|Enewsletter • October 1, 2003|
At the forefront for the animals – every day.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for the 4th semi-annual National Leaflet Your Local School Day, which will take place Tuesday October 14. Click here to see a list of schools to be leafleted.
This week: Taco and Chili
Liberation Now!, the national student animal rights conference, will be in the nation’s capital from November 7th to 9th. VO's Joe Espinosa and Matt Ball will be there.
The early registration fee is only $10. Free/low-cost food, lodging, and travel grants are also available.
NT: But they're farm animals! They're there to provide meat or to produce milk!
Nienstedt: The animals would disagree with you. They have every right to live free from suffering, every right to their own bodily integrity. They have the right to not be murdered.
Director of Vegan Outreach in the News!
PR Week: "Friedrich's job is to make sure that PETA's fights do not go unnoticed. But more importantly, he says, his goal is to highlight the facts about how animals are raised, treated, and killed, as well as to advocate veganism, or at least more humane conditions for animals that are destined to wind up on the dinner table."
Washington Post: "We're always proud when a Washington resident (who doesn't work for the White House) can outrank Hollywood heavyweights such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake, and nearly knock off Eminem as well. And really, not many people can say they beat Tiger Woods at anything, which is what Bruce Friedrich did when he landed the No. 5 spot in Details magazine's '50 Most Influential Men Under 38.' All in the name of animal protection. (He's the director of vegan outreach for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – oh, and he's 34.)"
From Viva!: Update on Whole Foods Campaign
Viva!USA's Lauren Ornelas and Whole Foods' CEO and founder, John Mackey, have been in communication regarding Grimaud Farms (Whole Foods' duck meat supplier and an integral part of Sonoma Foie Gras) and all of Whole Foods' animal welfare standards.
Mr. Mackey has stated that he is serious about creating and instituting humane
welfare standards - the kind that would make a serious difference in the quality
of life for animals killed for food.
Bush Administration Nearing Deal To Weaken Clean Air, Toxics Protections For Communities Near Factory Farms
From CNN: "The Environmental Protection Agency unwisely would exempt livestock 'factory farms' from air pollution laws under a proposal to use them in a study of emissions from large-scale hog, cattle and chicken farms, environmental groups said."
My journey to veganism began when I discovered your
webpage and learned a truth that has forever changed me. Through this discovery
my husband, mom and dad have also become vegan when they were meat eaters!!
(My dad and husband were heartbroken when they watched the video "Meet
Your Meat" – both could barely contain their tears; my mom wouldn't
watch it, she couldn't bare to read about it, let alone SEE it.) I am not
vegan for my health, but for the animals. Even if the meat, dairy and egg
industries were what some would call "humane," I wouldn't consume
them. I don't believe that animals are here for human consumption or use.
They exist for their own wonderful reasons. With all that said, I just wanted
to thank you for all that Vegan Outreach does. I am looking forward to receiving
[more booklets] and continuing to enlighten those around me.
Increasingly more and more people are responding with,
"I already am Vegan" - something which was extremely rare in my
area even just one year ago. It would appear that all our efforts are paying
off. In response to this growing phenomena, I recently started to also carry
a small supply of your "Vegan Advocacy" booklets. Even those who
insist that they do not want a Why Vegan pamphlet because they already
know "everything" about veganism are extremely excited to take a
pamphlet on advocacy - as they have never seen anything like it.
I have read your book and I so much thank you for your
information. So I decide to become a vegan too. Actually, I had this intention
before, but I had so much bad information that going on a vegan diet made
us not strong enough to do activities, or caused our complexion to be very
bad, etc. Now, I know that it's because we don't choose proper food for our
vegan diet, and what we need to do is to choose suitable vegan food to meet
our need, not to turn to eat meat and fish.