|Enewsletter • October 14, 2002|
Carrie Freeman, a graduate student in journalism and mass communications, said being vegan is not about sacrifice, it's about inflicting less suffering on animals....
Sarah Schindler, a third-year law student, said awareness is growing.
"I have a lot of friends who said if it were more convenient, they would become vegan," she said. "It's definitely becoming more popular."
The concept of veganism is about striving to live without contributing to animal suffering, Schindler said.
Schindler said becoming a vegetarian is a fairly simple choice: "If no animal has to suffer for me to live, why not do it?"
Pizza Hut Serving Up Heart-Healthy Pizza With Galaxy Nutritional Foods'(R) Veggie (Soy) Mozzarella
One of the greatest challenges in supporting / performing educational outreach is the difficulty of quantifying the effects of our efforts. Other campaigns and groups may work to help individual animals and can provide detailed accounts of specific cases of abuse; Vegan Outreach has only the abstract idea that as long as people consume animals, animals will continue to suffer.
Last week, Paul Shapiro of Compassion Over Killing offered his perspective on the efficacy of one-on-one outreach through leafleting. Of course, there are an endless number of variables (see postscript) we can't quantify (and won't ever be able to, unless we were to follow thousands of people over the rest of their lives).
Suppose, however, we create a model of Vegan Outreach advocacy, based on approximations and simplifying assumptions. Although each number in the model can be questioned, unless one believes they are off by orders of magnitude, we can see the possible effect of distributing Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living. The conclusions may be shocking at first, but remember that every average person in the United States eats dozens of animals each year, leading to thousands of animals consumed per person over their lifetime.
Using estimates, approximations, and conservative assumptions (e.g., that only 1 person in 100 goes vegan; four times more people go vegetarian; etc. – see below), distribution of 100 copies of Why Vegan / Vegetarian Living can keep thousands of animals from horrible suffering in factory farms, at a cost of a tiny fraction of a cent per animal saved.
Even assuming that only 1 person in 500 who receives a booklet becomes vegan, nearly 5,000 animals are spared by handing out 100 booklets, at less than half a penny per animal!
Of course, the model is based entirely on simplifications and assumptions.
As a supporter of Vegan Outreach, the one certainty you do have is knowing your donation goes to distributing more copies of Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living – preventing the abuse of thousands of animals!
We hope you find these estimates inspiring and trust that your donation to Vegan Outreach is well worth it.
232 – average animals saved per Why Vegan / Vegetarian Living
150,000 – approximate current annual budget of Vegan
To have a copy of the spreadsheet emailed to you, drop us a line!
I found a
stack of Why Vegans at a local business, and have been handing
them out ever since. My mom has gone vegan; my secretary and best
friend have gone vegan, too. Please send more!
I was ever so impressed with my Vegan
Starter Pack. What I liked so much were the photos of people
being nice to animals. It's a "monkey see, monkey do"
world. People see others being nice to animals in these photos;
I think it's going to win over some more positive influence.
Your Why Vegan is absolutely breathtaking.
As sad and harsh as these facts may be, they are still the facts
of our lives and choices. We would love to get copies of both Why
Vegan and Vegetarian Living to distribute. Bless you
for all the work you do to save the Earth and all her beautiful
creatures. It is our duty to do all that we can to help.
I just wanted to say thank you for all that
you have available here on the web. Your articles keep me grounded
in my reasons for being vegan. Vegan Outreach is so helpful and
I went to a PETA demo and met 3 students
from Norwood High School who said they became vegan from your Vegan
Outreach literature. They skipped school to go to the protest.
They said that there was at least one other vegan at the school.
(I just wanted to tell you about this, because I doubt the kids
will write you about your influence.)
I am an Airman First Class in the U.S.A.F.
Although I had been convinced of the necessity of veganism, when
I joined the military, I abandoned my convictions. A few months
ago, though, I stumbled across your website and was very impressed.
Your approach to information is polite but direct, passionate without
It was because of Why Vegan that
I decided to go meat-free back in February, and why I am slowly
but surely making my way towards veganism. It opened my eyes to
something I had felt all my life, but never had words for.
I'll never forget when I got my box of Why
Vegans. Away I went, so everyone could see the truth. Thank
God for Vegan Outreach! I promise: I will keep reaching out to
I play in a band that distributes your info
at our shows and outside the clubs we play. I must say that the
graphic content alone has been enough to make people think twice
about consuming animal products. Every day, you give me hope for
the liberation of innocent animal lives.
Thanks for all your writings. You are an
excellent and very inspirational voice for the animals!