Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I order copies of your booklets?
- How much do copies of your booklets cost?
- How do I sign up for the Vegan Outreach newsletter? Is there a membership cost?
- How can I find animal advocacy groups in my area?
- How can I get a job with Vegan Outreach?
“Vegan Outreach does not exist to sell our booklets, but rather to bring about widespread change for the animals as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
We ask for the per-booklet contribution listed in the catalog (plus a donation for shipping) whenever possible. If the full amount is not possible, we can send discounted copies of Even If You Like Meat and/or Compassionate Choices to people who have established their advocacy bona fides.
All donations will directly influence the number of people who learn the truth via these booklets.
Vegan Outreach does not exist to sell our booklets, but rather to bring about widespread change for the animals as quickly and efficiently as possible. Furthermore, the costs are variable, depending on how many we had been able to afford to print in the last run. This is, in part, why we generally require full payment for the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating and Why Vegan? (as we print fewer of those).
Also, please see this discussion of booklets by Nick Cooney.
Many members of Vegan Outreach feel compelled to “pay” for the copies of booklets they order. Sometimes activists with limited money hold large events, or distribute large numbers regularly, and we try to send them what they need even though they can only pay for a few copies.
On the other hand, we are dependent on donations to be able to print more copies. If everyone paid exactly for what they ordered, our distribution of booklets would, quite literally, be about 1/4 of what it is now. We would never be able to reach out to anyone new, or supply booklets to people with limited funds but unlimited opportunities (the majority of our distribution network). This is why we raise funds to help people get more copies of our main advocacy booklets to more people.
If you’d like to receive the Vegan Outreach newsletter, just send us your mailing address. You can sign up for our enewsletter and read back issues here. We do not have membership fees – we believe that anyone who is vegan, is working towards becoming vegan, and/or is trying to spread veganism should be able to be on our membership rolls (as long as we hear from them every year or so, with or without financially contributing. Not everyone who falls into our membership categories is able to contribute a fixed amount.
“Many people contact us because they’ve had enough of the business world and want to be able to help the animals full-time and make a difference in their career.”
Before you make a decision to work for another group, let me try to prevent some grief and disillusionment for you. Ask yourself, "What would I do with my life if there were no animal suffering?" If you can answer with a career that holds your interest and that you would like to do, then I would follow whatever path is needed to pursue that career and do animal advocacy in your free time. If your gut feeling is that nothing holds your interest but working for animal rights full-time, then by all means pursue a job within the movement.
Many people contact us because they’ve had enough of the business world and want to be able to help the animals full-time and make a difference in their career. The animals need people doing local public outreach in all areas of the country. This type of outreach is done in people’s spare time without pay. Even though you may not like your job, this type of a life can be more fulfilling than working for a national animal rights organization. You can do the type of activism you like with no one else telling you what to do and how to do it. Working for a national organization will often relegate you to menial or ‘gofer’ tasks, and you will feel as frustrated as you do in your current job except that you will probably be making less. The exceptions to this rule are people who really click with the group they are working for and people who have special or long-developed talents that are highly valued and hard to come by. People usually develop these talents by doing activism in their spare time for many years.
My suggestion is to try to discover on your own what type of activism you like to do and where your talents can help the animals most in the long run. Once you have discovered this, if you feel like a national group could help you in using your talents, then investigate working for them. Talk to current employees to get different opinions on how it is to work for a particular organization.
When not working for a potential employer, you may be treated with respect. But upon employment, you may be surprised that you are treated disrespectfully. Be aware of this possible change in attitude. Don’t feel bad about confronting them about the treatment or leaving if it continues.
One career that could help animals would be to do medical research that doesn’t use animals. Any grant money that you receive could take money away from animal experimentation.
Don’t let the fact that you might have to touch an animal product in some minor way in training for a career automatically prevent you from doing a career where, in the end, you can actually help animals.