Why Vegan has been
such an essential part of the animal rights
struggle that I had an interesting talk recently
with a young activist, trying to explain how
we did outreach without it! The discovery
of Why Vegan was the Holy Grail for
-DA, CA, 5/27/04
Outreach: The Work That Needs To Be Done
How Why Vegan? Changed My Life
For a long time I was an avid meat eater. I
loved my steak, and I preferred it bloody rare.
Little did I care that the blood dripping from
this meat came from a living, breathing, feeling
animal that was some other animal's child, and
possibly the mother of her own children. Little
did I know the cruelty he endured between the
time he was born until the moment he ended up
on my plate. The animal brutality can easily
be compared to scenes from The Passion of
the Christ, if not even more horrific!
Your pamphlet didn't cause an instantaneous
change in me, but it certainly planted seeds
in my mind. Months after reading the first Vegan
Outreach booklet, as well as doing other research,
I am a vegetarian. I simply cannot support cruelty
to animals. I also am aiming to become vegan.
The only animal foods I continue to eat are
eggs from a local free-range chicken farm and
butter churned for me by a friend from his single,
-HA, NY, 5/27/04
Big VO News!!
We are extremely excited to
announce that Jon Camp (at right), the #2 leafleter
in the Adopt
a College program, has agreed to
move to the Northeast to leaflet this underrepresented
area. He is looking for a studio apartment near
New Brunswick, NJ, but would consider other
options in that area. If you have ideas / leads,
send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As he has an "at home" part-time
job, Vegan Outreach can currently afford to
keep him leafleting part-time for the fall semester.
With your support,
we can extend his efforts into the spring term.
He will be able to reach thousands of students
a month -- students that otherwise would almost
certainly have graduated without ever receiving
a full and compelling case for veganism.
consider a special donation today to help expand
this necessary work!
Joe Espinosa, Jon Camp, Anne Green, Jack Norris,
Matt Ball, and others will be at AR2004 (Jack
Norris will be speaking, as well). Please
stop by our table and tell Joe to smile!
If you are going to be there and would like
to get together at some point, drop
us an email!
Thanks to those who have volunteered!
I wrote "Go Vegan" on the
underside of one of my fins. While diving,
it was visible to others, and it prompted
questions from several people. I ended
up giving Why Vegan pamphlets
to them. I already got an email from
one of them, a self-professed total
carnivore. He said he read the literature,
then went to the grocery store and bought
several veggie-meat products to try!
From Jon Camp:
I sent a copy of A
Meaningful Life to a good
friend of mine. Below are his comments:
I got your letter today and just got done reading
it. I agree with you that it is a really well
articulated and realistic approach. Having read
it makes me rather proud that you are going
to be a part of specifically this organization.
It has also inspired me to want to do some activism
with you this summer. Between talking to you
and reading it, I can see that I can be helpful
to the cause of limiting suffering just by being
honest with people and basically telling them
roughly the same story I told you: that we have
the freedom to choose what amount of suffering
we want to participate in every time we sit
down to eat. Even though I still eat some dairy
(and very, very rarely eat meat), I am making
choices, based solely on my own conscience,
to limit the amount of suffering. I think one
of the strongest points that the author makes
is that veganism is not an end in and of itself,
but rather a means to an end; I think that is
a brilliant insight!
|“So this is why I eat
vegan dog food.”
From Greg Oschwald, Compassionate
Action for Animals, University of Minnesota
We were lucky enough to get a table at the student
involvement fair during orientation at the U
of M. Every Monday through Thursday until July
15, a new group of about 300 incoming freshmen
spends 20 minutes looking at tables as part
of the fair. So far, I have been leafleting
in front of the table while another group member
answers the questions of people who actually
stop by and are interested in the group.
In his Animal
Doctor column in the Washington
Post, Michael Fox offers the following
as a possible reason why a reader's dog likes
to eat paper money: "It is my understanding
that in the printing of paper money (at least
in the United States), the sizing/finish that
is put on the money contains an extract of animal
fat or tallow called stearate."
Vegan Outreach can put
your nonvegan money to good use! :-)
(Note: Stearate can also be derived from plants.)
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