|Enewsletter • July 4, 2004|
With Liberty and Justice for All
June 30 marked the end of Vegan Outreach's fiscal year. A preliminary total shows over 600,000 copies of Why Vegan and Try Vegetarian distributed in 03-04. With your help, 04-05 can be even greater!
We're back in the office for a few days before AR2004. We will try to get caught up on orders and requests for Vegan Starter Packs ASAP. Please email us if you haven't heard back about a recent question or order.
The Vegan Outreach office will be closed for AR2004 from July 8-13, as well as July 15-22. On Saturday, July 10, Vegan Outreach will have special meetings for anyone who wants to get together; the first is at 8:45 AM, the second at 9:30 PM. Meet us at the Vegan Outreach table.
We (Anne, Ellen, and Matt, at right) want to thank everyone who showed up at the Chicago EarthSave event. Also, thanks to everyone who came to the NV Vegetarian Restaurant benefit!
Leafleting at College Orientation
There are two keys for leafleting at freshman orientation at large universities. First, it is important to find out which days orientation is on. At the University of Minnesota, this was done by calling the Orientation and First Year Programs office, and I would assume a similar office exists at other large universities. Second, I would try to find out the orientation schedule. As it is basically the same for all the students, this can be done by asking a sympathetic student if you can see his or her schedule. Also, ask which of the scheduled events are attended by all incoming students, and which are small group events or college-specific events.
At the U of M, there are about 5 weeks of orientation and about 300 students every day. This means that if things continue at the present rate, somewhere between one-third and one-half of all incoming students will receive a Why Vegan!
-Gregory J. Oschwald, Minneapolis, MN
Look for a special Adopt
a College message later this week!
A View on Animal Welfare Based on Neurological Complexity, by Dr. Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Dept. of Animal Sciences.
"Poultry companies' contract system is keeping poultry farmers on a very tight leash."
Dear Editor of USA Today:
In her article "American food is generally safe, but could it be safer?," Elizabeth Weise says, "An analysis by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) finds that fruits and vegetables now account for the majority of food-borne illness outbreaks."
This is not true. CSPI's press release of April 1, 2004, "Contaminated Produce Top Food Poisoning Culprit," shows the following:
If you add these up, you get 2,147 outbreaks, of which 428 were from produce. Clearly, 428 is not a majority of 2,147. In fact, seafood alone caused more outbreaks than produce. Animal products accounted for 80% of the outbreaks. If you don't include seafood, then poultry, beef, and eggs still accounted for twice as many outbreaks as did produce.
Death of a "Debunker"
Stephen Byrnes, once termed by IVU-Sci's own
Stephen Walsh as a "myth-making
debunker," scorned vegetarian
diets and claimed that advice to lower cholesterol
to decrease heart disease risk is dangerous.
He advocated a meat- and dairy-heavy diet as
the best insurance to protect your heart and
health. Byrnes died on June 17, 2004, of a stroke.
From his C.V., he appears to have been around
40 years old, at most.
"The discovery of the Texas cyanide bomb should have served as a wake-up call: 9/11 has focused our attention on the threat from Islamic radicals, but murderous right-wing fanatics are still out there. The concerns of the Justice Department, however, appear to lie elsewhere. Two weeks ago a representative of the F.B.I. appealed to an industry group for help in combating what, he told the audience, the F.B.I. regards as the country's leading domestic terrorist threat: ecological and animal rights extremists."
I have not been doing much leafleting lately,
but I have been stocking local cafes, restaurants,
bookstores and libraries with Why Vegans
and other literature. Also, I have been giving
out Why Vegans at festivals. I was
at the Haight St. Festival two weeks ago and
got some feedback for you: One guy picked up
a Why Vegan and said, "This is
what inspired me to become vegetarian 5 years
ago." A girl who was with her mom came
up to the table and said, "I got this brochure
last summer at a concert and have been vegan
I am responsible for the nutritional content
of the publications of the Belgian vegetarian
organization, and I must let you know that I
love your texts! They are a great source of
information and inspiration for any health professional,
as well as to vegetarian organizations throughout