|Enewsletter • August 7, 2002|
Requests and News
Local Vegan Outreach Contacts
National Day of Leafleting
The sign-up form for the September 17 event is online
"'Farm fish usually doesn't contain much omega-3 at all. Only fish from the oceans contain many omega-3 essential fatty acids.' Essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and must be absorbed through food. The April study did not look at farmed fish, although Hu says 'previous studies have documented that.'"
Previously we featured Lightlife's Gimme Lean. This issue, the spotlight is on Tofurky Deli Slices. These are amazing – not a single omnivore to whom we have offered samples has failed to be shocked. If people like Jeff Brenner (letter published in Time) would try foods like this, he wouldn't be so dismissive of the convenience of being veg!
Congratulations to Vegan Outreach member Sherrill Durbin for having the lead, drop-quote letter in the August 5 edition of Time!
too, for sending me the Vegan
Advocacy pamphlet. Your essays are helping me to rethink issues
of "extremism" and the spirit/intent behind my veganism.
While showing Meet Your Meat, we distributed
1,800 Why Vegans at the Rib Fest. Looking around after each day,
we only found six discarded copies.
I picked up your Why Vegan pamphlet
at the Vans Warped Tour when it stopped in Fargo. I had no idea
animals were being treated so poorly! I havent eaten meat
or milk since. I probably wouldve continued to eat meat had
I not read the truth. Please send me a Vegan Starter Pack and more
Why Vegans to distribute.
Since we last wrote, Joe [Espinosa] leafletted
again on Michigan Ave. on 7/24 and distributed 320 copies of Why
Vegan. Today he did it again & handed out 380.
Feedback on "Building Bridges?"
I know a LOT of progressives, including people high up in the progressive ranks. Most of my friends are progressives. These are not people who ever see any of the campaigns and advertisements you discussed in "Building Bridges?" These "gonzo" actions are covered by People Magazine, the "Newsmakers" sections of the paper, talk radio, Entertainment Tonight, and so on. Since my friends don't see them, they aren't offended by them. But even if they did see the ads, they could make an evaluation of the case for veganism that wasn't the analysis of a 6 year-old ("Look what that vegan group did; I will now not go vegan"). Do we really think they're that stupid, that lacking in analysis, that they will write off an ethical argument because some who proffer it do things they find offensive? No, they write it off because, like society, they are speciesists.
Although we like to hope otherwise, progressives are still not much more approachable than the general public regarding animal issues – especially veganism. Many are less approachable.
In most instances, they are trying to mainstream
their issue, and are not willing to be seen as even less
"normal." I am NOT saying that we do things that are
sexist, capitalist, etc.; these campaigns unsettle me because they
are wrong. However, to say that media-friendly campaigns alienate
others who would, otherwise, go vegan or embrace animal rights–the
argument falls after about 1 second of consideration.