|Enewsletter • April 21, 2003|
New Brochure Holders
We now have stock of plastic brochure holders, which can either stand on their own, or be hung on a wall.
Activists around the country have had great success in reaching many new people by displaying Why Vegans and/or Vegetarian Livings at co-ops, natural food stores, libraries, book and record stores, coffee houses, restaurants, and other locations. Often, when asking permission, an employee or manager will agree to monitor the display and keep it stocked!
"Now more than ever, America is a Nation of meat eaters. In 2000, total meat consumption (red meat, poultry, and fish) reached 195 pounds (boneless, trimmed-weight equivalent) per person, 57 pounds above average annual consumption in the 1950s. Each American consumed an average of 7 pounds more red meat than in the 1950s, 46 pounds more poultry, and 4 pounds more fish and shellfish."
"A reader called to say that 20 people from his church all went on a vegan diet two years ago. Several had specific health reasons, ranging from arthritis to diabetes. Others just wanted healthier lives.
"Today, only one – Linda Allen, the associate pastor of Cuyahoga Falls Church of the Nazarene – remains steadfast to the diet.
"'It's so difficult, that for me, I have to pray and ask for God's help,'
"In 1994, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, seventy-three percent of pigs raised in America were on small farms, and twenty-seven percent were on large industrial farms; by 2001, those figures had been reversed."
A B12 Experience
The following is from a vegan in the Philippines who contacted Vegan Outreach when he started having shaking in his hands. We advised him to take vitamin B12, after which the shaking disappeared. His experience reinforces the need for vegans to take vitamin B12 (if you haven't already, please read this article), and it emphasizes the need for an organization like Vegan Outreach to spend the time and money needed to promote nutrition among vegans. Please consider a donation to Vegan Outreach to continue our efforts in this direction.
"Eastbound travelers on Interstate 40 see the message on a 36-foot-wide billboard just north of Wilmington: 'He Died For Your Sins. Go Vegetarian.'
"The words end next to a 12-foot-tall image of a squinty-eyed pig."
in Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, and Birmingham.
"As the death toll from Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome continues to build, experts say the disease is likely to be connected to the mutation of a virus among China's livestock - specifically, the country's birds."
"You probably missed the story out of California over the weekend about the egg ranchers who fed thousands of live chickens into wood chippers to destroy them. [T]he local district attorney decided not to prosecute the ranch owners, Arie and Bill Wilgenburg of Ward Egg Ranch near Escondido, on animal cruelty charges. This came as a considerable relief to the Wilgenburgs, who said they were only doing what industry experts had advised them, but it really ticked off the folks at the Humane Society of the United States, who thought they should have figured out a nicer way to do it.
"This reminded me of my late father-in-law's aversion to chicken. He absolutely wouldn't eat it.
"Under questioning, it turned out that his attitude dated to when he was a boy growing up on a farm near Beecher, where it was his job to bring in the chicken for Sunday dinner. This required going out to the chicken coop, grabbing a live bird and wringing its neck. The birds didn't appreciate it, and neither did my father-in-law.
"I don't know if neck-wringing is considered a humane method for euthanizing a chicken, but I can tell you I've talked to a lot of people over the years who did it.
"Neck-wringing, however, wouldn't have been of much use to the Wilgenburgs, who needed to get rid of some 30,000 unproductive but otherwise healthy hens. They couldn't transport the hens to the facility that normally takes care of their chicken-killing because of a quarantine necessitated by a poultry disease that's making the rounds these days in California."
I passed out a lot of Why
Vegans at a high school heath fair, and the kids were really into the
graphic pictures. I warned them, and that made them want the Why Vegan
I would like to tell you I am very thankful for what
you do and the encouragement that you have given me.
The information I've received from VO in the past has
been tremendously useful. I know so many folks who have, since reading Why
Vegan, modified their lifestyles a great deal. It's truly a ripple effect.
Thank you for all of your help. VO has served as a wonderful resource for
me whenever I encounter someone eager to learn.
Why Vegan has been a lifesaver for me the
A fast-food junky diabetic friend of mine was so moved
by your outstanding Why Vegan booklet and Peta’s holiday 2002
Animal Times that she decided to quit eating animals. Since then,
she’s become quite a vocal activist! Thanks for making it so much easier
to reach people like her!
I was able to take some time today and read through
some of the content on this site. How wonderful! I have been vegetarian for
5 1/2 years and vegan for just over 1 year. Your essays "Tips
for Spreading Veganism" and "Activism
and Veganism Reconsidered" were some of the most interesting, well
reasoned, and inspiring animal welfare content I have read in quite some time.