|Enewsletter • September 4, 2003|
Feature: Dogs Will Die!
We Need Your Help!
To be part of a federal fundraising campaign (which allows us to print tens of thousands of brochures a year), Vegan Outreach has to prove that our volunteers are active in at least 15 states. If you tabled or did a presentation (leafleting doesn't count unfortunately) with Vegan Outreach material since July 1, 2002 please contact us.
We already have CA, CO, OR, VA, and WV covered.
The thing to keep in mind is that there are lots of vegans like "Mike" out there, and the rest of the world is happy to promote that caricature of vegans. Instead of being upset about the jokes (reinforcing our image as humorless and angry), our advocacy / example has to counter this. The more people who present veganism as being a boycott of cruelty to animals – rather than being about us and what we can and can't eat – the more people will get past the stereotype and consider the implications of their choices.
You can order a looped copy from Vegan Outreach.
"The bill increases the scope of an existing law to make it a misdemeanor to trespass on lands or buildings where signs forbidding trespass are displayed, and where cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, fowl or any other animal is being held for the purpose of food for human consumption."
Includes $125 million for the Market Access Program, and $34.5 million for Foreign Market Development.
Often, people believe that Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living are effective tools for many purposes (e.g., to use at fundraisers for other groups). However, relatively few people feel that donating to print and distribute more copies is a priority.
It is true that the work of Vegan Outreach might not seem "urgent" because we don't use pictures of individual animals saying "send us money or dogs will die!" But consider this:
Right now, it is probable that 10% of the US population would be willing to read and consider the information in Why Vegan and/or Vegetarian Living. For each one of these people who do not receive a copy of Why Vegan or Vegetarian Living due to a lack of resources, numerous animals will be factory farmed and slaughtered. To reach these 28 million people, we would need to print and distribute between 30 and 50 million copies (for reference, as of August 31, 2003, we have distributed 2,379,329), at a cost of between $4 to 6 million (depending on how many are printed at a time). While a huge number relative to Vegan Outreach's current budget, this is a small fraction of the collective funds brought in by large animal rights organizations each year.
It is our hope that more people will help support further distribution. We are facing inertia in people caused not only by peer pressure, but by literally billions of dollars, including explicit advertising everywhere one looks (and the hundreds of millions of tax dollars given to the industry, as referenced above). We can't expect to counter McDonald's billions with the pocket change of activists (and they often do send us their pocket change).
Until we decide to work specifically on the long-range task of bringing about animal liberation rather than "fighting brushfires," there will be an ever-increasing number of animals exploited, and never-ending deluge of suffering. We have limited resources, and we can choose to use these resources to help end the cycle of exploitation and cruelty – saving billions of individuals over time, with no more to follow.