of Animals
Just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear the news about
Satya, and to congratulate everyone involved for their
wonderful work over
you go on to even greater things. We will miss you.
Vegan Voice Magazine
I think you maintained a strong vision for Satya over the years
and never let it get self-absorbed, you seemed to constantly
expand the areas of care and concern
in a way consistent with its commitments... thanks for
Carol J. Adams
Author, Sexual Politics of Meat
I will be sorry to see you go. Yet, I truly believe that when one door closes,
a brilliant golden door opens—perhaps even more
than a door, a new dimension!
Whatever the reason, your dedication has been apparent
and the articles have been incredible and full of depth. Thank
you for all your work and dedication.
All the best and many blessings and peace,
Our Darkest Hour” in your February issue was the first up close and personal
story I’ve read about an Iraqi woman and how
Iraqi women are left in the hands of tribal leaders,
Your two issues filled with articles on “humane” meat
helped to form my opinion on that issue.
Articles such as these will be sorely missed. It is the intellectual
approach to your work, voiced in a personal and caring way
by your staff, that I will
miss the most.
I feel a personal loss believing that you would always
be there, a perfectly friendly, encouraging, journalistic,
I know that
wherever you go, you’ll continue to contribute
to the betterment of all of us, including our very
Dorothy H. Hayes
Author, Animal Instinct
This was a wonderful magazine, which I believe was responsible
for very big changes in the world. I firmly believe
those dedicated to its success will go on to do
even bigger things. Good luck to all of you in your
future endeavors, and thanks so much for all your hard work over the
I am so sorry that you’re closing up shop. I love
your magazine and have never found anything else like it. I’m all
I just want to say that I will truly miss your magazine. It
is one of a kind, providing stories that no other
being biased but simply telling the truth and presenting
viewpoints and life stories of
people. Of all the magazines I read, Satya presents
the things I care most about and
gets my mind thinking on various issues. Thank
you for all the wonderful articles.
I always felt that if I came into a lot of money, one
of the first good things I would do with it would be to
buy everyone I know
a subscription to Satya.
If I could read only one magazine of all the jillions
of magazines out
would be Satya. What other magazine even
begins to compare? I hope there is a happy ending
and a new
I am very sorry to hear that Satya will no longer be publishing.
Each time I receive my issue, I read it cover to
cover and pass it on to friends and family.
The articles are thought-provoking and full of
information and are always fair and balanced.
The series on “Happy Meat” was incredible. Satya had “both” sides
of the animal rights perspective, as most animal rights magazines do not, they
mainly express their views and that is all. I enjoyed the series immensely, as
I have many others. Honestly, I will miss Satya Magazine as will my friends who
are learning so much about the environment, human and animal rights from the
publication. Although it was a magazine, I have used it time and time again as
a learning tool for my “non” vegetarian
friends, who now come to me with stories that they
animal rights because the seed
planted, with the help of Satya magazine.
Thank you so much for all you have done to cover the many cases
of injustice in our society. Your magazine will most certainly
be greatly missed.
For the important articles you’ve sent out into
the world via Satya, we
here at the Animal Alliance of Canada greatly
appreciate all the work, time and devotion you’ve put into this valuable
contribution to our collective work.
Best wishes as you go forward in strength rather than exhaustion
I’m so sorry Satya is going out of business. This magazine is wonderful.
I have enjoyed it so much! I don’t subscribe
to any other magazines because I never found
one that really caught my interest like yours,
and I thank you
for the issues I’ve received. I only
wish I knew about Satya years ago.
It’s sad Satya will not be published anymore. But
I guess you will bring your compassionate energy to other places now. I
really have appreciated the
magazines I’ve got from you. The task
of connecting animal rights, human rights and
is so important. Good luck to all
I’m sorry that you have to stop publishing for now, and hope that
someday soon Satya II will emerge. I also look forward to the day the appraiser
Road Show will go gaga over all the back
issues I have. “I had NO idea
they were worth that much!” I’ll
say, along with “...but
I could never part with them.”
Many thanks for all that you at Satya have done to hasten the
awakening of homo sapiens!
I completely fell in love with Satya after I received my sample
issue and asked for a gift subscription
for my birthday—and I got it!!! But nooo, you guys
had to go. I will miss your magazine very
badly, but I won’t judge your
decision because you probably have very
good reasons. Thank you for the two issues I have read, they have changed
me in many ways and I’m
only 16, been vegetarian for six years,
vegan for one and never going
Wow, I am so saddened and moved to hear that you’re no longer going
to be publishing your amazing magazine. While I have the greatest respect
for your work I didn’t expect to
feel so strongly about your upcoming
changes. I, of course, wish you all the
best in your future endeavors. Being
change can be for the positive doesn’t
mitigate the chagrin I feel that Satya magazine
is no longer going
to be available.
It breaks my heart to see you go. You are, by far, the best
and most comprehensive magazine I have
ever encountered. I hope you are moving on to bigger things and
I hope someone can pick up where you
left off. All you have done during the fight for anti-oppression will not
by me or anyone else who has had the
opportunity to read your articles. Good
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